Lets hope Lawson will work to build, in NC and across the nation, Third Parties so that he does not have to put a "R" by his name and hence, be judged! Both parties are utterly corrupt and rotten to the core, un-redeemable and a waste of time to even try...charging at windmills, if you will..
-CF Campbell, former State Chairman (2004-2008) Constitution Party of NC
This guy is a total whackjob. Reading opinions makes you qualified to skip from clerking straight to being an appellate judge? He doesn't even have a single day's experience in a courtroom.
The most frightening statement of all is this: "I believe that judges are to interpret the law as intended by the authors." NO. A judge is not to interpret the intention of the authors. A judge is to follow the law as it is written - PERIOD. To do other wise is judicial activism, which is absolutely WRONG.
Well, we currently have sheriffs operating outside the laws to promote their own prejudices and biases; as the most blatant example, Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who himself has misspent monies entrusted to him, destroyed documentation he was requested to provide the state and federal governments over two years ago, and again this year, practiced racial bias to the extent that the justice department failed to renew his 287(g) privileges (which has caused him to push the lovely governor, with the aid of his FAIR allies, to further step outside United States laws) and has drawn hundreds of thousands of dollars of lawsuits against the county he purportedly represents. And yes folks, some of the same prejudicial mis-application of law is occurring right here in good ole Wake County. Maybe those who already have prior experience with felonies could do better; at least we know going in that they're practiced in breaking the laws they're supposed to uphold.
Hi Denise, I am not the same person. I support them. There comment was genuine. I have respected indyweek a lot and want to post honestly genuine comments for all.
Her answers to the questionaire above shows her contradiction in answers here vs her actual truth of passing bills that contradict them. She seems to be playing people than represent who she really is.
Dear "Inquisitive" and "Commonsense",
Please stop posting comments as multiple personalities.
Also, this questionnaire is from April 2008, as indicated at the top of the page.
Roy Taylor is an ultimate professional and will make an outstanding Sheriff for Durham County. His uncompromising value system and unbiased approach to problem solving will propel the Durham County Sheriff's Department to one of the premier Law Enforcement Agencies in North Carolina.
NCWebsiteOwners: While I'm sure you'd love to protect your business, I'd certainly hope you're not suggesting that we make this vote based on ONE ISSUE. If you'd like to temper your outrage -- on some strong words voiced at you -- with some pros and cons on other issues, certainly your points might be taken more to heart.
But it sounds more like you're really just throwing a tantrum.
And you might consider that perhaps it's this approach in trying to speak to the candidate herself that was really the problem -- and not necessarily your ideas.
It is what she does not tell you which is scary. Weiss advocated and sponsored a bill which would tax the purchase of a home in 2007 just before the bubble burst and foreclosure became the norm.
Weiss voted against incentives and swam against the tide while I stood on loading docks at the local theaters and concert halls listening to the stage workers concerns about lost work. It was a vote for Mit Romney since he owns Live Nation and they pay the least to their local workers. It was a vote for a monopoly production company controlling our local venues. It was not a vote for NC.
Durham would not have received the tech Rehearsal for the Broadway play "Billy Elliott" or Raleigh the NHL Hockey All Star game. It is a hard day when you see the dead eyes of former business owners in the local production industry working simple stage hand calls because they had lost their business.
I worked along side men and women who had run profitable businesses in the local production industry for over twenty-five years but the economy had sucked the life out of their eyes and their business. They worked alongside the people they had laid off the past year and worked for low wages they would not have paid their own employees.
It is one thing to swim against the tide but it is another when you are swimming away from people who are drowning into homelessness and debt. All we needed was the media industry to receive some token tax breaks and an incentive to bring their projects to North Carolina.
Weiss also sponsored and advocated for the Amazon Tax Law which has yet to bring in tax revenue. A law built on making advertising on a NC produced website the nexus for have a location in North Carolina. It is the first rule of operating a business, Advertising is not taxed but Weiss found a way and had this crazy law passed.
It hurt me and now it hurts you. The University system in NC has internet affiliate programs which brings in millions of dollars to help low income students pay for college. When you bought a T-Shirt or an online text book from a University website you were not charged sales tax. The revenue share program from the for profit vendor is the money which went to low income students.
That is the Amazon.com business model and the state of North Carolina is the largest recipient of revenue from internet purchases where no sales tax was charged. Weiss used Amazon.com as an example of a company which were cheating North Carolina but has never mentioned CBSInteractive.com or the Sierra Club which is also a blatant violator of Weiss's Amazon tax Law.
Weiss has not been honest concerning the Online Tax issue and she assisted in misrepresenting this tax law which has confused the public. She shut down the NC website industry and did not blink an eye or offer a hand when giving the chance to lend a hand when she voted against the "Keep NC Competitive act" which offered tax breaks to responsible websites, theater projects, Live televised sporting events and other media projects.
Don't get me started on her need to shut off the NC Beaches to 4 wheel drives which is a major tourist attraction in our state and the early regulations have crippled small family owned business on our outer banks.
Weiss is as extreme as B.J. Lawson, she is just the other side of the dime. It is time to cut the fuse before she blows this state up and the ashes fall making us another version of New Jersey.
I am one of those "well call" people and I adore Donny Harrison. This service is so comforting to the elderly.
I don't think Lawson would have been for the bank bailoit, according to his Libertarian views. He wants troops out of Afghanistan, and was against the chemical plant in Butner. What about Price? By the way I'm voting Democrat in just about every other slot.
David Price may not be a great campaigner, but he's a great legislator. I am NOT voting for a great campaigner. Frankly, that's a bonus for Price in my eyes. I don't want a smooth talker. I want someone who has consistently proven himself to be on the right side of the issues, and at the service of his constituents. In the eleven years that I have lived in his district, I have called and written Price's office many times. *Every single time* I have received a thoughtful reply - never a form letter, and never a brush off. That's what you want from a Representative, not someone who talks fancy and doesn't give a crap about anything but getting re-elected. Lawson looked good two years ago, but the bloom is off that rose. He talks pretty, but he is NOT what we need. He will not serve the people of North Carolina, as Price has diligently done for two decades.
it would be nice if you had info or links at least on the website for all the counties that touch the "triangle" since that is where so many of the people who come to or work in the "triangle" live and informed information is scarce or nonexistent out in the boondocks.
Bob Etheridge at his finest:
Uggg! What an uninspiring list of endorsements.
I wonder what Mayor Foy thinks of the fact there is high traffic speeding on Ephesus Church Rd..The amount of car wrecks has greatly increased over the 12 years and this is a heavily pedestrian road. The speeding is so bad people ride their bikes on the side walk which is then dangerous for walkers. The concern is great since two elem. schools are located in this area and this road runs from Farington Rd.(45miles/hr) into 15-501(45miles/hr.).I am in great hopes that it does not take a walker to get hit and killed as did on 15-501 for things to change on Ephesus (expecially a child or elderly).
I think this is great, and the fury of these fox news viewers is more than a little hilarious.
Would it possible to link to the questionnaires for each race in your endorsements? It's kind of a pain to search through 8 pages of questionnaires for to compare each set of candidates.
"WE ENDORSE Bob Hunter because he has more experience than Jackson as a judge. However we also like the idea of more women on the bench. If gender parity is an issue for you, Jackson is your candidate."
While gender parity in our appellate courts is certainly important, I don't see why that would be a factor in this race. Our appellate courts in this state are 50% men and 50% women. (4 men and 3 women in the Supreme Court, 8 women and 7 men on the Court of Appeals). NC has been way ahead of the curve in this respect. Also worth mentioning is that Judge Bob Hunter was endorsed by the NC Association of Women Attorneys.
While I agree with the Independent's endorsement of Judge Hunter, I feel it should be more enthusiastic.Judge Hunter has much more legal experience: private, government, and judicial. Also, while the Independent criticized Stephen Walker in his COA race for being overly political, they don't bring up the fact that Judge Jackson has been on nearly every stop of Richard Burr's bus tour, and her TV ads repeatedly highlight her conservative credentials, and an endorsement from Burr (a sitting senator!).
An intelligent, thoughtful perspective on the problems our country faces. I am an unaffiliated voter (independent) and vote on what the candidates stand for. If you read David Price's responses and positions, it's all fluff - no substance. Price has been in office for many years and hasn't contributed anything substantial to solving the problems we face.
I'm still deciding on whose name to write for Congress. David Price does fumble a lot and rarely gives a straight answer. He's had the job for so long that he's forgotten why he's there.
But I'd vote for my dead grandmother before voting for a Republican for national office. How can anybody's memory be so short as to have forgotten that the Repubs jammed through the bank bailout on their way out the door in '08? It was Henry Paulson looking our for his cronies, George Bush being oblivious and every single Republican voting in lock-step.
And why did they have to bail out the banks? Because to the Repubs, free market means free reign to banks, brokerage houses, hedge funds, mortgage brokers, etc. Damn the people, full speed ahead!
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