What doesn't she understand about the balance of powers? The Legislature makes the laws. A judge has NO right to use their opinions to modify the law based on who is before her.
Instead of criticizing the Independent and telling people to go look at his website, Mr. Dunn should have been able to clearly explain his position for every question asked. Making people jump through hoops to know your political stance is not going to make them vote for you.
I'm really surprised that you guys didn't really say much of anything about John Owens. He's young but he's the only one with a completely new perspective, and he knows both the budget and the issues better than any of the other candidates, including long-time incumbents. He's displayed this at numerous opportunities. Shame on you Indy!
Plus, he has hilarious video ads:
I am Stephen Hopkins, a candidate for Durham County Commissioner. It surprised me that with all my expertise and experince that I wasn't even mention in this review. But I guess when you like the way things are and don't want positive change, you try to keep more of the same there. That is just what we will get if these endorsements are voted in. Mrs. Reckhow has been a Commissioner for 23 years. Keeping her there is no change, just make sure that we have more of the same or worse with the addiction of Jacobs and Wilson, with Fred Foster Jr for flavor.
To say that Darren Jackson has "earned" re-election is comical. Earning would suggest that he worked at it. Missing more than 100 votes? How is that working? Don Mial, if given the chance would do more for the district than Jackson.
I'm weighing in! I'm Anita Daniels, Candidate for the Durham Board of County Commissioners. Please visit my website to judge my record of community service for yourself at www.electanitadaniels.org.
I possess the perfect combination of knowledge, skills, and experiences to serve as one of your 5 Commissioners. Cast your vote in the primary election for Anita Daniels - Your 1st Choice for Proven Leadership on the ballot for Durham Board of County Commissioners! Thank you."
As an unaffiliated voter is my vote more important in choosing Democrat or Republican candidates?
Gurley's a tool. He probably didn't want people to remember this question from The Indy questionnaire in 2010:
Q: Do you support equal rights for gay and straight citizens, including equal protection from workplace discrimination and equal marriage rights?
A: Government at any level must not discriminate against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation. Additionally, the workplace should also be free of discrimination. Churches should be free to worship as a congregation without Government interference.
And put it beside this answer from another questionnaire in 2012:
Q: Do you support the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage in North Carolina as between one man and one woman?
A: I support the constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As a current Wake County commissioner, I recently voted in favor or a resolution that adds an amendment to our constitution protecting marriage. Marriage offers stability, basic balance and meaning to relationships across the board. Children from a traditional marriage are seven times less likely to live in poverty, six times less likely to commit suicide and less than half as likely to commit a crime. Marriage also promotes a stable economy, providing children who will eventually be employed as well as lowering welfare costs. The facts and statistics don’t lie: traditional marriage benefits the couple and their children, our economy and our society.
I think that Foster, Jacobs, Reckhow, and Wilson make for a talented, experienced and balanced slate, and importantly, one not owned lock, stock and barrel by the 751 developers.
I'd be interested in learning what candidates YOU support.
Please take note of Mr. Barkers answers. He is open and honest. He is running against Judge Anna E. Worley and although he has not been a Judge before, he is married and has children unlike Judge Worley. I would trust this man with my case just on his merits and answers before going into Judge Worley's courtroom. Judge Worley has had 4 years to show the people of Wake County what she is all about. The time for change is now. People who know and have dealt with Judge Worley know a time for change has come. We need Mr. Barker and NOT Judge Worley for 4 more years. Please get out and vote.. and vote for Mr. Barker.
Oh no! He called me a douchebag, whatever shall I do?
When you cannot prove your point, resort to the ad-hominem attack. Congrats on that RaleighRob, right out of the liberal playbook.
See Bob, guys like RaleighRob cannot think for themselves, and therefore you must report the facts correctly, otherwise he is doomed.
Help RaleighRob Bob, you are his only hope!
Since there apparently has already been some comments by self-righteous douchebags, I'd like to weigh in as someone who likes and appreciates the in-depth analysis and endorsements for the primaries. Thank you, Indy. Fine job in my point of view. You get a lot of crap from mouth-breathers, but you deserve praise for the hard work you do. Thank you.
I see Bob, you fixed it in the article, and now want to give us your expert opinion on Mr. Roche. I am no huge fan of the man, but if you cannot remember what district he ran in nor who his opponent was, then you probably should not fancy yourself an expert on him now.
Why weigh in on the Republican races at all. You don't know them, follow them, or are open to the ideas they present. Stick to what you know and let people wanting to learn about their races go to people who actually follow them instead of sticking to buzz words and platitudes to describe them, it is shameful to the craft you claim to practice. I am sure Rob Christensen gets his directives from his former reporter turned NC Democratic operative friend Ben Niolet, who then trickles it down to you. Same soup, just reheated.
You are all for justice for people, jumping to conclusions many times (Duke Lacrosse?) yet there is no article about the alleged victim of sexual harassment at NC Democratic headquarters. Shoot, Rob sat on the story for months.
Be a leader, change the discourse, or quit reporting on the other side. You do no work there, and you know it.
What a surprise ...Indy picked all progressives ...WOW this shocking
I applaud Fred's personal accomplishments. Those accomplishments, however, speak nothing of his ability to serve in a policy-making capacity for Durham County. Has he had any experience managing budgets as large as the county's budget? What is his expertise on tax policy? What knowledge does he have on bonds? What personnel management experience does he have? I'm tired of electing folks to office just because they are "good" people. Good intentions don't necessarily lead to good results...
To the commenter asking what Fred Foster and Will Wilson have done: they've done a lot.
Fred is a long-time Durham activist. He is currently president of the Durham NAACP. He was an SEIU union organizer, and an active member of Durham CAN. An Air Force vet, Fred was Commander of American Legion Post #175. He was also the PResident of the Old Farm Neighborhood Association.
Will is a biology professor at Duke. Long active in environmental affairs and progressive politics, Will served on Durham Open Space and Trails Commission, the Farmland Preservation Board, and on the People's Alliance's coordinating committee.
When you call Fred and Will "pawns," you say a lot more about yourself than you do about these outstanding candidates.
No correction I see, par for the course. I read your words back then and did not need a history lesson. You need that, not me.
Why the change of heart on Starkweather?
Instant: Thanks for writing. Frank Roche did run against B.J. Lawson in 2010 in the 4th District. We rated him then, as we said in our 2012 assessment, as about average for a Republican right-winger: "The only viable alternative to Lawson is Frank Roche, a former Wall Street currency trader who is between engagements, as they say, and taking a shot at politics. Roche is smart enough to pick Lawson's Libertarian views apart but not smart enough to avoid saying things like "We rule the world" about America's military. He's Mr. Tough Talker. Talk like his could get the country in real trouble."
Good grief, who wrote this tripe? As usual, your credibility is shot as your research is bunk. I invite you to go back and check out the Republican Primary for David Price's District in 2010 (4 if I recall correctly). Frank Roche ran against BJ Lawson in that primary, NOT Renee Ellmers. It was two years ago, in your area of news coverage. Tell your editor to lay off the bong.
The other interesting endorsement involves Jeffery Starkweather, a man you now endorse. Despite pointing out that Deb McManus is MORE than qualified for the job, you choose to endorse the man. So much for that war on women, eh? I guess this is the Independent's declaration of war.
Just a few years ago, 2008 to be exact, you said this about Mr. Starkweather :
While we agree with Starkweather on most policy questions—and applaud his organizing—we cannot support his candidacy. As the primary force behind the Chatham Coalition, Starkweather has become a lightning rod for divisiveness, engendering a political backlash to the coalition's agenda. Additionally, his tendency to embrace complex processes over efficient outcomes and to browbeat those who don't share his views detract from his potential to govern.
What changed? We are talking about a man who has found himself in trouble with the Bar Association (some fighter, more like quitter), ran a newspaper into the dirt, and has fed his ego by running for office a few times. Newsflash, people still cannot stand the man. Ego, arrogance, and bullspit are the only qualities he carries.
Congrats on producing another hypocritical and factually incorrect voter guide. My hamster thanks you for his new lining for his cage. LOL @ the Indy. No wonder it is free.
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