Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Partisan Elections Matter!


All through out this Municipal Election Cycle people have been talking about the Justice Departments Decision to Reject the Non Partisan Referendum Pushed by Fmr. District 10 Rep. and Fmr. Lenoir County Republican Party Chairman Stephen LaRoque. People (Mainly BJ Murphy) have been complaining that this is so bad for the City and that the Justice Department shouldn't have stepped in and went against the will of the people.

Well I say that is LaRoque didn't try to decieve the people into thinking his motives were pure plus if he would have allowed for wards that the Justice Department would have never ruled against it. But based on WHO they were dealing with (LaRoque) and the Demographics of the City (Not Just Racial but Political) and the lack of Wards in the proposal they had to rule against it. It was the only fair thing to do.

I mean come on. The most partisan guy in the county pushing for "Non Partisan Elections"?

Doesn't that seem a little odd to anyone other man myself? At some point you have to ask yourself what do they gain from this? Glad you asked! Political Power!

There are 11,349 Registered Democrats in the City of Kinston. There are only 1,856 Registered Republicans in the City of Kinston and only 1,818 Registered Independents in the City of Kinston.

WOW! 75% of the Registered Voters in the City of Kinston are Democrat. You would think that if a majority of the city was for "Non Partisan Elections" there would be more Registered "Independents huh?

News flash, their not! It is my opinion that a lot of low information voters weren't aware of the implications of voting for the referendum. They were deceived! There were no letters in the paper at that time opposed to it. I wrote a few but they weren't published.

This has been a "Political Tactic" by the Lenoir County Republican Party to get some of their members into office. Bottom line, point blank, period. Their calculation is that without the party affiliation people will more likely vote off of name recognition thus making the candidate with the most money to push their name on the population the one with the best chance of winning! Knowing that most Democrats vote straight Democrat and that the City is Vastly majority Democrat they had to find away to do away with Party Affiliations. Thus we have the Non Partisan Referendum in a Nut Shell. Some will say that these are the ramblings of a mad man. But just look at who is pushing this the hardest. BJ Murphy and Stephen LaRoque. Laroque fmr. Party Chairman and Murphy Fmr. Party Vice Chair.


Democratically Yours,

Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
Member - Lenoir County Board of Health

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Vote For Jimmy Cousins for Mayor of Kinston!



The more I have spoken to Councilman Jimmy Cousins over the last few months, the more I have come to realize that Jimmy Cousins is the best choice for Mayor of Kinston. We can't afford to experiment with Republicans not at this very critical time in our community. We have so many opportunities. It would be a shame to see either one of the Republican Candidates (Earl Harper, BJ Murphy) come in and drop the ball and squander all these opportunities.

We don't need Republicans in office that think Government shouldn't get involved in anything. We need people in office that are confident that if they have the privilege to serve that they can be a Positive influence on Government and can be instrumental in bringing about Real Change to our Town and to our entire Community!

Jimmy Cousins has shown in his years on the City Council that he can tackle the tough problems and work with members of the City Council to handle the problems that the City faces. He has never allowed the "Local Elites" to dictate to him how he should vote on any particular issue. Jimmy Cousins has always voted his conscience and he is a man of Great Character and Personality. When Jimmy Cousins tells you something you might as well consider it the gospel. While it is true that I may not agree with Jimmy Cousins on every issue. I know that no matter what the issue is Jimmy Cousins will do what he thinks is in the best interest of the Citizens of Kinston.

The time for Back room, Good Ol Boy Politics is over. We don't need a Mayor that is beholden to the Special Interest and the extreme Right Wing (BJ Murphy)! We don't need a Mayor that was kicked out of his party and couldn't even hold his seat on the County Commissioners (Earl Harper)!

We need Jimmy Cousins. He is a Proven Leader and has a Record that he will not shy away from. He is proud of his record on the Kinston City Council and feels like he can do more. Jimmy Cousins is giving up his seat on the Kinston City Council to run for Mayor. Not for himself but to give the City of Kinston something that it has been lacking for quite awhile, Real Bold Leadership. A leader that isn't happy with the status quo and will do everything in his power to change it. I urge everyone to Vote For Jimmy Cousins. Early Voting is underway. Get out and Vote!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back Room Politics


I have come to understand that a few of our Elected County Officials are supporting a Republican for Mayor. This wouldn't mean much if they were Republicans themselves. But these Elected officials are "Democrats". Now, I guess I don't understand all there is to know about Politics but you would assume that Elected Officials would support the members of their Party instead of going against the party and supporting REPUBLICANS. I was also told that a certain group of "Local County Leaders" met before filing for local offices was open to decide who should run get their support for Mayor. It was decided by the "Local Elite" some of which are Local Elected Officials that they would support a Republican. These Local Elites urged one candidate not to run and even suggested that they would give the candidate Financial Incentives not to Run for Mayor. With the Back Room, Closed door meeting being adjourned the Local Elites assumed that the Candidate wouldn't run for mayor thus giving their "Chosen One" a better chance of winning. They thought wrong.

Jimmy Cousins, the candidate that the Local Elite tried to push out of the Race decided to put his name on the ballot, giving up his seat on the City Council to Run for Mayor against the wishes of the Local Elites. This of course didn't win Jimmy Cousins favor and support from his fellow Elected Officials that were against him running for Mayor. I say all that to say this, Jimmy Cousins won the Democratic Party Primary and should and desires the Support of every Registered Democrat in the City of Kinston. If Earl Harper wanted the Support of Democrats he should have Registered As A Democrat and ran against Jimmy Cousins in the primary. Instead, fearing that he wouldn't be able to win a primary on the Democratic Side or on the Republican side, Earl Harper decides to run as a "Unaffiliated Candidate" when everyone in the County knows he is a Republican. Earl Harper has even managed to get the support of Two former Lenoir Democratic Party Chairs! My question to Earl Harper what dirt do you have on these people that they would support you a Republican for Mayor over a Democrat that actually ran in the Primary and won? Or maybe is that Jimmy Cousins didn't play along with the rest of the "Click"? I have always wondered just how many Republicans have infiltrated the Democratic Party and to the extent of their influence. I guess I have my answer!



Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
Member - Lenoir County Board of Health
anthony.d.hall@hotmail.com
252-361-2499