Wayne Goodwin lost his reelection to many different factors, but one I am sure he never thought to look at was from with in his own agency. the last four years from an Insiders prospective, the main and most damaging factor was he did not have his hands on the wheel he let his senior Deputies drive the machine and they drove it off the cliff Louis Belo and mark Edwards are good at what they did in the production of running a division but horrible at driving an agency of very good and very skilled staff of seasoned employees however what they were good at was driving them out the door when they did not agree with the establishment, resulting is good people leaving and willing puppets taking there place it all started when Belo gave Carla Obiol the loaded gun and set her lose in the consumer service group and her putting the gun to Bob Lisson head, a man of true integrity intelligence and years of knowledge and replacing him with Kathy short a relatively combatants angry woman that has no issues screaming "do you know who I am" at the first sign of not getting what she wants and the list goes on and on placing a riff employee in the controllers office as controller and passing up a woman "Laresia Everett" that in one of the most accomplished CPA's in state government only to have to bring in another person to help him because of his inability to understand the vastness of the agency's fiscal responsibility and the result of that maneuver the department lost 4 employees with a combined 60 years of experience resulting in only filling one of the vacancy's only do to not understanding the duty's and having applicants decline the offers because of insultingly low salary's and then creating positions that were never required and filling them with co workers from there last agency's lets talk purchasing and contracts policy and general statuses hogwash we don't need no stinking policy's spend, spend, spend, have a state vehicle stay at 5 star hotels BTA for 17 thousand dollars for a symposium why not make it 20 thousand just for the fun of it .. my point is within the agency there were two wars waging those of us trying to do what is correct and just, and the king and his companions living as if the Gods had granted them eternal life he lost the battle partly from within as 95 percent of us have had enough of there disrespectful degrading demeaning treatment as they received increase and promotions and we are getting rifted and reprimanded
we all have friends family and the ability to vote and that is precisely what we did.
Unforgivable primary endorsements
As was painfully clear to many of us when you endorsed HRC & Trump for their respective primaries, either endorsement was clueless & morally bankrupt by itself but the two together represented a perfect storm of credibility lost & maximal damage inflicted. Do you see that now?
I had to be talked down then from diverting scarce time & energy to organizing a demonstration outside your office. Friends were right that you weren't worth it. But how dared you?
It was demonstrable at the time that Sanders was the better candidate & stronger for the General Election - what was it about Clinton's 50-55% disapproval ratings that filled you with confidence?
As for endorsing Trump: whoever was responsible for that sickening, reckless choice will carry the shame always.
Can you explain yourselves?
I'm going to respectfully disagree that "Howard was correct to support the zoning measure." This particular measure defies any kind of common sense and was pushed through with very little opportunity for public input until it was already essentially a done deal. I agree that some kind of county wide zoning is a good thing, but changing all unzoned areas to 1 acre residential is just plain lazy and irresponsible. Several times I asked why it was done this way. The best answer I could get is that it is for "consistency". I'm not sure why we need this kind of consistency in such a diverse county. At a minimum, shouldn't the watershed around Jordan Lake be zoned as something that prevents development? The Army Corps already forbids building much of anything on their land, so this newfound "consistency" is awfully confusing. Zoning farm land for residential use and then grandfathering the agricultural use is, in my view, a sneaky way of setting the stage for future development.
I may vote for Howard anyway, but I'm sure going to disagree with her position on this issue.
Vox: The real Clinton email scandal is that a bull---- story has dominated the campaign
(If you agree with her on policy, vote with a clear conscience about the server)
"....[The State legislators] do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least)."
And this is another good reason to vote for a change to our State Legislators, so our cities and Counties can have more flexibility to create solutions that fit the needs of their constituents, to make government more responsive. HB2 had the added suck of barring local cities from making their own legislation regarding discrimination- and maybe more.
Time to get them out of there.
I am not an expert & this is difficult to research--I'm not certain whether the additional half-cent would apply to grocery items. I am fairly sure, however, that the General Assembly does not allow local governments to levy taxes on luxury items.
My understanding is that the restrictions created by the current majority allow a raise in the local sales tax across the board (which, again, might or might not apply to grocery items) within very strict parameters, & do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least).
Yes, can you please explain the endorsement of Marty Miller. His Facebook page consists of reposts of everything that is wrong with America right now. He is reposting Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and all of the other GOP lies. Please explain this endorsement.
Judge Edmunds is an experienced but humble NC Supreme Court Justice who has been re-elected multiple times because he represents the majority of NC citizens. If you have conservative values and want the Constitution of NC to be followed, not revised by PC judicial activists, then Vote FOR Edmunds!
I would also like to see 2Lionsrock's questions about the transit referendum answered. I would like to vote yes on this since I recognize how important commuter rail and buses will be in the coming years. But, I also want to know to what extent this tax will effect me personally.
Hey, INDY Week! How about addressing those excellent points/questions from 2Lionsrock? Inquiring minds want to know :)
So, please refresh my memory... "Indy" is shorthand for what was it exactly? Oh yes, "independent"! As in "independent thought", "independent analysis", and so on.
One would imagine "independent analysis" might lead to the inevitable conclusion that it's not, in fact, in the interests of the working people to hand supreme authority to someone who is 1) an outrageously corrupt Wall Street crony; 2) the immediate family member of another President; 3) demonstrated to have rigged elections, disenfranchising her own Party's voters; 4) who has aggressively pushed for the destruction of multiple independent Arab societies by arming and funding radical islamic militias to destabilize their governments (the people living there be damned); 5) who has been behind every neoliberal trade deal and backward economic policy that comes up; 6) who has been behind every neocon war, and backed every antidemocratic coup and criminal assassination that U.S. imperialist interests can devise; 7) who is best friend of the repressive Saudi dictatorship (while posturing as a principled champion of gay and women's rights), and of the Nazi-oligarch Ukraine coup; and 8) who incessantly shouts to anyone who will listen her outrageous neo-McCarthyite anti-Russian nonsense.
Because, clearly, the biggest problems for working people in this country? They have all been caused by Putin! Unemployment? That was Putin. Destabilization of the Middle East? Putin. Financial policy that crashed the global economy? Putin again. Massive giveaway to the bloated parasitic insurance industry known variously as Romneycare, Obamacare and the Heritage Foundation's health care plan of '89? Putin. Brutal unaccountable police state that regularly murders its citizens, including women and children, in the streets, year in and year out? Putin there too. Corrupt Democratic Party disenfranchising it's own voters? "Putin made us do it!" Imported al-Nusra terrorists have not done the job of taking out Assad quickly enough so that a corrupt US puppet regime might have been installed by now? Oh, wait... that one Russia actually seems to have something to do with.
Enough is enough. Uncritically shilling for the most corrupt representatives of bourgeois liberalism is not an act of "independence", nor is it a confidence-inspiring recognition of the social and political state of things relatable to anyone beyond the trivial affluent middle class dog-whistle crowd to whom you seem content to restrict your circulation.
In Wake County you endorsed Marty Miller over Anna Worley for district court. Have you looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page? Post after post from Allen West, "Christians for Trump", etc.
His ads are saying he supports "Traditional family values". What does that mean? Well, he attended Regent School of Law, the religious law school founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. What does Pat think traditional family values means? http://archive.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2007/04/08/scandal_puts_spotlight_on_christian_law_school/
Anna Worley has served 8 years and is one of very few state certified family law specialists serving on the District Court bench. She has my vote.
about the Wake Transit referendum- will there be a possibility to amend the half cent sales tax hike to something like a few bucks for luxury items sales tax?
Also, this article mentions that raising taxes for the wealthy is "thanks to state law, that's not an option". Are we talking about income based tax levied at County level being against State Law?
If so, there could still be sales taxes on luxury items.
granted, a half cent does not seem like a hardship per item- but for a number of Wake residents it adds up. I am imagining this is an across the board sales tax. So Groceries will be taxed? Items one buys at the Cvs/rite aid type stores? feminine products? Many of these things are necessities, and over a years time can add up.
What I am wondering is, if this referendum is passed- and if we have an actual representative serving county commission, will there be a possibility to revisit how the sales tax is implemented?
Sorry, faux endorsement of Mike W's GOP opponent is more like it. Mike represents one of the most unbeatable districts for a D. Very safe to endorse an GOP with zero expectation they can win. No blood on Indy's hands.
What better situation for the Indy to appear thinking outside the box. I am not impressed.
A Republican over Mike Woodard? I guess this means I can't use Indy's voting guide anymore. For others in my position, the Durham People's Alliance has an excellent voting guide.
Another point is that 2014 state legislative changes limit Orange county bond referenda to only even numbered years during the primary or general elections. The county was working on a housing plan and moved ahead with the bond referendum to have funds approved at the lowest cost vs. having to wait two more years as the need continues to grow. Other writers comments are valid. Please reconsider and endorse the affordable housing bond.
Clearly insufficient research lead to your disappointing recommendation to not support the bond for affordable housing. "Asking around" with no citations should not meet your journalistic standards. The Affordable Housing Coalition is handing you the specific plans you failed to ask for. Please admit your error and change your recommendation to "yes." The wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens are at stake here, this isn't some theoretical exercise. We'll respect you a great deal for changing your position based on the actual evidence that was there all along.
How about a version that doesn't have color or a colored background so we don't waste all our ink?!
Orange County still isn't threading the needle on this one. Yes, there is an "Affordable Housing plan". So how does the $5M tie to the plan? Simply saying "it supports it" is not enough: what is going to get done with the $$$: there are no details.
Indy Week did you read the 5-year plan for Affordable Housing in Orange County? The 5 million Bond will support the county’s overall goal of building 1000 units in the next 5 years, but will not be the sole source of funding to make this goal possible. The Bond is vital to enabling our community to reach this goal!
Read the plan Indy Week at : housingorange.org #makeroomorange
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