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Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Wow! This amendment strengthens the hand of the state and weakens the hand of the individual. It is not like the state needs more efficiency in this after all they have, compared to defendants, unlimited resources wrt to prosecution and conducting trials. Now, give the state yet another tool to strip a KEY COMPONENT of defense of the individual away...NO F***ING WAY, JOSE!

This endorsement is not an act of typical IndyGigNation (aka IndyWeek) leftism, unless the left is now synonymous with fascism...

I remain,
Proudly Unaffiliated

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 10/28/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

I'd say I overlap with the Indy's POV probably 90% of the time, but I am going to strongly disagree with this one.

Short version: I don't trust our judicial system to apply this fairly. The "option" to waive a jury trial could very, very easily become pressure to waive a jury trial.

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 10/28/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the 2014 general election

Tom, if you don't like the Indy's endorsements, I encourage you to cancel your subscription!

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Posted by BullCityBrian on 10/28/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Mark Martin

Issues relating to this policy issue are reasonably likely to be litigated in our courts and, therefore, I am constrained to avoid commenting on this issue.

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Posted by 3van on 10/27/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the 2014 general election

I don't understand why you don't save time, effort, ink, and a lot of money and just say "Vote straight Democratic ticket." Your endorsements are worthless.

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Posted by Tom Reeher on 10/27/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “In Durham and Orange, these legislative contests are no contests

Chris, either you've woefully, tragically misunderstood Graig Meyer's comments, or you're actively trying to mislead Indy readers by throwing around the phrase "white supremacy." The latter seems more likely. Gross, dude - really.

If folks have ANY doubt as to what Meyer actually said, they can read his actual words here: http://books.google.com/books?id=pLFs0kkbzVAC&lpg=PP1&pg=PT283#v=onepage&q&f=false

Yes, he would clearly take issue with the concept of "white supremacy." Wouldn't you? White supremacy isn't real. White privilege is, and we need people in office who recognize it and work to fight it in order to make "equal representation" a possibility.

Honestly I'd never even heard of this guy until I saw your comment, but having read that piece he wrote, I wish he was running in my district so I could vote for him.

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Posted by paralisys on 10/26/2014 at 11:11 PM

Re: “Clay Aiken

Go Clay Aiken. I wholeheartedly support you on immigration. My great granpa was Cherokee. My granfather, half Cherokee, half white, married twice. His 2nd wife, my step granmom was also part Cherokee. The Cherokee are a dying breed in N.C. There are few Cherokee in N.C. That is why I welcome natives to N.C. be they from Mexico, Central or South America. We need more natives here. It's not right that at every stoplight I come to the majority of faces be white or black. It's not right that only salt-water-immigrants or their descendants say, "yes" and "no" on immigration issues. "Go home and come legally" many people say, but they are ignorant of the fact or don't realize that the only way anyone can come legally from Mexico, Central or South America is that they have to have a lot of money, be rich, own property and be married already and even if you meet the qualifications, they are still denied visas most often. It is very hard to get a Visa to come to the U.S. legally from Latin America, nearly impossible. Latin American Natives can not easily get visas to come legally; many are not doctors or engineers already, as are many muslims coming with degrees, but then Latin American Natives are not suicide bombers either, they do not make planes fall from the sky, do not mean you harm. They are not your enemy. Many are good people and hard workers. Most Latin Americans are Native American ndns and Chrisitans, by God, (just for those of you who are sooo proud of your native roots). I say, "Go Clay Aiken. I'm Chele-Mestizo - white mixed ndn - and you've got my vote".

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Posted by David Lee Yellowmoon on 10/26/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Clay Aiken

Go Clay Aiken. I wholeheartedly support you on immigration. My great granpa was Cherokee. My granfather, half Cherokee, half white, married twice. His 2nd wife, my step granmom was also part Cherokee. The Cherokee are a dying breed in N.C. There are few Cherokee in N.C. That is why I welcome natives to N.C. be they from Mexico, Central or South America. We need more natives here. It's not right that at every stoplight I come to the majority of faces be white or black. It's not right that only salt-water-immigrants or their descendants say, "yes" and "no" on immigration issues. "Go home and come legally" many people say, but they are ignorant of the fact or don't realize that the only way anyone can come legally from Mexico, Central or South America is that they have to have a lot of money, be rich, own property and be married already and even if you meet the qualifications, they are still denied visas most often. It is very hard to get a Visa to come to the U.S. legally from Latin America, nearly impossible. Latin American Natives can not easily get visas to come legally; many are not doctors or engineers already as are many muslims coming with degrees, but Latin American Natives are not suicide bombers either, do not make planes fall from the sky, do not mean you harm. They are not your enemy. Most are Native American ndns and Chrisitans, by God, just for those of you who are sooo proud of your native roots. I say, "Go Clay Aiken. I'm Chele-Mestizo - white mixed ndn - and you've got my vote".

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Posted by David Lee Yellowmoon on 10/26/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Clay Aiken

Go Clay Aiken. I wholeheartedly support you on immigration.

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Posted by David Lee Yellowmoon on 10/26/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “In Durham and Orange, these legislative contests are no contests

Why are you indorsing Graig Meyer when he has clear issues with his white supremacy? VIA his own words...
Google "Graig Meyer White Guilt" and read for yourself... This man was not vetted before 4 people foisted him upon our district
How can any citizen expect equal representation by a man so ingrained in skin color?
NO politician should see skin color of have preference of skin color ESPECIALLY as Blatantly as Meyer...
What? you did not vet him either?
Had a republican said the words of Meyer it would have made front page news...but somehow all press in this area has a bias...

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Posted by Chris Weaver on 10/26/2014 at 8:28 AM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Every public defender I've asked is STRONGLY AGAINST this amendment.

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Posted by Kathryn Sabbeth on 10/25/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Add Democrats to U.S. House, Senate

Cleary would so very clearly make for a smarter, more open-minded, more cooperative US representative than Holding. I am embarrassed to say the Holding represents me in Congress. Arrogant, Tea Party mindset, and not looking out for the middle/lower economic classes. Amazingly, the guy even voted to strike a provision out of the federal surface mining act that has for decades prevented mining companies from dumping spoil/overburden near and in streambeds. He's got to go. We need Cleary.

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Posted by Mike Voiland on 10/25/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Add Democrats to U.S. House, Senate

Oh, yeah, gonna believe a word of a smear given us by townhall.com. Only the truly closed-minded (and people who must resort to sick avatars) would do that.

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Posted by Mike Voiland on 10/25/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the 2014 general election

I followed the Independent's recommendations years ago and voted Del Turner for school board. What a HUGE MISTAKE. I have since attended many school board meetings where she demonstrated utter lack of awareness on important issues. She surfs the web during important debates; she rarely participates. When she does ask a question, it often brings a look from the few attending community members and the board as we ask ourselves what on earth is going on in her mind. She votes along with everyone else.
Since moving to North Carolina, I found very few cases in which I would vote for a Republican; however, the school board should be a non-partisan committee. As an active parent and teacher in Chatham County, I encourage you to PLEASE VOTE FOR MIA MUNN. Mia cares about students. Mia cares about teachers. Mia asks important questions. Mia communicates with community. Mia Munn is the right vote for Chatham County School Board.

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Posted by Justice Lovelace Mansour on 10/25/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Here is the link:
"Understanding North Carolina's Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials" published by the UNC School of Government.
http://sogpubs.unc.edu/electronicversions/pdfs/nonjuryfelonytrials.pdf

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Posted by Charles CAbell on 10/24/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the 2014 general election

Andrew, John Stein's endorsement is now up (under Senate 16):

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/key-wake-…

Posted by rbenjamin on 10/24/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Wow, I'm surprised by this cursory endorsement of this proposed amendment which I will vote, quite adamantly, AGAINST. There is distinction to be made between real choice and the appearance of choice; simply adding the word doesn't make it so. I would think the writers for this publication would be a little more careful about something as profound as amending a state constitution.

For anyone interested in a detailed explanation of this proposed amendment (NC SB399) and the arguments for & against, see "Understanding North Carolina's Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials" published by the UNC School of Government. It offers explanations and arguments that go beyond "because the other states do it."

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Posted by ariesdollface on 10/23/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Our endorsements for the 2014 general election

Why doesn't Josh Stein get a writeup?

Posted by Andrew Holt Williams on 10/23/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “N.C. Constitutional Amendment

Having practiced criminal law as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for 18 years, I'm not in favor of this amendment.

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Posted by Neil Morris on 10/23/2014 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Local judge, clerk and district attorney races

I was told by people who know him well that Ronnie Ansley was eminently qualified for Commissioner of Agriculture. He had special training in agricultural law and knows that area well.

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Posted by Bill Gilkeson on 10/23/2014 at 11:48 AM

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