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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Glenwood South to pilot Hospitality District ordinance

Posted by on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Soon, Glenwood South will become a more neighborly place to party and to sleep.

Or, that is the hope, with the Glenwood South Hospitality District ordinance. On Wednesday, Raleigh’s City Council approved a one-year pilot program for the ordinance that will make it easier for businesses to obtain entertainment permits and easier for residents to make noise complaints.

Beginning December 1, instead of having to go through a quasi-judicial process to obtain an Outdoor Amplified Entertainment Permit to play live or recorded music from the City of Raleigh, Glenwood bars and clubs can more easily request and secure the Hospitality District Entertainment Permit. The permit allows businesses to play music (subject to decibel limits) until 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends; they can’t play music past these times until 7 a.m. the next day.

Permit holders will be required to designate a permit manager to deal with noise complaints from nearby residents when they are causing a disturbance. And the City will establish a complaint registration system open to the public; violators will be subject to penalties.

The amended boundaries of the Glenwood South Hospitality District encircle Glenwood Avenue all the way up to Peace Street; they stretch east to North Harrington Street and west to North Boylan.


“I think it is a fantastic way to way to encourage neighborliness among the businesses and residents of Glenwood South,” said resident Darcy Downs.

City Council members all agreed with Downs and indicated that if the pilot program works, the ordinance could be applied to other areas of downtown Raleigh.

“I have great hopes that this will become the de facto method of having neighbors and businesses downtown working towards constructive resolutions to issues,” said Council member Russ Stephenson.

And, if you want to make a noise complaint but you just aren’t feeling neighborly, you still have the traditional option to call the police. 

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    Businesses can play music; neighbors can complain.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Election results for local judicial, courts races

Posted by on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

A mix of incumbents and challengers won judicial races in Durham and Wake in yesterday's election.

In Durham, incumbent Pat Evans defeated challenger Steven Storch, a Durham magistrate, with 75 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Doretta Walker defeated her challenger, attorney Henry Pruette, with 61 percent of the vote.

Fred Battaglia, an attorney, defeated incumbent Nancy Gordon with 53 percent of the vote.

In Wake County, Craig Croom, a former district judge, defeated Charles Gilliam, who was recently appointed to the contested seat, with 52 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Louis Meyer defeated challenger Ronnie Ansley, an attorney, with 52 percent of the vote.

Elsewhere, Lorrin Freeman defeated John Bryant for in the race for Wake County district attorney with 56 percent of the vote. Freeman had served as Wake County clerk of court, and Bryant is a private attorney.

In the race for Wake County clerk of court, Jennifer Knox, currently a district court judge, eked out a victory over attorney Sam Bridges with 50.46 percent of the vote.

The amendment to waive the right of a jury trial in superior court passed with 53 percent of the vote.
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    Victories for incumbents, challengers

In Wake County, Gale Adcock holds on over Tom Murry for N.C. House

Posted by on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 8:42 AM

As is common in races with Tom Murry, this one was ugly. Mailers with doctored photos, false claims of endorsements by the teacher's union, Murry, a Republican, tried every trick to win his third term to the statehouse.

It worked in 2010 and 2012. This time, he may have failed. If the margin sticks, Gale Adock, a Cary Town Councilwoman, will have defeated Murry, an important gain for Democrats. 

According to unofficial results, Adcock won by 775 votes: 14,939 to 14,164. There's no word yet on whether Murry will request a recount.

There is another tight legislative race, also in Wake County, this one for state senate, District 15: Republican John Alexander slipped by Democrat Tom Bradshaw by 717 votes. 
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    In two statewide races, margin is tight: no word yet on a recount

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Possible recount in Cheri Beasley-Mike Robinson race for supreme court

Posted by on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Early this morning, the State Board of Elections announced that the margin between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson was close enough to trigger a North Carolina law that provides for an automatic right to a recount in any statewide race when the margin is less than 0.5 percent or 10,000 votes, whichever is lower.

According to unofficial results, Beasley received 1,228,559 votes to Robinson's 1,225,525—a margin of 3,034 votes—for the state supreme court associate justice seat. Beasley is the incumbent.

The second-place finisher—Robinson—must submit the request in writing by noon Tuesday, Nov. 18.
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    3,000 votes separate the two candidates

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Mean, nasty and close, but now it's over: U.S. Senate race goes to Thom Tillis

Posted by on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Democrats and Republicans are saying the same thing tonight but in starkly different tones:

Republicans: "Thom Tillis is our next senator!"
Democrats: "Thom ... Tillis .. is ... our ... next ... senator."

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, soon-to-be former state lawmaker Tillis is leading Kay Hagan by 48,197 votes. Barring a miracle—like a box full of Hagan ballots washing up on Topsail Beach—Tillis is going to Washington, where he'll join a Republican majority in the Senate.

This race received national attention—and big loads of cash. Spending on the race exceeded $111 million—$80 million of it from outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Predictably, Hagan won the major urban counties of Wake, Durham, Guilford, Forsyth, Mecklenburg and New Hanover. She also did well in progressive areas such as Orange, Chatham and Buncombe counties, plus Cumberland, home of Fort Bragg, and many southern and northeastern counties, according to the N.C. Board of Elections

Tillis' strength was in the rural areas, particularly down east and in most of the mountain and foothills counties. (That red blotch on the map in the swath of blue from Forsyth to Wake? Alamance County.)

Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate, could have made the difference, although it's unclear whether Tillis or Hagan was affected more.  

According to the NC Board of Elections county map, Haugh pulled in between 4–6 percent of the vote in counties that went for Tillis. But in most of the counties that Hagan won, he garnered just 1-3 percent of the vote. The exceptions were Jackson, Hyde and Bladen, all Hagan counties where 5-6 percent of the vote went to Haugh.

Haugh received 108,183 votes, and there are 25,655 registered Libertarians in the state. Even if every registered Libertarian voted for Haugh, that leaves 81,764 voters—Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated—who couldn't stand either Hagan or Tillis.

And don't forget the write-in candidates: There were 5,186 ballots cast for them.

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    Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate receives 107,000 votes

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voter turnout sets record in N.C.

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Those long lines at the polls weren't your imagination. Voter participation in North Carolina set a midterm election record tonight with 2,717,920 people casting ballots. That beats the 2010 turnout of 2,700,393, according to the State Board of Elections.

There are 6,627,947 registered voters in the state; this election's turnout equals 41 percent.

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    2,717,920 ballots cast—41 percent of registered voters

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Chatham County voters oust Republican incumbents from commission

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

While Republicans are leading most of the state and federal races, Democrats are quietly winning key local contests.

In the Chatham County Commissioner race, Brian Bock and Pam Stewart, both incumbent Republicans, lost to Democrats Diana Hales and Jim Crawford. Bock serves as vice-chair of the commission and has been a chairman of the Chatham County GOP.

Tonight's election changes the balance from a 3–2 Republican majority (Walter Petty, a Republican, ran unopposed) to a 4–1 Democratic majority. 

And in Wake County, the Democrats swept the Republicans off the commission tonight.
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    Brian Bock and Pam Stewart are out; Diana Hales and Jim Crawford are in

Wake Reps. hold on to seats

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Democratic State Representatives Rosa Gill and Yvonne Holley predictably hold on to their seats in House Districts 33 and 38.

Gill secured 87 percent of the vote in her district against Republican challenger Perry Whitlock, who ran a non-existent campaign. Holley beat Republican challenger Joe Thompson—whose campaign was also invisible—with nearly 80 percent of the vote.

Republican Reps. Chris Malone, Nelson Dollar and Marilyn Avila held on to their seats comfortably in House Districts 35, 36 and 40. Malone beat Knightdale businessman Brian Mountcastle with 54 percent of the vote to Mountcastle’s 44 percent. Dollar beat Cary small business owner Lisa Baker, 54.36 percent to 45.64 percent. And Avila beat former Morrisville mayor/former Cary Town Council member Maragaret Broadwell by the same margin as Dollar/Baker.

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    Dems win easily, Republicans, decisively

Thom Tillis still leading Kay Hagan by 53,000 votes

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The State Board of Elections website is working again, and shows that just 53,000 votes separates Republican Thom Tillis and Democrat Kay Hagan. Libertarian Sean Haugh has 104,000 votes, but it's unclear if whom he peeled off votes from

According to the county map, 11 counties have yet to report their full results; 96 percent of precincts have reported. Hagan won all of the Triangle counties.
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    96 percent of precincts have reported

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Chad Barefoot leading Sarah Crawford; John Alexander over Tom Bradshaw by just 777 votes

Posted by on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

With all of the precincts reporting for the NC Senate 15 race, Republican John Alexander is ahead of Democrat Tom Bradshaw by just 777 votes: 40,748 to 40,031, raising questions if Bradshaw will request a recount. District 15 is in Wake County.

Meanwhile, in one of the nastiest and most expensive state legislative races, in State Senate District 18, incumbent Republican Chad Barefoot, backed by big GOP money, is leading Sarah Crawford by a 52-48 percent margin. However, only 69 percent of precincts have reported. District 18 includes parts of northern Wake and Franklin counties.

Easy winners tonight (they're probably home watching reruns of CSI: Miami):
Wake County, NC Senate 16: Incumbent Democrat Josh Stein beat Molotov Mitchell, despite Mitchell's support from the NRA, by 21,000 votes or a 67-33 percent margin.

NC Senate 17: Tamara Barringer, an incumbent Republican, won an easy race over Democrat Bryan Fulghum, 58–42 percent. However, it says something about voters' distaste for a Republican when a fast food cashier with no political experience can get 31,049 votes.

Durham County:
NC Senate 22: Mike Woodard, a former Durham City Councilman, won his second term to the state senate in a snoozefest, defeating Herman Joubert by a 67–33 percent margin.

NC Senate 23 (also Orange County): Valerie Foushee, a Democrat and former Orange County Commissioner, handily beat Republican Mary Lopez-Carter by a 69–31 percent margin. It's a bummer night at the Lopez-Carter household. Dave Carter, Mary's husband, ran for N.C. House 56 and was trounced by Verla Insko.
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    More NC senate winners: Josh Stein, Mike Woodard, Tamara Barringer, Valerie Foushee


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