r-PUNK-CHAOS-TO-COUTURE-large570Today I posted my FB status as: It’s way past time for political parties to end the “elected official” leadership model. I can’t imagine a bigger conflict of interest or a less effective group of folks to serve an organization 

In record time, text, email and FB messages to me over my status almost broke the internet (not really)  It was somewhat related to this article, but more to do with a response to a person seeking my support to run for one of the DPG’s top seven leadership positions.

What you’re not totally following that crap? Ok then, let me back up:

Next month the Democratic Party of Georgia will hold it’s Leadership elections. I’m hearing a last saturday in January date being floated. Friends of this blog know there was a time when this day could not have come soon enough. A lot has happened since the ignominious resignation of our former chair, who’s name won’t be spoken, but who I will link to here, here and here.  Please click on all those links, because yeah “google” also needs to remember that crap.

Once he was gone, amazing individuals stepped up to lead the organization in the interim and then were elected to filled his unexpired term through the election season. Both are running for re-election and I will happily support them.

Others, not so much.

Challengers are lining up for the Leadership posts, in hilarious and not so hilarious ways. I’m entirely sure a few of them don’t know that it’s a thankless volunteer position that will personally cost them thousands in the next four years.

I penned a letter to one of those challengers, and then I decided in the interest of transparency,  and full disclosure I’d  post it here.  I regret nothing and have felt this way for 10 years. Plus, I can link to this when the next elected official solicits my vote. Boom.

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If you haven’t been following this story, the report below will bring you up to speed. In a nutshell, Republican efforts at voter suppression now extend to voter registration.

Rev. Raphael Warnock on GOP Voter Suppression Efforts from Georgia Democrat on Vimeo.

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Watching the news these days can be a downer, but don’t you love those stories at the end that spotlight people making a difference?

Here are two amazing projects that I encourage you to drop what you are doing and check out.

First, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there are thousands of children at our border seeking to claim refugee status from the horrible, violent situations in their home countries that they ran away from. They’re being held in overcrowded shelters while we all wait for Congress to do something, and it’s not a pretty sight.

The Texas Young Democrats are stepping up to help, and you should join them. They’ve set up an Amazon wish list with items like soap, socks, t-shirts and backpacks. Many of these items are under $10, and 100% of the things you buy will go to a child being held at the border.

Second, people in Detroit have been battling the city water authorities for over a month after they instituted a plan to shut off water to the 150,000 residents who are delinquent on their bills. Even though big corporations and sports stadiums owe thousands for delinquent water bills, Detroit would rather shut off the water to half of the city’s citizens.

Good people have set up the Detroit Water Project, a match service where you can help someone in Detroit pay all or part of their delinquent water bill. Once you sign up for a match and pledge an amount, you’re taken directly to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department website to pay a bill. It’s that easy to help someone get their water back and take a shower during the hottest part of the year.

Two great ways to lend a hand set up by people who aren’t profiting a dime. Love it.

 

 

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I stumbled upon a good article in Politico a day or two ago regarding Twitter stats.  I remember in 2010, giving weekly reports of Facebook “friends” and Twitter “followers” to the campaign team I was working with…  it was something we worked hard on, and gave us some sense of who was following the campaign via social media.

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Nice to know that the State of Georgia has $3,000,000 laying around.

Exclusive: State settles all remaining ethics cases

By Aaron Gould Sheinin
State government on Friday will announce it has settled two remaining lawsuits against its ethics commission as well as one that had yet to be filed, the AJC has learned.
A person with direct knowledge of the settlements told the newspaper that the state will pay more than $1.8 million to settle lawsuits filed by former commission deputy director Sherilyn Streicker and former computer specialist John Hair as well as a threatened lawsuit by former commission attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein.
The state in May agreed to pay former commission director Stacey Kalberman $1.3 million after a Fulton County jury agreed with her claim that she was forced from office.
More to come.

As our friend Joel points out.

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$3 million in taxpayer $ to settle ethics claims would fund nearly 130 students through UGA for one year.

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