Friday, March 28, 2014

Ted Nugent Becomes the Center of a Dispute with City of Longview

Nugent dispute leads to crowded city council meeting

Longview residents packed City Council chambers to ask for information about the Ted Nugent issue on Thursday, March 27th. Comments ranged from calling for the resignation of the mayor and city manager to the termination of employees responsible for the discussions to hire Nugent, while others offered support for the city and its processes.

"The citizens of Longview in solidarity showed up with over 120 in attendance for our cause: Equality under law," said Branden Johnson, Longview NAACP president.

Steve Crane said the problem had more to do with city leadership than with Nugent himself.  “The problem is that people in the city of Longview, people in leadership positions, felt that it was OK to invite somebody like Ted Nugent to this city for a city-wide celebration,” Crane said.  He also drew a stark comparison to the money spent in ending negotiations.  “That is more money than one minimum wage worker earns in 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year ... That is a lot of money,” he said.

Vik Verma said Longview’s culture is wrong if “the selection of Ted Nugent to perform at the city Fourth of July celebration was acceptable and even desired by some.”

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview NAACP, said the group planned to hold symposiums to encouraged “the ignored to get involved with this governmental process.  The hope of diversity under the current Longview administration appears anecdotal,” Johnson said.

Johnson urged those who attended to ensure their voices are heard along with the 120 standing in solidarity.  "You can email Mayor Jay Dean with your thoughts and express your most poignant and respectful opinions," said Johnson. "He can be emailed at"


Ted Nugent Responds to Longview Allegations
Longview News Journal Article: Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“I hear from reliable sources that the mayor is a racist and was offended that my band performs mostly African-American-influenced music,” Nugent was quoted as saying in a column that appeared Saturday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Everyone knows ol’ Uncle Ted is the ultimate Independence Day rockout with the ultimate all-American, soul music, rockin’ soundtrack of defiance, liberty and freedom. We shall carry on. We are the good guys. Clueless, dishonest people like the mayor are the bad guys.”

Dean said Tuesday he was unaware of the allegations and declined to comment.  Nugent’s response came as the Longview NAACP was urging residents to attend Thursday’s meeting of the Longview City Council.

“TedGate must be explained,” the NAACP said on its Facebook page. “The people demand answers and the unveiling of any clandestine ongoings.”

Branden Johnson, president of the nonprofit organization, said people must understand the importance getting civically engaged.

“Anything that can get people to come out is good for me; I don’t care if it’s negative or positive. People need to hear directly instead of through another source, or watching it on TV or reading it in the paper,” Johnson said. “I would be willing to bet that there are more people in Longview that oppose Ted Nugent’s antics than are for them.”


Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to not perform
Longview News Journal Article: Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2014

Longview officials paid Ted Nugent’s agents $16,250 to stop talks about making him the headliner for the city’s July 4 Fireworks and Freedom Celebration.  The payoff came as Nugent’s earlier comments and song lyrics became a political issue during a campaign swing with Texas GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. But city officials have said the move was more about the propriety of Nugent’s show for a family oriented Independence day festival than that controversy.

Getting Down to Business Program: Resources for Small Business Owners and Workers

Linda Lydia of the Texas State conference of the NAACP announced the recruiting phase of Capital One's Getting Down to Business Program. Applications are now open.

Are you a small business? Do you know or work with a small business owner that can use a mentor, financial coach, technical business training and an IDA match? The Getting Down to Business program and the many partners involved want you to apply!


Visit (Application Site)
Or visit the Gaston & Haskell Capital One Bank branch or the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
For questions, please don't hesitate to call or email me with the contacts below.

Roy C. Lopez
Vice President, CRA Business Development
Community Development Banking
DFW and East Texas Region
600 North Pearl Street, Suite 2500
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.855.1683 (Office)
214-490-8908 (Cell)
214-855-1665 (Fax)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Longview NAACP and others provide input on New Superintendent for Longview ISD

A meeting to discuss the superintendent search for Longview ISD was held recently and included two public input sessions scheduled for administration and members of the school board to hear community suggestions as applications for the role of superintendent continue to be submitted through the end of the month of March.

Longview ISD residents voiced they were looking for a superintendent with an open door policy, a focus on discipline and standards, and the courage to make changes, if needed, to make the district more successful.

“I am looking for a superintendent that will be for the children and bring discipline back in the classroom,” said former teacher James McLemore, who added that he saw a lack of punishment for wrongdoing during his tenure.

Branden Johnson, president of the Longview chapter of the NAACP, presented a list of concerns, including an increased focus on mentoring.

Gary “G.” Floyd, a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Longview City Council and a regular voice at Longview ISD school board meetings, presented five characteristics he looked for in a new leader. That list included being willing to meet a goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate within the first three years because of a focus on academics.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Art in the Evening

The Longview Metro Chamber will hold its first fundraising event since its resurgence. 

Join with them as they bring live Jazz and wonderful food selections. 

Tickets are $35 and can be obtained from Eddie Towles Phone Center, House of Tots, Tony Powell, Greg Muckelroy, and other members of the LM chamber.

When: Sat. Mar 29, 2014 8pm – 10pm 

Where: Longview Museum of Fine Arts, East Tyler Avenue, Longview, TX, United States (map)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Information and Community Meeting with Wendy Davis, Candidate for Governor

Event Name: Community Meeting with Wendy Davis - Longview

You're invited to attend a community meeting in Longview. This is the perfect opportunity to meet one of the candidates running for Texas governor in person and discuss your priorities for Texas' future.

Time: Saturday, March 15, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM CDT

Location: Longview Embroidery (Longview, TX)
1420 McCann Rd, Longview, TX 75601

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring into Good Health - Community Fair

Community Update:  Don't miss this opportunity!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
323 S. Court Street, Longview, TX

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Longview NAACP Unit #6197 Updates


The membership drive is this month. The person with the most members recruited by March 20th will receive a ROKU Box which makes your TV a Smart TV with an Internet connection. It also gives you access to several free channels and movies via the web on your digital TV. Currently the leader has 3 new members recruited to the Unit. Renewals including your own is acceptable. See application attached. Go forth and prosper.


Save the date for: the Spring into Good Health Fair this coming Saturday March 15th from 9-1 at Bethel Baptist Church 323 Court St. Please come and at least get the free screenings and support this committee. Tell a friend and keep a friend living for along time to come. For the free Mammograms you must be a member or immediately related to one. The sign up for the Mobile Mammogram ends on Wednesday March 12th. So, call 903-315-2130 now to get started. Remember it is free with health insurance, only $99 without. The Health Committee is also responsible for our program during the Third Thursday Meeting on March 20th at 6:30 this month as well. See poster attached.


There will be two days of listening and outreach all due to the Education Committee's diligence with the LISD Trustees. They have struggled and fought hard to get March 17th at Noon and March 18th at 5:30 pm for people to come to the ESC Building 1301 E. Young St. to provide input to the Trustees as to whom they wish to see take the open Superintendent position. Please prepare yourself and be thinking of what you would like to see in the character for LISD's next chief. April 17th is the Education Committees Third Thursday meeting with special guest Ted Beard sharing. See flier attached.

WIN: Women in the NAACP

There will be a Parade of Tables at First Presbyterian Church on April 5th at 4:00 pm. Seats at the table are only $20. The catch is that the table needs to be decorated and the winners are recognized. Contact Pam if your interested in supporting this effort of a local church (Abundant Life) who seeks to provide scholarships to 2 young people annually.

National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day was very fruitful in information sharing as Sunday there was an early Dinner at Summit by Wellness Pointe with dynamic speakers. Today we held a press conference at SHRT and we received coverage from CBS 19, News Journal, and East Texas Review.

Political Action

There is at least 1 run-off for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. So those whom live in that Precinct need to go vote again. Here is the Calendar for dates to know.

First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail - Friday, March 28, 2014 

If did not request runoff ballot on application for primary ballot. (Does not apply to FPCA)

Last Day to Register to Vote -  Monday, April 28, 2014

First Day of Early Voting - Monday, May 19, 2014

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail - May 16, 2014 

(Received, not Postmarked) Friday, (NEW LAW: 9th day before election day; regular ABBM);  FPCA deadline is Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (UNCHANGED: 7th day before election day; FPCA)

Last Day of Early Voting Friday, May 23, 2014

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, May 27, 2014 

(election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Longview ISD Seeks Community Input on Superintendent Search

The Board of Trustees of the Longview Independent School District in Longview, Texas is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as its superintendent.   

The vacancy is created by the retirement of Dr. James E. Wilcox. Dr. Wilcox has served as superintendent since 2007. 

The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position on or before July 1, 2014.  Click here to view the Superintendent Brocure.pdf (192.61 KB)
Longview ISD has scheduled 2 community forums for public input into the superintendent search. Please attend one of the forums and let your presence and voice be heard. 


  • Monday, March 17 at 12 noon
  • Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30pm 


Board Room at the LISD office at 1301 E. Young St.

Superintendent Search Timeline

Application Deadline - March 31 
Board Reviews Applications - April 7 

Initial Interviews - April 21, 22, 26 
April 28 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
April 29 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
May 1 (6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
May 2 (6:30 p.m. -- Review candidates at 8:30 p.m.)

Board Visits Candidates’ Home Districts
May 5 (7 p.m.) Follow-up w/ finalist
May 6 (7 p.m.) Follow-up w/ finalist 

Board Meetings (All meetings are open to the public)
May 12 (7 p.m.) - Board Meeting at ESC; name lone finalist, if desired.  Board Releases Name of Finalist 

June 9 (7 p.m.) Board Meeting at ESC; name lone finalist, if not done May 12
June 16 - Board Votes on Finalist

Newly elected superintendent may begin daily rate basis prior to July 1, if board desires.
July 1 - Contract begins.  Superintendent Reports to District
Click this link to view the Superintendent Brocure.pdf (192.61 KB)

View the Timeline for Superintendent Search as posted on the Longview ISD website:


Longview ISD is located approximately 120 miles east of Dallas and 60 miles west of Shreveport, LA. LISD serves approximately 8,700 students and encompasses 127 square miles. 
The student body is 38.3% African American, 20.8% Caucasian, 36.0% Hispanic, 3.6% other.  The district employs 1,280 total employees.