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December 2011

DNC State Chairs Group Meets

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One of the most important groups within the Democratic National Committee is the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC), which consists of each state’s party chair, first vice chair, and executive director.  The ASDC meets four times a year and just concluded its winter meeting here in Las Vegas.  Over the past three days, the ASDC presented speeches, panels, and workshops providing practical information and guidance on issues  including state party budgeting, state party fundraising (including for the national convention), social media,  party administration, DNC and state party constituency efforts, national convention best practices, DNC technology, state party campaign structure, voter protection efforts, and updates on President Obama’s campaign and the national convention. The DPVA was well represented by VC Gaylene Kanoyton and ED Dave Mills, and I attended with DNC members Mame Reiley, Doris Crouse-May and Susan Swecker, and Sen. Louise Lucas.   Some highlight of the sessions I attended:Read More »DNC State Chairs Group Meets

DPVA State Committees Meet

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The DPVA Steering and Central Committee met this weekend in Hampton VA.  Highlights included Congressman Bobby Scott’s speech, discussion of 2011 results and lessons and 2012 Obama and Kaine campaign activities, and adoption of resolutions.

Cong. Bobby Scott

Virginia Obama State Director Lise Clavel (who managed Tom Periello’s campaigns and served as his Chief of Staff) reported that field staff is growing from 15 t0 50 and will exceed 100 by next year.  They will open 50 offices around the Commonwealth (Fairfax and Newport News opened today).  The Obama campaign will work closely with DPVA and local party committees.  An early focus will be voter registration, with a number of drives around the state scheduled for next weekend.  Bookmark the OFA-VA page and participate in upcoming events.   I was impressed with Lise and the campaign’s specific plans.  2012 should have 2x-3x the turnout of 2011 — if we get our people to the polls, Obama will again carry Virginia.Read More »DPVA State Committees Meet