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

The lede is "the Republican stranglehold on Jones Street must end!", and then they endorse on the basis of wanting at least one sensible Republican.

Laughable. That's not how this works. 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.

I remember when Pat McCrory was lauded as a sensible, sane Republican. There's no such thing. Of all the races you could pick to make a contrarian endorsement, this is a poor choice. Hopefully it won't amount to anything.

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Posted by Scott Ross Koon on 10/19/2016 at 11:05 AM

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

Two things:

1) Orange county cannot support the density needed for affordable housing without water and sewer. So the funds would need to be spent in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or Hillsborough where there is water & sewer. But in the towns land is too expensive. Land owners and developers do not want to sacrifice profits. In point of fact the previous administration in Chapel Hill permitted existing affordable housing to be retrofitted, depleting the stock and making the problem worse. None of the towns have a plan and have had affordable housing funds sitting idle for years. How is this money going to help?

2) The school bond is needed, but there is no plan to fix the budget that created the situation in the first place. I agree that it is an unsustainable approach and voters should demand fixes to obvious problems, not band-aids.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 10/19/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for U.S. House of Representatives

Excellent choice to endorse John McNeil! At a time when less than 20% of the members of Congress are veterans, it's important to have leaders who can make wise choices that are based on fact and not platitude. McNeil has seen firsthand the effects of America's foreign policy choices.
Holding, who is spending millions to label McNeil as an "Odd Duck", is one of the wealthiest members of Congress (wealth he didn't create, his family operates "the largest family-controlled bank in the United States" - First Citizens). Of course, he's never served in the military. He has "served" as legislative counsel for Jesse Helms. Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

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Posted by Jim Bob on 10/19/2016 at 11:00 AM

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

Mike Woodard deserves re-election. Greg Doucette is an appealing guy, but Mike Woodard has earned his seat and worked hard to advance the very causes you claim you support. Swing and a miss, Indy.

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Posted by JohnNC on 10/19/2016 at 10:46 AM

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

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.

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Posted by Yevonne Brannon on 10/19/2016 at 10:46 AM

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

Your failure to endorse Mike Woodard, a progressive democrat who has fought for all the issues you say you believe in is deeply disappointing.

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Posted by Carolyn McAllaster on 10/19/2016 at 10:46 AM

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

I agree totally with the previous post. The housing providers and officials in Orange County have a strong track record of effectively utilizing available funds to provide affordable housing. The missing ingredient for greater success is funding. You can't expect limited resources to be spent on developing shovel-ready plans before the funding is even made available. I'm a builder. I can build you a house. But I'm not creating house plans for you until I know I'm going to build the house. It's disappointing that this desperately needed and modest amount of funding did not get your endorsement.

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Posted by marcoplos on 10/19/2016 at 10:16 AM

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

Wait a second. You're asking North Carolinians to not screw this up, and you endorsed Greg Doucette in Senate 22? Because you think he'll be an "exception" as a Republican?


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Posted by barry on 10/19/2016 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Sue Googe - US House District 4

Just what do you consider "fixing" the broken H-1B? If "fix" means actually fix what exists, i.e. turn it into a tool for filling actual gaps in our skills vs. being for the cheap labor it's notoriously used for, then great. If, instead, you mean "fix' in its usual code word sense meaning to expand it and make it easier to ignore and replace more American workers, count me out.

Posted by john80224 on 10/19/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

Thanks for pointing that out, HValli. The pdf link has been corrected.

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Posted by Susan Harper, INDY Publisher on 10/19/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The INDY's Voting Guide

Thanks for getting the voting guide out in time for early voting! Unfortunately, the link to the pdf is 404-ing.

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Posted by HValli on 10/19/2016 at 9:03 AM

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

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.

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Posted by jcbarr on 10/19/2016 at 8:28 AM

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

The Indy has some history of reactionary endorsements without the full picture, and here you go again. Orange County has a list of criteria that it will use to judge proposals from partners committed to affordable housing. There isn't a "plan" because they haven't solicited the proposals yet -- who would submit a proposal before there's funding available? The criteria is excellent -- focuses on ensuring access to transit and broad coverage of needs (including often-overlooked adults with disabilities), for example. A vote against means nothing will be done. How could that possibly be a better plan?

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Posted by jcbarr on 10/19/2016 at 8:12 AM

Re: “N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice: We Endorse Michael R. Morgan

@HelloLaurie, for that matter I'm pretty sure they never retracted their endorsement of Mike Nifong, even after he was exposed as a fraud and a criminal. In fact, they hired the reporter who could have stopped the whole fiasco early on, but instead she hid the facts that would have exposed Mangum as a liar from the start.

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Posted by Dan Magoo on 10/16/2016 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

"No one should be scared to come before a court of law in our county or our country to prosecute an assault, to report a theft, to provide the best for his children." - WOW! She says she sits in on domestic violence cases but can't even recognize when financial and emotional abuse is sitting right in her face and even when evidence of it can be proven. It comes as NO surprise that of all the family court judges, she scored the lowest in every category, particularly fairness, competence, clerical/administrative abilities and experience. Vote this woman off the bench. She's ruined more children's lives than she has enhanced them. Just shameful!!!!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/10/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Anna Elena Worley

This is one of the few times in my life I will NOT vote for a Democrat. This woman is one of the most incompetent people to ever be elected to such an important position. I have witnessed her firsthand destroy families, make egregious clerical and administrative mistakes but refuse to own up to them when they are pointed out to her and she clearly has never taken a math course in her life as she doesn't seem to understand gross and net pay are significantly different. I watched her render a woman homeless because she could not afford child support payments and even though the woman was literally living out of her car, she did nothing to correct her poor judgment so this woman could maintain a healthy relationship with her children, all because this woman was poor, could not afford an attorney and had to represent herself. Time for her to go.

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/06/2016 at 9:44 PM

Re: “U.S. Congress, Second District: We Endorse John McNeil in the Democratic Primary

Unfortunately, This candidate is a sellout. Starting out as a staunch Bernie supporter, he has since flipped his position and is now supporting Hillary, even calling her crimes 'OK". On his facebook, he deletes negative posts and blocks anyone who disagrees with him. And, he thinks he can just go "do politics" without the aid and consultation of experts in the field.

This is NOT who we supported when he was seeking momentum. He is an absolute fraud, and I fear what his performance will be like. To quote one of his many egotistical posts "This is the McNeil house - it's gonna be MY way". He sounds like Trump. We, the majority of his supporters, are disgusted by him.

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Posted by Mark Anomia on 07/08/2016 at 7:19 PM

Re: “U.S. Congress, Fourth District: We Endorse Sue Googe in the Republican Primary

Well... DRiley,

You should be worry having a crooked candidate running for president who have the majority of her donors a list of Muslim Countries. Countries who want America to fall.

Posing with a riffle does not mean she will go into public and start shoot to people.
Great examples are the terrorist attacks against American citizens by Muslim terrorists.

Finally, the gun she is posing is a hunting rifle.



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Posted by Steve A. Von Loor on 07/01/2016 at 6:59 AM

Re: “U.S. Congress, Fourth District: We Endorse Sue Googe in the Republican Primary

You can be anti violence and pro 2nd amendment. Legal gun owners use their firearms for defense.

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Posted by Adam Zimmermann on 06/07/2016 at 3:13 PM

Re: “U.S. Congress, Sixth District: We Endorse Mark Walker in the Republican Primary

Vote for Hardin, and send the Republicans the crooked cop loony they deserve.

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Posted by Norf Cackalackie on 06/07/2016 at 2:03 PM

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