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Re: “Wake Commissioners Are Angry About the Register of Deeds Mess, But They Don’t Want to Point Fingers

Whatever the reasons/excuses, Wake County officials failed in their clear duty to audit the Register of Deeds office, which handles a great deal of money.

A longstanding state law, NCGS 159-32, which applies to the County finance director, requires that every County office that collects any money "shall be audited at least annually." That's *shall*, not may or should.

As the County's own outside auditor said in a report to the County this month:

"It is the responsibility of the County to establish internal controls over the revenue recorded within the systems and cash collected by the ROD. It is also the County's responsibility to monitor internal controls established over these areas to provide reasonable assurance that revenue is being accurately recorded and that all cash generated by ROD activities is being properly deposited to the County's bank accounts."

Of course all those who stole money should be prosecuted. But human nature being what it is, frequent audits are necessary to help keep fallible people from succumbing to easy temptation. Wake County's new policy of auditing its departments randomly without notice acknowledges belatedly this universal reality.

Thank you IndyWeek for covering this important story better than anyone else. Please keep it up.

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Posted by Leanne Sigmon on 09/20/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Kay Crowder for Raleigh City Council District D

In my opinion, Crowder is basically running uncontested, so I am disappointed that the Indy is endorsing her. Obviously, I am more disappointed that Crowder is basically running uncontested. It doesn't really give voters in her district much of a choice.

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Posted by Autumn Elizabeth Racine on 09/20/2017 at 10:57 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Nancy McFarlane for Raleigh Mayor

McFarlane shows a blind spot for community involvement, not only with her mis-steps with trying to eliminate the Citizen Advisory Councils (CACs) but also with her lax oversight and misuse of the city's two Business Improvement Districts, both tax-funded and both largely unaccountable -- and absolutely free to follow their booster/good-old-boy empire-building agendas while the average citizen is overlooked. If it's been too long a run for Bonner Gaylord, it's been too long a train ride for McFarlane. Methinks she's going deaf.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Russ Stephenson and Nicole Stewart for the Raleigh City Council At-Large Seat

@wade harris
You have absolutely no idea of Mr. Stephenson's service to Raleigh neighborhoods, instead you choose to denigrate him and his profession. Do you have any critiques of substance to share?

Stephenson uses his skills and experience as an architect in his work as a tireless advocate for Raleigh neighborhoods, quite the opposite of what you imply. Speak to those citizens who have actually worked with him over the years, instead of copy/pasting a business listing.

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Posted by glenwoodbrooklynite on 09/20/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

Raleigh has an affordable housing crisis looming. Bonner Gaylord doesn't seem to notice, being too busy building expensive high-rises. Stef Mendel is indeed an impressive candidate with the future of the ENTIRE city in her sights.

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Posted by citizenshame on 09/20/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Preservation NC Says the DPD’s Soon-to-Be-Former HQ Isn’t Just Another Government Building

I'm sorry, but this building is ugly. There are so many old, beautiful buildings in Durham that should be preserved. This is not one of them.

Let's not preserve things JUST because they are old. Why can't we can build something new that is beautiful and in time, it will be old and beautiful? Build it so that it fits in with the old warehouses and classic buildings of Durham.

Otherwise, we might as well just live in a city that looks like the Unscripted Hotel....

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Posted by dolver on 09/20/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

Stef Mendell is a smart, practical woman who will bring a more balanced view to council and truly represent her constituents.

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Posted by Apache101 on 09/20/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Steve Schewel for Durham Mayor

Yes. Yes. And yes! Steve Schewel was progressive before there was a hashtag for it. And, his energy, wisdom, and drive for the work are stronger than ever! He is the mayor for this Durham moment.

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Posted by Linda Belans on 09/20/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Corey Branch for Raleigh City Council District C

I read it. He hasn't done anything to affect food desserts for which you give him credit. He's been almost completely mute while we've ENTERED the affordable housing crisis. He did nothing to support candidates, even the democrat endorsement for Mayor, that are supportive of the needs of the southeast.

Part of my pledge is being vocal about the hypocrisy of white liberals who pretend to care but in fact do not.

Indy Weekly is scared of his color more than you understand or care for the needs of the southeast.

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Posted by Olen Leo Watson III on 09/20/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “LaVare’s House Is a Much-Needed Durham Haven for LGBTQIA People in Addiction Recovery

Find out more about LaVare's House and the LaVare Leith Foundation at www.llfnc.org

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Posted by Daniel Wilson on 09/20/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Corey Branch for Raleigh City Council District C

Keep reading: But that's not why we're endorsing Branch. We're doing so because he's served the city and his district well

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Posted by Jeffrey Billman on 09/20/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

It's telling that Mr Gaylord is discussing the need for affordable housing while managing North Hills, A John Kane development which contains ZERO affordable housing and upon expansion, recently approved, will still contain ZERO affordable housing.

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Posted by FONCitizen on 09/20/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Russ Stephenson and Nicole Stewart for the Raleigh City Council At-Large Seat

It is very sorry to state that INDY has endorsed Russ Stephenson. INDY should have done it homework. Russ has been in city of many years and has any one asked about his track record?. I have listed to him on several occasions and he is speaks about affordable housing and transportation. Are these new issues or they have been there for years?. I believe these issues have been there for ever - what did he do about these issues in the past? I think he will have no answer - he has done nothing for minority or even for the city in his 15 + years with city.

He is being big time supported by developers - he is working for them not for the city residence. His firm is getting contracts from developers a s he is an architect and owns his private firm since 2001. He develops plans for big developers and guess what .. who is benefiting ... It is Mr. Russ not the city residence.


Russell Stephenson | Architect


Owner 2001 to present Raleigh, North Carolina

Professional consulting services:
Architecture
Urban Design
Historic Preservation
LEED-AP

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Posted by wade harris on 09/20/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Stef Mendell for Raleigh City Council District E

Great choice!

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Posted by Apache101 on 09/20/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Corey Branch for Raleigh City Council District C

"Watson or Gregg would be the first white person to represent District C in thirty years, and a victory by either would likely mean the Raleigh City Council would become an all-white body. That's not an ideal outcome."

Nobody else has had the audacity of saying it. That's a very sad state Indy. Something tells me that this good man, Mr. Branch, won't be proud of this endorsement.

What a horrible farce.

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Posted by Olen Leo Watson III on 09/20/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Here Are the Seven Candidates Running for Raleigh’s Two At-Large Seats

The Table of contents implies that three candidates have risen to the top in fundraising. Which three?

Posted by chiburbbi on 09/19/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Raleigh Businesses Team Up to Help Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Victims

This story appears to have been recycled a handful of times. Didn't Jedidiah Gant used to work for the Indyweek?

Posted by chiburbbi on 09/19/2017 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Here Are the Seven Candidates Running for Raleigh’s Two At-Large Seats

got my ballot already :)

Posted by theseatree on 09/19/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

I should also add that it was professor Daniel Sherman who penned the letter that we all signed after some revisions

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Posted by elin o'Hara slavick on 09/19/2017 at 7:40 AM

Re: “UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

The anthropology department had posted a similarly strong letter previous to ours. The progressive faculty network also signed a similar letter previously. The art department is not alone in terms of wanting to see the immediate removal of silent sam. We stand with many students, staff, alumni and community members. As a professor of the art department l, our joint letter gives me some slight help in these times of state violence and an illegitimate presidency.

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Posted by elin o'Hara slavick on 09/19/2017 at 7:40 AM

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