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Gov. Cooper Visits Catawba County for Break the Majority Event

FullSizeRender_(2).jpgConover, NC: A full room of inspired supporters greeted Gov. Roy Cooper this past Friday evening during a visit to Catawba County as he spoke to his Break the Majority initiative.

Members and supporters of the Catawba County Democrats joined Gov. Cooper at Rock Barn Country Club to discuss the initiative and encouragement of reinforcement at the local levels. 

Cooper is traveling across the state as his schedule permits to raise awareness and funds in an effort to quell the Republican super-majority in the House and Senate, which was largely won when legislative districts were redrawn in 2010. Many of these districts have since been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and are currently being reviewed by a special three-judge panel in North Carolina.

Hickory resident John Pope was greatly instrumental in facilitating the resoundingly successful event for the county. The North Carolina Democratic Party reached out to Pope to assist them in raising funds to help sustain the governor’s veto power by helping place more Democrats in the state legislature.

“I felt that it was important since the state elected him as our leader. And right now the legislature has attempted to strip him of every power they can,” explained Pope. “We need to give him an opportunity to govern first. I felt this was important to sustain him in that opportunity, and to be able do so with his full authority.”

Gov. Cooper stressed that the 2018 election will be a key component in breaking the Republican hold, when the vote of every concerned citizen will be of utmost importance, especially for a mid-term election when voter turnout is historically underwhelming.

More than just a political rally, Gov. Cooper spoke to the core values of his term of office.

“As governor, this is my mission statement for North Carolina. I want a North Carolina where people are better educated, where they’re healthier, where they have more money in their pockets, and they have the opportunities to live a more abundant and purposeful life. That’s what I want.”

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John Pope introduces Gov. Cooper.

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McHenry Town Halls

This week our Congressman, Patrick McHenry announced his 2017 Town Hall meeting schedule. He will be in Hickory on Wednesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at his district office (1990 Main Avenue, SE, Hickory, NC 28603)

As Democrats in his district, it is our duty to show up and make our voices heard by a man that "represents" us in Congress. Not sure what to say? Ask about what's important to you, share what keeps you up at night, or ask one of the questions below:

  1. How does Congress manage the reckless and dangerous behavior of the chief executive on the international stage?
  2. How does he explain his vote to strip health insurance from thousands of his constituents?
  3. What support is he advocating to combat the opioid crises rampant in his district?
  4. How does he continue to support a President in his own party who routinely attacks the character and political future of representatives and senators within his own party- how does he explain this irrationality?
  5. What is the Congressman doing to ensure the Special Counsel’s investigation into the 2016 elections is unimpeded?

See the full press release and Town Hall dates after the jump.

 

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You're Invited to the 2017 Century Club Dinner

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You can purchase your tickets to 2017 Century Club by visiting the "Donate" page and making a donation. After you have completed your payment, please send an email to Eli Glynn at elig0813@gmail.com. You may also send checks made payable to the Catawba County Democratic Party to 1610 Tate Blvd SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Please write "Century Club" in the memo line.
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The Century Club Committee is thrilled to announce that our caterer for our August 27 event will be one of North Carolina’s top chefs, Cassie Parsons of the Harvest Moon Grille. The Harvest Moon name is well-known and beloved to foodies in the Charlotte area. Fans have followed Cassie and the Grille from its start as a food truck, to its location in the Dunhill Hotel in downtown Charlotte, and now to its new location in downtown Lincolnton. Cassie, along with her partner, Natalie Veres, are the co-owners of Grateful Growers Farm; they have been pioneers and leaders in the local, sustainable food movement in NC. Among Cassie’s many honors are 2012 Restauranteur of the Year in Charlotte Magazine; 2012 Global Green’s Citizen Entrepreneur of the Year; and 2013 winner in the Food Category for Sustain Charlotte. Cassie has spoken on food and sustainability for TEDeX. In 2013, she was selected by the US State Department as a culinary ambassador to Slovenia. Recently, she debated Senator Jeff Jackson on the topic of "Transparency" as it pertains to laws and sausage making. 
 
 
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ISO Candidates

With all the energy in the Democratic Party – we are setting records for interest and involvement – this is the time to consider running for office. 2017 is especially the year to think about local involvement. There are a number of municipal and school board offices on the 2017 ballot, including Conover, Hickory, Maiden and Newton city councilors, Hickory and Maiden mayors, and school board members for Hickory and Newton-Conover schools. 

The complete list of open offices is on the Catawba County Board of Elections website at: http://www.catawbacountync.gov/elections/

The filing period for municipal offices opens on July 7, while the school board filing period starts on Aug. 18.

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District 10 Convention, May 20

If you were elected at the Catawba County Democratic Party Convention in May as a delegate to the District 10 Convention, it's coming up soon! Please find details about the Convention after the jump. We hope you will make plans to join us and fellow Democrats from the District on May 20. 

Don't know if you're a delegate? Any registered Democrat in the District is welcome to attend. Contact us at catawbacountydemocrats@gmail.com

 

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If not you, who?

I often drive by Sally Fox Park in downtown Hickory. It's named after former Hickory City Council member Sally Fox, who served on the council for 20 years.

If you talk with Sally, you'll find she values her time on the council. She liked working for the "greater good" and enjoyed meeting people she says she never would have met.

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Christmas Party 2016

All party members are invited to attend the annual Christmas party at the Chair's house. Please bring a dish to share

When: Thursday, December 15

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Where: 1084 Waterford Drive, Hickory, NC 28602

Happy Holidays

Century Club Dinner September 25, 2016

Our Annual Century Club Dinner Fundraiser will be held Sunday, September 25, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza, 1385 Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd. SE, Hickory.  


Our featured speaker is The Honorable Judge Michael R. Morgan, Candidate for NC Supreme Court.

Cocktails (Cash Bar) at 6:00 PM followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 PM.

We hope to get lots of local Democrats to attend this important event as we kick campaign season into high gear!

Pricing: 


$1000 Sponsor - Reserved Table for 8


$600 Sponsor - Reserved Half-Table for 4


$100 Regular Ticket for 1


$70 Discounted Ticket for 1 - we request your help between now an Nov. 8, 2016 by participating in phone banking, canvassing, working outside a polling place, or similar activities.  

How to reserve for the dinner:

  • Click on the Donate tab on this website;

 

  •  Mail a check (Made out to CCDP) to CCDP; PO Box 1201; Conover, NC 28613

 

  • Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/century-club-dinner-fundraiser-tickets-26841518705  (There is a surcharge for this service)

Please note we will not be mailing tickets.  After you arrange payment, be assured you will be welcomed at the registration table.

We hope to see you there!  

Questions?  email catawbacountydemocrats@gmail.com

 

2016 Congressional Primary Election – Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Early voting is underway in all counties.  In Catawba County, early voting is available at five locations.  See this document from the Catawba County Board of Elections:

 

http://www.catawbacountync.gov/elections/_docs/2016-congressional-primary-election.pdf

 

ALL North Carolina voters can vote for one of four candidates for North Carolina Supreme Court Justice.  

Most Catawba County Democrats will not see a Congressional (U.S. House of Representatives) on their ballot.  This is because Andy Millard is running unopposed for the Democratic party challenger to the incumbent representative for the North Carolina 10th Congressional District.


But, in three precincts (Northwest, Falling Creek, and St Stephens 2) in the 5th Congressional District, Democrats will choose one of these as the Democratic Party candidate:  Josh Brannon, Jim Roberts, and Charlie Wallin.  See their websites:  

Josh Brannon: http://joshforushouse.com/

 

 

Jim Roberts:  https://www.facebook.com/Jim-Roberts-for-US-Congress-1029276277132949/?fref=photo

 

 

Charlie Wallin:  http://www.charliewallinforcongress.com/

 

5th District Convention Saturday May 21, 2016

The annual 5th District Convention will be held this Saturday, May 21, 2016. More details and location are below.

Catawba County has three people running for delegate to the National Convention, so please consider supporting them as you cast your votes on Saturday. Good luck to Nancy Miller and Candice Harold! 

Official county delegates and party members are invited. Elections for State Delegates will be held. Training sessions will be held before the caucus begins.  

Wilkes Agricultural Center 

416 Executive Drive

Wilkesboro, NC 28697

 9:00am – 12:00pm: Registration

  • 9:00am: Light Breakfast

  • 9:30am:  Training Sessions

    • Voter Protection

    • County Leadership Roundtable

  • 11:00am:  Lunch -BBQ with vegetarian options available

           (Side dishes to be potluck - assigned for each county)

  • 12:00pm:  Convention Begins (registration closes when voting begins)

  • ​Brief National Delegate Candidate Speeches to each Caucus

  • Voting of National Delegates

  • Voting of Other Positions

  • Resolutions