Obama organization's "listening tour" at Columbus' Liberty Theatre Thursday

The "Organizing for America" network born of Barack Obama's presidential campaign is on a statewide "listening tour" that's to make a stop at 6 p.m. Thursday in Columbus Liberty Theatre Cultural Center, 813 Eighth Ave.

The organization, an offshoot of the Democratic Party, is looking for way to expand. Lee Goodall, the Georgia state director, has sent supporters an e-mail inviting them to tour stops.

"At Listening Tour meetings, you'll get a chance to meet new state staff members, hear about some lessons learned during the general election, and offer your thoughts on how we can organize Georgia going forward," Goodall wrote.

Obama's campaign for president last year amassed legions of online supporters. That network was converted to Organizing for America after his inauguration. It is now used to garner support for Obama's policies and initiatives.

The tour Web site is http://ga.barackobama.com/ListeningTourGA.