Roy Cooper is challenging NC GOP elections board makeover – News & Observer

Breaking news: Thank you Judge Stephens for blocking this ignant mess. It is time for the people of NC to say enough of the McCrory – Republicans ignance. Don’t allow these ignants to abuse the power. It is one thing to have the power and not use it but to use it to create ignant mess that will hurt all folk even those who don’t know, don’t understand or just don’t give a damn makes no sense.

RALEIGH  – Governor-elect Roy Cooper filed a lawsuit on Friday challenging the General Assembly’s special session law that revamps the state elections board.

The Democratic governor has asked the courts to hold an emergency hearing Friday afternoon to block the law from taking effect while the lawsuit pends.

The law was set to take effect on Sunday, when the North Carolina State Board of Elections would officially have ceased to exist.

The law would merge the elections board with the State Ethics Commission, which administers ethics laws governing lobbyists, elected officials and government employees. The merger was approved by the Republican-led legislature during its special session earlier this month and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, one of several changes attempting to limit the power Cooper. (News & Observer)

Incoming NC governor tells McCrory staffers jobs end Sunday – WRAL

RALEIGH, N.C. — The incoming administration of Gov.-elect Roy Cooper is already giving noti, e to stalwarts of Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration that they’re being replaced and shouldn’t show up for work next week.

Dismissal notices were given Wednesday to a few dozen McCrory political appointees in the governor’s office and state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Quality, Cooper spokeswoman Megan Jacobs said Thursday.

The notices remind the McCrory staffers that they’ve worked at the pleasure of the outgoing Republican governor, and their jobs end once Cooper takes over early Sunday.

“We hope you will continue to serve North Carolina in other ways,” said the letters signed by Kristi Jones, who will be the next governor’s chief of staff. (Read more)

Homegoing Celebration For Keevie Foskey Wade Snow Hill NC

My condolences goes out to Jackie Wade Battle (Sherod) and the entire family of the late Keevie Foskey Wade Snow Hill NC.

Jackie know that we are just a phone call away.

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

Song: Your Grace & Mercy – Mississippi Mass Choir

Viewing: Friday, December 30, 2016 from 6:00 PM Until 8:00 PM at the church.

Funeral Service: Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Rouses Abundant  Life Ministries in Ayden NC.

Body Entrusted to: S. Connor Memorial Funeral Home Inc. Snow Hill NC

Tarboro town councilman dies at age 47 – Rocky Mount Telegram

By Lindell John Kay
Staff Writer

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A memorial service is set next week for a local leader who has succumbed to cancer.

Taro Knight, a Tarboro town councilman and local high school principal, died Wednesday. He was 47.

A viewing and memorial service is set for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College campus in Tarboro.

Knight stepped down as mayor pro-tem a couple of months ago, citing his ongoing battle with cancer. He was fighting acute myeloid leukemia with chemotherapy in Greenville.

Knight was diagnosed with the condition in April shortly after taking over leadership duties of the town council when the former mayor resigned.

Knight said at the time he was devastated by the news but was optimistic.

Curmilus Dancy, a local blogger and political activist, said via social media that he has known Knight for many years, dating back to the late 1980s when Knight would appear on his radio talk show. Dancy said he and Knight worked together on several local issues over the years.

Dancy said he feels Knight played a big role in the success of North East Carolina Preparatory School, where Knight was the middle and high school principal before stepping down earlier this year due to his declining health.

Battleboro community resident Janice Hale said she was sad to hear of Knight’s death.

“He went to school with my daughter and son,” Hale commented on Knight’s online obituary. “He also was so kind to my grandson at school where he worked.”

Hale said her thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family.

Oiriginal Article

Christmas 2016 – He Woke Me Up This Morning But If He Had Not, It Would Have Been Well With My Soul!

God has been good to me he woke me up this morning at age 54. Could of been the other way. But if I had not woke up this morning it would have been well with my soul.

I feel good this morning because this week I have tried to do something for my deceased friend Taro Knight’s family Tarboro NC stopped by on Wednesday and Thursday, my cousin Jackie Battle (formerly Wade) wife of my cousin Sherod Battle Snow Hill NC her mother expired visited them on Friday my family at work because I see them more than I see some of my blood family and I hope I made them smile.

Today I have received hundreds of birthday wishes and I thank you. I am good but if you want to make me happy do something for someone that will happy someone out that may need some love. Just because someone seems to be doing good, looking good, they may be hurting on the inside. Don’t worry about how much it appears that someone has, you never know what they are going through.

Christmas time is a time when we look forward to spending with our blood family but the link get shorter and shorter over the years. I had a grand other to expire on my birthday Christmas Day and I had a granddaddy to be buried a couple of days after my birthday so I can know how it is but I am good because I cherish the moments that I had to spend with them.

Although we had a flood in October and my daddy is staying with me, I could not have a living daddy. He has always been there for me and it is a blessing to be able to bring him in until we get his house repaired.

Folk I challenge you to show some love in the year of 2017 and stop just saying it. Sometimes we need to do something for folk because if they don’t have anything to eat just saying I’ma pray for you ain’t enough. Pray over the food that you give them. Don’t miss your blessings by not being a blessing to someone else. I have been better than blessed.

Folk life is too short and this is a cold, cold world but you and I can work on changing it.

I have not received on present from my immediate family because I don’t allow it, we do for each other all year long. I do for them (LOL). It makes my day to be able to do for other folks so today just the little I have done leading up to this week I feel goood!

Homegoing Celebration For Taro Lovell Knight Tarboro NC

imageMy condolences goes out to Kimberly Knight and the entire family of the late Taro Lovell Knight Tarboro NC.

I have been knowing my brother my friend for many, many years dating back to the late 80’s when I had my talk show on WCPS 760 AM and Taro used to come down on Wednesday evenings with me. I remember when I educated them about politics and at one time I felt he had betrayed me because he chose to support a candidate other than the one that I was supporting. I had said that I was not going to deal with Taro anymore but then one day I said that there are some things that we can agree to disagree on. I remember during a Democratic Party meeting as I served as 3rd Vice Chair Taro a Precinct Chair told me he was going to nominate me to be the interim county chair to fill the unexpired term when Roy Gray stepped down. I was nominated and served from 1998 – 1999. Over the years we have worked on several things including the work of the NAACP and school issues. I remember when Taro became a board member at the Charter School and he knew how I felt about Charter Schools so I told him if he was going to help them get black children there to don’t allow them to use him. So when it came town for a hired position I told him he needed to get paid because Charter School board members didn’t get paid like the public school board members. I have never been on the campus of the Charter School but I heard it was beautiful out there. My ignant behind want to believe that Taro played a major role with the success of the school on today. I am so glad that I was able to support my brother and my friend during some unfavorable moments while trying to do his job before sickness came upon him.

To the family of Taro Knight know that I am just a phone call away.

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

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

Viewing: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 9:00-11:00AM at The Keihin Auditorium

Funeral Service: 11:00AM Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Keihin Auditorium on the Edgecombe Community College Campus

Body Entrusted to: Hemby-Willoughby Funeral Homes Inc.

Princeville NC Town Board Votes 2 – 1 For The Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program

Commissioner Linda Joyner made a motion to add the buyout mitigation to the agenda for discussion and consideration and Commissioner Milton Bullock 2nd the motion. Commissioner Joeroam Myrick voted along with them. I feel this was a power play since Commissioner Pamela Ransome was not present. I felt that if it came down to a vote that Bullock would vote for it and I kept hearing that some thought that Joyner would too. I felt strongly that Mayor Bobbie Jones and Myrick would vote against. I have no clue how Ransome would have voted but I do know her vote would have made a difference because if she voted against the vote would have been a tie and the mayor could then have a vote he would have voted against.

Now my ignant opinion and I stand behind it. Again I feel this was a power play and what good is having the power and not using it? Well I have no problem with that if it is for the right reason and the good of all involved.

I understand Joyner’s plea for standing together and that her vote was not person when it comes to the buyout piece because she is not going anywhere. I feel that anyone running for an office it should be personal because if not then how can one effectively do their job. Now Joyner was elected by the citizens and she should take in consideration what they want but still she has an obligation to make sure the town can be ran effectively which includes the business of the town in all aspects. Ain’t nobody ignant to the fact that Princeville is in a flood zone and nobody knows when a flood will happen so therefore that was a given when this board was voted in.

Since Ransome was not present tonight and the discussion and consideration about the buyout was not on the agenda, I feel that to add it to the agenda when all of the board members were not present was not right. Myrick and Bullock had not met with their ward members so Myrick wanted to wait for more information about the buyout. I am gonna just say buyout and not mitigation because that is what several folk want to talk about. Bullock said he had talked to his folk because he had not had his ward meeting either. But this is a problem for me because the entire board had agreed in a previous meeting that they would meet with their wards and now Joyner didn’t allow that to happen.

Former Mayor Delia Perkins and Carlton Jones a realtor stressed that the board go ahead and vote so the citizens can move on. But the manager said that he wanted to find out what the elevation level and other before the board voted. He gave a date of February 14 for information to be dispersed by the state and at that time they could make a decision. A time frame of 12 to 24 months before the buyout process would begin so what is the rush?

So what does the vote mean now? The only thing that I see is it mean that the investors that want to sell out their homes that they rent out will be able to do if their home qualify.

But the problem I had with the vote is Joyner said it was not personal but knowing that Ransome was out with the flu why would she add the mitigation discussion act on to the agenda without a full board. I wonder how the vote we have gone if Ransome had been present to vote.

See Photos/Videos

Homegoing Celebration For Pastor/Attorney Antonia Lawrence Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Pastor/Attorney Antonia Lawrence Rocky Mount NC.

I have been knowing my brother for quite a few years and he was the same the first time I seen him until the last. He was such a fighter for what is right. I will never forget how he represented Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight when Rev. Roosevelt Higgs challenged Andre’s residency. What a victory for him and the other lawyers that were a part of the case. But this is just one of the many things he done.

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

Song: Call On Jesus – Bruce Parham

Viewing: Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Hunter-Odom Funeral Service

Funeral Service: 12 Noon Monday, December 19, 2016 at The New Morning Star Church of Christ, 225 S. Glendale Avenue,
with Reverend Arthur W, Canada, officiating.

Body Entrusted to: Hunter Odom Funeral Home Inc. Rocky Mount NC

In the NC legislature, an assault on the democratic process – News & Observer

Before the legislature went into its notorious special session last week, 12 Republican state lawmakers issued a statement addressing a contrived controversy about Governor-elect Roy Cooper’s newly hired senior adviser, Ken Eudy.

They said Eudy is unfit to serve because he disclosed in an essay written for the website EducationNC that he stands for the national anthem, but remains seated when a crowd is urged to stand to honor those who serve in the military. Eudy, who served six years in the Army National Guard, wrote that he won’t stand for members of the military until we also honor teachers.

Eudy’s position may not be a popular one, but it represents the freedom of expression soldiers have given their lives to protect. Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) didn’t see it that way. A West Point graduate, Grange said, “It is very concerning that Governor-elect Cooper’s pick for senior adviser, Ken Eudy, has publicly expressed negative opinions and degrading comments toward our state’s military servicemen and women.”

And yet, only two days later, these Republican patriots participated in an attack on the democratic system they are sworn to uphold. In an unannounced special session they moved to limit Governor-elect Cooper’s power to appoint his Cabinet and fill his administration with people who share his priorities. The Republican majority also sought to change the judicial process by directing that appeals of state constitutional challenges of their laws go first to the state Court of Appeals, where Republicans have an 11-4 majority. Those appeals had gone directly from the Superior Court to the state Supreme Court, which just flipped to Democratic control. (Read more)

John McCain Stands Up To Donald Trump, Makes DEFIANT Russia Investigation Statement – Bipartisan Report

U.S. Senator John McCain is shaping up as one of the Capitol Hill leaders most determined to undermine one of President-elect Donald Trump’s most outrageous positions…His disturbing, near treasonous capitulation to Russia.

Russia, historically, is an adversary of the United States. For decades, in a world-shaking power struggle, the former Soviet Union and the United States haggled over nuclear weapons, with diplomats carefully crafting policies in an effort to keep one nation from destroying the other and the rest of the world in the process.

Russia, as led, at present, by Vladimir Putin, just carried out a massive, cyber attack driven campaign to alter the course of the American presidential election. Russian hackers stole documents from key figures in the American Democratic Party, and then released these documents to the public, all in an effort to bolster Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency. (Read more)

NCDP: Yolanda Stith Benefits From McCrory’s Blatant Public Corruption – Spectacular Magazine

NCDP Calls For Investigation Into McCrory Quid Pro Quo After Million Dollar Giveaway To Top Staff
Raleigh, NC – On Friday Dec. 16th, in what appears to be a blatant quid pro quo action, Governor Pat McCrory secretly signed SB 4 into law just as Republican legislators introduced a bill to carve out an appointment for the wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff. With a salary of $127,215 a year, over the 8.5 year appointment this amounts to over a $1 million giveaway to the Governor’s top staffer.

“This million dollar giveaway from the Governor to his top staffer is a shameful and flagrant abuse of the public trust that must be investigated immediately. It seems far beyond coincidence that immediately after Governor McCrory signed into law an unprecedented power grab, the General Assembly introduced a bill to give the wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff a specially carved out position. This is no longer just a power grab, but blatant public corruption,” said NCDP Chair Patsy Keever.

At about 12:30 on Friday, it was reported that Governor McCrory signed SB4. Just minutes later, Yolanda Stith, wife of Governor McCrory’s Chief of Staff Thomas Stith, was nominated to fill a vacancy on Industrial Commission. But because of a special carve out introduced by the legislature earlier this week, the appointment is extended from 2.5 years to 8.5 years. (Read more)

Wilson native Kristi Jones to serve as Cooper’s chief of staff – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: I have been knowing Kristi since the early 90’s and she has shown herself approved. Congratulations!

RALEIGH — When Gov.-elect Roy Cooper takes office next month, a Wilson County native who’s been an ally and Cooper confidante for 16 years will remain his right-hand woman.

Cooper named Kristi Jones his chief of staff last week, two days after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the race. She will be the first African-American woman to serve in the leadership role for a North Carolina governor.

“I couldn’t find a finer public servant to work with,” Jones said. “I tell everyone all the time that I am blessed. It is an honor to work with people you trust and respect every day. I know that he is always going to do the right thing for North Carolina, and that’s just a good thing, because my reputation is tied to his reputation.”

The daughter of Grover and Rose Jones, she grew up near Sims and graduated from James B. Hunt High School. After earning her bachelor’s in political science from N.C. Central University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina, Jones returned home to work for the OIC of Wilson, a community group providing food and job training to low-income residents.

“She was a young, ambitious, brilliant lawyer — still a girl to me,” said Howard Jones, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO who is also Jones’ uncle. “She has been a light of hope since she’s been out of school, just a wonderful person. She has been an inspiration for the family.” (Read more)

Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation

 

clip_image002[4]


 

For Immediate Release

 

 

Date:  December 16, 2016

 

Contact: Meaghan Lynch

Office:    (202) 225.3101


Butterfield: S.B. 4, H.B. 17 Tarnish State Reputation

 

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signing Senate Bill 4 into law:

 

“By signing S.B. 4, Governor McCrory has again demonstrated the extent to which Republicans will stoop to abuse their power by passing laws that will give them an extreme partisan advantage.  It is troubling that this enactment and H.B. 17 will strip Governor-Elect Roy Cooper of the traditional authority of the Governor.

“These measures will require legislative approval for cabinet appointments.  They restructure the Board of Elections.  They remove gubernatorial appointments to UNC Boards of Trustees.  They unnecessarily change the jurisdiction of the appellate courts by eliminating the right of direct appeal to the Supreme Court in cases of significant constitutional importance.  The legislation would re-institute partisan election for appellate judges. 

“It is suspect that the General Assembly would pass these changes without significant debate and public input. 

“The people of our great state clearly see the political motivation of Governor McCrory and the Republican General Assembly.  It is intended to undermine Governor-Elect Roy Cooper simply because he is a Democrat.  North Carolina has been further tarnished in its stellar reputation as a progressive state.”

http://butterfield.house.gov

###

Keith Ellison Just Made North Carolina Politics A Democratic Party Fight – The Huffington Post

The Watch Dog response: I am glad that Rep. Ellison has figured it out. It appears that the Democratic Party is sitting back waiting and watching the Republican Party do whatever they want to do next. The NC NAACP has been the lead dog in fighting these mean racist in the NC General Assembly. If anyone can not see how all of this is racist then obviously you don’t see the bigger picture. I will not spend time trying to make you understand because if you connect the dots you will see so don’t focus on me focus on what is happening in Raleigh with the good ole boys.

WASHINGTON ― The wild battle over the future of North Carolina state politics became a central fight in the future of the Democratic Party on Friday, as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) joined state lawmakers to denounce Republican efforts aimed at eliminating the political power of incoming Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

“It’s wrong,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call. “And we have to stand against it. It’s undemocratic. It’s un-Republican. It’s un-American.”

The Republican-controlled state legislature introduced bills on Wednesday evening designed to undercut the administrative abilities of the state’s governor, giving outgoing incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R) the power to sign away his successor’s authority. The bills drastically limit Cooper’s ability to make appointments to various state boards and departments and require confirmation hearings for the appointments ― giving GOP lawmakers an opportunity to stifle basic state government staffing decisions. (Read more)