Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Maine Democrats Need an Internet Strategy

It's not about running ads online, it's not about an email list, and it's not about fundraising.

Its about reaching people, especially young people.

Michael Rocque, a senior at UMO wrote yesterday in the Sentinel about the apathy and the political ignorance he sees on his campus. Maine has historically had the most politically involved youth of any state in the country. Since 1972, youth turnout has increased 19% here while declining almost everywhere else. But Rocque's right, we're losing that spark. I see it in my friends and classmates.

Online political organization and communication targets young people in the same place they get their news and indulge their hobbies and talk with their friends. It's one of the most necessary parts of modern politics.

It shouldn't be an afterthought.

Visit the new Maine Politics.


He's right. I'm used to be the President of the College Dems at UMF, and it's so hard to sell the message of a party geared torwards seniors and the political center. We need a perty or message that is going to appeal to the idealism of the youth. 

Posted by John

4/17/2005 06:35:00 PM


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4/18/2005 09:32:00 AM


I second (or third) that.

Monthly meetings are great, but they don't cut it. During these meetings (whether Democracy for America or Democratic caucus meetings), it seems like there is always more to talk about than we have time for. Perhaps that's because we're trying to squeeze a month of info into 2 hours on the third Thursday of every month!?

The internet allows liberal Mainers to keep discussions going between meetings. The conversations don't need to stop when everyone leaves the meeting - they can continue online. Those Mainers who were not able to drive 1 hour to make it to their local meeting could still stay in touch online.

I feel like I am herding cats! 

Posted by Andy

4/19/2005 07:36:00 AM



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