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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

McFarlane fundraiser kicks off 2015 Raleigh election year

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

It's never NOT an election year in Raleigh given that congressional elections are every even-numbered year and, in between, every odd-numbered year has elections for two-year terms on the Raleigh City Council. McFarlane on Indy coverThus, 2015 is a Raleigh election year, and Mayor Nancy McFarlane is running again as evidenced by today's invitation to her fundraiser March 18 at the Southland Ballroom. Yes, you can be a sponsor for $2,000 or a cheapskate sponsor for $250 and still make it into the sponsors' reception. Or, just pay $50 for a ticket and you get to listen to Chatham County...

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Dix Park: The Deal is Done

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM

Gov. Pat McCrory and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane were all smiles this afternoon as they announced that the state will sell the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital tract to the city for $52 million. They announced the deal in a packed ballroom at the Governor's Mansion — to great applause. IndyWeek file photo by Lissa GotwalsDix Hospital landMcCrory said the sale and development of the land as a destination park will help Raleigh become the showcase state capital everyone in North Carolina should want. McFarlane called the deal "truly a win-win" for both sides and said the park will help spur...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thomas Crowder, longtime Raleigh Council member, died today

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Thomas Crowder died this afternoon. I believe the funeral will be Saturday at Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church. There's also talk of a public memorial service on Friday, but I don't think it's set yet. I shared the news with some friends just now. Here's what I wrote: I'm very sorry to report this. Thomas Crowder, our longtime District D City Councilman and a man who loved his hometown of Raleigh, NC, died this afternoon. A close friend who's been acting as family spokesperson these last few difficult weeks just called with the news. She said some District D residents have...

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

McFarlane tops in Raleigh; moderates rule again on the Wake school board

Posted By 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...

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Raleigh: A new city manager and a new start on transit

Posted By 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...

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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Breaking: Raleigh City Manager Allen out on 6-2 City Council vote

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The City Council just met in special session and voted to end the tenure of City Manager Russell Allen effective July 1. The vote was 6-2. Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Allen's been a good manager for Raleigh but after more than a decade in that job, someone with fresh ideas and a different approach to the job is needed. The meeting was over in a minute following the voice vote. Watching this online, I heard Councilor Mary-Ann Baldwin's voice come through as one of the no votes. Not sure who cast the other one. [Update: Councilor Eugene Weeks and Baldwin...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

[Updated] Wake County voters are 2-to-1 for Dix Park plan, strongly oppose state reneging: Public Policy Polling

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

indyweek.com [Update, 10:30 a.m. Dix Park supporters are gathering on the site this afternoon at 5. See below for more.] Wow, if there was any question about whether the Wake County Board of Commissioners — the Republican-led board of commissioners — were representing their constituents or their political party by coming out against the Dix Park plan, it's answered in the poll released today by Public Policy Polling. They're sure not representing their constituents: Republican state senators have passed a bill to invalidate the City of Raleigh’s lease for the former Dorothea Dix campus, but at least in Wake County,...

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Prognosis good: Raleigh Councilor Crowder being treated for testicular cancer

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane began today's budget preview session with news about District D Councilor Thomas Crowder: He's been diagnosed with testicular cancer and will be enduring chemotherapy treatments over the next few weeks. His prognosis is good for a full recovery. He's out of action today and for tomorrow's regular Council meeting. I spoke with Crowder earlier. He said he was hospitalized during the first round of chemo but the rest will be on an outpatient basis. His doctors told him he'll need to dial back his work through June, but he can expect to be back at full...

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Senate Republicans to Raleigh: Drop dead. (Contract? What contract?)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:26 PM

As expected, Senate Republicans this morning started the wheels in motion to tear up the state's lease with the City of Raleigh for the Dorothea Dix tract because, the GOP legislators said, former Gov. Perdue shouldn't have signed it. Perdue, as is required for contracts involving state land, won the approval of the Council of State before finalizing the lease. By voice vote, the Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 334 and sent it to the full Senate, out-shouting the opposition Democrats. The bill is a condemnation measure to terminate the lease and recapture the land. The...

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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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Monday, August 27, 2012

Meeting tonight: The new Raleigh zoning code and the problem of accessory dwelling units

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Accessory dwelling units. They sound so benign, and in many cases they are — you put up a little cottage out back for grandma, or a college student, or as a place for your guests to stay if they're staying and, uh, staying. But now picture this. Your neighbor builds an ADU, a honkin' two-story pad behind his house; but wait, it gets better (worse): your neighbor doesn't actually live in the house. No, he rents it out to four college students, and in the new "accessory dwelling unit," four more college students are suddenly resident, and they're living just...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

4-year terms for Raleigh City Council? Mayor McFarlane and Councilor Baldwin go another round.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

One follow-up to the Raleigh City Council retreat story from earlier in the week: In addition to their wanting some staff help and to push a bolder agenda of economic development tied to strategic transit and other infrastructure investments (click on the story if you missed all that), Council members were considering a change from two-year terms to four-year terms. Introduced by Councilor John Odom in February, the proposal is — was? — to have all eight council members, including the mayor, elected at the same time every four years instead of every two years as has been done since...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

In Martin Marietta quarry rezoning, the "big pile of overburden" gets Raleigh planning commission's blessing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Catching up with our story from a week ago, "North Raleigh residents fight quarry expansion," the Raleigh planning commission voted 8-1 in favor of Martin Marietta Materials' rezoning application, finding that it's in the public interest to let the company use a 97-acre tract it owns as a dump site for its RDU quarry rather than be required to comply with the city's comprehensive plan and the residential-commercial zoning that MMM itself sought for the property in the '90s. City of Raleigh If rezoned, part of the shaded area north of Wyngate Road would be a dump site; under the...

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Saturday: A fair in Raleigh of, by and for 99% of the people

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Bicentennial Mall is the space between the Capitol and the General Assembly building, flanked by the state Museum of History and the state Museum of Natural Sciences. In other words, it's a good place to visit on any given Saturday. Tomorrow, from 11-3, it will be especially good as (at last count) 19 progressive organizations set up shop — tables — to let the public know what they're doing to make North Carolina a better place to live. courtesy SEIU.org The ON TRAC N.C. Community Engagement Fair has a Facebook page, of course. The Raleigh Action Collective (TRAC) is among...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

(Updated x 2) Hillsborough Street & bike lanes go together

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM

photo by Bob GearyThis pic is from two years ago [Update 2, Monday, 11:30 p.m. So if you had Option 3 in the pool, congratulations! Option 3 — see below — calls for bike lanes, a center-turn lane and parking on one side of Hillsborough Street. That would be the south (the YMCA) side. The City Council's Comp Plan Committee, meeting this afternoon, decided unanimously that a center-turn lane is needed and so are bike lanes. So parking on the north side had to go. Good call. The committee's decision is in the form of a recommendation to the full...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

McFarlane and Baldwin: Rivals on the Raleigh Council?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 3:55 PM

A postscript to what I wrote yesterday about Mayor Nancy McFarlane's "team" on City Council. McFarlane's committee assignments unfolded as I thought they would. In Raleigh, the mayor names committee members, usually based on what they want but not always; the seven councilors don't vote on it, however. McFarlane's appointments were made without comment. But the council does vote on the mayor pro tem. I'd forgotten that, because under Mayor Charles Meeker, no council member ever questioned his choice of which council member it would be. And yesterday, when McFarlane attempted to name Russ Stephenson as her pro tem, her...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[Updated] Raleigh council takes stand vs. anti-LGBT amendment; vote is 6-2 against discriminatory measure

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:31 PM

[Update, Tuesday, 3 p.m. The newly installed Raleigh City Council, led by new Mayor Nancy McFarlane, voted 6-2 this afternoon to go on record in opposition to the proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment. The action was swift. Councilor Eugene Weeks made the motion to follow the recommendation of the city's Human Rights Commission (see below). His motion passed by a 6-2 vote. Councilors Bonner Gaylord and John Odom dissented. Gaylord said he was torn. His 10-year marriage needs no defense, he said, from an anti-gay amendment to the constitution allegedly aimed at "defending" marriage. But he said the Raleigh council...

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McFarlane's team: Stephenson, Weeks get key posts on new Council

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

The new City Council: (seated, from left) Eugene Weeks, Russ Stephenson, Randy Stagner, John Odom, Bonner Gaylord, Thomas Crowder, Mary-Ann Baldwin. Mayor Nancy McFarlane's inaugural speech last night was cheery. Raleigh's the greatest city anywhere; she plans to keep it that way. Better transit is needed. The Dix tract should be our Central Park one day. A new zoning code — the so-called Unified Development Ordinance — is coming. Details of these and other issues TBD. Well, not the time perhaps. More interesting, to me anyway, was the list of Council committee choices McFarlane circulated yesterday. She'll make them public...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

[Updated-again] Occupy Raleigh City Hall? City Council committee says no, 3-0.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM

photo by Bob GearyMayor Meeker pitched this paved area next to the old police headquarters. [Update, Tuesday, 11:20 a.m.: I just got off the phone with Joe Huberman. The committee voted 3-0 against the idea of allowing Occupy Raleigh to occupy any part of the City Hall/Police Department block. The three: Mary-Ann Baldwin (chair), Eugene Weeks and John Odom. The issue now goes back to the full Council, which meets next Tuesday. It would be unprecedented in my experience for the Council to vote yes when a committee was unanimous the other way. Huberman said he was disappointed but not...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Occupy Raleigh: Welcome at Raleigh City Hall?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM

photo by Bob GearyBo Chagnon (center) and Sidney Harr (right) of Occupy Raleigh talking with passersby at City Hall Tuesday Occupy Raleigh supporters did their part last night, turning out 100 strong for the 7 p.m. City Council session. Asked by spokesman Joe Huberman to issue a two-week, renewable permit to OR for a 24/7 staging area in the little park space behind City Hall, however, Mayor Charles Meeker hemmed and the Council hawed, bucking the question to its Law & Public Safety Committee, which meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council chambers. Q: Will OR get its permit?...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wake, Raleigh election results a stunning repudiation of Republicans' tea-party politics

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Victorious Wake school board candidates Jim Martin and Susan Evans meet in downtown Raleigh The voters in Raleigh and Wake County soundly rejected "neighborhood schools" and Tea Party Republicanism Tuesday in favor of centrist Democratic candidates. Click here for a rundown of the vote totals: * The Republican majority on the Wake County school board is no more, pending only the result of a likely runoff election in District 3. But Board Chair Ron Margiotta, the Republican leader, was ousted by challenger Susan Evans, a registered Democrat, in District 8 (Southwest Wake), which is generally viewed as THE most Republican...

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Confused about your voting district(s)? It's EZ to look 'em up

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM

The N&O leads off today with a story about how some people don't know what voting districts they live in for Wake school board elections in particular, but also for Raleigh City Council and Cary Town Council elections. This may because they're getting mail and/or calls (including robocalls) from the wrong candidates. E.g., my wife and I live in School Board District 6, but until this year we were in District 5 — and sure enough, yesterday the phone rang with a robocall from Cynthia Matson, the Republican school board candidate in District 5. Sorry, Cynthia, whoever you're paying to...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Meeker backing McFarlane in mayor's race: ICYMI

Posted By on Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM

photo by Bob GearyCity Councilor Nancy McFarlane and Mayor Charles Meeker No surprise, but a nice boost for the McFarlane campaign in front of the TV cameras: Mayor Charles Meeker, who's been a Nancy McFarlane supporter from the get-go but never made an on-camera endorsement, did so today at a press conference: He wants McFarlane to succeed him as mayor. The event was held in a conference room at the Parker, Poe law firm where Meeker's a partner. It was festooned with McFarlane signs — done in the same green & blue motif that Meeker used in his winning campaigns....

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Forum tonight with the Sierra Club's endorsed candidates: McFarlane, Stephenson head the list

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

photo by Bob GearyRaleigh Councilors Nancy McFarlane and Russ StephensonThe Sierra Club's NC chapter — very influential with local environmentalists — is out with its list of endorsed candidates in the Raleigh City Council elections. It will host a public forum with them tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meeting hall, 3313 Wade Avenue. Doors at 6:30 pm, program 7-8 featuring Q&A with the candidates. Wine and appetizers after — free — the public is invited. A separate event for the endorsed candidates in Cary will follow, they tell us. The list is below. *** For mayor of Raleigh, the...

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