Knight faces Dennie in primary sheriff race – Daily Southerner

"I love my job," Knight said. "I love serving, and I love the citizens of Edgecombe County. The staff has done a tremendous job while I’ve been sheriff, but we have more we want to do.

"We want to continue the positive things. We want to keep citizens safe, crack down on drugs and stay accessible to citizens."

Meanwhile Dennie – who touts 37 years of law enforcement experience in civil, traffic, narcotics and K9 divisions – holds the other end of the stick.

For him, Edgecombe County cannot afford four more years of the same regime.

"I feel Edgecombe County citizens have been shortchanged long enough," Dennie said. "Citizens have been deprived of legitimate law enforcement.

"I’ve been hearing this from people all over the county – it is time for a change." – See more at: http://www.dailysoutherner.com/x1535587746/Knight-faces-Dennie-in-primary-sheriff-race#sthash.Agz8cAh0.dpuf

The Political Agitator response: Now this guy running against one of the finest Sheriffs in the STATE of NORTH CAROLINA is too damn ignant. Again this guy is in the paper talking some crazy ass mess. This guy is going to tell me that I have been shortchanged over the years and I have been deprived of legitimate law enforcement. This damn guy must be on something because I be damn if he speaks for me. He is telling a damn bunch of lies when it comes to trying to discredit my Sheriff. I am speaking for me but I know I speak for many folks in Edgecombe County. I have never heard, I repeat I have never heard anyone say it is time for a change. I am around all races of people and I have not heard one white person say anything negative about my Sheriff. Obviously this guy is hanging around a different set of the good citizens of Edgecombe County that I have not come across. Now don’t twist it. I know it is some folks out there that have a problem with my Sheriff because I recognize and understand that there are folks who just don’t like people for whatever reason. This guy has not attended any Democratic Party meetings so obviously he do not be around those folks. He did not attend the forum held a couple of weeks ago. What is really up with this guy? Whoever he is and whatever he does, I hope he ain’t around people because it appears he has some issues. One being with my Sheriff. SMDH!

"I love my job," Knight said. "I love serving, and I love the citizens of Edgecombe County. The staff has done a tremendous job while I’ve been sheriff, but we have more we want to do. "We want to continue the positive things. We want to keep citizens safe, crack down on drugs and stay accessible to citizens."

Meanwhile Dennie – who touts 37 years of law enforcement experience in civil, traffic, narcotics and K9 divisions – holds the other end of the stick.
For him, Edgecombe County cannot afford four more years of the same regime.

"I feel Edgecombe County citizens have been shortchanged long enough," Dennie said. "Citizens have been deprived of legitimate law enforcement.

"I’ve been hearing this from people all over the county – it is time for a change." (Source: Read more)

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POLITICS and Those Who Want To Write Rules But Don’t Know The Game – SMDH!

When it comes to POLITICS. Folks attempt to justify their actions by saying certain things but in the meantime it don’t add up.

Qualifications are equal for every candidate when it comes to politics because a person only has to be a certain age, not a felon and live in the District and be a registered voter.

I have seen a many of pastors, ministers and religious folks who have more hell in them than some folks who others say are not saved.

Folks vote for friends, family members and etc. so therefore one can justify why they vote a certain way or they can just vote and don’t say how they are voting.

Damn in this election I have heard it all, experience does not matter. Hell naw it may not matter if one of two people or more do not have any experience.

Folks I am not going to sit back allow folks to post misleading, just downright false information.

I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator and I will continue to hold folks accountable for what they say and do. I tell folks to hold me accountable also.

Now tell me if you own a daycare, would you hire a person off the damn street because they are the most anointed?

Makes no damn sense to me! But maybe it is just my ignant ass. So if that be the case I am going to be ignant until I die.

Hell it is okay to vote for someone but don’t mislead, say half-truths and unnecessary bullmanure just talk about the candidate and move forward. Damn trying to discredit other candidates without justifications is too ignant.

So just because I have more experience you want to hold that against me. Damn just like you went off to get your experience and/or have served in certain capacities you think that it don’t apply when it comes to me because you like another person. Oh hell to the naw!

Don’t get mad at me because I am damn good at what I do and you have a problem with that.

Damn every time I turn around somebody wants to change the rules! Well I know the rules all except your personal games because you can write them the way you want to. You can’t write them for POLITICS because I have a degree in POLITICS and I taught myself. And I will challenge anyone at anytime.

In re: It’s not always the Most Qualified that needs to be in the position, sometimes you need the MOST ANOINTED in the position!!!

Are Blacks Being ‘Schooled?’– William Reed Columnist

Knowledge is power … Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

On their promises for “progress” for-profit higher education has become a booming business. As Black students seek to fulfill their career goals, for-profit schools are major players regarding their education.

Blacks are going to college in higher numbers. And, the headlong rush of Black Americans to get an education has been ripe for the picking. Hundreds of thousands of Blacks have landed at for-profit schools, become overloaded with debt, and have little to show for it. A “for-profit” college, the University of Phoenix, graduates the most people of color in the nation.

Once the sole domain of aspiring hairdressers and truck drivers and typists, people looking primarily for vocational training, the for-profit schools that dominate education today serve a great many more needs. Folks looking to pick up a college degree, a master’s, even a doctorate, can do so from for-profit colleges.

Education Department reports show for-profit programs account for about 13 percent of all college students but 46 percent of all loan defaults.  According to education surveys, almost every single graduate of a for-profit school – 96 percent – leaves with debt. During the 2009-2010 school year, the for-profit school industry used 25 percent of federal student aid. The loan default rate among for-profit college students is more than double that of their peers in both public and non-profit private schools.

These days, the Obama administration is proposing a regulatory regimen that could close hundreds of degree programs that are enrolling a million students in fields ranging from accounting to air conditioning repair. The for-profit colleges are rejecting the proposed regulation as an unacceptable, and possibly illegal, federal intrusion into the private sector.

For-profit education (also known as the education services industry or proprietary education) refers to educational institutions operated by private, profit-seeking businesses. The major category of for-profit schools is post-secondary institutions which operate as businesses, receiving fees from each student they enroll. The numbers of for-profit colleges exploded after 1992 when the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce created the "90-10 rule" and defined "institution of higher education" for the purposes of federal-aid eligibility as including for-profit institutions.

The University of Phoenix opened in 1976. Today, the University of Phoenix is the largest institution of higher education in the nation and top producer of African American and students of color baccalaureates. The second top producer of Black baccalaureates that year was Ashford University, a for-profit institution. Black students have been the core of the four-year for-profit industry’s growth. Between just 2004 and 2010, Black enrollment in four-year for-profit schools jumped 264 percent.

Schools such as Everest, Westwood, Kaplan and ITT, have become regular advertisers on TV channels and media beamed to Blacks. Many for-profit institutions are subsidiaries of larger parent companies such as the Apollo Group, Career Education Corporation, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., and DeVry, Inc. DeVry is big among Blacks. The DeVry Education Group is global.

The Obama administration should be recognized for its efforts to curb the excesses of for-profit schools. For-profit colleges would lose all federal student aid, a fatal blow, if their students fail tests of earnings and debt default under the proposed regulations. The for-profits’ association, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities say that the Obama regulations will severely limit access and opportunity for students seeking career skills and training.  And, will cut off access for hundreds of thousands of students in thousands of programs.  Is this a “good” or “bad” thing?

The public would do well to follow and “have your say” on this issue. Black students attending for-profit school courses cannot be allowed to continue amassing huge debt they can’t pay. It’s time this issue be brought to the fore to be discussed, and debated. It’s important that concerned African Americans take action to send letters to members of Congress and the Department of Education telling them your views about higher education access and opportunity.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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“Uncle Earl” – William Reed Columnist

The legend of “Uncle Earl” is a lesson in Black urban politics. Businessman Jeffrey Earl Thompson is one of Washington D.C.’s “most influential Blacks.” The 58-year-old Thompson was proven to be “Uncle Earl” in court proceedings that revealed secret dealings that broke a whole host of campaign finance laws, including funneling more than $2 million to various candidates through third parties and off-the-record activities.

Thompson is the most prolific political rainmaker in the nation. Thompson allegedly gave more than $600,000 to make Vincent Gray’s campaign to unseat Adrian Fenty in the 2010 D.C. mayoral election successful. Thompson funneled more than $3.3 million in unreported donations to at least 28 local and national candidates and their campaigns beginning in 2006. The recent “guilty” plea that Thompson entered to federal conspiracy charges marks a defining moment for the self-made, immigrant businessman, who built an accounting and health care empire that gained fame and fortune.

Few Black Americans can claim credit for designing, developing and propagating a $633,000 urban shadow electoral campaign. The federal court proved that Thompson was a kingmaker who delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal “straw donor” campaign contributions to sway elections in the city and beyond. Election after election, the Jamaican-born Thompson huddled behind closed doors with candidates, political operatives, and businessmen, to devise schemes to funnel millions of dollars of corporate money into local and federal elections.

Thompson’s reach extended to Maryland’s governments and officials. A mover and shaker without peer, Thompson was schooled well in the art of politics. He solicited relatives, friends, employees and others to make donations to designated candidates and reimbursed their "conduit contributions" with personal money and money from his companies. On his company’s books, the payments were listed as "advances" and "bonuses.” Thompson’s company also paid for in-kind gifts to candidates that included $653,000 in money for the 2010 Mayoral Campaign in D.C. and $608,750 to the 2008 Hillary Clinton candidacy for president.

Many immigrants from the West Indies and African countries often far outperform American-born Blacks in business and politics. Jeffrey Earl Thompson was born in 1955 into a working-class home in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth Parish, the youngest of 11 children. He came to Washington in 1975, earning a high school equivalency degree and putting himself through the University of the District of Columbia by working as a bookkeeper. Not long after graduating from college and interning at top accounting firms, in 1983 he founded his own company, which would become Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates. Thompson built the firm into a $300 million enterprise. Over the next two decades, he would build it into a national powerhouse among minority-owned firms, because of its ability to win local and federal government contracts. He would go on to own D.C. Chartered Health Plan, a health care firm that managed services for 100,000 residents.

By most measures Thompson would be labeled “an American success story.” So, while a number of his political cohorts are serving prison time, most Washingtonians expect that Thompson’s sentence will be reduced to six months of home confinement. Thompson moved among the highest levels of Blacks and politics in D.C. He paid $608, 750 through former White House aide Minyon Moore to hire "street teams" in four states to help boost Clinton’s campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

Thompson is an important man of the times. The “shout out” he received from President Bill Clinton at the podium of a 1997 Democratic National Committee dinner at the Sheraton-Carlton Hotel attests to the reach Thompson attained as he moved between City Hall and the White House. As he became “a donor of note” to D.C. and national political campaigns, Thompson cultivated close relationships with national figures, including Civil Rights icon Dorothy I. Height and former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman. Height gave Thompson instant status. Thompson met Herman through Height when the two paid an ill Height a visit. Thompson offered Herman a ride, which turned into dinner and eventually romance. Thompson escorted Herman to the 1994 state dinner for Nelson Mandela.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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Calling Out Card Carrying Black Republicans – William Reed Columnist

What’s your opinion of Timothy Eugene Scott? Surely, you know who he is. One of only two Blacks in the United States Senate, "Tim" Scott is the junior U.S. Senator for South Carolina. A Republican, Scott became a senator in 2013 after fellow Republican, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, named him to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint. Scott is a former member of the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Instead of being prideful of Tim Scott’s appointment to represent South Carolina in the Senate, many African-American commentators have been skeptical. Soon the people of his state will decide.  Scott is running in a special election in 2014 for the final two years of his predecessor’s term. To prevail in office Scott will need the help and votes of the states’ 250,000 Blacks in the November 4, 2014 election.

Scott was joined by a second African-American senator in the 113th Congress when Mo Cowan was appointed to the Massachusetts seat by African-American Gov. Deval Patrick on February 1, 2013.  Currently Scott is one of two African-American senators in the 113th Congress, alongside New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Scott has all the trappings of “the ideal All-American” boy next door. Scott is 58, and was born in North Charleston, S.C., to Ben Scott, Sr. and Frances Scott. Tim’s parents divorced when he was 7, causing him to grow up in poverty under the care of a single mother who worked 16-hour days. His older brother is a Army Sergeant Major.  An athlete, Scott earned a partial football scholarship to Presbyterian College and later graduated from Charleston Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Scott is an accomplished businessman, having worked in real estate and insurance, as owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

When he was elected to a seat in the U.S. House in November 2010, Scott became the first Black Republican representative from South Carolina since 1897. A fiscal and cultural conservative, Scott was elected on a platform of reducing federal spending and taxes. As a Black senator, Scott is in a position to make a foray into territory Republicans desperately need to cross like development of strategies to reverse poverty rather than subsidize it. Those opposed to Scott advocate liberal big government, many African-American intellectuals have embraced. These Blacks regularly dismiss Scott as politically impotent regarding African Americans’ interest and needs.

Actually, Scott embodies many traditional Black values. A child of Black mores and principles, Scott is a fiscal conservative in the mold of Booker T. Washington. Fiscal conservatives oppose deficit spending, support reduction of overall government spending and national debt and ensuring that the country has a balanced budget. Fiscal conservatives support pay-as-you-go financial policies. Adaptation of such policies and principles can increase Blacks overall quality of life as well as political expectations.

Scott needs Blacks to acknowledge and celebrate his presence in the U.S. Senate. Blacks need to gauge Scott for his position and positions on issues of importance to us and join with National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that “It’s a time to celebrate the influence of African Americans like Senator Tim Scott.”

Seven Blacks have served in the U.S Senate: the majority of them have been Republicans.  The first was Hiram Revels, from Mississippi. Republicans have led the way in abolishing slavery, passing the 14th and 15th Amendments, ending Jim Crow and enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In honor of Black History Month, Scott is convening a panel – to which all living Black senators of the past and present have been invited. Former Democratic Sens. Mo Cowan, Roland Burris and Carol Mosley Braun have agreed to attend. President Barack Obama, sitting Sen. Booker (D-N.J.) and 94-year-old former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Ed Brooke are invited. The event, “Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future: Discussing a Nation’s Progress with America’s Black Senators,” takes place Feb. 25 at the Library of Congress.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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Calling Out Card Carrying Black Republicans – William Reed Columnist

What’s your opinion of Timothy Eugene Scott? Surely, you know who he is. One of only two Blacks in the United States Senate, "Tim" Scott is the junior U.S. Senator for South Carolina. A Republican, Scott became a senator in 2013 after fellow Republican, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, named him to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint. Scott is a former member of the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Instead of being prideful of Tim Scott’s appointment to represent South Carolina in the Senate, many African-American commentators have been skeptical. Soon the people of his state will decide.  Scott is running in a special election in 2014 for the final two years of his predecessor’s term. To prevail in office Scott will need the help and votes of the states’ 250,000 Blacks in the November 4, 2014 election.

Scott was joined by a second African-American senator in the 113th Congress when Mo Cowan was appointed to the Massachusetts seat by African-American Gov. Deval Patrick on February 1, 2013.  Currently Scott is one of two African-American senators in the 113th Congress, alongside New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Scott has all the trappings of “the ideal All-American” boy next door. Scott is 58, and was born in North Charleston, S.C., to Ben Scott, Sr. and Frances Scott. Tim’s parents divorced when he was 7, causing him to grow up in poverty under the care of a single mother who worked 16-hour days. His older brother is a Army Sergeant Major.  An athlete, Scott earned a partial football scholarship to Presbyterian College and later graduated from Charleston Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Scott is an accomplished businessman, having worked in real estate and insurance, as owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

When he was elected to a seat in the U.S. House in November 2010, Scott became the first Black Republican representative from South Carolina since 1897. A fiscal and cultural conservative, Scott was elected on a platform of reducing federal spending and taxes. As a Black senator, Scott is in a position to make a foray into territory Republicans desperately need to cross like development of strategies to reverse poverty rather than subsidize it. Those opposed to Scott advocate liberal big government, many African-American intellectuals have embraced. These Blacks regularly dismiss Scott as politically impotent regarding African Americans’ interest and needs.

Actually, Scott embodies many traditional Black values. A child of Black mores and principles, Scott is a fiscal conservative in the mold of Booker T. Washington. Fiscal conservatives oppose deficit spending, support reduction of overall government spending and national debt and ensuring that the country has a balanced budget. Fiscal conservatives support pay-as-you-go financial policies. Adaptation of such policies and principles can increase Blacks overall quality of life as well as political expectations.

Scott needs Blacks to acknowledge and celebrate his presence in the U.S. Senate. Blacks need to gauge Scott for his position and positions on issues of importance to us and join with National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that “It’s a time to celebrate the influence of African Americans like Senator Tim Scott.”

Seven Blacks have served in the U.S Senate: the majority of them have been Republicans.  The first was Hiram Revels, from Mississippi. Republicans have led the way in abolishing slavery, passing the 14th and 15th Amendments, ending Jim Crow and enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In honor of Black History Month, Scott is convening a panel – to which all living Black senators of the past and present have been invited. Former Democratic Sens. Mo Cowan, Roland Burris and Carol Mosley Braun have agreed to attend. President Barack Obama, sitting Sen. Booker (D-N.J.) and 94-year-old former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Ed Brooke are invited. The event, “Honoring Our Past and Celebrating Our Future: Discussing a Nation’s Progress with America’s Black Senators,” takes place Feb. 25 at the Library of Congress.

William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and available for projects via the BaileyGroup.org

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