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Friday, November 11, 2016

Trump Finds Time, In Between Tweets, to Meet Obama at White House

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Well ... we're still here, so we might as well check out the headlines. 1) President Obama meets with "subdued" Trump in Oval Office. A ninety minute conversation that unfolded inside the White House Thursday gave President Barack Obama hope that a man he, only a few days ago, characterized as unfit to lead the nation, would not be that bad. From the New York Times: For years, Mr. Trump questioned Mr. Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy, branded the nation’s first black president weak and called his tenure a disaster. On Thursday at the White House, the once-unimaginable happened: The two men...

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Undercover at North Carolina's Final Gathering of Trump's Army

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 9:19 PM

The first thing that struck me was the parking lot—how a nearly silent stretch of pavement could speak so loudly through vitriolic bumper stickers (including, many times over, the ever-popular slogan “Hillary for Prison”) and derogatory messages (most about President Barack Obama) painted on car windows. I mean, these vehicles, for the most part, weren’t even carrying messages of support for the man set to speak hours later inside the arena located a few hundred yards away. And as I walked toward the venue, I found more of the same in the T-shirts, hats and buttons being hawked by those...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Donald Trump’s Campaign Swears Donald Trump Is No Longer a Racist Birther, and We Totally Believe Them

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Polling better than he has since August 20, Donald Trump started Wednesday with the wind at his back. And then: Of all these things—any one of which could be fatal in a more normal political year—the one getting the most attention today is his return to birtherism, or at least his refusal to disavow birtherism because “I don’t want to answer it just yet.”  After Hillary Clinton hit Trump’s birtherism in a speech that night, the Trump campaign tried to clean up the boss’s words.  Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very...

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Scenes from the Aftermath: How Akiel Denkins’s Death Played Out on Bragg Street—and on Social Media

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:43 AM

On Monday night, a vigil was held for twenty-four-year-old Akiel Denkins and his family at the intersection of Bragg and Garner Streets in Southeast Raleigh. Denkins was shot and killed yesterday by Raleigh police officers. Police say he had a felony drug charge and a gun was found near the seen, but community members claim that Denkins was unarmed and shot in the back six or seven times. “We were sitting outside, having a nice day, and then we heard a bam! bam! bam! and I went into the house,” neighbor Brenda Jackson told the INDY yesterday. “It’s not right.”...

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The Case for Bernie: 5 Reasons the Vermont Socialist Deserves Your Vote

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Decimated. I’m watching Bernie Sanders following the South Carolina primary, and he’s not putting any gloss on the rout he suffered. Decimated is the word he uses. So here’s where we are, Bernie fans. We had a tie and a close loss in the first two caucus states. We won big in the New Hampshire primary. We lost twice as big in South Carolina. This is all-too-familiar territory for those of us in Wolfpack Nation. Some early-season successes. Blown out by our first tough opponent. What did legendary N.C. State basketball coach Jimmy Valvano advise in such circumstances? “Too...

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

PPP: Trump is yooooooooge in NC

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 4:32 PM

North Carolina Republicans love Donald Trump. They love him! And it's not just the Donald saying it this time. Rather, it's respondents to the latest Public Policy Polling survey of 433 Republican primary voters on Jan. 18 and 19.  From PPP: North Carolina was the first place polling ever found Donald Trump leading the Republican Presidential race, and he just keeps getting stronger. PPP's newest poll finds him at 38% to 16% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Marco Rubio, 8% for Ben Carson, 6% each for Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush, 4% for Chris Christie, 3% each for Carly Fiorina...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Does Ann Coulter have a crush on Pat McCrory?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Ann Coulter's Twitter feed is a shit-stream of right-wing commentary so intentionally "outrageous" that it somehow ends up being boring. Nobody knows if she believes half of the lowest-common-denominator jingoistic horse-shit that slimes out of her mouth and fingers, and, increasingly, nobody cares. Unless you enjoy being trolled, we cannot recommend joining the ranks of the approx. 732,000 humans and sad bots who follow her.  That being said! Yesterday, we couldn't help but notice that Coulter blew a little kiss in the general direction of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.  Coulter is a big Trump supporter, and she thinks McCrory...

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Pat McCrory's Twitter account gets weird

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 12:25 PM

Usually, Pat McCrory's official Twitter account is reserved for fluff like this: On Saturday, though, it got weird. The governor, embroiled in what's likely to be a tight race with Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper and dogged by allegations of crony capitalism over state prison contracts, used his Twitter feed to complain.  Naturally, the Twittersphere, a bastion of independent, intelligent thought, well-written screeds and non-profanity-laced tirades, responded.  This: And this: And, yes, a little hostility. Politics NC's Thomas Mills took the opportunity to lampoon the governor's Twitter complaints Monday. "He managed to use 'me'...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

North Carolina's dark money trail goes national

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Whenever North Carolina politics winds up in the New York Times, it's a good thing, right? Ugh. Here's a fascinating read in the op-ed pages of today's Times. The piece, written by the Center for Responsive Politics' Robert Maguire, questions how the IRS will respond to a recent tax filing from Carolina Rising, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that is not supposed to spend a majority of their cash on political activity and aren't allowed to function to benefit one candidate or group. Carolina Rising, however, did spend $4.7 million on ads in 2014, the filing shows, most praising the...

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

N&O's parent company stabilizes its stocks, for now

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:47 PM

The News & Observer's parent company, McClatchy, has stabilized its floundering stocks, for the moment, Poynter's Rick Edmonds is reporting.  Two weeks ago, the New York Stock Exchange threatened to delist the California-based media company after stock prices fell below $1-per-share, the minimum threshold for the Stock Exchange.  But a $15 million stock buyback by the company—a move popular with companies seeking to shore up investor confidence—coupled with the decision to pay down almost $23 million in debt had McClatchy shares trading at $1.26 as of Monday.  Edmonds called the company's move a "slightly arcane practice." "The stock rally...

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Philanthropy Journal hires new managing editor

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Over the next two months, watch for a run on moving boxes in Raleigh. Elections signal a transitional time in state government, as staffers leave their jobs and look for new places to land. Philanthropy Journal has scooped up Jill Lucas, the soon-to-be former communications director for the N.C. Department of Administration. She has been named the new managing editor of Philanthropy Journal. Lucas starts her new job next week. A journalist by trade, Lucas also served as the governor's deputy press secretary and the public information officer for the Governor's Highway Safety Program of the N.C. Department of Transportation....

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Monday, December 19, 2011

N.C. clergy to call for Lowe's to apologize for pulling All-American Muslim ads

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

An interfaith group of North Carolina clergy members will deliver a petition at Lowe's headquarters in Morrisville Mooresville on Tuesday demanding that the home improvement giant apologize for removing ads from TLC's All-American Muslim TV show. The petition, which organizers say has 200,000 signatures, will be presented at 11:30 a.m. at 1000 Lowe's Boulevard. TLC's reality show follows a Muslim family in Dearborn, Michigan. Lowe's pulled advertising last week after pressure from groups who claimed that the show is doing damage by not presenting Muslims as extremists, Huffington Post reports....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

New UNC-TV trustee, Bob Orr, has ties to right-wing political magnate Art Pope

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the station was WUNC-TV. The correct name is UNC-TV. WUNC, the radio station, is not under this board and is not affiliated with the TV station. Read about WUNC here. Two conservatives, including one with direct ties to millionaire and right-wing political magnate Art Pope, have been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, according to WRAL. UNC-TV is the statewide public television station. Robert Orr, executive director and senior counsel for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, was appointed by Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis. As the Indy and Facing...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tar Heel state passed over as Kansas City wins Google fiber project

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Durham workers and residents gathered at the DBAP a year ago to win Google's attention. Google announced today it selected Kansas City, Kan., for a free fiber-optic network that promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than those currently available to most homes and businesses in the U.S. It's a project worth millions. The news likely dashed the hopes of the more than 600 communities across the country that asked to be considered for the project, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We wrote about Google fever last March. The frenzy to get Google's attention prompted a lot of stunts....

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Museum of Life and Science board chimes in on billboard issue

Posted By on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Courtesy John SchelpNear N.C. 147, East Durham Update Monday afternoon: Barry Van Deman, president and CEO of the Museum of Life and Science, wrote to City Council members today about the museum's position on digital billboards. You can read the letter, but in essence he reiterates the museum "has not taken and does not intend" an official position on the billboard ordinance. museumlettermonday.pdf Tonight's Durham City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. If the main City Council Chambers fills, there is other seating in an overflow area where people can watch the proceedings on TV screens. The meeting will also...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Google humbled by response to fiber program, launches new Web site

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Carrboro were among 36 municipalities in North Carolina and almost 1,100 nationally to apply for Google Fiber, the company announced today. Durham residents turned out in droves to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in March to try to woo Google.The tech giant rolled out plans in February to build a fiber-optic network for ultra-fast broadband in one or more communities sized between 50,000 and 500,000 people. The response was much more than they expected. Now Google has launched a site that centralizes their efforts and calls on communities to translate their push for Google Fiber into...

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Anti-municipal broadband bill passes Senate Finance

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:03 PM

After two false starts, the Senate Finance Committee finally put bill S1209 on the agenda, and after less than 30 minutes of discussion and no public comment, voted in favor of the bill. It proceeds to the Direct Revenue Laws committee for additional study. (At the time of this post, details of the vote and the amended bill had not been posted on the General Assembly website.) The bill's title—“No Nonvoted Local Debt For Competing System"—hides the measure's true intent: to kill cities' and towns' authority to build high-speed Internet systems that could compete with the telecommunications companies. It...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Caswell County enters broadband brouhaha with its own Internet bill

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Bill Faison Caswell County Commissioners have taken a stand against Sen. David Hoyle's anti-municipality broadband bill (S 1209), by proposing H 2067. Introduced by Bill Faison, a Democrat representing Orange and Caswell counties, the bill allows Caswell County to enter the Internet marketplace and potentially build its own network. State Rep. Faison says Caswell County Commissioners decided they needed to expand on North Carolina law, which allows municipalities to build their own broadband systems. In 2005, an state appeals court ruled that towns and cities had the right to offer high-speed Internet to their residents. In making his case for...

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Municipal broadband bill takes a time out

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 4:23 PM

D.L. Anderson Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dan Clodfelter, D-Mecklenburg, is working on a compromise between local governments and cable companies over the highly controversial broadband bill, S1209, that would sharply limit local governments that want to build their own broadband or fiber-optic network or need to expand or repair a current network. The bill was pulled from the Senate Finance Committee meeting Wednesday; it is scheduled to be heard Tuesday, June 1 at 1 p.m. Introduced by state Sen. David Hoyle, D-Gaston, at the Revenue Laws Study Committee meeting on May 5, the bill quickly sparked concern over its requirement...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sen. Hoyle's municipal broadband bill goes to Senate Finance Committee

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

The Senate Finance Committee will hear state Sen. David Hoyle's anti-municipal broadband bill S1209 Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Room 544 of the Legislative Office Building. If you can't make it to the legislature, you can listen to the proceedings online. Triangle legislators on the committee include: Sens. Bob Atwater, Ellie Kinnaird, Floyd McKissick, Dan Blue, Josh Stein, Neal Hunt and Richard Stevens. Read the Indy's coverage of the issue and the bill which would effectively kill local governments' ability to build their own broadband networks....

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Triangle's Google infatuation continues to grow

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:49 AM

In a follow-up to our cover March 10 cover story, "Gaga for Google's fiber," we'd like to update metrics of the involvement of the Triangle's top three participants. Durham's still ahead in Facebook presence, with 2,180 fans on its "Bring Google Fiber to Durham N.C.," page, while 935 people have signed up for "Bring Google Fiber to Raleigh!". The western part of the Triangle is not far behind: the Facebook group "Bring Google Fiber to Chapel Hill & Carrboro N.C." boasts 906 members. The towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill, will hold a public forum at 7...

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

N.C. State's Technician in jeopardy, lacks staff, editor to lead it

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Update (8:35 p.m. Friday): A group of Technician alumni, current staff and others concerned about the newspaper's fate will gather at 8 p.m. Saturday at Mitch's Tavern to hatch a plan. All are welcome to attend.  So far, the Facebook page announcing the event shows 23 confirmed guests.  The Technician, N.C. State's student newspaper for the past 90 years, is facing extinction because of a lack of staff. The paper's editorial board made a desperate plea for help in Wednesday's paper, the day after no one applied for the editor in chief post. In today's edition, news editor Nick Tran gives...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Community journalism project to open newsroom at Golden Belt

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM

The local youth media project, Northeast Central Durham Community VOICE, is publishing its first print edition this month—and is moving into its new digs at Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St., in Durham. Scientific Properties is donating space in Building 4 to the publication, which is sponsored by journalism programs at UNC and N.C. Central University. (Disclosure: The Indy leases space in the Venable Building from Scientific Properties.) VOICE went online in Septmeber at durhamvoice.org. It is holding a general meeting Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10-11 a.m. in its newsroom at Golden Belt for area youth interested in writing, photography,...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Hustler founder Flynt to speak at UNC

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Clarification (10:12 p.m. Friday): As UNC School of Law student Jonathan Jones commented below, Larry Flynt's speech is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. The Great Hall of the UNC Student Union only holds 500 people, so you'll need a free ticket to reserve a space. The prices noted below apply to the second day of the symposium, which includes three panel discussions and runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. February 19. Larry Flynt will come to UNC next month to deliver a speech on sexually explicit language and material. The controversial pornography maven...

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Air America goes silent; WCHL-1360 to find new programming

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM

What a week for liberals: The Democrats lose Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat, the Supreme Court invites corporations to bring their cash through the front door of the electoral process, lawmakers on Capitol Hill seem ready to fold on health care reform and one-time local populist darling John Edwards admits to fathering his mistress' child and then disappears to Haiti. Oh, and the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils both lost last night. And just an hour ago, word came that Air America, the well-intentioned, six-year effort to provide a forum for lefty politics on AM radio, has foundered. Citing...

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