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October 26th, 2004


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02:49 am - Post-active
Well, I ended up spending a few quite dull hours at DFL HQ. That one question was the only one I answered during my stay. Didn't get another phone call and, actually, found out I shouldn't have answered that one. (Read the volunteer manual that said to answer on the second ring after picking that one up on the first ring. I think I was supposed to be overflow.)

I'm going to contact them about doing the same thing later this week and also about some volunteer coordination activities. They seriously need some help in that department and I think it's something that would actually make a good paid position, if I could swing that kind of thing. When I arrived, there was no clear direction for what I should do, who I should talk to, etc. When the woman who eventually came and got me arrived she asked if I was a "phoner." Well, I'd volunteered to answer phones, not to be someone calling people so I didn't know.

The other thing I found interesting as I surfed various web site while working there, was that there are a lot of little, grass-roots organizing groups out there. I don't know if the DFL is in contact with these folks, but I would think that sending DFL volunteers to their meetings and such, to keep a feel on the pulse of the constituency would be a good thing. (I'd suggest being very open about doing this so the groups don't feel "spied on" by the big, bad political party.)

So, anyone know anyone in the local DFL that would be amenable to a) talking to me about volunteer coordination suggestions and/or b) talking to me about a paid position in the party doing volunteer coordination?
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From:joel_rosenberg
Date:October 26th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
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My guess is that paid positions are hard to come by, but you might want to start by talking to your state rep and/or state senator. At least up until the election, you'll find them very interested in talking to you, I'd guess. (Jean Wagenius, my own state rep, is even interested in talking to me up until the election, despite my own expressed positions, and her shoe-in status.)
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From:minnehaha
Date:October 26th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
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Were you naturalized?

K.
From:joel_rosenberg
Date:October 26th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)
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Nope. Didn't need to be; I've got both US and Canadian citizenship by birth.
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From:minnehaha
Date:October 26th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
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The problem is that elections are held (on this grand scale) only once every four years. The position you mention would be great, but there's not going to be any time to make a paid position out of it between now and Tuesday. You can have the job, though. Just go down there and start doing it.

K.
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From:jbru
Date:October 26th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
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Oh, I agree, this is obviously the big-time for volunteers. But there are enough other uses for volunteers coordinated by the party during the other elections and through the year that I think it'd make a full-time job. For example, getting people to man the State Fair booth every summer; or to attend/run their precinct caucuses. So, yeah, I should probably just start doing it and look to get hired after the election if I can convince someone it's a good idea.

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