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Archive for August, 2007

Former YDAZ President Elected to AZ State Party Chair

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

PV resident named chair of state’s Democratic Party

Diana Balazs
The Arizona Republic
Aug. 22, 2007 12:01 PM

PARADISE VALLEY – Paradise Valley resident and longtime political veteran Don Bivens has been named to chair the Arizona Democratic Party.He has been a town resident since the late 1980s. Paradise Valley is predominantly Republican.

“We are slowly taking over,” he said with a laugh.

Don Bivens Bivens, 55, a lawyer, began his political involvement in the 1970s as a precinct committeeman. He served as the president of the Young Democrats of Arizona in the early 1980s and since then has held leadership roles in many Arizona elections, including the 1982 gubernatorial campaign of Bruce Babbitt and the 1994 gubernatorial campaign of Terry Goddard in which he served as finance chair. Most recently, Bivens served on the financial committee for U.S. Senate candidate Jim Pederson.

In his new role, Bivens said he wants to build on the party’s momentum, noting that Democrats have made great strides in the state with voters, including Republicans and Independents, voting for Democratic candidates.

“I want to continue that upward trajectory,” he said.

He will fill the remaining 1 ½ -year term of outgoing chairman David Waid. Bivens said he plans to run for a full two-year term when his current one expires.

Bivens is a partner with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer, where he specializes in complex litigation. He is a former president of the State Bar of Arizona. His charitable endeavors include currently serving on the board of directors of the Salvation Army and Arizonans for Children. He is a founding co-chair of Arizona’s Equal Justice Foundation.

Bivens is a member of St. Barnabas in the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley where he served as senior warden from 2002-05.He is currently church attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.

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Job Opportunity: Young Democrats of Nevada Executive Director

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

YDA is hiring our 6th state Executive Director – this time in Nevada.

Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@yda.org by Friday, September 7.

Position: Executive Director, Young Democrats of Nevada

The Young Democrats of America (YDA) is the nation’s largest youth-led, partisan political organization. As the official youth arm of the Democratic Party since 1932, YDA now operates as an independent 527 organizations. Our membership includes middle school, high school and college students as well as young workers, young professionals and young families, with over 1,500 local chapters in all 50 states. YDA’s national and state staff work with national, state, and local leaders across the country on peer-to-peer young voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, leadership and skills trainings, and other activities to grow sustainable chapters and build the national infrastructure of YDA.

The Young Democrats of Nevada is the official youth arm of the Nevada Democratic Party and has members between the ages of 14 and 36.

Job Description: The Young Democrats of America is continuing to expand state-based staff as part of our State Partnership Programs. State Executive Directors work to build long-term infrastructure for the youth movement. The Young Democrats of Nevada (YDNV) Executive Director reports directly to the President of the Young Democrats of Nevada and the Executive Director of the Young Democrats of America. The position is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The YDNV Executive Director is responsible for the overall implementation of programs on behalf of the Young Democrats of Nevada and the Young Democrats of America. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Manage the daily operations of the Young Democrats of Nevada.
* Organize Young Democrats chapters in communities across the state and work to strengthen existing chapters.
* Work with the YDNV Executive Board to develop and Implement the Young Democrats of Nevada Strategic Plan, specifically planning peer-to-peer campaign activities, chapter building activities, lobbying efforts and coordinating with other progressive grassroots organizations
* Create and fund yearly budget, ensuring that the budget is met through effective donor solicitation and marketing efforts.
* Plan & coordinate events such as Executive Board and Committee meetings, convention activities, regular conferences, and trainings.
* Handle all scheduling, communication and appearance requests for YDNV and the YDNV President.
* Continue collaborative and cooperative relationships with the Nevada Democratic Party, Young Democrats of America and other progressive groups to ensure high visibility and effective activism.
* Recruit and manage YDNV interns.

Salary and Benefits: $30,000 to $35,000 annually, health insurance, and reimbursement for cell phone.

To Apply: Applicants should have at least two years experience with campaigns or politically-focused non-profit organizations. Management experience and knowledge of fundraising and the budget process is preferred. The position requires regular in-state and national travel and access to a car. Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@yda.org by Friday, September 7.

Young Democrats of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. YDA does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or any other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.

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Generation Obama National Kickoff Night

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 22, 2007

 

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GENERATION OBAMA National Kickoff Night:

DC/VA-Metro Area Launch Party!
(Hosted by GO-DC and GO-VA)

7:00-10:00pm Saturday, August 25th
(Barack Call @ 8pm, DJ/dancing @ 10pm)

Clarendon Grill
1101 N Highland Street, Arlington, VA
(off Wash Blvd/Clarendon Blvd, one block from metro)

To RSVP and get Generation Obama—DC/VA updates:
Jim McBride, 703-867-5070, genobamadc@gmail.com

This is a FREE event (and no cover before 8pm, $5 afterward)…..so bring your friends!

Keep in mind that this event is being posted on our My.BarackObama.com page and has additional guests.

ABOUT GENERATION OBAMA:
Generation Obama is a nationwide program with chapters in the DC metro area and across the country designed to get young people involved in Barack Obama’s historic presidential campaign, which is inspired by a Movement for Change toward a “New Kind Of Politics” based on HOPE for a better America.

Web Site:
my.barackobama.com/page/group/GenerationObama-WashingtonDC

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4552427959

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links for 2007-08-22

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 21, 2007

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A Donkey and an Elephant Walk Into a Bar

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 21, 2007

Donkey and Elephant Logo

There is a new social network that is entirely political in nature, and it could be a great tool for YD chapters. The network is tied to Democracy In Action/Salsa (translated: DEMopolis) and can integrate with your chapter’s accounts. Register by clicking here and start taking advantage of all of the resources that it offers.

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links for 2007-08-21

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 20, 2007

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Young Democrats of Arizona Website Redesign

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 20, 2007

YDAZ Website ScreenshotI have finished the basic redesign of the Young Democrats of Arizona website. There is still some polishing left to do and the blog and calendar are still in progress, but the overall look and feel of the site is done.

www.ydaz.org

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RSS Feed Now With FeedBurner

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 20, 2007

The RSS subscriptions for this site have been switched over to Feedburner, so subscribe by with the little counter on the right (that of course currently says 0) and get these posts delivered straight to your email or RSS feed reader.

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links for 2007-08-20

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 19, 2007

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2007-2009 Presidential Appointments for Administrative Officers and Committee Officers

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on August 19, 2007

Attached is the application for 2007-2009 Presidential Appointments for Administrative Officers and Committee Officers.  Please pass this on to interested state and local leaders.

Please note that the deadline for Judicial Council applications is 5:00pm EST on Monday, August 20th.  We apologize for the quick turnaround.

The deadline for applications for all other appointments is 5:00pm EST on Tuesday, September 4th.

All applications must be emailed to appointments@yda.org.
If you have questions about the Presidential Appointment process, please email appointments@yda.org.

Thank you.

Alexandra Acker

Executive Director

Young Democrats of America

YDA Presidential Appointments Application

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