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Re: “Five Things We Want to See from New Governor Roy Cooper

Good stuff, Paul! Thanks for laying it out (and especially thanks for that great graphic!).

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Posted by Jerry Wayne Williamson on 01/04/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “On His Way Out, Pat McCrory Places Close Advisers on Key State Boards

FYI, I don't think the picture you have of Bob Stephens is the same Bob Stephens that recently served as McRory's chief counsel. Might want to double check that.

Posted by Lewis Lamar on 01/04/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Five Things We Want to See from New Governor Roy Cooper

In the five there was nothing about re committing to education, the advancement of policy to improve our economy and does not address the growing rural /urban divide.

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Posted by Pete Glidewell on 01/04/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Five Things We Want to See from New Governor Roy Cooper

"progressives shouldn't forget that it was with their help that a Democrat was elected governor"

Progressives were consistently trounced all around the country this election. Cooper ran about the most moderate campaign a 2016 Democrat could possibly run. Progressives should focus on ending the super-majority so that local governments can institute progressive policies without being shut down by the legislature.

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Posted by Alex Dunham on 01/04/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Five Things We Want to See from New Governor Roy Cooper

All I see when I look at Cooper is Bev Purdue, Part II... (and we all know what a success that 'Education' Governor was...)

We'll see how Gov. Milquetoast does...

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Posted by Mike Moore on 01/04/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “From Record Stores to Music Festivals and HB 2, Triangle Music Grappled with Growth This Year

Great list, but not much local hip-hop! I'd throw out Izz the Unknown, who's been making the rounds in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. Plus, looks like he's got recent collabos with Raleigh producer Sadvillain.

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Posted by JUN1U5 on 01/03/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Amy Adams’s Authenticity Elevates Tom Ford’s Glam Pulp Fiction in Nocturnal Animals

robertm748: You mean without warning, apart from the very first paragraph of his review???

Posted by Neil Morris on 01/02/2017 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Durham Human Relations Commission: Create a Civilian Oversight Board for the Jail, Eliminate Cash Bail

are we prisoners also of this system that serves the few?

Posted by Glenn Maughan on 01/02/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Foraging for wild edible mushrooms in North Carolina

Tony c. Where did you get your pamphlets from. I am in Wilmington

Posted by thepaintedlady on 01/01/2017 at 8:59 PM

Re: “As the Nation Feasted on Southern Food Fads, We Held Down Our Diverse Roots

Nancy! This is you ! Thanks for the many many many ...down home meals you shared with me !! Since 1973 wow

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Posted by LM on 12/29/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Really? You endorsed the candidate who was staunchly supporting DOMA and DADT when Bernie was the real lion for LGBT Rights? Not only was Bernie the cosponsor of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime Bill every time it came up until it passed, Hillary abstained from voting for it every time. Probably because it was in conflict with her anti LGBT positions, until it was the law of the land, and then she "evolved". While Bernie was consistently fighting for workers rights here, and abroad, Hillary as SoS sent the Ambassador to Haiti to get them to reverse their decision to raise garment workers wages to something far less than a living wage. She had helped off shore our garment worker jobs there where they use mostly women and girls as young as 13YO to work 12 hour days for only about $5/day. They wanted to double it to around $10/day. But she stood in front of the world and proclaimed herself the champion of those same girls she helped exploit, and her minions cheered her for it. Hillary was on the board of Walmart and successfully fought off their workers attempts to unionize for a living wage and healthcare. She helped promote fracking and refused to support any clear deregulation of the banks and stock market. Bernie was consistently on the side of anything you might consider "Progressive". Yet you threw your support behind someone who even SNL and all the political pundits, rightly mocked for her transparent "evolution" to adopt all of Bernie's positions? If you truly liked all those Progressive positions, why not endorse the person who has been championing them for decades and not just months short of election day?

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Posted by jdlestina on 12/29/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “The "legacy" of TRON is real: Looking back at a ground-breaking movie

Great post,thanks for sharing this.

Posted by AnamZara on 12/29/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Do the Legislature’s Republicans Really Have a Stronger Mandate Than Roy Cooper?

Senate district 16 is shaded wrong on the map. It is shaded medium red; it should be shaded medium blue.
And the fact that races are uncontested really does make it almost impossible for a map like this (or a count of overall votes in a chamber) to be helpful. What gerrymandering ACTUALLY looks like is drawing districts of 1 party with really huge majorities and districts of the other with smaller majorities that are still insurmountable. Because the map is by area, it give the misleading impression that there is more extreme red than extreme blue. The opposite is the case; that is the foundation of the disproportionality.

Posted by George Greene on 12/29/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “If Durham and Orange County Want Light Rail, They’ll Have to Pay Up

The financing should be through the newly created 50 and 100 year bonds Wall Street is now using.

The comments including 'So many empty buses running all over the place' and 'Shame on those who continue to represent that DOLRT is an alternative to roads and congestion' fail to understand the primary benefit of rail in the triangle-by providing a structural backbone to sprawl. Which I don't blame them for, but to the fatal flaw being propagated by the 'Go Triangle' bureaucracy with the current alignment, which does not exploit this weakness.

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Posted by duh on 12/29/2016 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Resolutions for Living in Trump’s America in 2017

How is it the country clubbers, gated community billionaires and trust fund babies got to use the word "elitist?"

The real story-- the so called job creators (GOP) did not want to spend money to train workers for the digital age. The bosses wanted low-wage workers. Didn't want to pay health or pension benefits. Owners closed factories. Left town for overseas.
Complacent workers in rural areas did not take advantage of government programs to retool, learn new computer/digital skills. The revenue base of towns dwindled as rural kids moved to cities for jobs. They didn't want to stay down on the farm, work in coal mines, steel mills.

Trump's pick for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder, CEO Carl's Jr, couldn't be more anti-worker:
Speaking to Business Insider this year, Mr. Puzder said that increased automation could be a welcome development because machines were always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, theres never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.

Donald pledged to drain the swamp. A BIG, FAT LIE. He's tapped three people from Goldman-Sachs. What about Wilbur Ross, Commerce nominee?
Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than 200 safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people.

Once Trump voters find out they've been bamboozled maybe they'll start voting in their own best interests.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/28/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Resolutions for Living in Trump’s America in 2017

I really loved reading this. I have been so angry and depressed since November 8 that at times I feel useless. However, today I feel rejuvenated and motivated by everything written here. I truly hope people in North Carolina and the United States seriously think about what has taken place since the elections. Rather than letting certain racist and misogynistic groups think they have won and that it's "game on" for outrageous behavior, we need to address the wrongs and try to make things right and better. I am just so happy I read this.

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Posted by Cajun Lady on 12/28/2016 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Sludge, a free fertilizer for farmers, can pose health and environmental risks

Sewage sludge regularly tests positive for a host of heavy metals, flame retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, phthalates, dioxins, and a host of other chemicals and organisms. Of the thousands of contaminants that have been found in sludge, the U.S. government regulates exactly 10 of them (nine heavy metals and fecal coliform) if you want to spread the sludge on farm fields growing food crops.

Posted by piercen54 on 12/27/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Half of North Carolina’s home health aides make less than $10 an hour. That needs to change

$10 an hour is not a very good figure. Need to be enhanced with time. Regards

Posted by piercen54 on 12/27/2016 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Aliens land in an English slum in Attack the Block

Nathan Gelgud is unsure whether the disenfranchised classes in England are whiter than in the US? Really?

Well, Nathan, I've lived there and I'll give you a hint...

They are. (Surprise!)

Otherwise, this review isn't bad. However, do watch the film - it's wonderful!

Posted by Eileen Smyth on 12/25/2016 at 10:01 PM

Re: “If Durham and Orange County Want Light Rail, They’ll Have to Pay Up

Meanwhile GoTriangle continues their cash burn rate of 3-500K per month. The system is only 1/3 designed and already major cost overruns. Just wait until the engineering phase where cash burn rate more than doubles and they start to uncover all of the hidden cost such as the at grade crossings that impede access to Duke Hospital Emergency and cause huge traffic snarls. Voters should demand this stop now before its too late.

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Posted by where's the beef? on 12/25/2016 at 1:41 PM

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