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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Liddy too ladylike to take the gloves off?

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Carter Wrenn criticizes Elizabeth Dole for being a wimp against opponent Kay Hagan and her aggressive $6.5 million ad campaign. On Talking About Politics, Wrenn writes that Liddy " is in a knife fight with a first-rate gang of cutthroats. She’d better stop mooning around like Florence Nightingale."

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First co-working, next co-kvetching

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM

205 Lloyd St. in Carrboro could become the new spot for those who don’t work out of an office but can’t or don’t want to work at home: techies, designers, freelancers and inevitably, those who want to look busy. Carrboro Creative Coworking is run by Brian Russell; workers pay a fee to have the amenities of a workplace, without the boss hanging around or the cats lying on the keyboard. NBC17 has the details.

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Leaked meals-tax memo reveals 'barbershop' strategy

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

This week, The Herald-Sun got their hands on a memo from the Rev. Melvin Whitley, a prominent backer of Durham Mayor Bill Bell, that details a race-based focus (registration required) to lobby for a 1 percent meals tax, which would fund a proposed Minor League Baseball museum and a Hayti Heritage Center expansion, among other city projects:

The campaign should include radio ads on local gospel music stations, posters touting the proposal in barbershops and beauty salons, and articles in black newspapers commonly distributed in area churches. [The H-S did not provide a link to the document.]

According to the H-S, a "pro-tax committee," of which Whitley is a member, plans to raise between $40,000 and $50,000, and enlist the "involvement of people with high name identification to voters," such as Bell and County Commissioners Chairwoman Ellen Reckhow. So far, Bell has remained mum about the tax.

Meanwhile, Bull City Rising wonders out loud "whether Whitley has taken up the cause on Bell's behalf," adding:

Given Whitley's reported close ties to the mayor [...] it's certainly well within the realm of possibility, particularly since Whitley is usually given to focus on crime-fighting and neighborhood improvement in PAC1, issues somewhat far afield from the facilities like the Civic Center, Hayti Heritage Center, and Minor League Baseball museum that would benefit from the levy.

In other words, Whitley's group plans to spend 50K trying to figure out how to make people care about a minor-league baseball museum--preferably, while getting their hair done.

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Big-ass boats make North Carolina history

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Yesterday, for the first time in history, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override a governor's veto. What pressing matter inspired lawmakers to re-assemble in Raleigh for a special session (in the middle of election season)? Whether people should be allowed to tow 9 1/2-foot boats (in other words, boats as wide as the lane itself) at any time of day or night, without a permit. The N&O reports that the special session cost taxpayers $50,000.

NC Policy Watch has been following the story closely. Chris Fitzsimon lays out the issues in this week's column, including which industry lobbyists led the charge -- and the fact that, by doing those lobbyists' bidding, lawmakers have effectively overridden the safety warnings of the Highway Patrol. Bloggers at the Progressive Pulse also posted a video of high-speed boat-towing, which would be hilarious if it weren't so scary.

Since Election Day is fast approaching, it's worth remembering who stood up to the big boating lobby. The Senate vote was unanimous; but in the House, Triangle-area representatives Verla Insko, Paul Luebke, Mickey Michaux and Jennifer Weiss joined the eight who voted against. Speaker Joe Hackney did not vote.

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Megafaun/ Bon Iver media blitz

Posted by on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 12:22 PM

For the second week in a row, former Raleigh bandleader Justin Vernon gets namechecked in Pitchfork's Guest List column as someone's new favorite band.  Vernon recently recorded an Okkervil River cover to promote the new record from his Jagjaguwar labelmates (nice T-shirt, Vern). And Megafaun nabbed a spot in Stereogum's Quit Your Day Job series: Click through for talk about working at Larry's Beans and being the bearded dudes at triathlons.

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