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Sunday, August 25, 2013

[Updated] Feeding the homeless in Raleigh barred by cops until Mayor and Council intervene.

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

{A brief update, 6 pm: Food Not Bombs did bring food and they were allowed to distribute it. The Raleigh police stood down after Mayor Nancy McFarlane and numerous Council members intervened today with Police Chief Deck-Brown and Acting City Manager Perry James. Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin is pulling this issue into her Law & Public Safety Committee meeting — the Council majority must vote to put it there, which they will do by phone; but 48 hours notice of the "meeting" must be given first, and I think the rule is 48 hours more before the committee can meet. Until...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Delightful 12-year-old, 1. Prickly Gov. McCrory, 0.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM

All I can say is, for a governor Pat McCrory has remarkably thin skin. And a remarkable lack of good grace or — absent grace — any ability to fake it. Consequently, Gov. McCrory missed his chance today to meet a delightful and very precocious young lady. Madison Kimrey is the 12-year old from Burlington who wondered why the governor signed a voter-suppression bill (my term, not hers) that, among other things, did away with pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds in high school. She has lots of friends who are teens and look forward to voting, she said.photo by...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

NCDP on Sen. Kinnaird: A true Tar Heel hero.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

State Sen. Ellie Kinnaird of Orange County, a leading progressive voice on a wide range of issues, is leaving the General Assembly after 17 years in the Senate. Her departure comes on the heels, as it were, of decisions by state Reps. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake, and Deborah Ross, D-Wake, to leave as well — Weiss didn't seek re-election in 2012 and Ross, who was re-elected, departed to become general counsel at the Triangle Transit Authority earlier this year. Sen. Ellie KinnairdThis isn't just a changing of the guard among Democrats, it's three notable women leaders lost from the General Assembly...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

In September, Raleigh's M.A.I.N. is our best events — it's so NOT the General Assembly

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:23 PM

So happy to be downtown in Raleigh today and have it NOT be about the General Assembly and the newest miseries the Republicans could inflict. But they're GONE, the Republicans — well, not ALL gone, but then Gov. Pat McCrory was little more than a spectator to the carnage ... the same as the rest of us. With the siege of Raleigh lifted, we can once more breathe the air of freedom and look ahead to one helluva great month in September. It's called Raleigh'S M.A.I.N. Event. *** Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin (left) with other Raleigh M.A.I.N. luminaries. Sarah Powers,...

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