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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Protest Planned for Tonight at Duke

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:45 AM

More than three hundred people have, via Facebook, expressed interest in attending a "No Wall, No Ban" rally on the steps of the iconic Duke Chapel this evening—the latest in a series of gatherings that have unfolded locally in response to President Donald Trump's rhetoric and executive orders. Here are all the details, in case you'd like to be there: Organizers of the event say it is part of "Resist Trump Tuesday," which, frankly, has a nice ring to it. Here is a description, in the group's own words: See you there....

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Lawyers Fight for Travelers Trapped by Trump's Muslim Ban, Setting Off the First Constitutional Crisis of the New Regime

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Editor’s note: A version of this story originally appeared at the website for Democracy in Crisis, a new column covering the Trump administration that will begin running in the INDY this week. Lawyers are huddled up, poring over papers on the floor of Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, D.C., a couple of hundred feet away from the throngs of protesters cheering, chanting, and welcoming home people coming out of customs from international flights. Since President Trump signed a poorly considered and chaotically implemented executive order banning immigrants, refugees, and even green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries on...

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The Morning Roundup: Protesters Continue to Fight Trump

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 8:47 AM

Well, it's Monday. 1) All hell is breaking loose ... and it's GLORIOUS. With every stroke of his pen, President Trump is inspiring new protests. And they are "yuge." The current unrest, a reaction to the Friday-news-dump signing of what many equate to a Muslim ban, was felt locally, as roughly fifteen hundred people converged on Raleigh-Durham International Airport to demand that the president rescind his executive order restricting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. From the INDY: Weary travelers in need of a nicotine fix saw their turf adjacent to Raleigh-Durham International's Terminal 2 swiftly overtaken by more than a...

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

1,500 Protesters Converge on RDU to Protest Trump’s Muslim Ban

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 9:00 PM

Weary travelers in need of a nicotine fix saw their turf adjacent to Raleigh-Durham International's Terminal 2 swiftly overtaken by more than a thousand fiery demonstrators Sunday. Just after noon, outrage over President Donald Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban,” the executive order Trump signed Friday that banned citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States over the next ninety days, reached its boiling point locally. (The protest at RDU was one of dozens at airports all over the country Sunday.) Though a federal judge blocked deportation of people stranded at airports Saturday evening, anxiety over the executive action, the impending...

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Protest Planned for This Afternoon at RDU

Posted By on Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 10:36 PM

One by one, refugees who found asylum in North Carolina spoke to a crowd of hundreds who converged on downtown Durham Friday to declare themselves members of the resistance. Should President Donald Trump build a wall or ban refugees and/or Muslims from entering the United States, they pledged, they would fight him every step of the way. Hours later, the president would sign an executive order that would test their commitment to do just that. Trump essentially banned more than 130 million people—citizens of seven countries he claims have ties to ISIS—from entering the United States with the stroke of...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Reversing Self, The Civitas Institute Says North Carolina Does Not Need Nonpartisan Redistricting

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 9:23 AM

On Wednesday, the conservative Civitas Institute published an article denouncing efforts to establish a nonpartisan redistricting commission—instead of letting self-interested lawmakers pick their own voters, as currently happens—as a “fantasy” pushed by leftists. The article, echoing comments from state Representative David Lewis, R-Harnett, argues that partisanship is baked into the very cake of redistricting and altering the process would dilute voters' power. Better, they say, to hold the politicians responsible for drawing the maps accountable at the ballot box. The fact is, redistricting is and always had been an inherently partisan process. The best way to deal with that fact...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

State Senator Receiving Shipments of Lard After Anti-Women's March Tweet

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 10:26 PM

Apparently, Twitter isn't for everyone ... and state Senator Joyce Krawiec is learning that the hard way. A few days ago, Krawiec, a Republican, thought it would be a good idea to post this. (The tweet was later deleted, but screenshots are forever.) How did the women she insulted respond? Some took to social media to lay into Krawiec. Others, it seems, sent her lard. You read that right. Cases of lard are showing up at the senator's Raleigh office. From the N&O: Amazon shoppers had sent at least 10 boxes of lard to the Yadkin County senator by Thursday...

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Hundreds Email Durham Council Members, Demand Protection for LGBTQ Community

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 2:18 PM

The last time we checked in with members of the Durham City Council on HB 2, a repeal looked likely. Charlotte was open to standing down. Then-Governor Pat McCrory and Republican leaders in the legislature seemed willing to do the same. And some local government leaders, Durham council woman Jillian Johnson and Carrboro alderman Damon Seils, said they would be interested in seeing their respective boards, after the repeal, pass similar ordinances to Charlotte's (the one that started the HB 2 fiasco). Then, during a costly special session, the repeal failed. And while Governor Roy Cooper has not yet been...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Momentum Carries Protesters to "Resist Trump Tuesday" Rally in Raleigh

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 6:50 PM

Protesters revved up by Saturday's march in Raleigh kept the momentum going with a rally in front of the office of Senator Thom Tillis this afternoon, urging the Republican leader to oppose President Donald Trump's Cabinet picks in an action they dubbed "resist Trump Tuesday." The rally was one of a number of actions planned nationwide by MoveOn.org, the Working Families Party, and People’s Action, urging Senate members to resist a handful of Trump's proposed Cabinet members and delay confirmations until the public is presented with more information on each of the nominees. Attendees were opposed to the confirmations of five...

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Women's March on Raleigh Draws 17,000 Supporters

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 7:21 PM

Yesterday, Donald Trump became the forty-fifth president of the United States. Today, the country fought back. Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in cities across the country to protest Trump's inauguration in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington. In Raleigh, an estimated 17,000 people crowded into Moore Square, far exceeding organizers' expectations of 5,000. Donning pink "pussy" hats and carrying cheeky posters, marchers called themselves the #NoisyMajority. They were black, white, brown, queer, straight, young, old — and unapologetic about their differences. "We are not a monolith," said Nia Wilson, executive director of Durham's SpiritHouse. "We are undocumented, we...

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UNC Students Walk Out in Inauguration Protest

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 10:58 AM

Yesterday, Donald Trump placed his (tiny) hand on the Bible and became the forty-fifth president of the United States. It was a celebratory moment for the historically small crowd that gathered to see it, an ominous and foreboding day for just about everyone else. Trump painted a bleak picture of the United States in his inaugural address, at one point vowing to put an end to "American carnage." Not long after the inauguration, clashes between protesters and police broke out in downtown D.C. Windows were smashed; tear gas dispatched. By six p.m., more than two hundred people had been...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

North Carolinians Will Take Obama Over Trump, Survey Finds

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Hey, North Carolina Hillary supporters. Here's a statistic that might make you want to rip your hair out: One-third of Donald Trump voters in the state think the president-elect should be able to use a private email server. That's according to a survey released today by the firm Public Policy Polling. The survey, which polled 953 registered voters across the state from January 13th to the 16th, found Trump to be more unpopular among Tar Heels than the outgoing president. “North Carolinians would rather keep the President they have right now than move to the President they’re about to get,”...

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Activists Demand Removal of Police Officers from Wake County Schools

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:41 AM

A few weeks ago, a harrowing  Wake County story dominated national headlines. Jasmine Darwin, a fifteen-year-old student at Rolesville High, was savagely slammed to the floor by the school's designated police officer. The incident, which was captured on video, quickly went viral. An attorney for Darwin's family claimed the high school student was “slammed on the ground like a rag doll” and suffered a concussion. As is par for the course, the police officer was placed on administrative leave. The graphic video has galvanized local activists, who have long argued that school police officers engage in discriminatory disciplinary practices. In...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Price Going to Inaguration, But Will Wear 'Symbol' on Lapel

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:19 PM

Congressman David Price will not be joining Congressman G.K. Butterfield and Congresswoman Alma Adams' boycott of Donald Trump's inaguration. Instead, he will attend "with pride" in the "rule of law" and "determined to make certain that no one, including our president, places himself above the law." Price, in a statement released by his office a short while ago, said he was "appalled" by Trump (just not enough to warrant a boycott of his inaguration) and vowed to wear a symbol of solidarity with John Lewis on his lapel. He also made sure to note that Hillary Clinton would be in attendance,...

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Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congresswoman Alma Adams Will Boycott Inauguration; Price Still Not Sure

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Congressman G.K. Butterfield told the INDY moments ago that he has too many concerns about President-elect Donald Trump to participate in Friday's inauguration. Here is Butterfield's entire statement, sent exclusively to the INDY: Moments after this story broke, Congresswoman Alma Adams (the INDY requested information about her intentions re: the inauguration this morning, also) released a statement, saying she, too, would boycott. Congressman David Price, however, won't yet commit one way or another. Here is his statement: "Congressman Price has attended every Inauguration since he was first elected to Congress in 1986, but he shares the sense of many of his...

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The Morning Roundup: Polls Show Little Confidence in Trump

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 9:02 AM

Good morning everyone. Let's dive in. 1) More great news for Trump. Well, we're sure he'll find a way to spin it that way. According to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, the president-elect (still feels a bit surreal calling him that) broke a record. He's got to love that, right? Well ... maybe not. Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump's handling...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cooper Picks Commerce and Administration Secretaries

Posted By and on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Governor Cooper announced two more cabinet picks today: Machelle Sanders to head the Department of Administration and Anthony Copeland to run the Department of Commerce.  Sanders, who has no previous experience in government, was previously a vice president at Biogen in Research Triangle Park. "When it comes to Department of Administration, we want someone who can help government run smoothly and can help government run effectively and efficiently," Cooper said during a press conference at the Executive Mansion. "And what we want to do is for taxpayer money to be invested wisely. Michelle will come exclusively from work in the private...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pennies on the Dollar: A Tour of the North Carolina’s Gender-Wage Gap

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Yesterday, the N.C. Budget & Tax Center released new data on the gender wage gap in North Carolina—throwing more cold water on former governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly’s much-touted “Carolina Comeback.” The data provides a statewide breakdown of North Carolina’s gender wage gap by race and ethnicity, outlining pay data for black women, white women, Asian-American women, Native American women, and Latinas. The results? Not great. Although women in the state already make less on average than their male counterparts (collecting 86 cents for every dollar that men make), women of color earn considerably less. Black women, for...

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SCOTUS Grants Emergency Stay For 2017 Special Elections

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 3:48 PM

For the time being, at least, we won't have special elections in 2017. There seems to be no dissent on the decision. In recent weeks, Democrats have been hyping up the 2017 special elections as a way to possibly break the House and Senate legislative super-majorities, but this stay will remain in place until the Supreme Court takes further action. Given that the maps are supposed to be in place with primaries are supposed to be in late summer, they'll have to move fast. “We are grateful the U.S. Supreme Court has quashed judicial activism and rejected an attempt...

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Cooper Makes a Splash

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Good morning. Here's what you missed this weekend. 1. It snowed. Alright, so the only way you missed this is if you haven't looked outside in the past two days. Wake Tech Community College and N.C. State, as well as public school systems in the Triangle, canceled classes Monday. The weather service released snowfall totals for Jan. 6-7 for North Carolina on Sunday. Oak Ridge led the Tar Heel state with 11 inches of snow. High Point and Lenoir got 10. Greensboro measured 8 inches. North Durham received 7 inches. Wake Forest got a little more than 3 inches. Cary...

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Morning Roundup: The Day After Tomorrow Edition

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Good morning. In case you haven't heard, it's gonna snow. 1. Damn it. Most towns around the Triangle still have the chance to see 5 to 7 inches of snow from Friday night into Saturday. Counties to the north and east of Raleigh could get even more, and once that snow falls, it could be here for a while. "It looks like once we get below freezing this evening then temperatures stay below freezing until Tuesday," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "That's why I'm saying whatever falls here is going to stick around for a while. Roads are going to...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bonfield Will Not Release Officers' Personnel Files

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Despite calls from the community and members of the Durham City Council to release personnel files associated with the three members of the Durham Police Department involved in the November 22 shooting death of Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark, City Manager Tom Bonfield said early this evening that he would not request that the City Council authorize him to do so. Charles Barkley, Monte Sutherland, and Christopher Goss remain on administrative leave as an SBI investigation (one the council has asked Governor Roy Cooper to expedite) into their actions that day in McDougald Terrace continues. Bonfield said that he wanted to allow...

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Governor Cooper Moving to Expand Medicaid Immediately

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 3:27 PM

At the North Carolina Economic Forest Forum of state business leaders in Durham today, Governor Roy Cooper told a crowd that he plans to file an amendment to the state's Medicaid plan on Friday, which would immediately expand Medicaid to help insure tens of thousands of North Carolinians. Cooper said he plans to file an amendment by Friday with the federal government amending the state's Medicaid plan, and the News & Observer reports that he will ask hospitals to support and pay for the state's share of expansion. In response, the N.C. Hospital Association said in a statement that they...

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Second Video Emerges From Yesterday's Rolesville High School Incident

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 12:46 PM

A second video of the incident yesterday showing the events leading up to a Rolesville police officer bodyslamming a student to the ground has emerged, and the state Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. A video posted by the News & Observer shows what happened before the officer, Ruben De Los Santos, picked up a student and slammed her to the ground. "What we know is that the fight involved two girls and that the sister of one of the girls went to get involved in the fight, and that was the girl that the school resource officer...

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Update: Clark Autopsy Has No Bearing on Barkley's Job Status, DPD Tells INDY

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 12:03 PM

An autopsy report obtained by the INDY from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's Office confirms what a post-mortem photographed published by the paper several weeks ago seemed to suggest. Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark died November 22 in McDougald Terrace as a result of gunshot wounds to the head and thigh. Here is the report in full: Residents who told the INDY they witnessed what unfolded November 22 have always said Clark was running away from Master Officer Charles Barkley (a cop with a history, they claim, of terrorizing their community) when the fatal shots were fired, but the city's...

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