The Blue Bench Training Project

The Blue Bench Project is about taking substantive action and making sure Democrats have the training needed to be strong candidates and grassroots party leaders.

Staying home and posting on Facebook isn’t enough anymore.

Our Blue Bench trainings are hands-on and focused on action. We learn from one another as we all prepare to win elections for Democrats.

Watch the NDP Facebook page for the recent trainings you can be a part of–we host trainings all over the state and at each of our quarterly meetings.

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About the Blue Bench Project

The Blue Bench Project is a training program for anyone of any age that wants to run for office or serve the party as a staff member on a campaign or officer at the county level.

The Nebraska Democratic Party is building our bench for races up and down the ballot as well as ensuring we have diverse folks in age, race and economic backgrounds serving as leadership at the county party level and on campaign staff teams.

State Senators Adam Morfeld and Anna Wishart are the co-chairs of this new project under Chair Jane Kleeb’s leadership.

Previous training included: Effective Phone Banking, It’s Called GIF, Door to Door Advocacy, Progressive Communications, Creating a Campaign Plan and Fundraising.

Jacob Denniston, the NDP Communications and Party Affairs Director, is the lead staff person for all training, contact him to schedule trainings for your group or to find out the upcoming trainings: jacob@nebraskademocrats.org.

The Nebraska Democratic Party is partners with the National Democratic Training Committee that provides trainings and resources to party leaders and candidates all over the country.

Read all about the partnership and see the trainings offered: https://www.traindemocrats.org/nebraskadems

Blue Bench Trainings

Blue Bench Training: Keeping Your Campaign in Compliance
Dec. 21, 2017
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Blue Bench Training: Preventing Sexual Harassment
Jan. 9, 2018

Blue Bench Training: Using the Voter File to Win 
Jan. 10, 2018
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Block Captain Training: Getting Ready for 2018
March 3rd
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1st Block Captain Canvass: Collecting Vote By Mail Applications and Registering Voters
March and April (Block Captains canvass the 50 houses in their community that are assigned to them during these two months–the Block Captains chooses the day and time that is best for them to canvass during these two months)

Block Captain Training: Effective Door to Door Canvassing:
July 14th
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2nd Block Captain Canvass: Talking About Critical Issues with Voters
July and August (Block Captains canvass the 50 houses in their community that are assigned to them during these two months–the Block Captains chooses the day and time that is best for them to canvass during these two months)

Big Barn Block Captain Bash
October 7th 2-4pm
Online and training in person at a location at Roca Ridge Events, Kearney, North Platte and Alliance
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3rd Block Captain Canvass: Getting Out the Vote for Democrats
October and November (Block Captains canvass the 50 houses in their community that are assigned to them during these two months–the Block Captains chooses the day and time that is best for them to canvass during these two months)

Additional DNC Trainings

The Nebraska Democratic Party and the national Democratic National Committee (DNC) provide training support to campaigns, county parties, grassroots groups and NDP caucuses. Staff and NDP Officers can come to your local meetings and events to conduct trainings.

You can watch previous DNC trainings online:

Video: Introduction to T3: The Democratic Party with DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison
Slides: 
Introduction to T3: The Democratic Party

Video: Communications: Amplifying the Message with former Missouri Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell
Slides: Communications: Amplifying the Message

Video: Digital: Email Organizing
Slides: Digital: Email Organizing     

Video: Digital: Social Media Organizing
Slides: Digital: Social Media Organizing

Nebraska Trainings

The Nebraska Democratic Party (NDP) has several training programs to help build and expand our party. The NDP also offers full-day trainings for candidates, campaign managers and grassroots leaders each year with national speakers and trainers.

Every NDP staff member and officers have specific skills and experience on which he or she can train and work with county parties.

Jane Kleeb, Chair
Jane can provide updates on national DNC work including the Unity Commission which she is a member of. Jane can also train on grassroots organizing, peer to peer turnout, media work, communications/branding.

Frank LaMere, Associate Chair
Frank can train on indigenous organizing and indigenous issues including providing updates on the White Clay matter. He can lead discussions on other progressive issues and can train on how to utilize motivational skills; to keep volunteers engaged. He can also lead discussions based on the movie “Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian”.

Tom Tilden, 2nd Associate Chair
Tom can train on canvassing, both traditional campaign canvassing and information gathering canvasses such as; Knock Every Door. Also, he can train on the Obama neighborhood team-building model.

Patty Zieg, National Committeewoman
Patty can train on prospecting for donors and fundraising. She can also train on messaging strategies.

Ron Kaminski, National Committeeman
Ron can train on labor organizing and union history in Democratic politics.

Eric Aspegren, Political and Field Director
Eric can train on candidate recruitment, how to use the VAN for targeting voters, creating walk lists and updating info like emails and cell phones. Eric can also train the party on how to create GOTV plans.

Jacob Denniston, Communications and Party Affairs Director
Jacob can train on the topics of Organizing Events, Volunteer Recruitment and Building Relationships, Telling your Personal Story, Earning Media Coverage, and Digital Storytelling.

More Information

Jacob Denniston, our Party Affairs Director, is the lead staff person for all training, contact him to schedule trainings for your group: jacob@nebraskademocrats.org