By Bob Geary
on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:24 AM
For all the turmoil in North Carolina politics, Raleigh and Wake County were an oasis of calm tonight. The full results are on Wake County's website. Photo by Bob GearyMayor Nancy McFarlane thanking supportersTwo headlines: * Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane stamped herself the undisputed leader of city government, winning re-election with 73 percent of the vote against a pair of lightweight Republican opponents. McFarlane is a political independent with strong support among progressive and moderate voters. She wasn't especially well-known when she succeeded Charles Meeker as mayor two years ago. But that was then. Today, she's popular and respected as...
By Bob Geary
on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM
When I listen to the recording, I'll tell you exactly how many times Mayor Nancy McFarlane used the words transit or transportation this morning as she introduced Ruffin Hall, the new city manager. For now, I'll just say it was a theme — THE theme, really — that Raleigh intends to get transit off the ground as its next big thing, and Hall is being counted on to help make that happen. photo by Bob GearyRuffin Hall with City Councilor Eugene Weeks (right) this morning. Hall comes to us from Charlotte, where he was an assistant manager and budget director...