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Paul Blest is an INDY Week staff writer based in Raleigh. His work has also appeared at New Republic, VICE, Salon, and Noisey.

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Re: “The Morning Roundup: Go Home, Pat

@Rward: Just fixed that, thanks for the heads up.

Posted by pblest on 11/21/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Clinton Rallies In Raleigh the Day After the Debate (Liveblog)

Boz - I'd say between 200-300. There was an overflow room for people who couldn't get in though, so I'm not sure how many were in there.

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Posted by pblest on 09/27/2016 at 4:28 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: The Beginning of the End For Pat McCrory?

Thanks for catching that, Paige. It's fixed now.

- paul

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Posted by pblest on 08/11/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The Morning Roundup: The Wake BoE Has An Opening, Let's Just Give It To Dallas Woodhouse's Cousin

Thanks Jerry! I'll add this to the post.

Posted by pblest on 08/08/2016 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Someone at the DNC Called Our Coward Governor a "Moronic Little Bigot," Get the Tissues

@vidvis - We're in agreement that this was part of it, I covered that aspect for our HB 2 issue a few weeks back; maybe "solely" wasn't the right word to use here. But I think it is telling that they (half-assedly) restored the state cause of action at the end of the session, but didn't touch any of the anti-LGBT parts of this bill.

This is the HB 2 breakdown I wrote, for reference. http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/heres-wha…

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Posted by pblest on 07/26/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “The KKK Comes to Raleigh. Thanks, Trump!

@Bavian - Thanks for the tip. We checked into DPS records and according to those, Barker isn't an active probationer right now. We'll update if we find anything else out.

@Bernard - Don't take it from us - take it from KKK members themselves. David Duke (who I quoted in this article) and other white supremacists have championed Trump's campaign. And this, from an AP article on the Klan's 150 year anniversary:

"The current hot-button issue for Klan members — fighting immigration and closing U.S. borders — is one of the most talked-about topics in the presidential election. Klan leaders say Donald Trump's immigration position and his ascendancy in the GOP are signs things are going their way.

'You know, we began 40 years ago saying we need to build a wall,' Arkansas-based Klan leader Thomas Robb said." (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a8ed212468c…)

You're right that these groups have been around for years before Trump, but it's undeniable that Trump's brand of white nationalism has brought some people out of the woodwork who were on the political fringe not too long ago.

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Posted by pblest on 07/20/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Five Terrible Things the Legislature Did During the Short Session

@chuckde424 - We also had a section in the physical paper on things that the legislature was considering doing but didn't, which touched on a few things you mentioned. That's now online.

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-short…

Posted by pblest on 07/11/2016 at 12:05 PM

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