by Max Brantley
The Bannock Street project is specifically focused on ten states — Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Montana, and West Virginia — with plans for senior field operatives and other staff members to be in place by the end of the month.
The state teams will each be required to each come up with a “strategic plan,” complete with a budget and data-mapping program. Paul Dunn — the newly hired national field director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, who also ran the 2010 Bennet field effort — will travel around the country, subjecting the teams to “murder boards” and making sure they are in constant communication with the Democratic committee.
.... “Your program will live and die by the strength of the data available to you on the voter file,” read a memo provided to the field teams.
The project will also require the state teams to constantly update their voter files so they can use their resources as efficiently as possible. “We will be able to go into the 58th precinct of the fifth ward of Little Rock and see if they’ve gotten a door knock, phone call or piece of mail, and know what TV they’re watching,” Mr. Cecil said.