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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last Perdue licks: Vetos win enviro-plaudits

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM

All week, environmentalists have peppered us with their appeals: Tell Gov. Perdue to veto that awful Senate Bill 781 ("return of the Hardison Amendment") and that other awful Senate Bill 709 ("drill, baby — or frack"). (They also wanted her to veto the terminally awful Senate Bill 110, which allows the first terminal groins — yeah, I know — in N.C. She let that one go by.) Well, today, they're back with big props for the Governor, who did indeed send both of these bad boys to the showers. Here's their statement: Environmental Coalition Praises Governor Perdue For Vetoing...

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DOT: We got yer Raleigh rail transit right here ...

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:18 PM

inside the old Dillon Supply steel fabrication building And you thought we'd have to wait another decade at least to get rail-transit service in Raleigh. Not at all. In fact, we already have rail-transit service — didn't you know? You can jump on a train to Durham three times a day, and three times a day you can jump on a train in Durham that'll take you back to Raleigh. With stops in between at the Cary train station. It's called Amtrak, and it costs $6 or $7 one-way. Scheduled trip times run 35 minutes, plus or minus. (Not counting...

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Forbes sez: Raleigh is No. 1 city to do bidness.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Raleigh is No. 1, Charlotte 22, Asheville 24 and Durham 31 on the 2011 Forbes list of best cities to do business. It just proves what the Republicans have been saying, that years of one-party government by the Democrats have led the state's economy to ... oh, never mind. Raleigh returns to its accustomed No. 1 rank after a year in third place. We are the only East Coast city in the top 10. Our lofty status is due to the low cost of doing business here combined our highly educated labor force, according to Forbes. Which must be...

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Perdue veto: HB 854, the "Women Are Stupid Act"

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Its purpose: Interfere with a woman's constitutional rights. Gov. Perdue's response: She vetoed House Bill 854, the so-called "Women's Right to Know Act." It would've required women to delay having an abortion until they'd sat through a spiel about why they shouldn't, thought about it for 24 hours — and paid for an ultrasound. From the Governor's office: Gov. Perdue today vetoed H.B. 854 and issued the following statement: “This bill is a dangerous intrusion into the confidential relationship that exists between women and their doctors. The bill contains provisions that are the most extreme in the nation in...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Margiotta splits with Tata over the Blue plan's achievement goal

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

In this week's Indy ("Yellow light for Wake schools Blue plan"), I tried to lay out the key issues I see ahead for Wake Schools Superintendent Tony Tata's Blue plan. They are: (1) Will enough seats be reserved in the so-called Achievement schools for kids coming from high-poverty, low-achievement neighborhoods? (2) Will the school system intervene on behalf of the kids living in such neighborhoods whose parents aren't usefully involved in their school lives, and thus don't know how to make the best of this plan for "parental choice"? Tata has so far guesstimated that "about 20 percent" of seats...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photo ID bill: Veto'd by Perdue

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

House Bill 351: Possibly the worst bill sent to her by the Republicans in the General Assembly, and this afternoon Gov. Perdue sent it right back to them. It didn't pass by a veto-proof majority in the House, incidentally — the 51 "no" votes give Perdue a couple to spare. Perdue: “The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have — both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that...

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Billie Redmond enters the Raleigh mayor's race

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 11:48 AM

photo by Bob GearyBillie Redmond's announcement; that's John Odom behind her. Redmond's claim to the job: She'll be the best salesperson the city could have. Off a very successful career in real estate, she does know how to make a sales pitch. Her announcement this morning drew a big crowd — maybe 200? — to the Occidental Building on Wade Avenue, which she bought and renovated as part of the deal for the property where the ill-fated Coker Towers project would've been. Redmond's a Republican, and she was surrounded by same: City Councilor John Odom, County Commissioner Joe Bryan, Wake...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wake school board reorganizes: Chaos ensues.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 6:39 PM

[Update: Now that I'm home and drinking a beer, one final, summary post. For more than two hours, the school board majority held out for John Tedesco to be elected vice chair and Ron Margiotta's heir apparent as chair. The majority, that is, minus Debra Goldman. Through 55 ballots, Republican Goldman refused to vote with her Republican allies — Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett and Margiotta — for fellow Republican Tedesco. But Goldman also refused to reach across the aisle and cast her vote for Keith Sutton. At the end, as much as Goldman didn't want to help with Tedesco's...

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"Creative District" study moves forward for SW Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM

from SouthwestRaleigh.com A quick update on this story from last week: The City Council voted 7-1 today to let the Southwest Raleigh economic development study go forward at a cost of $150,000 (plus $40,000 from N.C. State University). The lone no vote today, as she was at the Budget and Economic Development Committee a week ago, was at-large Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin. This is the study that many Southwest Raleigh-ites hope will result in the branding of their part of the city as the Creative District — together with some creative approaches to transit, housing and other programs to spur economic...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Kissing called for at Crabtree Valley Saturday: Partner's gender up 2 U

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 1:28 PM

from the LUSH website This sounds like fun: Show up at Crabtree Valley Mall Saturday morning and, at 11:38, proceed to kiss. Best to bring a partner. (I don't know that eligible kiss-ee's will be hanging around. Maybe.) Your partner's gender is, of course, up to you. Why wouldn't it be? *** Has it really been eight months since we last visited the non-issue issue of gay couples smootching at a mall? Last October, it was at Cameron Village and we were pleased to learn that CV is cool with it. This time, the kiss-in is at Crabtree Valley Mall,...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

John Tedesco has a job ... he's an education reformer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Worried that John Tedesco of Wake County school board fame (or infame, as the case may be) was out of work? Fear not — he has new a gig fronting for the North Carolina Center for Education Reform. (Correction: The Center for Education Reform is a different animal — my mistake for linking to it when it popped up in a quick google.) Here's the link to the apparently brand-new N.C. Center for Education Reform. Conservative donors, attendez-vous: The North Carolina Center for Education Reform (NCCER) is proud to announce the selection of our new President and CEO, Mr. John...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When NC drops to 49th in school funding, we'll still be ahead of —

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM

If you've seen the ads, it's not Mississippi. Mississippi will spend more on public schools than we do. It's not South Carolina. (Really? Not even with Nikki Haley in the Gov's Office?) Nope. Together NC coalition leaders just sent a letter of apology to South Carolina for their mockery back when our state was never gonna be like their state. *** So our all-but-adopted state budget, when the Senate Republicans are finished overriding Gov. Bev Perdue's veto, will drop us to 49th out of 50 states in taxpayer support for K-12 schools. Which I've read over and over in...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Till Tellis. Oh, wait, it's "Tell Tillis" ... dot ... com

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

How many reports have you read ... how many tweets ... how many emails ... about the latest outrage in the General Assembly? This bill destroys environmental protections. That bill rips apart the schools. So on. I'm guessing I've read a thousand. Really. These guys have run some seriously bad bills. So many that the S308's and the H42's all start to run together. But ask yourself, what really sticks in my mind when I consider the Republican-led legislature in action? If you're like me, it's Thom Tillis paying his House staff $150K a year (the Governor makes less) and...

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Perdue to announce budget decision: Veto coming? (Update: Veto, yes. Perdue statement, plus a new poll.)

Posted By on Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Photo by Travis FainGov. Perdue adds her BP to the red ink [Update 4: 6/13: Public Policy Polling finds one-third of voters are undecided, but otherwise, Perdue's veto is the popular choice; even the Republican electorate is puzzling over the GOP position ... while Dems and UNAs — unaffilateds — are with the Gov.] *** The rest is from Sunday — [Update 3: Question about those five Democrats? She's talked to them, had them to the mansion, hopes some — or some Republicans — will now come to her aid. Question about the GOP budget, didn't they meet you halfway?...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

In Tata we trust? Thoughts on a Friday re: Blue vs. Green

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I wrote a column in this week's Indy about the challenges to public education in Wake County and North Carolina. At The News & Observer, one of their blogger-reporters picked it up, characterizing it as "firing shots" at the Blue plan for student assignment in Wake. Whereupon I heard from several people who asked, "I thought you were for the Blue plan?" The short answer is, I am. So far, anyway. I fired no "shots" at the Blue plan. I did raise questions about it because it's clear to me, as I said in the column, that the Blue...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Competition for McFarlane in the Raleigh mayor's race?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

from the CBC Trademark Properties website Word circulating in Raleigh is that Billie Redmond, owner-CEO of Coldwell Banker Commercial Trademark Properties and a registered Republican, is weighing a bid for mayor and talking with potential supporters. If she runs, she could offer serious opposition to the only announced candidate so far, City Councilor Nancy McFarlane. I put a call in to Redmond this morning and sent her an email. [Update: I just talked to her — 4 p.m. — and she confirmed, she is considering it, called it "a daunting decision" that she hasn't made as yet.] Wake GOP Chair...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

You go, Gov: Perdue bypasses the GOP, orders that those entitled to jobless benefits receive them (UPDATE: And it gets better ...)

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Indyweek illustration by V.C. RogersPerdue keeps stirring up trouble for the GOPCan she do it? She can try. Let the Republicans find a judge who'll block it, but for now, Gov. Bev Perdue has declared — via executive order — that 47,000 people who should've been getting extended jobless benefits but weren't because the Republican General Assembly refused to pass a routine bill are entitled to receive them and they will. The Republicans have tried to tie Perdue's hands in the budget fight — the subject of our cover story this week — by linking the jobless benefits bill to...

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In re: the case of Johnny Reid ("John") Edwards — indicted for lying

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

photo by Jenny WarburgJohn Edwards in Chapel Hill, Dec. 2006: That's Rielle Hunter with the camera The feds, as widely advertised for a week, got a grand jury to indict former presidential candidate John Edwards. The official charge is that he violated campaign finance laws. The real charge: He lied while he was a candidate about a fact that the voters had a right to know — that his mistress was pregnant with his child. Here's the indictment for those interested in reading it: Edwards_Indictment.pdf The six-count indictment was obtained by U.S. Attorney George Holding, a Republican appointee based in...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Jim Neal, 2 others arrested in pro-gay rights action at General Assembly

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 6:35 PM

photo by Bob GearyAdam Attarian of Raleigh says "come on" WRAL is reporting that Jim Neal, a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2008 Democratic primary, was one of three pro-gay rights demonstrators arrested today at the General Assembly. They went on the House floor while the chamber was in session and called for "liberty and justice for all" — whereupon they were removed. Neal was among the speakers at a rally earlier outside the legislative building. The rally was sponsored by a California-based group called Get Equal with a new N.C. state chapter. (The rally started late and I...

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At WILPF Congress (and you're invited): Friday, Rev. William Barber; Saturday, peace demo & film: "The Whistleblower"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 5:03 PM

photo by D.L. AndersonTriangle WILPF organizers gather in Chapel Hill The 31st national congress of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is underway in Chapel Hill on the UNC-CH campus and runs through Sunday. It hits high gear tomorrow — Friday — when the Rev. William Barber, head of the state NAACP, gives the keynote. On Saturday, The Whistleblower, a film starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave, will be shown in special pre-release. (it's scheduled to premiere in August.) Both events are at the Hanes Art Center and are open to the public. Also free & participatory: A...

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(Update) The Republicans' budget vs. Perdue's: The gap is way bigger than it appears— Why are 5 House Dems with the GOP?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

[Update II, 6/2, 9:30 a.m.: Progressive groups are incensed that five conservative House Democrats may upset Perdue's applecart. The five apparently will vote for the GOP budget when it comes back from the Senate. Whether they'll vote to override a Perdue veto is uncertain; it's possible that after a veto, they'll go to work on a real compromise.] [Update I, 4 p.m.: The "bipartisan" budget passed the Senate 31-18 ... with 31 Republican votes and zero (0) Democrats. Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt's critique is added below.) That "bipartisan budget deal" unveiled yesterday by the General Assembly's Republican leadership is...

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