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Re: “In Chapel Hill, a big night for the challengers

So it appears that the election tasted funny to you? Kind of bitter?

You're analysis is way off. The incumbents and establishment players like the Chamber of Commerce practiced the worst kind of politics while the alternatives spoke to the issues everyday Chapel Hillians faced.

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Posted by SKiffington on 11/04/2015 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Vote! The INDY’s endorsements for races in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Mark, you have a deeper misunderstanding than Jessica if you believe SAPFO (School Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance) has solved anything.

Every time push comes to shove, either limit development before a crisis or not, there is a near or direct crisis. You should know that having served your buddy Mark Mark Kleinschmidt for so long.

If SAPFO worked, the level of approved residential development added to the already ridiculously full development pipeline would have dropped. It hasn't. Instead Council and your friend Mayor Mark have ramped it up.

Residents deserve, at the least, a prepared and polite listen yet Maria Palmer continues to make many factual misstatements at Council meetings of material covered by the agenda she was supposed to study. Worse she has routinely chastised residents who have come before her - one night even lecturing three of them because they had the temerity to approach the Orange County Board of Commissioners on a local issue.

By your argument, the two years she has served would lead to a drop in the number of errors, misstatements and outright howlers she servers up during Council meetings. It hasn't.

Her critique of Ms. Anderson was offensive and unbecoming a Chapel Hill leader who brags about her inclusiveness.

Speaking of errors, Mayor Mark made a real humdinger at last night's debate when he claimed that East/West Partners would have to build 200,000 square feet of commercial at Obeys Creek before they could add residential.

It is actually the opposite!

Again, by your theory, Mayor Mark's 14 year's of service should have led him to deeply understanding the most important development decision Council has made in the last decade.

There are real consequences to making a bad decision yet he failed last night, and has repeatedly made the same and other key misstatements about other aspects of Obeys Creek, all throughout this election season.

Finally, why should Lee Storrow being gay have anything to do with his qualifications to lead?

You would think that being gay would make him for empathetic to the residents who appear before him yet he has shown great disrespect over the last four years towards constituents he disagrees with - gleefully cutting them off at the mic during Council meetings and then tweeting later calling them names like Nimbyist.

He has shown an even greater disrespect for the community by driving repeatedly very far over the speed limit, getting a DUI and then trying to buy his way out of trouble by raising $20,000 for his election.

$20,000 is a record breaking sum and sets a very poor precedent for a vital local democracy. Putting his own personal ambition first doesn't lead one to believe he has learned anything with his brush with the law.

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Posted by SKiffington on 10/22/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Early polling shows Mark Kleinschmidt with a sizable lead in Chapel Hill mayoral race

Correction: Z. Smith Reynolds substantially reduced the grants in 2012 and 2013 as compared to 2011.

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Posted by SKiffington on 09/28/2015 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Early polling shows Mark Kleinschmidt with a sizable lead in Chapel Hill mayoral race

Still waiting on the Indy response. Jensen is one of Storrow's largest contributors this election cycle - a fact that should have been clearly disclosed in the first graf.

It's amazing how far the Indy has fallen in terms of digging deep for the story behind the story.

Look at Kleinschmidt's management of Durham's Fair Trial Initiative.

What happened during his tenure as executive director that led to this laudable organizations dissolution?

Why did the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation pull its 2012 funding? The Foundation had strongly supported the work of this group up until 2011 - granting $180,000 that year alone - but apparently cut off all support the next year.

What happened behind the scenes, and Kleinschmidt's role in it, are there to find.

It is difficult to believe that if Kleinschmidt had been a prominent conservative leader of a pro-death penalty group, that the Indy wouldn't have covered the story in full. Instead, as a Indy darling under Lisa Sorg's reign, he got a free pass.

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Posted by SKiffington on 09/28/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Early polling shows Mark Kleinschmidt with a sizable lead in Chapel Hill mayoral race

Where's the journalistic integrity? Are you planning to disclose Tom Jensen's previous and continued "hands on" support of both Kleinschmidt's and Storrow's campaigns?

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Posted by SKiffington on 09/26/2015 at 12:16 AM

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