Monday, October 8, 2012



By Cash Michaels

TONIGHT - Accepting the fact that we’re the last ones to the party, I’ll be giving the first presidential debate between Pres. Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney my review in just a moment. But tonight is the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (9 p.m. on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and all of the cable news networks).
This should be a completely different debate for a variety of cogent reasons.
For starters, Joe (I know, I know, I should refer to him as “Vice Pres. Biden,” but how many barbershops and beauty salons have you been in where they’ve referred to him like that? So no disrespect intended) is a guy who wears his emotions on his sleeve every time he speaks publicly. That’s what’s been endearing about the man for years.
So while we certainly expect Biden to be careful about what he says, and how he says it, there’s enough experience under the cap with this guy to trust that he’ll know what he’s talking about.
And we fully expect him to draw some blood from his opponent, Paul Ryan, making Ryan defend some of the flip-flops and outright lies that were told by Mitt Romney in last week’s debate. Since Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan gives us a good idea of where Mitt Romney would be heading with his, then it is very appropriate for Joe to go after him on this and other budget matters.
From Ryan, who is a right-wing policy wonk who favors tax breaks for the rich, we expect that he will challenge the Obama record. He will blame the Obama Administration for bringing America down, and killing the American Dream with socialistic ideas.
Ryan will tell viewers that the only way to save this nation is to elect he and Mitt Romney. He will press the case that it is vital for freedom, and that freedom is what he and Romney are ultimately for.
Ryan will accuse Obama of lying about Mitt Romney’s tax plan, lying about his Medicare plan, and lying about his own record.
Ryan will dismiss the recent 7.8 percent unemployment figures that show the jobless rate dropping as President Obama promised it would. And to piggyback on that, Paul Ryan will simply say that President Obama and Vice Pres. Joe Biden have failed to
improve the economy.
            So the question is how will Joe Biden respond to those charges?
            We’ll find out tonight.
            LAST WEEK - The next time Mitt Romney and Barack Obama share the same stage will be Tuesday, Oct. 16th at 9 p.m.. It will be a Town Hall format, and the president promises that there will be no repeat of his clearly lackluster performance during their first debate Oct. 3rd.
            So what exactly was wrong with the president? We all know what was “right” about Mitt Romney. He was aggressive, focused, had energy, spoke without hesitation, and basically lied through his teeth about almost everything he said past his name.
            And it worked, Romney won.
            The president, on the other hand, was the exact opposite in all respects. He had no fire, did not challenge his Republican opponent to defend either his record or falsehoods, and did not correct Romney when he was dead wrong on the facts.
            The president pretty much rambled, looked down and smiled a lot. If there was any of that “I’m here to fight for the American people” grit in him, Obama didn’t bring it with him to the debate.
            Primarily because of one consistent trait in Barack Obama - he doesn’t believe in public confrontation. Obama hated himself in 2008 for allowing his passions and anger to show during a debate against Hillary Clinton in South Carolina. You’ll recall. Even though it was riveting stuff, Obama believes that “cool” is always the way to go.
            Problem is there are times when you must rise to the occasion and show some fire, especially when your opponent is standing right next to you on a stage lying his mouth off.
            Even Reggie Love, former special assistant and body man for the president, agrees in an interview I did with him for radio this week that his former boss didn’t deliver anywhere near his best performance.
            So we can be certain that for the Oct. 16th debate, that will change. We will see a looser, more fluent, and more “fire-in-the-belly” version of the president of the United States.
            The worst thing in the world that could happen in this election is for voters to think, let alone believe, that you’re not capable of fighting for them, especially during these tough economic times.
            So memo to Team Obama - SHAPE UP, OR ELSE!
            OPRAH/TYLER PERRY DEAL - Looks like best friends Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have made an exclusive deal to steer new TV series and films from Perry’s film studio to her OWN cable TV network.
            That means the deal that Perry has with Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) will expire soon. TBS is where Perry has premiered his sitcoms like “House of Payne,” Meet the Browns” and “For Better or Worse.” “Payne” was TBS’s biggest comedy debut in the network’s history when it premiered in 2007.
            Oprah, who, as CEO, is slowly but surely building OWN into the successful cable channel after two years, clearly believes that being the singular place for Tyler Perry TV shows and movies will propel OWN to higher heights, and prompt more people to find her channel.
            I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television.  That day has come,” said Oprah told “We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.   He has an incredible ability to illuminate life stories and characters in his unique voice and inspires and encourages people all over the world.”
            “It’s a dream realized to partner with Oprah and bring scripted programming to OWN,” Perry said. “She has accomplished so much with the network and I’m excited to work with her to be a part of its continued growth.”
            This is good because we see two of the most powerful people in the entertainment business, who just happen to be black, come together in partnership.
            As a people and community, we need to see more of that. We wish Oprah and Tyler well. They’ve both made an impact.
            THE HATE - Turn on conservative media like Fox News or Rush Limbaugh, and you’ll swear you’re living in the land of the Klan (Ku Klux, that it is). Even before Pres. Obama’s lackluster debate performance, you had clowns like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich saying the Obama “is not a real president” on Greta Van Sustren’s Fox show a few weeks ago.
            Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney campaign co-chair, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that the president was “lazy and detached” from his job. 
            And I don’t have to remind you how much Limbaugh and Sean Hannity absolutely hate the president, and have no problem saying so.
            Of course it doesn’t stop at statements by dumb right-wingers.
            There was that 2007 video of Obama speaking before a group of black ministers that Hannity, Matt Drudge and Tucker Carlson all tried to play up ax some revelation about the “secret angry black Obama” just because the then senator adopted a more pronounced black cadence and talked about how the Bush Administration ignored New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
            And, please, don’t forget the birther stuff, and now the stupid accusations that Obama somehow fiddled with the 7.8 percent unemployment rate so that it could come in below eight percent in time for the election.
            There is no question that Obama is perhaps the most hated black man in history, at least among Republicans.
            And this is because he is also the most powerful black man in history, and the GOP doesn’t like that one bit. It never was supposed to happen.
            And now that Republican Mitt Romney has evened up the polls after his victorious debate performance last week, we’re going to be hearing more and more of this stuff as the right-wing tries to drive the president’s negatives up among white voters.
            So what can you do or say about it?
            Early voting begins here in North Carolina on Oct. 18th.
            ‘Nuff said.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my new blog, ‘The Cash Roc” ( I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.



            [RALEIGH] The warm weather is here just in time for the opening of the NC State Fair. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come to the State Fairgrounds to enjoy the rides, food, fun and agricultural exhibits. Because of various serious infections contracted by children who touched animals, officials say no one will be allowed to pet animals this year. The fair will be open for ten days.


            [MEBANE] A Democratic candidate for the NC House has been charged with driving while impaired, according to published reports. Patty Phillips, who is currently a member of the Mebane City Council, was reportedly arrested on I-40 in Burlington when she was stopped by a state trooper. Phillips reportedly blew a .15 percent blood alcohol level when tested. Phillips, who has apologized and pledges to go on with her campaign, is opposing Republican candidate Steve Ross for the House District 63 seat.

            [DURHAM] Out of over 13,000 people nationwide exposed and over 119 cases across nine states, eleven people, thus far, have died from a fungal meningitis outbreak, two of which are in North Carolina. The source of the outbreak is said to be several contaminated lots of an epidural steroid which was injected. Fungal meningitis is not spread person-to-person. States with the outbreak include Tennessee, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Special to The Carolinian

            With the theme, “If We Ever Needed to Vote, We Sure Do Need to Vote Now,” the three-day 69th Annual NC NAACP State Convention will focus on empowering voters across the state on voter education, voter protection and voter mobilization. The convention will serve as a staging ground for youth and adult leaders from across the state preparing for the final push towards Same-Day Registration/Early Voting through Election Day.
            All events, besides those on Thursday, Oct. 11th and the Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday evening Oct. 13th, will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel, 3415 Wake Forest Road.
            Every year at State Convention, Thursday's activities are dedicated to the historical connection between the NAACP and the Church, with Religious Emphasis Day, which will take place at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC. The convention will then move to the Hilton North Raleigh Hotel for plenaries, luncheons and other activities. The convention will close with a Freedom Fund Awards Banquet at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC on Saturday evening.
            Keynote speakers include Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the national NAACP Board of Directors. Brock will address the mass meeting and community worship on the first day of the state convention this evening, Oct. 11th, 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Raleigh.
            On Friday, Oct. 12th, Gov. Beverly Perdue will deliver remarks at the Political Action Luncheon at the North Raleigh Hilton at 11:45 a.m.
            On Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m.., Rev. Barber will deliver his annual State of Civil Rights in NC address, and shortly after, hold a press conference announcing the Million Voters March III, a statewide effort to encourage at least one million North Carolinians to go to the polls between the start of early voting Oct. 18, to Election Day November 6th.
            NAACP leaders will also discuss a report and critique of the Tea Party's "True the Vote" efforts, and announce the NAACP's coalition with lawyers to ensure voter protection against all forms of intimidation and suppression.
            Later Saturday evening, Benjamin Todd Jealous, president/CEO of the national NAACP, will deliver the keynote address during the Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Raleigh Convention Center, starting at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).
            The Wilmington Ten Pardons of Innocence Project, which the national NAACP voted last May to support, will also be present to collect signatures asking Gov. Perdue to grant individual pardons of innocence to the Wilmington Ten.
            The NC NAACP is the second largest state conference in the nation and the largest in the South. It convenes the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People's Coalition, made up of 140+ partner organizations that come together around a 14-point progressive, nonpartisan legislative agenda. Just this summer, the HKonJ Coalition was able to fight back and win against right wing attempts to pass voter ID laws, restrict early voting and other voter suppression legislation. The NC NAACP is in the courts challenging the most regressive and race-based redistricting maps since the 19th Century, passed by the ultra-conservative leadership of the NC General Assembly.
            The organization has engaged in a statewide effort to register 40,000 new voters for this year's election as a part of the NAACP's "This Is My Vote" campaign. The NC NAACP is also working with religious leaders across the state on the 1000:100 Campaign (1000 Churches, Temples and Mosques, 100% Voter Registration Campaign).


            A 17-year-old teen found shot in a car in Durham Saturday died Tuesday at Duke Medical Center, Durham police say. The victim, Kaaylon Pamplin, was found wounded in a vehicle at the corner of Nebo Street and Burlington Avenue. He was reportedly a student at Hillside High School. Durham police are searching for a burgundy or red Dodge Magnum with dark tinted windows that may be connected with the fatal shooting. If you have information, contact Durham crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

            Republican Arizona US Sen. John McCain hit the campaign trail in Cary Tuesday for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, speaking a VFW Post 7383. McCain, who was defeated by Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign, warned that the Obama Administration was “weak” on foreign policy and national security. Romney, enjoying a bump in the polls tying him with the president after last weeks debate, is expected to campaign in North Carolina today.

            With UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp stepping down in June 2013, the 21-member UNC Chancellor Search Committee has begun meeting to determine the criteria for choosing the next leader of North Carolina’s flagship institution.  The committee voted to hire Bill Funk, a Dallas-based consultant, to begin the process of qualifying top candidates for the position. UNC has had a series of scandals in its football program in recent years that have cast a pall over the entire university.


Special to The Carolinian

            With the critical Nov 6th presidential elections just less than four weeks away, voters can get an early start to balloting beginning Thursday, Oct. 18th.
            Absentee voting is already underway in North Carolina, with Republicans casting more than Democrats by a 2 to 1 ratio. Any registered North Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot by mail. This type of absentee voting allows a voter or a near relative or legal guardian to request that an absentee ballot be sent to the voter by mail. The voter may vote the ballot and return it to the county board of elections by the ballot return deadline.
            According to the NC Board of Elections website, One-Stop Early Voting allows registered voters to go in person to their county board of elections or an alternative location to vote an absentee ballot. One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting on the third Thursday (Oct. 18th) before an election and ends on the last Saturday (November 3rd) before the election.
Absent uniformed services members (and their eligible dependants) and U.S. citizens living outside of the United States may request an absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This federal act and its corresponding law in this state allows unformed service members and overseas citizens who are absent from their county of residence in North Carolina to request, receive and return an absentee ballot under special rights given to them under UOCAVA.
            Is voter ID required in the state of North Carolina?
            No. For most voters, no ID is required. If you are not a first time voter, or at the time of your initial voter registration, you provided your North Carolina driver license number or the last four digits of your social security number and that number was validated, you will not be required to show ID when you vote. Also, you are not required to show your voter card. However, if you are a first-time voter and you did not provide your North Carolina driver license or the last four digits of your social security number when you completed your voter registration application, or one or both of those numbers could not be validated, then you will need to provide ID the first time that you vote. If you are required to show ID, you must provide one the following: 
A current and valid photo identification or
a copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and address: a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.
Note, the ID that you present does not necessarily need to be a photo ID. Also, it is intended to show proof of person and not proof of residence; thus, there is no requirement that your driver license have your current address. If you will be presenting a form of non-photo ID, such as a utility bill or bank statement, then your ID will need to show your current name and address. A “current” document would be any document that is dated within six months of the date that you are presenting it to an election official.
The requirement for certain first time voters to show ID is a requirement of the Help America Vote Act of 2002. This federal law is not unique to North Carolina. It is a requirement in any state that requires a person to register prior to voting. First-time voters who are required to show ID will have been previously notified of this requirement by their County Board of Elections. If you are a first-time voter who is required to show ID and you do not bring an acceptable form of ID when you present to vote, you will be offered the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot. If you vote a provisional ballot, then you will be responsible for sending or delivering a copy of one of the acceptable forms of ID to the county board of elections within 6 (most elections) or 9 (general elections) days. If you fail to provide the county board of elections with a copy of your ID, then your provisional ballot will not be counted.
To find your specific polling place, click this link: Check Your Voter Registration Here. Enter your personal data to display the name and address of your polling place. Once you know your polling place name, select your county of residence.
During the time allowed for absentee voting a disabled or elderly person may request, in advance, a precinct transfer if he/she finds that the polling place to which he/she is assigned is inaccessible. A transfer will allow the individual to vote at the County Board of Elections office. Call your County Board of Elections for Precinct Transfer details.
Per the ballot, in North Carolina, straight ticket voting, meaning that you can vote either Democrat or Republican with just one vote, does not include a vote for president.
            You must first vote for president/vice president, Republican or Democrat, separately, then move on to vote for other candidates on the front of the ballot, either individually or straight ticket. Then, you must turn the ballot over to the other side to vote for all nonpartisan races like judgeships, and issue referendums, if any.
Early voting sites in Wake County include the Apex Community Center in Apex; the Cary Senior Center and Herbert C. Young Community Center in Cary; The falcon Park Hut in Fuquay Varina; the Avery Street Recreation Center Annex in Garner; the WE Hunt Recreation Center in Holly Springs; the Knightdale Recreation Center in Knightdale; the Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest; and in Raleigh, the Chavis Heights Community Center, Elevation Baptist Church, Lake Lynn Community Center, NCSU Talley Student Center, Optimist Community Center, Wake Technical Community College Main Campus and North Campus, and the Wake County Board of Elections, 337 S. Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh.
Call the location nearest you for early voting days and hours of operation. For more information, call the Wake County Board of Elections at 919-856-6240, or email your voter registration and election questions to

                                 [FOR NEW HANOVER COUNTY]
Wilmington early voting sites in New Hanover County include the MHC Government Center at 230 Government Center Dr., Suite 38; NHC Senior Center at 2222 S. College Road; CFCC North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road, Room 117 in the Applied Technology Building; the NHC Library, 201 Chestnut Street - 3rd Floor.
In Carolina Beach, the Carolina Beach Police Training Room, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Town Hall.
For more information, call the New Hanover Board of Elections at 910-798-7330

            Cash Michaels contributed to this report.

                                                    W- ELECTION 2012

            On Thursday, Oct. 18th, One Stop Early Voting begins in North Carolina. That means unless you plan to cast your ballots on Election Day, Nov. 6th, you’ll have between the 18th of October and the third of November to do so early.
            As always, this newspaper will make recommendations about the candidates we endorse for public office. Of course, we hope that our readers and community are closely following all of the candidates on the ballot, and make their ultimate choices based on competence and record, not party.
            This is a pivotal election in so many ways, not just for the state, but also for our nation, and ultimately our children. Our community made history in 2008.
            Now, in 2012, we must secure the future.
            Make sure that you, your friends and family vote. It means that much.

                                         NON-PARTISAN JUDICIAL RACES
On the back of the ballot for Election 2012 are non-partisan races for judicial seats on the NC Court of Appeals, and a seat on the NC Supreme Court. These races are extremely important, too important for our community to ignore. These non-partisan elections are about who ultimately decides the law on the highest and second highest levels of jurisprudence in our state.
A close examination of their experience, judicial temperament and record of decisionmaking is warranted in order to determine their suitability to serve.
The candidates are all distinguished incumbents of the bench.
In the case of the three state appellate judges, there are two women (one black) and two African-Americans.
If they lose, the state Appellate Court will lose two-thirds of its African-American jurists, and two-thirds of its female judges. Without appropriate representation on our state’s highest courts, our community may be hard pressed to find fairness.
So this election is your chance to make sure that you have your say on who sits on the bench, making many of the landmark legal decisions in our state.
On the NC Court of Appeals, Judge Wanda Bryant has served for almost eleven years there, where she is the fourth most senior judge. She has written more than 1,200 opinions. She is a former Senior Deputy Attorney General of North Carolina and a former Assistant US Attorney. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, and she is the recipient of the North Carolina Press Association’s First Amendment Award.
Judge Linda McGee has served for 16 years on the Court of Appeals and she is now the second most senior judge on the Court. She has heard more than 6,000 cases and has written almost 2,000 opinions. Previously, she practiced law for 17 years in civil and criminal courts. She was awarded the NC Bar Association’s Pro Bono Service Award and she serves on the Chief Justice’s Equal Access to Justice Commission. She co-chaired Lawyers in Schools and chaired the Civic Education Consortium.
Judge Cressie Thigpen, serving his second year on the Court of Appeals, has practiced law for 35 years in civil and criminal courts in North Carolina. He is a former Special Superior Court judge and is Past President of the North Carolina State Bar. He is a former member of the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University. He is a member of the NC Bar Association Hall of Fame.
In the race for the NC Supreme Court, current state Appeals Court Judge Sam Ervin IV was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in November, 2008 and was sworn in as a Judge on January 1, 2009. As a Judge on the Court of Appeals, Ervin is responsible for deciding appeals in a wide variety of criminal and civil cases heard in the District and Superior Courts and decisions made by various administrative agencies. In his three years on the Court of Appeals, Judge Ervin has written more than 325 opinions and participated in more than 900 court decisions.
Ervin’s work as a member of the Utilities Commission and a Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals has been characterized by his in-depth knowledge of the issues, his devotion to a thorough understanding of the law, and his insistence on fair treatment for all parties.
The Wilmington Journal is proud to endorse all of these non-partisan judicial candidates, and recommends them to you for your consideration when you cast your ballots starting Oct. 18th.

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