Breaking News: (Ty Richardson) Labor commissioner candidate charged with DWI five times – WRAL

Response: Damn while I was at the Candidates Forum held by the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission at 6:00 PM WRAL was running a story on Ty Richardson about his DWI arrest. I went to work at 7:00 AM and worked 9 hours until 4:30 PM and stopped and got me a meal before arriving at the forum around 5:30. I received a call a few minutes asking me did I see the news about Ty Richardson. I told them I was at the forum and now downloading the pictures and the video from the forum and Ty was there. I immediately went to the WRAL TV website to find this story.

Okay now I am totally pissed. I had endorsed Ty and now l learned that he has issues. This is  why I don’t normally ask anyone to vote for a candidate but only tell them how I am going to vote. Damn I had endorsed Ty but I have not voted yet and now after learning about his issues it ain’t no way that I am going to vote for him. My reason is as follows: Ty is quoted saying, "I really don’t feel as if it has anything to do with the current situation and the working conditions of the people of the state of North Carolina," he said. "I have been a good neighbor. I have done the things that are necessary. I haven’t hurt anyone." Well Ty sir wrong answer. Damn my brother you got some issues and you don’t think they are serious. Brother man you could have had an accident and hurt and/or possibly killed yourself and others but I am so glad the article does not say anything about you have had an accident and someone was hurt.

Ty you have lost my vote and my trust because you called me a couple of months ago when I met you in Goldsboro at the African American Caucus Banquet however I am familiar with your previous run. You never once mentioned to me about your issues. I didn’t get back with you after the last time you called me and maybe something was trying to let me know something was not right. I was willing to give you my vote but now. Not!

Raleigh, N.C. — A Democratic candidate for North Carolina labor commissioner has been charged with driving while impaired five times in the past 22 years, according to a review of court records.

Ty Richardson’s latest arrest came in December in Wake County. He is scheduled to appear in court on the charge later this month. (More)

Victory on Preclearance Pitt County Public Schools


We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has informed Pitt County Schools that the reduction of the Pitt County Board of Education from 12 to 7 members will have a discriminatory impact on Black voters in Pitt County (See: attached complaint by the Coalition and attached letter from U.S. Department of Justice). The Lord has blessed us with a great victory for Black children in Pitt County. We thank the Lord and all our friends and supporters. Prayer changes things.


Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

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Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

On the Occasion of the Passing of Dr. Leroy T. Walker

NC NAACP Letterhead


May 1, 2012


For More Information:          Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President, 919-394-8137

Mrs. Amina J. Turner, Executive Director, 919-682-4700


On the Occasion of the passing of Dr. Leroy T. Walker 


As I travel today on the Truth & Hope Putting a Face on Poverty Tour in Western North Carolina that seeks to help NC and its citizens overcome and clear the hurdles of poverty and joblessness, my thoughts and the thoughts of the NAACP are with Dr. Leroy Walker and his family. We remember his legacy with the greatest esteem.


Dr. Walker taught us how to clear hurdles.  He taught young black athletes how to succeed and be victorious despite the hurdles of race and the hurdles of opportunity.  Coach Walker taught them how to overcome whatever challenges were in their way to become Olympic champions with skill and wisdom and tenacity.  He placed small historically black college athletic programs onto the world stage.  He participated in the transformation of diversity in leadership in our state, in our nation and in our world. 


Dr. Walker was not merely a coach on the track field, he was a life coach.  As my chancellor, he inspired us as young student leaders to always be courageous, strong and thoughtful.  When it came to the issues of truth and service and how we would live our lives, he taught us to make contributions toward the greater good and the uplift of humanity.  Dr. Walker challenged us and coached us to always pursue excellence without excuse.  On a personal note, Dr. Walker helped to open the doors when I was a young student and student body president with limited resources.  He used his vast connections to help me to be able to obtain an education in theology from Duke University. 


Dr. Walker was clear that if we can start from the same starting block, the rules are fair, and we are allowed to participate in the race, then victory is only a matter of discipline, persistence and intestinal fortitude. And so on this day, when his body is laid to rest, and he has completed the final lap of the race assigned to him, by the Eternal God, let us reach back and grab the baton of his legacy and run on until we see what the end shall be.


Thank you Dr. Walker for inspiring us, challenging us, and pushing us to give our best and to make life better for others.


Yours in the Spirit of Truth and Justice,


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President

North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and

Member, National NAACP Board of Directors




Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. 


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Edgecombe register of deeds faces primary challenge – Rocky Mount Telegram

Political newcomer Barbara Ann Cole is challenging incumbent Robin Williams Carpenter for the Edgecombe County register of deeds office in the Democratic primary on May 8. (More)

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Homegoing Celebration for Daniel L. Norris Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out Jackie Norris and the family of the late Daniel L. Norris Rocky Mount NC.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Song: God Is Able – Phil Tarver

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Butterfield to Promote Arts and Science in the District with Google and USDA Secretary Vilsack



For Release:  Immediate



Date:  May 1, 2012


Contact: Kezmiché "Kim" Atterbury 
Office:  (202) 225.3101

Mobile: (202) 465.5125

Butterfield to Promote Arts and Science in the District with Google and USDA Secretary Vilsack


WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will make two stops to promote the expansion of arts and science in North Carolina’s First Congressional District.


On Wednesday, Butterfield will visit Bearfield Primary School to assist in unveiling the state’s winning entry of the “Doodle 4 Google” art competition.  The nationwide competition, open to all K-12 students, is a way for students to merge art, design and technology by creating their own “Google Doodle.”  A winner will be selected from each state to move forward in the competition for a chance to win the grand prize of a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 technology grant for the computer lab at the winner’s school.  The winning doodle will be displayed on Google’s website on May 18, and also on a special edition of the Crayola 64 box.


On Thursday, Butterfield will travel to Oxford, North Carolina for a public event with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, representatives from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Biofuels Center.  The event will bring together more than 100 biofuels companies, policy, state and agricultural leaders to discuss the initiation of North Carolina’s Biofuels campus and growth within the industry. 


The Congressman’s schedule follows.


WHAT: Butterfield to Promote Arts and Sciences in the District with Google and USDA Secretary Vilsack



Wednesday, May 2

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.:

North Carolina Doodle 4 Google Competition

Bearfield Primary School

145 Hertford County High School Road

Ahoskie, NC



Thursday, May 3                                                 

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Growing Renewable Biofuels: Smart Resources Support our Vision

North Carolina Biofuels Campus

901 Hillsboro Street

Oxford, North Carolina







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Congressman G.K. Butterfield