The URL you've listed in your INDY VOTING GUIDE flyer is incorrect. The CORRECT URL is www.wakegov.com/elections (NOT: wakecounty.gov/elections)
I believe everyone should take a good look at Andy Cagle for Orange County Commissioner at large. The big thing everyone is missing out on is that 3 of his ideas were adopted by the Sheriffs department. He is not even in a office position and his voice has been heard and they listened. He has the ability to affect change even though he's not in office just imagine all the greatness that could happen if he were in office. It's the ones you least expect that achieve the greatest things in life!
Hillary Clinton has studied harder--under the tutelage of Henry Kissinger.
In 2008, The Independent Weekly got it right when they rejected this war hawk, worrying about her belligerent threats against Iran and calling her "divisive, smug and, at times, even contradictory."
"And, yeah, while we think the world of Bernie, it's about time we had a woman in charge." This is exactly the sexist Gloria Steinem & Madeleine Albright attitude that is so upsetting for young people .. and me. On the range of "50 Shades of Gender" Mrs. Clinton is clearly gravitating towards the masculine character traits. I don't mind. I do mind that she has been constantly swaying with the wind during her political career. But what disqualifies her from becoming President is the fact that she caused death and anguish for hundred thousands of people when she voted for war when non-foreign-policy-experienced people like Obama and Sanders were brave and wise enough to vote against it.
And by the way, I find your sarcastic Donald Trump endorsement irresponsible and dangerous. Are you aware that Donald Trump would have been incarcerated in Germany after delivering his hate speeches?
Spot on with the endorsement for Jay Chaudhuri!
Indy can endorse whomever they want: however, facts are important. The Rogers Road sewer project ( yet to be installed) was championed by Robert Campbell, David Caldwell, the Rogers road community. It moved forward because of their hard work and the help of Mark Dorosin, Pam Hemminger, Valerie Foushee, Bonnie Hauser and other members of Justice United. We worked together and wrote the mitigation plan. If not for Valerie and Pam, it would be nowhere. In all those meetings that I and Bonnie and Mark, Valerie met with minister Campbell, Renee was never there. Then the task force was formed and Mark , Bonnie Hauser and members of JU attended to make sure the plan that was agreed to moved forward. Renee was not the force behind the sewer plan as you indicate in your endorsement. Not sure how you could come to that conclusion. The difference between Renee and Bonnie is that Bonnie works to listen, research and takes action to get things done. She is the better candidate for Commissioner. Tish Galu
Just wondering why there were no endorsements for Secretary of Labor
Really? This is all you can say about Bonnie Hauser: "Her challenger, Bonnie Hauser, is a former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner and an engaged community activist. A regular presence at commission meetings, Hauser has a commitment to her community that is without question." You obviously have not done your homework on Bonnie Hauser. She is so much more than an engaged community activist, and a regular presence at commission meetings. You don’t seem to know the difference between sitting on committees and leadership that gets results for communities. Nor do you seem to care much about our schools or our local economy. Bonnie's skills in strategic management and fact based decision making position her to best serve as an Orange County Commissioner.
ok, of the statewide races you are endorsing in 9 of the 16 candidates are black -- you endorse ONE. Definitely a winning slate in a primary where over a third of the voters likely to be Black.
Again I am confused by the Indy Endorsements.
A huge issue in Orange County is public education and this was not even brought up in the endorsements. On the state level there is a clear push to dismantle public education and for the near future the county budget is the only way we will be able to "hold the line" against the defunding. Yet the only mention of this issue for the District 1 race is that 12 year CHCCS school board member Jamezetta Bedford is a "former school board member". For District 2 there is no mention of public education as an issue at all. This despite the fact that almost 50% of the County's budget goes to education, our schools are physically crumbling, and we are unable to fill open teaching positions - the list goes on.
For those people who are interested in public education in Orange County -
District 1 - As the Indy states, Jamezetta "would be an excellent commissioner." We need her for her understanding of public education and her willingness to look at the county budget with a critical eye. Jamezetta Bedford and Mark Dorsin both understand that we need to be leaders on these issues and come up with new ideas to approach funding. Voting the right way is not enough.
District 2 - We need someone who is willing to fight for public education and has new ideas on how to approach the budget. Bonnie Hauser doesn't just give lip service to supporting public education, she volunteers in the public schools on a regular basis. She sees what is going on in our schools because she spends time in those schools. She is not just "a regular presence at commission meetings" - she is a successful local activist who gets things done. Bonnie Hauser is the best candidate for District 2 for those who care about public schools in Orange County.
You have utterly underrated Bonnie Hauser. She is a volunteer and strong advocate for schools and teachers, and she took leadership in Project Engage, aimed at meeting the many needs of senior residents all over the county. She gave leadership to the efforts to redirect UNC's airport and getting fair sewer rates for Efland. Bonnie was a major force in closing the landfill and getting help to Rogers Road residents.
@gercohen1 - 1974 will be remembered by some as the year North Carolina saw three attorneys general. Democrat Robert Morgan retired in order to run for US Senate. Republican appointee Jim Carson fell in defeat to Democrat Rufus Edmisten in the November electio. Attorney General Edmisten served the remainder of Morgan's term and won two more terms, before winning the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1984.
I thought the Indy was an independent, progressive publication; at least it used to be. Sad day.
Thank you very much for these thoughtful and informative endorsements. I disagree with some, but appreciate all.
Reading your Dem presidential editorial it could have just as well suggested that voters mark the "no preference" ballot line
Your clear vision to endorse Mark Marcoplos is right on and makes your other selections more credible as well. Marcoplos deserves a win after a lifetime of community service and we need his leadership now more than ever.
Technically speaking Republicsn Jim Carson was AG in 1974
Thoughtful comments . I loved the analysis , Does anyone know if my assistant might be able to find a fillable a form version to complete ?
If only Ms. Walker would conduct her language in a court room as well written in this article...her views are highly suspect, but they are her views. It's a shame someone holding the seat of judge should be allowed to conduct herself in a court of law with disregards for respect of the position with slang and speech that is of a less educated individual. The court system should be a place of professionalism and pride...not a place of a reality TV personality "wanna be", (excuse the slang phrase, but seemed necessary to exhibit her vocabulary limits) to fill her ego . Hopefully next election cycle will change the downward spiralling display, a mockery to judges everywhere, and Durham will receive a respectful servant "up in here"... I hate phrases like that!
Judge Donald Stephens treated me as though he had some kind of personal vindictive against me in an appeals to a higher court when I lost in a lower court, the Legal Guardianship of my son which was initiated in a motion filed by a Nurse Practitioner. This was filed because I exercised the rights given me under the NC Guardianship statute, Chapter 35 in asking the N.P. to wean my off of dangerous psychotropic drugs. The N.P said "o.k. in a phone conversation but in a couple of days, handed me a motion to remove the Guardianship. This person in the motion had written that my son and I was once homeless. I explained that the side effects of psy. drugs is what lead to the homelessness. I showed a housing lease in the court where I lost the Guardianship but since my son was excluded from housing based on his disability by another division of WCHS(My alleged complaint of discrimination/violations of the FHAA) I had to say that I had no housing in which to take my beloved son. I finally appealed to a higher court where JUDGE DONALD STEPHENS presided. HE TREATED ME THE WORST THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN TREATED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE OF 60 YEARS. HE YELLED AT ME, MAKING ME FEEL AS THOUGH I WAS BEING RAN THROUGH A MEAT CHEWING MACHINE. I AM A 60 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN WOMAN WITH MORALS WHO WAS REARED BY TWO OF THE BEST TO TREAT OTHERS IN THE GOOD WAY THAT I WANT TO BE TREATED. IN MY FEEL, THIS JUDGE STEPHENS VIOLATED CANON 3 OF THE JUDICIAL CODE OF CONDUCT. IT WAS HORRIBLE. MY DAD TAUGHT THAT WHAT A MAN SOWETH, THISHE SHALL ALSO REAP".
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