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The Big Hairy Audacious Goal that The Montgomery County Democratic Party Should Focus On: “We Choose To BE BEST”

John Kennedy inspired Americans with his Big Hairy Audacious Goal of going to the moon

I keep coming back to this — Thank you Donald Trump — I’m gripped by the conviction that we are in desperate need of a strong Democratic Party. We need a sense of urgency that maintaining the Democratic Party status quo is not good enough — doing more of the same, but with greater enthusiasm, is not good enough. We need an inspiring vision of a twenty-first century Democratic Party. I like the notion of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) — a

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After Losing His Clerk Of Courts Election, Russ Joseph Asks The MCDP To Appoint Him To The County Treasurer’s Office

Russ Joseph just lost his election to remain Clerk of Courts. Now he is asking the MCDP to appoint him County Treasurer to complete Carolyn Rice’s term

Russ Joseph is seeking to be appointed Montgomery County Treasurer, the office vacated because Caroline Rice was elected Montgomery County Commissioner. The Democratic Party is empowered by state law to make the appointment. In a letter sent to Central Committee members, Joseph wrote: “I humbly ask for your support for the appointment to Montgomery County Treasurer and hope you’ll attend the MCDP meeting on January 17.”

Joseph has a long-time relationship

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In 2019, The MCDP Should Focus On Advancing Its Radical New Mission To “EMPOWER DEMOCRACY”

My bad cat, Rocky, shown studying the new MCDP Constitution

Last year, I served on the MCDP Constitution Committee, chaired by Mark Owens. In its one and only meeting, the Committee voted on the nine possible changes to the MCDP Constitution that I had proposed. The Committee approved the first four — establishing that the mission of the organization is to “empower democracy” — but rejected the five proposals to establish new endorsement procedures.

I was happy that Mark agreed to the four changes to the MCDP Constitution. I was surprised. I had assumed that a proposal to

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April 8, 2024 — Our Representative Democracy: A Future In Search Of A Plan and A Script — 2:17:16 PM

What will our system of representative democracy in this region look like at 2:17:16 PM on April 8, 2024, when Dayton, Ohio, will be at the very center of a total eclipse of the sun? In five years, will the system be stronger or weaker than it is today? How will we know? What is our vision of a twenty-first century system of representative democracy that works to its greatest potential to empower a government of, by and for the people? And what should we be doing in the next five years to help bring that vision

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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

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