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  •  I think it's in reference (1+ / 0-)
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    to your diary.  It was an attempt at getting more of us engaged in our local politics as a response to my question about herding cats.  I think angelajean is encouraging you to post it again, or something like it.

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 08:41:54 AM PDT

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    •  i've got the basics of the convo, thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      "confusing" was me trying to euphemize around "this comment doesn't sit right with me."

      Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

      by Cedwyn on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 02:18:35 PM PDT

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    •  Exactly, gizmo. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was intended to encourage Cedwyn to try again. Not necessarily the same diary, but the same idea. When I first started writing about Glenn Beck and his restoring honor rally, it took me 4 diaries to gain any traction. It was tough going. I still have topics that take me multiple tries to get it right.

      •  Please note (2+ / 0-)

        that winkk has begun a new group with the intention of getting people more involved in smaller-scale politics.  It's called "Herding Kossacks," and here's a link to it:

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        You've actually had some experience in local politics.  I have next to none.  I really do want to do something significant, but I don't know what I need to do to have an effect.  In any case, it is my hope that this group can act to help all of us by allowing us to share strategies and war stories.

        -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

        by gizmo59 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 04:12:55 PM PDT

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        •  i help out locally- (2+ / 0-)
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          i went to my city's democratic headquarters shortly before election day in 2010 to offer to drive people to the polls on election day. on election day they ended up using me to do data entry instead-

          i'm about a million times more comfortable doing things like that instead of working the phones. even if you're an introvert, there's work for you. i'm not saying you're as introverted as i am, and i'm writing this comment for everyone- not just you.

          since then i volunteered for our mayor's campaign, and i'm currently volunteering for chris donovan, who is running for the seat chris murphy is leaving. both chrisses were at providence with us.

          one night last october i dialed the phone for an older gentleman who wanted to make phone calls, but couldn't see well enough to dial. if he got an answering machine he didn't like to leave messages, but i felt like i could do it, so he'd hand the phone back to me.

          i'll follow your link

          xoxo

          •  I have gone door to door (2+ / 0-)

            for both Kerry and Obama.  I'm an introvert, so it was not something that I was naturally inclined to do, but I felt it was necessary, so I did it.  I've also done phone banking, despite the same sort of trepidations.  Jobs doing data entry and driving people to the polls were already taken, apparently.

            Working for a local Democratic Congressional candidate where I live is tilting a windmills.  I live in a safe Republican district.  I need to work for a Congressional candidate somewhere who actually has some hope of winning.  I also want to work for a Democrat running for State office.  The PA state government is fully in the hands of the GOP, and we are suffering for it.

            -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

            by gizmo59 on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 05:23:19 PM PDT

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        •  My only experience with 'local' politics is (1+ / 0-)
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          Texas... and those politics were on the national level. I volunteered for Obama through an organization called Alamobama - no need to be a Democrat to volunteer - and that translated to the national campaign when they came into town. After the election, I was unhappy with Organizing for America and shifted focus to MoveOn. They are wonderful. Their trainings, on top of the trainings I had with the Obama campaign, taught me a ton.

          I would suggest contacting your Democratic party headquarters first and seeing where the local need is or, if you are uncomfortable with them, check out MoveOn.org to see if you have an active council in your neighborhood. They usually work on national issues but the local council can also choose to work locally if it's important.

          Being a military wife that moves a lot has made the local part hard... you have it easy! You know where you're going to be from year to year. Enjoy! Make friends and have a good time. Political action on the ground can be lots of fun. I miss it!

      •  but why presume (0+ / 0-)

        that i don't have plans to post it again?  my UID is 1/5 of yours; like I don't know how this place rolls?  hahaha

        Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

        by Cedwyn on Sun Jun 17, 2012 at 01:46:32 AM PDT

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