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|Elections In North Eleuthera Start To Heat Up (Bahamas Press)|
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|Posted by:||May 2nd 2011, 05:19:23 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||http://bahamaspress.com/2011/05/02/clay-sweetings-nomination-to-north-eleuthera-has-left-fnms-fighting/
Dunmore Town, Harbour Island – The North Eleuthera seat is quickly heating up to be the focus of the national political debate come this November, as FNMs around the country are becoming more concerned about their candidate’s success at the poll.
As we speak, a dangerous battle between FNMs, Theo Neilly, and Richard Lightbourne – lawyer and former UBP henchman – is heating up.
Last week Lightbourn was canvassing the constituency spending his money on the ground. On the other side of the FNM divide, we hear chimney smoker, Abner Pinder, has been shopping around Neely, saying that’s his man for the FNM in North Eleuthera. Supporters of the FNM are now confused and we are told even Ricky Mackey, a violent support of the FNM, don’t know who to support and is left confused.
Late breaking news suggest supporters on the island of Briland are saying if Lightbourne is not given the nod, he will run as an independent. This is not good news in the FNM camp which is fallen victim to infighting and name calling.
No matter how the ball bounce on the side of the FNM, the race in North Eleuthera is quickly turning into a battle between the OLD and the NEW. Between the PEOPLE’s MAN over a RICH MAN. It is quickly becoming a choice about the way forward, against a decision to go backwards; a decision between The FUTURE against a look back into the PAST!
PLP Clay ‘Rockstar’ Sweeting has the FNM waters on. He is new, young, good-looking, and is smart and ambitious. He is a self-made success story. He is the PLP’s candidate for the area; ratified just a few weeks ago, where he brought over 200 hardcore supporters to Nassau for his acceptance into the race.
We are told since Clay’s selection, an overwhelming base of support has been shown for the young PLP Turk. Scores of young energy driven supporters have flocked to his aid seeking to assist him in his election bid. We are also told scores of supporters who voted for him during the recent local government elections where he was successful are saying they will support him again in the General Elections. One Russell Island supporter said, ‘WE ARE GOING ALL THE WAY WITH CLAY!’
We are also told the selection of Clay have broken the pottery shop of the FNM. The rift between the FNM candidates is getting nasty and wide; leaving a huge fight inside the Party. Alvin Smith is out and from what we see from these latest developments, so is the seat come the next election.
|Posted by:||Mar 9th 2011, 01:09:09 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||FORWARD UPWARD ONWARD TOGETHER,
By Valdez Cleare
FORWARD UPWARD ONWARD TOGETHER,
WE KNOW NOT WHERE YET STILL ENDEAVOR,
IDEALS UNCHANGED FROM YESTER YEAR,
SET PRECEDENTS THEY DO NOT DARE,
TAX THE FOOD STRAIGHT OUT OUR PLATES,
DEVOTING ALL UNTO THE STATE,
I WONDER IF OUR NATIONS GREATS,
KNEW THEY'D FATTENED FROG FOR SNAKES,
TIMES ARE HARD AND THINGS SCARCE,
THESE SEATED MILLIONAIRES DON'T CARE,
X MARKS THE FACE OF GREED,
TO WHAT AVAIL DO WE PROCEED,
RED NOR YELLOW MAKES NO SENSE,
WHY NOT LET THE COLORS BLEND,
CORRUPTION IS A FACTOR KNOWN,
EVERYONE IS FOR HIS OWN,
GOVERNED SO IMPROPERLY,
THIS CAN'T BE DEMOCRACY,
FED UP WITH THE SAME OLD NAMES,
THESE UGLY FACES JUST WON'T CHANGE,
MAY THE OLD INSPIRE NEW,
GRANT HOPE TO ASPIRE TO.
|Posted by:||Mar 1st 2011, 05:41:51 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||LIGHTS OUT!
|Posted by:||Feb 20th 2011, 12:34:58 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||http://islandwoo-ivil.tripod.com/whatsupbahamas/id61.html
Alvin Smith: No Resignation Yet
Senator Tommy Turnquest expressed a great deal of uncertainty regarding whether former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will become the new leader of the Official Opposition, replacing North Eleuthera's Alvin Smith in the role.
|Posted by:||Feb 17th 2011, 06:08:18 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||http://www.eleutheranews.com/local/1271.html
... in related news, current MP and soon to be ex-Leader of the Opposition Alvin Smith has announced that he intends to run again as the FNM's standard-bearer in the North Eleuthera district.
|Posted by:||Feb 11th 2011, 04:56:00 pm|
|ash12||cant wait for 2012. the young people in the North have spoken. Mr Clay has touched the young and the elderly. he,ll surely win the seat|
|Posted by:||Feb 9th 2011, 06:35:01 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||This week we focus on the candidates for the Progressive Liberal Party nomination ...
Nassau, Bahamas – The PLP just had a meeting in Lower Bogue Eleuthera that may have given House Speaker Alvin Smith a new reason to consider retirement. It seems the line to kick Alvin’s ass in the upcoming elections is longer than anyone expected with at least four candidates vying for the chance. Having won by a mere few dozen votes in 2007, many see North Eleuthera as a winnable possibility.
Chrisfield Johnson ran for the party last time and hopes to get a do over. He may have a difficult time with the ascendency of newcomer Clay Sweeting looking for the nod as well as the rabble rouser with the right last name, Dr. Lea Percentie. All are great possibilities with their own stories but the obvious stand out right now seems to be young Mr. Sweeting.
Lets get the obvious stuff out of the way.
Okay, for starters, he’s a white guy. But not just any white guy. He’s a young white guy. But not just a young white guy. He’s a young white Bahamian from Spanish Wells. Spanish Wells has been like the Holy Grail for the PLP in pursuit of a winner in the north. The FNM’s stronghold for so many years has been weakening with each elections and the excitement in some PLP circles seem to stem from the fact that this is the first time anyone can recall having the combination of a hometown boy, a Spanish Wells native, a minority candidate and a 20 something all packaged into one person. It doesn’t hurt that the guy also has a working brain and has been successful at everything he’s tried in his still young life.
Its hard to not fall for what we saw in North Eleuthra and this just makes Perry Christie’s job all the more harder in choosing his man for that area. Since we have no problems catching flack for what we write here, I may as well just come out and say that the PLP would be nuts to not consider Clay Sweeting for the nomination. The party is still riding high off of the success of Ryan Pinder’s narrow win in Elizabeth and are bouyed by the fact that Pinder quickly asserted himself as one of Christie’s most reliably effective House of Assembly members and a pretty good guy in his area.
There is little doubt, with Ryan’s roots going back to Spanish Wells and North Eleuthra that his success weighed heavily on Clay’s decision to throw his name in the hat so soon and with so much at stake. Perry Christie spoke about the “wave.” On Eleuthera, it seems to me that a wave has indeed broken out and surprisingly, the wave started all the way in New Providence with Ryan. The added pressure is likely to be something the party and its would be nominee won’t mind trading if the turn out at the “listening tour” is any indication. It was standing room only and a mix of black and white, young and old Bahamians all united with one goal in mind. Winning.
Perry and his crew had better not waste any time in picking this one because regardless of who they choose, and by that I mean Clay, Alvin is going home for good. Now where can I find me one of those “Clay Time” shirts?
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