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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

At Thanksgiving, farmworkers seek "Harvest of Dignity"

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Raul Granados GamezThanksgiving this year comes on the 50th anniversary of Edward R. Murrow's documentary, "Harvest of Shame," which exposed the wretched conditions endured by American farmworkers. "Fifty years later, very little has changed," says Fawn Patterson. "The conditions are still deplorable." Patterson heads the group Toxic Free North Carolina and also the coalition of groups called the Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN). This week FAN launched the "Harvest of Dignity" campaign with the aim of improving the working and living conditions for agricultural workers in North Carolina and getting state agencies to enforce the laws that are supposed to protect...

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Easley pleads guilty, skates away one last time

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Mike Easley in the courthouseFormer Gov. Mike Easley just entered a guilty plea to a single count of filing a false campaign finance report in connection with his 2006 re-election campaign. He was fined $1,000 plus court costs — no jail time at all. The plea brings to an end the long investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office and a separate investigation initiated by the State Board of Elections which resulted in a referral to a local district attorney. The SBOE fined Easley's campaign committee $100,000. Nobody else laid a glove on him. Corruption? Easley was far too disconnected from...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Put the transit tax to a vote in 2011? In my opinion, that's —

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Prospects for the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit idea were batted around this week at a post-election gathering hosted by WakeUP Wake County. Between what I knew beforehand and some things people said in the course of discussion, I believe the situation is this: Two of the four Republican county commissioners-elect (Tony Gurley, Joe Bryan) have told transit supporters that they will allow a countywide referendum on the 1/2-cent tax plan next fall — assuming that polling shows it has a chance to pass. The other two (Paul Coble, Phil Matthews) are against spending for public transit. Thus, it...

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Skip Stam: Too late, Dems, for us to be fair on redistricting

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Rep. Paul Stam, R-WakeYour Wake Republicans were in excellent spirits last night as they gathered in North Raleigh to salute their conquering candidates, especially Paul (Skip) Stam, the House minority leader in the current General Assembly who is battling to be the House Speaker come January. (More on his chances below.) Stam threw out the red meat, promising swift action on the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Amendment), voter IDs, Right-to-Life license plates, more charter schools as well as tax credits for private-school tuitions, and a budget that slashes spending — no tax-rate increases, Stam promised. In other words, everything the...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jim Hunt & Gary Pearce at QRB tonight (and a correction)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 1:07 PM

In our "8 days a week" listings in the Indy, I plugged the appearance at Quail Ridge Books tonight of former Gov. Jim Hunt and Gary Pearce, his longtime spokesman and author of the new Jim Hunt: A Biography. A major thread in the book is the race issue in North Carolina and how Hunt confronted it at every stage of his long public career. Hunt entered politics on the side of Democrats like Terry Sanford who were progressive on race at a time when the Democratic Party was in open warfare with itself over the issue; soon the segregationist...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Troxler's truculence: Maybe he could sell his big grocery cart?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

They loves their cart at the Dept. of Ag So the Republicans are coming to town to slash the state budget, and as we said yesterday, Gov. Perdue's a step ahead of them with a directive to every department: Tell me where you'd cut 5 percent, 10 percent or 15 percent of your budget. Well, as Rob Schofield says, you can't make this stuff up: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, an elected official in his own right(-wing) after all, says he can't cut a dime. And he's a Republican! Wouldn't be prudent, I believe he told an aide in his best...

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Budget cuts and Bev Perdue: How much is too much?

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM

With the U.S. House in Republican hands come January, not only is another round of federal stimulus funding for the states a virtual impossibility, it may be that the GOP will try to pull back unspent funds from the 2009 stimulus package. (In the U.S. Senate debates, Richard Burr and Elaine Marshall both said that about one-third of the initial stimulus remains to be spent — which if my math is right would be, after accounting for the fact that one-third of the stimulus funding was in the form of tax cuts, about $150 billion.) So the N.C. General Assembly...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Speculating Wake: Coble up, transit down, schools in trouble, Pope's in his heaven

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Paul CobleI am bumming myself out just thinking about the consequences of last night's elections, so allow me to just fire up as raw speculation — sans elaboration — some of the things I've been hearing: 1) Paul Coble will be the new chair of the Wake County Commissioners. 2) The idea of a 1/2-cent sales tax for transit on the ballot in Wake next year is dead. 3) For the why on No. 2, see No. 1. 4) Also, see the enormous school budget cuts coming down the pike from the General Assembly to the Wake schools — leaving...

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Morning after QB: Democrats have been run off the field — again

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Two thoughts. One, what happened. Two, what now. [Update 11/4: Says it all.] What happened: Voters gave Barack Obama and the Democrats a chance to demonstrate that they could operate the machinery of government effectively and in the public interest. Most Americans, myself included, have a pretty healthy distrust of big government; on the other hand, after the fiscal meltdown of '07 and '08, big-government intervention seemed not only necessary but about the only thing that could save the country from a serious economic calamity. Two years later, IMHO the voters decided that, the crisis having passed — and yes,...

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GOP sweeps, takes 4-3 hold of Wake Commissioners board; statewide, GOP is in command, Etheridge is losing

Posted By on Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 1:20 AM

Update: Republicans swept the four Wake County Commissioners races and they added one legislative district to their side of the ledger. Overall, however, Democrats won 5 House seats in Wake to the Republicans' 4; the two parties split the four Wake seats in the state Senate 2-2. Update 2: Republicans may also have picked off one of the three Democratic congressmen with parts of Wake County in their districts. District 4 Democrat David Price and District 13 Democrat Brad Miler won easily — albeit with reduced margins from '08 — over Republican opponents B. J. Lawson and Bill Randall,...

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