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Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

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...

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Posted by whathaveyoudoneformelately2012 on 04/20/2012 at 7:36 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

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.

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Posted by Steve Bocckino on 04/20/2012 at 4:48 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

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?

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Posted by Instant Account on 04/20/2012 at 3:59 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

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."

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Posted by Bob Geary, Indy Staff Writer on 04/20/2012 at 3:49 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

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.

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/orange-an…

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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Posted by Instant Account on 04/20/2012 at 2:50 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

what exactly have fred foster and will wilson done, besides being seen/pawns of the people's alliance, to merit election to the durham county board of commissioners? specific example are welcomed.

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Posted by whathaveyoudoneformelately2012 on 04/20/2012 at 12:21 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Voting Guide

Today is the beginning of early voting and Over the past thirty years, I have served the people of North Carolina as a soldier and served in Iraq. I also volunteered and went to New Orleans in support of Katrina. I have had a number of jobs in state government, but only one career – public service.

With that core value at heart, I am running for the Democratic House District 39 so that I c...an continue advocating on behalf of the public interest, continue fighting for change, and continue making North Carolina a better state.

As your state representative, I will help strengthen our public schools by recruiting and retaining the best teachers possible, expanding access to quality pre-Kindergarten programs, and addressing the achievement gap. I will expand access to affordable health care to ensure that all children and seniors have health insurance. I will also work with the rest of the Wake County delegation to deal with the challenges resulting from Wake County’s explosive growth by improving our public transportation system and tackling our water shortages and create economic opportunities to protect people from exploitation by powerful interests.

I want you to know how passionate I am about the issues that matter to North Carolinians. And I will get up every morning and work as hard as I did to win this race and take that passion to the floor of the North Carolina House of Representative.

But I’ve learned that winning depends on more than just hard work: It depends on people like you. I respectfully ask for your support and would be honored to partner with you on the issues we care about. More important than winning, however, is governing. I want to be your Representative in the North Carolina House and one that you will be proud to have helped elect.

I hope I can count on you to join me in this campaign for change. And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (919)247-5152. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Don Mial

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Posted by Donald Mial on 04/19/2012 at 12:27 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Voting Guide

If you're voting the Indy Endorsement on County Commissioner, you should really check out John Owens for your fifth vote. John is easily the most progressive candidate, he's running the strongest challenger campaign, and he represents an important shift away from the status quo.

The website is chock full of policy ideas and issue commentary, check it out: www.TeamOwens.com

The Duke Democrats endorsed John saying:
"We believe John Owens is the single strongest candidate; among the fourteen candidates, we appreciate that at forums and in questionnaires, he is rarely evasive, and speaks directly and honestly without obfuscating his beliefs or his intentions. This quality is uncommon in any politician—and is sorely needed given the lack of transparency in Durham government. Some participants in Durham politics accuse Durham’s “progressive left” of being out-of-touch with the needs of low-income Durham residents—Owens’ life-story and background speak directly to his understanding of the role in government in helping to support citizens in their pathway out of poverty."

Rev Carl Kenney (who also used to write for the Indy) enthusiastically endorsed John on his popular blog, the Rev-Elution.
He wrote:
This kid has the stuff. I call him kid out of respect for what he brings, youthfulness, a fresh approach, an amazing understanding of the issues and a departure from business as usual in Durham [...]
Those in office may be a bit out of touch, and we need some new blood running the show. [...] The Rev-elution can see past the birth certificate. He’s among the best ”

We posted this on the other thread, but it bears repeating:

Please use your fifth vote for John Owens... and vote AGAINST Amendment 1!

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Posted by Team Owens on 04/19/2012 at 10:17 AM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

If you're voting the Indy Endorsement on County Commissioner, you should really check out John Owens for your fifth vote. John is easily the most progressive candidate, he's running the strongest challenger campaign, and he represents an important shift away from the status quo.

The website is chock full of policy ideas and issue commentary, check it out: www.TeamOwens.com

The Duke Democrats endorsed John saying:
"We believe John Owens is the single strongest candidate; among the fourteen candidates, we appreciate that at forums and in questionnaires, he is rarely evasive, and speaks directly and honestly without obfuscating his beliefs or his intentions. This quality is uncommon in any politician—and is sorely needed given the lack of transparency in Durham government. Some participants in Durham politics accuse Durham’s “progressive left” of being out-of-touch with the needs of low-income Durham residents—Owens’ life-story and background speak directly to his understanding of the role in government in helping to support citizens in their pathway out of poverty."

Rev Carl Kenney (who also used to write for the Indy) enthusiastically endorsed John on his popular blog, the Rev-Elution.
He wrote:
This kid has the stuff. I call him kid out of respect for what he brings, youthfulness, a fresh approach, an amazing understanding of the issues and a departure from business as usual in Durham [...]
Those in office may be a bit out of touch, and we need some new blood running the show. [...] The Rev-elution can see past the birth certificate. He’s among the best ”

Please use your fifth vote for John Owens... and vote AGAINST Amendment 1!

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Posted by Team Owens on 04/19/2012 at 10:15 AM

Re: “2012 Primary Voting Guide

how about a box listing the early voting sites in Wake/Durham/Orange rather than force your readers to search the web for the info?

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Posted by gercohen1 on 04/19/2012 at 9:41 AM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

Just in the nick of time Indy. I was conflicted over the Worley seat in the Wake 10 Judicial District, and information was getting hard to come by. Since I wanted to be first in line to vote AGAINST the amendment (I almost made it... I was #3) I was almost considering taking a pass on that race. Thanks for filling the information void at the last second. (Think you could do this a little earlier next time??)

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Posted by Mojo on 04/19/2012 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Walter Smith

Would you know by any chance how many acers per cow you have to have in SC?

Posted by Samantha on 04/18/2012 at 7:59 PM

Re: “2012 Primary Endorsements

The Indy & People's Alliance agree on the four best candidates for Durham County Commission, along with nearly all of our other candidates. Let's get out and vote for these good people and Against the Amendment! Lorisa Seibel

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Posted by Lorisa Seibel on 04/18/2012 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Durham County races

L Celeste Gardner: This page was published in April 2010. Our endorsements for the 2012 primaries will be published next week, April 18.

Posted by Denise Prickett, Indy Editorial Web Director on 04/13/2012 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Durham County races

Can someone explain to me why the postcard I got says that I am in district 3B for school board, but my sample ballot (which I accessed through this page: http://www.durhamcountync.gov/departments/… does not show the cox/baker race.

????

Posted by L Celeste Gardner on 04/13/2012 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Durham County

First you endorsed Nifong, and then Cline. Have you considered the possibility that you are not competent to recommend anyone?

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Posted by Nicolas Martin on 03/15/2012 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Marcia H. Morey

This is the woman who agreed that Nifong "enjoys a reputation for truthfulness" at his criminal contempt trial after the Duke non-rape botch. She gladly worked for the wretched man.

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Posted by Nicolas Martin on 02/28/2012 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Freda Black

We really blew it by not electing this woman DA. I hope we have the chance to get it right. She is a brilliant legal mind and a person totally dedicated to the law and to using it for justice and fairness. She is known as the rock-hard-ass Asst. DA in the Peterson trial; but not very many know about the many pro bono cases - hopeless cases - she took on for poor whites and blacks who had no chance against the system - in many cases she won and gave the hopeless hope. What an incredible waste of resources not to have Freda Black as our DA - especially considering what we have in that office now. Let's call her back and get it right. My name is Ken Smith. I am a liberal Democrat and a Baptist minister of music - and a long-time admirer of this remarkable woman!

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Posted by Ken Smith on 02/02/2012 at 2:42 AM

Re: “Rougemont hopes dashed; Durham voters OK taxes

I would hope that Durham is smart enough to work on their own transit plan and not wait on Wake.

They have the chance to continue to differentiate themselves as a community. The money would be much better spent on a local solution than a regional one anyway. If, at some point down the line it can connect to another system, all the better, but that need not be a prerequisite.

Posted by Jeff S on 11/10/2011 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Kevin Hill wins Wake schools race

The people have spoken at the polls and their decision must be honored. However, I find it passing strange this story did not mention the late charges (dirty trick?) by Hill that Losurdo had put false information about her work at a bank on her personal bona fides. That charge later was refuted by Losurdo's bank manager, confirming what Losurdo has said that Hill's charge was untrue. However, the damage was already done. This appears to be akin to the tactic another famous Democrat named Lyndon Johnson used in a Texas Congressional race when he wanted his campaign to claim his opponent once had carnal knowledge of a cow. LBJ's campaign manager said, "We can't do that; it's not true," to which LBJ replied, "I know it. I just want to make him have to deny it."

Posted by Rataplan on 11/10/2011 at 9:04 AM

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