Guest Post by randallt for DKos Asheville
Good day and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread for Saturday, April 18th. We try to get together every weekend to share with everyone what we’re all up to in Western North Carolina and beyond. We hope this group and others serve to invigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that’s grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville and other local and state groups can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with. We hope this local and wider community can help leverage our orange passion for progressive politics to elect more and better Democrats.
Please join us below as we plan for our April 25-26 meet up in Roanoke Virginia.
For our next meet up on April 25-26 we will be offering a dynamic community and networking experience focused on bringing together a diverse group of people who share our goal of electing more and better Democrats in every election. We will be taking the meet up on the road to Roanoke Virginia. Please sign up by dropping me a Kosmail.
This is an open invitation for all Kossacks to unite in a beautiful and relaxed setting as Spring arrives to the Roanoke Valley and wakens the dogwood and apple blossoms.Our very special guests on Saturday evening will be Dr Ferguson Reid and his son, Dr. Reid Jr.. “Fergie” has recently turned 90 and has offered to be at our gathering to acknowledge GOTV efforts not only in Virginia and North Carolina, but all of DKos as a whole. We are blessed to have these vibrantly beautiful and compassionate people grace us with their presence, advice and wisdom together with encouragement and recognition for what we have been striving for since DKos first opened it’s doors.
I’ve stayed in touch with “Fergie” Jr, through the week and I can’t thank him enough for all his guest recruiting help. He is honored that we will be featuring his Dad as our special guest and speaker and has joined with the DKos Asheville crew to raise awareness of the Roanoke event.
90 for 90
Essential to voting is voter registration of course and that is the focus behind the 90 for 90 model of local and effective political action and engagement with potential voters. The name is based on its Virginia roots but the model can apply anywhere.
In honor of Dr. William F. “Fergie” Reid’s 90th birthday and his long history of expanding voters’ rights, we commit to registering new voters for this years election.If all volunteers and candidates worked together to register 90 new voters in each of the Commonwealth’s precincts, our efforts would result in a quarter million new voters for the Old Dominion.
Denise Oliver Velez will have a story on the 90 for 90 Project on Sunday Kos tomorrow andplease read Vetwife’s great shoutout for this man to get more recognition of his life work.We are hoping for a great turnout at the event. It will offer two different venues and an after event voter registration opportunity. If you need a ride from the Asheville area, please let me know.
Meet at the mountaintop 12:00pm
Introduction and welcome, agenda announcement
Introductions from audience members/organizations
Skype call to KC – option1
Go to Hotel 4:00pm
Set up meeting room, distribute information
Begin program 5:30pm
SKYPE call to KC – option2
Dr. Reid and son speak
Questions and discussion
Planning for GOTV and Voter Registration projects
Downtown Roanoke voter registration training and fun
Group photo of everyone in front of Fire Station #1 in the city market where President
Obama delivered his “You didn’t build it.” speech.
Return to Hotel for late night discussion and social
Please see details below and let me know if you would like to attend.
What A DKos Asheville meet up in Roanoke, Virginia.When Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015. 12:00 pm Saturday till 12:00 pm Sunday.
Where We will start our day with lunch on the top of a mountain at Mill Mountain Parkand then go to the hotel in the afternoon.
Hotel Roanoke, Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia, 24016-2025, USA
Here is a Roanoke map from Mapquest
This is a Blueridge Outdoors look at Roanoke
This is the state of Virgina’s official reference to Roanoke.
Please Kosmail me, randallt, if you would like to attend.
Let’s get local, grow our network, build this community and help win elections.
RSVPs and hopefuls
6. Steerler Grrl
7. Steeler Guy
8. Otteray Scribe
12. Chun Yang
This is an invitation to a Waffle Brunch I help organize once a year. It’s a lot of fun – and if you don’t show up you’ll be missing out on some seriously awesome food. It’s known to local foodies as ” The Greatest Waffle Brunch In History.”
Chefs from around the world compete in Asheville, NC to decide who will be crowned “Master of the Waffle Iron And Supreme Potentate Over All Creation”.
To aid this culinary contest the community (That’s YOU) comes together to taste & vote on the waffles. Side-items such as fruit salad, bacon, and mimosas are provided by the attendees to share with one another.
This year all proceeds go to BAMFS – The Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society. (Look them up & “Like” them on Facebook.)
The Waffle-Off Championship is considered the most important event on Earth.
Cost: $5 per person + _ONE_ of the following items to share:
–> Real maple syrup (No HFCS please)
–> 1 gallon of organic orange juice
–> 1 bottle of Sparkling wine (aka: Champagne)
–> Bowl of fruit salad. (Doesn’t have to be organic fruit)
–> Something you want to share with the community, as long as it’s pre-cooked. (eg: Bacon, Mom’s breakfast strudel.)
Link to ticket page: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1353721
Advance ticket: $5
Tickets at door: $8
Note: A small group, such as a family or couple, may show up with a single one of the above items and it will count for the entire group. (For example: A family of 4 can bring a single bottle of real maple syrup.) If you don’t have time to pick up one or create of the items, no worries, an additional $5 will be accepted.
* Kids under the age of 10 and press get in free.
So, to summarize:
What: 2015 Waffle-Off Championship & Brunch
When: Sunday – March 29th 2015 @ 10:00am – 12:30pm
Why: To answer the most important question of all time: Who makes the best waffles IN THE UNIVERSE!!!???
This event is a benefit for BAMFS: Blueridge-Asheville Movement & FlowArts Society (Look us up on Facebook)
Where: The Asheville Commissary – 3080 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville, NC 28803. (Formerly CinTom’s Frozen Yogurt) Refer to this Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rztBY
This is a rain-or-shine event.
From DKos Asheville’s randallt:
Hi folks, we have exciting news. Daily Kos will be bringing a regional conference to Asheville on September 26th! Marcos and other DK staff will be in attendance and Asheville was chosen as the regional destination over Raleigh. DKos Asheville has been lobbying hard for this and today we got the news.
So please mark your calendars for September 26th. We are working with the Chamber to find the best venue for up to 500 guests and national speakers. Stay tuned!
Asheville, N.C. is the destination for September 26, 2015! DKos Asheville, the In-Real-Life group under the leadership ofrandallt, has been setting the example for other IRL groups across the nation regarding registering people to vote, getting out the vote, having a state open thread and setting up strategy conferences for their region. Because of this impressive leadership we’ve asked randallt to be the State Leader for all of North Carolina. We’ve got important work to do on the ground there and randallt has shown he’s the person to make that happen.
All states are welcome to attend this event and if you do you can expect to meet Markos Moulitsas in person, as well as some of the Daily Kos staff. More details regarding this regional event will be shared in the future so please stay tuned to Connect! Unite! Act!
For now, SAVE THE DATE and spread the word!
This post will remain at the top until this coming Saturday. New material will be found below.
by Gordon Smith
Are you excited about the victories we celebrated in November? Brian Turner defeated Tim Moffitt. John Ager defeated Nathan Ramsey. Todd Williams is our new District Attorney. Buncombe Democrats won every local race we ran, and now it’s time to gear up for next year’s big elections for President, County Commission, and more. That’s where you come in. Are you a Buncombe County resident? Are you a registered Democrat? We want you and need you!
When we know that the Koch Brothers intend to spend nearly a billion dollars in 2016 to elect people who want to make the rich richer at the expense of the rest of us, then it’s clear we need to begin organizing now. The battle for North Carolina will be front and center next year, and Democrats will have to organize like never before in order to combat conservative efforts to buy our democracy.
The county is made up of voting precincts. You know which one you’re in? If not, check here: http://www.ncsbe.gov/webapps/pollingplace_search/
On the morning of February 28th, Democrats from across the county will come together to lay the foundation for victory in 2016. You’re invited. We need your energy, ideas, and effort. Glenda Overbeck is a volunteer who’s marshaling Buncombe Dems’ precinct organizing this year, and I asked her “what’s this all about?”
From our friends at ProgressNC, randallt, and dKos Asheville:
Anyone can start a political blog, but not everyone can maintain a good one. On Saturday, January 17, Progress North Carolina and DKos Asheville (a DailyKos community group) are joining forces to host an afternoon meetup and seminar to help established bloggers sharpen their skills and build their networks, and show prospective bloggers what they need to get started.
Guest speakers will talk about what makes a political blog successful, and share some best practices for building your audience. Topics will include:
- Here We Go Again: A preview of the 2015 legislative session
- Bridging the gap between old media and new, with Jon Elliston from Carolina Public Press and Sarah Ovaska from NC Policy Watch
- Building and maintaining a blog that will best reach your audience
- Finding and Following a Good Story: Don’t just comment on the news cycle… Capture it!
- Reaching your audience and driving home your message
Check-in, welcomes and an informal lunch begin at noon, with the program beginning at 1:00pm and running until about 5:00pm. Afterward, attendees are invited to stick around for drinks and networking.
If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP or purchase a ticket below. Attendees who RSVP ahead of time but wait to purchase their ticket at the door will still only be charged the Early Bird rate of $10. Tickets purchased on the day of the event without an RSVP will be $15.
If you are interested in carpooling to Asheville from the Triangle, Triad or Charlotte areas, or if you have any other questions about the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up HERE. Schedule below.
People choosing between food and heat? It’s that time of year:
This past holiday week, those fortunate enough celebrated with family and friends around their Thanksgiving tables. But for those in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet, winter can be the toughest part of the year. According to the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks, about 160,000 people statewide receive emergency food assistance weekly and 75 percent of those individuals live in households who choose between buying food and heating their homes.
Times are tough around here as well. Please donate to Manna FoodBank. (See link in sidebar.)
It’s Election Day, people. You know what you have to do.
Lady Parts Justice
Nicole Sandler at Radioornot posts this guest piece by the amazing Billy Wimsatt:
We Have To Do More!
6 October, 2014
Published by nicole in Nicole’s Blog, Politics
Guest post by Billy Wimsatt who joins me on the show this morning at 10:30ET. Listen live or come back later for the podcast.
I’m freaking out about the Senate. I woke up this morning and thought:
WE HAVE TO DO MORE!!!
I’m freaking out BOTH because Mitch McConnell controlling the Senate is terrifying AND because I believe we can stop it.
Looking at the FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast, there are at least three races likely to be decided by somewhere between 1 vote and 17,000 votes.
Iowa has been a 1 point race consistently since June (the Republican is ahead). That translates to roughly 11,000 votes we need to make up (out of approximately 1.1 million likely to be cast).
Colorado has become a 1 point race in the last month with the Republican ahead. This translates to roughly 17,000 votes we need to make up (out of 1.7 million votes cast).
Alaska has widened to a 3 point race with the Republican leading. But this translates to only 7,500 votes (of 250,000 total cast).
If we win 2 of these 3 races, plus Kansas, North Carolina, and New Hampshire (where the Dem-leaning candidates are ahead by 3-4 points), we can save the freaking Senate.
Yesterday, I freaked out and authorized VOTE MOB to hire 20-25 organizers in Kansas (where we currently have 8 paid organizers). This morning, I woke up and thought: Let’s do the same in Iowa (where we currently have 3). I’m talking with partners in Alaska and Colorado about what else we can do to help.
Mind you, VOTE MOB doesn’t have money to do this (we still need to raise at least another $80k). But I’m willing to break the bank and take money away from other states and projects if necessary. So any support people can send to VOTE MOB or other groups is appreciated (see this 2014 Hot List for ideas of key state and local groups).
But I believe there’s even more we must do. To turn out more voters, we need a lot more people talking to a lot more people – especially on and around campuses and in communities of color. If turnout in 2014 is similar to 2010, more than 300,000 Iowa Democrats who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 will not show up at the polls.
All we need to do is GOTV 1 in 30 of these progressive drop off-voters (who are disproportionately folks under 30 and people of color) and we can swing the Senate race in Iowa
Getting out another 7,500 or 17,000 progressive voters in these states is totally do-able. We just have to remind folks what day the election is, help them find their polling place – easy stuff. In Iowa, there is currently in-person Early Voting. So you can literally grab people off the street or out of dorms in Iowa City and drag them to register and vote in 15 minutes. It’s SO easy.
I’m serious. Everyone in DC needs to take a leave from work, get on a damn plane and go to Iowa or Colorado or another swing state -or do SOMETHING. We’re not going to do anything done but play defense on every issue for the next two years if Republicans control the Senate. Climate people – if Mitch McConnell becomes Senate Majority Leader, he is literally planning to get rid of the EPA. And as we know, he will shut-down the government to do it. Ditto for every issue folks are working on.
What else can we do? What else are you willing to do? I will raise money to fly people to Iowa if I can. I will help find folks good volunteer placements and places to stay. (Yes, there are lots of other important states that will help determine control of the Senate and Governors and other races which are arguably just as important). So go to Florida or Michigan or Illinois or Wisconsin or North Carolina or Georgia – or wherever you want to go!
But seriously… we need to prioritize this election. We have to learn the lesson from 2010 – and for that matter, from 2000. Stopping a GOP Senate take-over affects every issue and every person each of us cares about. We cannot sit this out.
We have to start treating mid-term elections like Presidential elections. Or else we’re gonna have 2010 all over again – which is totally preventable. It is not too late to change the outcome. I would challenge anyone to come up with something more important to do over the next 4 weeks.
As the People’s Climate March begins in New York later today, California struggles with record drought. It’s not just the hippies worried about climate change, and not just here.
The UK must prepare for “the worst droughts in modern times” experts will warn this week at a major international conference to discuss the growing global water crisis.
Britain is looking at ways of reconfiguring its water infrastructure — expanding reservoirs, imposing tougher water extraction licenses, considering more desalination plants. “In the past we have planned for our water resources to cope with the worst situation on record but records are only 100 years long,” explains Trevor Bishop, the Environment Agency’s deputy director. “We may get a situation that is worse than that – with climate change that is perfectly possible.”