C-Span covered the NAACP National Convention, recently held in Houston, Texas. Their coverage included a segment on the felony voting rights issue and aired the weekend of August 11th 2012.





C-Span covered the NAACP National Convention, recently held in Houston, Texas. Their coverage included a segment on the felony voting rights issue and aired the weekend of August 11th 2012.

Benjamin Todd Jealous President and CEO of the National NAACP, Dr. William J. Barber, State President, North Carolina NAACP and Dennis Gaddy,  Executive Director of Community Success Initiative, and Criminal Justice Chair for North Carolina NAACP were a part of the eight member panel and teaching session.

See details and link to C-Span coverage below:


The NAACP met and discussed issues within the African-American community including voting rights, education, and civic participation. As pivotal elections approach in 2012, the summit examined the national attack on voting rights and retrogressive measures meant to prevent participation by eligible citizens. The session provided an overview of the national and state-level attacks on voting rights, and provided a comprehensive strategy on the progressive response. Panelists discussed concrete steps to implement the NAACP game changing strategy to increase civic participation and protect and expand voting rights.


This session is 1 hour and 26 minutes, a great session and a great info kickoff and facilitation by Dr. Barber. Watch it when have a chance or look at any portion of the panel discussion by moving the time line on the video after starting the video.


Click here to visit the C-SPAN page for this session



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No ‘easy’ button for council Monday – Daily Southerner

Response: I hate it I can’t attend the Town of Tarboro Council meetings because I attend the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Meeting on the same evening. However I have got to purchase another video camera and hire someone to help me out by going to meetings like this and or meetings that take place during the day while I am working.

The Town of Tarboro meetings are going to be very interesting because of the Republican Garland Shepheard who once owned the Ford Company in Tarboro before selling out to Doug Henry recently. He ran for a state office unsuccessfully atleast twice. Shepheard’s wife works for US Senator Burr so not only will Shepheard by trying to make a good showing on the local but on the state and national as well. I am still trying to figure out how Shepheard was allowed to run without any Democratic opposition for the Tarboro Town Council. This is where the Democratic Party should have played a role and seen that the Democratic candidate that held the position was not going to run so therefore they should have encouraged someone to step up to the plate.

TARBORO — What looked to be a simple meeting of the Tarboro Town Council turned into anything but on Monday night, as a series of questions from first-term council member Garland Shepheard more than doubled the length of the meeting.

Council members approved all items on the agenda unanimously; with the exception of law enforcement grant budget amendment that passed 7-1. (More)

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Tarboro council extends Thornton as town manager – Daily Southerner

Response: Well the new Town Manager keeps his job however not without much discussion. There were several people who were pissed with him because he hired a new Tarboro Police Chief who just happened to be the first Black Chief in the town’s history. But those in opposition to the hiring felt that the new Chief should have been from within the department. So since they couldn’t have their way they said the Town Manager had to go.

TARBORO — There had to be some anxious moments for Tarboro Town Manager Alan Thornton Monday night.

Thornton, who was a unanimous hire as manager a little over a year ago, kept his job following an executive session that lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes. (More)

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Princeville NC: LGC gives delinquent users 10 months to pay – Daily Southerner

Response: According to Julia Vail, deputy director of communication for LGC, as of Tuesday there were 104 customers were on the cut-off list. Some of the delinquent customer bills are reportedly as high as $3,792. Vail said the primary issue behind the delinquency is that customers were allowed to continue receiving services in spite of having not paid their bills. Damn the Princeville 3 Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Commissioner Calvin Sherrod campaigned on the water bills so look at where they are now. This article shows exactly what has gone wrong while the Princeville 3 has tried to blame others for their mess. Finances water bills and 24 credit cards for 12 people and the Mayor has used the card and has no documentation. So to all the folks who talk about Princeville need to voluntarily ask Tarboro to take over them oh hell no. The folks of Princeville who are in good standing need to ask that those who created this mess the Princeville 3 to resign effective immediately and the folks who are behind in their water bills to pay up and this would be an easy fix. Damn the Princeville 3 keep talking about Sam Knight criminal activity but if I remember correctly the things he done do not equate to the $1000’s of dollars that Princeville is in the red at this particular time. Again I say the Princeville 3 has intentionally put Princeville in the red because Commissioner Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight along with some others have questioned their every move. Damn I remember so clearly how the Princeville 3 called T. Vance Holloman a liar during the July 30 meeting in Raleigh but we continue to see who are the liars.

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — In an effort to get the town’s finances in a more stable condition, the Local Government Commission (LGC) has implemented a plan to collect Princeville’s delinquent water and sewer bills.

LGC’s plan requires delinquent customers to establish a payment plan with the state agency no later than Monday, Sept. 10. If the delinquent customers abide by the plan, their debts will be cleared by June 30, 2013. The payment plan must be approved by LGC, which took over the town’s finances on July 30. (More)

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Mississippi Schools Sending Kids To Prison For Misbehaving In The Classroom – ThinkProgress

Response: This is a shame!

The Department of Justice on Friday uncovered a so-called “School-to-Prison pipeline” in Mississippi, where teachers and principals are shipping off children into the criminal justice system for infractions as small as a dress code violation. (More)

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Why The Republican Party Is Racist And How It Got That Way – Addicting Info

Recently, film maker Spike Lee commented extensively on President Obama’s presidency.  He made some very potent observations on where we are racially in America. How does one assess the Obama presidency?  Is he a liberal extremist, as portrayed by the Right, or is he a moderate or, even a conservative – as compared to mainstream Democratic ideology?  To be certain, he came into office riding a national wave of “hope and change.”  The adulation he received was widespread and the euphoria intoxicating!  America had elected its first African-American President.  We had entered a “post-racial era” at last.  Even abroad, the World largely welcomed the breath of fresh air emanating from America.  He found himself greeted with enthusiastic optimism.  The colonialist Neo-Con Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld “Sword of Damocles” had been lifted. (More)

Just Look At What The Princeville 3 Mayor Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Purvis-Andrews, Commissioner Sherrod And The Town Attorney Have Done To Allow Ignant Folks Like Those On WHIG-TV And Some Others To Say What Needs To Take Place In Princeville

Tonight around midnight I watched the taped version of the morning show. I watched the show in anger looking at these 2 males 1 white and 1 black discussing Princeville making comments that were not based on facts. They were discussing the article in the Daily Southerner Princeville’s financial hole just gets deeper – Daily Southerner This Story Continues To Get Gooder And Gooder (LOL!) I couldn’t call in because it was a recorded show.

Damn does any of the hosts on the morning shows do their homework instead of just getting on the tv and talking about stuff as if they know what the hell they are talking about? I have never seen either of these 2 dudes from WHIG – TV attend a Princeville Town Hall Meeting. I have not seen WHIG – TV send someone to video the meetings for over a year now.

The 2 dudes on the morning show talked about Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates spending money on the credit card without any documentation to support why she used the card. The white dude joked about maybe she bought $6,000 worth of doughnuts for the meetings and he and the black dude thought that was funny. Well I don’t see any damn thing funny about it. I will wait to see what the findings are because if the Mayor do not tell I truly believe that LGC will take the necessary steps to get that information and it will become public information.

These 2 dudes talked about maybe the people of Princeville need to voluntarily ask Tarboro to take over them, that they will not lose their identity and etc. They gave an example of Battleboro being annexed by Rocky Mount. Well these ignant dudes need to understand that Battleboro do not hold the status that Princeville does being the Oldest Town Incorporated by Slaves.

These 2 dudes also had the audacity to make it appear that the Town of Princeville does not have enough citizens and the capabilities to handle their own financial affairs. Oh hell no Princeville have enough citizens and there are people capable of handling the town affairs. There are 2 Town Commissioners Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight that have the best interest of the citizens and the town affairs in their hearts but they are not in the majority. The Princeville 3 Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates, Mayor Pro-tem Isabelle Purvis-Andrews and Commissioner Calvin Sherrod voting members, Attorney Charles Watts Princeville Town Attorney, Maggie Boyd Interim Town Manager and some incompetent staff are the reasons why the town is in the shape that it is in.

The damn fools said the best local TV show in the world because they are on the internet. These dudes are too damn ignant.

I want these 2 ignant dudes to know that hell yeah I was angry as I watched them on WHIG – TV because I attend the Princeville Town Meetings and was in Raleigh NC when LGC took control of the financial affairs. I have all of the meetings that I have attended on video and they have been made available on my blog. I have been following Princeville for several years so therefore I have documentation on my blog dating back to when the Princeville 3 was elected back around 2009.

These damn fools said at the end of the show that they had talked about Princeville and gave them some ideas of what they need to do. Damn they are just as ignant as the Princeville 3 because nothing that they suggested on the show were based on the facts. They read one damn article and took the piece about Mayor Everette-Oates spending money on a credit card and that makes them the one to tell the citizens of Princeville what they need to do. Oh hell no ya’ll ain’t the one!

Yep, I talk about Princeville but I can do that because I am somewhat knowledgeable to the facts of what is going on in the town. However I take offense to ignant damn folks talking  and misleading the citizens and others about what is going on in Princeville and telling them what they need to do.

Damn I get tired of having to hold the Princeville 3 accountable and ignant folks like these 2 dude at WHIG – TV accountable for their actions. The Princeville 3 is ignant enough and don’t need any ignant friends. But I guess in some cases ignance breeds ignance. Well!

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Mitt Romney’s constitutional amendment would bar Paul Ryan from the presidency – Washington Post

Three years ago, Mitt Romney proposed a constitutional amendment that would say “the president has to spend three years working in business before he becomes president of the United States. Then he or she would understand that the policies they are putting into place have to encourage small business to grow.” (More)