Michael Vick cancels appearance on Winfrey’s show – Source: WRAL

CHICAGO — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not be appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after all.

A show spokesman said Wednesday representatives of the NFL star called late Tuesday to cancel his appearance for personal reasons. The daytime talk show host’s interview with Vick was set to air Thursday, Feb. 24. (Read more)

The New Black Politics: All We Want Is A Black Royal Family, Not Jobs, Peace, or Justice

The once expansive horizons of black America’s political universe have shrunk and withered. Our class of black political misleaders abandoned long ago the internationalism and Pan-Africanism of Robeson and DuBois. Black America’s self-proclaimed best and brightest have traded the “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” refrain of the King era away. (Read more)

Note: How can the man do it by himself? My President that is. I recognize and understand that it takes time to make changes and also you have to have others around you to help make change happen. Hell my President don’t truly have the support of black leaders and some of them who say they want change don’t actually want change either. I have seen this too many times on the local and state levels. Hell they talk a good game behind closed doors but as soon as they walk through the doors to the other side, yes that is where they be “on the other side.” Safe Negroes is my definition. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Annexation: Use more care but don’t repeal – Source: Winston Salem Journal

Opponents of North Carolina’s annexation law say they are taxed without representation and trampled by municipal bureaucracies.

But as legislators in the now-Republican-controlled General Assembly consider these protests from people who mostly live in unincorporated areas, they must keep in mind the origins of the annexation law. It is there to protect the much larger number of taxpayers who live in cities and towns and who pay for the services that people in adjoining areas enjoy for free when they venture to stores, parks and jobs. (Read more)

Note: Now this makes sense. The Winston Salem Journal gets it. Oak Level and others who say they are taxed without representation are just not accurate. I totally agree that the law needs to make sure they get all that they are suppose to get. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Senate Bill 8 Update

NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools

February 16th, 2011

Charter Bill Moving Faster

URGENT Request Below

Senate Bill 8, the "Charter Cap Plus" bill, passed the full

Senate Education Committee today and will be on the floor for a full senate vote tomorrow in all likelihood. Amendments by Sen. Malcolm Graham to address access to charter schools by adding mandates for weighted lotteries, transportation, and food service, were defeated primarily on a party-line vote. Republicans argued that the law already providMatt Norcrossed for efforts to attract and educate at risk children and the charter schools had demonstrated an ability to do that as testimony by Cheryl Turner of Sugar Creek Charter and Michael Pratt of Rocky Mount Prep provided. Matthew Norcross, a high school student and product of Phoenix Academy, told of his successful journey through that High Point charter school.

(Matt Norcross)

The bill sets up a Commission to authorize, monitor, and report on the state’s charters as well as other provisions you have been asking for. One of these is the reversal of the onerous language inserted into the 2010 Budget Bill which allowed the LEAs to continue to remove certain funds from the "Current Expense Fund", which the law originally intended to be shared with the charter schools.

There will be fierce opposition by the school administrators and school boards in the coming days (hours). Please have your parents and community supporters contact their senators and House members and request that the "Sugar Creek" provisions be left in the bill. 

Do this NOW!

A full copy of the bill and a summary may be found on the Alliance website.


Jim Stegall, Lobbyist


Senate Bill 8 which eliminates the 15 year old cap on charters passed the Senate Education Committee this morning and heads to a full senate vote tomorrow. It is now time to begin planning your public charter school.


The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools announces a one-day charter start-up session designed for those thinking about applying for a North Carolina charter school. This seven-hour training session aims to empower future charter leaders with knowledge for the development of a competitive charter application and an effective charter school.

Charter Starter – Ideal for persons seeking general information about the NC Charter School movement and the process for obtaining a charter contract.

When:  Thursday, March 17th 2011, 9am – 4pm (Working Lunch Provided)

Where: Charlotte, NC

Cost: Please call our office for costs. There are discounts for members of the Alliance, groups of two or more attending the workshop, and discounts for returning attendees.

Capacity: Attendance is limited to 40 persons. Register now to secure your seat. Simply send your check payable to NC Alliance, 512 St. Mary’s St., Raleigh, NC 27605 or call our office for card payment. Attach you name and address with your check or email same to


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Waxman and Butterfield: New Poll Shows “Very Strong” Support for Federal Consumer Product Safety Efforts

U.S. House of Representative SealU.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

First District of North Carolina

For Release:  Immediate

Date:  February 16, 2011

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101

Waxman and Butterfield:  New Poll Shows “Very Strong” Support for Federal Consumer Product Safety Efforts

Washington, D.C. — As the Energy and Commerce Committee begins consideration of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Congressmen Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and G. K. Butterfield (N.C.) circulated to committee members the results of a new national telephone poll conducted by Consumer Reports. 

“This poll underscores the tremendous support in the public for protecting our children from dangerous products,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Waxman. “As our Committee begins to hold hearings on the work of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, I hope that we will keep these important findings in mind and place our priorities on putting safety first.”

The survey found very strong consumer support for a strong federal role in requiring the testing of children’s products, in providing public access to consumer safety complaint information, and in keeping unsafe products out of the marketplace. 

The issues will be discuss as part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing on Thursday, February 17, which will include CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and CPSC Commissioner Anne Northup as witnesses.

Specifically, the survey found:

· 95% of those surveyed agree that the federal government should require testing by manufacturers of children’s products like jewelry, pacifiers, and toys to ensure they do not contain any harmful substances.

· 94% of those surveyed agree that the federal government should require testing by manufacturers of products like baby carriers or slings, cribs, and strollers to ensure their safety.

· 87% of those surveyed were interested in the ability to find out if another consumer experienced a safety hazard with a consumer product.

· 82% of those surveyed were interested in the ability to access a database maintained by the government where they can report and search safety problems with consumer products.

· 91% of those surveyed agree that the federal government should set safety standards for all children’s products.

Rep. Butterfield, Ranking Member of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, said despite strong public support, the hearing comes amid efforts to limit CPSC’s ability to protect consumers. As part of the debate over the FY2011 budget, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has offered three amendments aimed at limiting the power of CPSC to protect consumers.

Pompeo would bar CPSC from moving forward with creating a public, searchable database of consumer complaints. Pompeo is also seeking to eliminate provisions that require manufacturers to have their products tested at accredited, independent third-party facilities to ensure toys are designed safely and without harmful chemicals. The third amendment would eliminate the requirement for testing to ensure ongoing compliance with product safety standards.

“We cannot go back on our promise to Americans that children will not be the front line for testing the safety of toys and consumer products,” Rep. Butterfield said.

The Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted the telephone survey using a nationally representative probability sample of telephone households. A total of 1,007 interviews were completed among adults January 27-30, 2011. The survey has a sampling error of 3.2 percentage points and a 95% confidence level.

The complete survey results can be found at: http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ConsumerReportsProductSafetyPoll.pdf

QVC to add 200 jobs in Rocky Mount – Source: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Home-shopping retailer QVC will add 200 jobs to its Rocky Mount operations and invest $71 million over the next five years, Gov. Bev Perdue said Wednesday.

QVC, which already employs 541 full-time workers and 998 part-time workers at its Edgecombe County distribution center, will expand the facility by about 1 million square feet, creating the full-time positions, as well as more than 300 part-time jobs. (Read more)

Note: It is just amazing the ignant comments about these jobs. It is so sad that we have folks with such negative mentality when this is a total positive. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher