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Annual CCDP convention
focuses on 2016 elections

This year’s elections were the focus of the annual convention of the Cleveland County Democratic Party April 16 in Shelby. The event was held at the County Office Building auditorium, festively decked out in red, white, and blue. 

Democrats from precincts across the county attended--to conduct party business including election of delegates to district and state Democratic conventions, adopt resolutions honoring past leaders, and take part in a program themed ”Democratic Journey to Victory" in 2016....

07.03-2016 What NC lawmakers did--and didn't do--in short session, The News and Observer, Raleigh: The General Assembly’s 2016 short session lived up to its name. At 68 days, it was shorter (lawmakers have averaged 77 days lawmakers in election-year sessions since 2000).

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06.26.2016 Gov race starts with a flurry, The Charlotte Observer: If Pat McCrory hadn’t fully realized what a heavyweight bout he is in, he does now after Roy Cooper delivered a series of hooks and uppercuts in the first round of their championship fight in Charlotte on Friday....

05.28.2016 This is an American Tragedy: Republicans mut step out and defeat Donald Trump, by Sean Patrick Donlon, Salon:  ...Trump is not merely a Republican dilemma, but an American tragedy...Republicans must find ways to defend their principles without capitulation to a vulgarian seemingly without principles of any sort...

05.21.2016 'Enough is Enough" declares Elon Commencement speaker David Gergen, Elon University E-Net News: Elon University's Commencement speaker, David Gergen, departed from the tradition of showering graduates with praise and advice to discuss his concerns about the future of North Carolina, his home state....

05.18.2015 Where Republican Dreams Die? The New York Times: Ohio and Florida. Florida and Ohio. What a pair of election-year divas, always preening for the pundits. Enough. There are other comely swing states on the stage. Let’s gawk at North Carolina....

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04.01.2016 Burr, Tillis snub nominee and law, News and Observer, Raleigh: Now it is simply embarrassing. Are North Carolina’s Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis so fearful — and so rude — that they are afraid to be in the same room with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland?

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Clinton chooses Timothy Kaine as vice presidential candidate, national convention to get underway

Breaking news: read the story here.

Tenth District Democratic Convention May 21
Betsy Wells, center, was elected a delegate to the Democratic national convention. Candidates Deborah Ross, left, and Andy Millard were keynoters...

Reception honors retiring Register of Deeds; colleagues among well-wishers 

Among the many attending an April 28  retirement reception for Bonnie E. Reece were fellow register of deeds officials from seven other area counties.  Click here to read the article

Taking it to voters in the 10th: Democrats unify to support Millard in November election
Andy Millard's Facebook page tells the happy story. Since no other candidate filed to run as a Democratic candidate for the 10th District U. S. congressional seat, he had no primary opposition but is advancing as the party's candidate on the November election ballot.

Millard has been actively campaigning for several weeks across the seven-county district. He is seeking to win the congressional seat now held by Patrick McHenry (R-NC 10).

Associated Press photo

Harrill sworn in as register of deeds; proclamation commends retiring Reece

Cleveland County Commissioners appointed Debi Harrill as register of deeds to fill the remainder of retiring Bonnie Reece's unexpired term. Ms. Harrill was sworn in early on Monday, May 2. Commissioners also commended Ms. Reece.

Three local Dems are party nominees
Three Cleveland County Democrats officially became our party's nominees for the November general election when no other Dems filed to oppose them in the March party primary.

Debi Mull Harrill, right, is our candidate for Cleveland County Register of Deeds. A Shelbian, she filed to succeed Bonnie E. Reece, veteran Democrat retiring from the office. Subsequently, Ms. Harrill was appointed by Cleveland County Commissioners to fill the unexpired portion of Ms. Reece's term.

Read about Harrill's leadership and qualifications on her campaign Facebook page.

Willie McIntosh of Lawndale  and Mary Accor of Kings Mountain, left and right above, are each running for one of the three seats to be open on the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners. 

Both are experienced leaders, having served as commissioners in prior years. See this Shelby Star article for information about them and why they're running. The article also describes the lively contest they're in. Four Republicans including the three incumbents are also running for the board.