The Political Agitator’s response: Damn these messages by Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson gets gooder an gooder! Wow! I believe Steve was saying, Why….cant believe white folk cant have a plan….lololol. I believe (Why….) could be Why Niggers oh just my ignant opinion. Confirmation about Lige Daughtridge saying that Douglas Block took all of the downtown money. Wow said that Sandy Roberson has had family in RMT before it was founded. Damn it now! So I guess Sandy Claus has really come to town to claim the city. I am just talking about what he said. Don’t Blame Me! Wow! Steve ended this segment talking about time is ripe before next generation expands like Cooper and others. Cooper is Cooper Blackwell and others are young Black Folk who are waking up. Folk I done told y’all that Steve is a RACIST! He is confirming who some others are as well. But this is just my ignant opinion. Hell I am just going by what he said! Don’t Blame Me!
The Political Agitator’s response: I have had a hard time trying to understand how Lige can go to council meetings and say things attempting discredit the work of the council, created a page to have a platform to do so. Look at the name of Lige page Community Council. I have followed the page for quite sometime and the problem I have is that all of the issues he has brought forth has not had no bearing on the facts as it relates to the work of the council. He goes to the meetings and speak during he public comments but what he has brought forth, he has not had any facts to prove that the council has not been united. Lige is on the Rocky Mount City Council and the Economic Development Board. I have had a problem with Lige saying and posting things and when folk come on his page, he allows them to say things that are not true and he does not correct them. I used to have some respect for him because it is healthy to challenge elected officials but the way he has gone about it, I questioned his motive. But when he made it clear he was going to seek election, it became clear to me the motive. But what I am trying to figure out is how do Lige try to block and stop what the majority of the council has worked together on but just because the council is a black majority, Lige and his supporters have a problem with Andre Knight and Reuben Blackwell because they have been targeted as some bad guys. So the goal of Lige and his supporters the focus is to undo what the current council has done. Too damn bad they can’t pick up the Event Center and move it since they are so damn mad it is downtown.
NC Local Government Commission to meet Tuesday, October 1st and the City of Rocky Mount parking garage project does not appear on the agenda. We were told it would be on the August or September agenda. –https://www.nctreasurer.com/…/LGC%20October%201%20Agenda.pdf
The following is in response to Lige Daughtridge candidate for Rocky Mount City Council on his page The Community Council.
Lige Daughtridge It is and has been my pleasure to provide a free service to those who have talked about me out to make a name for myself. What a hell of a price to pay. Thank you!
But Lige finally a truth that many need to recognize and understand that I am a resident of Edgecombe County. I have worked in Rocky Mount for the past 32 years and nearly 6 months. I have been a Edgecombe County Community/Political Activist, Life Member Rocky Mount NAACP since 1992 current 2nd Vice President, Executive Committee Member Edgecombe County Democratic Party since the late 80’s currently Precinct Chair. I have lots of family and friends who live in Rocky Mount. I committed myself to being a voice for the voiceless especially the young and the elderly back in the late 80’s. I get credit for saying things that I hear folk say that are scared to say publicly. I have never wanted for anything.
But Lige when it comes to politics, policies and decision making, I trust and believe in the elected officials until they do things that show they have not done what is in the best interest of the people.
But Lige it is one thing to question and for whoever want to debate what the City Council is doing however it is another to provide half trues, not simplifying the issue one have so that the folk that get scared will know exactly what one mean when they throw out the tax scare tactic. I say scare tactic simply because that is what folk are quick to throw out when trying to get their message across. Some have no clue and some make it appear as if black folk don’t pay taxes.
I respect your concerns and don’t question them, however sometimes I get lost in them. But Lige what I would love to see is you simplify more into depth when you bring up the tax thingy for folk who don’t know the full perspective. The haters they don’t care and don’t even know the full perspective they just be hating.
But Lige over the years can you tell me what the council has done pre the Event Center that has set Rocky Mount back?
But Lige you say, “Thank you for asking and hopefully we can discuss at the next City Council meeting or feel free to contact me so we can discuss this or other topics.” My friend what I want you to do is to simplify it here because this is you page, your platform and etc. Educate!
But Lige what I do is when you and others say things I question those whom you are questioning their motives to get their side and I compare theirs to yours.
I feel you, Bronson Williams, Max Avent, Lindell John Kay my guy, David Farris and a couple of others we had some good conversations while we stood in the hallway as the council were in closed session during the Monday meeting.
Since it has been said that the council was paying me to video, I am still waiting on my check from them but didn’t know they had hired me. I have been attending the meetings longer than anyone on the council and only remember Reuben Blackwell being their and the Attorney. I remember when Andre Knight and Chris Miller came on board at the same time.
My point is folk need to recognize and understand that I have been there and didn’t just get involved over night and damn sure didn’t just because Knight brought me on. Hell I played a part in recruiting him to the NAACP and the council.
I have seen the growth in Rocky Mount since the 90’s because I have been actively engaged.
Mayor David Combs said that it was the right of the citizens to come down and address the council. Well hell yeah they should be able to come and address the council but to come and tell lies on a council person is a bit much. Watch how these Special Cs and atleast one black female Gwen Wilkins showed their asses. Gwen hollered out point of order as if she was a council member. Look at this mess for yourself. But then these Special Cs go to their social media sites such as Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens who block black folk when they speak out against their lies. They post on Lige Daughtridge’s page Community Council, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV social media page and on their TV morning and now night shows along with some individual sites like Keith Harris former fire chief. It is a damn shame these Special Cs have been on lynch mode since the council have been a black majority. They are just big mad. Anyone who watch this video and allow the Special Cs to sway your opinion of the council when they come and attack them and then play victim when the council respond to them, you got a serious problem just like the attackers. They come meeting after meeting talking about the same old b.s. so to keep talking about some things will make it true? Yep it will make it appear so if no one is saying anything but the attackers. I am for justice no matter who it is for or against but I don’t if I am for bullying and I don’t give a damn if you are white, black, brown or other.
The Watch Dog response: Wow! I was wondering who had put Lindell on this and then the 1st comment was Elijah Daughtridge. One thing I can say The Community Council and Lige are persistent and consistent with their passion to go after the Rocky Mount City Council. What tickles the hell out of me is that I have been actively engaged in activism since the late 80’s and I used to say to black officials what are you doing to promote jobs and other that benefit black folk and other folk like the white officials were doing. The white officials were on the boards and commissions and obtaining land and creating jobs. Well it appears that when white white businessmen and other were doing things it was ok. It appears that any time the black man begin to rise up, there is a movement to make it appear he is doing something that is not right.
A new conflict of interest policy under consideration by the Rocky Mount City Council may affect whether some council members will have a vote on certain matters — possibly including the Rocky Mount Event Center.
The proposed policy presented to the council during last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting adds federal guidelines to existing local and state rules. The guidelines apply to sub-recipients and includes apparent conflicts as well as actual conflicts.
Councilman Reuben Blackwell asked city staff about making sure the council signs all the required documents. He said he wants to make sure the council understood the policy and all it entails.
Blackwell is the president and chief executive officer of the Opportunities Industrialization Center, a nonprofit organization that helps residents with health care, job training and other programs. He earned a $141,114 salary from OIC in 2015, according to the most recent IRS tax forms made available by GuideStar, a watchdog organization that provides information on nonprofit groups. (Read more)
Response: Interesting The Community Council held a meeting at the Library on Wednesday. Skip Carney secretary of the group was on FM 99.3 Thursday morning and he said the media was not invited. I called in and said although the media was not invited they could have attended. However anyone, don’t have to be media, can record meetings held in a public facility and they are backed by The Open Meetings Law Statue.
I find it quite interesting this paper and WHIG-TV has not reported on the Wednesday’s meeting. So what is going on? Is the group receiving special privilege? I know they can get it from WHIG-TV, but is it the case with this paper?
Locals voice concerns about potential event center funding
Since The Community Council said they wanted to educate the citizens, why did they not invite the media? Well my ignant opinion is they didn’t want to expose who attended the meeting and didn’t want to share what they talked about. SMDH!
Residents questioning the wisdom of building an event center in Rocky Mount are raising concerns that city officials will have to raise property taxes to cover its costs.
They said they are worried that possible other funding sources identified by a consulting firm would not generate anywhere near enough dollars to cover the annual debt and operating costs of the center.
And they said some of the potential funding options outlined in a report to the city by AECOM Technical Services out of Chicago aren’t feasible, or would require approvals from elected officials that aren’t likely. (Source: Read more)
On Tuesday February 4, 2014 around 6:40 am on Dave Perkins morning radio talk show Spotlight on the Community he said that Rep. Buck Newton was going to call in and talk about the Duke Energy possibly buying out the NC Eastern Municipal Power Agency. He said he didn’t know what time he was going to call but he was going to have to try to figure out how to work him in if he called during the time another person was scheduled to call in. He said Buck just goes on and on long winded sometimes. He said he may have to do a Andre Knighter on Buck by saying he couldn’t talk anymore after 3 minutes. Perkins said that he would do like Knight, say what he wanted to say but would tell Buck he couldn’t talk anymore. He referenced a city council meeting when Lige Daughtridge spoke to the council during the public comments and then when Knight responded to him later after others had given their public comments, Knight’s response has been a racial issue. Knight told Lige that he felt that he was against the Event Center because the city council was a black majority and the city manager is black. Damn Knight is black and Lige is white so that was Knight’s black opinion and he was not speaking for the entire board.
I tried to call in to the show at 6:47 am, 6:48 am no answer. I blocked my number and called again at 6:50 am and got through but was told that they were going to play 2 songs did I want to call back. I said yes. I called back again at 6:53 am and I was told they were not on yet could I call back in 5 minutes and I said okay. By this time I was in the parking lot at work.
I called back during my break time at work and I asked Dave had Rep. Buck called in and he said yes. I told him I was calling because I was insulted by his comments earlier about Knight. I said I know you meant it as a joke but I said you need to make sure your jokes are truth when it comes to Knight because he already catches enough hell about what he said or didn’t say. I told him it Knight is the Mayor Pro-tem and he was not in control of the city council meeting he made reference too that he be in control of meetings when Mayor Combs is not at the meetings. I said it was Mayor Combs who shut Lige down at the city council meeting. I said so don’t tell a lie on Knight because some folks would believe it but that lie has already been used by WHIG-TV, Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount, The Observers and some others. I said I am not defending Knight because he can defend himself. I said this could have been me that you lied on.
Dave said he was not going to apologize because he was joking about Rep. Newton being long winded is true. Well that part maybe so, but the part about what happened to at the city council meeting with the campaign to remove Knight is not a joke.
Dave you need to leave Mayor Pro-tem Andre Knight out of your jokes if you are not going to tell the truth about what really happened.