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Friday, November 22, 2013

The assassination of John F. Kennedy: What I remember

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I believe I'm the only Indy writer who is old enough to remember the Kennedy assassination. I was in the 8th grade in 1963, in Fair Haven, NJ, and I was vice president of my class. I mention that because I recall feeling that, as an elected leader, I ought to rise to the occasion in some way, though I don't believe I did. A black-and-white television was wheeled into the cafeteria and we watched in silence, taking in the news. From WikiMedia CommonsThinking back, I don't believe I was surprised. By the eighth grade, I'd become quite the student...

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

[Updated] Losing Jamie Hahn: Raleigh and the power of passionate people

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Photo by Gerda SteinJamie and Nation Hahn (left and center; the person at right is unidentified their friend David Blair) at an Obama rally last year [Update, Friday, 11 a.m.: Visitation tonight at Pullen Baptist has been extended to accommodate an expected large turnout. The time is now 5-8 p.m. Also, Jamie was on the board of the Hope Center at Pullen, a ministry aimed at aiding the homeless, and she was helping to organize their annual fundraising dinner Sunday night. The family has established a memorial fund for the Hope Center and asks that, in lieu of flowers, folks...

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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, September 9, 2011

9-11 ceremonies on Sunday in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Sunday will mark 10 years since the deadly events of 9-11, Sept. 11, 2001. How many days in American history have had a greater impact on our sense of what America is, or should be, than 9-11? A few, perhaps. But not many. Does the United States matter, and if so, why? Are we confident? Afraid? Whatever your answers, there's no doubt that the last decade was a time of decline for the country and for the world. 9-11 is seared in our minds, as it must be. Ten years later, we bring...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Reports: Elizabeth Edwards is gravely ill

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Sen. John Edwards, is gravely ill, according to the Associated Press and other reports. She may have just weeks to live. John Edwards is among those who are at her side, the AP says. Mrs. Edwards was diagnosed with cancer as the 2004 presidential campaign was ending. John Edwards was the Democratic candidate for vice president that year....

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sad news: Hon. Officer Will Bunn, 8, died today

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Will Bunn's cancer ended his life three weeks after the Raleigh P.D. made him an honorary officer. From a WRAL report: "I like all the handcuffs and how they go check out the jail and stuff," he said at the time. "I really like it how they do all that stuff."...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Health care reform: What a lousy bill ... but it's a great day nonetheless.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Health care reform? I can't do better than Dickens. It is the best of times, even though -- on the merits -- this is the worst possible bill. But it is a bill, which means it's a start. Paul Krugman, who likes it, is exactly right. So is Firedog Lake, where they hate it and tell us everything we must do now to fix it. I go back to the Kennedy for President campaign. Ted Kennedy, that is, in 1980. He lost. No HCR. In 1991, running on an all-out platform of universal health care/HCR, Democrat Harris Wofford won...

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Elon Poll: N.C. voters are pro-public option; half like single-payer idea

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM

(Update: But the Ghost of Public Option still inhabits the land.) Even in a swing/conservative state currently under bombardment by anti-health care reform ads from the Americans for Prosperity bunch, the Elon Poll finds broad support among North Carolinians for 1) reform of some kind; 2) reform that goes farther than what's on the table in Washington; 3) a public option insurance plan as part of the current reform package, and 4) a single-payer system of health care, i.e., one run by or at least paid for by the federal government. You mean, the Tea Party crowd isn't a vast...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Don't miss this story --

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM

What goes around ... (Update: The link I put up first doesn't work. This one should: click on the "Woman Donates Secret Millions" story)....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Live, from New York, it's -- well, see for yourself ...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM

You can rely on the wisdom of Elizabeth Warren, I suppose, when it comes to the subject of banking reforms. Or you listen to Slick Willie, W. and ol' 41 himself:  "We gotta regulate that thing or we're gonna get more bubbles, then pop -- money goes to the weasels." It's reform presented by all your favorite  current and ex- presidents from Saturday Night Live, with a cameo by the late, great Gipper himself. Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion from Will Ferrell...

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Passing health care reform by majority rule -- here's how

Posted By on Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:53 AM

h/t: Talking Points Memo. ...

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Obama's choice: Lincoln? Or Carter?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Consensus of the Washington talking heads: Obama will "move to the center" following the debacle in Massachusetts. If he does, Obama will go down in history as another Jimmy Carter, a very intelligent and well-intentioned fellow who just didn't get it in his one term as president. May I recommend some reading this dreary Sunday in January? First, Frank Rich in The New York Times: The Obama administration is so overstocked with Goldman Sachs-Robert Rubin alumni and so tainted by its back-room health care deals with pharmaceutical and insurance companies that conservative politicians, Brown included, can masquerade shamelessly as the...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The way forward in health care

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

So Scott Brown wins in Massachusetts, and all of a sudden the Democrats don't have a filibuster-proof 60-vote supermajority in the U.S. Senate to pass health care legislation. Nooze flash: They didn't have one before. Joe Lieberman is not a Democrat. (Google up some video of him at the '08 National Republican Convention). I haven't written a word about health care of late because there was nothing to say that wasn't going to be disproven within a day by the clusterf--k that is the Democratic party in Washington circa November-January, 2009-10. But now, I think, the dust sh-- is settling...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

On the Supreme Court's dicta: Campaign financing needs a public option too

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 3:43 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court decision today green-lighting unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns (and labor, too, to the extent that America still has any) does one of two things, or maybe both. It (1) shreds the distinctions made in the law between free speech -- the First Amendment idea that we can say what we think without fear from the government -- and buying airtime so you can bombard the public with your message. And it (2) removes the tissue wrapping from the fiction that the distinctions made in the law are actually enforceable in practice (let alone actually enforced...

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John Edwards: I'm the dad.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM

It's in The New York Times. Anyone have something they need to say about it? I don't....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tired of the health care reform debate? (The industry thanks you.)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 3:05 PM

(An update from Faulkner Fox, who's helping to raise money following Rhonda's seizure yesterday: TO DONATE TO A FUND FOR RHONDA'S MEDICAL EXPENSES: please send a check made out to "Southern Coalition for Social Justice" with "Rhonda Robinson fund" written in the note line on the check to: SCSJ Suite 470 115 Market Street Durham, NC 27701 IF ANYONE HAS IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO HELP RHONDA GET HEALTH INSURANCE, please contact Faulkner, faulkner@durhamforobama.org TO SEND A NOTE OF SUPPORT TO RHONDA, please write to:  Rhonda@durhamforobama.org) I can't help you on the subject of what they're doing with health care reform...

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Friday, November 6, 2009

A reader asks, What exactly is in the House health care reform bill?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Perhaps that reader was you? In any event, the complete text of the bill, H.R. 3962  is available for your perusal on Congressman David Price's website (h/t Lenice Williams), should you care to attempt it. Also, links to an overview of the bill, section-by-section summaries, and a helpful piece of propaganda from the House Ways and Means Committee, "Top 14 Provisions that Take Effect Immediately." I've been following this thing pretty closely, and I didn't know six of them. Did you know, for example, that the bill  creates a long-term care program, financed by voluntary payroll deductions,  for adults...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Public option -- opt-out variety -- will be in Senate health care reform bill: Reid

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 5:58 PM

The American political system is resistant to change, and it undertakes reform -- progressive reforms, I mean -- incrementally if at all. So no one should be foolish enough to think that the health care reform legislation coming out of Congress this year, or perhaps early next year, will produce immediate improvements to health care delivery, either in terms of coverage, quality or cost. And lord knows, the reforms on the table are at least two decades overdue, if not five or six. (Truman wanted universal health care, after all). Nonetheless, the announcement today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wipeout: 4 school board seats to diversity foes, Koopman loses; but Crowder wins easily

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Results are coming in -- and they're not close. In Raleigh, Meeker, Baldwin, Stephenson, McFarlane, Crowder, West re-elected; Bonner Gaylord in, John Odom back, Rodger Koopman out. Cary: Robinson-Bush not over (quite), but Robinson ahead; Smith in, and Robeson. School board: Malone, Tedesco, Goldman, Prickett in; diversity out....

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Friday, September 25, 2009

ACORN's eight N.C. staffers still working, but without pay, McCoy says

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Our story this week about ACORN's work in North Carolina contrasted its tiny budget (in this state, between $400,000 and $450,000 a year, according to state director Pat McCoy) with the "crime of the century" treatment ACORN's national operations have been getting from Fox News, other media and the Republican Party. Today we learned that ACORN's eight N.C. employees -- that's right, this dangerous organization employs all of eight people in a state of 8 million -- have been working sans paychecks for about three weeks. McCoy told us this afternoon that the cutoff began because private fundraising had fallen...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Save us from a strong public option (or else we could lose our top-37 ranking)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 3:01 PM

From Funny or Die (Will Ferrell et al) and MoveOn.org, a plea on behalf of your friends in the health insurance industry: Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell And in case you missed it, here's that toe-tapping tune that toured the internets last week called "We're Number 37" -- something every American can enjoy:...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carolina Rollergirls bounce back to take 5th place in Eastern regional

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 12:34 PM

(Cross-posted from Triangle Offense.) Your (our) Carolina Rollergirls put on a great show this weekend, playing host to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Eastern Regional tournament at Dorton Arena in Raleigh. The home team, unfortunately, was upset in the opening round Friday night by Boston, which cost them any chance to advance to the nationals in November. They bounced back Saturday to drub the team from Virginia, and on Sunday grabbed 5th place (out of 10 teams) with a convincing win over the Providence, Rhode Island club. "What happened Friday was a big surprise to us," said Pink...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Obama on the public option: We'll trigger it in four years unless ...

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM

One of the little-noted details of all the health care reform bills floating out of congressional committees everywhere is they don't take full effect until 2013. The state-level insurance exchanges -- basically, a list of the private insurance products available to small businesses and individuals, plus (perhaps) a public insurance "option" something like Medicare -- aren't slated to go into effect for four years. The insurance industry reform aspects of the bill -- no excluding folks because they have pre-existing conditions, or over-charging them, or dropping them when they sick, or all the other vile ways insurance companies make a...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Van Dyk won't say if he pushed the anti-Crowder poll in District D race

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:52 AM

After the fifth or sixth person asked me if I knew who was behind the push poll in District D (Southwest Raleigh) last week, I started calling it "the push poll" myself. But since push poll is such a dirty term in politics, let's not jump ahead of ourselves. There was some automated calling done in the district. A recorded voice asked "questions" about the District D incumbent, City Councilor Thomas Crowder -- questions that were not really questions at all. They were along the lines of: Would you vote for Crowder if you knew that he (insert criticism or...

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Council's 5-3 vote chops the head off the comp plan's FLUM monster

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Opponents termed it a monster's head, a dragon's head, a clenched fist aimed at their Pullen Park/West Morgan neighborhoods. It was the western-reaching appendage of the new comprehensive plan's FLUM (Future Land Use Map) that sought to extend the Central Business District -- as shown in red in the graphic -- to an assemblage of property at the intersection of West Morgan and Hillsborough Streets known to the community as the Bolton tract. But the dragon won't be eating the neighborhoods, at least any time soon. Because after months of political in-fighting, the City Council Monday voted 5-3 to chop...

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