Senate District 3 A Wasted Creation LMBDAO Part 1

Senate District 3 was created to help send black representation to Raleigh NC. A black person has not been elected since the seat was created.

I did not take the election day off so I didn’t ride around to the polls. Since I don’t know how people are going to vote, I do not predict how the results are going to be. People will say they will vote for a certain candidate but they can say one thing but go in the booth and vote differently. So if I was going to trust a poll it would have to be a poll that is conducted after voters have gone in the booth and they are truthful about who they actually voted for.

If I want to play with numbers, I would find the following very interesting. Let’s look at the numbers in all 3 counties and then in individual counties.

The total votes in all 3 counties were Jenkins 50%, Bordeaux 38% and Armstrong 12%. If one of the black candidates got the total of the votes that Jenkins didn’t get that would have been 50%. If Bordeaux didn’t have the Cambridge controversy then what?

The total votes in Edgecombe County were Jenkins 47% Bordeaux 32% and Armstrong 21%. If one of the black candidates got the total of the votes that Jenkins didn’t get that would have been 53%. If Bordeaux didn’t have the Cambridge controversy then what?

The total votes in Martin County were Jenkins 56% Bordeaux 40% and Armstrong 5%. If one of the black candidates got the total of the votes that Jenkins didn’t get that would have been 45%. If Bordeaux didn’t have the Cambridge controversy then what?

The total votes in Pitt County were Jenkins 49% Bordeaux 43% and Armstrong 8%. If one of the black candidates got the total of the votes that Jenkins didn’t get that would have been 51%. If Bordeaux didn’t have the Cambridge controversy then what?

I recognize and understand that Jenkins could have gotten some of the votes that he didn’t get.

So looking at the numbers, is this something to really be proud of as the incumbent? I feel there is a message in the numbers but that is just my opinion. You go figure.

The money. Over the years Jenkins has spent $100,000 or more and his opponents well under $50,000. Jenkins didn’t have to spend over $100,000 this year because he recognized Bordeaux and Armstrong would split the votes. When he saw the major black leaders were all divided, it was easy to see where this race was headed. The cloud over Bordeaux with the papers reporting on Cambridge and the Boys and Girls Club was a plus for Jenkins.

I had much respect for Dr. Florence A. Armstrong however I take her comments as an insult to me as it relates to why the Senate District 3 seat was created. Armstrong comments that she feel proud of what she did and consider herself a winner is funny as hell to me. Proud of what and a winner of what? I am not proud of what you nor your campaign did especially when I have been involved in trying to get a black person elected in this seat since the seat was created to help send more black representation to Raleigh. I do not apologize for being a part of trying to make that happen.

Armstrong said the race was a vicious, ugly race. I beg the difference. Bordeaux raised issues about Jenkins record but no one questioned the issues that Bordeaux raised publicly but they do it all the time behind closed doors. Why in the hell run a campaign against someone and not point out what the incumbent has not done.

I beg the difference that Bordeaux was not focused on the issues when he pointed out what Jenkins had not done. If he was making up things and lying on the candidate then that is another thing but since no one questioned the issues, I guess no one knows if Bordeaux was lying or not. What should have taken place is a debate between Jenkins, Bordeaux and Armstrong and this would have made this race more educational. It would have been interesting if The Daily Southerner, and the 2 sister newspapers The Daily Reflector and The Rocky Mount Telegram had hosted it. Maybe the Martin County paper as well. And then again the black radio stations could have hosted it but actually anyone could have done it.

And lastly Armstrong said she didn’t have a professional consultant. Well that might would have made the difference because the consultant may could have directed in such a way that you may could have pulled it off. Armstrong said she spent the least amount of money and that explains why she got the least amount of votes.

I am looking at the numbers of how each precinct voted in Edgecombe County and that is very interesting. I am going to do a report on how individual precincts in Edgecombe County voted for Jenkins, Bordeaux and Armstrong. Inspite of all the newspapers articles in both The Daily Southerner and The Rocky Mount Telegram, in my opinion Bordeaux still did a good job. If he could have received all of Armstrong votes he would have done a damn good job.

I have been following the Senate District 3 election since the district was first created and has been actively engaged in electing someone to represent me however this time I didn’t get involved. I didn’t simply because it was too much division among the black leaders just in Edgecombe County alone and I was not going to waste my time and energy fighting within the black community which I recognized and understood would only help get Jenkins re-elected.

My opinions about the Senate District 3 seat is not a vicious attack on the incumbent Senator Clark Jenkins who I voted for in the last election however I supported Shelly Willingham the election before that. I voted for Frankie Bordeaux on last Saturday. I was willing to support a change and to yes see a black person in that seat. If Bordeaux didn’t do a good job of representing the people then I would have campaigned against him during the next election.

If I should offend someone as I use the Senate District 3 seat as an example of how divided the black community is, then so be it. A seat that was created to help us send a black person to Raleigh and the blacks work against each other instead of with each other to make it happen is ignant as hell. I don’t want to hear nothing from certain black folks who continue to hold us just where we are. I don’t hold it against Jenkins so don’t get it twisted.

Yes I am Laughing My Black Democratic Ass Off.

I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

The above is in response to the following article but not limited to:

Jenkins wins all 3 counties

Leading up to Election Day, state Sen. Clark Jenkins of Tarboro thought the three-way battle between himself, Frankie Bordeaux and Florence Armstrong would be close. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)

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Local Elections Results Partial Listing for Edgecombe, Pitt and Wilson

Edgecombe County
* Incumbent

*James L. Knight
                         6,801     94%
John Wilson                                     431    5.9%

Knight will face Arthur Braswell a black Republican in the November.

Senate District 3 Dem.
*Clark Jenkins
                             3,399     47%
Frankie L. Bordeaux                        2,298  31.9%
Florence A. Armstrong                    1,499  20.8%

Senate District 3 Rep.
Henry Williams                                  121  15.8%
C. B. Daughtridge                              644    84%

Jenkins will face Daughtridge in the November.

US House Dist. 1 Dem.
Chad Larkins                                  1,551  22.4%
*G. K. Butterfield                           5,364 77.5%

US House Dist. 1 Rep.
Ashley Woolard                                384  53.5%
Jerry Grimes                                    152  21.2%
John Carter                                    110  15.3%

Congressman Butterfield will face Woolard in the November.

US Senate Dem.
Elaine Marshall                               2,477  37.9%
Ken Lewis                                     1,070  16.4%
Cal Cunningham                              1,642 25.1%

US Senate Rep.
Richard Burr                                     664    86%

It appears the with the statewide results Marshall and Cunningham will be in a run-off. They will face Burr in November.

Board of Education Dist. 3
Evelyn J. Johnson                             642     56%
*Charlie G. Cobb                            500   43.6%
Board of Education Dist. 7
Faye L. Taylor                                 558   62.2%
*John W. Edmondson, Jr.                  333   37.1%

County Commissioner Dist. 6 Dem.
Oliver Curtis Powell                           196   21.4%
Mike Davis                                      236    491%
Donald Boswell                                491   53.2%

Boswell will face Brooks Wadsworth Republican in November.

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Knight defeats primary challenger

Jenkins beats challengers in District 3 N.C. Senate race

Edgecombe school board challengers prevail

Boswell wins District 6 primary

Pitt County

Challenger Elks wins Pitt sheriff’s race over Manning

Bordeaux falls short against Jenkins

Election night favors incumbents Edith Warren defeats Mildred Council 

Jones, Butterfield win primaries, face opponents in November

Pitt County voters return incumbents to school boardMarc Wichard is Principal at C. B. Martin Middle School in Edgecombe County

Wilson County

Calvin Woodard defeats Sheriff Wayne Gay

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Senate District 3 Race

Calvin Woodard For Sheriff

Gay: It’s not over

Political Candidates The DCN Has On Video

Ken Lewis Interview Simulcast On DCNTV

1st Congressional District Banquet Featuring David Young NC Party Chair, G.K. Butterfield, Cal Cunnigham, Eva Clayton and other Candidates Hertford County In Winton NC Saturday March 27, 2010

Butterfield Supports Lewis – Posted April 10, 2010 New

Democratic Party District Convention Edgecombe Community College Saturday April 10, 2010

Congressman G.K. Butterfield and Chad Larkins During North Hampton County Democratic Candidates Forum Saturday April 17, 2010

PROMM Parents & Relatives of Missing & Murdered Recognition Tribute To Our Daughters & Sons Church of God Of Deliverance Rocky Mount NC Sunday April 25, 2010

Pitt County Candidates Forum Featuring Bordeaux, Armstrong and Other Candidates New Covenant Church Greenville NC Tuesday April 27, 2010

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SPINCycle for April 29, 2010

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Welcome to this week`s edition of SPINCycle.

Welcome to this week’s edition of SPINCycle.  This week on NC SPIN we are going to give you the most complete analysis of Tuesday’s primary elections, talk about the state’s efforts to collect sales taxes from Amazon and about the need for better teacher training.  In the meantime, participate in the discussion on these issues on the NC SPIN facebook page.

Tom Campbell`s Spin
A new book tells us a lot about the early history of our state. Check out this week’s column, “
Lessons from our founders”.

Heard on the Street
Politics, pork and prancing ponies
It’s not to late to double down and get in your registration for the 3rd Annual Derby Day. Colonel Rufus Edmisten will be passin’ ‘round the juleps and Miss Linda aka Scarlett O’Edmisten will provide the Southern Charm that accompanies parties surrounding the Kentucky Derby. You can be sure there will be food a’plenty, lots of wonderful company (including some of your favorites from SPIN), a silent auction and a big Derby Hat contest. Admission is $40 per person or $70 per couple. Proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Get out the hoop skirts, dust off the bonnets and wear your best derby attire. We’re pulling out the white linen suit (if it still fits) and plan to cheer on our favorites from 3 to 7 p.m. this Saturday. Can’t attend? No problem. Just send your $70 donation to Cheryl and feel good about it. Register by calling 919-829-1988 or mail checks to Foundation for Good Business, Edmisten and Webb, 132 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601. 

Election Central
Tuesday is the day we learn who wins the primary races throughout North Carolina. We’re gonna focus much of our NC SPIN show this week on all the facets of this very strange election, so be sure to catch it.

Political insiders are predicting a 30 percent turnout for the elections. Our experts are saying 20 percent is more like it, highly favoring incumbents in primary contests.

The only real statewide contest drawing any interest is the Democratic US Senate primary. We’ve been saying for months this is headed to a runoff and we still think it the case, but we are wondering if Elaine Marshall might have played it a bit too conservatively. Cal Cunningham’s TV ads have definitely cut into Marshall’s lead with both a WRAL and PPP poll showing outcomes within the statistical margin for error. Cunningham is has been on TV for several weeks. We’ve seen Marshall’s ad online and it doesn’t sizzle. She is supposedly placing a TV buy but has waited so late it is unlikely to have much impact on the primary election.

Marshall has worked hard to get the endorsement of minority groups. Ballots from black caucuses, especially in the East, all have Marshall as the pick. But few pundits predict that the black vote will amount to a significant percentage of the turnout so there is real question as to the value of these endorsements.

It is doubtful that a runoff between Marshall and Cunningham will be avoided. Marshall has been counting on this. Cunningham needed TV to ensure he was in second place. The question mark is the percentage of votes Ken Lewis draws. But momentum in politics is important and Cunningham has it going his way right now. We are told contributions are coming in strong and confidence is building in the Cunningham camp.

There are other races worth noting. The Sheriff’s race in Pitt County is uglier than homemade lye soap. Incumbent Mac Manning is facing a stiff challenge from Neil Elks, a former Captain in the Sheriff’s Department. A controversy worthy of a 60 Minutes investigation surrounds the death of the husband of a deputy in the department and a suggested cover-up by Sheriff Manning. Add to the mix charges of marital infidelity among members of the department and this race has truly captured the attention of folks in Pitt County. “Talk of the Town” conducted a debate between the two candidates, which sparked even more talk, according to host Henry Hinton, also a guest on this week’s NC SPIN. Read the Daily Reflector story on this race.

The region also has one of the more interesting legislative contests. In the 3rd district incumbent Clark Jenkins is running against Frankie Bordeaux, a successful African American businessman, as well as Florence Armstrong, a former African American Edgecombe County Commissioner. Many suspect Jenkins encouraged Armstrong to run so as to split up the black vote, a fact that has kept Jenkins elected in this majority African American district. Bordeaux is spending beau coups of bucks to win this nomination. Claims and counter claims surround this race, especially the overpayment of $4.2 million in mental health services from a corporation Bordeaux and his wife own. But this contest may come to the wire and depend on who shows up to vote. Bordeaux is staging a massive campaign to get black voters to the polls in early voting. Insiders tell us to look for a 400-500 margin either way. Whoever wins the Democratic nomination will win the seat. Jenkins is one of the more powerful Senators in Marc Basnight’s Senate.

Another heated Senate race is in Moore County where former House Co-Speaker Richard Morgan is running against incumbent Harris Blake. This race is divisive among this largely Republican district. Blake’s health is a whispered issue. Morgan’s dealings while Speaker is another. Morgan has Carter Wrenn, one of the state’s most seasoned political strategists behind him.

Morgan has always been a controversial figure in politics and this campaign is exhibit A. While we haven’t seen it on TV, Morgan posted an ad on You Tube blasting Governor Perdue’s Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler regarding the no-bid contracts HHS entered into with clients of his former firm. The ad stated  that no Republicans or Democrats had stood up to the pay-to-play scheme but Morgan would. Republicans came to the defense of the Governor and Perdue, which created even more surprise…especially from Perdue.

Speaking of Sheriff’s races there are six contests where convicted felons are on the ballot to become Sheriff, the most notable of which is former Davidson Sheriff Gerald Hege. WRAL ran a great story about the contests, citing the fact that convicted felons could not legally possess firearms and that they cannot be hired as deputies. If a convicted felon was elected Sheriff he could not carry a gun. See the WRAL storyIn addition to Hege, Robert “Nub” Taylor in Avery County was convicted of obstruction of justice, Mark Stewart in McDowell County has felony drug convictions, as does Cleveland County’s David Morrow, Willie Tharpe from Wilkes County was convicted of receiving stolen goods, former Washington County Sheriff Stanley James was convicted of embezzling and Ryan White, from Dare County has pending drug charges. There is legislation proposed to prohibit felons from being elected Sheriff, but they won’t apply to this election.

Again, tune in the interesting discussion on the primary elections on this week’s NC SPIN.

Beason fined $111,000
It’s been many months since this publication talked about Don Beason, the former fast and loose lobbyist and friend of former House Speaker Jim Black. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall accused Beason and his son of accepting money from clients while failing to properly disclose who the clients were. She slapped a huge fine of $111,000 on Beason, who promptly appealed the levy saying Marshall had her facts wrong and that the fine was arbitrary and capricious.

We don’t really know much more about this story because of a codicil placed in the law which prohibits the release of information surrounding fines levied. Responding to the secrecy, Senate leader David Hoyle said, "We missed that.” Republican House Minority Leader Skip Stam added, “That certainly wasn’t the intent of the sponsors. We need to fix that."

Makes you wonder if anyone actually reads these bills that our legislature passes? Assuming they did read the bill you have to question whether the secrecy was indeed an oversight or the intent?

Basnight down by 32 percent
Want to know what impact of the departure of Tony Rand, David Hoyle, R.C. Soles and Charlie Albertson will have on the Senate next year. We got an inkling, as WRAL reported the receipts for the first three months of this year. Senator Marc Basnight’s Senate leadership campaign had collected $508,000 for this election cycle and has $725,000 in the bank. In 2008 he had close to $1 million on hand at this time according to political analyst John Davis. This means that Basnight won’t have as much money to spread around in close races with Republicans this fall and could bode ill for Democrats. Basnight blames the bad economy. Perhaps so, but the poor results also reflect a loss of support for a Senate that has been very business-friendly in the past.

The WRAL story has spawned more conversation about Basnight’s health. Listen to Basnight on this video and reach your own conclusion. Conversations around the Capitol are focused on whether Basnight will be able to serve two more years, much less as Pro Tem. Some are speculating that he ran again in order to be able to raise money to help fellow Democrats and, upon election, will resign. Others believe that he doesn’t have the votes to be elected Senate President Pro Tem in 2011. There are a growing number who believe the issue is moot because they believe Republicans will capture control over the Senate in November (26-24 is what we are hearing) ensuring a Republican as Pro Tem. All this makes for interesting discussion.

House Speaker Joe Hackney’s Democratic campaign fund raised $174,000 during the first three months. Another indicator worth noting: Democrats raised $327,000 while Republicans raised $241,000. GOP Chair Tom Fetzer has been beating the bushes and it shows. This is the closest to fund raising parity Republicans have seen and could be more proof that 2010 will be a good year.

Independent voters will have their choice in selecting either a Republican or Democratic ballot on Tuesday. We hear many observers speculate the independents will select GOP ballots by at least a 4 to 1 margin and polls indicate they plan to vote Republican in the November general elections.

Budget talk
Things have been quiet regarding the results of the April 15th personal income tax returns for our state. We should be hearing those results any time as we approach the beginning of the short session May 12th. Last week we raised the question of how the Senate expects to pass a budget eight days after convening. We got answers.

Much of what we hear is that the Senate will once again punt the ball over to the House and that neither body will do serious line item examinations. The General Assembly intends to pass the budget quickly, get out of town to conduct re-election campaigns and, if the numbers don’t work out with what actual revenues are received, lawmakers will leave it to Governor Perdue to deal with the problems as the budget year unfolds.

Aside from the budget, what issues will the legislature undertake? There are several thorny issues that need attention but few believe they will be tackled. There is some expectation they might take another look at property insurance rates for those in the eastern half of the state. Some are speculating a bill backed by business to clarify cases of contributory negligence versus comparative fault in workman’s comp cases.

The latest Elon University poll indicated voters supported legalizing video poker and offshore drilling. That sentiment might have changed following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Senator David Hoyle is seeking support to legalize video poker and sweepstakes games, taxing proceeds heavily. There is also speculation that the games will be run by the state lottery. Other states have done this and revenues have been substantial, we are told.

Perdue’s education cuts come under fire
As more details of Governor Perdue’s budget proposals are made clear, the opposition is mounting. The Governor’s budget calls for cuts in public education of some $135 million at the same time she is recommending a 1.5 percent step increase in pay for teachers and repayment to state employees for the furlough they were forced to take last year. Added together these two would almost equal the amount Perdue plans to cut and a growing number are urging the legislature not to make the cuts, saying they could result in the loss of as many of 2,000 teaching positions. Read the
Charlotte Observer story.

Pay-to-play TV
There are rumors circulating about problems within the state’s public television network. Legislators are asking questions, as are newspaper reporters. Today’s News and Observer reports that the statewide TV network is airing programs complimentary of The Golden Leaf Foundation that were funded by, take a guess, The Golden Leaf Foundation. More than $300,000 was directed to UNC-TV over the past several years. If this sounds like buying favored coverage you are not alone in those thoughts.

The fact that The Golden Leaf Foundation is involved makes the story even more intriguing. We have often written about the problems with this foundation. While the public needs to know what is being done with the huge dollars funded from the tobacco settlement, there is significant reason to question whether this expenditure is justified. Even more questionable is whether UNC-TV should accept funding to praise Golden Leaf for this purpose. The N&O article indicates this doesn’t pass the smell test.

It has been known for years that anyone proposing a new program idea for UNC-TV must also have funding in place before the concept will be accepted by UNC-TV, supposedly because funding is unavailable. This fact angered Senate budget leader Linda Garrou to the point where she tried to get the network moved from the University System to the School of the Arts, a move that never gained support. (Read our column on this from last April.) Now that this Golden Leaf story has broken, questions about the network, especially about state funding money raised on increasingly lengthy telethons and underwriting are being spent.

It is expensive to operate a group of high-power transmitter sites across the state and PBS programming must be purchased, on top of staffing costs that make this network a costly proposition. But UNC-TV has never achieved the lofty dreams its founders, including the late Billy Carmichael, Kay Kyzer and UNC President Emeritus Bill Friday thought possible.

There are highly creative people at UNC-TV who could produce insightful public affairs, news and cultural programs if given the opportunity. Since Bill Friday’s departure, the network has not been a high priority of the University and funding has been problematic. It is time for a top to bottom evaluation of our state-owned TV network, beginning with governance and ownership and including management, staffing and operations. UNC-TV is too valuable not to be a better resource for our people. We can do better.

Roanoke Rapids theatre in default
The bad deal Roanoke Rapids made building a fancy theatre just keeps getting worse. Following the bill of goods sold the community at the onset to the bad contract the town arranged with Dolly Parton’s brother, the marquee went dark before a lease-purchase was arranged, for a pittance of the $21.5 million construction cost, with Lafayette Gatling. Now the deal is in default and the community once again has this white elephant on its hands. It is too big and costly to be a church, unprofitable to run as a theatre and too valuable to give away. What a conundrum!

Top 10 Natural Wonders in NC
Charlotte Observer columnist and NC SPIN panelist Jack Betts always writes interesting blogs and columns. Yesterday’s featured a Land for Tomorrow contest to determine the top 10 natural wonders in our state. Betts lists some of his nominees. What are yours?
Enter your suggestions today. Then be prepared to vote after the nominations are closed.

RC Soles back in the news
Senator RC Soles continues to be the topic of news stories. WRAL reports that Kyle Blackburn, who was shot by Soles, has been paid more than $100,000 in the past seven years and that the Senator regularly pays people he wants to keep silent. Joe Cheshire, Soles’ attorney, says it isn’t true and that Blackburn and others just want to destroy the reputation of the good Senator.
Read the WRAL story.

What is the Super doing getting involved in OLF?
Heads are shaking over news coming from the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s office. June Atkinson is going on record as being opposed to the proposal for an Outlying Landing Field in Northeastern Carolina on grounds that insulating schools for noise would be prohibitive and there would be safety issues. Did we miss the press release where the Superintendent had similar concerns over flights at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, Seymour Johnson Air base at Goldsboro or Pope Air Base in Fayetteville?

Drunk trooper’s poor judgment isn’t the only bad judgment
The State Highway Patrol employs people and people make mistakes, but this organization appears to have made one bad hiring decision after another for far too many years. There have been 27 charges of sexual misconduct reported. The latest involves a Captain in the Patrol who was stopped and reported to be “extremely drunk.” So what did the local police do? They took him to a hotel, not a jail cell and no charges were filed.

Doesn’t this fall under Governor Perdue’s zero tolerance policy? The trooper, the supervisor and perhaps even the Commander should be fired, not disciplined, over the handling of this case. It is time to set an example within the patrol that a trooper’s conduct is not just expected, but required to be exemplary. They are not above the law. There are plenty who would love jobs with sweet retirement benefits like troopers have. There is no excuse to continue to tolerate misconduct among those sworn to enforce laws of good conduct. We agree with today’s Charlotte Observer editorial.

Look for more discussion on this on next week’s NC SPIN.

Friday Interview DVD
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Candidates Forum Tonight In Pitt County

Join the Campaign Team and show your support at the Candidates Forum, Tuesday night – April 27, 6:30 PM, New Covenant Community Church, 1212 North Greene Street, (corner of Greene Street and Mumford Road), Greenville.

Forum participants will include candidates for NC Congressional Senate and House seats and Sheriff.  Please joins us. 

Thank you for your support last weekend.  We had a great turnout in Williamston and Farmville. 

We have one week left, let’s keep on making steps toward Leadership with a New Direction!

We need volunteers to assist in door to door canvassing for early voting from now until May 1 — call 252-757-1037 or 252-917-1431 and let us know when you are available.

Can you work the polls for at least one hour — we need poll workers to volunteer in one hour increments ask for support of voters.  Just give us a call.

Campaign meetings will resume on Tuesdays @ Thursdays at 6:45 pm unless noted differently.



Campaign meetings are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 PM at the Campaign Headquarters.

If you can volunteer or assist in any capacity please call 252-757-1037 or 252-917-1431

Please share this information with anyone you know.

Thank you for helping to Elect M. A. Council to the NC House.

Paid for by the Committee to Elect M. A. Council for N. C. House
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What to do When a Politician uses Talking Points and has no idea what the Hell he’s talking about

I’ve been an advocate for lower utility been going on 3 years now. There seems to be a pattern with ratepayers as well as  politicians. Here’s an example of the political pattern: C.B. Daughtridge (R) is running for the Distirct 3 NC Senate race. Here’s a quote from him in a recent newspaper article: (Read more @ Behind The Scenes Of A TV Talk Show)

Note: Daughtridge electricity should come from Edgecombe-Martin so he is not directly affected by ElectriCities. So just because he has a Rocky Mount address he do not need to mislead folks to thinking that he gets his electricity from the City of Rocky Mount.

So Bro. George has anyone considered what could be in the November election? It could be 2 white male candidates  incumbent Senator Clark  Jenkins and Daughtridge 2 multi-millionaires vying for a seat that was created to help get a black person elected.

It appears that Bordeaux is a multi-millonaire also so wonder if it was he and Daughtridge in November? But will Democrats jump ship and support the Republican?

If it is Armstrong vs Daughtridge will the Bordeaux campaign rally along with her to beat out Daughtridge in November? I feel that with Armstrong taking the approach that she felt the need to call a press conference talking about dispelling the myth that Bordeaux said she was running to split the vote may work against her.

My question has always been why in the hell would Bordeaux agree to back out of the race when he began campaigning last year making it clear putting up billboards last year? Maybe I am just ignant. LMBAO C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Senate District 3 Race

So Who Will Get The White Votes In The Senate District 3 Race, Jenkins, Bordeaux or Armstrong?

The following is in response to a person who commented on the article in The Rocky Mount Telegram titled, “Democrats focus on taxes, education and allegations in District 3.”

As a life fully paid member of the NAACP I want to serve notice that The NAACP local and statewide nor the National can not endorse candidates. So when and where did the local NAACP come out in print against Frankie Bordeaux who is challenging incumbent Senator Clark Jenkins and candidate Dr. Florence Arnold Armstrong because obviously I missed that.

I guess one would say Armstrong is splitting the votes since Bordeaux came out last year sending a message especially through billboards that he was going to run against Jenkins long before the filing period began. Yeah it would be interesting if Armstrong was to come out as the winner.

This person said, “Armstrong has walked away from her elected responsibility more than one time, that it doesn’t matter if it was for a job or anything, her history shows she is not likely to stick with the job once elected.” Oh hell no don’t go there. Both of the reasons were legit, the first move for a better job and the second which I strongly feel is the last  because she and her husband built a beautiful home on the family farm.

I totally agree with this person the question should be which one of the black candidates is more electable within the black community? This has been my question and I asked that question to certain folks.

I said to some folks either you want Jenkins out or you want to keep him in. I said it appears that Bordeaux has the funds to run an aggressive campaign and he has a good chance of defeating Jenkins. But this is where black folks continue to be their worst enemies because these same folks are running around saying they don’t like Bordeaux so they will not support him. Well hell they say they don’t like Jenkins either but in my opinion if anyone can defeat him it would be Bordeaux.

The same black folks who do not like Jenkins and Bordeaux are willing to sacrifice removing Jenkins because they don’t like Bordeaux who is running the most aggressive campaign I have seen in Edgecombe County and surrounding counties but not limited to. So since these black folks do not like Jenkins nor Bordeaux, what in the hell are they going to do if Bordeaux wins?

This person says Bordeaux has a stronger looking resume than Armstrong. This is funny because this person has been talking against Bordeaux up until now so does this person realize that all the Cambridge talk they have been posting has basically been a scare tactic to keep folks from voting for Bordeaux.

This person asked the question, "Will Clark Jenkins be able to pull in enough loyal black voters to give him a decisive win? Time will tell."

But the question for me is will the average black voters be persuaded by the loyal Jenkins supporters to continue to vote for him? Jenkins job is fairly easy because his black supporters must work hard to get him re-elected, Bordeaux and Armstrong black supporters must work hard to get them elected. And the funny thing about it all is these black folks are divided on trying to put a black person in a seat that was created to help ensure black representation.

So who will get the white votes? Has anyone figured out that question yet?

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Senate District 3 Race

One Must Admit That Frankie Bordeaux For Senate District 3 Has Done What Other Blacks Has Not Done, Ran A Different Type of Aggressive Campaign In Spite Of

First of all I don’t give a damn who one vote for in the Senate District 3 race. I do know that I wish that Bordeaux didn’t have the cloud over his head because I would love to be a part of his campaign team. However I refuse to get involved in any of the campaigns because I see this race further dividing the black community. We are allowing the media to use this race to help further divide our community but not keeping in mind that it is Bordeaux today and it could be one of us tomorrow.

I find the Senate District 3 race to be more comical as the days go by. As I continue to read the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Greenville Reflector the names that continue to appear just tickles the hell out of me.

What I am enjoying about this race is Bordeaux has shown black folks how to run an aggressive campaign. This is something I have been preaching for years.

I was invited to speak at a get out the vote rally in Pitt County during the last municipality race. I asked a person after the rally was he going to enter the race for the Senate District 3 race and he said no. I asked him did he know Frankie Bordeaux and he said he felt Bordeaux was running to help push his own business. Well damn the person that I was talking to if you had ran, wouldn’t you have pushed your business? This is why people run for personal reasons many times however pushing one’s agenda will also help others who have the same type of business along with trying to make sure everyone in the district and in this case across the state is better off.

I get so sick and tired of black folks saying why a person can not run for an office as if they created the rules. Some say Bordeaux has no political experience. Well if running The Boys and Girls Club is not political I don’t know what in the hell is. Wheeling and dealing with the big wheels in the community to make things happen such as building a Boys and Club Center and continuously raising funds is political as hell. So let us dispel that myth about no political experience.

Bordeaux came out early before the filing period began with billboards and other campaign moves. I received some phone calls and talked to people as I ran into them who questioned was it legal to do what he was doing so early? I told them to call the board of elections office. I said I would not think he would do all of that without doing his homework. Well obviously he did because I didn’t see any billboards come down nor have I heard about Bordeaux paying any fines for such.

I received a phone call from someone a couple of months ago who asked me if I knew Bordeaux and I said yes from the Boys and Girls Club and as a referee. This person told me they had met him while they both were in a political training and they were made aware that he was going to run for the Senate District 3.

Bordeaux is doing all the right things as it relates to running a campaign. He attended political training. He has the cash something it takes to run an effective campaign. He is saying what the incumbent is not doing. He is saying what he will do. He is sending out mailings almost daily via US Postage and radio. I can’t wait to see how much the poll workers will be paid on election day which is very crucial.

Bordeaux is saying what many folks are saying about Senator Jenkins but he is getting singled out as if he is the only one saying it. I have a serious problem with that because this is a modern day lynching by black folks who say they want to see Jenkins removed from the seat but will go to extreme of dividing the black vote to do such.

I strongly feel that whenever someone has an interest in running for a political office that the timing must be right. I feel Dr. Florence Armstrong means well however I do not feel she picked the right time to run. But then again May 4 may prove me wrong.

However one thing I will not be wrong about after May 4 is Bordeaux running the most aggressive campaign that I have seen in Edgecombe and surrounding counties. Jenkins has the money however I have not seen his campaign be aggressive. But he really didn’t have to.

So if you have not voted early, go to the polls and vote for the candidate of your choice in the Senate District 3 race.

I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest.

Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Black Folks And The Senate District 3 Race Is Further Dividing The Black Community As It Relates To Politics

In response to: Challengers exchange barbs in N.C. Senate District 3 race.

Well I know I am about to piss some folks off but it is better to be pissed off than pissed on. I am going to give my spill about where I stand on the Senate District 3 race.

I will not allow anyone to mislead folks as it relates to politics and what should be and/or not should be. Let’s be real!! After all I have been trying to educate folks in Edgecombe County and surrounding counties about what is really going on around them since the early 90’s via video, talk shows tv/radio and via newsletters. I have invested much time and resources in doing such sacrificing much especially time away from my family. But I recognize and understand that it is not only about my children but other folks children and also the elderly.

I guess someone will ask the question who am I? Well I am an active Negro who have been actively engaged in the Senate District 3 race since it was created. 

It is a damn shame that this race is about race, 2 black candidates Bordeaux and Armstrong whom neither are the incumbent.

It is my opinion that both Bordeaux and Armstrong are going to help Jenkins get re-elected.

I supported Patricia Ferguson a black female out of Bertie County when the district was first created knowing that she was going to be written out at the end of the first term. My theory was if we were to get a black person elected that it would be easy to elect a black person after the district was re-drawn.

Where in the hell was these folks who are so geared up trying to unseat Jenkins when the seat was open for us but now all of a damn sudden folks have awaken. Well I was not sleep then and I damn sure is not sleep now.

So what did black folks do? They voted Jenkins in. Some of the same folks who are now saying they are trying to unseat him are responsible for him being in the seat all these years.

I am not mad with Jenkins because I can’t get mad with him because black folks have voted him in all these years. I voted for him during the last election.

The issue of who recruited who should not be an issue and one of them should have not filed to run because they are going to split the votes. But because neither refused to back down this is where we are fighting each other over the seat that the white man is holding and has held since the early 2000’s.

So since both filed and this is where we are, okay this is where I am.

I am so glad I know why both Bordeaux and Armstrong are in the race. I have talked to both candidates and I have talked to some folks who are close to both campaigns. I have met with some folks from both campaigns and I have refused to join either campaign because I have been involved in the Senate District 3 race on a personal note since the district was created.

I am glad Armstrong wanted to set the record straight that she was not recruited by Jenkins. I  know that to be true. However she and Bordeaux are spoilers in the race if the citizens of the district feel they want change because it is a fact that they will both split the votes. This will help Jenkins.

I am unclear about the term trickery that Armstrong accused Bordeaux of. What I see Bordeaux doing is using all angles to defeat both Armstrong and Jenkins. This is nothing new and this should not be an issue.

I strongly agree with Bordeaux that it takes an organization and campaign resources to defeat Jenkins. I call it a political machine.

I disagree with Armstrong that her experience as an Edgecombe County commissioner, member of the Edgecombe County Board of Education and former Edgecombe County Democratic Party chairwoman make her a more qualified candidate for the Senate than Jenkins and Bordeaux.

Jenkins I would say has the experience because he has served in the seat since the early 2000’s. However any candidate that meets the criteria of the board of elections is qualified. I strongly feel that Armstrong and Bordeaux can go in and become experienced and serve just as good as Jenkins and/or better.

I strongly agree with Armstrong that money should not dictate a race however we all know it takes money to run a political machine. It is up to a candidate how much they are willing to invest in their campaign. The campaign finance reports shows just how much candidates spend during an election year and Jenkins report is online just like all candidates.

We have got to stop misleading folks with trickery words because we know that it should not be about who can raise the most money and it should be about the person who has the best ideas. But that is not the real world.

If a person has not held a particular seat or a similar seat in the legislature then he or she is not experienced. An example of that would be having served on the House side of the legislature but now wants to serve on the Senate side.

The real deal is how can one can defeat the money thing?  Name recognition, how good a candidate can sell themselves and the most important thing is how good those on the campaign team can sell the candidate.

Running an effective campaign is about race because many times people vote for folks who look like them, money which equals advertisement and paying of campaign workers and any other expenses and who likes who which means if I just like someone because I know them or know someone that knows them.

I admire Bordeaux for not waiting to the last minute to start campaigning. There was much discussion last year about how can Bordeaux put up billboards so early?

I am glad to see Armstrong finally bringing out something about Jenkins when she took aim at him about the budget crisis however maybe she has been challenging him but I just didn’t read about it.

I like the way the article ended “District 3 was drawn as a minority-majority district to favor black candidates, but Jenkins, who is white, has held the seat for four terms. Both Bordeaux and Armstrong are black.” I have been educating folks about the creation of the Senate District 3 challenging white folks who have a problem when a black candidate says they should be given a chance to represent folks that looks like them.

Jenkins has it going on and that is he can and should use every time he speak that he received a 100% rating from the NAACP and that he is the only white person to serve on the NC Black Legislative Caucus Board.

So again my question is, “Is Senator Jenkins really fighting for black issues in Raleigh?” If he is not then go figure.

There is so much more I could say however this is enough on this subject for right now.

I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest. 

Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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To this reader, the choice is clear in N.C. Senate District 3 primary – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Let’s say there are three people running on the Democratic ticket for the N.C. Senate District 3 seat. Let’s assume these three individuals happen to be one female and two males. Let’s also assume these three individuals are of one race — the human race. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Early voting starts strong – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Early voting turnout has been strong so far in both Nash and Edgecombe counties, election officials said last week.

Twin Counties voters cast more than 400 ballots during the first two days of early voting last week, relatively high marks for a midterm primary election, officials said. (Read more @ The Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Frankie Bordeaux’s Interview on Jammin 99.3 Was Removed, I Wonder Why?

I wonder why Frankie Bordeaux’s audio interview was removed while all the other interviews are still up?

Jammin 99.3 Interviews

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David Perkins Jammin 99.3 Finally Post The Audio Of The Interview With Me Talking About The History Of The Senate District 3 Seat

Why was the Senate District 3 carved out?

Visit Jammin 99.3 and Click on my picture or you can click on the picture below to go to the audio or you can just click on the word audio. You can also click on other pictures such as Senator Clark Jenkins, Frankie Bordeaux and Dr. Florence A. Armstrong to listen to their interviews as well.

So what happened to Bordeaux’s interview? His picture is gone.



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Butterfield explains healthcare reform – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Healthcare reform is still a highly debated topic and one that U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st District, offered clarification on during his visit Wednesday. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)

Note: I must say Jamica Ashley did a great job on this article.

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