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Re: “Primer: What The Senate Health Care Bill Looks Like and Other Things You Need to Know Today

I'm pretty sure blue laws are unconstitutional; maybe we should fight them in court. Oh, wait... the AG won't have any lawyers for stuff like that.

Posted by December27 on 06/22/2017 at 12:41 PM
Posted by Jeffrey Billman on 06/22/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Primer: North Carolina Might Be the Future of U.S. Politics and Other Things You Need to Know Today

Every other mention I've seen of the GA6 winner has spelled her last name "Handel."

Posted by December27 on 06/21/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Wake School Board Grapples with Getting Half of the Money It Asked For

Why isn't the Indy asking WCPSS why they believe they have the right to retain the $20,000,000 ? It's taxpayer money directly intended for the school system. If they have that much left over, then what didn't the WCPSS fund in previous years? The headline is misleading, where is the mention that the County Board contributed more than their original proposal ?
The WCPSS talks about mistrust but they do nothing to foster trust --especially with all the hyperbole and attempts at creating a guilt ridden environment. The WCPSS consistently practices a lack of transparency, proposes unsustainable and at times grossly incorrect projections- but they want the taxpayer to trust them? When questioned they get angry and obfuscate. Then, much like this article, the media spins the tale that the County is unwilling to support education. Where is the media holding the WCPSS accountable ? Where are the articles detailing how taxpayer money is spent or mispsent? Where is a full picture of spending by the WCPSS? Is it just easier to eviscerate a BoC that is attempting to reign in an unsustainable trajectory of spending ?

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Posted by Trixsie M on 06/21/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “ADF Review: Hillel Kogan's We Love Arabs Lags Behind a Cultural Conversation Already Well Underway in Our Region's Performing Arts Scene

Wow. I guess you can't recognize brilliant satire when you see it. This was an amazing performance that if you were tuned in to the realities of the situation over there, you would understand how accurately Hillel and Adi reflected the many dimensions of complexities associated with trying to make peace. Some times you have to laugh at the absurdity in order to get a fresh perspective.

I say Bravo!


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Posted by Sam Bayer on 06/16/2017 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Primer: Cuba Crackdown and Other Things You Need to Know Today

If any musician could claim a trademark on that gesture, for all things relating to live performances by a musical artist, itd be Terry Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath), who first used it in 1971, a few years before Ronnie James Dio really started popularizing it.

Posted by Jon Howell on 06/16/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Theater Review: The Amusing Tea with Edie & Fitz Strains to Make Hay From a Gin-Soaked Dust-Up Between Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald

The photo in this article is of Jackson Cooper and Katie Barrett, as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, not of Rachel Klem, who played Edith Wharton in the production.

Posted by David Akiva Klionsky on 06/15/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Wake Commissioners Walk a Fine Line Between Being Fiscally Cautious and Fulfilling Campaign Promises

Fiscal responsibility means ensuring you are in a financially healthy position in order to respond to unforseen circumstances. With this runaway state legislature, that is even more important. I respectfully disagree with some of my BOC friends' position on this, and they with me. Some '14 commissioners can rightfully point to two years of honoring campaign promises to better support our school system. This budget does not come close to that tradition, and because I cannot honor *my* '16 campaign promise to Wake's voters and taxpayers, I will not vote in support of this budget as it stands. This is more than a simple disagreement about accounting practices. Elections matter and their results should be respected as an expression of the values and will of the voters.

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Posted by Greg Ford on 06/13/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Southpoint Mall Posts Signs, Can Tow GoTriangle Park-and-Riders Now

If they tow, I'll shop elsewhere.

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Posted by MichyMitch on 06/13/2017 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Orange County Schools Takes Step Toward Confederate Flag Ban

If this symbol offends you look the other way

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Posted by getoverit on 06/13/2017 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Anti-Sharia Activists and Militia Members Protested in Raleigh Saturday. They Were Vastly Outnumbered.

Outnumbered 5 to 1. Good work NC! Ran off McCrory, ran off the Klan, and now overwhelmed this hate group. Keep up the good work!

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Posted by Garrett K Lagan on 06/12/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Anti-Sharia Activists and Militia Members Protested in Raleigh Saturday. They Were Vastly Outnumbered.

Yet these supposed patriots are perfectly fine with radical Christian ideology shaping everyday life and laws while also amazingly ignorant about how this great country was founded .

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Posted by saturn8 on 06/12/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Anti-Sharia Activists and Militia Members Protested in Raleigh Saturday. They Were Vastly Outnumbered.

These are some very alien sounding and looking people. Let's build the wall around them.

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Posted by Kate Sterling on 06/12/2017 at 2:42 AM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

Yeah, it wasn't about slavery. It was about States Rights. . It's just a coincidence that the right to own humans was one that all the rebelling states wanted to keep. Wake up sheeple! (It's amazing and disgusting the brainwashing that goes on in the south about the civil war. I was explicitly taught all the myth;, good slave owners, slaves better off before liberation, R. E. Lee an honorable person, etc. All bullshit still being fed to people today.)

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Posted by vidvis on 06/11/2017 at 6:58 AM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

I've dug and dug and can't figure it out. What's the real reason?

Posted by David Klein on 06/10/2017 at 9:39 PM

Re: “The Mayor of New Orleans Explains Why North Carolina’s Monuments to White Supremacy Need to Come Down

If you still believe the Civil War was over slavery then you're a fool and maybe you should dig a little deeper into our history to see what the real reason actually happened and only then we will move forward in our peace in this country but if we continue to believe the lies we're told through government funded history we will only stagnate .. Not good

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Posted by Ruckus Dean on 06/10/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayor Backs Down from Plan for Top-Down Citizen Engagement

In addition to a packed house at the council chambers, room 305 upstairs was packed as well as many people in the foyer watching the council meeting. All eyes will be on the mayor to see if she follows through and IMPROVES the current CAC system. It's an election year and there will be a choice of who we vote for!

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Posted by Apache101 on 06/07/2017 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayor Backs Down from Plan for Top-Down Citizen Engagement

Let's be clear. The Mayor didn't literally say that the CEB Board will not be implemented and appointed by the members of city council. She did not literally say that the CACs will continue to have a VOTING VOICE in the rezoning process even though the Task Force recommended they be removed from the process.
What she said is true as of today:
"The CACs have not been disbanded or changed in any way. I believe every member of this city council understands and values the important role the CACs have had and continue to play in citizen engagement."
But, nothing she said promises to keep it true in the future.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 06/07/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis Urged Trump to Pull Out of Paris Climate Accord, Netted $263,400 From Oil and Gas Companies

22 Republicans were behind the push to get President Trump to leave the Paris climate agreement. A letter sent to the White House last week signed by 22 of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate rejected the overwhelming global scientific consensus behind climate change in favor of short-term economic growth.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) led the coalition of Republicans who co-signed the letter, which calls on Trump to exit the climate accords so he can successfully repeal the Obama administrations Clean Power Plan. ExxonMobil was one of the chief opponents of the Clean Power Plan, with then-CEO Rex Tillerson (who is now Trumps Secretary of State) blasting the proposal in a 2015 speech.Those senators are also favorites of polluters according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Note: they are all Republicans and climate change deniers.

Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has received $1.8 million from the oil and gas industry throughout his career, making the industry his top donor by more than $1 million. John Cornyn (R-Texas) received more than $3 million.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming): $728,766
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri): $1,143,574
Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas): $281,352
Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi): $462,890
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas): $3,031,956
Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho): $440,937
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): $2,484,520
Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming): $513,733
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): $772,179
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah): $281,620
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): $1,975,245
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky): $286,465
Senator David Perdue (R-Georgia): $184,250
Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho): $209,900
Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas): $817,150
Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota): $204,900
Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina): $523,276
Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama): $532,846
Senator Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina): $263,400
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi): $686,876

Posted by Science First on 06/07/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Durham County Has Awarded 22 Percent of Contracts to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses So Far This Fiscal Year

Hey Roger, if you read to entire article, you could surmise that 78% of the contracts in Durham are awarded with no preference to race, ethnicity, and sex. This 'set-aside' or 'quota' or 'goal' helps to balance an already un-level playing field that white males have dominated for centuries.

Did you think it could be possible that the job was awarded to the best candidate who happened to be non-white or a woman? Did it ever occur to you that the jobs are awarded based on the merit and the overall costs quoted?

I may be way off base, but you sound like an entitled, bitter, white man who didn't get his way. I truly hope I'm wrong.

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Posted by Wifey 615 on 06/07/2017 at 12:43 PM

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