Racism as the deciding factor in the Florida Gubernatorial race – Hobbservation Point

imageAfter one of the more contentious gubernatorial campaigns that I have ever witnessed, former Congressman Ron DeSantis has defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s next Governor. While I will have a more detailed analysis in the days ahead, suffice it so say that I am extremely disappointed in the outcome.

I am not surprised; as I often write, Florida is still Dixie and a former staunch member of the Confederacy. Knowing such, it angers me that the more experienced candidate, the more intelligent candidate, the more prepared candidate, the more articulate candidate, the candidate with viable ideas on health care and economic issues that impact the majority of Florida residents, lost to a mediocre politician who has never led a local government, who has never had to deal with a budget, who did not even sponsor one meaningful piece of legislation while in Congress that impacted his state or America. A candidate, if I may, who was not even remotely close to being as prepared or capable as his Republican primary opponent, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, but one who won the Republican primary because he was a Donald Trump sycophant while in Congress, and now will be a Donald Trump surrogate in Tallahassee. (Read more)

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4 NCCU roommates brought together by fate, share journey becoming judges

The Gate Keeper response: Fa bu lous ta stic! NCCU what an awesome school.

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imageDURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) —

Four young women, who first met at North Carolina Central’s Law School 20 years ago, never knew how important they would be to the success of each other.

They started out as classmates living in a dorm. Then, they all graduated and became successful attorneys.

Today, they’re all judges. ‘The Golden Girls,’ as they call themselves, still rely on each other’s support today just as they did back then.

Judge Shamieka Rhinehart, Judge Camille Banks-Prince, Judge Keisha Wright-Hill and Judge Teresa Raquel Robinson-Freeman’s friendship began in a courtroom on the campus of North Carolina Central University Law School.

They had all gathered there for freshman orientation in August of 1998. “We became fast friends very early,” said Bank-Prince.

This tight group would eventually work their way up from moot court to the bench. Three out of the four women are now in elected positions, but judgeships were never in their original plan. “We just wanted to get through law school,” said Rhinehart. (Read more)

Black sheriffs make history in sweep of seven largest NC counties – NC Policy Watch

The Gate Keeper response: I am glad to continue to see history in its making. Time for black men to get their rightful spot. Good black men are some of the most compassionate folk and when it comes to law enforcement that is much needed. Don’t get it twisted because I didn’t say some white men are not compassionate, my point is when we as black males want to serve then we should be given an opportunity to serve.

An interesting and underreported trend emerging from yesterday’s elections: a historic sweep of black candidates in county sheriff’s races.

The state’s seven largest counties – Buncombe, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake – all elected black men to their county’s top law enforcement positions. Five of those counties – Buncombe, Cumberland, Guilford, Durham, Forsyth – did so for the first time ever.

Each of the new sheriffs will replace a white man in those roles, several of whom are are long-serving GOP institutions in their counties.

In Guilford County Danny Rogers ended the 24-year run of Sheriff BJ Barnes, a Republican figure so powerful and popular he was considered largely unbeatable.

Issues of racial profiling, advancement of minorities and immigration played a part in the campaign. (Read more)

Congrats Democrats On Your Victory General Election 2018

The Gate Keeper congratulates the following I know these folk on a personal note and been in meetings with them over the years:

Edgecombe County

Sheriff Clee Atkinson

*Congressman G.K. Butterfield

*NC House Shelly Willingham

*Senator Toby Fitch Jr.

*Judge Anita Earls

*Statewide so they may also go under 1 or more of the other counties as well.

Nash County

County Commissioner Mary P. Wells

School Board Reginald Silver

School Board LaShawnda Washington

Senator James D. Gailliard

Pitt County

Sheriff Paula Dance

Senator Don Davis

NC House Kandie D. Smith

District Attorney Farris Dixon

Wilson County

Sheriff Calvin Woodard

NC House Jean Farmer Butterfield

Other friends

Senator Erica D. Smith Northampton County was gerrymandered out of my District recently

County Commissioner Ronnie Smith Martin County