Election Time Do You Support And Promote Your Candidate/s Or Are You Just Playing Politics During Election Time?

Over the years I have been actively engaged in politics working to expose and to get my candidate/s elected. I have enjoyed Edgecombe County Politics and if I was to just let politics go, I know I have done more than

I am going to use the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office for example.

In 1995 I was the 1st Vice Chair of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party and Rev. Roosevelt Higgs called a meeting at North End Baptist Church about the replacement of Sheriff Phil Ellis. Higgs called the meeting trying to get the white guy next in line to Ellis appointed. Dorothy Joyner a former Edgecombe County Democratic Party former chair said I am here to get Detective James Knight appointed. We removed Higgs as the convener of the meeting and we elected Roy Gray as the Convener. I worked hard to get Knight appointed. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party went on to appoint James Knight in 1996 and he was 1st elected in 1998. In 1998 was the interim Chair of the part.

I am happy that the Democrats of Edgecombe County appointed and then voted Knight in. But not only did the Democratic Party support him but much support came from the Republican Party. So when folk say why can’t we work across party lines, well we do when it comes to certain offices.

In February 1997 Sheriff James Knight announced his retirement and former State Patrol Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson Jr. decided he wanted to be appointed to be the next Sheriff of Edgecombe County. When I heard he wanted it and then he approached me, I said I wanted to see where the guy that was next in line to Knight was going to do. After speaking to a couple of folk I was told he was not going to seek the appointment. And then shortly after the guy next in line called me and we met. I told him I had heard that he was not going to seek the appointment but he said he had decided to seek the appointment. I had heard that Rev. Roosevelt Higgs had told him he should seek the appointment. Again here we go Higgs in the mix. Higgs did all he could trying to sabotage appointment process since he was the chair of the party at that time.

Once I met with 2 of the candidates and not hearing from the others, I decided Atkinson was my choice. I had T-shirts made Atkinson for Sheriff some white and some blue and people asked me how they could get one. I ended up giving away many of the shirts and probably sold less than 5. I had me one for every day of the week. I was serious about getting my candidate appointed.

In March 2017 the Edgecombe County Democratic Party met and Clee Atkinson was appointed overwhelmingly. Since he has been appointed he has been doing some great things.

A couple of weeks ago this month November 2018 I am proud to call Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson my Sheriff. He continues to do great things and not only did he have the support of Democrats but also much support from Republicans.

Although I don’t have a Political Pac that come out during election time, I sacrifice my time and resources in support of my candidate/s all year long. I expose and promote my candidate/s so that the citizens can see what they are doing.

So do you support and promote your candidate/s or are you just playing politics during election time?

Now that the election is over back to business as usual.

Oh and by the way as I have stated over and over again if you are running for an office in Edgecombe County you need to talk to me. The DCN News Blog Online TV ain’t no joke.

So D All Has Said Voter ID Is A Problem?

So d all has said Voter Id is a problem!

Really! It appears that the problem is d all not counting all the Votes!

So damn the folk go vote but then d all hide the machines so Votes will not get counted.

So who is the problem? Yous got it damn d all!

Note: I love playing with words try to be comical but yet get my point across.

The Person Who Could Decide If Andrew Gillum Wins Is A Black Woman

imageThis wasn’t Brenda Snipes’ first brush with electoral controversy.

The Gate Keeper response: You see this is why we must be actively engaged so we can hold folk accountable for their actions. Damn we should not have to worry about black folk not making sure that our votes count.

As ballots were still being tabulated in Florida’s series of contentious elections this week, all eyes were seemingly on Broward County, where there could still be tens of thousands of uncounted votes. Those very votes may end up deciding who becomes the next governor of Florida, which explains why the woman supervising the election there has come under fire by Republicans.

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes was being sued by Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s senate campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for alleged “incompetence” because she has not formally announced how many votes were left to count. When asked about it Wednesday night, she said, “I can’t give you an exact number. I’m not sure. I’m really not sure.” (Read more)

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)

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