No need for Sabal Trail pipeline or its threats –LCDP to Judge in Leesburg, GA

A judge in Leesburg, GA is considering Sabal Trail’s demand for Georgia eminent domain and a Mitchell County landowner family’s countersuit for criminal trespass. LCDP Chair Tom Hochschild filed the LCDC resolution against the Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline as an Amicus curiae, including GA State Rep. Dexter Sharper’s letter against the pipeline (PDF). Other Amicus briefs were filed by SpectraBusters, WWALS Watershed Coalition, and Students Against Violating the Environment. There’s no need for this destructive and hazardous pipeline that threatens our water, or lands, our schools, and our economy.

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF LEE COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA




SABAL TRAIL TRANSMISSION, LLC,


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JAMES E. BELL, II and ROBERT A. BELL,

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AMICUS CURIAE OF LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS THE BELLS


COMES NOW LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY (LCDP), as friends of the court and concerned citizens in the above-entitled action in support of the Defendants and file this their brief with the court in the above referenced case and states as follows and provides in support thereof the following:

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Hahira and North Lowndes LCDP meeting 2015-04-20

Tonight the LCDP is holding a special meeting for people in the Hahira and North Lowndes County community. The meeting will be informal and we will discuss issues facing this community in particular, how to support Democratic interests in this community and the recruitment of new members. So please come as you are, come hungry and bring a friend. Please RSVP so we can let the restaurant owner know how many will be attending.

When: 6PM Monday April 20th 2015

Where: El Carrisal IV Hahira
303 West Main Street
Hahira, Georgia 31620

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Special thanks to Michael Rivera for allowing us to use the cover picture.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Videos: Democratic Values Supporting Local Business @ LCDP 2015-03-02

To prepare for tonight’s meeting, here are videos of last month’s packed meeting at the Board of Elections with the Lowndes County Democratic Party listened and discussed with business speakers.

Public transportation was a very popular topic, as already recommended by both the Chamber and the Development Authority so employees can get to work. As Jim Parker pointed out the necessary $1 million a year would require 1 mil of property tax, or about $60 per property owner. Buses could even run on green corridors!

The speakers were:

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City Matters at Lowndes County Democratic Party tonight 2014-04-06

Our monthly potluck meeting in April is called “City Matters,” and our guest speakers will be City Council members Sandra Tooley and Tim Carroll. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to) transportation, infrastructure, water issues, sewage issues, and internet access. If you have any questions or concerns about the city of Valdosta, you do not want to miss this meeting.

Our new meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Facebook event. Videos of last month’s meeting.

3243x1077 Rapt audience at Board of Elections office, in Chamber, Development Authority, and Business at LCDP, by John S. Quarterman, for LowndesDems.org, 2 March 2015
Rapt LCDP audience at Board of Elections office March 2nd 2015

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LCDP Cash Mob at Stan’s Quality Meats & Grocery Outlet

LCDP’s first-ever Cash Mob! 8AM to 8PM next Tuesday March 3, in line with our March Monday 2 meeting topic, “Democratic Party Values: Supporting Local Business”. facebook event. Continue reading

GA HB 170 would force local boards of education to raise taxes

The Valdosta and Lowndes school boards and the Valdosta City Council all already unanimously passed resolutions against Georgia HB 170, which would convert a local motor fuel sales tax into a state excise tax, forcing local governments to raise taxes to support education and transportation, and would set counties against their cities for allocation of taxes. This is relevant to the first item in LCDP’s platform:

Georgia Democrats believe every child in every classroom in every school in every county in Georgia should have access to a high quality public education.

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March Monthly LCDP Meeting

IMG_4384The next monthly meeting for the Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting will be held in the lobby of the Lowndes County Board of Elections at 2808 N. Oak St. Valdosta, GA 31601 on March 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 PM. This decision was made due to requests of a few members who remarked that there was too little room for members during the February meeting. Please mark your calendars for this event and come watch the LCDP continue to grow.

After SRO for Dr. LaPlant, LCDP moves to bigger hall for business speakers in March

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Valdosta, February 5th, 2015 — Two rooms filled and standing in the hall, so many people came to hear Dr. James LaPlant talk about how Georgia is “in play”, that the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) is moving to a bigger venue for its March meeting.

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Georgia is in play –Dr. James LaPlant

I’m looking forward to next Monday’s (February 2) potluck meeting 300x118 In play, in Georgia is In Play, by Tom Hochschild, for LowndesDems.org, 2 February 2015 from 6:00 to 7:00 (1008 Slater St.) with guest speaker Dr. James LaPlant. We’ll be talking about how Georgia is “in play,” and what we can do to turn South Georgia blue! Allison and I will be bringing a kale, walnut, parmesean cheese dish. Can everyone list any food items you will be bringing so that we ensure a good variety? Thanks.

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-Tom Hochschild

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Videos: GA Rep. Dexter Sharper District 177 @ LCDP 2015-01-05

After a pot luck supper at the new location at the party office, new chair Tom Hochschild presided over a standing-room-only crowd that heard Deb Cox, Dexter Sharper, Demarcus Marshall, and J.D. Rice.

Lowndes County Elections Supervisor Deb Cox said there’s a special election in Lake Park for an unexpired City Council seat, poll workers are needed, and you can register to vote online.

Dexter Sharper, re-elected from District 177 (Valdosta and parts of Lowndes County) to the Georgia House, spoke about the need for early financial education, for gun safety instruction should be required to get a firearm permit, and for medical certification for coroner positions throughout the state of Georgia. Rep. Sharper is a paramedic, so he’s had Continue reading