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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cooper Picks Commerce and Administration Secretaries

Posted By and on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Governor Cooper announced two more cabinet picks today: Machelle Sanders to head the Department of Administration and Anthony Copeland to run the Department of Commerce.  Sanders, who has no previous experience in government, was previously a vice president at Biogen in Research Triangle Park. "When it comes to Department of Administration, we want someone who can help government run smoothly and can help government run effectively and efficiently," Cooper said during a press conference at the Executive Mansion. "And what we want to do is for taxpayer money to be invested wisely. Michelle will come exclusively from work in the private...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Breaking: Durham Human Relations Commission Votes to Send Scathing Jail Review to City, County

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 12:13 AM

Members of the Durham Human Relations Commission were all smiles when Wilden Acosta spoke about his experience as a detainee and his life since his release, but when the board allowed residents to weigh in on its review of the Durham County Detention Facility—and its 18-page recommended path forward for the local justice system—things got heated fairly quickly. One exchange between Southern Coalition for Social Justice attorney Dave Hall and Commissioner Ricky Hart came after Hart seemed to suggest that the reason more black men are in jail (the HRC's report indicated that the fact that nearly two-thirds of the...

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Friday, December 30, 2016

NCDHHS Employee Called Elizabeth Warren a "Dike!!!!" [sic] in State Email

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Ever wonder what McCrory administration employees do on taxpayer time? Well, here's an email from July in which a Trump-loving N.C. Department of Health and Human Services project manager named Janet Hensel sounded off on the Democratic National Convention ... and a certain senator from Massachusetts, an allegedly insufficient quantity of American flags on the DNC stage, and the presence of Paul Simon, Eva Longoria, and Susan Sarandon, the latter two whose names Janet misspelled. (This email was sent to the INDY as part of a batch of emails released in response to an unrelated public records request.) In case...

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

What the Hell Happened at the General Assembly Yesterday?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 at 9:45 AM

The fifth special session of the year adjourned with no repeal of HB 2 Wednesday evening, after, earlier that day, the city of Charlotte fully repealed the nondiscrimination ordinance it passed back in February (after having repealed part of it Monday). For Republicans, it's a missed opportunity to shed the constant monkey on their back; for Charlotte and Governor-elect Roy Cooper, who helped broker the deal, it's a failure that leaves them with no ordinance and no opportunity for other cities to protect their marginalized populations from discrimination. At the beginning of the day, crowds—most of them on the anti-HB...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Resident: Durham City Council Ignoring Fatal Shooting of Frank Clark; Council to Cooper: Expedite Investigation

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Umar Muhammad characterized it as a slap in the face—the Durham City Council’s consideration of purchasing eighty cars to add to the police department’s fleet. So when the board opened the floor for discussion of the matter during their meeting this evening, he spoke his mind. Frank Clark, he said, is still dead—killed November 22 by DPD Master Officer Charles Barkley, a man Muhammad said “we told you” about. So in his view, any discussion about the police should center around the investigation into the thirty-four-year-old’s untimely death and not about putting more cop cars into neighborhoods like McDougald Terrace....

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Breaking: Charlotte Repeals Nondiscrimination Ordinance That Prompted HB 2, Legislature Reportedly to Repeal HB 2 Wednesday*

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 10:40 AM

In a shocking and sudden move, the Charlotte City Council has repealed the nondiscrimination ordinance providing protections for transgender people, in exchange for what Mayor Jennifer Roberts calls a promise from the legislature to fully repeal HB 2 by the end of this year.  From The Charlotte Observer: Mayor Jennifer Roberts said this is the first concrete opportunity to repeal HB2. The law, which limits LGBT rights, has been cited as the reason for millions in lost economic development and boycotts by the NCAA and others. There was no advance notice that the ordinance would be discussed. WBTV, the Observer’s...

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Special Session Update: McCrory Signs SB 4, HB 17 Passes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

The General Assembly's fourth special session of the year ended Friday as the House passed the SB 4, an electoral and judicial reform bill. The Senate also ratified SB 6 and SB 7, nominations to the Special Superior Court of Adam Conrad and Drew Heath, McCrory's budget director, and the nomination of Yolanda Stith, wife of McCrory chief of staff Thomas Stith, to serve on the Industrial Commission. Here's the NC Democratic Party's statement: Meanwhile, the legislature also passed HB 17, which would require Senate approval of all cabinet appointments and transfer significant authority over education to the Superintendent of Public...

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The Morning Roundup: This Is How Democracy Dies

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Happy Friday/Rogue One day, everyone. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s pretty cold out there. We’ll begin at the legislature, where there are shenanigans afoot. Here’s a quick recap, courtesy of our own Paul Blest, who’s spent the last couple of days down at the legislature and posted some thoughts earlier this morning. On Thursday, the House and the Senate (many of their members unconstitutionally elected in illegally gerrymandered districts, according to a federal court) began the process of ramming through a series of bills—introduced Wednesday when the fourth special session of the year was suddenly dropped on everyone who...

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It's Time for North Carolina Democrats to Fight Fire with Fire

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7:56 AM

Near the end of a marathon day at the General Assembly on Thursday, Representative Grier Martin, D-Wake, asked a question about why the doors to the House floor were still locked to the public. Well after the hundreds of protesters who had previously occupied the House balcony had dispersed following threats from police, and after two dozen protesters (and one NC Policy Watch reporter) had been arrested, Speaker Tim Moore got riled up. Moore called a personal point of privilege and then proceeded to drill into the now-dispersed protesters, calling them "lawbreakers" who wanted to disrespect the institution and...

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Godspeed, John Glenn

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s cold out there, so pour yourself a cup of Joe and join us for your morning primer. 1. John Glenn, American hero, RIP. The first man to orbit the Earth—not to mentioned a Marine Corps combat vet, U.S. senator from Ohio, and 1984 presidential candidate—died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. From The New York Times obit, which is worth reading in its entirety: In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Durham PD Holds Media-Free Meeting,

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Let's jump in: 1) The Durham Police Department meets with residents to "discuss" Frank Clark shooting. Less than a week after an officer (or officers) shot and killed a Durham man in McDougald Terrace, local residents, law enforcement and a member of the City Council converged on the T.A. Grady Recreation Center to talk about the incident. Well, except, that didn't really happen. From the INDY: It was five shots. Or was it four? There was a struggle. Or was he running away from police when he was gunned down? He fired at officers. Or did a...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Governor McCrory Formally Asks for a Recount

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 4:17 PM

Governor Pat McCrory has filed a request with the State Board of Elections asking for a recount, the same day the board met in Raleigh to provide guidance to counties on the rash of Republican-backed election protests and told the counties to keep counting votes despite those ongoing protests. A written order is coming later today to clarify the full directions offered by the state board. With news of the recount, it's all but certain that we won't have a certified winner of the election until next month—at the earliest. During the meeting, Secretary Rhonda Amoroso, a Wilmington Republican, also...

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Breaking: Police-Involved Shooting at Durham’s McDougald Terrace

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 1:56 PM

At 1:02 p.m., the Durham Police Department confirmed an officer-involved shooting that happened in McDougald Terrace at twelve thirty. While the police haven’t yet released any details, the INDY’s Ken Fine, who is on the scene, has been told by eyewitnesses that the perpetrator—believed to be a thirty-three- or thirty-four-year-old African-American man (whose identity has not yet been confirmed)—was fleeing from police when he turned and fired a shot. An officer, the witnesses say, was shot in the leg. (Update: The police say there was a gunshot and an officer sustained a leg injury, but no officer was shot.) Another...

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Sorry, Pat. Board of Elections Says 'No' to Recount in Durham.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Pat McCrory was dealt another blow on Friday, as the Durham County Board of Elections voted unanimously to dismiss an election protest filed by attorney Thomas Stark to recount 94,159 ballots. Stark, the general counsel for the NCGOP, filed his protest a week ago, claiming malfeasance impacted the results—the late vote counts were due to an error reading the electronic card that keeps a record of the votes in the tabulator machines. As explained by a business systems analyst from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the company behind the software used across the state, the error...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Making Stuff Up Again, Must Be a Day That Ends in Y

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM

1. Last night, the president-elect, having nothing better to do with his time, took to Twitter to announce that he had personally intervened to dissuade Ford from relocating a plant from Kentucky to Mexico. One problem with that: Ford, however, said it neither planned to close the Louisville plant nor reduce jobs there. The company said it had considered moving Lincoln production to Mexico to increase production of the Ford Escape in Louisville. … Meanwhile Ford said in a statement to NPR, "Today, we confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Report Claims Charlotte Cops Shot Scott in Back

Posted By on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 8:19 AM

It's the one-week anniversary of the apocalypse and we're still here. Let's mark that achievement with a quick look at the headlines, shall we? 1) President Obama tries to calm NATO, Europe down. It's a tall order, having to explain to world leaders what to expect from a Donald Trump White House. But President Barack Obama is overseas doing just that. From CNN: "In my conversation with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said. "And so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and...

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Republicans Rumored to Be Considering Packing the N.C. Supreme Court In December Special Session

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 7:48 AM

One of the few bright spots of these unbelievably awful past few days is that, in the race for the N.C. Supreme Court, Mike Morgan soundly defeated conservative Bob Edmunds. This gives Democrats four out of seven seats on the state Supreme Court; if Roy Cooper's lead in the governor's race holds, these two positions will be crucial for Democrats to stem the flow of right-wing policies the legislature has enacted over the past six years. But, according to a Democratic legislative staffer, the Republicans are considering circumventing that by packing the Supreme Court with an extra two justices, both...

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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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Apocalypse … Now? The INDY’s Election Day Live Blog

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Welcome to the INDY’s Election Day live blog! There are, as of this writing, approximately 630 minutes until polls close in North Carolina and our long national nightmare finally (hopefully?) comes to an end. Throughout the day, the INDY will have a team of reporters out of the streets of the Triangle, talking to voters, looking into reports of election weirdness, and generally being on the lookout for any news that breaks. As they report in, I’ll be updating this blog. (And with more frequency later in the day, after we put this week’s newspaper to bed; one of the...

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The Morning Roundup: Today, We End This

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Good morning, guys and gals. The great American nightmare that has seen the rise of the worst presidential candidate in history is almost over. And in the interest of time—because instead of reading this, we would rather you were voting—we're going to keep this short and sweet. Let's dive in. 1) Trump showed up in Raleigh yesterday, lied within thirty seconds of taking stage. According to the Donald, there were thousands of people still waiting to pack into Dorton Arena when his speech began. THOUSANDS! Well, we checked. There were less than 100—and a handful of them were the 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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The INDY’s Elections Contest: Guess the Results, Win a Prize

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

With this seemingly interminable election finally—finally!—reaching its merciful terminus, we decided a little contest was in order. Actually, two of them, each worth one $50 gift card to Lilly’s Pizza. In the first, you’ll guess how the presidential contest will play out; in the second, you’ll predict North Carolina’s races for president, governor, and U.S. Senate. In both cases, email your predictions to contests@indyweek.com or tweet them to @indyweek using the hashtag #INDYelections. Contest 1: The Presidential ElectionPredict the ultimate popular vote and electoral college margins. Instructions: Go to 270towin.com and enter what you believe to be the final...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Richard Burr Thinks Shooting Hillary Clinton Is Hilarious, Judicial Obstruction Is Awesome

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM

Richard Burr had a bad day yesterday. There's really no other way to characterize it. So, for your reading pleasure, here's a blow by blow of everything that went wrong for a career politician who has a real shot of losing his bid for reelection. First, his campaign banned The News & Observer from receiving notifications of campaign events because reporter Colin Campbell and the N&O had, in Burr's view, "failed to cover the race objectively" (read: wouldn't print Burr's press releases uncritically). Then, last night, CNN published a video of Burr speaking with supporters in Mooresville over the weekend. Let's...

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The Morning Roundup: Richard Burr Has Gone Full Trump

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) Richard Burr is having a tough week ... and isn't handling it well. Remember when Donald Trump was ridiculed for the super presidential move of banning particular media outlets from his campaign events? Well, his BFF Richard Burr apparently thinks that's a solid game plan. Sorry N&O: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election campaign is refusing to provide The News & Observer with details of his campaign schedule, effectively limiting the newspaper from reporting on Burr’s public appearances. Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said concerns with The N&O’s coverage of the race have prompted the...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Morning Roundup: N.C. Values Coalition Crosses a Line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Happy Friday everyone. Let's just dive right in. 1) N.C. Values Coalition goes too far. If you thought the "Hillary Clinton killed my son" and the "Roy Cooper sides with the guy who raped me" ads were bad—if you hoped that kind of trash was as low as things would go during this election cycle—well, prepare for rock bottom. Frankly, if there is something below rock bottom, the N.C. Values Coalition—you know, the sponsor of the Franklin Graham Rally at which I was called a "fucking sodomite" and "Jew-boy"—has you covered. Here's our story. And even though we would rather...

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