Think piece:  State of our state 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.

2015 Annual county Democratic convention: facing forward!

Convention held: About 75 local Democrats convened Saturday, April 11, 2015, in the County Office Building auditorium, marking the start of the two-year political process leading to the election of a U. S. president, senator, and representatives, N. C. governor and legislators, and county officials across the state. 

We had a lively time at convention! Read all about it in our news release here. Some highlights:

New CCDP officers elected for two-year terms: Our new county party chair is Joyce Sheaffer of Earl, N. C., veteran Rippy precinct leader. She succeeds Robin Smith of Kings Mountain, given standing applause in appreciation of her service. Other new officers are Steve Padgett of Casar, first vice chair; Leatha Lockhart of Shelby, second vice chair; Nick Carpenter of Shelby, third vice chair; and Carla Burton-Griffin of Shelby, secretary. Doris Williams of Kings Mountain was re-elected treasurer.

State Executive Committee members named: Elected to represent us on the NCDP State Executive Committee are Sheaffer as chair, Padgett, Carpenter, Smith, and Todd Hagans of Kings Mountain.

Thanks to precinct leaders:  Great thanks to the leaders of our Democratic precinct organizations in Cleveland County!  Earlier, in February, we held annual precinct meetings and elected these leaders and delegates to the county convention. It was great to see these leaders and their delegations sitting together on convention day and planning for the months ahead. Click here for a list of these leaders and more about precinct organizations.

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....

06.23.2015 NC House attacks Senate tax shift, The Raleigh News and Observer
...Members in the House of Representatives took full-throated aim Tuesday at a plan that has already cleared the Senate and would fundamentally change how sales tax revenues would be distributed at the county level....

06.13.2015 NC has toughest Senate races in the country, by Rob Christensen in The Raleigh News and Observer
Republican Sen. Richard Burr should be prepared for a political brawl in next year’s election, because North Carolina is the toughest neighborhood in the country....

05.26.2015 AFP looks to NC Senate to rewrite budget, Raleigh News & Observer:  Donald Bryson, head of Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina, continued to question details of the state House budget at a news conference Tuesday as the group unveiled what it called its jobs agenda....

04.30.2015 Kansas shows us what could happen if Republicans win in 2016, by Catherine Rampell in The Washington Post:  No more pencils, no more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks. Usually this is an anthem of celebration, of respite from the angst-inducing strictures of K-12 schooling. But this year, across Kansas, the jingle is coming a little sooner than expected, and with mournful undertones....

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....

Dem leaders
Pictured here 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.

2016 campaign activity stirs
Adding excitement to the April 11 Dem county convention was the announced prospect that Hillary Clinton would make her presidential candidate announcement the following day--and, sure enough, she did.  Watch her announcement video below.

The Shelby Star followed up with interviews of local political leaders as to reaction. Our newly elected CCDP Chair Joyce Sheaffer made our case for a campaign devoted to "everyday Americans." Read the Star article here

Hillary Clinton affirms Dem policies and values in presidential announcement

Also at our convention, we were happy to have a drop-in visit from Andy Millard of Polk County, who has recently announced he's a Democratic candidate for the Tenth District Congressional seat.  

Andy Millard of Polk County launches his campaign