Tuesday, October 11, 2016


By Cash Michaels

            NEXT WEEK – So far, we’ve had three raucous national debates – two between presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, and one between vice presidential running mates Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine and GOP Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
            Next Wednesday, Oct. 19th, the third and final presidential debate between Clinton and Trump is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nv. True to form, no one knows exactly what to expect. But we can hazard some good guesses.
            Trump, right now, is a wounded animal, proven by the fact that he’s striking out at everyone, including his own party of Republican, who don’t know what to do with him, especially after that vulgar 2005 Access Hollywood video tape that revealed the multi-millionaire uttering what he called “locker room” language to describe what essentially are alleged sexual assaults on women.
            Not only is Trump angry at Republicans for cutting the cord with him, but he’s more determined than ever to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, calling the former president a multiple “rapist,” and accusing his wife of attacking Bill’s victims.
Mind you, even though Bill Clinton was partially impeached for his White House tryst with intern Monica Lewinsky back in the late 1990s, he has never been formally charged with rape by any law enforcement in the land, nor convicted of any sexual assault. But that hasn’t stopped Trump, nor his number one stooge, former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani (NJ Gov. Chris Christie is stooge #2) from insisting that Bill Clinton is a criminal because they say so.
            So we can fairly guess, just based on what happened last Sunday during debate #2, that s desperate Trump is going to pour it on heavy with the personal attacks against the Clintons, and make us all cringe with his political vulgarity.
            But we can also guess that former Sec. of State Clinton is going to do what she has successfully done thus far, and that’s maintain her cool in the face of such brutal public treatment.
            Many conservatives cackled with glee that Trump seemed to chew Hillary Clinton up and spit her out during the second debate, bragging that he would put her in jail if he was elected president.
            The problem with that right-wing cackling is that it is, as always, it is dead wrong. Trump didn’t do anything to Clinton that she didn’t allow him to do. She clearly had no intent, nor interest, in going personal toe-to-toe with the foul-mouthed one. She took a page from her friend First Lady Michelle Obama, “ When they aim low, we aim high.”
            Translation – Clinton was not going to get in the mud with Trump, no matter what he said or how many baseless allegations he made. That’s a mud wrestle she can’t possible win. It was best to fight on a stage she knows better than he ever could – public policy, which is supposed to be the stage from which Americans are supposed to choose their next president from anyway.
            So as we enter the home stretch of this historic, yet contentious presidential, which will Americans choose?
            We’ll soon find out.
            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.


                                  ROY COOPER                PAT MCCRORY

By Cash Michaels
Contributing writer

            Amid tense exchanges around HB2, taxes and Donald Trump Tuesday’s statewide televised debate, gubernatorial opponents incumbent Republican Governor Pat McCrory and challenger state Attorney General Roy Cooper, Democrat, also clashed on three key issues of interest to North Carolina’s African-American community – the state’s new law shielding police body cam video from public release; the Black Lives Matter movement; and Gov. McCrory’s defense of voter ID laws designed to suppress African-American voting.
            On the new North Carolina law which went into effect Oct. 1st prohibiting law enforcement agencies from releasing video footage of fatal police encounters publicly unless a judge rules otherwise, McCrory said, “ We need to balance the public interests, b ut also balance the constitutional rights of those being investigated.” The governor went on say as much a s the news media “would love to show  the video because it helps your ratings,” doing so impedes ongoing criminal investigations. McCrory also maintained that “politicians shouldn’t be making that decision” to release police body cam footage of fatal shootings. “It should be an impartial judge who determines where the constitutional  rights of those being investigated that are being seen in the video, versus the right of the public to know, and that’s exactly what this new law does.”
            Atty. General Cooper disagreed. He said he was “mindful that there are so many communities out there who feel targeted, and they yearn to be heard, and they yearn for respect.” Cooper said North Carolina needs a governor who will work to “make sure that we have that mutual respect, and part of mutual respect is transparency,” adding that the community must trust what law enforcement is doing. Cooper added that there were “significant problems with the new law.” I believe that the records and these videotapes should be open,” he said, holding open that there may be times that confidentiality may be required, but overall, transparency should be the rule.
            Gov. McCrory responded that he won the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police for his position, and Atty. Gen. Cooper did not. The Democrat countered that he had “strong support of law enforcement” in his campaign.
            Regarding whether police officers have “implicit bias,” Cooper said you address that with better training to counter that bias. He also favors more community policing to build stronger citizen-police relations.
            Gov. McCrory agreed that more training of police officers was needed,  as well as community policing. But the governor accused Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Res. Obama of attacking the police after various police shooting incidents of unarmed black men. “It was totally inappropriate,” McCrory said.
            On the subject of “Black Lives Matter” the black millennial movement that demands an end to police brutality, Roy Cooper said “It’s true.” He went on to say that “many communities of color feel targeted, feel discriminated against, and what they want to be is heard and they want to be respected.” Cooper said many in law enforcement agree that “this is something we have to do.”
            Gov. McCrory, however, dismissed BLM, saying instead that “all lives matter.” He went on to say that while the “anger” of communities who negatively interact with law enforcement should be recognized, the “pressure” of police officers who do a dangerous job should also be respected.
            On North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID, which the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled targeted African-American voters “with surgical precision,” Republican McCrory, who was a defendant in the lawsuit overturning parts of the law, still defended it as necessary.
            Democrat Cooper countered that he agreed with the appellate court that law was unconstitutional and racially discriminatory.
            Earlier on Tuesday, President Barack Obama campaigned in Greensboro on behalf of candidate Hillary Clinton, and then took part in an ESPN television taping at NC A&T University.


By Cash Michaels
Contributing writer

            Most people who know Daniel Blue III agree that he is disciplined, studied, principled, and one of the sharpest people in or out of politics. Thanks to the legacy of his father, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Daniel T. Blue Jr. – formerly the first African-American speaker of the NC House – Dan III has rarely known life outside of politics, except for when he worked on Wall Street in New York City over 15 years ago.
            Today, Dan III, 43, is jumping head first into his first bid for elective office, running to become NC state treasurer succeeding fellow Democrat and incumbent Janet Cowell, who has endorsed him. His Republican opponent is former state Rep. Dale Folwell of Winston-Salem, who also once served as head of the state Employment Security Division.
            The state treasurer manages North Carolina’s retirement system and $90 billion pension fund, administers the state’s health care plan, and maintains North Carolina’s Triple A credit rating.
            “North Carolina deserves fiscally responsible leadership that respects and protects the public employees, taxpayers, and communities throughout the state,” Blue says about why he is running. His biography certainly reads like a young man seeking to prepare himself for bigger things.
            The Raleigh native is a graduate of W. G. Enloe High School, and Duke University, where he earned his B.S. in Engineering, and minored in public policy studies. He also studied finances at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, earning a Masters of Business Administration, and Duke’s School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor.
            Well –rounded in key areas, Blue worked at GlaxoWellcome Pharmaceuticals, helping to launch Healthmatics. Shortly after, Dan III moved to New York City to become an investment banker at Bear, Stearns & Co. on Wall Street. He was there in New York during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and vividly recalls living through the ordeal.
            In 2004, on the advice of his mother, Edna Earle Blue, Dan III moved back to North Carolina, starting his own company, Pharmaceutical Institute, which trained biotech professionals. He later sold the successful company, and joined his father’s Raleigh firm, working alongside his younger brother Damien. Dan III handled debt financing for large companies and government agencies, but also advised small businesses. His work was recognized in 2015 by the Triangle Business Journal.
            Blue is married to educator Traci C. Blue, and the couple has two children.
            A recent Public Policy Polling survey had Blue leading Republican Folwell
38 to 37 percent, with many still undecided. The two have squared off in several joint appearances, debating North Carolina’s controversial HB 2 law that prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms contrary to their birth gender (Blue says the law is “problematic” and has cost the state millions in lost business);
sitting on corporate boards (Blue says he won’t “for pay or play”); and helping school systems meet their fiscal needs (Blue is for it).

By Cash Michaels

North Carolina families aren’t being treated fairly by this economy, or their state government, says Linda Coleman, who is running once again for lieutenant governor.
She wants to change that, which is why she’s back four years after her first bid to fight first-term Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who defeated Coleman by a slim margin in 2012. She feels the arch-conservative and other GOP lawmakers leading the NC General Assembly have done more harm than good in North Carolina, especially after passage of voter suppression and HB 2 laws.
            “The Republican majority running things in Raleigh continues to unravel so much of what built our great state…,” Coleman says on her campaign website, “… and all the while they’ve had a cheering partner in our lieutenant governor. It’s time for a different approach.”
If Coleman indeed wins on November 8, she would be only the second African-American in the history of the state to be a member of the NC Council of State [the late Ralph Campbell Jr., former state auditor, was the first] – a constitutional panel of the state’s nine top elected officials, chaired by the governor, who make important decisions about the borrowing of money, the sale of state property, and other matters.
Beyond being the next in line constitutionally in case, for some reason, the elected governor is unable to fulfill his duties, or presiding over important events in the governor’s absence, the lt. governor also presides over the NC Senate, voting there only to break a tie. The lt. governor also chairs various state boards and commissions, including the state Board of Education and board of Community Colleges.
The office of lt. governor can be a springboard for a possible run for governor in the future, political observers say. Indeed, Gov. Beverly Perdue first served as a state lawmaker, then as a lt. governor before finally winning the top seat in 2008, making history as the first woman governor in North Carolina history.
A “Lt. Gov.” Linda Coleman could one day vie to become the second.
Ms. Coleman is the mother of two, a grandmother of two, and “a proud product of the public school system of this state.”
            She was born and raised in Greenville, earning her B.A. from NC A&T University on Greensboro. She later earned a masters degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
            In her public life, and after teaching in the classroom, Coleman was elected to the Wake Board of Commissioners, chairing that body.  She was then elected to the NC House, serving three terms, helping to past the Earned Income Tax Credit “which helped put money back into the pockets of working families,” she says.
            As a state lawmaker, Coleman also helped to pass the Racial Justice Act, which helped correct racial-biased death penalty sentences. Both laws have since been repealed by the Republican-led NC General Assembly.
Coleman then went on to lead as the director of the Office of State Personnel from 2009 to 2012. She left that post in 2012 to first run for lt. governor. She lost by a razor-thin 6,800-vote margin to Dan Forest with 2.1 million votes cast for her statewide.
            Coleman is proud of what Democrats accomplished in giving women access to affordable health care in the state, tax incentives to small businesses, in addition to more funding for education.
            She has blasted Lt. Gov. Forest for suggesting that public education in the state can be funded through the sale of license plates, like the special one he has on his car.
“Raleigh is just not working for us anymore. We are working for Raleigh to fund the wealthiest among us,” Coleman says, noting how Republican tax reform has shifted the tax burden from the rich to working families, and eliminated the childcare tax credit.
“We need somebody to go to Raleigh and say, “Listen, let’s start working for the people of North Carolina,” Linda Coleman says about her candidacy for lt. governor. “Let’s bring North Carolina back.”



            [LUMBERTON] At press time, at least 19 deaths were attributed to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on the state, state official confirm. One of those deaths happened when a state trooper fatally shot a man during a flood rescue operation. Massive flooding in eastern North Carolina has forced people from their home, overwhelmed farms drowning animals and streaming animal waste with streaming flood waters. There have also been drownings in Robeson, Wayne and Columbus counties. Pres. Obama has designated 31 counties as federal disaster areas. Parts of I-95 are closed because of flooding.

            [PRINCEVILLE] In 1999 during Hurricane Floyd, the African-American town of Princeville in Edgecombe County was virtually destroyed by flood waters from the Tar River  crested. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Tar River is threatening the oldest town in America incorporated by black people. It’s only hope is the new levee installed after Floyd to hold the Tar River at bay. But residents have been told to evacuate regardless as a safety precaution.
            [RALEIGH] In support of Operation Stop Arm week, the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. The operation will be conducted 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 17tviolationsh to Friday, Oct. 21st. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease  violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.



            As promised, the Raleigh Police Dept. will begin conducting test programs for officer body cameras and vehicle dash cameras in the field for the purpose of evaluation. Three vendors are vying for contracts with the city to provide the equipment, and ultimately, the department plans to outfit at least 600 police officers with the chosen models. Officers will be required to activate the cameras when they encounter situations involving criminal activity, and must give a reason why they are turning them off on the record before they do. Each company’s equipment will be tested for 30 days.

            Members of the Durham City Council are a bit put off over a police consultant’s report that suggests that they inappropriately gave voice to allegedly unjustified concerns about racial disparities in citizen traffic stop treatment by the Durham Police Dept. The 244-page report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police states, “This level of oversight and the associated actions by government officials have contributed to a sense of distrust among these entities, which has also contributed to a deterioration of community confidence in the police department.” But Durham Mayor Bill Bell responded that the city had been fielding complaints about the disparity of treatment between black and white motorists by Durham police officers for several years, and wanted to make sure that action was being taken to address the issues.


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