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Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

I just looked at Marty Miller's Facebook page. Look at it yourself:

It's full of anti Hillary posts, pro Donald Trump posts, and re-posts from Allen West. Miller self describes as supporting "traditional family values."

What does that mean, Indy? "Traditional family values" usually means anti-gay marriage in code speak in this day and age. And this is the person you trust to make decisions in same sex marriage custody issues?

From a legal perspective, he's posting articles saying there should be no Supreme Court nominations approved until AFTER the presidential election.

Did you even look at his social media, Indy?

The alleged "group" that is against Anna Worley appears from research to simply be one very disgruntled parent who lost custody and has an internet connection. Good judges make hard decisions, even when they know it will alienate litigants (who are voters) and even lawyers (who vote in bar polls).

We don't need Wake County judges who are touting a "traditional family values" agenda.

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Posted by Raleighperson on 10/25/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

George Greene. Can you tell me in specifics your own personal experience as a parent in Judge Worley's court? Because this statement "The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated" is garbage until she's placed YOUR child in the care of a drug addict who was busted for doing drugs with your child in his presence as he was being arrested and her commenting "Well, drug abuse doesn't mean you're a bad parent?" Have you ever met a college graduate who doesn't know the difference between net pay and gross pay? Have you ever had a judge take the word of someone who could not present them with evidence of their claim but still take their word for it and also fine you for the lie they told her that she chose to believe? Do you trust a judge who's own peers (NC Bar Assoc.) ranked her as the least competent judge on the family law bench? Finally, as a Democrat, what does being a Republican have to do with not caring about children and automatically makes them the bad guy by claiming that if he cared about kids, he'd not be a Republican? Everything in your brief statement is EXACTLY why the Indy chose not to endorse her this time. She was, apparently, terrible in 2012 and I can attest from personal experience, she is just as bad, if not worse, in 2016. I never imagined voting for a Republican in my life but in this particular instance, I totally am. She's ruined too many lives with her lack of knowledge about the complexities of family units, children, parental alienation, financial and emotional abuse and even basic math skills. She is grossly unqualified to be making decisions that affect the lives of children and it has nothing to do with the fact that she has no children nor ever been married. She simply has no idea what she's doing and that's irresponsibly dangerous to anyone whose case is assigned to her. She's probably a decent person but she is NOT qualified for this job. Period!

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Posted by Sophia Blake on 10/24/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

If anyone has had a bad or good experience with a judge, you need to post it! Nagle is an embarrassment to the bar association in my opinion. I have only seen 5 cases of his and he was a judge in my case. In all of the cases I saw.... he made no changes and made bias statements against women getting divorced. He made no changes to my case even though there was evidence that financial mistakes were made in my case. He didn't listen and made NO changes. Vote Walter Rand! He has a better record with the N.C. Bar Association. In fact, someone apologized to me from the bar association for Nagle's behavior.

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Posted by Angeline Oas-Carter on 10/23/2016 at 7:50 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

Re Marty Miler over incumbent Anna Worley (whom I continue to support): If Marty Miller gave 2 cents about "ending the school to prison pipeline" then he WOULD NOT BE a Republican! I honestly think the Indy's biggest problem in this season is its NAME. That'said what forces other to defy all logic to find SOME Republican SOMEwhere that it can endorse. The objections to Judge Worley's alleged "temperament" are subjective, not substantiated.

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Posted by George Greene on 10/20/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

I have been a guardian ad litem in Durham county (district 14) for a couple of years
now, and it is in William Marsh's court that I most frequently find myself.
I observe that he is a quiet and humble person, and that his actions
reflect a true concern for the children he serves. In addition, Judge Marsh
grew up in Durham and is quite familiar with the population he now serves
from the bench.

His opponent, Shamieka Rhinehart, is reported to be a very competent
jurist, and she is much more highly rated than Judge Marsh by the NC Bar;
however, that may be due in part to personality differences, and how these
lead each of them to be understood or not so well understood, by the ways
in which they communicate. Also, her background and experience lies in
criminal, and as my GAL supervisor says, we cannot really afford to have
her learning on this bench; with the current case load involving these
social services cases, I think we need someone with the direct experience
to keep on keeping on with the children.

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Posted by Randy Hamilton on 10/20/2016 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

As a concerned citizen, I don't understand why INDY would endorse Mr. Rand over Judge Nagle when INDY had this to say about Mr. Rand on October 16, 2008:

"Raleigh attorney Walter B. Rand, has worked extensively with the Wake Public Defender's office. Unfortunately, Rand has several complaints filed against him in that role. More telling, however, are the complaints from sitting judges that question Rand's competence as a criminal attorney: He was barred from representing indigent clients from 2003-2005. He (Rand) has a criminal history including two arrests for impaired driving."

As I understand the facts, Mr. Rand has three arrests for impaired driving and two convictions for those crimes. I'm perplexed as to why INDY would endorse Mr. Rand's integrity over Judge Nagle who has no such blemishes on his record.

A W Jeffreys

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Posted by awjeffreys on 10/20/2016 at 12:16 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

I am disappointed that you used against the female judges how the MOSTLY male attorneys "rated" them...this is part of the inherent sexism that prevails in the courthouse, courtroom and through out our society.

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Posted by Yevonne Brannon on 10/19/2016 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Superior Court and District Court Judges

Uh... Why didn't you endorse for the Long seat in 15B? There will be 2 names on the ballot but voters need to know that only Sherri Murrell is actively seeking the seat and eligible to serve the full term. She deserved your endorsement.

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Posted by jcbarr on 10/19/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “On a dark day for N.C., Amendment 1 passes

It was a sad day indeed--and I regret that those of us against Amendment One were not able to get people to understand what they were really voting into law. I kept wondering why the messages against it were so vague when so much was at stake. I think the civil unions issue should have been pushed harder--sure, the motive behind this hateful legislation was primarily ant-gay, but the goal was to defeat it, right?

And it was all about religion. Christianity, to be specific. The anti-amendment volunteers worked SO hard to defeat this, and a lot of money was donated for the cause--but ignorant, bigoted Christian fundamentalism won again in NC. It's time for Christian liberals to stop saying "Well, we're not like that" or "they misinterpret the bible"--and start fighting back against hate in the name of Jesus.

You nailed it with this analysis, Bob. Thanks so much--a keeper for discussions on future strategy.

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Posted by beautdogs on 05/11/2012 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Relieved and jubilant, Kleinschmidt basks in win

I disagree that the Chapel Hill election revealed a 50/50 division. While the mayoral race as about 50/50, the council races showed voters supporting a predominantly progressive slate. I believe that Kleinschmidt's campaign did not aggressively refute the simplistic and quasi-factual statements that Matt Cz made during the race & paid the price when some of these assumptions began to be accepted conventional wisdom. A well-run campaign that cleaned up the issues instead of letting mold grow would have resulted in more like a 60/40 split.

Posted by marcoplos on 11/04/2009 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Relieved and jubilant, Kleinschmidt basks in win

Braineyson- thank you, it's been corrected

Posted by Denise, Indy Editorial Web Director on 11/04/2009 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Relieved and jubilant, Kleinschmidt basks in win

"She was quick to credit the voter owned elections pilot program, having said before that she felt she needed to win to violate it." I think she said "validate" not "violate." Must be a typo. Can you fix this?

Posted by Braineyson on 11/04/2009 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

Hey MentalRectangle,

That story is 5 YEARS old, and our graduation rate is now what, 55%? From 67 to 55 is a 17.9% reduction.


Posted by ammcat on 10/28/2009 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

"According to Forbes Magazine, the Wake County School System ranked third in the nation and Mecklenburg County came in ninth on its Top Ten List for The Best Education In The Biggest Cities.

The list was based on access to educational resources, affordability of housing, and high school graduation rate. The 100 largest school districts in the most populous cities in the country, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau, were examined by the magazine. 10 school districts that score best in all three categories were then selected."

So yes actually wake county schools are pretty good now that you asked.

Posted by mentalrectangle on 10/16/2009 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Cole-McFadden and Clement take top votes in Durham

Durham Municipal Candidates Forum
Free & Open to the Public
Sunday October 18th 3:00 PM
Location: The Forest at Duke Clubhouse
2701 Pickett Road Durham, NC 27705

Hear candidates running for Durham City Council speak about their background, qualifications and priorities.
Ask them questions about issues that are important to you.

FORMAT: Candidates will be given 2 minutes to present their credentials and platform. Our moderator will then solicit questions from the audience. This means the majority of the program will be hearing candidates respond to your questions about whats important to you.

This is an ideal setting to evaluate the candidates firsthand and learn about their vision for Durham.

Posted by Durham Dave on 10/13/2009 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

You have got to be kidding me.

We have one of the highest dropout rates in the country and you are telling me we have a great school system?

You cannot possibly believe Raleigh has a better school system then other urban areas.

Get over the denial and get with the program. We need to make fundamental changes to improve the school system.

You must ask yourself - How are you going to make a difference? It's up to us.

Posted by ammcat on 10/09/2009 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

Fair to say that in addition to concerns about diversity versus neighborhood schools, this week's election was also a referendum on the popularity of WCPSS administration -- issues like Wednesday early release and the manner in which year-round schools are implemented. I'm pro-diversity but I do believe there is fair reason to criticize WCPSS administration for other reasons. Wouldn't surprise me if the house is indeed cleaned, and perhaps it's time.

Posted by ct on 10/08/2009 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Raleigh Council: Crowder crushes Van Dyk in “D”; Odom ousts Koopman in “B”

Meeker gets 62% of the vote when he had basically no credible opposition. Get ready for change, folks.

Posted by ct on 10/08/2009 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

Ger -- No doubt. I was just asked the question whether Ron Margiotta and the new school board have a mandate. If last night wasn't a mandate, I'm not sure what a mandate would look life. But the issue remains, is it a mandate for change and striking a different balance between "neighborhood schools" and "diversity" across the school system. Or is it a mandate for a radical re-make of policy that throws the baby out with the bath water?

I doubt I'm the first to say these words today, but maybe I'll be the first to write them down in public: The new majority, unless they want to be seen as radicals, should consider that tried-and-true Wake County solution, the "Blue Ribbon Commission."

Just like with the Special Transit Advisory Commission, on which you served, and the county's Blue Ribbon Commission on growth, the issue of how to make progress now in the schools is one that requires a little patience and some meeting of the minds, NOT one suitable for the slash-and-burn tactics favored by some in the Republican Party.

IMHO, of course.

Posted by bob geary, indy staff writer on 10/07/2009 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Wake schools to come apart? Will the new school board fire Del Burns?

I live in one of the suburban districts. From talking to neighbors and coworkers, I can tell you that the school board had lost support and that many parents felt that the school board was not listening when it made decisions on issues like year round school and even such mundane issues like the new Wednesday early release policy implemented this year.

Posted by gercohen on 10/07/2009 at 2:38 PM

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