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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wake Dems endorse Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh mayor, Christine Kushner in District 6 schools race

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:33 PM

photo by Bob GearyCity Councilor Nancy McFarlaneAny lingering doubt that the Wake County Democratic Party would get behind City Councilor Nancy McFarlane in the Raleigh mayor's race — because she's an unaffiliated voter and an independent officeholder — was just dispelled. The party's executive committee met and endorsed McFarlane, according to an enthusiastic statement from Wake Dems Chair Mack Paul. McFarlane is running against two Republicans, Randall Williams and Billie Redmond. Redmond has the official Wake GOP endorsement. In the contested District C race for City Council, the Dems endorsed the incumbent, Eugene Weeks, over fellow Democrats Corey Branch and...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

[Updated with must-read info] Tata announces Q&A sessions on student assignment plan this Wednesday and Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Yes — this just in: Superintendent Tony Tata's been talking about holding some public information sessions on his new student assignment plan sometime in September. All of a sudden, five sessions are scheduled, and the first four are this week ... two of them on Wednesday ... two more on Thursday. The fifth one is next week. [Update: Tuesday at 5:25 p.m. Tata just changed the whole schedule. The first two sessions are still tomorrow night and Thursday, but after that — Here's the whole thing, just as it was sent via email two minutes ago: *** CORRECTION *** Information...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Planned Parenthood, in federal court, wins round one against the Republican General Assembly

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 9:02 PM

A federal judge has intervened to block the state of North Carolina — a.k.a. the Republican General Assembly — from declaring war on Planned Parenthood. This is a temporary injunction and will hold until the judge hears both sides in court and decides the case. That said, it's a big win for Planned Parenthood of Central NC and a setback for the Republicans, who wrote a prohibition into the 2011-12 budget against any Planned Parenthood chapter even applying for federal funds administered by the state's health agency. At least $200,000 a year, and valuable services for the public, are at...

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

(Update) Lent Carr, would-be preacher and City Council member, sent back to prison

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

(Update, 8/18): Poor Mr. Carr is officially off the ballot and in hot water for registering to vote while he was still on probation. The N&O was at the Wake Board of Elections today. The original post from a week ago: This really is more sad than anything. Lent Carr can sound quite rational, but he's obviously got some serious issues. Carr was on the ballot to run for City Council in District C. A judge waylaid those plans and sent him to prison for violating his parole. WRAL did some reporting on him, but credit goes first to the...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Wake GOP endorses Billie Redmond for Raleigh mayor over her fellow Republican Randall Williams

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Courtesy of Billie Redmond for mayor campaignThe executive committee of the Wake County Republican Party met Monday night. The result, just announced, is a party-endorsed slate of candidates in Raleigh that includes businesswoman Billie Redmond for mayor, not Dr. Randall Williams. The two Republican candidates are running in a three-way contest against City Councilor Nancy McFarlane, who is unaffiliated but generally aligned with progressive, Democratic positions. The Republicans also announced their slate of Board of Education candidates and endorsements in other municipal races — no surprises. (See the list below.) [Adding a bit to what I wrote earlier, it's worth...

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Monday, August 15, 2011

[Update x 2: Odom's opponent withdraws] New candidates in Raleigh; Crowder, Gaylord unopposed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 4:42 PM

[Update No. 2, 4:10 pm: Just spoke to Gary Sims, deputy director at the Board of Elections. He confirms the gist of the story. The erstwhile candidate came in at 11:59, according to the sign-in sheet in the lobby, but he didn't have a check and the elections staff cannot take cash over $50 (the fee is $100), nor are they set up to take credit cards. By the time the fellow got back with a check, it was after 12 noon, meaning that, by law, the filing period had ended. No one else was ahead of him to...

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Friday, August 12, 2011

A distant trumpet sounds, and Vernon Robinson runs again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I ran into Vernon Robinson last week at the charter schools conference downtown. Vernon's an old charter schools guy, one of the originals, actually. Anyway, he said he needed to get busy raising money for his congressional campaign. What campaign? I asked. Well, he didn't say. Vernon announced his candidacy for Brad Miller's 13th District seat awhile back, but that's when the weirdly gerrymandered 13th wandered over toward Winston-Salem, where Vernon lives. It has since been weirdly re-gerrymandered to go east from Raleigh, leaving Vernon out unless he chooses once again to run in a district he doesn't live...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Republicans fill out Wake school board slate, profess love for Tata too

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The Wake County Republican Party is making no bones about it. As far as they're concerned, it's great if the non-partisan school board elections are partisan. To that end, they've rolled out their "A" team of GOP candidates, capped off by the announcement today that Donna Williams, founding leader of the Northern Wake Republican Club, will run in District 6. Williams will be pitted against Christine Kushner, whose credentials look pretty darned impressive, in a district that should favor Kushner. A third candidate, George Morgan, is also on the ballot; the incumbent, Carolyn Morrison, is not seeking re-election. Underlining...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Tata we trust—II: Wake Dems get with Tony, say Repubs aren't

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Photo by D.L. Anderson Two months ago, I posted "In Tata we trust?" — note the question mark. The gist of it was, Wake Schools Superintendent Tony Tata's Blue Plan for student assignment seemed like a reasonable path out of the muck that the school system's been sunk in since the '09 elections ... and Tata, the former general, was a refreshing, surprising success as the supe. But of course, he'd only been in town four months, so prudence dictated that any praise take the form of a question :) Today, Mack Paul is out with a statement on behalf...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Republican plan to generate economic growth in two sentences

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM

www.usajobs.opm.gov No. 1: Especially in a recession, we don't need government jobs — cut 'em.* No. 2: Instead of paying a lot of government bureaucrats, save money by privatizing public functions — the way Stephen LaRoque does it.** Your footnotes: No. 1 — * Data for the public sector again reflected the ongoing state and local budget problems, with state government employment losing 23,000 jobs and local government employment dropping by 16,000. According to the Commissioner’s Statement, the state government decline was due almost entirely to the partial government shutdown in Minnesota. But even excluding these losses, state and local...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

D6 it is: Raleigh Council chooses a downtown light-rail route

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Courtesy Patriarca12 at en.wikipediaLight-transit, Charlotte-styleIf the Raleigh City Council is the last word on the subject — and at this point, it looks like it will be — a trunk light-rail line for the Triangle, if built, would come through downtown Raleigh on the route known as D6. (See the map below.) That's the West Morgan Street-to-Harrington Street alternative. The Council, on a 6-2 vote Monday night, followed the Triangle Transit Authority's recommendation for the downtown alignment. Previously, the TTA had pledged to accept the Council's determination, whatever it was. Thus, the two go hand-in-hand to the Capital Area Metropolitan...

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