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Monday, January 30, 2012

Brad Miller: Yup, I'm thinking about it

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Congressman Brad Miller, who stepped aside last week for David Price, is in the thick of the speculation about replacing Bev Perdue on the Democratic ticket. Today, Miller said he's undecided about running in the primary for governor. But: “I had not given the first thought to running for governor before Thursday. Shortly after Governor Perdue’s announcement, I began receiving unsolicited encouragement to run. I have worked on national issues for the last nine years, but I spent eight years in the legislature and I care a lot about state issues. In addition to the calls and e-mails I’ve received...

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

For Gov: Dalton, maybe Foxx & Bowles; Miller? Not Cowell.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

So, reading my mail and after a couple of conversations while I was moving around today: Lt. Walter Dalton is in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is looking it over. Erskine Bowles is making calls, testing the waters. A progressive group is pushing hard for Brad Miller, who didn't rule it out this morning. (And why would he — rule it out, I mean?) State Treasurer Janet Cowell issued a statement that she plans for run for re-election as treasurer and won't be in the gubernatorial field.Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton Heard that former...

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Her statement: Perdue won't seek re-election

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

[Update: Might as well throw in PPP's analysis of possible other Democratic candidates. Standing here listening to WRAL go through the list, they missed Erskine Bowles — he's rich and raising money is going to be a problem for anyone who has to start today from square one. And Bowles is only a two-time loser in NC, maybe the third time's the charm. I'll copy it below Perdue's statement.] Here is Perdue's statement: Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times — demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts...

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Miller vs. Price: Should've been a good thing

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

photo by D.L. AndersonCongressman Brad Miller looks into something or other. [Update: I'm updating this as I post it. The news about Bev Perdue has folks asking Brad Miller about a possible gubernatorial run, and I read that he hasn't ruled it out. In our conversation yesterday, the subject of governor never came up — I would say Brad hadn't heard anything about Perdue; if that's not the case, I'd put my money on him in a poker game.] Ahem ... Brad Miller is my congressman. I should add, he's also my kind of congressman — the kind who gets...

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Brad Miller will leave Congress; won't seek re-election in 2012

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 7:14 AM

Congressman Brad Miller issued a statement this morning in the form of an explanation to supporters: He won't run against Rep. David Price in the new 4th Congressional District. The two Democrats are packed into the 4th as the result of the redistricting plan enacted by the Republican-led General Assembly. Here's Miller's statement; I spoke with him yesterday on background and will add a thought or two to this later this morning:Congressman Brad Miller, D-Raleigh Because your support has been so important to me, I wanted you to hear from me that I will not seek another term in Congress....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tedesco announces ... that he may announce

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

John Tedesco, Wake school board member, just issued a statement about his possible candidacy for state Schools Superintendent, Republican nomination division. The statement: JT will announce next Thursday — Jan. 26 — whether he's announcing his candidacy. Happy as always to help with his publicity: JohnTedescoMediaRelease.pdf...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gov. Perdue: 3/4ths of 1-cent sales tax hike needed for schools

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Governor Bev Perdue kicked off the 2012 budget debate today — and (unofficially) kicked off her 2012 re-electon campaign — with a call for increased school funding. Specifically, she wants 3/4ths of that temporary 1-cent sales tax for education back temporarily. (Which, by the way, would yield a tidy $863 million in extra revenues next year, according to the N.C. Budget & Tax Center's Alexandra Sirota.) The N.C. Council of Churches approves. Here's the council's "Raleigh Report" fresh off the tubes, suggesting that you let the governor and your legislators know where you stand — Raleigh Report Network— Governor Perdue...

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New Wake school board MIA as assignment plan moves forward

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

photo by Bob GearyThe new Wake school board takes office It's January 17 and the new student assignment plan — Superintendent Tony Tata's version of controlled-choice — starts today still missing a strong diversity component. In fact, the plan is unchanged from what it was in October, when it was adopted by the old Republican school board majority, which passed it after lopping off the diversity element that Tata floated but didn't actually propose. Nor is this a new problem. From the get-go two years ago, it's been understood that a controlled-choice plan won't work unless the four "pillars" of...

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Thought for MLK Day: On Wealth and Poverty

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

RT “@thinkprogress: "God never intended one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty." — MLK Jr.” Think Progress is tweeting MLK today. One good thought after another....

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On MLK Day, the most tolerant U.S. city? It's our very own ...

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

photo by Bob Geary ... Durham, N.C. San Francisco is 3rd, my old home town of Trenton, NJ is 7th, and Raleigh checks in at a not-too-shabby 18th, just behind Orlando, FL and San Diego and ahead of Riverside, CA and Tampa. It's all right here in the Daily Beast. (And who could argue with the DB?)...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wake school board: Go, or no-go on Tata assignment plan?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM

photo by Bob GearyThe Wake school board in a work session last week; Kevin Hill, the new chair, is at the head of the table with his back to the camera Well, fellow Wake County citizens, we're down to it on Tony Tata's student assignment plan, a controlled-choice plan with no base assignments for students: Is it a go, or a no-go, for the 2012-13 school year? The new school board, when it meets today, can: 1) retain the plan as is; 2) retain it, but with one or two fundamental and easily executed changes that would improve it greatly...

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Tweeted: Red Hat hearts Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM

RT @raleighplanning: Raleigh News Update Red Hat Selects Raleigh as its Global Headquarters ow.ly/1gztgj— Jason Hibbets (@jhibbets) January 6, 2012 *** p.s. Yes, that's right, it is now possible to embed tweets on a blog. No chance this technology will be overused, do you think?...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

New General Assembly rule: Do unto others, and if you're really f'ing them up, do it after midnight

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I was at the General Assembly yesterday afternoon. The good news is that the Racial Justice Act survived the Republican effort at repeal. Senate Bill 9, the repeal bill, was vetoed by Gov. Bev Perdue. The Senate yesterday voted to override her veto by a party line tally of 31-19 — every Republican for the override, every Democrat opposed (and in favor of retaining the RJA). Over in the House, though, the Republicans needed some Democratic votes to override a veto, and they couldn't find any, apparently. So the House never voted. Never voted on the RJA, anyway. Now, onto...

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