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How Do We Make The MCDP A Stronger / More Successful Organization? Democrats Should Make A Long Term Plan

In my email that I sent to MCDP Central Committee members — concerning our December 6 meeting — I invited members to express interest in developing and participating in an OH-10 Democratic Forum that I am developing on DaytonOS to start in January.

The purpose of the Forum is to empower Democrats to come together in learning communities focused on answering a specific question or advancing a specific mission. One question to investigate, for example, is: What can be done to make the MCDP a stronger and more successful organization? A committee investigating that question might start by defining the criteria for evaluating MCDP as an organization. How do we define strength? In our wildest dreams, what would a strong MCDP organization look like in 2022? How do we move from here to there?

I’m trying to think through the software of how to organize and to empower on-line study groups. I like the idea that groups can make their own Wiki. I want to be ready to launch before January. Here is the list of committees that I may start with:

  1. Committee to make the MCDP a stronger and more successful organization.
  2. Committee To Increase Voter Turn-Out In Strong Democratic Precincts.
  3. Committee to Study and Monitor the actions of the Ohio Assembly and to inform and engage the public concerning the work of the Assembly — particularly the work of Montgomery and Greene County Assembly members.
  4. Committee to Study and Monitor the action of the U.S. Congress and to inform and engage the public concerning the work of Mike Turner, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.
  5. Committee to make the Ohio Budget understandable and transparent and to inspire public interest in understanding issues dealing with the Ohio Budget.
  6. Committee to make the Federal Budget understandable and transparent and to inspire public interest in understanding issues dealing with the Federal Budget.
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To Get Out The Vote, The MCDP Must Develop A Long-Term Strategy And Plan

Interesting exchange on Facebook with Kurt Hatcher as a response to my post — Why Do Strong Democratic Precincts Have Absurdly Weak Voter Turnout? The MCDP Central Committee Should Seek Answers. The exchange was useful in clarifying a definition of GOTV not simply as the activity of the last weeks before election, but rather the sum of an overall strategy/plan. Once again I’m sounding the theme that the problem is in the system — not in the individuals in the system. We need to look objectively at what we are doing, we need to get a clear grasp of

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My Email To MCDP Central Committee Members Will Ask Support For Three Motions Planned For December 6 Meeting

From the “Autopsy”: “The depressed turnout that cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election was due to both voter suppression efforts by Republicans and the Democratic Party’s own inability to mobilize its base. The party has made some progress on both counts in the past year. However, party leadership still does little to energize voters to turn out for candidates running credible campaigns for genuinely progressive policies.”

We mobilize our base, I believe, by walking the walk of being the party of the people. We energize the voters by acting as the party of the people. This must start at

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Why Do Strong Democratic Precincts Have Absurdly Weak Voter Turnout? The MCDP Central Committee Should Seek Answers

There are 62 precincts in Montgomery County that voted 80%, or more, for Richard Cordray. Unfortunately, these strong Democratic precincts had a turnout of only 43.0%. The top 62 Republican precincts, meanwhile, voted 72.1% for DeWine and had a turnout of 60.4%

The turnout gap is getting worse. In 2014, the gap in turnout between strong Democratic precincts compared to strong Republican precincts was 14.1%. In 2018, the gap increased to 17.4%. The consequence is that Democratic candidates are losing out on a lot of votes. For example, if the turnout in the top 62 Democratic precincts had matched

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The Transformation Needed In The Democratic Party Is Starting Here In Montgomery County

The Democratic Party needs transformation — one from a political boss structure to a representative democracy structure, from rule by clique to rule by representative body, from a party of the few, to the party of the people.

Of the 60,000 Democrats in Montgomery County, only a handful have a voice in the local party organization. The MCDP has operated with a “political boss” structure stretching back to its beginnings. This structure is consistent throughout the party. For example, David Pepper, the ODP Chairperson, was chosen to be the leader of Ohio’s 1.4 million Democrats by a committee of

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