Establishment of the office of Election Administrator in our County
Dear Harris County Election Administrator:
I am writing to recap and expand on my recommendations to the Harris County Commissioners Court, regarding the establishment of the office of Election Administrator in our County.
First, under the law, once the Commissioners Court creates the office of Election Administrator, it will be the Harris County Election Commission that will have the power to hire and fire the election administrator, not Commissioners Court.
The members of the Election Commission are the County Judge, County Clerk, Tax Accessor Collector, Harris County Democratic Party Chair and Harris County Republican Party Chair.
Four of the five members of the Harris County Election Commission are Democrats and include Ann Bennett the Tax Accessor-Collector and Chris Hollins the Interim County Clerk. Once a new County Clerk is elected, they will replace Chris Hollins on the Election Commission. This is why I am supporting Teneshia Hudspeth for County Clerk. I hope that all the Harris County Democratic Party Precinct Chairs will also support putting her on the November ballot as the Democratic Party candidate for the job.
Second, Commissioners Court and the Harris County Election Commission should create a 15-member Community Advisory Board composed of both Republican and Democratic precinct chairs and other community leaders to participate in the hiring process for the election administrator.
This process should be similar to the process utilized by community colleges and universities when they hire a new President or Chancellor. There should be community forums to introduce the top two or three candidates to the public so that voters can ask the candidates questions and the candidates can understand that public interaction with voters would be an essential part of their duties.
Third, the Advisory Board should remain in place after the hiring process and the Election Administrator should be required to meet with the Advisory Board on a quarterly basis every year.
Fourth, the Election Administrator should be required to report to and brief Commissioners Court at least thirty (30) days before all elections and provide an after-action report to both Commissioners Court and the Advisory Board within sixty days following an election.
Fifth, the County Attorney should specifically be designated General Counsel for the office of Election Administrator. The County Attorney should be required to designate an Assistant County Attorney to work full time in the office of the Election Administrator.
Sixth, any and all changes in election polling locations proposed by the Election Administrator must be discussed in advance with the Community Advisory Board and be subject to pre-clearance by the County Attorney before any such changes could be implemented.
Seventh, the Election Administrator and their office should be subject to an annual performance evaluation and a sunset review every five (5) or ten (10) years.
Finally, the office of Election Administrator should be charged with the responsibility of achieving 100% voter registration among the voter eligible population of Harris County by 2025.
It is my belief that if these structural safeguards are adopted and implemented as a part of the creation of the office of Election Administrator, in Harris County, the voice of the community will be enhanced and the rights of the voters elevated and better protected.
Thank you and God Bless Houston. For constructive dialogue, you may contact me directly >>>
Hon. Robinson is the former Chairman, City of Houston Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee; Former Vice Chairman, Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council (H-GAC TPC) and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University.
Have Black Women Finally Been Included in, “We the People”?
When the United States Constitution was completed on September 17, 1787, women and people of color were arguably excluded and marginalized. The first three words of the Preamble—“We the People”—were written to affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. Moreover, it proclaims who is adopting the Constitution. This poses a conundrum for Black women because it suggests that we intentionally adopted provisions that purposely underserved us. Or, as the late Hon. Barbara Jordan once said, “I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.”
Still, a Black woman’s presence on the presidential ticket and in the White House—by itself—is not enough. Black women are not interested in tokenism and symbolism. Systemic change is required.
When the Framers
of the Constitution drafted the governing document during the Constitutional Convention,
enslaved African Americans, then-referred to in the text as “other persons,”
were counted as three-fifths of a free person for taxation and congressional representation
purposes. This was done under the Three-Fifths Compromise
proposed by delegate James Wilson
of Pennsylvania and seconded by Charles Pinckney
of South Carolina. However, such a compromise would later be repealed by the
ratification of the Thirteenth
Despite the initial stature relegated to us,
in recent years, Black women have become a powerful voting bloc. In 2008, with
the help and support of Black women, Barack Obama
became the first African American ever elected president of the United States. Moreover,
during the 2018 midterm elections, 55% of non-Hispanic Black women
turned out to vote, a slightly higher share than for the total voting-age
population. According to the Pew Research Center,
Black women voted for Democratic congressional candidates 92% of the time.
Meaning, African American women voted for Democratic candidates at a higher
rate than any other demographic—across gender, race, and ethnicity—in the
Nonetheless, the Democratic Party has
overlooked and undervalued the support of Black women. However, that could
change under a Joseph R. Biden Administration.
In his campaign promise to “Build Back
Better,” Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden has vowed to prioritize
the full inclusion of and equality for women—particularly women of color.
As President, Mr. Biden has said that he “will
pursue an aggressive and comprehensive plan to further women’s economic and
physical security and ensure that women can fully exercise their civil rights.”
Specifically, The Biden Agenda for Women
will improve economic security, expand access to health care and tackle health
inequities, help women navigate work and families, end violence against women,
and protect and empower women around the world.
To hold steadfast to his promise, Joe Biden
knows that he must enlist the help of Black women. In doing so, his first order
of business was selecting
Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, making her the
first-ever African American woman and the first woman of Asian descent
nominated for vice president by a major political party.
Biden was astute in naming Senator Harris as
his running mate. Not only does Senator Harris have a multicultural background,
but she is uniquely aligned
with the African American community in a way that no president or vice
president has ever been before. Senator Harris attended Howard University, a
historically black university and the so-called “Mecca” of Black education, and
is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first historically African
American Greek-letter sorority.
Still, a Black woman’s presence on the presidential ticket and in the White House—by itself—is not enough. Black women are not interested in tokenism and symbolism. Systemic change is required. To improve the quality of life for Black women and their families, transformative laws, policies, reforms, and initiatives must be put in place.
Biden pledged that, if elected president, he would nominate the first African American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Vice President Biden is cognizant of the
necessary changes that must take effect to empower Black women and he has a
After becoming the presumptive Democratic
nominee, Biden pledged
that, if elected president, he would nominate the first African American woman
to the U.S. Supreme Court. Such a nomination and subsequent Senate confirmation
would not only be historic, but it has the potential to have a generational
impact on the judicial system—especially the criminal justice system, the
African American community, and our Nation.
Additionally, Biden has vowed to address the
gender and racial wage gap that disproportionately impacts women of color,
particularly Black women.
On average, Black women make $0.62 (cents)
for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. According to Equal
Pay Day, Black women had to work an additional seven
and a half months this year, on top of the 12 months they worked last year, to
make as much as their white male, non-Hispanic counterparts in 2019.
Such statistics are staggering given that 80% of Black women
are the primary breadwinners for their household, roughly two-thirds of Black
women are the head of households, and a large percentage of Black women have a
high debt-to-income ratio due to student loans.
On August 13th, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Vice President Biden acknowledged
the discrepancy by stating, “Black women are the backbone of their families,
communities, our economy, and our country. And we will ensure they earn the
pay, and the dignity and respect they deserve.”
In addition, Biden’s “Lift
Every Voice” proposal for Black America can make
far-reaching investments in ending health disparities by race. African
Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. According
to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (“CDC”), Blacks (and Latinos) in the U.S.
are three times more likely to become infected than their white counterparts.
Additionally, Black (and Latino) people are nearly twice as likely to die from
the virus as white people.
Per the CDC,
“long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from
racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying
from COVID-19.” Underlying factors that contribute to these increased risks
include discrimination, healthcare access and utilization, occupation,
educational, income, and wealth gaps, and housing.
Suffice it to say, several issues are
plaguing the African American community and must be addressed in the upcoming
On November 3rd, Americans will cast their
ballots to decide who will be President and Vice President for the next four
years. Black women are at a critical juncture because, in large part, we have a
say in who that will be. The Black community has a lot at stake in this
election—education, healthcare, the economy, environmental justice, criminal
justice, and voting rights. Black women have to be forward-thinking in deciding
who to vote for.
If Black women are to be included in “We the People,” we must elect leaders who will ensure and guarantee our full inclusion, participation, and representation in the democratic process. I urge you to consider what Black women stand to gain under a Joseph R. Biden Administration.
LaTreshia A. Hamilton, J.D. is a lawyer, writer, and global affairs professional from Houston, Texas. She holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, a Master of Arts in Global Affairs from Rice University’s James A. Baker, III Institute for Public Policy and the School of Social Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University.
$65,000 offered to settle Houston’s high-profile Sex Assault Case
Explosive Court Records reveal Olagundoye’s $65,000.00 offer to settle his sexual assault accuser
By Staff Refpoter
In a case now sitting on the First Court of Appeals Houston, Texas (No. 01-20-00334-CV), records have revealed a failed last-minute attempt by the defendant, Mr. Olushegun Olagundoye to pay-off his accuser. According to the “Transcription of Audio Recording” of Defendant’s Offer to Settle (marked Exhibit A), Mr. Olagundoye through his lawyer negotiated a $65,000.00 pay-offbut according to the meno, “he just doesn’t want the Nigerian community to know that he paid a bunch of money.”
In another similar correspondence over their settlement advances, Mr. Olagundoye, through his attorneys, requested a confidentiality agreement. This agreement would assure that International Guardian Publisher, Dr. Anthony Ogbo will, “retract previous articles about the case in some agreed manner and agree not to publish any future articles about the case or the settlement.” This request was, however, was never conveyed to both the Guardian and its Publisher, apparently because it was rejected by the Plaintiff.
A separate document obtained by our newsroom showed how the Plaintiff, Brenda Ezenagu rejected this offer, telling her attorney that she would prefer justice before any monetary figures. “I want the world to hear my voice because I know some people are victims of Mr. Shegun’s sexual slavery, assault, and rape,” this email revealed.
These exhibits published as trial documents are a justification for why this case may still be sitting on the docket for jurisdictive actions of the First Court of Appeals Houston, Texas. These settlement arrangements are also consistent with allegations that Mr. Olagundoye may have settled similar cases in the past.
Other documents retrieved from the Court also revealed yet another disagreement. The Court had allowed egregious redaction of Plaintiff’s medical records, shielding the jury from seeing, according to the document, “the diagnoses, orthopedic tests to which Plaintiff was positive, discussion Plaintiff had with the treating physicians, discharge, prognosis, opinions, and findings.” All these and many more constitute Course No. 01-20-00334-CV currently sitting on First Court of Appeals Houston, Texas.
Mr. Olagundoye of Kinghaven Counseling Group was sued by a former employee, Ezenagu, Nkeoma Brenda in 2016 for sexual assault and battery. The petition showed three causes of action, namely, Assault Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and Violation of Texas Labor Code/Laws. Olagundoye generally denied all of Plaintiff’s claims against him.
In the early stages of this case, Attorneys for the Plaintiff – the Gbenjo Law Group had filed a motion requesting that Judge Engelhart recuses himself, alleging multiple allegations of interests with the opposing counsel Sean Greenwood which indeed might impair a fair process. Ms. Gbenjo argued that it is highly unlikely that the Judge would rule against people who enjoyed affinity or consanguinity with him, such as the Greenwoods. Judge Engelhart, however, denied Plaintiff’s Motion and kept himself in the case. To access information regarding this case, please visit:
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■ 01-20-00334-CV FIRST COURT OF APPEALS HOUSTON, TEXAS
(CHRISTOPHER PRINE CLERK)
– EZENAGU, NKEOMA BRENDA vs. OLAGUNDOYE, OLUSHEGUN B (Court 151)
Houston Mayoral runoff: Sylvester Turner devours Tony Buzbee to reclaim incumbency
Anthony Obi Ogbo | International Guardian Houston, TX
Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner last night, redeemed his tenure in a voting runoff when he smashed his rival Tony Buzbee to end a contentious electioneering moment. According to results released by the Harris County Clerk’s Office, Mayor Turner cleared the polls with a 56.04% of the votes, leaving his rival gasping with an insufficient 43.96%.
From the start of the campaign till
the Election Day, polls have consistently favored Mayor Turner over a lineup of
challengers, but Mr. Buzbee’s overzealous rivalry infiltrated the voting
populace with division and resentment. His campaign had choreographed
a thread of sensational publication teasers, stories, media Ads, and
destructive memes, accusing Mayor Turner of unethically hiring a
31-year-resident in an airport’s Executive Internship Program.
Mr. Buzzbee aided by a clique of
media reporters amplified these claims, calling for a full investigation of
Mayor Turner. He also took advantage of a pending issue between the City and
Fire Fighters, accusing the incumbent of gross neglect of the police,
firefighters, and flood victims.
Mayor Turner countered with ads
showing Mr. Buzzbee’s DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) mug shots and depicting
his rival as ethically unfit. Though Mr. Buzzbee’s drunken-driving was
dismissed, the Turner Campaign launched corruption allegations, airing
television ads accusing the millionaire lawyer of donating to the
district attorney’s campaign in exchange for dismissal of his drunken-driving
Even as the Houston firefighter union voted unanimously to endorse Mr. Buzbee in this runoff, his campaign struggled feverishly to defend a string of clueless actions and proposals. For instance, Mr. Buzbee’s contribution of almost $10 million to his campaign; his association with Donald Trump; and his political romance with Houston’s most outspoken anti-gay activist Dr. Steven Hotze were very extreme values inconsistent with Houston’s diverse populace.
To make matters worse, Mr. Buzbee’s
vowed to fire a highly rated Police Chief, Hubert “Art” Acevedo and replace him
with someone focused on “increasing more patrols instead of political
grandstanding.” This was after Acevedo called out federal lawmakers over
lackadaisical gun culture. This was where this contender dug his grave.
As of press time, Houston Mayoral runoff has been fought and won, with Mayor Turner tearing Mr. Buzbee apart to reclaim his tenure. He has been Houston Mayor since 2016 after he defeated King in a runoff election in 2015. By late Saturday evening, Mayor Turner had already given a victory speech promising to represent every Houstonian as usual, irrespective of any affiliation. Mr. Buzbee who equally addressed his supporters has not conceded as of press time.
Ex-GOP House Member Reveals What Republican Lawmakers Say About Donald Trump In Private
A former GOP lawmaker on Thursday spilled the beans on what his ex-colleagues in Congress are saying about President Donald Trump in private.
Ex-Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) acknowledged in an interview on “CNN Newsroom” that Republicans are in public “standing with the president for the moment,” despite the impeachment inquiry prompted by the Ukraine scandal.
They “are in a situation where they understand their base pressure, the base has not yet bolted from the president,” he explained.
“But there’s no question, having spoken to many of them privately, they’re absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the president’s behavior,” said Dent, who stepped down from Congress in 2018. “They resent being put in this position all the time.”
Many GOP lawmakers are currently “wrestling” with whether it was more important to win their next election or preserve their legacy for years to come, he claimed. The current consensus among political commentators is that a Republican-controlled Senate will likely not vote to convict Trump if he is impeached by the Democratic-controlled House.
Earlier in the interview, Dent said he would have certainly “voted for the impeachment inquiry based on the facts as I understand them now” and “would probably support” the impeachment of Trump.
But he cautioned Democrats against moving forward until they had secured the testimony of key witnesses in the Ukraine scandal, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“I think they need to close that loop and I don’t think they should force this or rush this,” Dent warned. “By the same token, neither should the Senate Republicans force or rush a trial.”
UK PM Johnson to Trump: please do not meddle with our election
LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was best if U.S. President Donald Trump did not get involved in Britain’s upcoming election when he visits London for a NATO summit next week.
“What we don’t do traditionally as loving allies and friends, what we don’t do traditionally, is get involved in each other’s election campaigns,” said Johnson, whose Conservative Party has a commanding lead in the polls ahead of the Dec. 12.
“The best (thing) when you have close friends and allies like the U.S. and the UK is for neither side to get involved in each other’s election.”
Trump has already waded into the election, saying in October left-wing opposition leader Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, would be “so bad” for Britain and that Johnson should do a pact with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
Corbyn has used Trump’s praise of Johnson as one of his focal messages to attack the Conservatives in his campaign, saying they would sell off parts of the much-loved state-run National Health Service to the U.S. businesses after Brexit if they win the election.
Twitter Bans GOP Rival Of Rep. Ilhan Omar Who Called For Her Lynching
Twitter has banned the Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after she made making multiple posts about killing the congresswoman, the company confirmed Wednesday night.
Danielle Stella, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump vying for Omar’s office next year, made the remarks in two posts amplifying the racist conspiracy theory that Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government.
“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote Tuesday of Omar, who is a frequent target in right-wing attacks.
She then reportedly tweeted a picture of “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,” according to The Washington Times, which was the first to report on Stella’s ban.
Stella gave a statement to the Times lashing out at Twitter.
“My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles and rapists,” she said.
Twitter put out a simple statement about shutting down Stella’s account, which operated under the handle “2020MNCongress.”
“The account was permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules,” the company said.
Barack Obama Encourages Giving Back on Thanksgiving as He Shares Photo of His Own Family Serving Dinner
As many begin to ponder everything they are grateful for this Thanksgiving, former President Barack Obama is reminding everyone to give back to those in need. On Thursday, Barack, 58, shared a candid photo of himself, former First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha serving canned goods.
A little girl is seen beaming with joy as she shook Barack’s hand while Malia, 21, looked on lovingly. Meanwhile, Michelle smiled widely as she filled a bag with food as Sasha, 18, did the same.
“Today, we give thanks for our blessings, give back to those around us, and enjoy some time — and turkey, and maybe a little football — with the ones we love,” Barack captioned the heartwarming image.
“From the Obama family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving,” the former president concluded.
While it is not immediately clear as to when and where the photo was taken, the Obamas have volunteered at food banks for many years.
“Before arguing with friends or family around the Thanksgiving table, take a look at the science behind arguing better. And it’ll never hurt to try this: ‘Listen to people, get them to think about their own experience, and highlight your common humanity,” Barack alongside a link to an article on how to argue better.
On Wednesday, the former first lady shared a group shot of her and her husband with Malia and Sasha.
The photo — a rare one of them all together, amid their diverging lives and retreat from the political spotlight — was taken in May before Sasha, then a high school senior and weeks away from turning 18, left for her prom.
The Obamas have stayed busy since President Obama left office, especially in the last year.
Michelle released her memoir, Becoming, in late 2018 to smash sales of more than 10 million copies and counting. She’s since spent much of the year on a book tour that recently resulted in a Grammy nomination for best spoken word album, an award her husband won in 2006 and 2008 for his own audiobooks.
The former first lady also announced the release of a new journal, Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, which features an intro from her and 150 questions and quotes to inspire readers to write down their own journey.
Barack has been writing himself, with his new memoir possibly hitting shelves sometime before the 2020 election. He wrote a first draft on legal pads, just as he did for his first book, Dreams from My Father.
Neither Obama has endorsed a candidate — or even hinted at a preference — ahead of next year’s 2020 Democratic primary. The nominee will run against President Donald Trump.
Nigeria’s Second Niger Bridge: group lauds Julius Berger, President Buhari for project delivery progress
Igbo intelligentsia Forum has concluded its onsite fact-finding assessment trip of the ongoing Second Niger Bridge Project with a positive report. After a touring of the entire 11.9km stretch of the construction site, the group described their trip as “a fascinating and rare experience” and endorsed the project as “Engineering at its finest.”
Igbo intelligentsia Forum is a global group of non-partisan political strategists of Igbo ancestry, passionate about the socio-political progress of the Igbo ethnic group.
“Each of us came away thrilled and very grateful for this very functional project, which will ease traveling time and boost business across the country. Already real estate prices in the in Asaba, Atani, Ogbaru and Oba are rising significantly,” the group leader, Chief Joseph Chukwuma Ikunna, reported.
The Second Niger Bridge project was initiated by the former President Goodluck Jonathan, and the vision has since been sustained by the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I personally conclude, by thanking President Buhari for his input in ensuring that a proper funding structure was put in place last year, to fund the project. When the project is concluded and commissioned in 2022, President Buhari definitely deserves a lot of the credit. The Managing Director of Julius Berge and the Project Director confirmed to us, that payments were being made regularly and timely. An experience that was alien to them in Nigeria,” Chief Ikunna said.
The Second Niger Bridge is a fundamental national
infrastructure, with immense socio-economic benefits for the adjoining states
and indeed the entire nation. The scope of work also includes a construction of
1.6 km long bridge, 10.3 km Highway, Owerri interchange, and a toll station. Upon
completion, the bridge will ease traffic flow, improve road safety, and create
greater opportunities for local residents by advancing the commercial viability
of the immediate area and regenerating economic life.
While a formal report of this assessment is yet to be released, Chief Ikunna thanked Uche
Orji, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
(NSIA), a major partner project, stating
that their “contribution to this project in every respect, has been both
valuable and enviable.”
“Finally, credit should be given to the quality, the
expertise and the speed at which the contractors, Julius Berger are performing
at, in building not just one, but three bridges, despite the marshy swampy
terrain which is being filled to heights of 7metres in some places, whilst
using the latest technology to speedily drain excess water from areas that
require filling,” he said.
Nnamdi Kanu blasts Allen Onyema; alleges “he is a liar”
“What I said in my last broadcast may have led to his recent investigation for fraud.”
Guardian, Houston, TX – Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has called the Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema a ‘liar. Onyema, the Nigerian businessman who owns the country’s largest airline, was recently indicted by U.S. authorities on charges of fraud and money laundering.
In a report published this morning by Eloti TV news site, the IPOB leader alleged that “Onyema lied against him to please his Fulani masters.” This allegation was part of the comments which the IPOB leader aired in a live broadcast on Sunday.
He was quoted as saying, ”People have asked me to clarify
the visit of Allen Onyema to my house. I think what I said in my last broadcast
may have led to his recent investigation for fraud. ”Allen Onyema came to my
house and we talked about things happening in Nigeria, including the hate
Kanu continued, “He said he wanted to see how there could
be peace with our people in the North. He said we should take pictures with
some people he came with and I agreed. All of a sudden one day he granted BBC
an interview and lied against me. Then I reminded him that I know more about
him than he can even imagine. After my statement the Fulanis went after him,
they know that IPOB will not fight for him for undermining our struggle to
restore Biafra’s independence. I will not ask him further questions, I believe
he has learnt his lessons.”
”Onyema wanted to please his Fulani masters but now they
have turned against him,” Kanu added.
Nnamdi Kanu’s allegation is coming after Onyeama was
charged with bank fraud and money laundering.
He was alleged to have moved more than $20 million from
Nigeria through United States bank accounts in a scheme involving false
documents based on the purchase of airplanes.
According to the release by the United States Department
of Justice, Onyema allegedly moved “more
than $20 million from Nigeria though United States bank accounts in a scheme
involving false documents based on the purchase of airplanes,” The company’s
chief of administration and finance, Ejiroghene Eghagha, was also charged with
bank fraud and identity theft in the same case,