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Re: “Trainspotting: To Mark the Opening of Raleigh’s Union Station, We Sent Five Writers to Ride the Rails

Trains could run faster if we spent just one-tenth the money on tracks that we have spent on highways. And even with train schedules as they are, try driving to DC on a summer afternoon Saturday or Sunday. The train will win every time. As for being car-less at the destination, isn't that the lifestyle that IndyWeek readers want? There's no problem getting around in the destination city without depending on Uber if the destination city has mass transit. Give Charlotte another 10 years and they'll have a new rail station served by mass transit. DC, Baltimore, Philly, and NY certainly do. Indeed, getting off the train at Penn Station in NY is far preferable to walking out the front door of Laguardia or JFK.

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Posted by ct on 07/18/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “A Short Train Ride From Durham to Raleigh Offers a Window Into the Triangle Mass-Transit Future

When the Amtrak Carolinian is mostly sold out, as it often is, that $7 one-way ticket is blocking the sale of a much more expensive ticket to someone who wants to ride from Charlotte to NY (for example). Intercity trains will always price short-haul tickets high on a per-mile basis. This is just common sense. It doesn't mean that a true commuter train serving only the Triangle would have the same per-mile fares.

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Posted by ct on 07/18/2018 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Raleigh Immigration Attorney Gets $2,510 Fine for Texting in Court

Perhaps the appeal will succeed, but judges are usually reluctant to interfere with another judge's discretion to run a courtroom as he or she wishes. Apparently the EOIR rule conforms to the tradition of granting judges discretion, as has been the norm in courts for hundreds of years. It may be that the judge and the lawyer have a toxic relationship, and it may be that the judge acted poorly. But unless the appellate court sides with the lawyer (or she successfully pursues a claim under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act), she will have to find a way to work with a judge who's not going anywhere. If she can't do that, she should carefully consider whether it's in the best interest of her clients to represent them before that judge. Ticking off a judge, even one who's unreasonable, is to be avoided. Nothing good comes of it.

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Posted by ct on 07/16/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “With Their Supermajorities Threatened, General Assembly Republicans Are in a Race Against Time to Ram Through Their Agenda. God Help Us.

Many North Carolinians never paid much attention to whom they voted for in elections to the NC General Assembly. I hope that everyone now understands just how powerful the NCGA is, or can be when it chooses to be.

Posted by ct on 06/20/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “In U.S. House District 4, the INDY Endorses David Price

Democrats are an angry bunch. I get it; I am one and I'm angry too. Directing the anger at other Democrats ("old fart", "Dixiecrats", etc) is not particularly helpful. In contrast the Republicans often loathe one another, but they do have a way of sticking together when it counts. Well, the Democratic Party is what it is and it's always been this way. As Jeff Daniels portraying Will McAvoy ranted, if liberals are so [*] smart, why do they lose so [*] often? Because the Democratic Party is prone to bitter divisiveness. At the presidential level it happened in 1968, 1980, and 2016. Here we see it at the congressional level. There's really no risk that 4 will go Republican, but the insults being thrown around dispel the unity that Democrats badly need to win in 2020.

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Posted by ct on 05/03/2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “In U.S. House District 4, the INDY Endorses David Price

Laws doesn't stand a chance, but Price is not immortal and eventually Dems will have to select his successor.

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Posted by ct on 04/18/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Wake County Schools Want a Bunch More Money, and This Could Get Ugly

I can't imagine that the city of Raleigh will ever again have a Republican mayor or a Republican-leaning city council. I can imagine, however, that Republicans become a force again on the Wake County Commission. The Wake County school board is playing with fire. I don't know where the electorate's breaking point is, with respect to continuous tax increases. But there is a breaking point somewhere -- and Republicans would be delighted to exploit it, particularly if dissent within the Democratic Party becomes paralytic.

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Posted by ct on 04/11/2018 at 3:31 PM

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