Category Archives: GA Legislature

Pictures: LCDP BBQ 2017-07-06

A few pictures from the LCDP BBQ.

Sarah Todd and Vivian Miller-Cody

Sarah Todd and Vivian Miller-Cody

Setup crew

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Lowndes County Democratic Party renews resolution against Sabal Trail, for Solar after Florida resolutions

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Valdosta, April 3, 2017 — a moral obligation to leave our children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents On March 27, 2017, the Lowndes County Democratic Committee (LCDC) approved a new resolution against Sabal Trail methane pipeline and for solar power, going beyond the old ones it passed in March 2014, this time calling for financial divestment from companies that support the pipeline, including calling on local and state elected officials to divest and not to accept any campaign finance funds from the same. The new LCDC resolution includes a quote agreeing that Sabal Trail is a threat to our drinking water in the Florida Aquifer, from a resolution of February 2017 by the Orange County, Florida Democratic Executive Committee (DEC); several other Florida county DECs have since also passed such resolutions.

The LCDC WHEREASes cite economics, damage Sabal Trail has already caused to our environment including Withlacoochee River, eminent domain for private company is not equal justice under the law, public safety and welfare, the lack of need for the pipeline now that Florida Power and Light has admitted Florida needs no new electricity until 2024, the economic victory of solar power, Floridians’ vote last year for solar power, and education, since Sabal Trail goes barely a mile from Clyattville Elementary School in Lowndes County.

This resolution will be discussed 6PM tonight at the Lowndes County Democratic Party (LCDP) at Mama Junes restaurant in Valdosta, along with new signs to Support Our Teachers.

The full text of the new LCDP resolution, entitled “A Resolution Against the Sabal Trail methane pipeline and For Solar Power”, is on the LCDP website in PDF. The resolution concludes: 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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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

Videos: Jason Carter headlining BBQ @ LCDP 2014-04-07 2014-07-01

Here are videos of Jason Carter and the other Democratic candidates who came to the Annual Lowndes County Democratic Party Barbecue July 1st 2014.

Valarie Wilson has a runoff Tuesday for Georgia School Superintendent (the other candidate was invited but did not attend). In November, Democrats can vote for Bikram Mohanty for Georgia State Senate District 8, Dexter Sharper for Georgia House District 177 (unopposed incumbent), Daniel Blackman for Public Service Commission, Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner, and of course Jason Carter for Governor.

Here are links to the videos, followed by a playlist. Continue reading

Find polling places for Election Day Tuesday

Where can you vote on Tuesday May 20th, which is Election Day for the Special Election for Lowndes County Commission District 5, for the Lowndes County Board of Education, and for the elections for judges? Remember, they’re not in November: Tuesday May 20th is the election for these races, unless there’s a runoff. Plus Tuesday is Primary Election Day for the Georgia statehouse, statewide offices, and U.S. Congress. You can find your polling place in My Voter Page by the Georgia Secretary of State. Or you can zoom and pan on the VALOR GIS Election Boundary Map. Turnout matters: elections are often won by a handful of votes. After you find your polling place, please call your friends and neighbors and help them find theirs. For a longer list to call, contact Gretchen.

600x546 Precinct Boundaries, in Precincts, by John S. Quarterman, for LCDP, 18 May 2014

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Turnout wins elections: time to vote

Turnout is at 4% so far, with the other party voting twice as many in early voting. Call your friends. Contact Gretchen; she’ll get you a call list. Contact a candidate; they’ll get you a walklist. Local elections affect you directly: water, sewer, trash, roads, education, taxes, and laws. It’s time to get people out and vote!

As Dexter Sharper (D 177 GA House) says:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! Get out to VOTE this week from 7am-7pm for EARLY VOTING at 2808 Oak Street! This is a VERY Important Primary Election……..The Last day to vote in the Primary Election is MAY 20th! PLEASE PEOPLE!! Don’t be a person that only vote during the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION…..People DIED for us to VOTE in ALL Elections!

If Democrats turn out and vote for LCDP Chair Gretchen Quarterman in the nonpartisan Special Election for Lowndes County Commission District 5, she wins on May 20th, Continue reading

Lowndes County Democratic Committee Advocates for Health

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Valdosta, March 5, 2014 —

Lowndes County Democratic Party leadership voted Saturday to oppose
a bad Georgia health care bill, to provide support for local health
care navigation, and appointed a subcommittee to follow up on health
care issues.

To advocate for people who need health care coverage, the Lowndes
County Democratic Committee voted to establish a five member health
care subcommittee, chaired by Tina Matchett, the committee is to
address navigating health care open enrollment issues through the
end of March, when open enrollment for 2014 will end, to answer
questions about using new health care insurance coverage.

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Lowndes County Democratic Committee Votes to Support Solar Bill

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Valdosta, March 2, 2014 —

Local Democratic Party leadership voted Saturday to support a Georgia
solar financing bill.

The Lowndes County Democratic leadership voted to advocate for the
bipartisan distributed rooftop solar financing bill, HB 874, the
Solar Power Free-Market Financing and Property Rights Act of 2014.

Georgia Democrats believe we have a moral obligation to leave our
children and grandchildren with an earth as safe, beautiful, and
majestic as the one bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents.

Affordable access to solar power increases Georgia’s Continue reading