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Re: “Special Master Appointed in N.C. Redistricting Case: What Does That Mean?

Let's hope we can beat these crooked republicans.....Their tyranny and skullduggery have dragged NC down to the lowest level...These fanatics need to be kicked out on their ass.....Their stupidity and greed will destroy the very fiber of our society...Republicans are bad for society as a whole they only represent the corporate elites who want to fleece this state and leave it poor and polluted...Republicans have no redeeming qualities...They once said the Democrats were crooks..lol and somewhere, but they didn't sell us out to the corporations to fleece us....Republicans did. The Republicans are the embodiment of evil, greed they let corporations like Duke power write the rules we must live by. McCory found out how voters get even ..his ass is gone..To bad gerrymandering has left us with these other useless taints in Raliegh. Maybe we can get rid of them in the next election.

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Posted by Tony D on 10/30/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Is It a Good Idea to Call a Country and Southern-Rock Concert a Carolina Uprising?

Allison, you, as so many other people these days, are just looking to make something political or worry about who might be offended. I attended the event. It was fantastic , the music was awesome and so was the crowd! Just a lot of nice people having a great day and listening to great music. No politics. No protesting. I suggest if you want to be a writer ,try being more original.

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Posted by Dianna Hurt Wright on 10/29/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Tony Levin, Who Powered King Crimson’s Third Act With Low-End Prowess, Keeps Propelling the Prog-Rock Band Thirty Years Later

Your comment loses all bite when you use the term "snowflake" earnestly. Also, I thought Tony was barely audible in the mix from where I was sitting. FAN-f-ing-TASTIC show.

Posted by terryboo on 10/29/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

Charkles Francis is not who folk think he is: personal experience; RHA, Melissa Mocock Brigman McCormick place an eviction on my rental on April 5, 2012, April 12, 2012, she had me in court but Judge Pigford ruling against RHA, so RHA employed Charles Francis Law Firm for an appeal with no new evidences and kept me in court approximate a year with continue postponements. Appointed a GAL without court proceeding. I never got due process of the law. I had four housing to move in but RHA told many lies to blackballed me, accusing me of drug addiction, violence, putting false rental to exquifax of $2000.00 that I never own for six months, sending back my rent cashier checks, adding $300.00 each month, having bad disturber with neighbors, flooding the apartment, moving me into a fifty apartment, refusing to give my rent check after she took it, intimidating me into buying her a $50.00 hat that she saw me with that was given to me for my college graduation, etc. Charles Francis Law Firm was very much aware of these harassment and illegal eviction. Francis Law Firm was paid a large sum of monies for this court actions. I'm homeless today because of Francis Law Firm. My Doctors wrote medical letters in my defense but it was ignored. I've currently email Francis four times but no response. Francis agendas for mayor of Raleigh; affordable housing, disability, elderly, etc. It's not true. RHA did everything possible to blackballed me out of housing , even Raleigh Garden, Crestfield. I was railroad, physical and mental health use for the almighty dollar for Francis Law Firm. It is illegal to place "eviction" on a credit record before a judgment is made by a small claim court Judge. These illegals was done to me because of age, race, disability, social status, financial poor and thought of as an old insignificant. Charles Francis shouldn't not be mayor 2017 nor 2019 or ever. Francis is full of greed. To railroad me, he scam tax payers monies. My court records is public in district. I have some documents, emails and voice mails to substantiate my allegations. One of my moral supporters was the Dr. Rev. Mack Sowell of my Alma Mata, ShawU. McCormick sent police to my apartment twice to have me arrested for breaking a iron handle on office door and talked of witchcraft to the small claim Judge. I do not know until this day why Francis Law Firm appeal on; I ask many times but never an answer. I'm requesting espongment on my court records. Francis Law Firm begun to approach me for an ecable settlement but then tried to force me to sign documents of lies on me but I refused, saying: over my dead body. My issues are called "unfair housing and my civil rights were violated". I am currently homeless. Many folk know of my situation and there are a few folk helps me with my struggles. I worked in public school for more than twenty years, Democratic judge, under leadership of Gary Sims, campaign for G.K. Butterfield and many politicians, Member of Board of Directors of Eastern Carolina Legal Services under the leadership of Susan Perry-Cole, Community activist, custodial for an abuse grandchild. Anyone has my permission to check my references of my written words. God is salvation! I will be vindicated.

The Fosters'
Glenda, Marke'th, Daquan

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Posted by nandi on 10/28/2017 at 5:36 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

I agree, our councilmen, past or present have not advocated for our community and basically left the door open for the problems we're seeing now. But understand that the election is not just about SER. people all over Raleigh have issue with the over-development of our city at the cost of our neighborhoods. But it will all come out in the wash on election day. Being a genX'er, I don't know what happened to black leadership in SER. I'm actually trying to figure that out because there are more hands who have a hand in what we are seeing now than we care to admit. But it will also take many hands to make things get on the right track. I don't know if Francis is the one for the job. I just know that McFarlane has not been very close to SER and it shows. and before her it was the same. years of neglect, SER had been an island unto itself, until 67 people started moving here a day. I don't really even like politicians, but the older I get the more I understand I have a responsibility to engage them for my community because no one else is there but our elders doing the best they can. Again, I agree. A lot of what's happen in SER happened because of greed and selfishness. I don't mind admitting that. We have to choose our leadership wisely and on 11/7, I intend to make the best effort to do so.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/27/2017 at 4:51 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

I know this dialogue with Black Raleigh will go nowhere. I just like pointing out the hypocrisy in their argument. It is easy to blame the "mayor" and not hold people like Eugene Weeks and Corey Branch accountable for not advocating more for their community. Both of them are fine men, but obviously they missed the mark on their communities needs. I have been in Raleigh a long time, both following and being involved in politics. There hasn't been a single defense of either of these men for not doing more for their community in this dialogue, only radio silence. No one speaks of the corruption in SE Raleigh. The only blame is directed at the mayor who has a lot on their plate. We all know SE Raleigh is changing, but so is the rest of Raleigh. This city is amazing, but not perfect. Charles ran a flawed campaign preying on poor people and their needs while he is a large part of the problem. Telling black people to only vote for black people is setting this city back just like Trump is setting America back. SE Raleigh does not make up this entire city. There are many parts and many people. Black Raleigh, I'm glad to be your neighbor, but call it what it is.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/27/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tony Levin, Who Powered King Crimson’s Third Act With Low-End Prowess, Keeps Propelling the Prog-Rock Band Thirty Years Later

You do know that intelligent people enjoy Tony Levin and not just dumb snowflakes who cowered in the face of reduced government bureaucracy during the Reagan/Thacher era. Why did you have to degrade an otherwise pleasant article with your damned socialism mongering?

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Posted by Bill Huber on 10/27/2017 at 3:55 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

I've lived in SER my whole life fellas. I like how you have this narrative in your heads about what we should do with our properties and what we shouldnt! I also like how you all continue to dictate who you think should and should not make money from real estate in Southeast Raleigh. Very telling! I'm sure you all would be happy with people selling their properties below market rate while outsiders come into the community and stifle the equity out of homes like gas out of a tank. It's all good because I'm a person of faith and I know that God don't like ugly. But keep on keeping on and more power to you to bite your own arms off. :) all the best!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/27/2017 at 3:05 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 - you're wasting your time with Black Raleigh. Southeast Raleigh is changing, whether BR likes it or not. Part of that's due to slum lords - like Charles Francis - who have profited off of the backs of poor people for decades and are now selling out to developers, or fixing up themselves and selling, now that the market is so hot - all of which displaces low-income renters. But that's okay for BR, because Charles Francis and his family deserve that for some unknown reason when others don't. Some of those slum lords - like Charles Francis - are making minimal improvements to their properties and renting for exorbitant rents, thus displacing low-income renters - but that's okay when Charles Francis does it - just no one else. The total disconnect from people like BR who think that "Why do you think most Blacks lived in Southeast Raleigh?" is jaw-dropping. I think we all know why most blacks lived in SE Raleigh - we're not dummies here. I also know why so many blacks LEFT SE Raleigh - because they finally could and they did and I don't see them breaking down the gates to get back! I'm not sure what people like BR want. It seems like they want those they identify with as their "own" to profit from the changes to downtown, because they deserve it (and I agree!), but they don't really want anyone to buy that they don't approve of, and they don't want anyone to live here that they don't approve of, and they are generally fine with boarded up houses that have sat empty for years because their neighborhood owners are so entirely apathetic about their community. What people like BR refuse to recognize - as demonstrated by their total blinders for Charles Francis, finger-pointing, and "nothing will ever be good enough" attitude is that SE is changing. It's changing rapidly. It's changing with our without Dix. It's changing with our without McFarlane of Francis. It's going to change in ways that Black Raleigh doesn't appreciate or approve of - and that's understandable. But people like Black Raleigh can either be willing to work together towards a common good and have a voice at the table in creating a healthy and diverse community, or get steamrolled and pushed out of the way.

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Posted by William Castle on 10/27/2017 at 2:47 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Ed Harrison, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, and Karen Stegman for Chapel Hill Town Council

I urge your readers to look at Allen Buansi's credentials, which are readily found on line. He has a long, impressive list of service to Chapel Hill and NC and a depth of experience making him exceptionally qualified to serve. The Indy missed the boat by not endorsing him with clarity and enthusiasm.

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Posted by Jennifer Van Vickle on 10/27/2017 at 2:30 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

you're new to the area Jerry so I can understand you not knowing the history! Keep living here and you will see! We know it's not Mayberry, but it's not LA either. And again, welcome to our community! Its nice to have you, either way!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/27/2017 at 1:54 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

If gentrification has no color, you should tell Charles to stop running his campaign that way!!! Remember, his words were black people should only vote for him suggesting a white person can't do the job. My property taxes have went up. I'm happy to have a slight increase in my taxes if that money goes to helping the affordable housing cause. This is a growing city, its not Mayberry. I'm not sure a face to face meeting would really solve anything. You refuse to see the harm someone like Charles causes and just how damaging he can be to relations all over this city. I have pointed out several things regarding him and other community leaders in our neighborhood and you have not provided a single defense for any of it. You know what the problem is, you just won't admit it. It is easier to blame others and victimize yourself. He has very little government experience and the last time he ran for anything he lost and I hope he does this time. But if he does win, I hope he succeeds.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/27/2017 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website.

First off, I'd like to point out the irony of the statement, "especially when it's deployed by white men" in the midst of condemning racism. Second, you don't know Biff, don't understand his art and your knee jerk, "shut that person up he said an unorthodoxy word" attitude is fascist (again, ironically, so) and most closely resembles that of the folks who you supposedly oppose and not of the truly progressive.

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Posted by nobody important on 10/27/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Nancy McFarlane Presides Over a Thriving City. Charles Francis Says She Doesn’t Deserve the Credit.

Anyone thinking Charles Francis won't be having backdoor deals is delusional...His politics won't be any better and could be worse....Whats his plan other than stating the obvious...

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Posted by Tony D on 10/27/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

Your article omits that Farad was endorsed by former Sheriff Worth Hill at the same event with your reporter present. You just report that the former Sheriff was present.

Also Farad is co-chair of the Triangle Amazon Project, not just a member.

Hmmmm.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 10/26/2017 at 10:31 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, gentrification has no color! When your ass gets gentrified in the next big wave of new Raleigh and development and your rent or property taxes go up, maybe then you can see how we as a city could do better in how we handle growth! It all depends on whose ox is being gored!and side bar: I would love to meet you! Sorry to see the feeling isn't mutual! We're neighbors right?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 7:27 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

My post gave the number of affordable housing units and apartments. I'm not reaching for anything, the truth is right on your face. So it looks like no matter what is done, SE Raleigh won't be happy and neither will you. Charles is sham and not worth Raleigh's time. He should keep defending large corporations who pollute the environment in poor areas of NC. There are other court cases he has represented as well that are far worse that the Alcoa case. Charles is easily bought and his only argument is "white people are ruining SE Raleigh". Actually, the problem is far more complicated than that and you can't handle the fact that your savior is getting called out on his bullshit. I realize that it is also probably easy for you to pass me off as some pissed off white dude, but actually I'm not. I just can't stand liars and people who victimize others for their own political gain. Charles blatantly said that black people should vote for him only. WTF? How about we think less about race and more about how we are all the same race. One group of people trying to get by and get ahead. Charles is extremely wealthy and obviously smart. It is wrong for you to support his habits in SE Raleigh and not attributing any of the problems to people like him and Yvonne Holley. Everyone in SE Raleigh isn't victim. There are victims all over Raleigh. My neighborhood, your neighborhood, 5 Points, Garner, Wakefield. Everything is relative, but you continue to miss what is actually going on. I live in SE Raleigh, I don't need to meet with you. I live it and I see it.

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Posted by JerrryG on 10/26/2017 at 7:17 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

Ah yes, a trifecta of defensiveness, deflection, and hypocrisy instead of anything substantive. It's insulting that you think that only people who are "from" SE (but, you know, actually live in a multi-million dollar house in West Raleigh) should be able to profit from their real estate investments in SE. And what makes you think the deal at Wintershaven isn't already done? Just because he said it in a debate to score political points? I really want to hear this. And why shouldn't the owner of Wintershaven be able to profit in the same way that Charles Francis and his family are profiting? Please help me understand - really. P.S. I have a friend who used to rent one of his many house - said he was a total slum lord a-hole indeed.

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Posted by Gavin Watson on 10/26/2017 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

If he doesn't endorse Ali, he doesn't deserve the seat if he could have won!

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 6:00 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

I would love to see a Southeast meet and greet, just for Southeast Raleigh Residents who support Nancy and Southeast Raleigh Residents who support Francis. What say you Gavin and Jerry? Let's sit down at the table and roll our sleeves up and really get into these issues eye to eye? Internet is only so effective.

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 10/26/2017 at 5:42 PM

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