From the organizers...
The recent snowstorm forced cancellation of the planned Inauguration Day Bash. The Inauguration Party is now rescheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 8pm - 12 am. Festivities include bringing together snowbound revelers with the volunteers of the "Yes We Cans" food drive and the witnesses of the Inauguration in Washington, D.C. T Let's make some lemonade from that lemon!
Admission is free and a tax deductible contribution to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina would be welcomed. Commemorative "Barack 'N Roll" T-shirts will be available for purchase for $15 contribution. Space is limited. You must RSVP to be included on the guest list.
We will gather at Durham's "George's Garage" at 8 pm to mix and mingle and then attend the private celebration next door at the "G-Loft Lounge" from 9:30 till midnight. There will be dancing with music provided by "DJ Piddipat" an d cash bar available. The Durham Inauguration Party and "Yes We Cans" Celebration is co-sponsored by Durham For Obama and the Durham County Democratic Party. Call Jon Parker at 919-880-9450 for more info. Mark your calendar for what promises to be a fun and memorable evening. Sign up today on this link: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpt8xt#rsvpTime: Saturday, January 24; 8 PM - January 25; 12 AM
Contact Phone: 919.880.9450
Location: George's Garage and G-Loft Lounge
737 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
From the Governor's office, on the death of former Gov. Bob Scott this morning:
“North Carolina has lost one of our greatest governors today, and many of us have lost a friend,” said Governor Perdue. “Governor Scott devoted his life to public service – from leading our state as our chief executive, to serving as president of North Carolina’s community college system – he always believed that North Carolina could be a better place, with wider doors of opportunity for all our people, and he worked to make it so. Governor Scott will be missed, but his vision for North Carolina will live on.”
Perdue ordered all North Carolina state flags flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday in honor of Scott's memory.
Jim Goodnight tells BusinessWeek that one way to reform the U.S. education system would be to use the SAS Curriculum Pathways software his company created and recently began offering for free to all American schools. "We have the most complete set of curricula available," he told the magazine, "so let’s not reinvent the wheel."
... Darren Jackson.
Democratic party officials in the district--a total of 30 were in attendance--voted tonight on who should replace the departing Rep. Linda Coleman. (Coleman is joining the Perdue Administration as director of the Office of State Personnel.) Three candidates were nominated from the floor: Jackson; Wake County Commissioner Lindy Brown; and Don Mial, an unsuccessful candidate for county commissioner in '06. Jackson won an outright majority on the first ballot. The ballots were secret, and the precise count wasn't announced. Party members said Mial and Brown, both African-Americans, may have blunted each other's potential appeal. Jackson, meanwhile, thought he benefited from being the one candidate who was born in and has always lived in the Knightdale-Wendell-Zebulon area that is the heart of the district. Jackson has run twice previously for the seat.
Jackson's selection is in the form of a recommendation to the governor, who is expected to make his appointment official within the next two weeks.
It debuted in draft form on December 1 -- online -- which was at least a month behind schedule and hard against the holiday season. Printed copies of it are scarce to this day. The Raleigh Planning Department conducted three public briefings on it just last week, which was the first time that most of the folks who came -- about 400 total -- had ever seen the new Raleigh comprehensive plan.
And even there, what they saw was an outline and some broad-brush maps, not the thick document itself with its hundreds of pages of analysis, policy recommendations and minutely detailed land-use plan for the city. Folks listened politely, asked a few questions, and when the briefings ended they had a chance to grab a department staffer and pose an additional question or two, which many did.
But four members of the Raleigh City Council think the public's had far too little chance to digest the plan, let alone discuss it with their neighbors in small groups and compare notes, as the official public comment deadline of January 31 approaches. Nor have any of the city's 18 Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) taken up the comp-plan draft to this point -- though in theory the CACs are the principal avenue for citizen participation in city government, especially planning.
So at this afternoon's meeting, Councilors Thomas Crowder, Rodger Koopman, Nancy McFarlane and Russ Stephenson voted in favor of Crowder's motion to extend the official comment period to the end of February. Four is not enough, however, on the eight-member council. The 4-4 deadlock meant the motion failed.
At this afternoon's meeting, City Attorney Tom McCormick was tasked with drafting an ordinance to limit dog-tethering based on laws already enacted by surrounding counties and towns. Councilor Nancy McFarlane said other jurisdictions have acted to ban or limit tethering, and it's time Raleigh did too, "in light of the cruel practice it can be." She asked McCormick to study what the other places have done and bring back a blend of the best elements.
Mayor Charles Meeker concurred, adding it was his sense that a majority of the Council is ready to move ahead as soon as McCormick puts a proposal in front of them. Meeker said a 4-6 month phase-in period would be appropriate after the ordinance is adopted. The N&O had some background this morning.
Read the Indy's coverage of similar anti-tethering ordinances in Orange, where commissioners voted last fall to limit it. In Durham, an anti-tethering ordinance received a lot of attention last summer, and commissioners voted to approve it.
She'll play Moore Square Park July 11. I'd make the requisite pun about loving rock 'n' roll here, but Deep South's e-mail blast beat me to it: "I Love Rock N' Roll! Joan Jett Confirmed!"
Still holding out for OMC!
Governor Perdue is visible. And the public likes her (they really like her). By 60-24 percent so far, according to Public Policy Polling's first post-inaugural survey.
Barack Obama has issued an executive order calling for the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay to be closed within a year, and for the Central Intelligence Agency to shut down a system of secret prisons immediately.
From The New York Times:
The order on Guantánamo says that the camp, which received its first hooded and chained detainees seven years ago this month, “shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.”
Read Indy coverage of protesters at Barack Obama's inauguration, calling for Obama to close down the camp. Later that day, Obama signed an order calling for an immediate halt to military tribunal proceedings at Guantanamo while his administration reviewed how to move forward.
Not all local newspapers are suffering in the down economy.
The Carrboro Citizen, launched more than two years ago by former Indy managing editor Kirk Ross, plans to beef up circulation 20 percent by April and expand its coverage of Chapel Hill. Ross made the announcement on the Citizen's Facebook group, saying it would appear in Thursday's edition of the print newspaper.
Publisher Robert Dickson said adding rack and news-box locations in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Pittsboro already has accommodated a 10 percent increase in circulation for the free newspaper, from 5,000 to 5,500. The newspaper plans to add additional distribution points to bring that number to 6,000.
“We are slowly but surely growing our reach,” Dickson said. “The important thing is that reader demand for the newspaper is driving the circulation jump.”
The Citizen currently distributes 2,225 papers in Carrboro, 2,400 in Chapel Hill, 525 in Hillsborough and 350 in Chatham County at more than 130 locations.
Dickson said reader interest is also driving an increase in coverage. This month, The Citizen began weekly coverage of Chapel Hill town government. Editor Kirk Ross, who covered the town and UNC for the Chapel Hill News for several years, will be the chief reporter on the Chapel Hill beat.