Have you lost your minds?????
There is NO Republican who will be more effective than Mike Woodard. Your logic fails. Utterly.
In all Mike's years of public service, he has been the Energizer Bunny, seemingly in multiple places at once. He has been an outspoken voice on progressive issues. He has tirelessly sought to reach across the aisle even in these acrimonious times.
Your recommendation of a Republican for that seat is pure-T boneheaded dumb dumb dumb. Take it back!
Indy seems to have gone cray-cray....Mike Woodard for NC Senate 22!
Bad call Indy. You are endorsing a continuation of neoliberalism, corporate control of our lives, and war. #VoteJillStein
The Senate Republicans have shown zero propensity to moderate on issues, and a freshman republican from would have no affect on them. Shame on you for not endorsing Mike Woodard. Mike has been outspoken on all issues you supposedly care about.
Indy people, I'm genuinely dumbstruck by your endorsement of Doucette over Mike Woodward. Woodward is as able a representative as they come. Knowledgeable, responsive, articulate and thoughtful - he's a terrific guy and an outstanding elected official (at every level). Doucette is a decent enough guy but he's never held elected office.
Why cast out Woodward, based on the contorted rationale that Doucette might, somehow, be more effective as a moderate Republican? First, Woodward represents my voting region exceptionally well. Given the extremism on Jones Street, I've no reason to believe Doucette would, somehow, be more effective. I'm all about consensus-building but not by ousting my perfectly reasonable representative. I simply don't follow your rationale and rue the damage you've wrought.
A vote for Doucette is a vote for Louis Pate. I understand that the Independent is trying to assert some sort of maverick tendency in the NC Senate 22 race, but it's a poor choice. You assert that repeal of HB 2 is a top priority. How does endorsing any Republican get you to repeal? It doesn't.
The same logic you use to justify this endorsement could be used to justify endorsing Jill Stein or Gary Johnson at the top of the ballot. If the stakes are as high as you say, this is not the time for quirky downballot endorsements.
You rightly identify Mr. Doucette as someone whom we should all hope would help steer the NCGOP in a less crazy direction. I would heartily support him to be chair of the NCGOP.
But the Senate is a numbers game, and besides that--Woodard isn't just a Democrat, he's a damn good one.
Bold choice, Indy. Stupid, but bold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your failure to endorse Mike Woodard, a progressive democrat who has fought for all the issues you say you believe in is deeply disappointing.
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.
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?
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.
Thanks for pointing that out, HValli. The pdf link has been corrected.
Thanks for getting the voting guide out in time for early voting! Unfortunately, the link to the pdf is 404-ing.
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.
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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