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Monday, December 31, 2012

"Justice demands": Gov. Perdue issues pardons of innocence to Wilmington Ten

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Photo courtesy of N.C. Governor's OfficePerdue signing 10 pardons. Good news on New Year's Eve in the Wilmington Ten case. Gov. Bev Perdue has come through with the hoped-for pardons of innocence. Her office sent us the photo. Gov. Perdue's statement follows: “I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten. This topic evokes strong opinions from many North Carolinians as it hearkens back to a very difficult time in our state’s past, a period of racial tensions and violence that...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Note to Kieran Shanahan: About that motto of yours —

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Self-portraitA tough Irishman, is the way Kieran Shanahan likes to be seen. Shanahan is Governor-elect McCrory's pick to be secretary of public safety. It's a big job now that prisons have been rolled into the same department with other functions like the Highway Patrol. A former Raleigh city council member, Shanahan is an ex-prosecutor who's scowling even when he's smiling — which from a fellow Irishman is meant as a compliment. He's been working his way up in the Republican ranks, so no surprise that he's in McCrory's cabinet. But in the wake of recent events, Shanahan might want to...

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How does the NRA rate Sen. Kay Hagan, up for re-election in '14?

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Sending along a tweet from the Washington Post: This WaPo chart shows that most Senate Dems up in '14 have "C" or worse grade from NRA wapo.st/TsmaqO— amy walter (@amyewalter) December 17, 2012 Sen. Hagan, a Democrat who knocked off Elizabeth Dole in 2008, gets an F rating from the National Rifle Association and another F from the similarly right-wing Gun Owners of America. Badges of honor, those F's. Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina's other senator and a Republican, gets a pair of A's. A's for assault rifle, perhaps. Hagan: Two F's from the gun lobby. The D is for...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Remembering Olivia Engel, 6, and finding resolve after Newtown

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Don’t lose this feeling. This mix of tears and resolve—don’t get over it; don’t set it aside. This is what I’ve been telling myself since Friday. Keep it. Act on it. Last night, Pam and I took part in the vigil at Pullen Church in Raleigh. At the end, everyone lit a candle using one of the 27 candles already burning in memory of the victims in Newtown. Read the name beside your candle, the minister said, and keep it in your heart. Olivia Engel, 6, from the Friends of the Engel Family Fund page on FacebookThe name I read:...

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

5 p.m. at Pullen Church: Vigil for the Newtown victims and for an end to gun violence

Posted By on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church and Martin Street Baptist Church will co-host the service at Pullen. It will be brief, about 30 minutes, and give us a chance to grieve together. I look into the faces of smiling children, and I tear up. I don't want to lose this feeling. I want to keep it and act on it with others who feel the same. Our country can be better in so many ways. The children show us how. And a brave school principal and teachers. Pullen Church is at 1801 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, just east of the N.C. State...

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Video sweepstakes parlors? State can ban 'em, N.C. high court says

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM

photo by Bob GearyThe setup in Roanoke Rapids Another tough break for the palace in Roanoke Rapids formerly known as the Randy Parton Theater. Let's see if the Republicans in Raleigh change directions now and let them stay open — w/ campaign contributions cheerfully accepted. Supreme Court upholds state ban on video sweepstakes machines - ow.ly/g6GBs #ncga #ncpol— NC Policy Watch (@NCPolicyWatch) December 14, 2012 A unanimous Supreme Court opinion, with a sharp rebuke to the plaintiffs written by Justice Robin Hudson. In a word, Ouch! Plaintiffs have attempted to “skillfully disguise[ ]” conduct with a façade of speech to...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NC Dems Chair Parker won't run again ... again.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

That's right. David Parker wasn't going to run again for state Democratic Party chair the last time he got himself re-elected Democratic Party chair. But that was then, and this time, he really, really means it: Friends, North Carolinians, and Fellow Democrats, I will not seek re-election as Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party at our February 2, 2013 meeting in Durham. I have enjoyed my two years of service to our State and to the Democratic Party. There is much work to be done on the vital issues of good government, public education and job creation in North...

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Friday, December 7, 2012

"Like" Dix Park? Be in the group photo, 9 a.m. Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The more the merrier. Mayor Nancy McFarlane will be there. Ditto Councilor Thomas Crowder, who was with the Dix306 concept before it was cool. H/t to Leo for this tweet with a link to the "Edit Your City" Facebook page. Group photo at Dix tomorrow. Anyone can join. ow.ly/fV4d4— Leo Suarez (@dtraleigh) December 7, 2012...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Dix Park decision tomorrow: "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save this jewel."

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 3:35 PM

photo by Bob GearyJay Spain atop Dix Hill Seven years of advocacy, and tomorrow the prize will be won if the Council of State votes to approve a lease giving the city of Raleigh constructive control of the 306-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital tract. The advocates, members of the allied groups called Friends of Dorothea Dix Park, Dix306 and the Dix Visionaries, are cautiously or incautiously optimistic about the vote. The dream of a great destination park up on Dix Hill, overlooking downtown Raleigh from the south, is within reach. There's opposition to it on the political right from Americans for...

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AG Roy Cooper punts to Duke Energy in the NC Utility Bowl.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

As expected, the N.C. Utilities Commission today ended its "investigation" of Duke Energy's tactics in the merger with Progress Energy, approving a settlement which IMHO falls short of even slapping Duke E. on the wrist. On the pinkie finger, maybe. Joining in the NCUC's unanimous "OK, whatever ... " decision, state Attorney General Roy Cooper — through his consumer protection chief, Kevin Anderson — announced that he, too, is finished investigating and isn't going to do anything either. Rather, as Cooper's separate settlement with Duke states, the AG wants to "move forward in a positive manner" as he recites what...

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