Meeting Notice
CCDP Executive Committee
7:00 pm, Thursday, Aug. 13
Ichiban Buffet Restaurant
1712 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, NC

Our meetings are open to any Cleveland County registered Dems interested in party and politics... come join us!

Media scan
07.10.2015 NC House speaker has new job working for Cleveland CountyThe Raleigh News and Observer
N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore was hired this week as the new county attorney for Cleveland County, where he lives....

06.28.2015 Confederate flag, monuments apark national debate, The Shelby Star
In the 10 days since the massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., a bipartisan mix of officials across the country has been calling for the removal of Confederate battle flags and other symbols of the Confederacy from public places....(Article quotes local political leaders including CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer.)

06.27.2015 The week that changed the nation, by Stephen Collison, CNN
After a momentous week, same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states, the Confederate flag's historic hold on the political institutions of the Deep South is fraying by the hour and Obamacare, after defying another attempt to dismantle it, is now reaffirmed as the law of the land. And as a capstone to these seismic events, the first black president of the United States spent Friday afternoon singing "Amazing Grace" on live television in front of an African American congregation...

06.26.2015 Ten Days in June, by David Remick in The New Yorker 
What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace.... 

06.25.2015 The Supreme Court Saves Obamacare, Again, editorial, The New York Times
On Thursday morning, for the second time in three years, a majority of the Supreme Court rightly rejected a blatantly political effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act....

04.15.2015 Local officials discuss presidential hopefulsThe Shelby Star
The 2016 Presidential race is already underway with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio announcing their candidacies.... (Comments included from CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer.)

04.15.2015 Cleveland County Democratic Party looks to 2016The Kings Mountain Herald:  Across the state and nation this month, Democrats are gathering in annual county conventions that are the grassroots underpinning of the party’s formal structure....

Sharp named to second term on Elections Board
Doug Sharp, right, takes the oath of office in July for two more years' service on the Cleveland County Board of Elections. He was appointed by the N. C. state elections board after nomination by CCDP to be the Democratic representative. His oath was administered by District Judge Jeannette Reeves, left, as CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer holds the Bible.

Dem leaders
Pictured below are two recently elected to new two-year leadership posts. Joyce Sheaffer, left, is new chair of the Cleveland County Democratic Party. Betsy Wells, right, was recently re-elected as chair of District 10 Democrats.  The two were attending a May 30 meeting in Morganton of Region 2 members of Democratic Women of North Carolina.

Tenth District Democrats officer team. In addition to Betsy Wells of Cleveland County, elected for her second term as district chair, other officers were elected at the district Democratic convention held in Asheville May 16. They are Axa Wilson of Buncombe County, first vice chair; Chris Thomason of Gaston County, second vice chair; Jonathan S. Wyant of Catawba County, third vice chair; Donna Luckey of Lincoln County, treasurer; and Justin Wallace of Polk County, secretary. The district comprises all or part of Cleveland and six neighboring counties.

Region 2 Democratic Women. Laura Cummings of Kings Mountain was re-elected to a second term as regional director of Democratic Women of North Carolina. Representatives of DWCC chapters in the region met May 30 in Morganton.

Democratic Women elect new officers
Leatha Lockhart, right, is the new president of Democratic Women of Cleveland County, succeeding Brenda Lipscomb in the post. Others elected recently are Priscilla Dunlap, vice president; Betsy Wells, secretary; and Laura Cummings, treasurer.

Lockhart, formerly of Grover and now of Shelby, was vice president of DWCC and was named a Democratic "Star" at the annual state convention last year of Democratic Women of North Carolina. She is also second vice chair of CCDP. 

Think piece:  State of our state Democratic Party
In the June 27 edition of The Raleigh News and Observer, political writer Rob Christensen reports his interview of Patsy Keever of Asheville, who earlier this year was elected chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. 

Headline: "Is a Democratic comeback possible?" Keever is positive while realistic about the effort that will be required. She shares information about efforts already underway, and she underscores the fundamental need to reinforce local party organization.

Well worth reading!  If you want to join in the local effort more actively, contact us.