Lawrence K. Taylor Chair Edgecombe County Democratic Party Who Are The Edgecombe County Delegates To 1st Congressional District Convention

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First Congressional District Democratic Party Met On Saturday May 20, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: US Supreme Court upholds NC gerrymander ruling

We thank each delegate who attended the District Convention this past Saturday and Congressman G.K. Butterfield for such an informative speech.  For those who were unable to attend, click here to review a draft of the meeting minutes. 

Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: This is fabuloustastic. This is why I am a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP because they fight for what is fair and just for all folk. This should put me and others in Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back where we belong. Thank you!

The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again.

Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more than 8,000 ballots have already been requested, according to the State Board of Elections. It was unclear late Friday how many ballots have already been filled out and sent back in.

The three-judge panel ruled that the 1st Congressional District, which spreads like an octopus across northeast North Carolina and has a tentacle that dips into Durham County, and the 12th Congressional District, which snakes along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte, were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black. (Source: Read more)

Breaking News: Judges Strike Down 2 North Carolina Congressional Districts – ABC News

The Watch Dog response: Fabuloustastic! This should put me and others back in the 1st Congressional District where we belong. This should put all of Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back in the 1st CD. I am going to a meeting in the AM and I should learn more about how this ruling will affect the March 15th Primary.

Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

Two of the three judges on the redistricting panel hearing the 2013 lawsuit agreed the size and composition of both the 1st and 12th Districts violated the Constitution’s equal protection provision and must be redrawn.

The judges ordered the General Assembly to come up with new boundaries by Feb. 19, although Republican lawmakers who helped shepherd North Carolina’s congressional map through the legislature in 2011 said a swift appeal was coming. The state could seek a delay at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

North Carolina congressional primaries are scheduled March 15, with mail-in absentee ballots already being turned in. Other adjoining districts would have to be adjusted, too. (Source: Read more)

First Congressional District Voter Rights Forum Protecting and Expanding Voter Rights

Efforts to protect and expand voting rights in North Carolina continue to gain strength.  The plan by Black elected officials and a coalition of Black publishers to convene a series of voting rights forums has taken shape and is gaining more momentum.  Our forums were originally designed to help address the need to protect and expand Black voters access to the ballot.  A demand by Black elected officials and grassroots activist has led us to add an economic opportunity focus to our forums. 

The First Congressional District’s Voter Rights Forum has been confirmed for Greenville, NC on Saturday January 9th 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  It will be held at The Greenville Terrace, BET Community Building, located at 120 Park Access Rd., Greeneville, NC 27834. We are happy to announce that our Greenville forum is being hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Civic Group (ENCCG) under the dynamic leadership of the Honorable Fred Yates.    Our forums are free and open to the public.    

The NC Black Elected Municipal Officials (NC BEMO) and the NC Association of Black County Officials (NCABCO) have joined The NC Caucus of Black School Board Members (NCCBSBM) and a coalition of Black publishers as co-sponsors of our forums.  Participating Black publishers will continue to update our readers with agenda specifics and vision ideas as our planning continues to evolve.  

We are analyzing the political landscape and identifying areas that need attention and shoring up.  The combined memberships of NCCBSBM, NCABCO, and NC BEMO represents a coalition of more than 600 Black elected officials and an unprecedented opportunity for new and creative ways to address politics and economic opportunity.   

As previously noted, while holding our forums, publishers will engage in messaging and outreach in order to ensure that all who wish to get involved with the task of protecting and expanding our voting rights will know how to get involved.  Educating, organizing and mobilizing Black voters are inherent in our efforts to succeed in protecting our voting rights.  Because we’re planning multiple forums leading up to the November 2016 General Elections, our leaders and communities will be able to engage in ongoing dialogues to plan and evaluate creative community engagement strategies.   

We believe that the way we address the issue of protecting the voting rights of Blacks will go a long ways with efforts to bring economic equity to Black communities.  The challenges to protect voting rights are the same as those we face in creating economic equity.  Both challenges require ongoing interaction between all segments of our communities and the leadership of Black elected officials.  We’ve found that fundamental to solving problems is our ability to accurately define them and to educate constituents to address them.  Because Black elected officials represent the reservoir of political and economic empowerment potential of our communities, it is essential that they describe our strategic goals and objectives in these arenas and lead our efforts to achieve them.  

NCABO members from Wake, Durham and Orange Counties are planning our Triangle Voter Rights Forum to help provide grassroots activist and elected officials with a another convenient location and opportunity to engage in our efforts of voter rights protection and the expansion of economic opportunity.  We will update you with details as they become available.

It is important that our elected officials and their strategic allies and constituents be present at our forums.  It is essential that they be a part of the strategy discussions that will be the basis of decisions that are made on community mobilization for the 2016 General Elections.  According to Rep. Rodney Moore, D-Mecklenburg County “one of the most important responsibilities of Black elected officials, if not the most important responsibility, is to protect and expand Black voting rights.” 

The Black publications that are presently supporting our efforts are The Fayetteville Press, County News, The Carolina Times, The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and Greater Diversity News.  Please subscribe to and look to these publications for ongoing coverage as this project continues to evolve.  Please share your ideas on what we can do to improve the project and our coverage. 

Greater Diversity covers news that is vital to social justice, unrepresented and underserved communities.  We need your financial support to help us remain viable.

Peter Grear, Esq. writes for Greater Diversity News with a primary focus on political, social and economic justice.  To support our efforts, to unite our politics and economics, please “Like” and follow us at, “Share” our articles and post your ideas and comments on Facebook or at our websites He is available for radio commentaries upon request. Follow Peter on  Finally, please ask all of your Facebook “Friends” to like and follow our page.  (December 31, 2015). 

US Rep. Butterfield’s military service challenged, verified – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: Damn Dan Whittacre is at it again. Too ignant! And to think about this ignant ass was in Tarboro at the candidates forum on Tuesday is just sickening.

WASHINGTON — A Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of Wilson this week accused him of lying about his military record and refused to drop the matter Thursday after official records confirmed the congressman’s service.

imageDan Whittacre of Henderson said he filed a request for Butterfield’s record with the National Personnel Records Center near St. Louis. The center wrote back in a letter Whittacre received last Saturday that the documents could not be found. (Source: Read more)

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Video/Photos: Candidates Forum Sponsored By Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission – See Who Showed Up And What They Had To Say

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As you know, the nation is at crossroads on how best to reduce the national deficit while continuing to move toward greater economic prosperity. Republicans think that simply imposing budget cuts will move our nation to financial stability. This reasoning is faulty. Without a fiscal plan that includes both reductions in spending and increases in revenue, we will soon find ourselves having to revisit this issue.


What Congressional Republicans don’t understand is in North Carolina, and all around the country, Americans need the federal government to be creative and smart about resolving the nation’s financial woes. Solving these problems ensures that North Carolina’s First Congressional receives needed funding in the areas of affordable housing, agriculture and food assistance.


In this e-newsletter, I share the latest developments on the sequester and some of the important initiatives I am working on. Despite the uncertain budget times, I believe the future of America is indeed bright.


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Important News From G. K.


Understanding Sequestration


Over the past three months you may have seen the media reports on sequestration. Many of you have called my office asking specific questions about cuts in North Carolina. Others had general questions to better understand the process. To address both concerns below are some facts on how the sequester will affect North Carolina. In addition,

here is an article to help answer some basic questions about sequestration, and a timeline of what to expect over the next few months. 



The Sequester: How It Affects North Carolina

  • Teachers and Schools: North Carolina will lose approximately $25.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 350 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 38,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 80 fewer schools would receive funding.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, North Carolina will lose approximately $16.8 million in funds for about 200 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 1,500 children in North Carolina, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 1,150 fewer low income students in North Carolina would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 890 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
  • Child Care: Up to 1,300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job.
  • WIC and Housing: 18,300 young children and mothers would lose food assistance from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) cuts. 2,855 low-income families would lose rental housing vouchers.
  • Military Readiness: In North Carolina, approximately 22,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $117.5 million in total.
  • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $136 million in North Carolina.
  • Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in North Carolina would be cut by about $5 million.
  • Navy: Cancel aircraft depot maintenance in Cherry Point, NC.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: North Carolina will lose about $401,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Job Search Assistance to Help those in North Carolina find Employment and Training: North Carolina will lose about $83,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 15,110 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment.
  • Vaccines for Children: In North Carolina around 3,550 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $243,000.
  • Public Health: North Carolina will lose approximately $911,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, North Carolina will lose about $1,980,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,700 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services will lose about $341,000 resulting in around 8,500 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: North Carolina could lose up to $205,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 800 fewer victims being served.
  • Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: North Carolina would lose approximately $1,543,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors.
  • Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: North Carolina would lose about $3,606,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, North Carolina could lose another $1,265,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection.




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Butterfield Took to House Floor to Oppose Sequestration 


Sequestration's Impacts on NC

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Last week, Congressman Butterfield took to the House Floor to oppose sequestration and detail the impacts on North Carolina.  Hear what he said by watching the video above.



Butterfield Endorses Stronger Voter Protections


Last month, Congressman Butterfield endorsed legislation to protect voting rights for every eligible American. Years of highly contested elections has exposed a number of weaknesses in America’s voting infrastructure. Extended lines and waiting periods, mass dissemination of misinformation, plus new and confusing rules designed to suppress voter turnout has created barriers for millions of Americans at the polls.


Congressman Butterfield would like to see those barriers eradicated. The Voter Empowerment Act follows in the footsteps of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 24th amendment. This legislation would implement modern tools to upgrade the nation’s voter registration system, prohibit deceptive practices, and reduce lengthy wait times for Americans on Election Day.  



Health Coverage for 500,000 North Carolinians in Jeopardy


In February, North Carolina Congressmen Butterfield, David Price, and Mel Watt sent a joint letter to state lawmakers strongly urging that they reject Senate Bill 4, which seeks to exempt the state’s participation in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prevent the expansion of health care to 500,000 North Carolinians.


Under ACA, or Obamacare, Medicaid would be expanded to nearly 500,000 low-income residents. However, Republican state lawmakers voted to reject $15 billion in federal aid for its expansion, and to reject the 23,000 new jobs the expansion would create.



Letter Urging NC Lawmakers to Protect Unemployment Benefits


Congressmen Butterfield, Price, and Watt sent a second letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory strongly urging that he veto House Bill 4, a bill that would block funding of federal emergency unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians. The Representatives explained to McCrory that enacting HB 4 would force the long-term unemployed to forfeit $780 million in needed benefits made available by federal law. The dramatic reductions to the state’s unemployment program under this bill, which would cut the maximum weekly benefits from $535 to $350, reduce the number of benefit weeks from 26 to 20, and eliminate benefits for veterans who separate from employment for military service-related disabilities, would make the state ineligible for any federal emergency unemployment compensation benefits.



Helping America’s Veterans with College Education 


Enacted in January 2011, the Post-9/11 GI-Bill limits the amount of education benefits for veterans who attend public universities to the amount charged for in-state tuition and fees. For thousands of veterans deemed out-of-state residents, that means paying dramatically higher out-of-pocket costs to attend a public university. To resolve this unintentional fault, Congressman Butterfield has reintroduced H.R. 595, the Veterans Education Equity Act of 2013. If passed, the bill would pay for up to $18,077.50 in education benefits for veterans regardless of residency status.




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Welcoming Durham and Franklin Counties to the First District

Beginning this year, Congressman Butterfield represents a new constituency. The redrawn First Congressional District now encompasses 24 counties in eastern North Carolina, including parts of Durham and Franklin Counties. Stay tuned for an invitation to the upcoming Open House in the new Durham office and for a Meet & Greet in Franklin County.