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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Can you handle the truth? Ex-U.S. prosecutor at Gitmo speaking out Thursday, Friday at a college near you.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Col. Morris (Moe) Davis was chief U.S. prosecutor for military trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba until he quit in protest over orders to allow so-called evidence gained via enhanced interrogation techniques, the methods formerly known as torture.Col Morris Davis Davis will be speaking at UNC and Duke during the day on Thursday (tomorrow), at Johnston County Community College Thursday evening, and on Friday, noon, at N.C. State. All are free lectures open to the public. (Here's a column I wrote about anti-torture efforts in the Triangle a couple of weeks ago, centered on Johnston County Airport and its tenant, Aero...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mansfield out of race for Dem Party Chair, leaving Voller or ???

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Former state Sen. Eric Mansfield is out of the contest for state Democratic Party chair, citing the ill health of his mom. That leaves Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller unopposed at this point — nine days before the Feb. 2 election meeting of the party's State Executive Committee To read Mansfield's statement, click on the link in the tweet embedded below. Bob Etheridge is said to be considering a run in Mansfield's place. I gather this is the party establishment, such as it is, squirming unhappily at the prospect that Voller could prevail? Voller time? “@nationhahn: I am sad that my...

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Monday, January 14, 2013

[Update: Wins by 5-3 vote] Raleigh Council asked to back "Return Our War Dollars" campaign

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

[Update, Tuesday: The measure passed by a 5-3 vote, albeit with a friendly amendment to remove the words " ... troops and ..." from the text — as shown below. Voting yes: Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Councilors Russ Stephenson, Eugene Weeks, Thomas Crowder and Mary-Ann Baldwin. Voting no: Councilors Randy Stagner, John Odom and Bonner Gaylord. The amendment, offered by Crowder, was addressed to Stagner's distaste for any implication that the troops were the problem for our wasteful wars (Stagner is a retired Army colonel). Stagner wasn't won over. Odom objected on grounds that there are no "war dollars" to be...

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

From wars to schools to transportation: New DOT Sec. Tony Tata, renaissance man!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

(Updated to include McCrory press release, below, with bios of Tata and three other appointments, including two with extensive Duke Energy backgrounds — like McCrory himself.) Tony Tata, ex-Army general turned ex-Wake schools superintendent, will be DOT secretary in the McCrory Administration. Puts me in mind of the "Welcome Back, Kotter" theme song. Ironic, in that bus transportation snafus led to Tata's ouster by the current Wake school board. Or, at least, they were the stated reason for ... General Tony Tata, fmr Wake Co superintendent, will serve as Secretary of the Department of Transportation #ncpol twitter.com/PatMcCroryNC/s…— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC)...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thank you, New Raleigh: After five good years, NR blog says good-bye

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Thank You Readers! ra.ly/UIsNrz— NewRaleigh (@NewRaleigh) January 2, 2013 New Raleigh lived up to its name. Its founders and its many contributors and readers publicized, advocated for and otherwise hopped up and down about every nifty new thing that happened in downtown Raleigh over the last five years, helping to create the vibe that would bring on the next nifty new thing. Great work, David Millsaps and Jed Gant. I'll look for your next nifty new thing....

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