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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Durham Loses a Champion In the General Assembly

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. Rep. Paul Luebke passes away. After a fight with lymphoma, Rep. Paul Luebke died on Saturday at the age of seventy. Luebke, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, quite literally wrote the book on North Carolina politics: Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities (1990) and Tar Heel Politics 2000, two essential texts on state politics. Luebke was elected in 1990, representing the part of Durham that included the Duke campus. He had served in the state legislature ever since as one of the most progressive members of...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Morning Roundup: N.C. Values Coalition Crosses a Line

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Happy Friday everyone. Let's just dive right in. 1) N.C. Values Coalition goes too far. If you thought the "Hillary Clinton killed my son" and the "Roy Cooper sides with the guy who raped me" ads were bad—if you hoped that kind of trash was as low as things would go during this election cycle—well, prepare for rock bottom. Frankly, if there is something below rock bottom, the N.C. Values Coalition—you know, the sponsor of the Franklin Graham Rally at which I was called a "fucking sodomite" and "Jew-boy"—has you covered. Here's our story. And even though we would rather...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

NC Values Coalition Rips Off Houston Anti-Trans Ad, Implies Trans People Will Murder Your Children

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Things are looking mighty bleak for the North Carolina Values Coalition. Not only are they losing Republican legislators on HB 2, not only has Hillary Clinton jumped out to a 21-point lead in early voting and is on pace to cruise to a win here (likely sealing the deal on the election), but Governor Pat McCrory  — Tony Perkins' new golden boy because he signed a law codifying discrimination against transgender people into state law — is locked in the re-election fight of his life with Attorney General Roy Cooper, the Democratic nominee who promises to repeal HB 2. So, being that this is a...

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The Morning Roundup: Expanded Early Voting Hours Begin Today and More Clown News

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Happy Thursday, folks here's some of today's headlines:  1. Early voting locations expand throughout the state today. As the second week of early voting (also known as one-stop voting) begins, counties are adding more locations for early voting. In Durham, it's ballooning from five locations to thirteen. Other counties like Forsyth County, which only had one location for the first week, will finally allow voting at satellite locations. By opening other locations many counties will have the opportunity to help solve the problem of congestion and long wait times, but the hope is to all bring in more voters. WRAL has...

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wake Republican Who Voted for HB 2 Now Wants You to Know He's a Champion for LGBT Rights

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM

Take one look at the mailers Rep. Chris Malone (R-Wake Forest) is sending out to his constituents, and you'd find a candidate who is steadfastly against HB 2—and not only that, but someone who calls for adding full LGBTQ non-discrimination protections to existing state law.  The only problem is that Malone voted for it, and conveniently forgot to leave that fact out on his mailer. In a copy of a mailer obtained by the INDY, Malone writes: "HB 2 is costing Wake County and North Carolina too much. I call for a full repeal of HB 2 now. I...

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The Morning Roundup: Clinton Surrogates Hit the Triangle, HB 2 Hits Charlotte (Again), and Google Fiber Hits the Road

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Good morning, everyone. Your news:  1. Clinton surrogates in the Triangle. Elizabeth Warren headlined a rally at Meredith College in Raleigh last night. (Deborah Ross and Dan Blue also spoke.) From the N&O:  During the rally, Warren called Trump a “bully,” “a small, insecure money-grubber” and “a selfish little sleazeball.” “I’ve got news for Donald Trump and Richard Burr – nasty women vote in North Carolina,” said Warren. Earlier in the day, Bill Clinton's bus tour stopped in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, and Greenville. The N&O reports:  “I’m a white southerner – I know what ‘Make America Great Again’ means, and...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Richard Burr's Not So Keen on the Right to a Fair Trial

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 3:13 PM

It's not often when neoconservatives forget to mask their hatred of everything in the Constitution that comes after the Second Amendment, but yesterday, that's exactly what Senator Richard Burr did. Burr, a prominent supporter of the PATRIOT Act and the surveillance state, posted an article from the conservative Washington Free Beacon on Facebook yesterday that contains the juicy detail that his opponent held a fundraiser with a lawyer: North Carolina Democrat Deborah Ross will attend a Tuesday night fundraiser at the home of the lawyer who represented one of the five Taliban terrorists who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for...

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Another Solis Apartment Complex Planned for Brightleaf ... About a Mile Away From Current Complex

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:26 PM

In the latest installment of "Who Wants to Pay an Arm and a Leg to Live Downtown?" we present Solis Brightleaf Apartments.  Wait, doesn't Solis sound familiar? Yes. It does. That's because just more than a mile away from the proposed Solis Brightleaf is Solis Ninth Street, where you can pay up to $1,375 for a less-than-600-square-foot studio apartment. And, according to plans on the city of Durham's website, Solis Brightleaf would have similar floor plans.  The plans show roughly 200 residential units, a parking garage for 247 spaces and seven on-street spots on the 1000 block of West Main Street—where...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Says He's Winning, Polls Are Rigged

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Good morning, one and all. Well, unless you're a political scientist. You guys and gals should be ashamed of yourselves. I mean, how dare you conduct "phony" polls to keep Donald Trump from winning the White House. 1) Trump tells crowd he is, in fact, winning. Polls? He don't need your stinking polls: The Donald told a crowd in Florida yesterday that, get this, even the polls are "rigged" against him. From WRAL: Even as his path to the presidency narrows, a defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is "winning" and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling...

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Monday, October 24, 2016

RTI International Refutes IACP Claims of "Material Flaw" in Durham Police Studies

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 4:22 PM

On October 6, Mitchell Weinzetl, a hired consultant from the International Associations of Chiefs of Police, had no interest in sugarcoating it—he believed the racial disparity studies concerning the Durham Police Department had "material flaws."  At the time, that assertion, however, did not sit well with many members of the Durham City Council. Councilwoman Jillian Johnson questioned Weinzetl's assessment of the studies—a task conducted by the former chief of police of a small city in Minnesota for $91,323.  Weinzetl told Johnson and the rest of the council he "wasn't in a position to say [racially biased practices] aren't occurring," but instead...

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Poll: McCrory Sees Approval Rating Boost After Hurricane, Democrats Up Big in Early Voting

Posted By on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM

The latest poll released by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling finds that Governor Pat McCrory's approval ratings are back in the positives after Hurricane Matthew, but Democrats have gotten off to a hot start in early voting, with double-digit leads at the top of the ticket.  PPP notes that it hadn't found a positive view of McCrory in its polls since July 2013, but, as with Rick Scott in Florida, McCrory saw a bump in his approval ratings after Matthew, as now 45 percent approve of the job he's doing to 43 percent who disapprove. In the governor's race, however,...

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Fourscore and Several Sexual Assault Allegations Ago

Posted By on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Good morning. This is a little heavy on election stuff, but here's what you missed over the weekend. 1. Hillary Clinton rallied at St. Augustine's in Raleigh yesterday. The Democratic nominee held a rally on St. Augustine's quad on Sunday afternoon with the Mothers of the Movement, women whose sons and daughters have been killed by police or gun violence over the past several years. Clinton, who is essentially taking a victory lap, talked about her policy goals, including her college tuition plan, gun control, and renewable energy, spoke for a little over twenty minutes and spent a good amount...

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Friday, October 21, 2016

To Keep Track of Trees, Durham Branches Out to Develop Inventory, Assessment

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Durham takes its trees seriously. In neighborhoods on the west side of town residents take pride in their huge willow oaks—the sprawling branches provide shade in the summer and plenty of leaves to play in during the fall. But those trees are in danger, and will likely die within the next decade. There’s also an equity problem in terms of urban forestry—the neighborhoods on the east side of Durham have few trees. The city has been working to address both problems—the pending death of many of the street trees and the inequity of trees in the city. On Thursday,...

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City Council Modifies the Durham Innovation District’s Incentive Agreement, Worries About Its Cost

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Incentives for the first phase of the Durham Innovation District were, again, discussed by the city council on Monday night, and several council members said they were concerned about how the city uses public dollars for private development. By Thursday, however, those concerns had been assuaged—at least enough for the project to pass.  Last September, the council voted to approve a $5.25 million incentive agreement for Durham ID Phase I Developers LLC, which is set to redevelop properties at 224, 301, and 302 Morris Street in downtown. But now, as the developers ramp up and construction begins, they want to...

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First Day of Early Voting: "The Bluest Areas in N.C. Are on GOTV Steroids"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:01 PM

Unofficial tallies from the first day indicate that early voting saw a jump in the Triangle yesterday, but overall, early voting throughout the state was down around 3 percent. Wake County counted 12,253 ballots by the end of the day yesterday, spread across nine sites; the top three sites were Herbert C. Young Community Center in Cary (1,935), Lake Lynn Community Center in Raleigh (1,795), and Chavis Community Center in Southeast Raleigh (1,700). According to Wake BOE external communications manager Kerry McComber, this was up from 11,242 voters across eight sites in 2012, a nearly 9 percent jump. Durham had 7,785...

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The Morning Roundup: Trump Gets Booed by Charity Crowd

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Well, it's Friday. We made it. Of course, some of us—cough, cough, Donald Trump—had a tougher time getting here than others. Let's dive in: 1) Trump marks another first, gets heckled at Catholic charity event. Tradition? Throw it out the window. Who needs tradition when you can just wing it and, again, be a giant dick? That, apparently, was Donald Trump's mantra as he used a Catholic charity event as an opportunity to attack Hillary Clinton. Here is a tidbit, courtesy of CNN: "I wasn't really sure if Hillary was going to be here tonight because, I guess, you didn't...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hours into Early Voting, Polling Places Are Facing Long Lines

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:34 PM

We're about three hours into early voting, and we're already seeing long lines at polling places across the Triangle. In some places, such as the Board of Elections office in Durham, people were lined up well before voting opened at 9 a.m.. And within the first hour, votes numbered in the hundreds and wait times were growing.  If you're planning to vote today, you'll most likely be waiting a bit, but that’s probably better than the alternative.  Since it started in 2000, early voting has become an increasingly popular option for North Carolina voters. In the 2012 presidential election,...

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Following a Federal Settlement, Duke Energy Is Funding Solar Schools across N.C.—Including in Durham

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:41 AM

NC Green Power, a Raleigh nonprofit, is partnering with Duke Energy to provide 100 percent of the cost of solar for ten schools in the Duke Energy Carolinas territory—essentially, from Durham to west of Charlotte along I-85. The program stems from a September 2015 settlement between Duke and the federal government over the energy giant’s alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Duke will invest $300,000 in solar photovoltaic systems for schools—which must apply by December 2—as part of a $4.4 million settlement that commits Duke to funding environmental projects. Duke will base its solar PV project on NC Green...

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The Morning Roundup: Hey! It's Early Voting Time, So Go Out and Vote.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM

Gooood morning, y'all. Let's take a gander at some of today's headlines:  1. Early voting starts today across the state. So go vote! If you live in Durham County you can find polling locations and times for early voting here. If you're in Wake County you can see where you can vote here. For early voting locations in Orange County, go here. If you're not sure what county you're registered in, you can look up your voter registration online. Why should you vote early at the one-stop locations? Well, you don't have to go to your designated polling place during the early...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Two Former Chapel Hill Mayors Weigh in on American Legion Property

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 1:47 PM

The spicy question of what will happen to the American Legion property in Chapel Hill—one of the last large tracts of undeveloped land in the town—continues to heat up.  In the last week, two former Chapel Hill mayors—Kevin Foy and Rosemary Waldorf—have written letters to current Mayor Pam Hemminger and the Town Council urging the town to exercise its option to buy the property.  A developer, Woodfield Investments, entered into a contract to purchase the thirty-six acres for $10 million last year, after the Town Council at the time passed on the opportunity to buy it. Many viewed that as...

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The Morning Roundup: Mike Pence in Hillsborough, Another Cooper-McCrory Debate, and Koch Activity in North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 7:37 AM

Hello, friends. Your Wednesday news:  1. McCrory and Cooper debate again. The News & Observer reports that things got a bit "testy":  One of the testiest exchanges came when Cooper claimed McCrory is under an FBI investigation for helping a contributor. “As attorney general you should resign immediately for saying that,” McCrory shot back, staring at Cooper. The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported in 2015 that McCrory had brokered a meeting between Graeme Keith on a contract for prison maintenance. The paper reported that the matter had “caught the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” Keith, of Charlotte, was...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

See Where Your City Ranks on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index...It Might Be Lower Than You Think

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM

With House Bill 2 still looming over North Carolina, the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index means a lot this year. As protections for LGBTQ individuals have been rolled back, it's clear that while some cities in the state are working to create a safe and equal environment for LGBTQ residents, others have a lot of work to do.  This is the fifth MEI report conducted by the HRC looking into "how inclusive municipal laws, policies,  and services are of the LGBTQ people who live and work there." It rates 506 cities, including ten in North Carolina. Here's how each of the...

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In Wake of Lawsuit, Charlotte Observer Gets McCrory's HB 2 Emails

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Last week, the Charlotte Observer filed a lawsuit against the McCrory administration after waiting six months for emails regarding HB 2. Yesterday, the administration finally complied with the request, releasing thousands of emails about the Charlotte ordinance, the special session, and the law's immediate aftermath. The emails show the political pressure McCrory came under from the right for not calling for the special session in the first place. Like this email from Christian author Frank Turek: “Is it true the Governor does not want a special session?” Frank Turek, a Christian author and speaker wrote in a March 1 email to...

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The Morning Roundup: Melania Trump Blames Bush for Tape

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 7:49 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone—or, as the cast of SNL would say, "Only four more days until we get to lampoon a member of the Trump family." Who's feeling lucky this week? We'll give you a hint. Her name rhymes with Sha-lania. 1) Trump's wife blames Billy Bush for "grab 'em by the pussy" tape. Well, apparently, there is a way to "egg" somebody on to the point where they boast about being a sexual predator. Solid logic, Mrs. Trump ... said nobody ever. Oh, and also, for the record, it wasn't "locker room talk." It was "boy talk"—because, you know, boys...

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Two Former Carolina Theatre Employees Appeal Firings

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Looks like there's more trouble for the Carolina Theatre after two women who were fired from their positions are appealing the actions with the city, which owns the theater.  The appeals are just another chapter in an ongoing saga that has left a lot of people asking, "What the heck is going on?" In December 2015, then-CEO Bob Nocek reported that the theater—after an accounting mix-up—was more than a million dollars in debt, after announcing revenues had doubled in previous years. Then, two months later, the theater was also said to have turned a profit. After asking—and being denied—to have...

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