News from Representative Butterfield
During Hurricane Floyd in September 1999, Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and just plain rain on April 26, 2017 Bynum Farm Road suffered from flooding. Everyone know what devastation Floyd and Matthew brought to the areas of Bynum Farm Road Pinetops NC and Princeville NC along with other areas in Edgecombe County. Just the plain rain caused the folk on Bynum Farm Pinetops NC to evacuate again but no water got into any homes in the area that I am aware of.
If folk didn’t see Bynum Farm Road Pinetops NC on the news a couple of days ago you would only think that Princeville NC is the only area in the county that flood. You only hear about Princeville NC because it is the oldest black town incorporated by Slaves. That is all well and fine but it ain’t just about Princeville NC.
Bynum Farm Road and Princeville both should not have been any houses in the area. Okay but they are there so ain’t no need to talk about it now. The talk is it has been some major flooding in our life time when it was said during Hurricane Floyd that it would probably be another 500 years or a 100 years. Well Hurricane Matthew was 17 years later. And then the plain rain flood was 6 months later. So we can forget about the predictions of when the next flood may come.
What I know is that Trump and the Republicans are running things.
What I know is Governor Roy Cooper can ask for anything but has to deal with the Republican majority here in the NC General Assembly.
What it looks like to me is FEMA or whoever is continuing to extend the deadline for the Hazardous Mitigation Program making sure folk think about what is going on.
I sure know because my dad stayed with me from October til the 2nd week of March. And then a couple of days ago he had to come out again but luckily no water got in anybody’s house. This is Pinetops NC Bynum Farm Road about 12 miles from Princeville NC.
What I do know is whatever choices folk make with all of this going on they will have to live with it.
The battle between North Carolina’s Republican-dominated General Assembly and its Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has centered, in large part, around the judiciary. The GOP knows that many of its efforts to consolidate power are unlawful, and the courts have not hesitated to block legislative overreach. In response, North Carolina Republicans are attempting to simultaneously hobble the courts and pack them with partisans. Legislative Republicans are close to passing two bills that would strip Cooper of the authority to appoint many judges, delegating that task to the General Assembly instead. And they have already passed a bill shrinking the state Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12—a brazen effort to prevent Cooper from filling the vacancies left by three Republican judges set to step down during his term. Cooper vetoed the bill, but the legislature will soon enact the measure through veto override. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: Been paying attention for years so this continues to validate the double standards.
In the wake of the allegations of sexual assault by Bill Cosby, a plethora of organizations cut ties with him, previously awarded honors and titles were rescinded, Reruns of The Cosby Show and other shows featuring Cosby were pulled from the air, and 25 colleges and universities revoked his honorary degrees. Keep in mind, that most active lawsuits against Cosby are on hold pending the results of his criminal trial slated for on or around June 5, 2017. I bring this all up to compare to Bill O’Reilly, who is now in a very similar situation to Cosby, yet still retains his job at Trump State TV (Fox News).
A New York Times investigation published Saturday has revealed payments of about $13 million to five women accusing Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or verbal abuse. How is it that O’Reilly has not suffered the same standard of treatment as Bill Cosby? It is perhaps because “The O’Reilly Factor” draws nearly 4 million viewers nightly?
Lisa Bloom is a lawyer for one of the women O’Reilly settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with that was in the millions of dollars. She is calling out this obvious difference in treatment and consequences between O’Reilly and Cosby. (Read more)
Back in the day here in Edgecombe County we talked about having our own black news source. Well I used to do a newsletter on a word processer or whatever it was called and passed them out. Then later in the years I got a laptop and I was able to email the newsletter. Later I was introduced to blogging and that was great. Then came social media such as facebook and wow that was greater.
Social media can be good or it can be bad according what one make of it. I try to use it to get good information out to folk and sometimes I have to expose ignance in order to do so. Nope I ain’t mad with anyone and get along with everyone that wants to get along with me. I know how some folk are and some folk don’t know the other side of some folk. I address folk all the time but some folk sit back and say nothing then yes I will expose them on Social Media. I will not be silent when folk are doing things and acting on my behalf and others behalf who are scared as hell to address them in meetings. Don’t get mad with me because I ain’t scared like you.
If you hold positions that are about making decisions on behalf of myself and others and you know mess ain’t right, then you are not part of the solution but part of the problem. But then when folk like myself and a few others that speak out say something, then it make us appear as the problem. Oh hell no!
I love it when grown folk talk about we can agree to disagree but don’t talk about it on social media. First of all we have not agreed to disagree on anything. When I know you ain’t right and other folk know you ain’t right but say nothing where it need to be said, then that is a major problem. But then get behind closed doors and talk about he/she is a problem but scared to address them, then don’t get mad with me because I ain’t scared. What you do then is show me that you are dangerous because I watch how I work with folk who play both sides. I don’t roll like that.
Folk ya’ll better be careful who you work with because them same folk can be hazardous to your health. So glad I know who I am working with and what they are about.
Folk I didn’t just start doing this yesterday, it began in the late 80’s.
So ask yourself, do you think that if folk were not scared to address folk when they need to be that some things may not make it to social media? Do you not think that in order for the truth to be made known that social media is the place to do it? I know it works for me. I have stated time and time again I will hold you accountable and that you hold me accountable too. But don’t try to hold me accountable because I speak out on trues.
Are you scared I am going to call you out next or just what is your motive?
I approve of this message and no 2nd needed!
Georgia and last week in Kansas had the feel of the first rounds of an epic battle next year for control of the House of Representatives and the direction of national politics as the Trump presidency unfolds.
But for all the zeal on the ground, none of it may matter as much as a case heading to the Supreme Court, one that could transform political maps from City Hall to Congress — often to Democrats’ benefit.
A bipartisan group of voting rights advocates says the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election — so artfully, in fact, that Democrats won a third fewer Assembly seats than Republicans despite prevailing in the popular vote. In November, in a 2-to-1 ruling, a panel of federal judges agreed. (Read more)
House Republicans last week rushed through legislation that rewrites a law struck down in court as unconstitutional to merge the state ethics and elections boards into a single panel.
The new bill leaves in place an eight-member panel with membership equally divided by the two parties, but the governor would get to make all eight appointments, choosing four from six nominees provided by each chairman of the state Democratic and Republican parties. It would also require the votes of five board members to reach a decision rather than the previous law’s six.
County election boards, which currently have three members, would be evenly divided four-member boards.
Republican legislative leaders retooled the measure to avoid further appeals of the ruling striking down the previous law, one of several enacted in December limiting the then-incoming governor’s powers just weeks before Gov. Roy Cooper assumed office. (Read more)
On a national scale, Hurricane Matthew doesn’t prompt quite the response as historic storms like Sandy, Katrina and Andrew. But to North Carolina residents, Matthew was every bit as catastrophic. Even now — six months after the hurricane made landfall — hundreds of people are still living in temporary shelters.
That’s why FEMA and Congress should renew efforts to help North Carolina build back from this horrible disaster, as Gov. Roy Cooper recently requested.
As reported by Telegram staff writer Lindell John Kay, Cooper has asked for almost $1 billion in federal disaster relief funds to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: For all of my Princeville friends, this thing is real and it ain’t just an issue in Princeville. The town of Princeville need to submit their plan and see what the NC General Assembly and all the resources involved will respond.
Almost nothing has changed in downtown Fair Bluff since Hurricane Matthew sent the Lumber River out of its banks and three feet deep into the businesses that lined Main Street last October.
A few of the century-old buildings have been emptied out, but dried river mud coats the warped floors and black mold laces the walls. Ruined paint cans and brushes sit on the shelves at Ellis Meares & Son True Value, and in a shop where former mayor Randy Britt once sold women’s Sunday dresses, the chrome racks stand empty. With power still out to most of downtown, even the clock on the post outside what used to be Elvington Pharmacy is frozen in time.
“I do worry about the future of Fair Bluff,” said Micheal Green, who had MikeMike’s Computers at 1122 Main St. before the flood and has been unable to reopen. “I worry about it a lot.”
State and local officials are worried about Fair Bluff too, along with other towns and business districts in Eastern North Carolina that were hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Matthew at perhaps the most vulnerable time in their civic lives. Much of rural Eastern North Carolina had suffered huge losses when manufacturing jobs left the state in the 1980s and ’90s. That was followed by the devastation of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and, starting in 2007, the Great Recession. (Read more)
Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday issued the second and third vetoes of his administration, rejecting bills that would cut the size of the state Court of Appeals and would combine the state boards that oversee elections and ethics complaints.
Lawmakers last week approved legislation that would reduce the Court of Appeals from 15 judges to 12 in the next couple of years as three older judges hit the mandatory retirement age. Normally, Cooper would be able to name replacements to serve out the remainder of the judges’ terms. (Read more)
My condolences goes out to Mary Ann McNair Thornhill and the entire family of the late Steven Dillard Thornhill Sr. formerly of Lynchburg Va.
I just met Steven last month at Sheriff James Knight retirement dinner that was held by South Edgecombe Class of 1977.
I was shocked to learn a couple of days ago that he had expired.
Viewing: 12 Noon – 8 PM, Friday at the funeral home Raleigh.
11 AM – 12 Noon, Saturday, April 22, 2017, prior to the Service, at the Church Lynchburg VA.
Funeral Service: 12 Noon, Saturday, April 22, 2017, 5th Street Baptist Church, 1007 5th Street, Lynchburg, VA.
Body Entrusted to: Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home Inc. Raleigh NC
Congressman G.K. Butterfield listened to the folk today however only a couple of folk spoke up.
The Town of Princeville got to have a plan.
So what is the plan?
If you had insurance and your insurance states what they are to cover, if they don’t then you have a legal issue.
Congress along with President T. says they are going to do something with infrastructure and Congressman Butterfield said he was going to request monies for infrastructure in his district.
But do ya’ll not understand that in 1999 the Democrats were in control? Do you not know that in North Carolina and in Washington DC that the Republicans are in control? So to keep talking about what happened in 1999 vs 2016 is null and void because as you see things are totally different.
The best thing folk can do is to be true to themselves. Think about what they are saying because whether one like it or not insurance companies, FEMA and others that you are dealing with have guidelines so it is what it is. More than likely they are not going to change them in the middle of the game in your favor so you will have to accept what they offer because it is what it is.
Now before you get it twisted I was a flood victim in 1999 and in 2016.
Joint Meeting of the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners & Edgecombe County Board of Education
Edgecombe County Administration Building Auditorium 201 Saint Andrew Street Tarboro, NC 27886
April 24, 2017 AGENDA
6:00 P.M. Dinner
7:00 P.M. Joint Meeting (Open Session)
I. Welcome and Call to Order – Chairs Evelyn S. Wilson and Leonard Wiggins
II. State of the County – Eric Evans, County Manager
III. State of Schools – John Farrelly, Superintendent
IV. Open Discussion – All
Contact: Meaghan Lynch
Office: (202) 225.3101
Butterfield Highlights Impact of Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts during District Work Period
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) is spending the district work period focusing on his “Jobs and Justice” agenda in the First Congressional District. Butterfield’s agenda aims to promote job growth, economic development, access to healthcare, and education for residents in the First District. During his stops, Butterfield will highlight President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts and the negative impact they could have on eastern North Carolina.
Butterfield kicked off his work period last Tuesday with his “Forward Together” community discussion in Greenville. Over 200 residents gathered at East Carolina Heart Institute to hear an update on a variety of issues from healthcare, to President Trump’s airstrike on Syria, to the importance of adequate federal funding for development in rural communities. Attendees also shared concerns and asked questions directly to Butterfield.
Photos from the Greenville community discussion can be viewed here.
On Wednesday, Butterfield continued the dialogue on the importance of ensuring federal funding remain in place for services provided to North Carolinians during visits with the Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA) and Halifax Community College. During his visit with CADA in Northampton County, Butterfield discussed the wide array of local programs and non-profits that stand to lose federal funding under the President’s budget cuts such as the Community Services Block Grant and the HUD Housing Choice Voucher Program. On Thursday, Butterfield addressed over 200 students at Halifax Community College about the future of federal funding for Pell grants and other financial aid programs available to college students.
On Monday, during stops in Vance County, Butterfield expanded on the need for adequate investments in education and community-based services. Butterfield met with staff at the Kittrell Job Corps, which provides young people with the education and technical training needed to be placed in meaningful jobs at no cost to the individual. Butterfield also visited Vance-Granville Community College, where he met with President Stelfanie Williams, members of the Board of Trustees, and students.
This week, Congressman Butterfield will continue highlighting the state of jobs and justice and the stark effect Trump’s proposed budget would have on the First District with the following stops:
Tuesday, April 18:
- 11:00 AM – Martin Community College
1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston, NC
Student convening. Open to the public.
- 2:00 PM – CHE Community Food Hub
Closed meeting with leadership.
- 3:30 PM – Princeville Listening Session
Princeville Town Hall, Princeville, NC
Resident convening with Rep. Butterfield and local leadership. Open to the public.
Wednesday, April 19:
- 11:00 AM – Meals on Wheels of Durham
Closed meeting with leadership.
- 2:00 PM – Durham Housing Authority
Closed meeting with leadership.
Thursday, April 20:
- 10:00 AM – Washington County Senior Center
191 NC-45, Plymouth, NC
Seniors to voice concerns about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts.
- 6:30 PM – Barton College
Hardy Alumni Hall Multipurpose Room, 800 Vance St, NE, Wilson, NC
Student convening. Open to the public.
Traditions some are good and some are bad. I try to look at things at face value the older I get. Some folk like doing things because that is all that they know, that is what moma and daddy did so if it was good enough for them then it seems to be good enough for me. Well it depends.
I posted on Facebook yesterday about funerals when the funeral home director gives instructions when the viewing takes place to not greet the family then that is what they mean. When folk don’t do as instructed it prolongs the funeral and put more burden on the family. Yes it looks like the family like the greeting but actually sometimes they don’t even remember you because they be out of it. I know because I have videoed a many of funerals and folk tell me they didn’t remember seeing folk. This is why I tell folk it is good to video the funeral so that you can first see what the preacher said, hear the songs that the choir sung and to see who was present.
Now talking about traditions. Yep I get caught up in them too but when I learn better I do better. I video funerals and don’t charge and will say if you want to give me something that is fine. A few has and close to a hundred did not. You know folk know me and know I am always doing something for the community so whatever they give, it is going right back to help someone else. But folk get the videos/photos and just say thank you. I accept the thank you. It is one thing if we network together so therefore you do something for me and I do something for you, but when I am only doing for you, you ought to realize that what you getting ain’t nobody else going to take time out of their busy schedule, get off work early and etc.
When you be a blessing to me, then you are being a blessing to others through me.
Well the time has come that I am going to look at traditions that directly affect me and my family to see what I should do differently.
If you see me acting a little different, then you know I have changed just a little bit more but I still love you.