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2015 Primary reveals two key ways that Democrats need to better Unite & Conquer

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#1 We need a more effective primary system I know the Arlington Democrats have been using Instant Runoff Voting in their fire house primaries for...

Murphy campaign holes show VA Dems still need to talk about “digital” GOTV 101

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So, I was planning on volunteering for Kathleen Murphy today but am once again disappointed in the  way Virginia Democrats are handling their digital outreach efforts.

You need to get the basics right before you share pics online and give your twitter shout-outs.

Here is the quick list from a brief review:

-> The email with a "Jim, plans tomorrow?" subject line might be better served by mentioning special guests Congressman Don Beyer and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. This message is easy to skip otherwise...it's better to share the strongest headline or hook rather than just ask a general pseudo-personal question.

-> There are twitter shoutouts with pics of Beyer at the morning event but no advance warning of the 10am canvass to build attendance. There was a facebook post about it but without a clickable link to sign up just an email address....I would also recommend more than one post unless it is sponsored because facebook organic reach is harder than twitter reach nowadays. That's why I would recommend a facebook group for smaller communities like your volunteer army to connect easier.

-> The email about the canvass today includes a broken link to some kind of NGP sign up page, a graphic about the canvass that isn't linked to a signed up page but also the email address to RSVP which helps but for a major canvass it would be better to use a sign up page when something as simple as eventbrite can create a nice spreadsheet of all your sign ups with information on preferred shifts, driver/carpooler and other details from volunteers. And the best part is these forms usually have an email confirmation too.

-> If you didn't get the email but want to get involved by checking the web site then a google search doesn't produce http://www.murphyfordelegate.com. The best the SEO does is the NGP-branded version of the web site in the 7th listing. And to show the importance of facebook her page is the 1st listing.

-> Once you find the web site, there is no reference to today's canvass or Events or a Campaign Office address with hours of operation or even a phone number.

-> The Contact page and Volunteer pages only allow you to fill out a form but is the campaign going to respond in time if i want to volunteer today??? I filled it out to find out....stay tuned.

Now we can simply dismiss some of these things as items that very few people who are motivated enough to volunteer will miss but it is a sign that digital is a dormant tool and not being utilized properly.

And it does affect volunteers of all levels of participation. I saw a facebook post from a very active volunteer today asking how to phone bank for the campaign....all i had was an email address for him.

So, if people crazy enough to proactively look for how to get involved like us are getting confused then imagine what it is like for someone who we're trying to recruit for the first time.

Winning campaigns needed to start somewhere....and I don't see the foundation being laid in this campaign or several others in Northern Virginia.

UPDATE: 20 minutes before the 1pm canvass the Virginia Young Democrats notified us that Northam will be in Great Falls not McLean as advertised. We'll see if the campaign ever contacts us.

Has PCCC endorsed in VA-8 yet?

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I am not a fan of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, mostly based on their interest in overly radical, anti-Obama messaging that doesn't reflect political reality, but i am especially disappointed with their last-minute contest to secure their endorsement for the 8th District Primary.

They sucked a bunch of campaigns into asking for support in a web survey during the FINAL WEEK of the campaign but the only winner seems to be the list-building team at PCCC.

As of last night i haven't seen any tweets or web posts from the organization on the endorsement results.

Hope’s Straw Poll Hypocrisy

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The 8th District Primary is complicated, and the match up between Don Beyer and Patrick Hope seems to be one of the most stark, with Hope supporters digging up lots of "conservative" tid bits from Beyer's past to show who the REAL progressive in the race.

I have considered it all a bit harsh considering his recent work with Howard Dean and President Obama coupled with some strong progressive stances, but had internally conceded that the contrast was pretty legitimate. But yesterday's salvo seems way off target as it appears his over-eager campaign just walked into an embarrassing unforced error that doesn't even involve Beyer.

By signing on to a petition that compares Delegate Marcus Simon's ANNUAL fundraiser that includes yet another 8th District straw poll to a "tax" equivalent to what African-Americans faced in the segregated South is truly outrageous and to call the event "self-serving" is totally over the line:
http://www.change.org/petition...
(scroll down and click on More Reasons to see his comment at the bottom)

I have found the cavalcade of straw polls that started on Mardi Gras pretty distasteful as shameless ploys for local party committees and elected officials to pad their bank accounts but this indignation comes AFTER the Hope campaign fought hard to win almost all of them and often bragged at their results that were partially bought with donor money for extra tickets. Notice how former candidate Bruce Shuttlesworth also signs the petition AND mentions how he has opposed them from the beginning.

Now, two weeks before the election we are now shocked that gambling is going on in here!

What is the strategy? I guess Simon is an easier target than Gerry Connolly's "self serving" St. Patrick's Day Party or the Arlington Young Democrats who he considers part of his base and he can now pivot to being against straw polls after he used them to improve his credentials at higher profile events.

Well, the selective indignation is hypocritical at best and the sign of a careless bomb thrower at worst.

I know many people want the next 8th District Representative to be an "aggressive progressive" and a savvy "21st Century" grassroots campaigner but I still think that first and foremost the seat should be filled with a statesman/woman who has the respect of their peers.

Do we want the billions in federal government funding that goes to Northern Virginia compromised by the antics of a Member who thinks they can use the office to put on a series of publicity stunts?

Patrick seems like a thoughtful candidate but sometimes the insurgent crusaders aren't ready yet. Often this is because of a lack of pragmatism but attacking a fellow Delegate for the playing the same game as the rest of Northern Virginia Democrats have been playing is simply inconsistent and undisciplined.

What kind of sound bites will that yield on the Congressional stage? And what will that mean for the constituents of the 8th and their House seat?

Democrats just lost in Arlington of all places so the wrong candidate could prove vulnerable in a general election before OR after a term in office.

Hope’s Straw Poll Hypocrisy

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The 8th District Primary is complicated, and the match up between Don Beyer and Patrick Hope seems to be one of the most stark, with Hope supporters digging up lots of "conservative" tid bits from Beyer's past to show who the REAL progressive in the race.

I have considered it all a bit harsh considering his recent work with Howard Dean and President Obama coupled with some strong progressive stances, but had internally conceded that the contrast was pretty legitimate. But yesterday's salvo seems way off target as it appears his over-eager campaign just walked into an embarrassing unforced error that doesn't even involve Beyer.

By signing on to a petition that compares Delegate Marcus Simon's ANNUAL fundraiser that includes yet another 8th District straw poll to a "tax" equivalent to what African-Americans faced in the segregated South is truly outrageous and to call the the evet "self-serving" is totally over the line:
http://www.change.org/petition...

I have found the cavalcade of straw polls that started on Mardi Gras pretty distasteful as shameless ploys for local party committees and elected officials to pad their bank accounts but this indignation comes AFTER the Hope campaign fought hard to win almost all of them and often bragged at their results.

Now, two weeks before the election we are now shocked that gambling is going on in here!

What is the strategy? I guess Simon is an easier target than Gerry Connolly's "self serving" St. Patrick's Day Party or the Arlington Young Democrats who he considers part of his base and he can now pivot to being against straw polls after he used them to improve his credentials at higher profile events.

Well, the selective indignation is hypocritical at best and the sign of a careless bomb thrower at worst.

I know many people want the next 8th District Representative to be an "aggressive progressive" and a savvy "21st Century" grassroots campaigner but I still think that first and foremost the seat should be filled with a statesman/woman who has the respect of their peers.

Do we want the billions in federal government funding that goes to Northern Virginia compromised by the antics of a Member who thinks they can use the office to put on a series of publicity stunts?

Patrick seems like a thoughtful candidate but sometimes the insurgent crusaders aren't ready yet. Often this is because of a lack of pragmatism but attacking a fellow Delegate for the playing the same game as the rest of Northern Virginia Democrats have been playing is simply inconsistent and undisciplined.

What kind of sound bites will that yield on the Congressional stage? And what will that mean for the constituents of the 8th and their House seat?

Democrats just lost in Arlington of all places so the wrong candidate could prove vulnerable in a general election before OR after a term in office.

Hope’s Straw Poll Hypocrisy could be a key indicator in 8th CD Race

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The 8th District Primary is complicated, and the match up between Don Beyer and Patrick Hope seems to be one of the most stark, with Hope supporters digging up lots of "conservative" tid bits from Beyer's past to show who the REAL progressive in the race.

But despite my past leanings toward more progressive and grassroots-friendly candidates like Hope i have been reluctant to toss a man who has worked for Howard Dean and Barack Obama overboard too quickly as national and international experience with leaders i admire is a big thing. And Beyer is definitely promoting some very strong stances on issues ranging from choice to climate change to prove his progressive bonafides.

Beyer is more "establishment" and less engaged as a 21st Century campaigner though, which is important to me considering that we should be able to deliver a strong spokesman for our movement this close to the nation's capitol. So, the question becomes whether the youthful energy of Patrick Hope is worth the risk.

I was hoping so but it appears his over-eager campaign apparatus just walked into an embarrassing mistake.

By signing on to a petition that compares Delegate Marcus Simon's ANNUAL fundraiser that includes yet another 8th District straw poll to a "tax" equivalent to what African-Americans faced in the segregated South is truly outrageous and to call the the evet "self-serving" is totally over the line:
http://www.change.org/petition...

I have found the cavalcade of straw polls that started on Mardi Gras pretty distasteful as shameless ploys for local party committees and elected officials to pad their bank accounts but this indignation comes AFTER the Hope campaign fought hard to win almost all of them and often bragged at their results.

Now, two weeks before the election we are now shocked that gambling is going on in here!

What is the strategy? I guess Simon is an easier target than Gerry Connolly's "self serving" St. Patrick's Day Party or the Arlington Young Democrats who he considers part of his base and he can now pivot to being against straw polls after he used them to improve his credentials at higher profile events.

Well, the selective indignation is hypocritical at best and the sign of a careless bomb thrower at worst.

I know many people want the next 8th District Representative to be an "aggressive progressive" but I think that first and foremost the seat should be filled with a statesman/woman who has the respect of their peers.

Do we want the billions in federal government funding that goes to Northern Virginia compromised by the antics of a Member who thinks they can use the office to put on a series of publicity stunts?

Patrick seems like a thoughtful candidate but sometimes the insurgent crusaders aren't ready yet. Often this is because of a lack of pragmatism but attacking a fellow Delegate for the playing the same game as the rest of Northern Virginia Democrats have been playing is simply inconsistent and undisciplined.

What kind of sound bites will that yield on the Congressional stage? And what will that mean for the constituents of the 8th and their House seat?

Democrats just lost in Arlington of all places so the wrong candidate could prove vulnerable in a general election before OR after a term in office.

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