Friday we got some really focused training that should be a huge help this
fall and beyond. After a breakfast put on by Evan Bayh and a general
strategy session, we had four sessions of training, during each of which
everyone had a choice among specific topics in Field Organizing,
Communications, Programming, and Infrastructure. Specific topics included
Voter Contact 101, Working with the Media, Event Planning, Fundraising,
GOTV, and The Democratic Message, just to name a few. All in all, it was
perfect for the CDNH group preparing to really take off in the coming year.
We also had an address followed by a more intimate question and answer
session with Gen. Wesley Clark, who spoke fondly, on more than one occasion,
of his experiences in New Hampshire during the last election cycle.
The early evening was devoted to internal politics with a
question-and-answer session for all the candidates running for national CDA
offices. One of the best things about the convention so far has been
getting to know all of the candidates personally (in fine New Hampshire
form), so that no matter who wins, the CDNH will have a great relationship
with the national board in the coming year.