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The Macon County Democratic Party sent a large delegation to the District 11 Annual Convention. Notably, all three Resolutions approved by the County Convention were approved by the District Convention and forwarded on the to State Democratic Party. Also, Anne Hyder was recognized as the Macon County Democrat of the Year for her long-term dedicated service to the County Party.

A message from Our new Chairman Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:27:35 +0000 Our new County Chairman Gary St. Arnauld has a message for all Macon County Democrats

I’m honored to have been elected to be the Macon County Democratic Party Chair from 2019-2021 and I look forward to working with Macon Democrats.

The North Carolina Democratic Party and the Macon County Democratic Party are strong. This year we had great turnout for our precinct meetings and our county convention. We elected many new people to our leadership team and they are fired up and ready to go. We have active and well attended Macon County Democratic Men’s and Women’s Clubs. Democrats occupy the Governor’s Mansion, the Attorney General’s office and we control the NC Board of Elections and NC Supreme Court. We broke the Republican’s veto proof majority in both the NC House and NC Senate in 2018. 

The 2020 election promises to be the highest turnout in state history. Interest is going to be off the charts. We will elect a new president and vice president, re-elect Governor Roy Cooper and AG Josh Stein, elect a new lieutenant governor, a new US Senator, put Mark Meadows out to pasture, elect at least three NC Supreme Court Justices as well as elect new members to the NC Senate and NC House and two Macon County commissioners.

In every election, we always hear someone say that “This is the most important election of our lifetime.” And “they” are often wrong. BUT DOES ANYBODY BELIEVE THAT THE 2020 ELECTION IS NOT GOING TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF THEIR LIFETIME. Besides the people whose names are on the ballot, we will be voting for democracy, our constitution, decency, respect, civility, the environment, fairness, justice, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, fiscal responsibility, health care for all and many more of our core values.

We are going to need everyone’s help to achieve our goals and I look forward to working with each and every Democrat and fair minded unaffiliated voter to put our country, state and county back on the right path.

2019 Democratic Convention Sun, 24 Mar 2019 17:43:53 +0000 March 23 2019 Macon county Democratic Convention

Delegates , Democrats and visitors attended a very successful County convention last Saturday. Nearly a one hundred were treated a rousing speech by Terry Van Duyn , candidate for Lt.Governor and a very powerful address by outgoing acting Chair John Gladden. The party officers for the coming election cycle were elected by acclimation to the rousing applause by all in attendance.

Here are a few pictures of the event , Be sure to read John Gladdens address in a following post , and check out the 4 Resolutions passed at the convention.

Terry Van Duyn
John Gladden
Karen Smith speaking for Resolution

Aspirational Politics
Karen Duncan speaking for Resolution

Ratification of the ERA amendment
Larry Stenger speaking for Resolution

Increased Broadband Access
John Gladden spoke for Resolution Unaffiliated voters

Our new Chair Gary St Arnauld spoke on behalf of the Men’s Club

Not to be out done Sharon Ramsey spoke on behalf of the very active Democratic Women’s Club.
Our New party officers

Susanna Kuppers , Gary St. Arnauld, Ann Hyder, Cindy Solesbee, Nancy Scott, Louis Vitale
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this the success it was , and good luck to all of us in upcoming election cycle.
John Gladden Address to the Delegates Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:26:56 +0000 John Gladden has steered the Democratic party through some perilous times. He took up the challenge and made us all proud.

His analysis of the current state of politics and the way forward is must reading for every Democrat and Unaffiliated voter in Macon county.

“The executive committee has graciously allowed me a few minutes to talk about my observations and thoughts on where we are and where we need to go.  These are not opinions representing the County Party, but rather a single voter.

It’s no secret that voter registration has changed dramatically over the last decade or so.  It’s not just Democrats, but Republicans also are losing voters to the ranks of the unaffiliated.  It’s not just Macon County, it’s throughout the State and the Country.  The appropriate questions are why has it happened and what to do about it.

The Republicans have been waging psychological warefare on the American public for decades—and they’ve been damn good at it.  They have identified single issues that appeal to enough people in enough targeted areas to win elections.  Whether it’s latent racism (read welfare queens), women’s rights (read baby killers), non-protestant religions (read islamic terrorists), or alternative lifestyles (read bathroom attacks), they’ve hammered those home to targeted voter groups.

To my mind it started in the 1970’s with the Republican ‘southern strategy’ where code words were used to appeal to the lingering racial animosity in the South.    This game plan was worked for decades for Republicans, with more explicit outbursts such as the ‘Willy Horton’ strategy on Michael Dukakis in 1988—replayed with the John Snow race here.  Even Jane Hipps caught some of this.

Newt Gingrich, more than anyone else, is responsible deepening the political divide and general nastiness between the two parties with his ideologically based shutdowns and impeachment of Bill Clinton.  Mitch McConnell declared that his highest legislative priority was to keep Obama from getting reelected.  Trey Gowdy extended the Benghazi hearings to keep the base stirred up.  Then there were the emails.  All explicitly partisan, divisive and having nothing to do with good governance.

Now, they have convinced their voters that rich people and multibillion dollar corporations are victims and deserve massive tax cuts and elimination of regulations.  How can that be?

The Republicans have made these insanities work and the Democrats have not effectively countered.  I see Donald Trump as the logical conclusion of the Republican decades long strategy and tactics. 

I am astounded and disturbed that 30-40 percent of the public still supports Trump and 90 percent of republicans do.  I fail to understand it and find it frightening.   However, I see Trump as a symptom of a much more insidious disease.

Back to the registrations.

What’s notable about the registration shifts is that the major change is in younger voters abandoning the two parties.  To my mind, many voters over 50 or so are locked into their political commitments and voting patterns.  Vote D or vote R—we’re not going to change that except with a few issues like Social Security and Medicare focused on the over 60 voters.

I see the opportunities for Democratic gains in the under 50 voters.  Our proposals and issues are of critical importance to that group of citizens. 

Think about it:

Which party supports affordable, quality public education rather than diverting funds to charter and private schools–Democrats

Which party is responsible for losing our labor and delivery unit and closing rural hospitals by not expanding Medicaid and trying to kill the ACA—Republicans.

Which party tried to protect consumers from predatory lending and credit card practices–Democrats

Which party is responsible for transferring massive wealth to the top 1% and saddling the younger voters with trillions of dollars of additional debt—Republicans.

Which party is trying to prevent lower and middle-income households from bankruptcy due to a pregnancy or medical emergency—Democrats.

The list goes on!

So what do we do?

Our first objective is to attract voters, not registrations.  The latter is a decades long project if it can be done.

We need to figure out how to appeal to the younger voters.  We need to get their attention and get them to care.  This involves both crafting the message and figuring out how to get to them.  Traditional methods just don’t work.  Talk to your children and, for this group your grand children, about what keeps them up at night and how they get their information.  If we’re going to turn this around, we need to know.

A few more comments on the national scene. 

The democrats may be headed for a train-wreck if this primary process is not worked properly.  The field needs to be winnowed quickly.  Do not pay much attention to the national media—that’s how we got Donald trump.  Dig into the records and platforms of the candidates you think are promising.  Make a financial contribution to those campaigns.  One criterion for getting into the debates is to have 65 thousand contributions from 20 states. 

In that group of candidates, we have a good, maybe great, president and an incredible cabinet.  Vote in the primary and ensure that every Dem leaning person you know does the same.  In the 2016 Dem primary only about 2300 ballots were cast with over 6000 registered dems.  You know that some of those votes were by the Unaffiliated. 

BUT, at the end of the day, any democrat will be superior to whoever the republicans put up.  Put aside whatever hurt you may have if your favorite candidate didn’t get the nomination and vote—don’t stay home.

We can send Tillis back to wherever he came from—vote!

Same for Shutdown Mark Meadows—especially if gerrymandering is fixed.

It’s critical to flip the state legislature.  Some of the best opportunities may be in other parts of the state, so consider helping at the State

Personally, I don’t think that we’re going to get much help from Russian Oligarchs, the GRU or Wikileaks.  It’s up to all of us, so let’s get to it! 


Convention Resolutions Sun, 24 Mar 2019 01:30:51 +0000 At the Macon County Democratic Convention 4 resolutions were passed.

These issues and policy statements represent some of the priorities and goals of Macon county Democrats. From the equal Rights amendment to Broad band access, these issues affect every citizen of Macon County. Come join our efforts to realize these goals.

Sale of Mission Health Sun, 10 Feb 2019 22:15:25 +0000 Macon County Democratic Women February Meeting Announcement
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m. 
Macon County Library 

GUEST SPEAKER:  Mayor Bob Scott.  Bob is a tireless supporter of health care for Western North Carolina residents.  He will discuss the  sale of Mission Health to HCA and how he worked with the state Attorney General to provide adequate protection for citizens outside of Buncombe County and appropriate representations on the board for Dogwood 
Health Trust.  

Grand Opening -Grand Success Mon, 27 Aug 2018 13:29:44 +0000

County Chairman Logan Wallace  opened the festivities. Fantastic time at the Grand Opening today! It was Standing Room Only again! Great talks from Aaron Martin (House 120), Bobby Kuppers (Senate 50), and Terry Van Duyn (Senate 49). A Team Price member gave a “State of the Campaign” update.

State Senator Terry van Duyn filled us in on the latest evil doings in Raleigh. She made it clear that we must Give our Governor veto power by electing Bobby Kuppers and  other like minded State Senators.

A Team Price representative gave us a positive report on the campaign. Beating Mark Meadows depends on one thing, GET OUT THE VOTE. There is a very active Macon County organization working for “Price for Congress” , sign on to help.

  Aron Martin made it perfectly clear that he will be a force to be reckoned  with once he replaces Kevin Corbin in House District 120.

Todd Raby Emphasized his record as Register of Deeds.  He needs our support to continue his excellent management of that important office.  Vote for Todd Raby , Register of Deeds.

Chairman Logan Wallace introduce Bobby Kuppers who spoke on behalf or Ronnie Beale, candidate for county commissioner. Ronnie’s tireless work for the residents of Macon county and his influence on the State and Federal levels make him an invaluable asset for Macon County. As Bobby said, Ronnie  needs your help to keep Macon County moving into the future and not back to the past.

Coach Kuppers treated us to an old fashion half time locker room pep talk.  Commitment, Commitment, Commitment , we all must commit to this fight. We must all do our part right up to election day, only then will we see the change we all want. Vote Bobby Kuppers for NC. State Senate.

John Gladden  announced the new schedule for headquarters and asked for volunteers to help with the hard work needed to win in November.  It is all about ” GET OUT THE VOTE” , we need to be COMMITTED to do the work necessary to win.  We need your help. contact HQ at 828 -412- o603 or stop by HQ just behind the Smart Pharmacy on Palmer St Circle.

Many thank to the hard working women of the Macon County Democratic Women’s Club. As usual they did an excellent job with the food and decoration for this very successful event.


Standing room only at Hotdog Supper Sat, 11 Aug 2018 15:20:59 +0000 Over 80 people filled the new Headquarters  to hear our Candidates remind them to GET OUT THE VOTE for the midterms. Phillip Price, Bobby Kuppers and Ronnie Beale  spoke to a standing room only crowd to deliver their message.

Phillip Price outlined his vision for a Congress that works for the people and not special interests .

Bobby Kuppers  thanked his home town crowd for their support and promised to bring change to Raleigh.

Ronnie Beale reminded all how he has worked with Republicans for the last 3 terms on the County Commission to get things done for the citizens of Macon County.  He needs our help to overcome the forces of regression who want to take Macon County  back to the “Good old days” .

Sharon Ramsey president of the Macon County Democratic Women’s club, thanked everyone who helped with this very successful event.  and reminded everybody to attend the Grand Opening of our new Headquarters.


Franklin Rally aginst family seperation and “zero tolerance” Sun, 01 Jul 2018 18:43:37 +0000  

Well over a hundred people attended a rally  Saturday to protest family separation at the southern border  and the Trump “zero tolerance” policy. Many speakers including  Enrique Gomez from the Jackson County NAACP spoke eloquently about family suffering and chaos created by the Trump admiration. The event organized by Dan Kowal gave citizens of Macon County an opportunity to voice their opposition to the immoral separation of children from their parents and the incarnation of whole families just because they are seeking legal asylum in this country. The message was clear, the only way to stop this extreme policy is to VOTE.