Tarboro NC: You’re Invited To The “2014 Meet the Candidates Forum”

When: Tuesday, April 22

Time: 6 PM

Location: Edgecombe County Administration Building


201 St. Andrews Street

Tarboro NC 27864

Sponsored by The Edgecombe County Human Relations

Commission (ECHRC)

For more information, please contact Dr. Knight at (252) 538-1384

You Are Cordially Invited

Homegoing Celebration For Lorraine Harris Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to the family of the late Lorraine Harris Rocky Mount NC.

I received a phone call that the funeral will be held on Saturday April 19, 2014 1:00 PM at Church of The Open Door Glendale Ave. Rocky Mount NC.

I met Lorraine back in the early 90’s when I joined the NAACP Rocky Mount Branch. She was the secretary and she ran the branch. She loved the NAACP, however she was a school teacher and loved teaching also.

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

Song: Praying For You – William Murphy

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Open Letter to Attorney Mark Bibbs What In The Hell Are You Talking About?

I just read The Daily Drum Newspaper out of Pitt County and I found your campaign article “Attorney Bibbs Fires Back” to be somewhat ignant and comical. I can’t believe you had the audacity to say such bullmanure.

You begin talking about your opponent, incumbent Jean Farmer-Butterfield being ranked 115 out of 120 members of the NC House. So Bibbs who did the ranking? Hell when the Democrats were in the majority the Republicans were ranked low and now since the Republicans are in office well. But damn compare her ranking to the work she has done and report that.

You say, “Jean is not married to G.K. Butterfield any longer and has not been for atleast two decades and that she is using her last name to try and slide back in on G.K.’s coattails.” Damn my friend I was there back in 2002 when Jean Farmer-Butterfield was elected the first time. I could not vote for her then nor can I vote for her now. However hell yeah I am concerned about who is elected to the NC House District 24 and all seats on the state level because I recognize and understand that they will represent me although I can not vote for them. Damn you disrespected my Congressman because you didn’t refer to him as a Congressman. I was redistricted out of his district so I can not vote for him either but he will always be my Congressman. But damn you said “G.K. is, and always will be your friend.” Really?

Some people in Rocky Mount asked me to attend a campaign meeting in 2002 and I am glad I did. I worked on her campaign and at no time did I ever hear anyone say that Jean was using the name Butterfield to get elected. I also attending some meetings in Wilson County. Since 2002 I have never heard anyone say such ignant mess. Damn that is the best you can do.

Damn you talk about you will tell the truth if you are elected. Well why would I want you to represent me when you are lying about Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield using the Butterfield name to get re-elected? Are you saying that is what she has done for 6 terms?

You didn’t mention your residency issue in the article however when I heard about some were talking about it, I said that is not an issue to dwell on because establishing a residence is not worth challenging unless it was something that he really can be challenged on. Well sir, I would say you have a real challenge on your hands with the city of Wilson. From what I read, it damn sure does not look good on your behalf but I am on the outside looking in and just going by what I read in the paper.

Sir again I ask the question, is it really worth it? SMDH!

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Mark Bibbs

Wake County sounds alarm on teacher shortage – ABC

The Political Agitator response: But what tickles the hell out of me is some folks still don’t see the mess that our new Governor has created. They are still stuck on our first black President being elected and re-elected and can not see what is going on on the local level in Raleigh. Moral Mondays have educated folks about what is going on but still these Republican supporters either don’t care or in denial. Hell how many more situations like this is it going to take for them to wake the hell up? A white friend said to me what has the President done that was good and very good and the same when it comes to Governor McCrory and I said to him you tell me. He said the President nothing. He said McCrory cut unemployment. SMDH!

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — School leaders in Wake County say they’re seeing a disturbing trend among teachers.

It’s a dramatic increase in the number of educators resigning and a dwindling supply of qualified teachers to fill empty positions.

For example, at Raleigh’s Underwood Elementary, two teachers have already left this year and two more plan to leave before the end of the school year. That’s 25 percent of the school’s teachers lost.

The school district says it’s a growing trend at schools across Wake County. More and more teachers are quitting and finding qualified teachers to take their place is becoming extremely difficult.

The news comes as the debate escalates over teacher pay in North Carolina. Teachers have seen just one salary increase since 2008 and now rank among the lowest paid in the country.

Republicans have proposed raising starting salaries for new talent – but offer no boost for veteran educators. (Source: Read more)

Bibbs seeks state probe of failed inspection – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: Damn just when I thought it could not get any gooder, my ignant . . . was wrong. Maybe I am missing something. Damn maybe I have to be an attorney to understand. Then again I quit drinking 27 years ago so maybe I need to take a drink. But anyhow this just ain’t making sense to me so therefore again I ask, is it really worth all of this? Please somebody other than those mentioned in this article, help my ignant . . . understand why.

State candidate Mark Bibbs has asked for a state probe into the recently failed inspection of his downtown property the same week a U.S. District Court judge signed an order requiring Bibbs to file a motion before his case will be considered in federal court.

Bibbs, a candidate for House District 24, filed suit against the city on April 7 in Superior Court after his residence and office, at 105 Douglas St., failed a city fire and building inspection.

Bibbs alleges that the inspection was politically motivated in an attempt to harm his bid for the House District 24 seat. Bibbs moved to Douglas Street, which is within District 24, in 2013. He will face Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield in the Democratic primary on May 6.

In his lawsuit, Bibbs alleged his rights under the U.S. Constitution were violated, which led city attorneys to file a notice of removal that pushes the case to federal court.

Court documents, originally filed in Wilson County, were sent to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on Friday. (Source: Read more)

See related:

Mark Bibbs For NC House 24

Who Are The Candidates Running For Office In Edgecombe County?

Do you know who the candidates are that are running for office? It is a damn shame that there is no education about the candidates going on across the county. With all of these pastors and churches in the county why has there not been any political forums held?

In Pitt County there has been political forums held every Thursday night across the county at different churches. I say kudos to the ministers in Pitt County for coming together and coordinating such needed activities.

If it was not for the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission, we would not have the opportunity to meet the candidates all in one place if they chose to attend. Thank you ECHRC for hosting a political forum during election time.

Tarboro Town Council approves new residency requirements – Daily Southerner

The Political Agitator response: First of all the Democratic Party is the reason for this. It ain’t no way Commissioner Garland Sheppard should have ran unopposed during the last election. What a damn shame. Commissioner Sheppard strikes again. It is no doubt he has an issue with certain folks in high places. However Sheppard would say he has no racist ways because he used to own a car dealership in Tarboro. SMDH! Sheppard was appointed the Sargent at Arms in the NC General Legislature since Governor McCrory has been in office. So where do Sheppard reside, in Tarboro where he is a Town Councilman or in Raleigh where he is the Sargent at Arms? Damn residency per law can be rental property but oh no some folks want to change the rules when certain folks work the system. Folks the system works when you work the system.

TARBORO — The controversial department head residency ordinance debate may have been put to rest Monday when Tarboro Town Council voted 6-2 to revise the policy after a public hearing on the issue. 

The old policy suggested the town clerk, police chief, director of planning, director of parks and recreation, fire chief, director of electric utilities and director of public works must reside within the corporate limits of the town. (See source: Read more)


Video/Photo: Edgecombe County Manager Lorenzo Carmon Was Told To Address Social Services NC Fast Food & Nutrition Issue But Did He Really?

I have been hearing a lot about the NC Fast issue as it relates to the Food and Nutrition Program and that there was a request to hire some temporary workers to help out. Well this is what I got out of the meeting.

It appears that at the last meeting the board discussed about addressing the situation with NC Fast and the issue was sent to the county commissioners. I understand the county commissioners asked the county manager Lorenzo Carmon to address the issue. It appears that Carmon looked at the issue with NC Fast and I learned that NC Fast was reimbursing the county 50% for all of the over time pay. The problem has been about 8 staff members had been working a lot of overtime and the others did not so therefore some, if not all of the 8 went over the amount of time they could work around 85 hours. So therefore these staff members needed to take comp time but the issue was if they do that the load was just going to get heavier. It was told to the department heads that if any overtime needed to be worked it had to be approved by the county manager however they still could not exceed the 85 hours limit. Okay got that.

But what I didn’t get is after the meeting, since there was no discussion allowed by the staff nor the department heads, I asked a couple of board members about the overtime hours. I said can the overtime be made mandatory so everyone could share the hours and one board member said they didn’t think they could make the staff work overtime. I said well that is a problem because if they can’t make them work overtime and they have issues with hiring temporary workers due to them being limited to what they could do because of dealing with personal information, then the problem still has not been addressed in my opinion. But then I heard overtime could be made mandatory.

So I left the meeting confused and in my opinion the issue was not only still an issue, but hell it was not really discussed in detail. But this is just my ignant opinion.

I was told that a memo was sent out to the staff saying if they attended the meeting, that they were not to speak during the public comments or at any time. Oh well! There were movement and some noise among the staff members while county manager Carmon was addressing the issue. Dr. Evelyn Johnson board member said she was glad the staff was still working and that they have to work together. See video for her entire comment. Well I got that, but that didn’t bring any value to the issue in my ignant opinion.

Dr. Florence Armstrong board member said she was confused. See what she had to say because she made a good point in my opinion.

Rev. Kenneth Parker board member was on, he spoke about the staff gestures and it appears that there is some disagreement with them and the county manager Carmon’s address. Well that is what I got too.

It appears to me that this board was just sitting there and not representing both sides but again just my ignant opinion. I don’t see how folks sit on boards and do not question things because I know they ought to have some questions. So not only when it comes to this board but some others, either the board members don’t know or don’t care. And what tickles the hell out of me the most is this board is made up of folks that are older than me and I am 51 years old so obviously they have not experienced any thing while they have been in the workforce nor have they seen anyone else experience anything.

See what happened at the meeting for yourself and form your own opinion.

As I get older, I got so I can’t stand a whole lot of pretty words when serious business is taking place because it brings no value to the issue unless the issue has been resolved. In this case, in my ignant opinion, I don’t think the issue has been solved. But we shall see how it all unfold.

Oh then again I wonder how do the lack of love for Marva Scott Social Services Director by the County Manager and County Commissioners play a role in all of this. You know they had fired her but had to rehire her and when she came back they had changed the entire set up of the Social Services director’s position. So I would love to here what she has to say about all of this but, then again she can’t talk about it. SMDH! I ought to contact her anyway but since she had no comment with the local newspaper ain’t no need for my ignant . . . to question her.

See related:

Edgecombe stuggles to address DSS staffing woes

Carmon gives update on NC FAST

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In this photo County Manager Lorenzo Carmon


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In this photo Dr. Robin Corbett Board Member (Left), Larry Woolley Board Chair (Center), Eric Evans Asst. County Manager (Right)