Nothing surprising in these endorsements.
Too Bad Indy week never sought to talk to me, I would have let them feel my head where I filed of my democrat horns...the ones I was raised with!
Also on my web page...If you are happy w/ one party rule, continue to vote democrat.
Orange County has the 4th highest taxes in the state, Chapel Hill is 1st in municipal taxation...and there in not one Republican to blame...in 122 years.
The election of One Republican into a Board of 6 Democrats will not make the Taxes worse....
I am Running to represent the people of District TWO not...not District ONE...I fit very well in District TWO...but as the District ONE gets to vote on me, and they out number D2 by 2:1... They...Chapel Hill and Carrboro will decide who is the "best Fit" for the Rural County...
Great selection and a definite take along to the polls. Sometimes, one has to choose the best of the worst to get the best people to represent the needs of the people. And the Indy has truely done that.
While you're making changes to your guide, how about reconsidering your endorsement of a Labor Commissioner who cares so little for North Carolina workers she doesn't even think they should be guaranteed to earn at least a minimum wage? http://bit.ly/PcrBfo
All of the candidates we endorse are named on our Take-Along Voting Guide: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/2012-gene…
We will be adding text to this story today explaining our choices for the three offices you mention (plus others).
I apologize for the inconvenience. It appears our print function is broken across the board. We are working diligently to repair it. I will comment again here when things are functioning properly. In the meantime, please know that our voting guide displays beautifully on a smartphone so you can take it with you!
There is a trend here. As long as candidates are "all-inclusive" they are called meaningful. This is misleading. To be "all-inclusive" many times means to lean against white people or Christians simply because they represent an "old guard." But this "old guard" makes it possible for "all-inclusive" to exist. The REPUBLICANS, not the Democrats, passed the Civil Rights Acts. Please go to any history reference you like before you flame that. There is no "But.. but.. but.." Perception is everything, and "progressives" have been trying for decades to take credit for that which conservatives have accomplished. It's called "seize the means of production."
There is also a trend here to call Tea Party "rabid" or "political elite" simply because they are mainly older white people making a difference. Why not vilify the VFW? In fact, many blacks and Hispanics support the Tea Party, at least privately. Remember, Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, and the Tea Party was formed in the wake of his stimulus, bailout, and Obamacare measures, which spends too much money and only benefits the wealthy corporations. In other words, Obama did not defeat the Tea Party in 2008 because there WAS no Tea Party. Since 2009, many people of color and women have jumped on board a real grass-roots movement to stop spreading lies about America. What lies?
Obama did NOT stop the war in Iraq. We still have TONS of boots on the ground, black-ops, Blackwater-type contractors, and billions of dollars in aid which would be better spent here. Aghanistan is worse. We have troops in Jordan. We have dead Americans in Libya, and all the bootlicking media can focus on is whether or not Obama said the word "terror" in a Rose Garden speech. Who cares? What are we going to do about the dead Americans? Nothing! Instead, we are pitted against each other over words!
If you didn't like Bush invading Iraq without a declaration of war, why are you OK with our invasion of the Congo under Obama?
Obama has added 6 TRILLION in debt since 2009. Yes, Congress passed the bills but Obama SIGNS the bills. He doesn't deny it! If you were against Bush for spending 800 billion in 2 wars, why are you FOR Obama? He overspends by 1 TRILLION per YEAR! He ADDS that EVERY YEAR, and will in his proposed budget, which is online to see, and which EVERY member of Congress voted against. Look it up! His budget received ZERO votes in Congress and the Senate. ZERO. Not Sheila Jackson Lee, not Dennis Kuchinich, not your most liberal or progressive Congressman!
These are FACTS, not talking points. If WAR and OVERSPENDING do not concern you, what does? Social justice?
Those are WORDS. Social justice means opportunity for everyone. We have only seen a decreasing opportunity for EVERYONE. Never mind the what the rich are doing. Mind your OWN business.
Sarah, thanks for letting us know. We're working on the problem.
I CANNOT believe that you endorsed Cherie Berry for Labor Commissioner. You said you had to hold your nose - well you didn't have to endorse in her race at all! You chose not to endorse in the race for Insurance Commissioner despite Wayne Goodwin's contested race and clear track record of standing up for North Carolina consumers.
But to me this is the most salient fact you failed to consider: Cherie Berry is so lame as Labor Commissioner that she doesn't even believe North Carolina's wage slaves should be guaranteed at least a minimum wage! That's the startling admission she volunteered to a right-wing, anti-worker interest group this year: http://bit.ly/PcrBfo.
I mean, really? Seriously? Your pick for **Labor Commissioner** is someone who **wants to repeal the minimum wage**?
And you blithely overlooking Cheri Berry's equally contemptible refusal to go on the record against child labor or her refusal to meet with farm labor advocates brings great shame on this publication.
tomgee sounds like he's a member of an offshoot of the "Know Nothing" party.
No endorsements for Secretary of State, Ag Commissioner, or Insurance Commissioner? Are they maybe in the print version but not the online version?
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TomG, do you really expect anyone to take you seriously with a comment like that.
Why do you consistently endorse the communist party? We don't want the ecoonomy of Michigan or any of the other US Soviet states here!!!
During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?
If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history and raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.
If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.
If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets, and helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.
If you support prohibition you've helped create a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords and terrorists.
If you support prohibition you've helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status.
If you support prohibition you're responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have bred generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.
If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises, gifted them intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helped them gain control of vast swaths of territory, and put significant social and military resources at their disposal.
Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. If you support it, you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt, or criminally insane.
I'm am grateful for the endorsement. I really have put my all into serving the Durham community to the best and fullest of my abilities. Thank you for noticing the work of the District and letting voters know how crucial our role is as elected officials.
Stop Dem Liars you are exactly right! It's called judicial activism and it's unethical as hell. Worley is a judicial activist, hands down. Get her off that bench!
Can't believe this conservative nutjob asked his kid to comment on this thread. You can tell he's conservative by the way in that he thinks the most important issue facing the court is saving money instead of dispensing justice. Please read Judge Worley's response as a contrast: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/anna-elen…
You are so wrong. The Democratic Party believes in inclusiveness. There may be many factions but we have the common thread in believing that we are all in this together. When one succeeds, we reach back and give a helping hand to the person behind us. This is quite different from the Republican "every man for himself" or "I've got mine and the hell with you" philosphy. Our nation for the past 30 years has allowed the philosophy that if we just give businesses everything they want that the benefits will trickle down to the masses. Unfortunately there was too much taking by the rich and not enough giving to the workers so that our economy is out of balance. Now workers don't have enough money to buy all those products that businesses are making more cheaply overseas. People are finally waking up (although it took a near depression to do it) and realizing how unfair the division of the wealth from their labors is. There are a lot more workers than CEOs so beware when the rest of them realize what a ride they have been taken on.
The "transformation" in the Democratic party is along the same trajectory it began in the run up to a world war whose only contribution to mankind was the thinning out of the war-like element of the westernized male. Examined under the lens of unprejudiced history it can clearly be seen as having now progressed from the death dealing lying and deception of the forties, to the bizarre amateurism of this administration, and if the decay is allowed to continue, the next category can hardly be other than outright surrealism. The entire world see's us now as a nation in decline, but as expected, we cannot/will not see ourselves in the scary light of that reality. Bad things are imminent, and those who actually think that's a good thing (there are many) are insane. Albert Einstein made one of the most damning prophecies of all time when he said "I don't know what WW III will be fought with, but WW IIII will be fought with sticks and stones". Any who believe there will be a new order born from the potential holocaust we're facing are themselves insane. Democrats, when does diversity become disunity? There is no such thing as a "Democratic Party" in the classic sense of "party" now, only a swirling mess of fractious special interests, and that swirling mess does not even have the common interests of the party as it's focus, the only commonality now seems to be just the hatred of conservative ideals. The "real" Democrats of other generations would not recognize nor support the waning principles which now pass for "Democrat", but the wiser ones would spot it from a mile away as another hack with a shitty knife on a deformed model of socialism. Nothing good is going to come of this mess.
Wonderful article! Hit me up sometime, Barry, if you want an LEO pov. I wish I had known then. Am sharing your very well written article with family far & wide. Excellent piece, thank you, and I hope our paths cross again someday.
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