Re Marty Miler over incumbent Anna Worley (whom I continue to support): If Marty Miller gave 2 cents about "ending the school to prison pipeline" then he WOULD NOT BE a Republican! I honestly think the Indy's biggest problem in this season is its NAME. That'said what forces other to defy all logic to find SOME Republican SOMEwhere that it can endorse. The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated.
I have been a guardian ad litem in Durham county (district 14) for a couple of years
now, and it is in William Marsh's court that I most frequently find myself.
I observe that he is a quiet and humble person, and that his actions
reflect a true concern for the children he serves. In addition, Judge Marsh
grew up in Durham and is quite familiar with the population he now serves
from the bench.
His opponent, Shamieka Rhinehart, is reported to be a very competent
jurist, and she is much more highly rated than Judge Marsh by the NC Bar;
however, that may be due in part to personality differences, and how these
lead each of them to be understood or not so well understood, by the ways
in which they communicate. Also, her background and experience lies in
criminal, and as my GAL supervisor says, we cannot really afford to have
her learning on this bench; with the current case load involving these
social services cases, I think we need someone with the direct experience
to keep on keeping on with the children.
As a concerned citizen, I don't understand why INDY would endorse Mr. Rand over Judge Nagle when INDY had this to say about Mr. Rand on October 16, 2008:
"Raleigh attorney Walter B. Rand, has worked extensively with the Wake Public Defender's office. Unfortunately, Rand has several complaints filed against him in that role. More telling, however, are the complaints from sitting judges that question Rand's competence as a criminal attorney: He was barred from representing indigent clients from 2003-2005. He (Rand) has a criminal history including two arrests for impaired driving."
As I understand the facts, Mr. Rand has three arrests for impaired driving and two convictions for those crimes. I'm perplexed as to why INDY would endorse Mr. Rand's integrity over Judge Nagle who has no such blemishes on his record.
A W Jeffreys
I am disappointed that you used against the female judges how the MOSTLY male attorneys "rated" them...this is part of the inherent sexism that prevails in the courthouse, courtroom and through out our society.
Uh... Why didn't you endorse for the Long seat in 15B? There will be 2 names on the ballot but voters need to know that only Sherri Murrell is actively seeking the seat and eligible to serve the full term. She deserved your endorsement.
It was a sad day indeed--and I regret that those of us against Amendment One were not able to get people to understand what they were really voting into law. I kept wondering why the messages against it were so vague when so much was at stake. I think the civil unions issue should have been pushed harder--sure, the motive behind this hateful legislation was primarily ant-gay, but the goal was to defeat it, right?
And it was all about religion. Christianity, to be specific. The anti-amendment volunteers worked SO hard to defeat this, and a lot of money was donated for the cause--but ignorant, bigoted Christian fundamentalism won again in NC. It's time for Christian liberals to stop saying "Well, we're not like that" or "they misinterpret the bible"--and start fighting back against hate in the name of Jesus.
You nailed it with this analysis, Bob. Thanks so much--a keeper for discussions on future strategy.
I disagree that the Chapel Hill election revealed a 50/50 division. While the mayoral race as about 50/50, the council races showed voters supporting a predominantly progressive slate. I believe that Kleinschmidt's campaign did not aggressively refute the simplistic and quasi-factual statements that Matt Cz made during the race & paid the price when some of these assumptions began to be accepted conventional wisdom. A well-run campaign that cleaned up the issues instead of letting mold grow would have resulted in more like a 60/40 split.
Braineyson- thank you, it's been corrected
"She was quick to credit the voter owned elections pilot program, having said before that she felt she needed to win to violate it."
I think she said "validate" not "violate." Must be a typo. Can you fix this?
That story is 5 YEARS old, and our graduation rate is now what, 55%? From 67 to 55 is a 17.9% reduction.
GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!
"According to Forbes Magazine, the Wake County School System ranked third in the nation and Mecklenburg County came in ninth on its Top Ten List for The Best Education In The Biggest Cities.
The list was based on access to educational resources, affordability of housing, and high school graduation rate. The 100 largest school districts in the most populous cities in the country, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, were examined by the magazine. 10 school districts that score best in all three categories were then selected."
So yes actually wake county schools are pretty good now that you asked.
Durham Municipal Candidates Forum
Free & Open to the Public
Sunday October 18th 3:00 PM
Location: The Forest at Duke Clubhouse
2701 Pickett Road Durham, NC 27705
Hear candidates running for Durham City Council speak about their background, qualifications and priorities.
Ask them questions about issues that are important to you.
FORMAT: Candidates will be given 2 minutes to present their credentials and platform. Our moderator will then solicit questions from the audience. This means the majority of the program will be hearing candidates respond to your questions about whats important to you.
This is an ideal setting to evaluate the candidates firsthand and learn about their vision for Durham.
You have got to be kidding me.
We have one of the highest dropout rates in the country and you are telling me we have a great school system?
You cannot possibly believe Raleigh has a better school system then other urban areas.
Get over the denial and get with the program. We need to make fundamental changes to improve the school system.
You must ask yourself - How are you going to make a difference? It's up to us.
Fair to say that in addition to concerns about diversity versus neighborhood schools, this week's election was also a referendum on the popularity of WCPSS administration -- issues like Wednesday early release and the manner in which year-round schools are implemented. I'm pro-diversity but I do believe there is fair reason to criticize WCPSS administration for other reasons. Wouldn't surprise me if the house is indeed cleaned, and perhaps it's time.
Meeker gets 62% of the vote when he had basically no credible opposition. Get ready for change, folks.
Ger -- No doubt. I was just asked the question whether Ron Margiotta and the new school board have a mandate. If last night wasn't a mandate, I'm not sure what a mandate would look life. But the issue remains, is it a mandate for change and striking a different balance between "neighborhood schools" and "diversity" across the school system. Or is it a mandate for a radical re-make of policy that throws the baby out with the bath water?
I doubt I'm the first to say these words today, but maybe I'll be the first to write them down in public: The new majority, unless they want to be seen as radicals, should consider that tried-and-true Wake County solution, the "Blue Ribbon Commission."
Just like with the Special Transit Advisory Commission, on which you served, and the county's Blue Ribbon Commission on growth, the issue of how to make progress now in the schools is one that requires a little patience and some meeting of the minds, NOT one suitable for the slash-and-burn tactics favored by some in the Republican Party.
IMHO, of course.
I live in one of the suburban districts. From talking to neighbors and coworkers, I can tell you that the school board had lost support and that many parents felt that the school board was not listening when it made decisions on issues like year round school and even such mundane issues like the new Wednesday early release policy implemented this year.
Here is hoping that they do clean house. Burns has been a DISASTER. Support for the schools has eroded under his tenure to the point where people are fleeing for private schools at record rates. Graduation rates of at risk students have fallen every year. Gang activity is up. Teacher retention is down.
He has failed and whether you agree with his stance on certain issues or not, the election yesterday is a reflection of those failures. It is time for new leadership. One that will start by bringing public confidence back.
a great story that seems to have really captured the feeling of the night. very funny about all TVs at wal-mart tuned into football. love the photo too.
Thanks for this article. Obama ran a magnificent campaign in NC, and all the Democrats elected should be thankful for the support it generated down the ticket. But I am most impressed with how he personally inspired the devotion of young people in a a way I recall from my youth, when John F. Kennedy ran for office.
We need to work to continue to keep these young folk involved in politics and government.
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