Thursday, December 29, 2011

Is Freedom Your New Year's Resolution?

Is Freedom Your New Year's Resolution?

Freedom from ... what?

Freedom to ... what?

Freedom for ... whom?

No matter how you fill in the blanks, you, individually, have it within your power to advance freedom in a concrete way in your own small section of the planet.

The know-it-alls and the talking heads are all saying 2012 is such an important year.

But why?

It's absolutely NOT because it's a presidential election year.

It's categorically NOT because most of the Congress is facing election.

It's unquestionably NOT even because most state executives and legislators will be running around playing musical chairs.

THE REASON 2012 is such an important year is because the powers that be are spending enormous sums of money to keep you from achieving power in your own right. The powerful will distract you from focusing on your power with entertaining scandals, speculation, and surveys.

The power brokers will rely on the propaganda that they have fed to you from cradle to now. They will rely on the well-trained inner voice they have cultivated in you for years that says -- "It's not for me," "I can't do it," "I'm not smart enough," "I'm too busy," and on and on. And, as a back up plan, the purveyors of power will rely on a law of nature, also known as Newton's First Law of Motion: An object at rest will remain at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.


2012 is an important year because little old you are being shown how to be that 'unbalanced force' on the path to restoring freedom, not only for yourself, but for everyone you represent.

If that inner voice is giving you an excuse, you should be asking yourself, why?


The first steps on the path to freedom in 2012 are the 1,784 Iowa precinct caucuses. That equates to an opportunity for thousands of you and your freedom loving associates to individually ascend from a power-deprived voter to a seat at the table of political power.

After Iowa, almost every other state will follow from now to September.

Will you give your children and grandchildren a litany of excuses of why you refused to take power when it was within your reach?

On Saturday, (New Year's Eve), Project City Hall will host the Iowa Precinct Caucus Teleconference. It's not going to be about which presidential candidate will win the caucuses. It's going to be about you taking a seat at the table of power.

After we've addressed questions from the Iowans on the call, we'll lay out the plan for taking power in the rest of the states over the next nine months.

What:Iowa Precinct Caucus Teleconference
When:December 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm (Central)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Iowa PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

For additional information about the Iowa Precinct Caucuses, see Iowa Precinct Caucus.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Iowa Precinct Caucus

Iowa Precinct Caucus

The Iowa precinct caucuses are upon us.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.

You've all been hearing about the Iowa Caucuses in connection with the Presidential Preference Poll and that is the first order of business at the caucus.

What you may not be aware of is the other important business that happens immediately after the Presidential Preference Poll that is actually more important in terms of taking back the centers of power.

Each of the dozens of precinct caucuses in all ninety-nine counties will also elect at least two (in many cases more than two) precinct committeemen to the party county executive committee. This is where everyday people like you and I can move into a center of power.


Most importantly, you have to show up.

You have to reside within the precinct boundary.

You have to be registered to vote (or 18 years old by November 2012) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent.

You can even change your party affiliation at the caucus. How easy is that?

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions and to prepare you for your precinct caucus on Tuesday night, Project City Hall will produce a live teleconference on Saturday afternoon (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

What:Iowa Precinct Caucus Teleconference
When:December 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm (Central)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Iowa PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

What:Iowa Caucus Night
When:January 3, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Where:Your precinct caucus

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Polling Place search page and enter your ZIP code and address.
    For example:
    Winneshiek County
    1959 Fox Hollow Rd, Decorah, IA 52101
  2. Note Your Precinct Name on the results page. (Don't assume that the polling place is the where the caucus will be held.)
    For example:
  3. Go to the party caucus listing page and search (CTRL-F in most browsers) the page for the precinct name.
  4. Write down the address and print a map if you need to.
    For example:
    3495 N. Winn Rd.
    Decorah, IA 52101

Before the Caucus

  1. Call your county executive committee and ask how many precinct committeemen (leaders) your precinct can elect. (It will be at least two.)
  2. Ask for the procedure to nominate precinct leaders.
  3. Ask for the names of each of the current precinct leaders and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number). If there are none, ask for the paperwork (rules, forms, building access contact) so that you can conduct the precinct caucus yourself.
  4. Ask for the number of people who attended the precinct caucus in 2008 (the previous presidential election year).
  5. Join other Iowans on the live teleconference call (see below) where you can ask questions.
  6. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone in attendance.
  7. Prepare printed information about any party platform ideas that you have.

At the Caucus

  1. Arrive an hour early, if possible.
  2. Greet as many people as you can as they arrive and offer them your printed information. (Don't get distracted by the Presidential Preference Poll.)
  3. When the agenda turns to the election of precinct committeemen (leaders), make sure that your name is placed in nomination.
  4. When the agenda turns to the election of delegates to the county convention, make sure that your name is placed in nomination.

You Can Do It!

Winning a caucus election happens very quickly. You can do it if you take a few minutes to prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a preceinct committeeman, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Precinct Committeeman
- A Center of Power


Every one of the 3,163 counties in the United States is divided into voting districts called precincts or wards. For the purpose of this article, I'll refer to precinct, which is used synonymously with ward. Every registered voter in the United States is attached to one of the hundreds of thousands of precincts. At the lowest tabulation level, all votes in every election are tabulated at the precinct level.

Every precinct has a name designation. It may just be a sequential number within the county or it may include other information like a city, township, or neighborhood name.

All politics is local.

That statement is never more true than when talking about the precinct committeeman. The precinct committeeman is the grassroots representative of a political party in the precinct in which he lives.

Because it is a local position, the office of precinct committeeman sometimes goes by a different name. In the State of Washington, for example, the office is called precinct committee officer, thereby avoiding the gender issue. In some states, such as Arizona, there may be more than one precinct committeeman representing a single precinct. In other states, such as Oregon, not only may there may be more than one precinct committeeman, but for each male officeholder, there is a corresponding female officeholder.

In most states, the precinct committeeman is a directly elected position; in a few it's done by caucus. The voters qualified to elect the precinct committeeman are those who have registered with the same political party and who live in the same precinct. Because precincts by design only represent a small number of voters (generally around 1,000), the number of voters that a precinct committeeman actually represents, when excluding voters who are not registered in the same party is just a fraction of that.

As many as half of all precinct committeemen positions, nation-wide, are vacant or appointed.

While I may need to know all this to help you, you don't need to know it. The only thing you need to know is what the lay of the land is for your precinct.

What You Need To Know

Because there are fifty states and because each state can pretty much do as it wants with respect to political parties, there are, potentially, lots of differences between the generalities I'm going to share and the actual situation in your particular precinct.

In general, these are the basics.

In most states precinct committeeman are elected every two years (sometimes every four years, such as Cook County (Chicago) Illinois).

Precinct committeemen are elected at the primary election in every year that members of Congress are elected.

Precinct committeemen may only be elected to represent the party in which they are registered.

Elected, not appointed, precinct committeemen can vote for the party's county executive committee in the organizing meeting that follows the election in which they become precinct committeemen.

Precinct committeemen must file paperwork with the county election official, usually the county clerk, in order to be placed on the ballot.

If there are the same or fewer people on the ballot as there are elected precinct committeeman positions available, the election official may not have to print a ballot, because all are "elected" by there being no competitors for the positions.

The filing methods and deadlines for precinct committeeman are the same as for the other party candidates for the primary election.

Voting for Party Leaders

The reason that I am challenging you to become a precinct committeeman is that one of the duties of elected precinct committeemen is to vote for the party's county executive committee. The county executive committee controls everything that the party does within the county, and in many states, the party county executive committees vote for the party's state executive committee, which in turn votes for the national executive committee. Even in the states where the state executive committee is voted directly by party voters, the precinct committeeman has a huge potential effect because in those states, the state executive committee is made up of representatives from districts. In other words, no state executive committee is elected based on the total votes cast state-wide.

This voting position makes you, the precinct committeeman, a very powerful person, assuming that you use your vote wisely.

You, with a few other like-minded individuals, can literally take over the party apparatus in a county. And that includes much of the decision-making regarding endorsements and how party money is spent.

Imagine, if you will, a cadre of newly elected precinct committeemen, fed up with the way the party has been run (or not) for years, now in control of all the political apparatus at the party's disposal. Which candidates would you run? How would you spend the money in the party treasury?

But don't get too drunk on that power. And don't count your chickens before they hatch.

Other Duties

The precinct committeeman position is an unpaid, voluntary position. You can put as much into it as you like, but there is usually a minimal amount of time that needs to be devoted to it.

Some of the other typical duties that precinct committeemen are responsible for within the precinct's boundaries are:

  • Assist in voter registration.
  • Assist voters on election days.
  • Canvass (knock on doors), sometimes with a candidate in tow.
  • Deliver campaign literature.

Notice that I said responsible for. This does not mean that you have to do these things yourself. You'll have other voters (and sometimes other precinct committeemen) in your precinct who will volunteer to help you.

The savvy precinct committeeman will delegate most of his duties to volunteers who will be the boots on the ground. Through a small team of volunteers, you will not only keep the party's voter list up to date, but also will enhance it.

All this does not take a lot of time during most of the year. Obviously, just before elections activity will pick up, but remember that you can delegate much of the time-consuming work to volunteers.


If you want to really change things, instead of just talking about it, from the bottom up, then I challenge you to get on the ballot for your state's primary election in 2012.

The filing periods have already started in several states with spring primaries. Some of the deadlines are as early as Thanksgiving, so you need to get your filing instructions from the county clerk now, so you can get everything in order before the deadline.

I'll be conducting general and state-specific teleconferences on the precinct committeemen positions where you'll get to ask questions.

But it first takes your commitment to do something other than talk. Let me know that you're committed to do this in 2012, so that I can set the dates and times for the teleconferences. Send a text to (909)274-0813 saying "I'm committed!" along with your name and e-mail address. I know, you're crazy; crazy like a fox.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Precinct Committeeman Deadline: Thursday, December 3rd

This article was first published on November 25, 2009 on, which is now closed. It is republished here, without edits, exactly as it was published then from my own personal archive.

The article was written after the official filing deadline, but prior to the write-in filing deadline. Write-in candidates are required to register in Illinois or votes for them will not be counted.

To update the article. Petition gathering for the 2012 Illinois Primary election begins on September 6, 2011 and ends on November 28, 2011. The filing period begins on November 28, 2011 and ends on December 5, 2011. You have plenty of time and you should also contact your county party to determine if you can be appointed as an interim precinct committeeman.

The State of Illinois requires that all write-in candidates, for whatever office, must file a Declaration of Intent To Be a Write-In Candidate. Write-in votes for candidates who have not filed this declaration are not counted.

There is still time to file as a write-in candidate. The deadline is close of business on December 3rd, which is a Thursday.

You can file the declaration either in-person or via mail. If you file in person, the county clerk will notarize the declaration. If you file via mail, you must obtain the notary before mailing it.

Here are the steps for a write-in:

0. You must be a voter registered for the party for which you wish to run for Precinct Committeeman.

1. Call you county clerk's office during business hours.

1A. Find the Declaration of Intent To Be a Write-In Candidate on the county clerk's web site. Not every county has a web site and even counties that have a web site may not have the information posted.

Resource: Election Boards

2. Determine your Township and Precinct. This is on your voter card. If you are unsure, call the county clerk.

3. Call the county clerk and ask if there are any other candidates for Precinct Committeeman for your party and precinct. If yes, ask for the name, address, and phone number for each of the other candidates. (Some counties have all or part of this information posted on their web sites.)

4. If there already are one or more candidates, call each one and ask how long they have served and how active they are. You may also want to ask each candidate questions about their view of their duty as a precinct committeeman for the party. For Illinois Republicans, one good question to ask is what is their position on the Republican Party's rule that prevents the direct election of State Central Committee representatives. At this point, determine whether you want to challenge the incumbent or candidate. If you cannot reach the candidate, proceed to step 5 anyway, because the deadline is approaching.

5. Go to the county clerk's office and complete the Declaration of Intent To Be a Write-In Candidate. The county clerk will notarize it for you.

5A. Print the Declaration of Intent To Be a Write-In Candidate, complete it, except for your signature, bring it to a notary public (most business service stores have a notary on staff), have it notarized, and then mail it. Mail must be received by close of business on December 3rd, so if there is any doubt that it will arrive on time, do step 5 instead.

6. If you completed the above steps, you should be certified as a write-in candidate. To make certain of that, call the county clerk on December 8 to confirm that you have been certified.

7. If you are certified, then you still have another task. Illinois requires that a write-in candidate, even unopposed, must have at least ten (10) votes to be elected. So, your job between now and election day is to get at least 30 people to commit to write-in your name on the ballot. There are specific instructions that need to be followed for a write-in vote to be effective.

(a) Like any campaign, you should prepare a flyer that tells the potential voter about yourself and why they should vote for you. You should also include on that flyer instructions for how to write in your name on the ballot.

(b) Only voters of the same party can vote for you in the primary. You can obtain a list of voters in your precinct from the State Board of Elections for $25. We recommend you do this so as not to waste time and resources campaigning to people who can't vote for you.

Resource: Voter Information

8. For any voter that commits to write in your name, determine how they are likely to vote -- absentee, early voting, or on election day. Then ask for an e-mail address and phone number so that you can contact them to remind them prior to voting.