Edgecombe County: Damn 3 Blacks And 1 White Filed For The House 23 Seat

Damn here we go 3 black males filed for the House 23 seat. All are Democrats so do the math. Hell yeah it matters to me who the candidates are because I am actively engaged in Edgecombe County politics and I live in the 23rd District which consist of all of Edgecombe and Martin Counties.

I am very vocal and voice my opinions about people and issues so therefore one would think anyone running for an office in Edgecombe County would contact me before I begin endorsing candidates. But they don’t have to, however I think it would be wise unless I come out and endorse someone before the filing period closes. Normally I don’t endorse anyone until the filing period closes.

It is a damn shame that the 3 blacks could not come together and recognize and understand that they are going to split the black votes. I know they all have met but it didn’t do any good because as of now all of them are still in the race.

Taro Knight Mayor Pro-tem Tarboro City Council was the 1st to announce publicly that he would seek the seat after learning that Joe Pat Tolson was not going to seek re-election. I spoke to Taro and he shared with me his concerns.

Then a couple of days later Shelly Willingham announced publicly that he would seek the seat also. He called me and shared his concerns with me as well.

The 2nd week of filing I was watching WNCR-TV Bronson Williams who has started a Talk Show called Moving Rocky Mount Forward. I called in and I asked him to call me after the show went off not knowing that he was going to announce at the end of the show that he was going to announce that he was going to file for the House 23 seat.

Today I understand Rusty Holderness a white male has filed. Interesting.

In the next several hours I will be sending open letters to all of the candidates not limited to the House District 23 seat. I will share my conversations with the 3 black males, have not spoken to the white male.

Adkins named Southerner news editor – Daily Southerner

Response: Congratulations Calvin well deserved. I trust you will do the right thing and take this paper to the next level. I believe that with your creativeness we will see a some major changes. Oh by the way I believe this is an historical moment, the first black editor. If am wrong I stand to be corrected.

TARBORO — In the wake of editor/publisher John H. Walker’s retirement, The Daily Southerner announced this week that long-time, local newspaper veteran Calvin Adkins has been named news editor.
Adkins, 52, officially assumed the position Wednesday and will be in charge of the day-to-day operations in the newsroom.

"I am speechless," Adkins said of the appointment. "I didn’t expect this. I want to thank [Southerner parent company] CNHI and everyone who had a part in determining that I was capable of being news editor." (Source: Read more)

Tarboro NC: Walker retiring from newspaper industry – Daily Southerner

Response: Wishing you the best, however I was just fitting ready to pay you a visit because I have disagreed with you on 2 different occasions and it was about time to meet with you in person. Well it is all good! Again wishing you the best.

TARBORO — The Daily Southerner Publisher, John H. Walker, 63, is retiring from the newspaper industry after working at 14 newspapers in six states over a 48-year career. His final day at The Daily Southerner will be Friday.

Walker began his career as a high school sophomore, reporting football scores to regional newspapers and then as a spring sports and obituary clerk at his hometown paper, Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Miss.

“I started as the true Jimmy Olsen cub reporter and have been blessed to have the opportunity to do something I’ve enjoyed for many years,” Walker said. “Our industry has certainly changed over the years and not always for the better. Too many times, rather than respond with a well thought plan, it has been more of a knee jerk reaction driven by the bean counters and report gatherers.” (Source: Read more)

 

Shameful: Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for Veterans

One of the biggest problems I have with Republicans is their blatant hypocrisy. They’ll portray themselves as the party of “small, fiscally conservative government” while advocating for laws which are the complete opposite. Their rallying cry of “we support our troops” is another that’s a clear misnomer of exactly what policies they support. Republicans frequently support sending our troops off to war and often oppose funding for programs which helps our troops when they’re not deployed to war. To say Republicans “support our troops” is a blatant slap to the face of every man and woman who has served our country. Hell, even their push to cut SNAP benefits impacted millions of families of those serving in our military.

See more: Shameful: Republicans Block Bill to Expand Healthcare and Education for Veterans http://www.forwardprogressives.com/republicans-block-bill-expand-healthcare-education-veterans/

Response: This is just absolutely “Ignant!”

One of the biggest problems I have with Republicans is their blatant hypocrisy. They’ll portray themselves as the party of “small, fiscally conservative government” while advocating for laws which are the complete opposite.

Their rallying cry of “we support our troops” is another that’s a clear misnomer of exactly what policies they support. Republicans frequently support sending our troops off to war and often oppose funding for programs which helps our troops when they’re not deployed to war. To say Republicans “support our troops” is a blatant slap to the face of every man and woman who has served our country.

Hell, even their push to cut SNAP benefits impacted millions of families of those serving in our military. (Source: Read more)

Short meeting in Princeville – Daily Southerner

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Without any items under consideration for approval or adoption, the board of commissioners breezed through Monday’s meeting. The public comments with six citizens speaking, took up the majority of the time in the open meeting.

One of the concerns that former mayor, Ed Bridgers, expressed was police protection. The town is down from five to only one police officer. The officers demised from the department were listed due to various reasons. Bridgers told the board that hiring new officers should be one of their top priorities. – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/local/x1783690014/Short-meeting-in-Princeville#sthash.f4uOupYX.dpuf

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — Without any items under consideration for approval or adoption, the board of commissioners breezed through Monday’s meeting. The public comments with six citizens speaking, took up the majority of the time in the open meeting.

One of the concerns that former mayor, Ed Bridgers, expressed was police protection. The town is down from five to only one police officer. The officers demised from the department were listed due to various reasons. Bridgers told the board that hiring new officers should be one of their top priorities. (Source: Read more)

BOE facing two federal suits – Daily Southerner

Response: I remember there has been some bus issues for years. Some folks didn’t want to drive school buses so they went and got doctor’s notes. But guess who the majority of them were? Recently the school system changed their policy and started the process over. But those folks with real disabilities got caught up in the system so therefore they had to leave the school system since they couldn’t drive the bus. It is sad because some folks really screwed it up for some folks. I just wonder could the school system had found a better way to deal with the busing issue. Well can’t wait to see how the lawsuits unfold.

TARBORO — Diahanna Woods and Donnie Atkinson, former employees of Edgecombe County Public Schools, filed lawsuits against the Edgecombe County Board of Education after they were terminated. Woods filed her complaint on May 30, 2013, and Atkinson filed his complaint on Aug. 28, 2013, in the federal court in Greenville.

Woods and Atkinson claim they were fired because of their failure to obtain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), and that they had medical disabilities which prevented them from driving a school bus. They cited the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as grounds for their claims. (Source: Read more)