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Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

1. Charles Francis is not a true democrat, just look at his record. Look at who donated money to him.
2. Charles threatened the party if they didn't support him.
3. Charles hasn't always supported affordable housing. Again, look at his record.
4. Charles never put forth a solid plan for what he intended to do.
5. Charles preyed on poor people to gain votes and promised things he couldn't deliver.
6. This is why he lost. His skin color isn't a problem. His lack of vision is the problem.

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Posted by JerrryG on 11/17/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The Tamales and Mezcal at WillCo Embody Mexico City Spirit

let's lose the plastic ware

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Posted by terryboo on 11/17/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “For the Last Five Months, Pastor Jose Chicas Has Been Hiding from ICE Inside a Durham Religious Center

Well, it says pastor right there in the first line when describing him, so it seems likely he is a pastor. And something called the "St. John's Missionary Baptist Church" seems very likely to be a church. I hope this helps!!!

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Posted by vidvis on 11/17/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

The really curious thing about the recent Raleigh municipal elections is that the media, including the Indy Week have totally ignored the crucial facts about the suddenly recognized division of the city. It did not suddenly happen and it isn't accidental.

The municipal elections are called bipartisan elections for politically technical reason that have little do with the reality of the citizens of the various communities. This is something that can be poignantly demonstrated by taking a careful look at the campaign conducted by Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi, a candidate for the at-large council seat. Recently and subsequent to this Indy Week article, I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi. Here are some of the things that she related to me about the campaign.

First, the campaign was a civil war between the Democrats and Independents who had and have no intentions of serving low and middle income citizens of the city. The evidence of this can be seen in the in what she described as "a total disregard for experience and demonstrated public service." This is true of both the Independents and the Yellow Dog dyed blue in the wool Democrats. When it came time to support the people who had previously worked in their campaigns to make them successful, many democrats sided with Independents who have yet to demonstrate reciprocal intent. They used their influence to defeat fellow Democrats.

For six years it has been all talk and no delivery as the idea that the only class that matters is the wealthy gained political momentum. Unfortunately for the majority of the citizens, that idea is one proposed by a minority of the demographic of Raleigh. When Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi says that the idea of Party gratitude gets expressed as a fact that she ran a clean campaign, she imparts the notion that its not so much gratitude as one would like to believe. While may are grateful for the lack of mudslinging, they still accepted the notion that it would be better to elect people who have little or no experience over those with impressive credentials. When I ask Shelia if the incumbent mayor's gratitude could be measurable in terms, deeds, or municipal action that can be appreciated by the entire community, she said that the evidence supported Mr. Francis' conclusions that she was apathetic. So, I asked her to explain why she felt this was true.

With little hesitation, Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi explained details of how the grassroots movement that she led moved the city to a record voter turn out in both the regular and the runoff election. She stated her opinion of how it was conducted by people who were literally fighting for their existence in the city of Raleigh. She detailed the facts of the Charles Francis for Mayor Campaign that fell short not so much because of McFarlane's brilliant political strategy, but because certain Democrats literally turned their backs on their fellow Democrats. Shelia reminded me that that the Democratic Party has rules with regard to party loyalty. It seems like some high party officials have no regard for the rules which call for their resignations when they fail to support endorsed candidates.

Many prominent and made Democrats claimed that they were unfamiliar with Charles Francis and therefore reluctant to back his candidacy. That is where the clean race issues arise. Certain Democrats consistently came to Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi requesting that she not have her campaign manager publish educational facts about the history of Raleigh's growth and political maturity as a municipality. When the District C Council failed to support his fellow Democrat and secretly backed McFarlane, some Democrats asked Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi to not publish the fact. Loyalty, it seems was a one way street. Those Democrats betrayed the core ideas of the Democratic party as the party of inclusion.

First, they failed to back Shelia by withholding support for a long time poll worker and community organizer of over two decades of municipal and county campaigns. In doing so, they made hypocrites of themselves by proposing the divisive idea that Mr. Francis was too strange to endorse and support. They didn't support Shelia and she is a party officer. Her campaign began in April and she was asked to run by some Democrats who change their minds when she decided to run at-large. They didn't support Charles even though he offered proven experience in business leadership. He filed his candidacy on the the June filing date. The election was in October. What does it take to get a vote from a Democratic party member these days?

No one can make any assumption why those Democrats consistently support Independents who consistently fail to deliver tangible economic benefits to tax paying minority citizens. These elected and former office holders seem to be fairing well while their constituents languish. Assumptions would be too indefinite opinions, post the 2016 Presidential and 2017 Raleigh Municipal elections.

With respect to the the Indy Week headlines, they read very similar to those we were reading last November. The news media impression proposed throughout the campaign season generally gives the impression that our neighbors regard African Americans with disdain to the degree that they see the Americans of African descent community as the enemy to be vanquished. Shelia state that she did not believe this was so because she received so many calls from friends and neighbors expressing congratulations for running a excellent race.

One can come to conclusions. The leadership of the Multitude of Democratic Parties of Wake County are stalemated. They have no influence on the Independents such as McFarlane. They no longer inspire the masses. In Raleigh, post the 2016 Municipal Runoff election, they just may have lost the support of the staunch political trench workers as well as alienated the most qualified and experienced prospective candidates..

People like Charles Francis who put their trust in those Democrats who still can't see beyond dog whistle politics to recognize that they are betraying the trust that made our nation great when they only support fellow Democrats when its politically convenient.

People like Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi whom the Indie Week does not give credit for turning out the vote because they do not investigate the municipal candidates by actually interviewing them during the course of the campaign. We can only further assume the truth has no place in modern political journalism.

As a result of this disregard for grassroots efforts, it may be possible that Raleigh news media unintentionally gives the West side of Raleigh the impression that they are under some sort of attack. But isn't it the responsibility of a free press to investigate the facts before publication? This biased journalism cause the divide that McFarlane was able to take advantage of. The real story was as easy as the Indie Week wold like you to believe. Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi and her campaign staff were the nucleus and driving force behind the Democratic turnout all across the city in both the regular and the mayoral runoff elections.

In spite of the the real effects of gerrymandering and predatory gentrification, this underfunded get out the vote effort raised voter turnout in Raleigh for 7 - 8% to nearly 16%. It forced a runoff mayoral and it will be making itself known in city council on a regular basis. The Democrats can thank Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi for her inspiring leadership. Who did she inspire?

Well it is obvious she got the Independents stirred up and they must have influenced those Democrats that prefer Independent Mayors who prefer parks over affordable housing for minority and low income residents. This cost the City of Raleigh, by some accounts over $500K in election expenses. A 8 or 9% margin of win where a demographic difference of 33% exist, isn't a grand victory.

Failing to deliver on six year old promises while causing the loss of 55K residences over the same period of time is an act of political animosity that the Mayor just may find isn't going to be silenced by delivery of parks and bike lanes. Raleigh will need to address these concerns no matter the competency of the elected councils. Mrs. Alamin-Khashoggi stated that she has always been and shall continue to be an advocate for the community.

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Posted by Ml Hayes on 11/17/2017 at 5:37 AM

Re: “For the Last Five Months, Pastor Jose Chicas Has Been Hiding from ICE Inside a Durham Religious Center

Is he actually a pastor? Is his sanctuary actually a church?

Inquiring minds

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/16/2017 at 10:44 PM

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

Re: “Will the Felony Charges Against Defend Durham Demonstrators Be Dropped?

Sounds like vigilantism to me. But at least it should take any supporter out of consideration for Steve Schewel's seat. Assuming there are some adults in the PA.

Oops, didn't the earlier version of this story name the supporters? Now that seems to have disappeared??

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/15/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Will the Felony Charges Against Defend Durham Demonstrators Be Dropped?

People's tribunal?

Posted by John Trololo on 11/15/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “What’s the First Thing You Think of When You See Raleigh’s New Logo?

You interviewed and photographed eight people about the new Raleigh logo, and only 2 of them are Raleigh residents? That seems pretty silly.

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Posted by frgyandres on 11/15/2017 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Newly Reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane Grapples With the Fact that Large Swaths of Raleigh Feel Left Behind

Just remember, the principal driving force behind Raleigh Union Station as we now know it has been NCDOT, not the City. NCDOT quietly rescued the project from an overly ambitious scope originally given by Mitchell Silver; the original scope was DOA. NCDOT also drove the change in site. Yes, the City put money into the project (as did NCDOT), but it's rewriting history to suggest that the City gets top billing in the credits.

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Posted by ct on 11/15/2017 at 2:43 PM

Re: “What’s the First Thing You Think of When You See Raleigh’s New Logo?

Looks like "weed". Will we be the next Colorado?

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Posted by Bud Light on 11/15/2017 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Durham County Jail Provider Correct Care Solutions Faces Scrutiny

I am trying to get answers to. About my brother death in Durham county jail am just read all this story's it's sad very sad .November 2017

Posted by Tenisa Ruffin on 11/15/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The Farm Labor Organizing Committee Sues Governor Cooper on Behalf of Farmworkers, Saying a New State Law Is Discriminatory

Hey maybe you farmers will stop voting for Republicans in the GA... They are the people that actually write these laws...

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Posted by twatts1000 on 11/15/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “With the Rosebuds, Ivan Howard Inspired a Generation of Triangle Musicians. So Where Did He Go?

I spotted Ivan at Pie Pushers before the Bon Iver show in Durham this past Monday night and wondered what he had been up to. Good to know that he's putting out new music. I'll be looking forward to hearing it.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 11/15/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Support group Straight Talk helps families of prisoners

Im looking for a support group I'm in desperate need to be with moms with incarcerated sons please I'm afraid on antidepressants continous worry has cause havoc to my body mind and soul please anyone direct me to a group that meets

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Posted by Diana Brooks on 11/15/2017 at 5:19 AM

Re: “District Attorney: Felony Charges Remain Against Defend Durham Protesters

Could you write about some rational people occasionally??

And Pierce thinks he should be appointed to our City Council.

Hope there are some adults in the PA with courage. I regret to have to say Durham needs them.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 11/14/2017 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Over Their Own Staff’s Objection, Wake Commissioners Move Forward With a $23 Million Park

This might have been a close call amid Wake's many needs, but Commissioners Calabria, Burns, Portman, and Hutchinson surely made the right long-term decision.

Ask yourself this: Which large urban metro area anywhere has *too much* park land?

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 11/14/2017 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Some examples of Lumbee dialect

One of my maternal greats was also a Lumbee set upon the Trail, as I understand it. Is there a way to check into this information? Her appearance is definitely that of a mixed race Native American in her photos, so she fits the Lumbee description, or that of Croatan. How can we get this documented? I can't find anything of her birth - just her marriage to a white man in Oklahoma and the histories told down through the generations.

Posted by Robin F Smith Alwine on 11/14/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Sig Hutchinson: If Wake Stops Investing in Schools and Transportation, It Will Slip Off Those Best-Places-to-Live Lists

Upward mobility in Wake County is worse than most places in the country. Why is that? If we look at how this town has grown over the last 15 years, there are many avenues to channel the blame. But what makes me sick to my stomach is how whats happening to poor and black people in Raleigh is no different than any other state where democrats hold the power. Look at Chicago! One of the largest municipality budgets in the country, but yet over 50% of the men in the city cant find work. What else is there for them to do, but survive any way they can? These democratic ran cities know what theyre doing and they know they are neglecting the development of it citizens. They would rather see us being needing and receiving entitlements than self sufficient and no longer suckling. They see us as liabilities and until we let that register in our heads and seek out political support, where ever it be, to get the help we need to make sure more people are able to survivor and THRIVE, we are just as much at fault. The democratic party has used and abused us far too long! At this point, what do we have to lose?

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Posted by Black Raleigh on 11/14/2017 at 5:31 PM

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