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Friday, May 28, 2010

Weekend at Bernie's: Ex-primary foes endorse Reeves over Randall

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Bernie ReevesGood news this holiday weekend for Bernie Reeves, ex-Spectator publisher (not that there's anything wrong with that), in the runoff for the GOP nomination in the 13th Congressional District. The incumbent is Democrat Brad Miller. Reeves has been blistering his runoff opponent, Bill Randall, over the Randall campaign's obvious plagiarism (if this is news to you, see our blog post yesterday). Now the two candidates who also-ran in the first primary, Dan Huffman and Frank Hurley, have endorsed Reeves. From Reeves: “I am grateful to both Dan Huffman and Frank Hurley,” Reeves said. “Dan and Frank both ran fine...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's this? Republican candidates behaving badly? (Bill Randall plagiarism edition)

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Bill RandallBernie Reeves says Bill Randall plagiarized a lot (most? nearly all?) of his campaign platform. Randall says, OK, yeah, it's plagiarized, but I didn't do it; the guy who used to work for me did it. But, Randall says, I'm a soldier — well, sailor — and I'll take the bullet. I'm dropping out. No, that was a joke. Randall's not dropping out. He's taking full responsibility ("The buck stops with me") by asking for contributions so he can keep on going in the face of this unfair (i.e., true) Reeves attack. From Randall's Facebook page: Friends and Supporters:...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Student Assignment Committee: Round One

Posted By on Tue, May 25, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Finally, the Wake school board's Student Assignment Committee gathered today to begin what its chairman, John Tedesco, says will be a nine-months long process of breaking Wake County into regions (about five of them) and zones (18, plus or minus) for purposes of making student assignments predictable and "community-based." The meeting was introductory, with the members hearing from school system staffers about how assignments were made heretofore and how they might be made in the future. Here's what we learned today: 1) Ron Margiotta, the board chairman and leader of the board's five-member majority, wants the committee to look at...

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Following up: Senate budget has $$ for Harriet's House, Our Children's Place

Posted By on Fri, May 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Photo by Jeremy Lange Following up on our story in the Indy last week, Harriet's House in Raleigh and Our Children's Place in Chapel Hill, programs to help women make a successful transition out of prison, were scheduled to get the ax in Gov. Bev Perdue's budget plan. (Online, we ran a sidebar interview with Onia Royster, who is a case study of how Harriet's House helps.) Specifically, Harriet's House, after a 25 percent cut in state funding a year ago down to about $207,000 a year, was due for zero in 2010-11 under Perdue's plan. Ditto for Our Children's...

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Your Wake school board majority: Open meetings, closed minds

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM

from WRAL online It felt like we were in a tomb Tuesday night when the Wake school board meeting finally ended — or better (and I'd imagine the board majority felt this way too), as this allegedly "open meeting" finally ground to a close. Board Chairman Ron Margiotta was reading disinterestedly from the list of folks who'd signed up hours earlier to speak during the public comment period. But almost all of them were long gone. It was after 8 pm; some 40 people had signed up starting at 2 pm for a comment period that began at 4 pm...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What was John Tedesco trying to say?

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM

from WRAL onlineJohn TedescoParaphrasing Anatole France and John Tedesco, I believe Tedesco's point last night at the Wake Board of Education meeting was that by the majesty of the law as France famously explained it, rich and poor alike enjoy an equal right to sleep under bridges, steal bread, and attend schools in their respective communities. Thus, Tedesco cited the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which declared "separate but equal" schools to be inherently unequal and unconstitutional, as justification for giving poor kids in low-income Southeast Raleigh neighborhoods and rich kids in Prestonwood or...

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Marshall endorsed by Lewis in Senate runoff

Posted By on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Secretary of State Elaine MarshallThis is major: Ken Lewis, who ran in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary with the Indy's endorsement, gave his endorsement to Elaine Marshall in the June runoff. In round one, Lewis finished third with 17 percent; Marshall ran first, with 36 percent, but fell short of the 40 percent needed to win outright. Cal Cunningham, second with 27 percent, is her opponent after exercising his right to call for a runoff. Marshall and Cunningham are scheduled for two debates. Cal could gain some ground there, maybe. But otherwise, Lewis's decision is the big news of the...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday, 7 pm: NAACP calls mass meeting in Raleigh on schools crisis

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 9:26 AM

The Wake County school board meets Tuesday at 3 pm, when it's expected to take final action on the removal of diversity as an important criterion — or even an unimportant one — in school assignment policies. The NAACP, among other groups, is warning that the inevitable outcome of this is re-segregation of the public schools in Wake. On the eve of this action, and on the 56th anniversary of the decision in Brown v. Board of Education that struck down "separate but equal" schools as inherently unequal, the state NAACP is calling folks together in Raleigh: On the 56th...

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Court case: Would the Wake school board majority rather the public just go away? (And, if so, so what?)

Posted By on Fri, May 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Update No. 2: Just heard from a lawyer in the case: Pittman determined that some of the school board's actions were unreasonable, but he ruled that there was insufficient evidence to indicate that the board majority would continue violating the law. So he declined to issue the injunction and he dismissed the complaint. Specifically, Pittman thought that excluding the public from the Committee of the Whole meeting on March 23 was unreasonable under the Open Meetings Law as was the original ticketing scheme, instituted March 23 but changed since then, which forced people to show up in the morning for...

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bicycle to Work Week kicks off Friday afternooon at Marbles Museum

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Friday, May 14, 3-6 pm at Marbles Kids Museum on Moore Square. Cap it off with a 3.7 mile tour (above) that goes right through my neighborhood. The schedule: The event at Marbles Kids Museum will offer free bike check-ups by REI, a bicycle rodeo for kids and a bike safety clinic for adult cyclists. Free beverages provided by Coca-Cola and food provided by Roly Poly! * 3 - 6pm: Cycling & Environmental Expo Free children’s helmets with fittings (First come, first served). Bike on bus demonstrations. Includes the following events: * 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30pm: Kids Bike Safety Rodeo...

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Perdue "08: "One Exxon Valdez incident could destroy NC's coast ..."

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Update: Check out this '08 sentiment about oil drilling from Perdue's opponent, Pat McCrory, who says accidents are a thing of the past (dug up by Adam Linker at The Progressive Pulse). Cleaning out the old mailbox, found this from June, 2008: Perdue Statement on Offshore Oil Drilling "I am 100% opposed to oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina. President Bush has cozied up to the oil companies with tax breaks and all they have given us is $4 dollar a gallon gas, while our focus should be on developing green energy alternatives to reduce our dependence on...

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Bud Light Amphitheater: That's the BLAH, for short

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 8:44 AM

The big news of the day, without question: The city is negotiating with Anheuser-Busch for the naming rights at the new amphitheater next to the Convention Center. It would be called the Bud Light Amphitheater. In honor of Bud. Light. After all, who's done more to make this a great city than — Never mind. (Did they ask PBR? Now there's a name.) Thoughts?...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Marshall-Cunningham runoff a tie: PPP

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

A week ago, Elaine Marshall ran first in the Democratic Senate primary by nine points. Now, says Public Policy Polling, she's fallen back to a tie with second-place finisher Cal Cunningham, who's called for a June 22 runoff. (One-stop voting starts June 3.) And almost one-third of like voters are undecided. What's up? PPP's take: With a lot of voters undecided and the unpredictable nature of determining who will vote in runoffs it's hard to say what will happen in this race. The biggest takeaway from the poll is that Cunningham is still in it. The results are here. Notice...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Neuse Riverkeeper files suit to bar Wake County's Falls Lake fast one

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:10 PM

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation has filed suit in Superior Court against Wake County — and the Board of Commissioners — in an effort to block that infamous "text change" approved last month for a developer in the Falls Lake watershed. Under the guise of eliminating an old, non-conforming source of pollution, the "change" would amend the county's zoning code to create a new, conforming (i.e., permitted) source of pollution, the suit alleges. The new source: A shopping center. In the watershed. There's a lot of information at the Riverkeeper website. This is from a statement issued today: The proposed...

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PPP to Sen. Burr: Don't look back, they're gaining on you

Posted By on Tue, May 11, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Sen. Richard Burr, R-NCCall it what you want, the Tea Party aka the same old crusty conservatives who think things oughta be the way they oughta be just isn't that popular. That's the simple explanation of today's Public Policy Polling result, which puts Democrat Elaine Marshall within a single point of Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican incumbent. Marshall's runoff opponent, Cal Cunningham, fares only slightly worse than Marshall when matched up with Burr. PPP's Tom Jensen is hedging his bets: Elaine and Cal are in a better position now than Sen. Kay Hagan was at this point in '08, the...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

CAM groundbreaking set: Another breakthrough for Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Groundbreaking for the new Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is set for Tuesday, May 11 at 5 p.m. All I can say is — how do you spell S-wheat? One of the first stories I did as a freelancer for the Indy was about Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzer and his band of "Annie" fans on the City Council, who'd killed funding for the old CAM (back then, it was a gallery on Moore Square). '97 or so. (Pre-web days; it's not online.) They didn't like contemporary, obviously. They preferred tried-and-true — with Jesse Helm the last word on true. Not...

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Does "Open Meetings" law mean Wake school board meetings must be open?

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Photo by Art HowardMarch 23: Outside the school board meeting Advocacy groups say yes, and they've gone to court over it. Specifically, they argue that the fact that many folks were not allowed into the March 23 school board meeting — and that the board, though aware a big crowd was coming, insisted on staying in the cramped meeting room at 3600 Wake Forest Road — was in violation of the Open Meetings Law. Their statement: Citizens file "good government" lawsuit against Wake County School BoardMembers of public say the board violated the state's Open Meetings Law, subverting the democratic...

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Perdue's budget: "Reasonable, painful," NC Justice Center says

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM

The Budget & Tax Center, an arm of the progressive NC Justice Center, says in a new report that after state spending cuts and federal stimulus additions, the prospective state budget for 2011-12 as presented by Gov. Bev Perdue calls for about the same level of spending as the current budget. But the current budget took a big whack out of previous spending levels. Overall, the BTC finds, the current recession produced a 10 percent reduction in state services: NC Budget & Tax Center estimates show that the net effect of the recession on the scope of state services...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I can't resist a prediction in the Democratic Senate race —

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 12:59 AM

— Ken Lewis will endorse Elaine Marshall in a day or so. Cal Cunningham will be out of the race by the weekend, if not sooner. Or would Cunningham like to be the survivor of an ultra-low turnout primary at the end of June, "winning" with the enmity of every woman Democrat in North Carolina as he turns to face Richard Burr? That's best case for Cal. Worst is, he gets creamed in June and is a two-time (sore) loser....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Primary results: Gill, Jackson are Dem winners; Randall-Reeves headed for GOP runoff in Brad Miller's district

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Rep. Rosa GillEarly primary-night results: State Rep. Rosa Gill easily wins the nomination in the District 33 Democratic primary with 71 percent of the vote; Bernard Allen II gets just 27 percent. In the District 39 Democratic primary, Rep. Darren Jackson wins 62-38 percent over former Knightdale Town Council member Jeanne Milliken Bonds. On the Republican side (Updated: * Renee Ellmers wins the nomination in congressional District 2 — she'll run against U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge; no question, Ellmers, a registered nurse and part of a family health business, was the strongest of the three GOp contenders against Etheridge, and...

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Randall and Goldman of the GOP on school assignments: Keep your inner-city kids out of "our" schools

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Watch this video from October, 2009. It's Bill Randall, a candidate in today's Republican primary for Congress in the 13th District, campaigning with Debra Goldman, at the time a candidate for the Wake school board from District 9 in Cary. Randall does the talking, Goldman the nodding, but the subject is Goldman's campaign for "community schools." And Randall couldn't be clearer: You who have invested in Cary, he says, have a right to your own schools, and the kids who are bused here from high-poverty areas of Raleigh and elsewhere have no right to be in them. "Are we insensitive...

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Wake schools w/o diversity: Down in the dumper with Charlotte's?

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Will Wake County's schools end up like Charlotte-Mecklenburg's (CMS) if the new Wake school board majority has its way? Critics say yes, and if they're right, look out below — as a new analysis out today from the Great Schools in Wake coalition makes clear. The full GSIW analysis is here: WCPSS-_CMS_Comparative_Analysis.pdf It has lots of graphs. I was struck by the one reproduced above: CMS has 40 schools (on the far left of the graph) where low-income students make up 80 percent or more of the student population. Wake has one — a small alternative school. And at...

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Morgan Street is now 2-way: That is, twice as good as 1-way

Posted By on Sat, May 1, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Saturday morning dawns, and Morgan Street is now 2-way all the way from downtown to the new roundabout at Hillsborough Street. No more "Do Not Enter" sign going west when you come to St. Mary's. Slowly but surely, emphasis on slowly, the city is converting our downtown one-way raceways to two-way urban streets. The former: Good for cars in a hurry to get out of Dodge. The latter: Good for pedestrians, dogs, residents and what, for lack of a better term, are known as walkable neighborhoods. (How about just neighborhoods?) In other words, slow is good. The completion of...

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