Well I could sat so much on this subject, but since Judge Stephens reported me to the State bar for allegedly unauthorized practice of law without a complete investigation only on hearsay of a few attorney's who were against my program, which this is not the first time he suspended the program. The first time he did this I approached him and tried to explain what my position was and he talked to me like I was a piece of trash. I filed a motion against his motion and after he agreeing to set down and talk to me he reenstated the program. Now here we are again only on hearsay he's done this again, but took it a lil further with reporting to the State Bar.
Karma, maybe here and all things will work for its good. There are so many bullies within the judicial system. It's painful to see such behavior and unprofessional behavior. I been yelled at, lied on, eyes rolled at me, hang ups in my face. Only because of trying to be a voice for those who are not allowed to speak or request a visit or a phone call from their attorney. Oh I can go on and on I just got a call from a mother who says her son has been locked up for 2yrs. And his attorney still have not come to see him. He heard about the Justice Served NC, Inc. program from another Inmate and asked his mother to call me. I had to explain to her that the program has been suspended. She was very upset and yes she was a white woman.
That's democracy? My bad. I thought we were a republic. That's what I pledged to my flag. Hillary is paid advertising. I'm a far right winger. Bernie actually makes more sense than Hillary and he's a straight up socialist. Hillary... seriously?
We all know that it's a done deal that HRC will be the democratic candidate, all the more reason to vote for Sanders. We need to send a message to HRC that we don't agree with a lot of her bullsh@&. She is funded by some of the same folks funding the Republican, she has voted to send our sons and daughters to die in wars we had business being in and she represents just about everything wrong with the Democratic Party. Voting for Sanders will let her know that she has to do better, that she needs to make some changes in her attitudes and policies.
Like many I am greatly disappointed with the Indy endorsement of HRC and will think twice now before trusting or believing what I see from them.
Interesting, I just learned a lot about how the Commissioner of Labor can work for the good of the people of NC. Thank you Maxine for your responses and all your justice work through the years
@Anderson Orr: I find your lukewarm reasoning rather upsetting considering the danger that HRC will not be chosen by many democratic voters in the general election because of her abysmal favorability ratings. Donald Trump is comparable with his likability. The difference? He is able to recruit many new voters! "...the candidate with the best practical and tactical skill sets for managing the demands of the US Presidency?" Voting for the Iraq war? Being a war-hawk? Opportunistically swaying with the wind like Frank Underwood? Being involved with superfluous scandals? How about the practical and tactical skill set of Bernie Sanders who is not involved with any scandals, is not a millionaire and has been on the right side of history throughout his political career?
"... we will be better served by a doer rather than a dreamer." Recently, Bernie Sanders was compared with Martin Luther King by the Black Press, MLK - like Bernie Sanders - being a doer AND a dreamer! The absolute last candidate we need to stand up against the dangerous views of an unpredictable and radical candidate like Donald Trump is a scandal-ridden conformist like HRC who wants to defend the establishment by cautioning everybody with her mantra "No, we can't!" This is neither an attractive nor a successful campaign mantra. So, Mr. Orr, please become bolder and think again before you cast your vote! Thank you.
The divide among your editorial board sounds like a mirror image of my own conflicted inner debate.
I'm quite surprised with myself as I keep coming to the same conclusion as did y'all. It seems like this is the first time I've ever consciously decided to choose pragmatism over my own idealism in an important election and, at times, it almost feels like an out of body experience.
Simply put, in this election, I believe we need the candidate with the best practical and tactical skill sets for managing the demands of the US Presidency and for serving as the national leader of the Democratic Party. No matter how often I question my decision I cannot avoid coming to the conclusion that our strongest candidate for fulfilling those responsibilities is HRC.
So, with due respect to John Lennon, Bernie, and my progressive friends and allies supporting him, and to those endorsing/supporting Hillary I want to say, "To my surprise and with some regrets, I am convinced that in this defining point in history we will be better served by a doer rather than a dreamer. That is why I'm supporting HRC and I'm relieved I'm not the only one."
-- Anderson Orr (Raleigh)
The vote totals for Hillary vs Bernie speak and will speak volumes about electability. Head-to-head polls at this point disregard the fact that Bernie has yet to take a single Republican punch. There is a reason that the Repugs haven't thrown those punches: they think they can trounce Bernie handily, and don't want to hurt his chances. When the right-wing machine cranks up, they will eviscerate Bernie. Look at what they did to John Kerry! HRC has stood up to the worst they have to offer for more than 20 years, and she's still standing, looking them in the eye, bloodying their noses.
As for courage, I don't think that giving gun manufacturers immunity from prosecution is a mark of courage. You can call it pragmatism; I call it shameless pandering. And I don't think that "billionaires" or "Wall Street" is the answer to every challenge we face. A Bernie drinking game during the next Dem debate, quaffing on those two words alone, would put you in the Emergency Room.
@Steve - Incremental progress requires progress though. Meekly avoiding regressions is the most we can expect from this type of democrat (Hillary), and even then that might be optimistic.
Sanders has shown in Congress and as mayor of Burlington he's actually very pragmatic--far moreso than Clinton. I suspect if you looked at a list of bipartisan legislation they've both voted on, you'd quickly reconsider Clinton's electability. General election polls and favorability ratings tell the same story: Clinton's not a strong candidate. She has a huge independent problem, and a huge trustworthiness problem. There are many conservatives who would actually be swayed by Sanders' damn near opulent record of uncorrupted public service (and the fact that he's more pragmatic on some issues like guns).
What I've seen from Obama's '08 election, compared to Gore's and Kerry's failures, is that democrats win not by being moderate, but by having courage. Playing the center and avoiding concrete proposals is a cowardly strategy that has not gone well for democrats for the past 40 years. Democrats also need the youth vote. The difference between getting that vote and not getting it is the difference between 2008 and 2014.
With this single endorsement you have undone everything you have purported to build on up to this moment. INDY you have abandoned your values and good sense, and I would not be surprised if you shut down soon. Before this moment I would have felt your absence, now all I can say is goodbye.
It's a sad day indeed when people ignore reality in favor of entrenched assumptions. Here is my thesis: Hillary Clinton represents (just about) everything that is wrong with the Democratic Party. Here is my defense, by way of The Atlantic (first) and CounterPunch (second):
"Most Democrats regard the Iraq War as a historic disaster. Clinton voted for that conflict. That hawkishness wasn’t a fluke. She pushed for U.S. intervention in Libya without Congressional approval and without anticipating all that has gone wrong in that country. She favored U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war as well. Why haven’t Democrats concluded that she has dangerously bad judgment on foreign policy? She certainly hasn’t done anything to distinguish herself in that realm."
-- From "‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats"
"Wall Street’s and the Democratic Party’s old guard preference, Hillary Clinton has high negative ratings both nationally as well as within the party itself. She rates 51% “unfavorable” nationally as of February 7, 2016, worse than the 32% negative opinion registered in September 2011 and the 45% registered a year ago. CBS News found last October that 14% of Democratic voters declared they wouldn’t vote for her, with another 27% expressing strong “reservations” about her, and those numbers are likely to increase with her nasty attacks on Sanders."
-- From "Why Hillary Clinton Spells Democratic Party Defeat"
I am also surprised that INDY has endorsed HRC. The point made above that Bernie's long-term, principled, Progressive position will be more bullet-proof against Trump (or any other GOP nominee) is accurate. Imagine a Trump-HRC debate.....he'll just repeat "she lied" over and over again and, unfortunately, people will believe it. Sanders is also the best candidate to sweep Congressional Democrats into the House and Senate on this election cycle.
Your endorsement of Clinton makes all of your other endorsements suspect in my mind. The political revolution that Bernie is talking about means that we need to start nominating and electing true Progressives (How can you tell a liberal? They think they're a progressive because the progressive label isn't as tainted as liberal. Real Progressives want radical change.) Oh, and as far as electability, the Real Politics polling average has Bernie beating Trump by 3 more points than Hillary and Bernie beating Cruz by 9 more points.
IndyWeekly, what an utter disappointment. Regarding your Hillary Clinton endorsement, "they brush past her mostly impressive tenure as secretary of state, including her push for the sanctions that led to the Iran nuclear deal. (Libya, where Clinton pushed for an intervention that did not go especially well, is probably the biggest blemish.)" Are you kidding me?!?!? HRC is a drone warrior who shows no remorse for the thousands of civilian noncombatants killed by drone strikes. She hailed the collective punishment of the Iranian people with sanctions, their only crime being Iranian and thusly viewed by Democrats as less than pawns in a global rhetorical game in which they posed no real threat to Americans. She pushed for the surge in Afghanistan. She pushed for American war against Libya. She supported Israel's crimes in Gaza.
I have served in combat: It's a total bust. Hillary is a hawk, and you can bet your bottom Yankee dollar she'll try to out-hawk any Republican. For God's sake, I hope ANYONE who backs her has the misfortune of worrying for the physical or psychic loss of a son or daughter sacrificed on her pyre of American military interventionism.
And Roy Cooper. Are you out of your minds? Why not enable Kafkaesque pols who drip the blood of the accused onto state-run crime "laboratory" microscope slides for political gain? Identify one instance in which Cooper showed the moral conviction to stand up for the rights of either the criminally accused or those convicted of crimes (who, despite their convictions, are entitled to the state's protection while in custody). No, Roy Cooper, much like Florida's Bob Graham, is a tough-on-crime gangster who supports the death penalty, and who allowed the crime lab to make it up as they went along so they could get convictions no matter what.
I'D stay home before I went to the polls and pulled the lever for these candidates. Makes me think Rupert Murdock went and purchased the Indy for God's sake.
Overall good candidates selected. I like some of Bernie's ideas but realistically, they will never get implemented with current Congress or even a more evenly split Congress. Pragmatically and with an eye towards SCOTUS, Hillary is a more workable choice now. Chris Rey intrigues me but I do not think he is electable state-wide in this election. He will be in a better position during the next round. Ross has best chance against Burr in a "red" leaning state in a post AA President election.
I don't always agree with the Indy's endorsements (Mike Nifong during the Duke / LAX incident had to be the worst), and I think they dropped the ball this time with Bernie.
But kudos for calling out the two county commissioners who did not strongly oppose 751 South. We finally have a chance to hold Howerton and Page accountable for their actions during that time.
Based on Howerton's and Page's poor judgment regarding this issue they should not be allowed to have a say in how Durham manages the incredible growth we're going to see over the next 6 years. That's going to effect me a heck of a lot more than whether it's Bernie or Hillary.
PUT BERNIE ON THE COVER TOO!
This is supposed to be independent media, not Fox News or MSNBC. Many people are upset about HRC being on the cover and endorsed by the Indy Weekly. Be the voice of the people. If you want to save face and still consider yourself "independent", you MUST put Bernie on the cover of this weeks issue.
Whoever the next President is will be severely hampered by Congress.
Hey, maybe we should pay as much attention to the Congressional races as we are to the Presidential race? Just a thought . . .
The NC Senate race is, at this point, at least as important as the Democratic primary. The Attorney General and Governor's races are also absolutely critical. Pay attention!
I love Bernie and what he has to say. Unfortunately, he is running for President---not King. Our political system was designed for incremental change, not wholesale overhaul. There is no way he can pull off the agenda he is promoting. If you think Congress obstructed a mild mannered polite African American just imagine what will happen to a loud outspoken Jewish man with a Socialist label.
Hillary has her flaws but she will be able to get some things done because of--not in spite of--her connections. We all love Bernie but it is time to abandon the Pollyanna mentality and be pragmatic: there is too much at stake.
For an updated pt-by-pt comparison see Updated Snapshot: Hillary/Bernie
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