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Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

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.

Posted by MJKopechne on 10/24/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

George Greene. Can you tell me in specifics your own personal experience as a parent in Judge Worley's court? Because this statement "The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated" is garbage until she's placed YOUR child in the care of a drug addict who was busted for doing drugs with your child in his presence as he was being arrested and her commenting "Well, drug abuse doesn't mean you're a bad parent?" Have you ever met a college graduate who doesn't know the difference between net pay and gross pay? Have you ever had a judge take the word of someone who could not present them with evidence of their claim but still take their word for it and also fine you for the lie they told her that she chose to believe? Do you trust a judge who's own peers (NC Bar Assoc.) ranked her as the least competent judge on the family law bench? Finally, as a Democrat, what does being a Republican have to do with not caring about children and automatically makes them the bad guy by claiming that if he cared about kids, he'd not be a Republican? Everything in your brief statement is EXACTLY why the Indy chose not to endorse her this time. She was, apparently, terrible in 2012 and I can attest from personal experience, she is just as bad, if not worse, in 2016. I never imagined voting for a Republican in my life but in this particular instance, I totally am. She's ruined too many lives with her lack of knowledge about the complexities of family units, children, parental alienation, financial and emotional abuse and even basic math skills. She is grossly unqualified to be making decisions that affect the lives of children and it has nothing to do with the fact that she has no children nor ever been married. She simply has no idea what she's doing and that's irresponsibly dangerous to anyone whose case is assigned to her. She's probably a decent person but she is NOT qualified for this job. Period!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/24/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

If anyone has had a bad or good experience with a judge, you need to post it! Nagle is an embarrassment to the bar association in my opinion. I have only seen 5 cases of his and he was a judge in my case. In all of the cases I saw.... he made no changes and made bias statements against women getting divorced. He made no changes to my case even though there was evidence that financial mistakes were made in my case. He didn't listen and made NO changes. Vote Walter Rand! He has a better record with the N.C. Bar Association. In fact, someone apologized to me from the bar association for Nagle's behavior.

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Posted by Angeline Oas-Carter on 10/23/2016 at 7:50 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

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.

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Posted by Nathaniel Bakker on 10/23/2016 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

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.

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Posted by Jamezetta on 10/21/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

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.

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Posted by Susan Hoerger on 10/21/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

How about a version that doesn't have color or a colored background so we don't waste all our ink?!

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Posted by AlSel on 10/21/2016 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Battleground North Carolina: The INDY's 2016 Election Endorsements

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.

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Posted by John Allore on 10/21/2016 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Battleground North Carolina: The INDY's 2016 Election Endorsements

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 : #makeroomorange

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Posted by Jonathan Young on 10/21/2016 at 12:16 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Roy Cooper for Governor

Thanks, Ricks. We are currently working on fixing this component of our story pages. We will let you know once it's updated!

Posted by rbenjamin on 10/21/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

Indy and all,

The Coalition has made its goals and plans available here:

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Posted by chgrne on 10/21/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

Dear Indy, Your voting guides are generally very helpful, but I'm stunned by your recommendation to vote no on the Affordable Housing bond. Perhaps you imagine the affordable housing problem to be insurmountable, but strong coalitions in Chapel HIll and Carrboro, including Justice United, have been working hard on this with community leaders and have plans that can make a real difference, if funded. I hope you will take some time to get more informed and that new information will lead you to change your recommendation.

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Posted by Ruth Gibson on 10/21/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Roy Cooper for Governor

The link here for "all Elections" is broken.

Posted by Ricks on 10/21/2016 at 8:58 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

As the Indy article recognizes, there's a serious shortage of affordable housing in Orange County. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Orange County Affordable Housing coalition work effectively with other organizations and the local faith community to make progress, but they are hampered by lack of funds to acquire suitable land in an expensive market. The $5M bond would make a dent in this big problem. It's not enough, but it is a good start.

Your "no" recommendation is wrong-headed. There are organizations in place who could quickly put this money to good use helping our neighbors in Orange County. I urge you to reconsider your recommendation and to get a retraction out immediately. There's no time to lose given that early voting is already underway.

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Posted by Lee Nackman on 10/21/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Scott Ross Koon says it succinctly, with no need for elaboration, clarification or modification. Thank you.

"Somebody ought to explain that you don't win a majority by giving up seats, especially when they are to be filled by capable public servants such as Mike Woodard. His opponent would caucus with the Republicans, that's all you need to know."

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Posted by DNCBulldog on 10/21/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Mike Woodard has worked his whole body and soul off to be present in every school, every church, every community in every county he represents. He has not just supported Durham's needs but his district as a whole. This is the reason that he has so many endorsements. I have known Mike for nearly 30 years and every one of them has been a year of dedication to the best for all Americans, especially youth and girls. His wife is a true partner, and represents the same ideals. Mike's record on race relations is stellar and he immediately worked to repeal HB2. I cannot imagine what the Indy is thinking. Vote Woodard.

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Posted by Patricia Bartlett on 10/21/2016 at 2:36 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

You need to get out more, INDY Week.

First, what "sea of nonprofit and construction outfits" is flooding Orange County in the name of affordable housing? Well, there's DHIC, which is building 150 affordable units in Chapel Hill. And CASA, which recently opened the Denson for veterans in Durham and just bought property to do the same in Carrboro. Oh, and Habitat for Humanity, the largest producer of restricted, affordable single family homes in the County. Hardly seedy construction outfits wasting the public's money. In fact, they'd be even more productive if the County had a dedicated source of funds to pay for hefty land acquisition and construction costs that plague the Triangle. The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition, on which I once served as a Carrboro delegate, could have told you a lot about the amazing rental and homeownership projects its members could produce in five years if only you had "asked around" a little more.

Second, no plans? It sounds like you didn't do some basic recon into the Town of Carrboro's Board-adopted Affordable Housing Strategy and the Town of Chapel Hill's Rental Affordable Housing Strategy. Both municipalities have stepped up our funding set-asides with a Penny for Housing and other tools, but we need Orange County to step up too.

Third, your analysis demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of how public bond investments are made for affordable housing -- project by project. You can't just line them up like a school system Capital Improvements Program waiting for election day. Too many for-profit developers are competing for the same land or rehab opportunity, and they can afford the holding costs. This is why a County bond issue is so important -- it helps reputable developers like Habitat, CASA and DHIC compete in this environment. It also serves to attract critical private sector investments that can make up 80% or more of total development financing. That's pretty good leverage.

I expect some pretty basic journalistic curiosity and integrity from INDY Week, but this was a vacant, lazy endorsement decision. Shame on you.

Bethany Chaney
Alderman, Town of Carrboro
Chair, Town of Carrboro Affordable Housing Task Force

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Posted by bchaney on 10/20/2016 at 11:12 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

Indy, I implore you to retract this poorly informed recommendation on the affordable housing bond.

The Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition has plans for specific projects that need to be funded. Chapel Hlil and Carrboro both have affordable housing plans, and Orange County has one in the works.

Many people rely on your endorsements. If you do not retract your "no", it may set back implementation of affordable housing plans dramatically, despite the strong need in Orange County.

Voting is already underway -- please retract your recommendation immediately.

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Posted by Kathy Kaufman on 10/20/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

My positive impression of INDY Week under it's new ownership came to a screeching halt yesterday. For the past year county leaders -- the commissioners, the county manager and senior staff -- have analyzed the affordable housing situation in the County and committed $2 million from their capital funds and also decided to include a $5 million bond for housing on the ballot this fall. Housing advocates were very pleased by these decisions and valued working in partnership with advocates for the school bond. County officials have reached out consistently for the input from the members of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition. How all this activity and planning, not to mention that of the Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, could have escaped INDY Week's attention is stupefying. I strongly encourage the INDY Week to reconsider its position on the proposed bond.

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Posted by Allan Rosen on 10/20/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Orange County Schools and Affordable Housing Bonds

What I find "startling" is Indy's lack of specifics about where they supposedly "asked around" about affordable housing plans. In early September, they certainly did not respond to the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition's concerted efforts to provide them with the very information they believe does not exist.

It takes 3 clicks from a Google search to find both Chapel Hill and Carrboro's strategic plans to address affordable housing. The plans involve intimate collaborations with reputable and well-known nonprofit organizations that have collectively served Orange County for over 50 years.

This "sea of nonprofits" is comprised of tireless advocates and professionals who have dedicated their careers to building, financing, negotiating, researching, and promoting affordable housing solutions.

Aside from flippantly dismissing the work of hundreds of affordable housing professionals in a poorly researched missive, possibly causing long-term and irreparable harm to housing efforts in Orange County, where INDY is not even based, what have YOU done to advance the cause?

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Posted by chgrne on 10/20/2016 at 5:49 PM

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