Think Precinct Committeemen Are Local Drudges? Think Again.
You could call it shameless accrual of political power, or you could call it selfless public service. I incline toward the latter, because I’ve had a tiny taste of it. Whatever you call it, there is no question that there may be some surprises in store for the new precinct committeecritter in your locale. Certainly, a committeeman should expect the normal duties of registering voters, | Read More »
PROCINCT Post-Election Update: Success + Expansion
PROCINCT broke one of the major monopolies in 2010 that give local political parties their power during the tough-fought 2010 election. Many local parties learned that they no longer possessed the monopoly on voter data that forces activists to come to them for the key tools to support their political GOTV activities. For those of you are are inclined to ask: YES, PROCINCT is | Read More »
Becoming PCM & PCW in Florida
I have been silent on this issue because I wanted to make sure that we had no major distractions other than those reigned down on us in Florida by Jim Greer and Charlie Crist. The election of 2010 is past and the campaign for 2012 has begun. While chairman John Thrasher has gone a long way to returning integrity and fairness to the RPOF, the | Read More »
PCs Turn Out State Party Chair, RNC Treasurer
Don’t let them tell you that those lil’ ol’ Precinct Committeeman don’t have much power. They have power in spades. CW already wrote about this earlier, but I wanted to put a finer point on it. Witness what just happened in AZ. The Precinct Committeemen in one small legislative district turned out the state party chair. How? Isn’t the AZ GOP party chair elected by | Read More »
The Battle for the Party
All politics is local. — Tip O’Neil (D-MA), Speaker of the House (1977-87). Tip O’Neil was wrong. O’Neil thought that all national issues were really about street-level ones — that everything devolved to the petty self-interest of the individual voter and how a policy would benefit or harm each one personally. His mistake was ignoring both the peer pressure of people to ignore that petty | Read More »
Did you hear the one about the 30 Precinct Committeemen?
Last night, Brian Hibbert and I got together with about 30 fellow PCs. Brian wrote about the meeting when it was first scheduled, here. It’s called a caucus. Per statute, we needed to nominate a candidate for the County Board to replace someone who dropped out of the race. There were 2 candidates, both Committeemen, who each gave campaign speeches, along with those of their | Read More »
The GOP Is Home Alone.
Exactly like a 12 year old boy with complete freedom to create all the mischief that a highly creative mind can produce and no adult supervision, the GOP has been Home Alone for decades now with no sane oversight. This produces events like the RNC paying a $2,000 bar tab at an LA S&M club, and our highest RNC officers conspiring to arrange $7 million | Read More »
PROCINCT Update: 5.5+ Million Voters – See Your Megawatts at RightOnline
When we all return from RightOnline in Vegas this weekend, we’ll be right about at the 100 day mark from the November elections, and fully energized for the tasks ahead! RightOnline will be brilliant with megawatts of activist energy and, yes, the star power there, too. Look for PROCINCT at RightOnline in Vegas. If you already have access to PDI (or Voter Vault), then you | Read More »
Thanks to ColdWarrior
I today filed my nominating petition to be placed on the February 2010 ballot to become my precinct’s committeeman. Total time investment came to around 45 minutes: find the documentation on-line & print it, knock on a few doors to collect 12 signatures, $1.00 for the notary fee and a brief coffee-break chat with the county chairman, and that was it. It was a vacant | Read More »
OMG! What have they done?
Not promoted from the diaries by anybody because we’ve promoted Aaron to the front page. Yes, yes, I know “My God, what hath thou wrought?” I’m asking myself the same thing. — Erick Come, sit by the campfire while I tell you a story. September 2000 I left the U.S. Army confident that Al Gore would be the next President of the United States of | Read More »