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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Too Many Fatherless Families In The Village

by Seymour Hardy

In "Poverty and the Father Factor," Washington Post columnist William Raspberry shares this information from sociologist Andrew Billingsley:

"In 1890, 80 percent of black American households were headed by husbands and wives."By the 2000 census, that percentage had dropped to 38. (Full Story)

Edgecombe County Board of Elections Appointment

by Curmilus Dancy II - TPA

Congratulations to the two Democrats Samuel Branch and Glady's Shelton who have been appointed to serve on the Edgecombe County Board of Elections for 2005 - 2007.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Milton Bullock The Golden Platter Princeville NC

by Curmilus Dancy II - TPA

My family and I was entering Grand's Restuarant & Catering in Tarboro NC this evening and I ran into my good friend Milton Bullock as he was exiting. I met Bro. Bullock a couple of years ago at a Princeville Town Meeting. My friend told me to keep sending him that good information. He asked me had I seen the paper today about the Tuskegee Airmen and I had not.

So now that I have read it I would like to share it with you "The Golden Platter takes to flight."

"Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pockets, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States."
-Frederick Douglass

Representative Edward Jones’ Report from Raleigh


This was another busy week in Raleigh on several fronts. House and Senate members continued their work on the budget and other legislation that must pass before the end of the session. We’re getting close to a final agreement on the budget and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to get it wrapped up next week so we can move onto other bills and adjourn for the year. Several other important topics were discussed in committee or on the House floor this week, including a tax credit for small businesses, an increase in the state’s minimum wage, and fighting gang violence.

Budget Update
House budget negotiators worked last weekend and all this week in hopes of reaching an agreement on the budget prior to Friday. Budget negotiators have made significant progress on the approximately $17 billion spending plan and have reached a tentative agreement on most items, however a handful of issues are still in contention between the two chambers.


House Speaker Jim Black and other negotiators said that they are close to reaching an agreement on the remaining items and are hopeful that a budget will be finalized and printed for legislators by the first of next week. Speaker Black has also said that legislators must have more time to study and read the budget proposal and has promised that legislators will receive copies of the proposal at least a day before the debate begins on the day of the vote.

Negotiators continue to haggle over the cigarette tax, pay raises for teachers and state employees, and a provision that would allow certain UNC campuses to set their own tuition rates. The Senate included the provision in its budget and continues to push the idea with campus trustees; however, many House Democrats, the UNC Board of Governors, campus chancellors and former governors are opposed to the idea, with many arguing that the policy change would harm the university system and governing board.

Discussions on the lottery also continue with some House Democrats arguing for a limit on advertising, which was included in the legislation passed in April. It is expected that the final budget agreement will outline how lottery proceeds would be spent on education initiatives such as school construction, early childhood programs and college scholarships, but the Senate would still have to pass the House lottery bill in order to create the game in North Carolina.

I would also like to clarify some misinformation that is being spread around to educators and parents regarding teacher assistant positions. Some have stated in the past week that more than 2,000 positions could be cut, but this is inaccurate and I can assure you that we’re continuing to try to put additional funding in the education budget. Furthermore, I would also like to point out that LEAs (Local Education Agencies) did not use more than $9.6 million in last year’s budget and more than $8.1 million in the 2003-04 school year on these positions, so budget negotiators decided based on recommendations by local superintendents that the budget should provide adequate funding for the positions and the unnecessary funding would be shifted to other education programs. And, several superintendents across the state have been quoted in news articles saying that they were planning to hire even few teacher assistants than what is being proposed by the legislature.

Budget negotiations will continue through the weekend, but please know that I remain committed to passing a good budget that ensures adequate funding for our priorities such as education at our K-12 schools, universities and community college, health care and human services for our state’s neediest citizens, public safety programs for our neighborhoods, and pay raises for teachers and state employees. We must meet the growing demands of our state and its people not balance the budget on the backs of those most in need and I’m hopeful that the Senate will work with us to do the right thing for our people

Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses & Increase in Minimum Wage
The House Finance Committee passed legislation on Thursday that will provide a tax credit for small businesses that provide health insurance to employees and increase the state’s minimum wage. The legislation, HB 20, combined the two issues and the bill sponsors, Reps. Hugh Holliman (D-Davidson) and Alma Adams (D-Guilford) argued the bill would help our state’s workers and small business owners, while ensuring better access to health care for more North Carolinians.

First, the bill would provide a tax credit for small businesses that provide health insurance to employees, which business leaders have said is one of the biggest expenses that they continue to struggle to meet for their employees.

Secondly, the bill would increase our state’s minimum wage to $6.00 per hour. The national minimum wage of $5.15 has not increased since 1997 and inflation has eroded 14 percent of its buying power since then, supporters argued.

Fighting Gang Violence
State legislators, law enforcement officers and local elected officials from across the state held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of gang violence and possible action to take to reduce the criminal activity in our communities. Gangs are taking over our cities and towns across North Carolina and we must do more to combat this crime. This is not a black, white or Hispanic issue, and it’s not an urban versus rural issue. This is an issue that affects every North Carolinian and every community across our state, and we must do more to keep kids in school instead of allowing them to get off track in life and join a gang. We must find a balance between prevention, intervention and prosecution, which are all vitally important in reducing gang violence in our communities.

The House will be back in session on Monday at 7 pm.

I hope you will continue to let me know how you feel about the issues that are being debated by the North Carolina Legislature and the challenges you and your family are facing each day.

By working together, we can make Halifax and Nash Counties and all regions of North Carolina a better place to live, work and raise a family.

Representative Edward Jones
House District 7 Halifax and Nash Counties
919-733-5878 252-578-9577 Cell

TPA - I did not support Rep. Jones during the appointment process as I traveled to Halifax County several times leading up to the appointment. I supported another candidate but since the appointment I have had the opportunity to get to know Rep. Jones. I am pleased with my findings thus far and I will support him in the upcoming 2006 Elections. I have Rep. Jones appointment on video in my archives as I continue to record history on the local level and abroad.
Thank you Rep. Jones for a job well done to date.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

LOCAL NAACP PRESIDENT TO ATTEND VOTING RIGHTS ACT RALLY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL NAACP PRESIDENT TO ATTEND VOTING RIGHTS ACT RALLY
August 2, 2005

Andre’ Knight, President of the Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP, will join tens of thousands of supporters on Saturday, August 6 in Atlanta, GA for the Rainbow Push Coalition of Conscience march and rally to commemorate the 40th anniversary (audio) of the Voting Rights Act and to mobilize support of the Act’s extension.


"Anyone who claims that voting rights for minority Americans are now secure need only look to Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004," said NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond. "A recent report said that 28 percent of all Ohio voters and 52 percent of black voters said they experienced problems in voting. And a dismal 19 percent of black voters expressed confidence that their votes were properly counted."


The NAACP plans to roll out an aggressive, grassroots national campaign to support the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act, including state and local hearings to develop a full and factual record of voting rights violations.

The Voting Rights Act is credited with increasing minority participation in the political process and empowering minority communities to elect thousands of African American candidates to local, state and federal office. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act into law in 1965. It is designed to prevent voting impediments such as intimidation, voter harassment, the poll tax, language barriers, literacy tests, racial gerrymandering and other tools of disenfranchisement. The Act further guarantees that no federal, state or local government shall in any way impede or discourage people from registering to vote or voting because of their race or color. Portions of the Act are due to expire in 2007.


"Rocky Mount citizens have benefited from this legislation," Knight added, "Without the Act, we would not have the opportunity to have representative government for all of our citizens. What happens at the federal level does matter to our lives here in Rocky Mount. Our local Branch supports the reauthorization of this Act and we need ideas that we can implement here in Rocky Mount. We want to be a part of moving this country forward."

For more information, call Andre’ Knight at (252) 314-4135.

Monday, August 01, 2005

The DCN Newsletter for Tuesday August 2, 2005

by Curmilus Dancy II - The Political Agitator
** Updated

Please click on underlined text to read the entire article. I trust that you will enjoy these articles as I have spent much time preparing them for you. See my comments and please click on comments and share your thoughts with others. The Political Agitator will keep you informed whenever time permits so therefore you may receive The DCN Newsletter, The DCN Breaking News and other daily and/or weekly and anytime of the day or night.

Political Question of the Week
Question:
How do you feel having served a full year as the U.S. Congressman of the 1st Congressional District?

Reply:
Curmilus, thank you very much for asking me to write a short statement about my work in the Congress. Before doing that, let me thank you for your passion in delivering facts to your readers and your willingness to provoke debate on the important issues. You are providing a valuable service to our community. I have just completed one full year as representative for the 660,000 people who comprise the first district which is the 15th poorest district in the nation. Not only is it a high honor to serve in Congress but it is an enormous responsibility ...


NEWS
LOCAL
**Hawaii fertile for ideas - The Edgecombe County Commissioners closed their meeting Monday night by briefly sharing what they learned during their recent trip to Hawaii for the 2005 National Association of Counties Conference and Exposition in Honolulu ...


Mayor Don Davis of Snow Hill to be honored - The Helping Hand Committee of Snow Hill will be honoring my friend and their Mayor the Honorable Don Davis on Sunday October 9, 2005 at the Snow Hill Community Center. Mayor Davis is the first black to be elected to the office of Mayor in Snow Hill. Davis is also the 1st Congressional District Chair of the Democratic Party ...

STATE/NATIONAL
North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jerry Meek announced that Starla McKenney has been hired as Deputy Executive Director. In the position,McKenney will focus on building the Party across the state and oversee the Party’s regional political directors. Mark Hufford was hired as Western Political Director in April and Joyce Mitchell was hired as Eastern Political Director in June. A Central Political Director will behired in the near future.

Study: Few Blacks Seen on Talk Shows - Only 8 percent of the guests on the major Sunday morning talk shows over the past 18 months were African Americans, with three people accounting for the majority of those appearances, according to a new study by the National Urban League. Black guests -- newsmakers, the journalists who questioned them ...

The Computer Really Did Eat Their Votes, and They Are Still Mad! - The Computer Really Did Eat Their Votes, and They Are Still Mad! The CARTERET COALITION FOR VERIFIED VOTING (CCVV), a non partisan grassroots group announces the release of a video message to North Carolina lawmakers and to the rest of the country: The message is available online here, watch this compelling reality tv style video:

EDUCATION
LOCAL
**Sewer lines clog school bond work - "It seems to me the bond was undersized by $1.4 million," said Commissioner Jonathan Felton. "This has hit everybody like a cold fish in the face."
TPA: "Perhaps we should table or postpone the referendum and look at another option. Certainly we would like our students to attend more spacious and state of the art structures, but can we afford them? " These were my comments in my plea to the County Commissioners and the School Board on August 2, 2004.

Childcare will be available for staggered school start - The Edgecombe County Public Schools' staggered start days has made some parents whose high school-aged children take care of younger siblings wondering what to do ...

STATE/NATIONAL
''SUSPENDED THINKING'' - There is no question the North Carolina Association of Educators means well, we hope, but sometimes you have to wonder just ...

NCAE TO HOLD SESSSION ON ''SOLUTIONS TO SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS'' - The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is extending an invitation to parents, community leaders, school district official, faith leaders, educators and students in the Durham are for a session on “Solutions to School Suspensions” on Tuesday, August 2 ...

Who Needs Education Schools? - The whistle-stop town of Emporia, Kan. (population 27,000), has two claims to fame: William Allen White, the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper editor and confidant of Theodore Roosevelt, and turning out teachers ...

SEE WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING
STATE/NATIONAL

The Ghosts of Emmett Till - We've known his story forever, it seems. Maybe that's because it's a tale so stark and powerful that it has assumed an air of timelessness, something almost mythical: Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black kid born and raised in Chicago, went down in August 1955 to visit some relatives in the hamlet of Money, Miss. ...

Calendar of Events

Political Question of the Week August 2, 2005


U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield D-Wilson North Carolina 1st Congressional District

Question:
Congressman G.K. Butterfield how do you feel having served a full year as the U.S. Congressman of the 1st Congressional District?

Reply:
Curmilus, thank you very much for asking me to write a short statement about my work in the Congress. Before doing that, let me thank you for your passion in delivering facts to your readers and your willingness to provoke debate on the important issues. You are providing a valuable service to our community.

I have just completed one full year as representative for the 660,000 people who comprise the first district which is the 15th poorest district in the nation. Not only is it a high honor to serve in Congress but it is an enormous responsibility.

My first responsibility is speak to the issues and vote upon them in a manner that is consistent with the mainstream views in the district. This is a diverse district and so it is a real challenge at times to determine the mainstream view on the issues but it is my duty to know the views of all communities in the district.

My second responsibility is to provide constituent services to those individuals who request intervention with their issues. We must do a better job in letting people in the community know that we can assist them with federal issues.

My third responsibility is to seek federal funds for projects that enhance community development. This is also a challenge because federal funds are very limited due to the budget crisis we face in this country. I have been able to obtain infrastructure grants for several communities and other grants are still pending. I am particularly pleased with the $5,000,000 earmark finally approved last week for community development in downtown Rocky Mount. This money will be paid from the Transportation budget.

My fourth responsibility is to learn the issues facing our country and keep those issues in the public domain so all people can be informed. When citizens are accurately informed regarding national issues, the resulting discussion is beneficial to the Congressman. And so my speeches have been issue-based with the expectation that citizens will provide feedback to me and other elected officials. It is absolutely important that African American communities speak loudly on the issues and have responsive officials who speak directly to their interest.

My fifth responsibility is to be a role model in the community so that our youth can understand they can succeed and be a credit to their family and community. I try to motivate and encourage our communities through my daily interaction.

My sixth responsibility is to build and maintain a political base that is strong and unbeatable. I have a broad base across the district but it must be expanded to be more inclusive. This is my continuing challenge as I begin to assembly the infrastructure for my re-election campaign. The filing period will open in January of 2006 with a May primary and November general election.

My final responsibility is to be an aggressive fundraiser. There is no question that members of Congress who are successful in fundraising quickly rise in influence with the congressional leadership. My six-year goal is to serve on the House Appropriations Committee which will enable me to influence the awarding of substantial appropriations for the district.

The success of my work depends in large measure on the competence and commitment of staff. I am blessed to have competent, dedicated and diverse individuals who staff the congressional office. You should feel free to engage them with your federal issues at any time.

In closing, you have my permission to reprint this statement in hopes that our citizens will better understand my philosophy and understand my mission as their representative in Washington. I work very hard to be a good and responsive Congressman. I want history to record more than "he served." I want history to record that I understood the rich history of our community and made a difference in the lives of those who needed it the most.

TPA - It is an honor and a privilege to know my Congressman on a first name basis. I have found my Congressman to be very dedicated to the 1st Congressional District but not limited to. I have followed my Congressman since I first heard that he was going to seek to fill the unexpired term of the former Congressman Frank Ballance.


I have a video of my Congressman when he was nominated by Democrats of the 1st Congressional District in Snow Hill to fill the unexpired term of Ballance. I have videos of my Congressman's victory parties in the Primary Election and the General Election in 2004.

I want to remind the voters of the 1st Congressional District to remember that our Congressman will have to run again in 2006. Let's get ready to rumble.