You may have missed it, but over the weekend congressional Republicans admitted that they are terrified that any Social Security cuts will lead to their defeat.
If you have been paying attention to the politics of Obama’s chained CPI offer, you may have noticed that Republicans have been running away like their hair’s on fire away from his proposal. (More)
In American politics, many object to power flowing through blood rather than through the ballot. A “dynasty” is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Among Blacks, some prominent families regard politics as business operations.
Blacks elected immediately after the civil rights era, gained office as mayors or to the House of Representatives in majority-Black areas. Younger Black politicians are now seeking to win political posts of governor or senator in which they would represent much larger and diverse groups of voters. In theory, having a parent already in politics provides political base younger politicians can use to reach wider multi-racial constituencies.
Several scions of Black political families that came to high political office by virtue of birthright are on the decline. New York Gov. David Paterson, whose father Basil is a powerful figure in Harlem politics, left his appointed office in disgrace.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is now a resident in the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan, Mich. A former Michigan state representative, Kilpatrick, was recently found guilty on 24 of 30 federal corruption charges. In 1996, Kilpatrick was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives after his mother vacated the seat to campaign for Congress. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick represented Detroit in the Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2010.
Jesse L. Jackson has a family that has benefited from his impact on politics. The son that was first elected to Congress in 1995 now faces a prison sentence ranging from 46 to 57 months. Jesse Jackson Jr., was convicted for spending approximately $750,000 in campaign money on high-end items, including a Rolex watch and furs. The extended Jackson clan includes Jonathan and Yusef. Jonathan Jackson is a business professor and entrepreneur. He owns a Cricket Wireless franchise operation, and is a partner with Yusef, in a Chicago-based Anheuser-Busch distributorship – River North Sales and Service, LLC.
In Memphis, the Ford name became legend as Whites moved from the city to the suburbs. By 1974, the percentage of Black voters had increased enough for three sons of a local funeral director to win an unprecedented electoral victory: John was elected to the state Senate, Emmett was elected to the state House, and Harold became the first African American from Tennessee elected to the U.S. Congress in the 20th century. In 1996 when Harold, Sr., decided not to seek a 12th term in Congress, Harold, Jr., easily won the race, taking office at age 26. “Junior” was only 30 years old in 2000 when he gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He ran for the U.S. Senate seat but lost. Scandal and corruption followed the Fords ascent in politics.
William Lacy Clay, Sr., was elected to the House of Representatives in 1968. In 2000, Clay, Sr., retired from the seat after 32 years and Clay Jr., known as Lacy Clay, became the U.S. Rep. for Missouri’s 1st congressional district.
Carrie P. Meek was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1978 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Kendrick Brett Meek lost the U.S. House seat that his mother had handed him in his 2010 bid for the Florida Senate seat. Kendrick was the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 17th congressional district from 2003 to 2011, after having served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998.
Representative Donald M. Payne, from New Jersey, died of cancer in March 2012 after serving in the House for 23 years. He was 77. His son, Donald M. Payne, Jr., was elected to Congress in November 2012. Brother, and uncle, William D. Payne served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998-2008.
Black voters have to discern if there’s a disconnect between the agenda of Black political leadership and their constituent communities. Will Black voters ever shun political dynasties revolving among husbands and wives, brothers, sisters and children in the guise of serving the public?
William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org
The top Black Republicans in the country recently joined Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as he honored “Black Republican Trailblazers” in his latest attempt to make inroads into the Black community.
During the event at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, Priebus put the party’s strong suit on parade. In saluting “Black Enterprise” Priebus paid homage to Republican role models William T. Coleman and Robert J. Brown, chairman and CEO of B&C Associates, Inc.
Coleman is a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Brown is a former presidential aide. Both “trailblazers” have made immeasurable contributions toward Blacks doing business in America. When it comes to the business of America, the GOP has no political peer. “Capitalism” is a key Republican Party pillar and these “trailblazers” made great marks on Black Americans’ businesses and opportunities.
During President Richard Nixon’s tenure in office, Brown served as the White House’s liaison in Black communities. In ways not occurring today, back in the 1970s, Brown dealt with issues related to civil rights legislation, funding for jobs, Black colleges and inner-city housing. As Blacks became frustrated with economic conditions that didn’t improve despite advancements in civil rights, the Nixon administration addressed economic empowerment by sponsoring strong minority business initiatives.
Before, and after his stint at the White House, Brown retained his standing as a successful businessman. He founded B&C in 1960. During the 1950s, Coleman helped President Dwight D. Eisenhower to increase minority hiring in the government, and under the Ford administration as Secretary of Transportation. He co-authored the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s brief on Brown vs. Topeka. He successfully argued cases that compelled the admission of Blacks into segregated universities.
The event’s keynote speaker happened to be the owner of the country’s largest African-American-owned business. David L. Steward, is chairman and founder of World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a top Black Enterprise Business. WWT is a systems integration company based in St. Louis. The company employs more than 1,700 people and operates more than 2,000,000-square-feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in 21 facilities throughout the world. WWT’s 2011 revenue was $4.1 billion. Former President George H.W. Bush said Steward’s “story of success epitomizes the American Dream and … an inspiration to us all.”
Chairman Priebus is set on “taking the Republican message to the streets.” The question is: “How receptive will Blacks be?” Republicans like and applaud entrepreneurs. The GOP hierarchy appreciates job generators and creators. Historically, the Republicans believe in personal responsibility and actions, and that all material things are earned, not owed. They believe private spending is usually more efficient than public spending and that the private sector and/or the individual are better suited to control their own lives. There should be a way for African Americans and the Republicans to get together.
Black party members want Priebus “to change the party’s performance with minority voters.” African-American RNC National Committeeman Glenn McCall of South Carolina told the gathering of Black Baby Boomers and Millennials that, "The Republican Party must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before … as we must stop talking about ‘reaching out’ and start ‘welcoming in.’” North Carolina’s Black RNC National Committeewoman Dr. Ada Fisher, MD said: “Republicans must be willing to go into local minority communities and hold town hall meetings and banter. … It’s time to advocate for issues and causes that directly affect minority populations … and staff to tout and pursue Blacks.”
A Black Republican in personal and political ascent is conservative commentator and entrepreneur, Armstrong Williams. A protégée of Brown’s, Williams emphasized that GOP values mirror those of many enterprising Blacks in America who support: “safe families, good education and economic empowerment.” Williams commented that “There are many conservative Blacks … disgruntled with President Obama … We need to hook up with them to initiate business principles and practices that work.” Williams used the occasion to announce the acquisition of two television stations: WEYI-TV in the Flint/Saginaw/Michigan and WWMB-TV in the Myrtle Beach/Florence, South Carolina area.
William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org
North Carolina has a long history of election fraud, although not the kind being debated in the halls of the legislature.
The way elections have historically been stolen in North Carolina is through the use of absentee ballots for obvious reasons – not only are there no photographs required but the “voter” doesn’t even have to show up in person. (More)
In the latest in a series of controversies swirling around Dr. Ben Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon has withdrawn as the speaker at next month’s medical school commencement program.
Carson, known around the world for the unparalleled success he earned in medicine after pulling himself up from poverty, recently drew criticism—AGAIN—after he made comments perceived to be anti-gay on a FOX News program. (More)
A Tennessee lawmaker has dropped a bill linking academic performance to a family’s welfare benefits after an intrepid 8-year-old girl followed him around the state Capitol, relentlessly questioning him about the measure, the Raw Story reports.
Registration 9:30 AM convention begin at 10 AM Edgecombe County Administrative Building Auditorium 201 St. Andrews Street Tarboro.
Election of county officers will take place. Can’t wait to see who wants to hold offices.
Response: Congratulations! This is awesome!
TARBORO — As a running back for the Tarboro Vikings, Kelvin Bryant mesmerized fans and opponents with his speed and quickness which earned him national attention. His work ethic as a Viking led him to be one of the most sought after high school players in the nation. He signed with UNC and became one the school’s greatest running backs of all time. After Bryant’s stellar college career, he became a star in the USFL for the champion Baltimore Stars. After the USFL folded, he signed with the Washington Redskins and was a part of the team that won Super Bowl XXII. (More)
Response: Awesome! However some of the same folks who claim to be conscious are the ones who continue to hold us right where we are.
When I got involved in Politics some of the same old guards who claim they were about what is good were the same folks who played both sides the oppressed and the oppressor. Sad!
So the coming together? I have seen for myself what some black folks have done to us in our life time and I don’t need to be reminded of a Willie Lynch letter and some other things before my time because I am talking about what I have seen for myself over the past 25 years.
Thank you Stan Best for the following:
It appears that historically the African American community has been split into two factions from the beginning of the nation. During slavery, there were slaves who were happy on the plantation and there were slaves who wanted to escape, each faction suspicious of the other, each thinking the other crazy.
The divide would endure on into “Reconstruction”, with one faction represented by Booker T Washington who believed we should go along to get along, and of course white folks loved him. The other faction was represented by the likes of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and W.E.B. Dubois who spoke truth to power, and of course the white folks hated them.
The divide would continue into the Civil Rights Era, with the non-violent faction willing to be beat over the head by racists versus the “by any means necessary” brethren who said “hell too the naw.” These two groups were personified by Dr. Martin Luther King and Brother Malcolm.
Currently, in the age of social media and Face Book, we find ourselves still divided into two distinct factions. One believes that everything would be fine if black folk would just act right. The other faction believes that barriers still remain in the form of institutional racism. This faction is recognized as the conscious community and is often ridiculed and derided by the members of lets say the “unconscious” community. When the hell are we going to come together? Your thoughts?
PRINCEVILLE — For nearly four years, Commissioner Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight have vigorously complained to anybody who would listen about the town’s financial corruption that they said was led by Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates. For quite sometime, the commissioners said they felt like those complaints fell on deaf ears. (More)
My condolences goes out to cousin Betty Cannon and the entire family of the late Connie Walston Sr. Rocky Mount NC.
My condolences goes out to Nora, Doug (Classmate) and the family of the late Billie Barnes Pinetops NC.
Response: This is a damn good report by this Calvin Adkins highlighting some great points to let you know just how ignant Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates is. I thought she was ignant but this confirms that something has gone wrong since she has been in office this term. It is clear that she needs help. Although I have followed (videoed) the meetings faithfully since she has been in office, after reading the 31 page report I am trying to figure out why would one use a credit card that is traceable unless they just didn’t know or they just didn’t care that every transaction is documented with the time, place card used and the amount. The lawyer had stopped attending the meetings so I see why because he was not getting reimbursed for travel expense. Mayor Everette-Oates used to talk about the former Mayor Delia Perkins just about every meeting when she first took office so therefore she must have known she was going to get ignant and try to blame the town’s financial problems on the former mayor. But the Mayor Everette-Oates didn’t realize that she is making the former mayor look good since she has been trying to discredit her, Commissioners Ann Howell and Gwendolyn Knight who served under Mayor Perkins leadership. Oh when she read this, this is going to piss her off because she can not stand the sound of former Mayor Delia Perkins. Damn I am having a flashback when Mayor Everette-Oates looked a my camera at a meeting not long ago and said that she was speaking to me for the record. Well I am going to see will she make it to the April regular monthly meeting and talk to me because I have some questions for her after meeting.
PRINCEVILLE — The grey cloud that has hung over the town since the Local Government Commission took over its finances July 30, became even darker Monday after the state auditor released an investigative financial report detailing possible misuse of funds by town officials.
The finding points out that Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and former finance officer made questionable credit card purchases totaling more than $10,000 without providing receipts or documenting the business purpose at the time of the expenditure. (More)
RALEIGH, N.C. — The mayor and former finance officer of Princeville, one of the first U.S. communities established by freed slaves, charged more than $11,000 over a two-year period at restaurants, hotels and even a bath store without receipts justifying the public spending, North Carolina’s financial watchdog reported Monday.
Investigators also discovered questionable travel reimbursements and contracts involving Princeville Mayor Priscilla Everette-Oates and other town officials. State Auditor Beth Woods’ office said it is reporting its findings to state prosecutors, criminal investigators, and state and federal tax agencies to see whether they think further action is needed. (More)