Bibbs drops suit against city – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator Response: Now that’s what up! Just let it go! Move on!

Wilson attorney Mark Bibbs filed a notice of dismissal Tuesday that signals an end to his suit against the city of Wilson regarding his Douglas Street property.

Bibbs, who is prohibited from using the second floor of his Douglas property as a residence, said he decided to drop his case and focus on his law practice. He plans on using part of the building for his law office and will lease the rest of the space.

He did not say if he will seek any city approval for the building’s use as a residence. (Source: Read more)

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Bibbs case still pending; elections complaint withdrawn – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator Response: Again I ask is it worth all of this? Why not just let it go and move on? I understand Bibbs passion and interest in running for a political office. I have advised many friends on their timing for running and some listened and some didn’t, those who did, did the right thing and those who didn’t ran and lost. Well my question still is, where is Bibbs so-called friends because obviously they ain’t his real friends. I just asked my good friend George Fisher 2 days ago had he seen or heard from Bibbs.

Attorney Mark Bibbs’ suit against the city of Wilson is still pending and an election complaint about his Douglas Street residency has been withdrawn.

Wilson residents David Speight and George Leach filed a complaint with the Wilson County Board of Elections in April challenging Bibbs’ residency at 105 Douglas St. On May 19, two weeks after the Democratic primary, Speight and Leach withdrew their complaint, said Rena Morris, Wilson County Board of Elections director.

“The two gentlemen that filed the complaint have withdrawn it,” Morris said.

Bibbs made an unsuccessful bid for House District 24 in the May 6 primary against Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield. Bibbs claims that questions about his residency and the timing of a failed March property inspection played a major role in him losing the race. (Source: Read more)

Bibbs: Paper blended article with ad – Wilson Times

State House candidate Mark Bibbs says he bought a campaign ad in an area newspaper and got a front-page story instead.

The Daily Drum, a Greenville-based free biweekly paper, published a feature story on Bibbs that blurs the line between news coverage and advertising in its April 24-May 7 edition. The story’s last sentence identifies it as an ad that Bibbs’ campaign committee bought, but Bibbs said it wasn’t written at his request.

"It was a surprise to me when I saw the paper and where the placement of the story was,” Bibbs said. "I sent them a camera-ready ad and a press release. What you see is however they chose to run it.”

Journalism ethics scholars said the Drum committed a cardinal sin by printing an ad disguised as a news story. The piece is not bylined and does not mention Bibbs’ opponent, Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield. It also includes paragraphs that were plagiarized from a story in The Wilson Times. (Source: Read more)

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Bibbs outspends Farmer-Butterfield 3-1 – Wilson Times

State House candidate Mark Bibbs tripled state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield’s campaign spending this year despite raising about 40 percent less, figures show.

Bibbs supplemented the $18,000 he raised from donors with a $25,000 loan for total first-quarter proceeds of $43,000. He’s spent $70,000 on the House District 24 race, according to campaign finance reports released this week.

Beginning balances gave Bibbs the financial advantage — he opened his account with $61,643 in cash on hand, while Farmer-Butterfield started with $2,383.

The six-term Democratic state lawmaker raised $30,516 in the first quarter of 2014 and took out a $2,000 loan for total receipts of $32,518.

Former sheriff Wayne Gay and retired county manager Ellis Williford are backing Bibbs, while U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and a consortium of state political action committees buoyed Farmer-Butterfield’s campaign. (Source: Read more)

Ignant Column: Wilson Finest Zette McArn How In The Hell Is This Dirty Politics? SMDH!

The Political Agitator response: I understand the following was a mailing that was sent out. I read on the Wilsonian Voices whereby Zette McArn said this is dirty politics. Dirty my ass! What tickles the hell out of me is that she calls telling the damn truth dirty politics. From what my ignant ass read, it is truth so I am puzzled by Zette’s post. Damn this election has brought on some ignant bullmanure. In Edgecombe County Bronson Williams and his likes say experience does not matter. Why? Because he has UNO! And then he holds a damn debate with the other 3 candidates and he talks about Shelly Willingham and Taro Knight because Knight responded to something that Willingham said during the debate. Bronson said because they say they have experience that look at their debate so experience could be a problem. I called in and said that is what a debate is just that a damn debate because he was not holding a forum. John Wooten one of Bronson’s strongest supporters called in behind me and said it was not a debate. Bronson did not correct him so I had to call back in and say it was a debate. John ignant ass was trying to discredit me but he ended up being the damn fool. Oh back to Zette. She blocked me from her Facebook pages Zette McArn and the Wilsonian Voices because I am supporting Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and she is supporting Bibbs. I was respectful on her pages but she wants to do like so many who wants to silence the black man especially one who is knowledgeable of what is going on versus those she is feeding that does not know any better. So by blocking me I can’t challenge her ignant ass. You see I have now put her in my ignant column and she has earned the title of Safe Negro. Damn NEGROES mad because someone has EXPERIENCE and Telling the Truth! SMDH!

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New details, inspections in Bibbs case – Wilson Times

City of Wilson attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Friday in Wilson County Superior Court that details aspects of state candidate Mark Bibbs’ failed property inspection including an alleged admission that he was living elsewhere.

Bibbs, a candidate for House District 24, failed the inspection in March that prohibits him from living in his second-floor apartment at 105 Douglas St.

During the inspection, Bibbs told inspectors that the "true answer” regarding his residency was that he lived with his family at 3220 Edinburgh Drive and stayed at the Douglas Street apartment one or two times a week, the city’s motion states.

"Plaintiff Mark Bibbs further stated that the ‘political answer’ was that he lived at the 105 Douglas Street South building,” according to the city’s motion to dismiss.

Bibbs’ Douglas Street property is in House District 24 and his Edinburgh Drive home is in House District 8. Bibbs said he moved into the downtown building, which also houses his law office, in July 2013, a claim that is being challenged by two Wilson residents who filed their concerns with the Wilson County Board of Elections. The challenge will not be considered until after the election.

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Bibbs files second complaint against city – Wilson Times

The Political Agitator response: As I have stated earlier maybe Bibbs is on to something but if he is not, then is it really worth all of this? Time will tell.

State candidate Mark Bibbs’ legal fight against the city of Wilson took another turn Monday as Bibbs was granted a temporary restraining order and filed a complaint in Wilson County Superior Court.

Bibbs, a candidate for House District 24 and Democratic challenger in the May 6 primary, filed his second complaint in court and has been granted a hearing on May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in Wilson County.

Earlier in the day Monday, Bibbs also filed a notice of dismissal in U.S. District Court that is tied to his first suit against the city that alleges he was treated unfairly during a recently failed fire and building inspection of his office and residence at 105 Douglas St.

Bibbs filed suit against the city on April 7 and city attorneys moved the case to federal court after issues related to the U.S. Constitution were raised in Bibbs’ complaint. The suit filed Monday has no references to the U.S. Constitution. (Source: Read more)