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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bike lanes on Hillsborough Street: √

Posted By on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

photo courtesy of Will AlphinWill Alphin, who led the effort to have bike lanes striped on the new Hillsborough Street, took the photo you see at right and sent this note to his friends on Facebook (including moi): "wo years since we first started turning the wheels to get a bike lane on the street adjacent to the highest percentage of cyclists in raleigh - they are down. watching over a hunderd motoroists drive down hillsborough street on the inaugural night of the lanes, not a single one slipped over the line into the cylce lane. this is gonna work....

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Friday, July 29, 2011

ComeUnityNow, Saturday in City Plaza: "The hottest festival in town"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

No irony intended, I'm certain, when the ComeUnityNow folks billed their event in City Plaza tomorrow as "the hottest festival in town." it will be that, with temperatures forecast to go above 100 degrees. But it's Raleigh in July, so cool is not an option. And it's for a good cause — with proceeds going to people slammed by the April 16 tornado ... ... via nonprofits such as the Green Chair Project (recycled furnishings) and the Wake Interfaith Disaster Team. The event is 10 am-10 pm on two blocks of Fayetteville Street and in City Plaza. Music, dancing,...

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Senate overrides Perdue veto of H854, anti-choice bill, because Stevens and Bingham duck the vote

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

It takes a three-fifths majority to override a veto by the Governor. In the Senate, that would be 30 votes out of 50 if every senator is present. Today, the Senate did, indeed, override Gov. Perdue's veto of H854, the bill to interfere with a woman's right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy. It did so by a 29-19 vote. All 29 votes in favor were from Republicans. The 19 Democratic senators all voted no. That's right, 29 votes were sufficient for the override because two senators, Republicans Richard Stevens of Wake County and Stan Bingham of Davidson...

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Monday, July 25, 2011

"Beat the Reaper": The game show that's not quite as ridiculous as "Deal 4 the Debt Ceiling" (UPDATED)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:56 PM

illustration by Tyler Bergholz for the Independent Weekly Update, 9:45 p.m.: My reaction to Obama's speech? Once again, he confuses everyone by starting with why the deficits are so high when the subject is supposed to be the catastrophe if we don't increase the debt ceiling. Deficits and debt are not the same thing, and Obama is in this mess because he's allowed the GOP to hold the debt ceiling hostage to the unrelated subject of how to cut future deficits. As for Boehner, he responded with complete propaganda aided by total disdain for the facts. 100% B.S. From this...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Roundup, Raleigh Republicans: All the news that's right to print

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

We have a backlog of Republican campaign info to share. Summarizing: 1) Not one but two Republican mayoral candidates with the addition of Dr. Randall Williams this week; 2) The other, Billie Redmond, is out today with a list of her supporters, noteworthy mainly for the presence of Jim Goodmon, WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting chief, on it; 3) Just in case you thought school elections were non-partisan, District 3 candidate Heather Losurdo announced four endorsements today — the four Republican county commissioners; and 4) There's a Republican, Paul Fitts, running in the at-large City Council race vs. the two Democratic incumbents,...

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Charging to a world of electric vehicles: "It's a gold rush"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Tuesday night is "Public Night" at the Plug-In 2011 Conference & Exposition, the event at the Raleigh Convention Center for the EV — Electric Vehicles — industry. For $10, you can say you were there when your grandchildren ask, "Whatever happened to the gasoline-powered automobile?" "Well, kids," you'll be able to say, "it was back in '11 when General Electric came out with an EV charging station in a box, and it sold at Lowe's for about $1,000. "That's right, kids, one thousand dollars — it was the same year that the Republicans defaulted on the national debt, which...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

GOP's new districts: Whacking up Wake (or, No soup for y'all)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Wake whacked into 11 N.C. House districts Lord knows, I hesitate to do this. For one thing, the new legislative district maps squiggle all over the place, making them extremely difficult to read in terms of who exactly lives in which district — especially if you're squinting at a computer screen, as I am. This is where mistakes are made — thus, my apologies if I've made any. (To check me out, click on this official legislative redistricting website — the key elements on it are the proposed Senate districts, the proposed House districts, and a nifty mapping tool, the...

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Raleigh Council to hear alt.rail.transit.route options for DTR

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Remember the flyover bridges? The railroad tunnels? They are, if not gone forever, at least off the table for now as Light-Rail Transit Plan 2.0 takes shape for DTR (Downtown Raleigh). A good time to take it all in — or have your say — would be Aug. 1, when the City Council conducts a workshop and public hearing on the two alternative routes that are on the table as Triangle Transit (TTA) moves ahead with the process of once again applying for federal aid. The two alternatives are called D6 and D6A: * Under D6, the light-rail line...

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Planned Parenthood files suit in federal court vs. General Assembly funding ban

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Breaking news: "Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina (PPCNC) filed suit today in federal district court in Greensboro seeking to prevent the enforcement of the Planned Parenthood defunding amendment passed as part of the North Carolina budget during the 2011 legislative session. The North Carolina legislature passed a state budget that denies Planned Parenthood state and federal funds used to subsidize family planning services and provide teen pregnancy prevention programs, despite a veto by Governor Bev Perdue." Planned Parenthood maintains that excluding it from eligibility to even apply for state funding to provide health services that the state is prepared...

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AP: Feds investigating Wake jail's treatment of immigrant detainees

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

The Associated Press is reporting an investigation by the civil rights unit of the Department of Homeland Security. The probe is in response to a complaint by the N.C. chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union alleging that people detained in the Wake County jail on suspicion of being illegal immigrants were mistreated. According to the AP: The agency's civil rights chief sent a letter last month announcing the probe to the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU had coordinated a group of 57 complaints from people detained at the jail in 2009 and 2010....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Don't throw that dirt on Brad Miller's casket just yet

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Congressman Brad Miller, D-RaleighThe Republican plan for congressional districts puts Raleigh Democrat Brad Miller in the crosshairs, no doubt about it. As much as the GOP's plan is aimed at replacing other Democrats too (Larry Kissell, Heath Shuler, Mike McIntyre), Miller is their Enemy No. 1. That said, they may have gone too far in trying to eliminate him, meaning Miller just might survive the Republican putsch. Two points, one on Miller's residence and the second on the likely illegality of the GOP's proposed District 13 (clarifying: the likely illegality of District 1, with direct impacts on District 13) under...

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Susan Evans will run against Ron Margiotta in District 8 school board showdown

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Courtesy of evansforwake.com Susan Evans (that's her, top left), who's made no secret of her dislike for Ron Margiotta's agenda since he became Wake school board chair, announced today that she'll challenge Margiotta for the District 8 school board seat in the October elections. Evans, who lives in Apex, is a CPA with Big Four as well as small-business accounting experience. She's also part owner of a local residential construction and development business, according to her press release. She and her husband, Chuck, have two children, both graduates of the Wake public school system. (Her materials are copied below. She...

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