Annual precinct meetings coming up: plan to attend!
Overview and invitation
What's a Dem precinct organization?
What's a precinct meeting?
Am I eligible to attend a precinct meeting?
Is there a fee?
Why should I attend?
Do I need to pre-register?
Click graphic above for answers
Some local precincts merging
The process is underway to merge the Boiling Springs and Holly Springs precincts into a new precinct to be called Broad River Precinct, and to merge the Shelby 4 and Shelby 8 precincts into a new precinct which will have the Shelby 4 name. More...
New N. C. voter law challenged, but stay prepared
The GOP-majority N. C. General Assembly made drastic changes to state voting law in closing days of its 2013 session, including new voter ID requirements and cut-back in early voting days. Lawsuits seek to overturn the law. But the outcome is uncertain, so keep your registration updated. More about the law and status of challenges here....
Lipscomb leads DWCC
Brenda Lipscomb of Grover has been elected president of Democratic Women of Cleveland County, succeeding Julie Stockton who resigned as she recovers from an injury. Lipscomb has been the group's vice president. Elected to succeed her as vice president is Leatha Lockhart of Grover. DWCC hosted the highly successful state convention of Democratic Women of North Carolina and expects to be active in supporting the election of Dem candidates in 2014. The group's meetings are held on third Mondays. If you'd like to be involved, contact us
Three Clevelanders honored
as 'Stars' at DWNC convention
A highlight of the 2013 DWNC state convention, held in Shelby in September, was the festive banquet honoring Democratic Stars. Nominated by county party organizations across the state, Stars were announced at the banquet with a special slideshow, certificates, and thanks for their support for the party. Shown at left are three local Stars. They are Mary Degree and Betsy Wells, nominated by Cleveland County Democratic Women, and Pat Poston, nominated by the Cleveland County Democratic Party. All active for years in support of Democrats, Degree is currently District 2 director of the N. C. NAACP, Wells is chair of Tenth District Democrats, and Poston is CCDP secretary.
The candidate filing period for the primary ended Feb. 28. Offices up for party nomination include U. S. senator, U. S. House District 10 representative, N. C. senator, N. C. House members for Districts 110 and 111, two county commissioners, sheriff, clerk of Superior Court, county coroner, and district attorney.
To see who has filed, check the website report of the Cleveland County Board of Elections.
2013 Album: County hosts three Dem conventions
In 2013, three Democratic conventions were held in Cleveland County. The first, in April, was CCDP's annual county convention. Then two others held in Cleveland for the first time ever gave us an opportunity to host visitors from other Carolina counties. Tenth District Democrats gathered in May at the County Office Building for their first convention since redistricting changed boundaries. And Democratic Women of North Carolina chose our LeGrand Center for its 53rd annual state convention in September.
Click pictures below for photo album slide shows and articles about these conventions
Dem groups to meet
in regional clusters
March 4, 5, 6
Cleveland County Democrats will hold their annual precinct meetings in early March, in advance of the county, district, and state Democratic conventions.
Any registered Democrat living in a precinct is eligible to attend and vote in its precinct meeting. There's no cost to attend.
For the first time, instead of holding annual meetings within each precinct, clusters of precincts will meet together at four regional locations--in Lawndale, Boiling Springs, Shelby, and Kings Mountain..
Anticipating the merging of some local precincts by the county Board of Elections (story at left), the Dem precinct organizations will be merged correspondingly for those affected. Meeting atendees will elect first officers for the "new" merged precincts.
Democrats turn out
(Top photo) District 10 Dems were among those gathered Saturday, Feb. 8, for the eighth Historic Thousands on Jones Street People's Assembly in Raleigh. Here are Mary Degree, Collyn Warner, Nick Carpenter, Donna Luckey, Betsy Wells, and Jeannie Allen. Nick is CCDP chair and Betsy is Tenth District Democrats chair.
(Bottom photo) It wasn't just actions of the state legislature that Dems protested in 2013 by joining in "Moral Monday" activities. It was also GOP opposition in the U. S. Congress to needed policy actions,. Here, Donna Luckey of Lincoln County , left, and Betsy Wells of Cleveland County help make sure Dem voices are heard before a healthcare act hearing held in Gastonia by GOP members of the House Oversight Committee.
02.28.2014 Filing period reveals upshot of redistricting: fewer challengers, Raleigh News and Observer
03.01.2014 Derailing democracy, Politics North Carolina
These two articles describe the effect of GOP redistricting in our state.
02.28.2012 Coal Ash Spill Shows How a Watchdog Was Defanged, New York Times
Last June, state employees in charge of stopping water pollution were given updated marching orders on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers. “The General Assembly doesn’t like you...."
02.25.2014 North Carolina's Civil War, Politico Magazine, "Welcome to the prettiest, ugliest, most-forward looking, most-backward minded, most divided state in the South"....
Watch: NC: State of Conflict
This powerful documentary by Bill Moyers, aired Jan. 3, describes North Carolina’s
rightward shift and the ensuing conflict between state lawmakers and citizen protesters. Without varnish, it lays out the effects of actions by the GOP legislature, governor, and backer Art Pope.