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Re: “Meet the New, Fractured Raleigh City Council…

This "anti-growth" talking point is not supported by the facts. According to the city of Raleigh -- see URL above -- from Jan-Dec of this year 2017 the council approved 29/34 cases (1 proposal was withdrawn). Last night Council approved all 3 proposals, and I'm pretty sure they were all unanimous votes. The 3 approvals last night then make it 32/37 for the year. That pattern holds true for the past several years as well. The info is all right there on

Since almost 90% of rezonings in Raleigh are approved, and the great majority of decisions to approve (or deny) are unanimous, how did this anti-growth message originate? And why do media outlets perpetuate a false narrative time and again without exploring the actual facts?

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Posted by George Farthing on 12/06/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Cases Continued for Durham Confederate Monument Protesters; One Gets Deal for Deferred Dismissal

If Durham has decided that you are not guilty why are you being prosecuted?

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Posted by Kevin Kerr on 12/05/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “The End of the Internet As We Know It, Coming Next Month

the end of the Media as we know it :)

Posted by theseatree on 11/30/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Black Feminist Bookmobile Coming to Durham

Couldn't happen at a better time. Looking for books to help me understand the "trans liberation trumps everything else" trend I'm noticing in white led organizations on the left. Any recommendations? When will you be in Durham. Much love, respect and solidarity, Theresa El-Amin, 919-824-0659

Posted by Theresa El-Amin on 11/26/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

I do believe the women that accused Trump and Moore. However, I have a problem believing the women who have accused Franken. They are Republicans and some still support Trump. Just a gut feeling on my part, not an accusation!

Posted by Corinne Hayes on 11/23/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

FWIW. the idea that "IBMA fans would welcome the chance to rent out someone's extra rooms" is not hypothetical.

At the 2016 Bluegrass Festival we got 1,000 attendees to sign a petition supporting short-term rentals in Raleigh. Many of them were from out of town...and staying at Airbnbs and VRBOS. More to the point, many of them were staying together as families in homes they found on Airbnb and VRBO - that includes the former director of the Bluegrass Festival. That's why our signs at the City Council meeting yesterday said, "Bluegrass NEXT Year: Will Raleigh STILL Be Family-Friendly?"

You can see the petition here:

Why would we want take away the family-friendly option of renting an entire house on Airbnb or VRBO for families travelling to Raleigh for the Bluegrass Festival or a family relocating here or a family wedding or to support another family member with a health issue or whatever?

This is not the only reason to make short-term rentals legal in Raleigh, but it's high on the list...especially now that so many families are relocating here and need short-term housing as a family to help them make the move.

FWIW, when my wife Jody and I moved here that's what we did...we stayed in an Airbnb until we found a permanent place to live.

Posted by Gregg Stebben on 11/22/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

Charlotte, (and Raleigh) two of the worst places in the country for economic mobility. If you are born poor, you stay poor. Why not choose Charlotte (or Raleigh) for economic justice?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/22/2017 at 4:49 PM

Re: “One of Three North Carolina Regions Could Land Amazon's HQ2, CNBC Analysis Says

"...a heritage of innovation dating back to the Wright Brothers." Yes indeed. Especially compared to the lack of innovation required to merely build a mechanized airplane in Dayton, Ohio.

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Posted by citizenshame on 11/22/2017 at 1:59 AM

Re: “Bike Sharing Rolls Out in Durham Next Week

"Don't steal them, OK?"

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Posted by Charlie_B on 11/21/2017 at 10:23 PM

Re: “As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

Tommy, it's STEF MENDELL, not Miller.

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Posted by Will Allen III on 11/21/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “After the INDY’s Report About Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr Misleading a Senate Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein Wants Answers

I totally agree with this topic. The Senators should not be like rubber stamps and they should be themselves. They should work for the people and not for the President.

This is really a good test for Chairman Grassley on whether he will stand up for the Senates independent role and make clear that there are consequences in misleading the Senate, or whether he will continue to act as nothing more than a rubber stamp.

Posted by Greengoldlandscaping on 11/21/2017 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

We must take our nation back from the brink of hate, stupidity, violence, corruption & decay. That means dismantling either the GOP or losing Democracy. Your choice.

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Posted by Allison Moss-Fritch on 11/21/2017 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

Only republicans can be sexist! John Edwards said so! #staywoke

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Posted by lamer99 on 11/19/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

Calls for Franken to resign are not helpful. Not all moral transgressions are equally bad, and they don't all deserve the same punishment. Demanding the same punishment of Franken as Moore plays into the false equivalencies of the Republicans. Franken must be punished, Moore must be destroyed.

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Posted by Nathan Smith 1 on 11/17/2017 at 6:46 PM
Posted by Ryan Oliveira on 11/17/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Dammit, Al Franken

There is no equivalence between the two cases. One's questionable harassment during an adult comedy skit tour and its run up, the other adult predatory behavior toward under age children over a period of years. Next lets see how the puss grabbing and multiple charged unwanted brutish sexual contact advances Trump does.

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Posted by Jim Russell on 11/17/2017 at 3:25 PM
Posted by Nicki Halona Faircloth on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

The Carolina, the Varsity, now the Chelsea. These movie houses were among the reasons we moved here 25 years ago. The Silver Spot, with its ludicrous seats (have you tried to snuggle with your date in them?) and interminable trailers, is a pathetic substitute, Trumpian in its outsized, garish excess. How disappointing that our town cant support a theater with character, a devoted staff, and great popcorn.

Jerry Oster

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Posted by JO in CHNC on 11/17/2017 at 10:51 AM

Re: ““I Am Human, I Am Black and I Am Fed Up”: UNC Trustees Hear Public Comments on Silent Sam

The Slap in the face is done by these protesters to the people who worked tirelessly to fund and provide this university. They should study the history. Shame on them for not appreciating what has been done for them!
Leave the monument alone. The statue honors our dead who fought for our independence. These protesters can put up their own monument instead of tearing ours down. They are judging 150 years ago just like it is today. Slavery was 200 years old in the South then and was LEGAL!

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Posted by Josephine Bass on 11/16/2017 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

The Chelsea Theatre has to be saved! Chapel Hill and the Triangle would be greatly diminished without it. Other theatres, including and maybe even especially Silverspot, are way too focused on blockbusters. The Chelsea fills an important niche, and there are undoubtedly ways to make sure it remains a financially sustainable operation. A membership program, film clubs or community funding model (selling "shares"), for example.

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Posted by Jonathan H on 11/16/2017 at 7:49 AM

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