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Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - Why do you assume that anyone who doesn't support Charles is a "dixiecrat" or a racist? Do you assume all white people are racist? You mentioned concealing intentions for the right price. Isn't this what Charles is doing and he got called out on? People aren't supporting Charles because he is from SE Raleigh, some people don't support him because he isn't the right candidate. There is a lot about Charles I guess he never mentioned in his speeches he gave in SE Raleigh blaming everything on the current mayor and nothing on community leaders in that area. What exactly do you want for SE Raleigh?

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Thomas G, if that was their initial reason for revoking their endorsement, your band buddies over at the N&O got it wrong. They made no mention of the Smith's family contribution to the campaign when the story broke. That info came out after the fact. But again, we understand alliances and how money talks, but we also know BS walks. You dixiecrats can conceal your intentions behind anyone who will allow you to for the right price. But at the end of the day, I say on to 2018. You all won't support a candidate for mayor that is from the community that is hurting the most in Raleigh. The community that has been most forgotten and ignored. It's cool! But my memory is strong!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “As the North Carolina Boxing Scene Grows, a Boxing Writer Finds It's Still Not Easy to Be a Female Fan

Kudos to Caitlin Penna. your images were reminiscent of some of modern boxings glory in the 1960s and 70s - I really love the feel, grit of this body of work. Well done

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Posted by stunami on 10/26/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “According to a New Poll, 61 Percent of North Carolina Voters Are Fine with Confederate Monuments

Please publish the parameters and data from polls like this so we can decide for ourselves how valid the results might be. Without knowing sample sizes or how the samples were drawn or the research questions, it's impossible to know if this poll is relevant in any way to reality.

Posted by syd on 10/26/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The Durham City Council Approves Property Tax Breaks for Residents of Revitalized Neighborhoods

Isn't the point of city-funded revitalization efforts to make areas more attractive, livable, and valuable? Why are people shocked when it works?

Taxes are a burden for everyone. The average property in Durham County increased in value by 14% in the 2016 re-evaluation.

If your property value went up by that 14% average, your taxes did not change.
If your property value went up by less than 14%, your taxes went down.
If your property value went up by more than 14%, your taxes went up.

That's called fairness. People with fast-rising property values should pay more because they will make more if they sell their property.

If your taxes went up by $349, that would indicate a 40%+ increase in the value of a $100,000 home. You don't need a subsidy.

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Posted by Durham451 on 10/25/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

BlackRaleigh, FYI, the $20k plus the Smith family gave Mr. Francis all came in 2017. He didn't run for office in 2008. Trg

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Posted by ThomasG on 10/25/2017 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Census: The Triangle's top slave owners

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Posted by Mo Wright on 10/25/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I'm not really sure what your argument is there. I realize you are digging deep because I probably just informed of the other side Mr Francis.

His problem isn't that he is black, it is that he is dishonest. I support anyone who wants to make change for the good. If that was him, I would gladly shake is hand and call him mayor, but the truth is, he isn't that guy.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

oh before we get tucked in Jerry, didn't Equity NC have a major bank sponsor a fund raiser or something like that recently? Was it Wells Fargo or Bank of America? Both have had CRA violations and settled laws suits for discriminatory lending practices in historically black neighborhoods/communities? I don't think North State has violated and CRA requirements. Correct me if I'm wrong? Should they give that money back?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - My tone never changed, you just realized I'm not asshole and I have a valid argument. You do realize that SE Raleigh has a black guy as their council member, Corey Branch to be exact. Before that it was Eugene Weeks, also black. What did they do for their community? I guess it is easy to blame the mayor instead of holding others accountable.

I'm glad you brought up who he represents in court cases. He defended Alcoa in their pollution case which harmed thousands of poor people. It is public information and easy to find. Yeah, he really cares about those who are less fortunate. Goodnight "BlackRaleigh"

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Wow, your tone changed
It's like you're a different person, lol
Good night 'Jerry"

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - I actually live across the street from low income housing that accepts Section 8 vouchers. So yes, you can count on me.

I never meant he should "give away his property". My argument is that he owns a lot of property and is he living by what he preaches? Does he offer lower rent to those who can't afford it? Or does he charge what the market will get? There is nothing wrong with being successful and I applaud him for that. But he needs to practice what he preaches.

I'm glad his bank offers to low income people the chance to buy a home. Millions of people need this. That doesn't change the fact that his bank finances projects that are a part of the gentrification going on Raleigh. My point is that he is extremely hypocritical. Lets not talk about how he is the legal counsel for the Raleigh Housing Authority. He has long known about the issues with affordable housing and could do more with that position than being mayor.

Racism can be traced back to the beginning of society as we know it and it is horrible and disgusting. It just hard to rationalize him turning a blind eye to discrimination for money, especially since he is running on such "moral" campaign.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Oh please! Black Raleigh wrote the book on being marginalized in Raleigh and even though this isn't the 'Marginalized Olympics' we understand that the quality of life many poor and working class folks who Francis will represent as he has done as an attorney for years will continue to go ignored if he isn't elected. Nancy is about business, not people. And when you get gentrified in the next wave of new comers, come join us. BTW, he released more statements to show his support of the the LBGTQ community. what else do they want from the man? Blood? My question is whether they support the other half of the City Nancy forgot about over the last ten years. that's my question.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

@BlackRaleigh - This is another way to spin what he did. Francis is running his campaign on helping marginalized people in Raleigh. The LGBT community is very marginalized and that isn't fair (this community contains people of all ethnic backgrounds). Racism and the dislike of homosexuals isn't too far apart in the minds of people who adhere to either of these thought processes. If he took money from a Republican white supremacist, would you still feel he is generating support from both sides? I don't think bigotry should be supported, it should be shunned. He is turning a blind eye to discrimination for money.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Jerry,

I guess its all about who is being a bigot to which marginalized group of choice. And tell the story correct if you want to tell it. Equity NC revoked their endorsement after they dug up a 2008 campaign contribution Francis made to Smith. This is all politics and Im sure McFarlane has somethings in her campaign contribution closet she would like to keep under wraps if people dug hard enough and went back a decade too. I also would like to know the benefit NC Equity will receive for the revelation?

Francis wants to blame a lot on the current mayor, but he never mentions how much property he owns in SE Raleigh and he isn't helping "gentrification".

So are you saying that he should do social engineering with his personal property and that he cant be rewarded for being a smart investor by not giving away his property to people who would surely make it too high for most of the people who live in the properties to afford? And how do you feel about low income housing being built across the street from you? Would you be okay with it? Can we count on you?

And the pot has been stirred when we have seniors being displaced from subsidized housing for the sake of development looking for housing that has five year waiting lists. Or when buses are picking up children who are being raised in hotels because land lords are not accepting vouchers. What has the city done to directly address either of these issues? Have you had a family member leave the city yet because they cant find affordable housing? I have!

And to my understanding his bank has a program to help ALL low/moderate people become homeowners. Maybe you should check it out and help spread the word.

"He doesn't need to be mayor to do that. Francis has divided Raleigh like never before and hopefully we can recover."

This is reaching and a bit dramatic. Raleigh has always been divided. Why do you think most Blacks lived in Southeast Raleigh? Racism has existed and is traceable in our town back as far as you care to go. To say Francis is the reason for Raleighs division is to say that Trump is the reason for racism in America. Why he remains a democrat I dont know. Especially since that party knows nothing about loyalty.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

If Francis really cared about the LGBT community he wouldn't be taking money from bigots. No self respecting Democrat would do this. He has an alternative agenda. He can take the money and return the development favors if he were to win. Francis wants to blame a lot on the current mayor, but he never mentions how much property he owns in SE Raleigh and he isn't helping "gentrification". I'm not saying I support gentrification or the displacement of anyone, but he is trying to stir the pot without giving any real plan for what he wants to do. What does he charge for rent? I guarantee you it is market value. He is on the board of a bank that finances downtown construction. Maybe he should put some of that bank money in SE Raleigh to help the people that live there. He doesn't need to be mayor to do that. Francis has divided Raleigh like never before and hopefully we can recover. There is a lot of money being put in SE Raleigh right now. He can't take credit for that. If he really cared, he wouldn't do what he is doing.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/25/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Raleigh Mayoral Candidate Francis Received $20,600 in Donations from Antigay Former Senator Fred J. Smith, Smith's Wife, and Two of His Sons

Little 'i' really Indy? grow up!

'The media is distorting the importance of Republican and downplaying the widespread donations i have received from prominent Democrats," Francis said.

"The fact that i can generate Republican support shows that I can generate support from people with different points of view."

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/25/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Live: Bill Callahan Sees How Low He Can Go

I found the performance to be incredibly boring, blown away by the openers. But then again, I am only really familiar with a few Smog records and Woke on a Whale Heart. At least I will have fond memories of his circa 2002/3 Gate City Noise show in Greensboro.

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Posted by terryboo on 10/25/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Raleigh Room Escapes Slips Through the Keyhole Between Room-Escape Games and Immersive Theater

Spelling error for one of the owners of RRE: it's Rebekah Carmichael, not Rachel Carmichael. Also, the shows run between 60-90 minutes. Thanks!

Posted by J Robert Raines on 10/25/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “With Duke University Pulling Its Funding, What’s the Future of the Bull City Connector?

Durham and Duke need to finally follow Chapel Hill/UNC's lead and offer fare-free service for all.

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Posted by walty on 10/25/2017 at 11:48 AM

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