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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fetzer II: Will fight liberals; still not gay.

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 4:08 PM

(6/2 Update: Fetzer wants his day in court.) From TomFetzer.com, the latest on former Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer's campaign for state Republican party chair: Members of the Fetzer for NCGOP Chairman Steering Committee fought back against the baseless smear campaign which alleges that Tom Fetzer is gay.  “The dirty tricksters are out in full force to run down a good man’s reputation,” said former Congressman Bill Cobey.  “It offends me that people would spread lies about Tom.  I have known Tom for over 25 years and I know him to be an honest, moral person.” Former State Senator Fred Smith...

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tom Fetzer is not gay.

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM

The N&O reports on the ex-Raleigh mayor's outburst. He wants to be state GOP chair. Pam's House Blend asks all the questions you're asking....

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Friday, May 22, 2009

"There are no bad schools in Raleigh" -- and no debate about it last night.

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I'm not sure why I expected the other side to come last night to challenge Syracuse University's Gerald Grant, whose new book posits that urban schools are a disaster in America with few very exceptions ... and posits that the one great exception, the "hope" in his title, is the Raleigh/Wake County school system. (Subtitle: "Why there are no bad schools in Raleigh.") Anyway, it didn't happen. Speaking at Quail Ridge Books & Music, Grant asked the 100 folks in attendance how many were teachers? (Some.) How many principals? (Some.) How many other school administrators? (Superintendent Del Burns' hand went...

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Resilience," by Elizabeth Edwards. What did we know and when did we know it?

Posted By on Sat, May 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM

“Resilience” is the title of the book. The common metaphor used – and it’s used by Elizabeth Edwards in a passage quoted on the dust jacket – is getting back on your feet after you’ve been knocked down. After a hard hit, though, it’s best to take some time before getting up. But time is something Elizabeth doesn’t have. As she told Oprah Winfrey last week, the incurable cancer with which she lives could end her life in 10 years or one, or less than one. Understandably, therefore, she’s anxious to give her account of John’s infidelity during his...

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Who's the new Dan Blue?

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 1:57 PM

  The outcome was never in doubt at last night's meeting of Democratic party officials to choose a replacement for the late Sen. Vernon Malone. Dan Blue wanted it -- the "it" being the state Senate District 14 seat representing Southeast Raleigh and the eastern part of Wake County -- and he won it easily on the first ballot, with 52 of the 84 votes cast. (Eligible voters were the district's party precinct chairs and vice chairs plus some elected Democratic officials who live in the district.)   But the meeting did serve as an audition of sorts for...

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