Citizen | Wake County | Indy Week
Citizen
INDY Week columnist Bob Geary's Raleigh news & politics blog

Archives | RSS

Wake County

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In Wake Dems' DA primary, Boz Zellinger displays weakness

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Updated at 5pm Thursday, April 24: Updated X 2 at 12 noon, April 26 — with the text of a Zellinger campaign email sent Thursday night. It's copied at the end of the original post. Also, Dana Cope of SEANC called, objecting to my statement that SEANC's attacks on Freeman are in retaliation for her criticism of his organization's connection to Purchasing Power. "That's not why we're in this race at all!" Cope said, adding that Purchasing Power is "wildly popular" with his members. Cope insisted SEANC's interest in the Wake DA's race is because the Wake DA has jurisdiction...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

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,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Calling all Wake schools, Dix Park backers: Show-of-force time Monday at General Assembly

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

The Wake County legislative delegation is meeting Monday at 4 pm in the General Assembly building on the first floor. It's an open forum and a chance to take a stand — with the county's Republican and Democratic legislators listening — on the inflamed issues surrounding the Wake school system and Dix Park. Both the Great Schools in Wake coalition and Friends of Dorothea Dix Park have issued alerts asking their members and supporters to show up en masse — and, for the Dix Park crowd, wearing green. Word of advice: The meeting room at the General Assembly is small-ish...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Should Wake County vote on transit funding in 2013?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Capital Area Friends of Transit is an alliance of groups working for better bus and — eventually — light-rail transit offerings for Wake County. They've launched a petition drive in an effort to pressure/convince the Wake County Board of Commissioners to allow a public referendum on the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit which was authorized by the General Assembly four years ago — and which the Wake Commissioners, under Republican control, have blocked ever since. If you think Wake County voters have a right to decide this question, you'll want to sign the petition. Follow this link. The 1/2-cent tax...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Bad zoning case" at Falls Lake prompts a (good) lawsuit

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Remember "the mother of all bad zoning cases" out at Falls Lake? It's headed for court: "The mother of bad zoning cases" is back! Wake commissioners sued over Falls Lake watershed development soc.li/uryNAKX— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) February 6, 2013 When the quality of your drinking water supply is impaired, as it is at Falls Lake, zoning changes are supposed to restrict pollution, not invite more of it. Is kind of a general principle we could all live by. I think it's even the law — but the judge will tell us that....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Partisan? The Wake school board majority's problem isn't that they're partisan —

Posted By on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

This just in: Wake County Board of Education Chairman Kevin Hill and Vice Chairman Keith Sutton will be available in the Board Room at 12:30 p.m. today to comment to the media. The Board Room is located on the first floor of WCPSS Central Services, 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary. I've been corresponding on Twitter with two friends this morning who are bemoaning the partisanship of the Wake County Board of Education in the aftermath of Tony Tata's dismissal. "We had five Republican a—holes in charge and now it's five Democrats," is the gist of what one said. (The other was...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Updated: Tata's out; Breaking: Wake board debating motion to fire Tata

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Update: 4:51: Tata's out, 5-4 vote. He receives a $253,625 severance. Update, 4:24 p.m., Tuesday: The Wake County Board of Education is currently debating a motion to fire Superintendent Tony Tata. Republican John Tedesco, who supports Tata and was among the board members who hired him, said, "This will cost $250,000 [to buy out Tata's contract], a waste of a quarter-million dollars when we're about to ask the public for money in the bond issue. This is an epic failure. I wouldn't trust this board with my lunch money." Debra Goldman, a board member and Tata supporter: "We're losing our...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, September 24, 2012

Breaking: Tony Tata may be shown the door by school board

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Update, 4:24 p.m., Tuesday: The Wake County Board of Education is currently debating a motion to fire Superintendent Tony Tata. The Wake County Board of Education met behind closed doors for a little over three hours this afternoon on a "personnel issue" widely understood to be the status of Superintendent Tony Tata. When the session ended, the board met briefly in open session to debate whether to add an agenda item to a previously scheduled meeting tomorrow — a move that required two-thirds approval, or six votes out of nine, because it lacked the statutory 48 hours notice. With the...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More on the Wake school assignment plan, v. 3: The still-unsettled question of diversity

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

[Update: And sure enough, while I was writing this, the board majority has reversed course and decided to publish the staff's list. Hope it works out for them.] The original post — Like most people, I think, who were listening to the discussion at the Wake school board Tuesday night, my first response to the question of whether parents should be able to look online for their base assignments starting Friday — tomorrow — was why not? It's always best, isn't it, to get information out sooner rather than later? And by the way, the public has a right to...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wake school assignment plan v. 3: Return of the Jedi (or, Place Takes Base)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

In our first installment, a.k.a. the 2009 elections, the Republic came under attack by, er, Republicans, who soon overthrew the old regime of student assignments in Wake County's public schools. Diversity as a goal was out. Base assignments were out. Choice was in. In the sequel, the 2011 elections, the Republic struck back, ousting the Republican majority on the Wake school board. Base assignments were again in favor. Diversity too. Choice? OK, but not so much. So now it's time for Version 3 of student assignment, which according to the new school board majority's directive, is supposed to have base...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, August 3, 2012

(Updated) Wake schools' test results improved in 2011-12; low-income students show gains. Added: Some thoughts on the so-what?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

[Update, August 3: Returning to the subject of the good results announced yesterday (i.e., the "what"), let me see if I can add a bit about what they tell us about our school system (i.e., the "so what?"). And especially the so-what when it comes to student assignment and the ongoing "choice" vs. "base assignments" vs. "hybrid base-and-choice" debate. 1) I'm not a statistician, so I won't question the statistical significance of the relatively small gains overall. They are gains, no question about it as far as I know. And the gains were not small with regard to economically disadvantaged...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, June 21, 2012

N.C. House District 35 race: It's not for a seat on the Wake school board, and yet —

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

With redistricting, N.C. House District 35 is essentially new and wide open, with no incumbent in residence. The Republican nominee is Chris Malone, who lives in Wake Forest and is currently a member of the Wake County school board — one of the four who remain from the erstwhile Margiotta Majority. (Now, with ex-board chair Ron Margiotta ousted, they could be known as the Malone Minority.) The Democratic nominee is former Wake school board member Lori Millberg, who lives in Wendell and who served before Margiotta & his Republican mates took control in 2009. I just looked at the stats:...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, June 18, 2012

Today: Transit advocates want Wake Commissioners to give 1/2-cent tax a chance (w/ an update: "Fails")

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

[Update, 6/19: Here are a few paragraphs from a story I wrote today for this week's Indy — First and foremost, Wake County will not vote in November on a ½-cent sales tax increase for transit, the only funding mechanism provided for local governments by the General Assembly. Wake County’s Republican-led Board of Commissioners continues to block the vote. Orange County voters will get to decide the question this fall. Durham voters approved the ½-cent tax last year; the county is waiting for one of its two Triangle partners to join it. But the Wake board not only won’t allow...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Paul Coble on the need to consider transit: "Nah."

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Orange County will be voting on the 1/2-cent sales tax for transit in November. That decision was made by the Orange County Board of Commissioners last night. Durham County, of course, has already passed the 1/2-cent tax in a referendum. And Wake? On Monday, at the Board of Commissioners meeting, Democrat Erv Portman urged that the subject of the tax and transit's future be put on their agenda for next week's work session. Specifically, Portman asked that County Manager David Cooke give a presentation on the updated Wake transit plan, something Portman said could be done in 30 minutes or...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Thursday, May 31, 2012

WakeUP to Paul Coble & Co: Stop blocking a public vote on the 1/2-cent transit tax for Wake

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 4:10 PM

It's been three years since the General Assembly passed the bill allowing voters in Wake, Durham and Orange counties to decide whether they want to build a public transit system, i.e., add a 1/2-cent sales tax for transit in their respective counties. Durham voters approved the 1/2-cent tax last year. The vote in the referendum was lopsided in favor. Orange hasn't voted yet, but the Orange commissioners are expected to put the question on the ballot this year. And then there's Wake. Wake hasn't voted, and unless the solid bloc of Republicans (Chairman Paul Coble & Co.) opposed to letting...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dems: Dan Blue out for governor, running again for Senate

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

And to the list of Democrats not running for governor, add the name of state Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake. His statement, as quoted by the N&O:: “After long and very deep thought, I have decided not to run for governor,” Blue said in a statement. “But I am greatly moved by and want to thank the hundreds of people who called, emailed and talked to me about mounting a campaign. I am forever grateful.''“As we look to our future,” Blue said, “its going to take a lot of discussion, deliberation, determination and thoughtful decisions, and we have to be focused...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Dems: Erv Portman running for state Senate, Caroline Sullivan for his Wake Commissioners seat

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

In state Senate District 17, southwestern Wake, the incumbent Republican Richard Stevens isn't running, and this afternoon Democrat Erv Portman, a county commissioner, filed for the seat. Apparently that "Draft Portman movement" I mentioned last week came true. Portman, unopposed thus far, will likely face Tamara Barringer, a Republican activist and the only GOP candidate to file — with one more day to go. Senate 17 is a Republican-learning district, but no so much that a Democrat couldn't take it away if the wind is right. Especially with a formidable candidate, which Portman certainly is. A business owner, Portman is...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, February 24, 2012

[Update] Tata apologizes to Evans and Kushner, admits he messed up

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Updating this post from two days ago School Superintendent Tony Tata met with board members Susan Evans and Christine Kushner today for a heart-to-heart. One of those frank discussions. Board chair Kevin Hill was there also. Tata apologized for flying off the email handle and acknowledged that nothing Evans & Kushner did violated any ethics standard, as he'd suggested. Board Attorney Ann Majestic was there as well. Her statement that she'd have to research whether there was an ethics violation didn't help — she signed on as well to the obvious: There was no ethics violation. Not even close....

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tedesco announces ... that he may announce

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 3:09 PM

John Tedesco, Wake school board member, just issued a statement about his possible candidacy for state Schools Superintendent, Republican nomination division. The statement: JT will announce next Thursday — Jan. 26 — whether he's announcing his candidacy. Happy as always to help with his publicity: JohnTedescoMediaRelease.pdf...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Wake school board MIA as assignment plan moves forward

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

photo by Bob GearyThe new Wake school board takes office It's January 17 and the new student assignment plan — Superintendent Tony Tata's version of controlled-choice — starts today still missing a strong diversity component. In fact, the plan is unchanged from what it was in October, when it was adopted by the old Republican school board majority, which passed it after lopping off the diversity element that Tata floated but didn't actually propose. Nor is this a new problem. From the get-go two years ago, it's been understood that a controlled-choice plan won't work unless the four "pillars" of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wake school board: Go, or no-go on Tata assignment plan?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 7:30 AM

photo by Bob GearyThe Wake school board in a work session last week; Kevin Hill, the new chair, is at the head of the table with his back to the camera Well, fellow Wake County citizens, we're down to it on Tony Tata's student assignment plan, a controlled-choice plan with no base assignments for students: Is it a go, or a no-go, for the 2012-13 school year? The new school board, when it meets today, can: 1) retain the plan as is; 2) retain it, but with one or two fundamental and easily executed changes that would improve it greatly...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

[Updated] Leading the new Wake school board: Hill and Sutton (not JT)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 9:07 PM

[Update, 8:45 p.m.: Back from the meeting. Guess what? Despite the low, low (free) price of my good advice, the new majority tossed Tedesco out as vice chair. Kevin Hill is the new chair, Keith Sutton is vice chair. Both by 5-4 or 5-3-1 votes. (A convoluted process; the vote for Hill as chair happened ... and then it happened again ... the reason doesn't matter.} Jim Martin, new member, made the good point that organization meetings, as a rule, should occur after elections — in December — not in June, as they do now. Martin wants the dates changed,...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Monday, December 5, 2011

Next Wake Dems chair: Dan Blue III in the running

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 2:09 PM

We don't usually call him Sen. Dan Blue Jr., but we may need to start now that his son, Dan Blue III is beginning to make a mark in Wake County. Dan Blue III is a lawyer in his dad's firm, an officer in the Wake County Democratic Party and a new member of the Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation's board, among other things. He's also a front-runner to succeed Mack Paul as chair of the Wake Democrats when Paul steps down at the end of the year. An email circulated yesterday by an unhappy Democrat objected to Paul's "endorsement" of...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mack Paul stepping down as Wake Democrats chair

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM

He's going out on top: Mack Paul, who led the Wake County Democratic Party in 2011, announced his resignation today, effective Dec. 31. The Democrat-backed slate went 5-for-5 in the Wake school board elections this fall, ousting the Republican majority. Democrat Harold Weinbrecht was re-elected mayor of Cary, and Nancy McFarlane, an independent with Democratic backing, beat a pair of Republican opponents to be the mayor-elect of Raleigh. Five Democrats will sit on the new Raleigh Council along with McFarlane's hand-picked successor, Randy Stagner, an independent who won her District A seat, and District E Councilor Bonner Gaylord, also an...

Continue reading…

  • Pin It

Calendar



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

Trying to make some sense of the TPP. All you need to know it´s that while we are busy with …

by jsanchez on Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update … (Citizen)

If you or someone you know was forced out of the poker/sweepstakes business or lost their job, because this dirty …

by Constitution for games on Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC? (Citizen)

To those think it is addictive and a problem are the ones sounds like had the problems and not winning. …

by nickie on Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC? (Citizen)

You know...to those who dislike the gaming rooms..whether you have played in one or not...it is your chose to play …

by ThisWorld on Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC? (Citizen)

Of course you can't give airtime to fringe conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, etc! People who can take a voluntary blessing …

by Michael Czeiszperger on In Raleigh: Hitler used ovens, Obama will use hospice to kill people like me. (Citizen)

Comments

Trying to make some sense of the TPP. All you need to know it´s that while we are busy with …

by jsanchez on Fast-track trade for the TPP: David Price says — No. (With an *) Plus, an afternoon update … (Citizen)

If you or someone you know was forced out of the poker/sweepstakes business or lost their job, because this dirty …

by Constitution for games on Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC? (Citizen)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation