Fellow Randolph County Democrats, you are invited to a Convention watch party this Thursday, July 28, 6:30-10:00 pm at Randolph County Democratic Party Headquarters, 118 North Church Street in Asheboro. Since it’s going to take place around supper time, if you are able, please bring a snack item or your favorite dish to share with the rest of us. We will probably also order in some pizza.
The public is invited to a reception for Deborah Ross, Democratic Candidate for United States Senate, at Randolph County Democratic Party Headquarters, 118 North Church Street, Asheboro, NC, from 2 pm to 3 pm this coming Sunday, July 24. The reception is hosted by the Randolph County Democratic Party. Light refreshments will be served.
Deborah Ross graduated from Brown University and earned her law degree from UNC at Chapel Hill. Before serving in the NC General Assembly (2003-2013), Deborah was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. She also taught at Duke Law School. After leaving the State House, Deborah joined GoTriangle, a regional authority providing transportation services that connect Wake, Durham, and Orange counties, and ensuring access to high-quality public transit to workers, students, and visitors. She and her husband Steve have been married since 1994 and live in a home they renovated in a historic neighborhood in Raleigh. Steve is an engineer who works in risk management. He enjoys camping, backpacking, and fishing.
A local Democrat has come up with a great incentive to help the Randolph County Democratic Party raise the funds we need to continue operating our headquarters in Asheboro. This Democrat is offering a one-week stay through his time share membership at the Shorecrest I beachfront resort in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The reservation has already been made for one week from August 6, 2016 to August 13.
The approximately 1100 square ft 2-Bedroom Oceanfront Villa sleeps Sleeps 6 and includes a full kitchen, 2 full baths, a washer and dryer, cable TV and Wifi.
This one week vacation in North Myrtle Beach will go to the lucky winner of a drawing to be held at the July meeting of the Randolph County Democratic Women, 9:30 am, Saturday, July 23. The contest begins today and ends at 9:30 am,Saturday July 23, immediately before the drawing.
To enter, contribute $100 or more to the Randolph Democratic Party between Tuesday, June 21 and Saturday, July 23. Each $100 contribution automatically creates a new entry in the drawing. $200 = 2 entries, $300 = 3 entries, etc. Enter as often as you like!
All proceeds go to the Randolph County Democratic Party.
Make your contribution of $100 or more today and enter to win this great vacation package.
You may make your contribution through our ActBlue account, postal mail or bring your check to our headquarters at 118 N. Church St. Asheboro, NC before July 23, 2016. Please visit our Donate page for more information on how to make your contribution and enter this drawing today!
Urgent Call to Action: NC Supreme Court Primary on June 7, 2016
We need for all Randolph County Democrats to vote for Michael R. Morgan for NC Supreme Court in the June 7th primary. Pete Glidewell, our Democratic candidate for the 6th District US House is running unopposed, and will not appear on the June 7th primary ballot, but it is critical that all Randolph County Democrats vote so we can ensure that we have a fair, unbiased state Supreme Court. It is time for the incumbent candidate who supported the 2011 partisan redistricting in NC to leave office. This seat is crucial to return our highest state court to fair representation, and the elected winner will stay in office for eight years. Michael R. Morgan has been a Superior Court Judge since 2005, and served as a District Court Judge and an Administrative Law Judge for fifteen years before that. He deserves to be our next NC Supreme Court Justice.
We need you to help us educate other voters. Please tell everyone you know.
It is critical that all Randolph Democrats vote in the June 7th Primary. You can vote in one of three ways:
1. In person at your precinct on June 7th, 2016. If you will be out of town on that Tuesday, you can still vote in one of the remaining ways.
2. You can participate in early voting at the Randolph County Elections Office located at 158 Worth Street in Asheboro.
Early voting hours are
Thursday, May 26 through Friday, May 27 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3 from 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday, June 4 from 8:30 am to 1 pm.
There will be no early voting during the extended Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30.
3. If you cannot vote in person on June 7 or during early voting, you can still vote in this primary by absentee ballot. You must request an absentee ballot by May 31, 2016. Ballot request forms are available at the Board of Elections Office on Worth Street or you can print one from their website at http://www.co.randolph.nc.us/elections/absentee.htm. Once your request has been received, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you.
If you are returning an absentee ballot in person, it must be hand-delivered to the BOE Office on Worth Street before 5pm on June 7, 2016. If you are mailing your absentee ballot in, it must be postmarked by June 7, 2016.
We know that our Republican-run legislature is hellbent on rolling back environmental regulations. Rest assured they have some special gifts for us in the hopper for this upcoming session.
“Ahead of the session several joint House and Senate committees have been preparing potential legislation. Last week, the Environmental Review Commission, the legislative committee that acts as the main gatekeeper for environmental policy, voted on a dozen prospective measures.”
“At the meeting commission members said that the aim of the election year session is to be efficient and not to delve to deeply into policy. All the bills the commission considered would weaken existing protections. Environmental advocates say some of the proposals represent major changes to the state’s approach to water quality and other protections.”
The Clean Water Act is on the chopping block with a draft bill that would remove on-site stormwater controls as a possible source of downstream pollution. It would also require that the N.C. Environmental Management Commission change water quality rules to reflect the weakened water quality standards.
“The commission also wants the department (Department of Environmental Quality) to submit written comments this year to the Army Corps of Engineers while it reviews its general permit on stream dredging and filling. The bill would require the department to ask the Corps to double the threshold for requiring mitigation for the loss of intermittent and ephemeral stream bed to 300 linear feet.”
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, Commission Co-chair, suggested doing away with NC’s electronics recycling program and removing the ban on electronics, including television sets, from landfills.
“Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, said she agreed, but suggested lifting the ban only for televisions.”
“Dixon’s provision passed, despite objections from co-chair Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, but Dixon later asked for the vote to be rescinded.”
(Emphasis mine.) “Dixon said the landfill ban proposal will likely be taken up during the discussions on a regulatory omnibus later in the session. “
And this is just legislation pertaining to our environmental protections. I can only imagine what else they’ve got up their sleeves. So brace yourselves, folks. It is going to be a bumpy ride. It is more important than ever that we work to replace these legislators, who are laying waste to our environment for the price of a campaign contribution.
To read the article in full visit: Bills to Weaken Protections Are Ready
See a recent Lunch & Learn presentation by Randolph County Democrats on River Basins in Randolph: Two River Basins Run Through It: Randolph County Water
Visit our Presentations page to view other environmental presentations from RCDP: Lunch & Learn Presentations