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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Note to Bill Faison: Run or get off the pot

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Rep. Bill FaisonTook some time off, so the old blog is bare and needs a quick transfusion. So thank you, Rep. Bill Faison, for supplying me with something simple and quick to say. Which is, if you want to run for governor in a Democratic primary against Bev Perdue, by all means, jump right in. Faison vs. Perdue? Seems like you'd get hammered — you're going to run against her from the right? — but you never know. But you sound a little silly telling the governor she should step aside so you can take her place. *** I'll add...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

[Updated] Tedesco vs. Glazier for DPI Super? We can sell tickets.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

photo by Jeremy M. LangeJohn Tedesco strikes an upward gaze.The original post from 11/10: I see that Under the Dome (N&0) is reporting that June Atkinson, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction and a Democrat, may not run for a third term in 2012. (Or she may.) The other night, some of the Democrats who packed into Kevin Hill's victory party were saying that state Rep. Rick Glazier, a leading progressive from Fayetteville, is laying plans to run if Atkinson doesn't. Then there was the story of how John Tedesco, whose hopes of being the next Wake school board chair...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hill beats Losurdo in Wake schools race

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:32 PM

photo by Bob GearyKevin Hill arrives at Milton's in North RaleighKevin Hill's reelection to the Wake County Board of Education Tuesday completed a sweep of the five school district elections this year by Democratic candidates. His victory gave control of the board to a moderate majority, ending two tumultuous years of conservative Republican rule. In the runoff for the District 3 (North Raleigh) school board seat, Hill, a career educator (teacher, principal, university professor) and registered Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Heather Losurdo by about 900 votes. He won with 52.3 percent to Losurdo's 47.7 percent of the votes After a...

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[Updated-again] Occupy Raleigh City Hall? City Council committee says no, 3-0.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM

photo by Bob GearyMayor Meeker pitched this paved area next to the old police headquarters. [Update, Tuesday, 11:20 a.m.: I just got off the phone with Joe Huberman. The committee voted 3-0 against the idea of allowing Occupy Raleigh to occupy any part of the City Hall/Police Department block. The three: Mary-Ann Baldwin (chair), Eugene Weeks and John Odom. The issue now goes back to the full Council, which meets next Tuesday. It would be unprecedented in my experience for the Council to vote yes when a committee was unanimous the other way. Huberman said he was disappointed but not...

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District 3 runoff winner at Milton's Pizza tonight

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

When the votes are counted in the Wake County Board of Education District 3 runoff tonight, the winner will be celebrating at Milton's Pizza & Pasta in — Well, that's the rub. There are two Milton's Pizza & Pastas in District 3. One is in what we might call old North Raleigh; the other is so far out in the new North Raleigh that Milton's itself lists its location variously as being in Wake Forest or "Wakefield." Kevin Hill, the incumbent, plans to be at the first Milton's, the one located at 8853 Six Forks Rd. (corner of Strickland Rd.),...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

(Updated) Losurdo press conference proves only that she did work for a bank once — duh.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Heather LosurdoWell, that was pretty much a waste of time. Nobody ever said Heather Losurdo didn't work in a bank. What her critics said is that she exaggerated her responsibilities by claiming that she was in charge of a $2 billion loan portfolio. Her defense to that charge, issued at a press conference this evening, reduces to: 1) The charge was made in a way that suggested I never worked at a bank at all. But I did too. (I don't think anyone ever suggested that she made the whole bank thing up. Classic rebuttal of something that's beside the...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Occupy Raleigh: Welcome at Raleigh City Hall?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

photo by Bob GearyBo Chagnon (center) and Sidney Harr (right) of Occupy Raleigh talking with passersby at City Hall Tuesday Occupy Raleigh supporters did their part last night, turning out 100 strong for the 7 p.m. City Council session. Asked by spokesman Joe Huberman to issue a two-week, renewable permit to OR for a 24/7 staging area in the little park space behind City Hall, however, Mayor Charles Meeker hemmed and the Council hawed, bucking the question to its Law & Public Safety Committee, which meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council chambers. Q: Will OR get its permit?...

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