Of the total 360 precincts in the county, only 132 precincts (37%) — shown in yellow — are participating in the May 4 Democratic Primary to elect a member of the MCDP Central Committee. The first task of these elected members will be to act as a voting delegate to the reorganization meeting where the leaders and the direction of the party for the next four years will be determined.
The map shows that many of the 228 precincts without a candidate — shown in shades of blue — have a lot of Democrats. One question the party needs to address is why the suburbs, where many of Democrats live, there has been little effort or success in meaningfully organizing the local party. If you click on the map it will enlarge to reveal the name of each precinct.
According to the board of elections, Montgomery County has 33,265 registered Democrats and most of these vote in Democratic primaries. The above map is the same as the first map, minus the yellow indicator of precincts with candidates. It shows each of Montgomery County’s 360 precincts and shows by color how many Democrats live in each precinct. If you click on the map it will enlarge to reveal the name of each precinct.
This Pew / PBS survey of twelve questions scored me as “very liberal.” I could have predicted that my score would categorize me as liberal, but I’m a little surprised that I am scored as very liberal. According to Pew, only 23% of Americans say they are liberal, while 39% of Americans claim to be conservative and 37% say they are moderate. Being liberal, according to the criteria of the Pew survey, means to agree with statements that, to me, seem like an expression of common sense:
“There need to be stricter laws and regulations to protect the environment”,
“The government should
…continue reading the article Liberals Should Make Vitalizing Democracy Their Key Issue — Starting With Their Local Democratic Party
There are 360 precincts in Montgomery County. Click on this map to enlarge to find the name of each. The 132 precincts shaded WHITE have a candidate representing the Democrats in that precinct — to be elected to the Central Committee of The Montgomery County Democratic Party — in the May Democratic Primary. The 228 precincts shaded GRAY have no candidate in the primary
Montgomery County Democrats at the May 6 Democratic Primary will elect members of the MCDP Central Committee. 132 of the county’s 360 precincts have at least one candidate (shown in WHITE on map) — 16 of
…continue reading the article Only 47% Of Montgomery County Dems Will Be Represented At The June MCDP Reorganization Meeting
The quadrennial “reorganization” meeting of the Montgomery County Democratic Party scheduled for this June is a big opportunity for county Democrats to plan for the future. On MCDP’s To Do list — goals to accomplish before the next such meeting in 2018 — I’d like to see MCDP commit to working on and accomplishing “big picture” goals, like:
Connect Democrats together at the grass roots level and create opportunities for grass roots leadership and service.
Inspire and nurture Montgomery County young people to be engaged in the local party organization and to seek to become public servants via elected office.
Educate the public about
…continue reading the article The Key Question For The MCDP — How To Motivate More Democrats To Make The Needed Effort
John Kasich in his “State of the State” explained what drives his actions. “Just about every day,” Kasich said, “I search for what the Lord wants me to do, because I know life is short, and I know that my purpose on this Earth, whether I’m the governor or whether I’m a has-been, is to bring about a healing.”
Yesterday, the Dispatch quoted Kasich as saying, “You know what? I think we ought to get up every day and figure out how to cut taxes.”
Putting these two Kasich declarations together, it must follow, then, that Kasich believes that God wants him to
…continue reading the article Question For John Kasich: How Will Making Ohio’s Tax System More Regressive Be Pleasing To God?
In response to my article, The Dayton Daily News Cut Fifty Words From The Heart Of My Article, where I suggest that MCDP needs to be transformed, Stan Hirtle asked a good question — Can I provide any model of a local political party that has accomplished such transformation? The answer is “No. Not yet — but here is a start on a two part strategy by which such a model might be developed”
Stan, the problem you cite — “imagining a political party being anything other than bosses and insiders raising money, handing out jobs and advancing and protecting themselves”
…continue reading the article Imagining A Transformed Montgomery County Democratic Party — It’s A Systems’ Problem
The Dayton Daily News finally published my letter — on the editorial page (p. 9), under a large headline “On Your Mind”, and under an eye-catching cartoon by Mike Luckivich.
Fifty words, exactly, are cut from the article I sent to the DDN — 50 words from the center of the article and at the center of the message I wanted to deliver. Most of the third paragraph was cut — the very part that I worried most about, because it is the most accusatory and antagonistic sounding. The DDN kept the first sentence of this paragraph and merged it with
…continue reading the article The Dayton Daily News Cut Fifty Words From The Heart Of My Article
At the Dayton rally announcing her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio — as the running mate of Ed FitzGerald — Democrat Sharen Neuhardt said that the election will come down to who voters believe will protect the middle class, and that she and FitzGerald are ready to make that case.
Neuhardt said that she has complete confidence in FitzGerald and that she and FitzGerald are both staunch supporters of women. She said women’s issues are issues that impact the whole state — not just women. She said, “When women are making 23 cents less for every dollar earned by a
…continue reading the article Sharen Neuhardt Tells Kasich — “Memo: In November You’re Going To Be Sorry You Messed With Women”
Saturday, Ed FitzGerald — the Democratic candidate seeking to replace Republican John Kasich as Governor of Ohio — spoke in Dayton and introduced his running make, Green County resident, Sharen Neuhardt. Over 200 people were in attendance and gave Fitzgerald and Neuhardt enthusiastic encouragement.
FitzGerald said that Kasich has created an inside group that has gained a lot of money and advantages from his policies — and that the poor and middle class Ohioans have been left with the bill. He said that Kasich represents a very small group of people — “And that is not what a democratic form of
…continue reading the article Ed FitzGerald Slams John Kasich For Coddling Ohio’s Wealthiest — At The Expense Of Everyone Else
Every four years, according to state law, the Montgomery County Democratic Party (MCDP) is required to “reorganize.” This is the year: a “Reorganization Meeting” is scheduled to be held in June. The deadline to register to become a delegate is February 5.
At a “Reorganization Meeting,” changes to the MCDP constitution and changes to its leadership are determined by the majority of delegates voting. Historically, a majority of delegates simply reaffirms the MCDP constitution and the MCDP leadership.
If delegates at the Reorganization Meeting fairly represented county Democrats, certainly there would consensus at the meeting that the MCDP needs major changes. The
…continue reading the article At The Reorganization Meeting, A New Constitution Could Transform the MCDP’s “Political Boss” Structure