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Comment Archives: Stories: Elections: Our Endorsements

Re: “New and familiar faces in sheriff's races

Where are all the David Caldwell signs? They probably have gone the same place all the Obama/Biden signs went in Orange County. Even in my neighborhood where Obama probably help a slight advantage, we could not keep pro Democrat signs up for more than one night without them disappearing or being destroyed. Meanwhile, our Republican neighbors left their Bush/Cheney signs up during their entire regime without being bothered. I'm not accusing Officer Blackwood of encouraging or condoning the problem. The problem is with the mindset of some types of people who would be more opposed to the election of Caldwell or Obama than supportive of having the Best Man win fair and square. They know who "Their Man" IS because of what he IS NOT!

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Posted by jdlestina on 07/06/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Wake County Clerk of Superior Court

When the Indy (then the Independent) endorsed Knox 10 years ago, as a district court judge -- over a black Democratic colleague -- the office and her election were both non-partisan and her party's stance on gay rights was not an issue. Even though it is hard to see any possible partisan issues in the Clerk of Court's office, the fact remains that Knox has always been a Republican (she is a granddaughter of Jesse Helms). She is also a lesbian. The Indy, despite its loud trumpeting of support for the civil rights of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, found discretion to be the better part of valor 10 years ago, and chose not to mention Knox's orientation in endorsing her. It did, however, insist that its rejection of her black opponent was due to his "perceived hostility toward certain defendants". The implication was that those who knew enough to care would hear the dog-whistle -- one candidate was an actual lesbian while the other was homophobic. I would hope that this time around, in light of the recent comments of Rep. Skip Stam (R-Apex) http://www.wral.com/stam-calls-pedophilia-… , somebody would actually care enough to ask whether Knox is comfortable in a party that not only thinks of her as a second-class citizen, but openly flaunts that contempt in order to win votes. Stam's comments were made against an amendment (from Rep. Susan Fisher) to prohibit discrimination in schools, and House Republicans rejected it along party lines, 68-44.

Posted by George Greene on 06/26/2014 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

I do not think there is any merit to what you are speaking of Clark. You know what a lark is, besides a songbird?

A "source of or quest for amusement or adventure"

I think a disabled senior, as you claim to be -- would not be obsessed with Justin Bieber or be so truly unaware of the law. A 6 year old child could interpret and poke holes in whatever nonsense you are making up. Just a thought.

Posted by Alexander Freeman on 05/06/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “U.S. Senate primary, some contenders, some loons

Don't forget Hagan's deplorable support for PIPA/SOPA and fast track for writing a digital liberties downgrade into trade law.

Posted by Andrew C. Oliver on 05/06/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Ellmers and Aiken in U.S. House 2

I hope Clay Aiken wins. It is important that we here in NC not allow Minnesota to out-moron us. They threw down a low bar by sending the clown Al Franken to the Senate. We can at least match them by sending Clay Aiken to the House.

I voted for him today as I am convinced his candidacy will be an outlandish joke and one we can all get a good laugh at this fall. It is important that serious and reasonable Democrats such as Crisco get beaten and thrown to the curb.

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Posted by John Barbara on 05/06/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

Anybody suing a contractor who damaged their property would not have dealings with the clerk of court. Your case would be tried to a civil magistrate, if filed in Small Claims Court, or a District Court judge, if filed in civil district court. Thinking the Clerk of Court has jurisdiction to hear you case is equal to thinking the school crossing guard has jurisdiction. This might explain why you lost the case, as you clearly failed to show up before a judge and I'm guessing the judge had no choice but to dismiss the case.

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Posted by Roberto Padovano on 05/05/2014 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the May election

For the first time ever, I have not agreed with the majority of your endorsements. While I want to comment on most of your endorsements, I will just say that I am extremely disappointed with your endorsements of Sendolo and Sears. It is clear to me that not much attention was given to looking at the background of Sendolo. As far as Sears is concerned, there seems to be a conflict of interest with his running for a school board seat.

According to Sear's web site,

"Matt Sears is an award-winning educator with a decade of experience in education with Durham County and across North Carolina. Honored as Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2008, Matt taught at Hillside and Hillside New Tech. In his current position as Director for School Services at North Carolina New Schools, Matt has continued to support great classrooms for Durham students and students in more than 20 other counties in North Carolina" SEE: http://ncnewschools.org/partners/education…

As I read the conflict of interest rules of Durham Public Schools, it seems that as the Director of North Carolina New Schools, Mr. Sears has a conflict of interest. ( See policy on the Website for DPS). I am told that Mr. Sears asked NC New School to remove him from any work in Durham County(The organization is involved in Neal) so that he could avoid any conflict of interest issues. Even though he would not be directly involved in NC New School work here in Durham, there should be some concern expression about candidacy. Additionally, there is still some question about his relation to future contracts his employer might be looking at with DPS.

If I am wrong, please enlighten me. Dot

Posted by drdotbrowne on 05/05/2014 at 12:06 AM

Re: “U.S. Senate primary, some contenders, some loons

Can't believe you guys are supporting Hagan. She's such a corporate lower-case d democrat. Will Stewart all the way!

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Posted by Omar Hamad on 05/03/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

As a Wake County "customer" I found Lorrin Freeman anything but Fair and effective.

I am a college-educated tax-payer who ran state-level organizations, volunteered in courts, was an ethics advisor to elected officials, helped to put a high-ranking official in prison, and worked for nonprofits . Now I am a disabled senior citizen on a very limited budget. When I became legally entangled with a corrupt contractor who did $8000 damage to my property --I had to deal with point Lorrin Freeman--who demonstrated gross incompetence and dishonesty and in general treated me with like poor white trash.

The contractor's corruption was nothing compared to what I encountered in Lorrin Freeman:

- she violated my due process rights by not checking my address, easily found on file under tax records, so I didn't get proper notice of a hearing.

I wondered how many other regulary Wake County citizens would not have known to fight for their due process rights in such a case, and were screwed by Lorrin Freeman in this way.

- she again tried to violate my rights by insisting I had to pay a court fee on the spot when her OWN FORM said I legally had 20 days. I had to argue it at length, in front of the entire office--not with her staff, but her--and then wait over 20 minutes for her to run off to find out I was correct.

Shouldn't we citizens be able to count on the clerk of courts to know the law she administers--especially when it's written on her own form?? What about poor disabled seniors who aren't quite knowledgable enough to know their civil rights and fight for it?

- While I qualified to have fees waived, she refused to so do several times--until she found out I was being represented, pro bono, by one of her friends.

If you have a case in Lorrin Freeman's court, are you going to have to hire one of her friends to get a fair hearing?

- When I appealed one of her decisions to a judge, Lorrin Freeman she BOLDLY LIED, completely misrepresenting the facts, so that the judege would side with her.

God forbid you found your or one of your children found yourself on the other side of Lorrin Freeman. It would not suprise me in the slightest if she became one of those DA's who hides evidence from the defense, causing innocent people to be imprisoned and wasting millions of tax dollars.

Wait, she already DID waste at least million in tax dollars, by lack of "Effective" oversight of her current office--for eight years during which corruption was going on right under her nose. As any of us who have ever managed any kind of business knows, the boss is where the buck stops: she might not have been found to be involved--but it doesn't mean she wasn't guilty by lack of proper supervision.

- When I wanted to appeal the court decision, she told me I could have sold my house to pay the court fees. Yes, I should have sold the only house my children have ever known--finding an agent, advertising, selling and closing in TWENTY DAYS, to pay her court fee. A lawyer from Legal Services told me that that was illegal.

Do we REALLY want a DA who not only does not know the law, but tries to bully a disabled senior citizen out of her home of several decades?

Lorrin Freeman also insisted I could have gotten a home equity loan. I returned with papers showing that no bank would give one to a disabled senior on such a limited budgets. Also showed I qualified for Legal Services. She didn't care, her mind was made up.

Is that Lorrin Freeman's version of "blind justice"? If it were YOUR grandmother going through this, is this the kind of person you'd want her to encounter? If Lorrin Freeman becomes DA, your grandmother will.

So, my first-hand experience, as a lowly disabled senior citizen going to Lorrin Freeman's office is that she is, at best, completely incompentent and dishonest in the job she has now. No way would I want her representing "justice" as my D.A.

The only reason I didn't file a complaint with the Courts against her was out of deference to our mutual friend and fear of retaliation.

In fact, I still fear her retaliation, so will not provide my name. She might have to lay awake all night, like Ebenezer Scrooge, trying to remember which of the many Wake County Taxpayer she screwed I was.

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Posted by Lark Burford on 05/01/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Hales for Chatham Commissioner

The Indy just hasn't done its homework in Chatham County. Normal Clark is also 100% opposed to fracking and is a long time public servant, having served on many boards in Chatham County and being elected as chair of the Board of Education. Diana Hales is a one issue candidate. Clark can protect the county from fracking equally as well, and is much better positioned to meet the other demands of the county - we have a lot more going on that fracking you know. Hales has never held public office. The Indy made a big deal of that in the Reives/Burns race but no mention here? Unbalanced.

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Posted by katsmeow on 04/30/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Easy, tough calls for General Assembly

Your endorsements are very disappointing and it seems you have not done your homework at all. Robert Reives was unanimously appointed due to political shenanigans of Randy Voller, Dennis Wicker and himself. He has no knowledge of Chatham County, and the district he will represent includes only a small slice of Lee County. Citizens are sick of politics as usual. Barry Burns is a lifelong Chatham resident and retired educator. Your glib comment that he is in over his head is insulting and demeaning. Reives has never held public office either and is equally in over his head in trying to represent a county he is not familiar with. I would think the Indy would be interested in endorsing integrity in politics, not backroom politics as usual. That's what you'll get with Reives.

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Posted by katsmeow on 04/30/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Ellmers and Aiken in U.S. House 2

I have a feeling clay is gonna win ya'll

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Posted by Chrissy Gail Bang on 04/30/2014 at 12:36 PM
Posted by MJKopechne on 04/27/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Ellmers and Aiken in U.S. House 2

Um... you are endorsing Clay Aiken? Clearly you have fallen behind on your Celebrity Apprentice viewing or you would see what a terrible mistake that is.

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Posted by Jessica Benjamin on 04/26/2014 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Jacobs, Marcoplos for Orange Commission

In a county with such high taxes, I am perplexed as to why the Indy would be “alarmed” by Bonnie Hauser's suggestion of re-evaluating and re-prioritizing spending.

With a county budget of $220 million, even simple steps to increase efficiencies and re-prioritize spending would allow the county to fund short-term school needs such as teacher salary increases and necessary building repairs immediately.

Knowing that Bonnie Hauser is a retired Pricewaterhouse Coopers management consultant, I am troubled that the Indy did not reach out to her to ask for specifics before making such a statement.

Throughout her campaign she has given specific examples - some of which have recently been explored by county staff who have identified $20 million in funds that can be redirected to schools. All the while, Mr. Jacobs approached the issue by gearing up for a bond referndum which would increase our already high taxes.

I certainly hope that Orange County voters are not "alarmed" at the idea of a political candidate who wants to evaluate how government spends our tax dollars.

Additionally, I would hope that Orange County voters recognize the value of Bonnie's financial expertise, commitment to community and fresh perspective as we embrace the complex changes that t are coming our way - including opportunities for working with towns on economic development - discussions that would benefit not only from Bonnie's financial expertise but also from her experience working in other, similar communities.

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Posted by Jeanne Brown on 04/25/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Wake County Clerk of Superior Court

Sam Bridges has a history of strong leadership, sound judgement, and 23 years of legal experience interfacing with the Clerk of Court office as a customer. Oft times in order to improve services, build an even strong team while advocating for the needs of an office a fresh perspective is required. I believe wholeheartedly that Sam will bring all the needed qualities and leadership experience. And, apparently I'm not the only one, he has received a number of impressive endorsements. See them here: http://sambridgesforclerk.org/endorsements/

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Posted by Faithful Voter on 04/25/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the May election

I agree with Mr. Graf. Citizens living in rural Orange County provide valuable resources for our towns and cities. Why would you ever call us "denizens?" It is time for an attitude change for the Indy if this dismissal attitude is predominant. Who do you think grows your farmer's market food, provides local foods you enjoy at restaurants? Who do you think helps pay for city/county infrastructures---schools, new libraries, or the many thousands of the good people from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough who use the rural roads for bike rides every day and especially on the weekend? If the citizens of Orange County are smart, they will vote for Bonnie Hauser, the "at large" County Commissioner candidate who thinks that it is time for both towns and rural citizens to share ideas on education, spending, and most importantly, on progress for everyone living in our beautiful Orange County. Together we can make a difference and change our future!

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Posted by NancyH on 04/25/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Judges on their own merits

And stop trying to justify nancy gordan being an asshole

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Posted by Jessica Platt on 04/25/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

An impeccable track record should not be dismissed because of high-level political endorsements. Lorrin Freeman's reputation as fair, effective and hardworking is what we need. Boz may be a great guy but your endorsement does not balance the strengths and weaknesses between the top democratic contenders. Try again and be fair.

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Posted by Catherine Evangelista on 04/24/2014 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Wake County DA: rooting for underdogs

I recently received an advertisement in the mail from Boz Zellinger (or his campaign people) which bragged about Zellinger's prosecution and "conviction" of Brad Cooper. The advertisement was not honest: Brad Cooper's conviction was overturned, so Cooper has not been convicted. The lack of honesty reflected in that advertisement reflects a lack of honesty I do not relish dealing with in a District Attorney. We need more honesty in government, not less.

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Posted by Walter on 04/24/2014 at 5:17 PM

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