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Georgia ballot initiatives 2018

Early voting started this week in Georgia. Turnout decides elections. If you go ahead and vote now, at the Board of Elections, 2808 N. Oak St., Valdosta, you won’t have to worry about precincts or lines on Election Day!

After you vote for candidates for office, you will also find on the ballot referendums for five constitutional amendments and two laws. Below the image are recommendations from the Lowndes County Democratic Committee (LCDC), which met October 1, 2018.

Amendments, Referenda, and Tax Assessor, Page 2
Page 2 of Sample Ballot from Georgia My Voter Page.

Constitutional Amendment 1: LCDC recommends Yes.
Creates a land conservation trust fund with 0.75 percent of revenue from sales and use taxes on outdoor recreation equipment.

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Orange, FL Dem Party Resolution against Sabal Trail pipeline

Florida has come alive against the Sabal Trail pipeline, and the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) passed a resolution against it on Monday February 20, 2017, Normalized almost three years after the Lowndes County Democratic Committee passed a similar resolution. The Orange DEC resolution goes further, demanding divestment from Sabal Trail and all its parent companies by its members and by public bodies. Orange DEC is communicating with all the other county parties in Florida. Osceola County DEC has already passed a similar resolution, and it is on the agenda elsewhere.

See also Frank Torres, Orlando Political Observer, 20 February 2017, Orange County Democrats pass Resolution Opposing Sabal Trail Pipeline.

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Ask Lowndes County to reject Sabal Trail easement tonight 2016-01-26

Lowndes County apparently didn’t tell the reporter about the mercury-contaminated closed Clyattville landfill Lowndes County Parcel 0098 004 through which the The Lowndes Commission votes tonight for a Sabal Trail pipeline easement, according to the front page of the Valdosta Daily Times this morning and yesterday morning’s Work Session. Yet the county did not mention in either of those that the easement is to go through the mercury-contaminated closed Clyattville landfill in a Floridan Aquifer recharge zone. Is a one-time payment of $54,300 enough to risk ongoing hazards to our only source of drinking water, plus facilitating a pipeline company from Houston, Texas taking easements from local property owners?

If you don’t think so, please write to commissioner@lowndescounty.com before 5:30 PM tonight, and also come to the meeting if you can. But you won’t get to speak before they vote, so write first.

In March 2014 the Lowndes County Democratic Committee voted to oppose Sabal Trail, and Continue reading

Videos: Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter, asked for the County Commission to do more to oppose the Sabal Trail pipeline, said they had contacted the county’s statehouse delegation to ask Gov. Deal to oppose that pipeline. GA Rep. Darrel Bush Ealum has taken the lead in talking to the governor, and here’s a handy table of contacts for statehouse members.

Other issues discussed included trash collection, transportation, property taxes, fossil fuel divestment, wastewater, fracking, clean water, the Alapaha River Water Trail, and Georgia is now the fastest growing solar market in the country. This was at the Continue reading

Transportation Resolution –LCDP 2015-06-01

Transportation is about economy, environment, budgets, busses, trains, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians, development, and conservation. 300x232 Thoroughfare Plan Map Lowndes County [2003], in Community Agenda, by Greater Lowndes, for LowndesDems.org, 1 October 2006 After public transportation was an increasing topic of discussion at three Lowndes County Democratic Party meetings, including one dedicated to the subject, the Lowndes County Democratic Committee adopted this Transportation Resolution June 1st 2015. (PDF)

You can become an LCDP member or renew today to help with this public policy work that helps elect Democrats!

And don’t forget the Annual LCDP BBQ with candidates for city office, DPG Chairman Dubose Porter, and live music by local band Backstreet Blazers, 6PM July 7th 2015 at Mathis Auditorium.

The Lowndes County Democratic Party resolves to support public transportation Continue reading

Environmental issues and property rights @ LCDP 2015-06-01

Many things affect the local environment: paving roads, buses, pipelines, wastewater, and solid waste. Abundant clean water is a major reason all of us are here. Like transportation, environmental issues have come up at several previous LCDP meetings, often also including property rights: roads and pipelines go through somebody’s land, and blowing trash or flooding wastewater affect many people’s property, taxes, and quality of life. Facebook event.

6PM Monday June 1st, come hear from people who deal with these issues all the time, and speak up with your own questions and ideas, at the monthly Lowndes County Democratic Party meeting.

Our meeting location is the Lowndes County Board of Elections office at 2808 North Oak Street from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. We would appreciate if you could bring a dish, but you do not need to bring food to join in.

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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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Civil Action No.

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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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Thanks to Lowndes County and Valdosta for resolutions against Sabal Trail

Last night LCDP Chair Tom Hochschild thanked the Valdosta City Council that had just passed a resolution supporting the Lowndes County Commission’s resolution of Tuesday 9 December 2014 opposing the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline, as noted in the Valdosta Daily Times this morning.

He referred to the resolution the Lowndes County Democratic Committee passed Continue reading

Rosalynn Carter wants you to vote

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter did something she’s never done before so she could come encourage you to vote: she left a Habitat build early to come speak at the Lowndes County Courthouse last Thursday. Now you can vote for Jason Carter for Governor and the rest of the Democratic slate starting Monday October 13th.

Joe Adgie wrote for the VDT 10 October 2014, Former first lady returns,

300x351 Page1-2, in Former First Lady Returns, by Joe Adgie, for LowndesDems.org, 9 October 2014 Carter has been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this week, participating in the 31st Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, an annual week-long home building project organized by Habitat for Humanity, a project that has occurred in a wide variety of locations around the world since 1986, such as Chicago, India, the Philippines, New York, Watts in Los Angeles, and Valdosta.

For the first time ever, the former first lady left the project early, so she could campaign for Jason.

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Robbin Shipp for Labor Commissioner @ LCDP BBQ 1 July 2014

Robbin Shipp (Labor Commissioner candidate), will be joining us tonight!

You can still register at the door. -gretchen

Future Georgia Governor Jason Carter headlines the program for the annual Lowndes County Democratric Party Barbecue. Other candidates speaking include Democrats Daniel Blackman for GA PSC, Valerie Wilson for State School Superintendent (runoff), Bikram Mohanty for Georgia State Senate District 8, Dexter Sharper for Georgia House District 177, and Demarcus Marshall for Lowndes County Commission District 4. Plus G. Norman Bennett and Clay Griner in the nonpartisan special election runoff for Lowndes County Commission District 5. All statewide and local candidates are still invited.

When:6 p.m., Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Where:Mathis Municipal Auditorium
2300 North Ashley Street
Valdosta, Georgia
Price:$25.00

PROGRAM

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