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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thom Tillis: Trump Has Shown "More Respect for Our Troops in Nine Months" Than Obama Ever Did.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM

President Trump set off a firestorm earlier this week when he falsely claimed that Barack Obama never contacted the relatives of fallen soldiers. Since then, he has been dogged by revelations calling into question the sincerity of his relationship with Gold Star families. The mother of a soldier slain in June claimed the president disrespected the family in a condolence call, telling his widow her husband "knew what he was signing up for" and referring to him merely as "your guy." The story took a local turn yesterday, when the father of a soldier from Wake County, who was gunned...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Democratic challenger Charles Francis will tape a debate on Friday afternoon to be aired by Spectrum News. The debate will have no live audience, but will air at seven thirty p.m. Friday and ten p.m. Sunday, the station said. "Spectrum News is committed to hosting a televised debate for the Raleigh's mayor's race," Spectrum assistant news director Walter Campbell wrote McFarlane during discussions on the program. McFarlane, who is unaffiliated politically, ran some thirteen percentage points ahead of Francis in the October 10 balloting but failed to reach the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Francis, a...

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WaPo: Trump Stiffed a Local Gold Star Family Out of $25,000

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 4:25 PM

In early June, Dillon Baldridge, a twenty-two-year-old soldier from Zebulon, was fatally gunned down by an Afghan police in a suspected insider attack. A few weeks later, President Trump called Baldridge's grieving father to express his condolences and offer him $25,000. He also vowed to create an online fundraising campaign for the family. Neither of those things happened, according to the fallen soldier's father, Chris Baldridge. These revelations come from the Washington Post, which published an article this afternoon detailing Trump's offer to the Baldridge family and his rocky relationship with Gold Star families. Although Trump claims that he has spoken to every family...

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Durham Applies for a Federal Grant to Two-Way the Loop, and It’s About Damn Time

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 11:06 AM

This morning, the city of Durham announced that it had applied for a $12 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant to convert the hated downtown loop into a two-way street. If the city wins the grant—part of a $500 million discretionary pool of money that the feds use for infrastructure projects—it would use it to change pavement markings, modify traffic signals, and construct roundabouts. “For decades the downtown loop, and the system of other one-way downtown streets, has been widely viewed as confusing, unsafe and a detriment to revitalization,” the city said in a press release. “The loop,...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Breaking: Research Triangle Regional Partnership Sends Amazon a Bid to Bring HQ2 to North Carolina

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 6:22 PM

The Triangle region sent off its bid Tuesday to become the site of the mega-corporation Amazon's second headquarters, potentially bringing fifty thousand highly paid workers and $5 billion in investments to North Carolina, a Research Triangle Regional Partnership executive said. Aided by the regional body, consisting of ten counties and Research Triangle Park, the area sent off information in response to the request for proposals, or RFP,  that Amazon made public September 7. A task force cochaired by Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority chairman and Durham mayoral candidate Farad Ali and Citrix vice president of project management Nate Spilker worked with local and...

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FERC Approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline, But N.C. DEQ Can Stop it in its Tracks

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Last week, the INDY published an in-depth look at the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a $5 billion infrastructure project by Duke Energy and Dominion Energy that would carry fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia, and eight counties in eastern North Carolina. If approved and constructed, the pipeline would cross six hundred miles of the Southeast and transport about 1.5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas to customers in North Carolina and Virginia. Since the project's introduction, it’s been controversial. In North Carolina alone, it would cross more than 320 waterways and directly pass through the properties of about a...

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McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane lashed out Tuesday against electoral challenger Charles Francis, associating him with “Donald Trump and his America First policies” after Francis spoke to a Wake County Republican Party meeting Monday night. Francis responded that he's a proud Democrat who wants to reach out to voters all over Raleigh. McFarlane, who is politically unaffiliated, faces Democrat Francis in a November 7 runoff following an October 10 election in which she garnered 48.45 percent of the vote to Francis's 36.67 percent. The officially nonpartisan race has seen both Francis and McFarlane receive campaign donations from high-profile Republicans and Democrats....

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis Trade Barbs as Race to November 7 Runoff Begins

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Raleigh, get ready, for the train of speeches. Democratic candidate Charles Francis's request for a November 7 runoff against Nancy McFarlane in Raleigh's mayoral race kicks off another round of rhetoric, door-knocking, fundraising, and, very likely, a sharper new tone. Francis, a banker and lawyer, came out punching from the day in July when he filed to run, calling McFarlane "aloof" and disconnected from many parts of Raleigh. McFarlane, a three-term incumbent, mostly kept the gloves on during the campaign, but that started to change by election night. She almost reached the vote count needed to avoid a runoff,...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

How the Legislature Screwed Up Raleigh’s Runoff Elections

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Under state law, Raleigh mayoral candidate Charles Francis has until noon Thursday, October 19, to decide whether to request a runoff against incumbent Nancy McFarlane. Under a different state law, however, early voting for the November 8 election is scheduled to start Thursday morning—before Francis has to actually make a decision—which would seem to make the balloting process somewhat difficult. (Francis says he’ll make an announcement Monday, so perhaps the Board of Elections will be off the hook.) The whole snafu originated with ongoing efforts by state legislators to make it more difficult for black people to vote, according to...

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With More Court Cases Continued, Defend Durham Calls Out Sheriff Andrews, Lifts Up LGBTQ Activists

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Four people charged in connection with the August 14 dismantling of a Confederate statue in Durham and a spontaneous August 18 anti-Klan rally downtown have had their cases continued to December 5. Jessica Jude, Qasima Wideman, Dwayne Dixon, and Gregory Williams appeared in Durham County court this morning. They are among fourteen people facing charges related to the two demonstrations. The arrestees and their supporters have coalesced into an antiracist movement known as Defend Durham. Jude and Wideman are charged with inciting a riot, injury to personal property, and injury to real property in connection with the toppling of the...

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Cole-McFadden Survives Durham Council Primary, Moffitt Does Not

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 2:03 AM

The Durham City Council will have at least two new members come December, after Tuesday's primary knocked out one incumbent. In the Ward 1 race, incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden and challenger DeDreana Freeman will advance to the November 7 general election. Mark-Anthony Middleton and John Rooks Jr. will square off for the Ward 2 seat being vacated by Eddie Davis. In Ward 3, incumbent Don Moffitt came in third, so it will be Vernetta Alston against Shelia Ann Huggins. (And in case you haven't heard, Steve Schewel and Farad Ali made it through Tuesday's mayoral primary). The Ward 1 race had...

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Durham's Next Mayor Will Be Steve Schewel or Farad Ali

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 12:31 AM

Steve Schewel and Farad Ali came out on top in Durham's crowded mayoral primary Tuesday. Even if you expected those results, the margins may have come as a surprise. Schewel won 51 percent of votes cast and Ali 29 percent, enough to advance both to the November 7 general election. The winner of that contest will be Durham’s first new mayor since 2001, when Bill Bell was first elected to the seat. Pierce Freelon was the third-highest vote-getter, with about 16 percent of the ballots. Sylvester Williams, Shea Ramirez, Tracy Drinker, and Michael Johnson rounded out the field, in that...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Poll: N.C. Voters Love Confederate Monuments, Worry About North Korea, Think the Country Is on the Wrong Track

Posted By on Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Meredith College is out with a poll today that finds that most North Carolina voters believe the country is more divided than it was six months ago and more than 60 percent of them say Donald Trump is to blame. (Sixty-five percent say the media is a “major reason” for the disunion as well.) Other highlights from the survey: 61 percent believe Confederate monuments should stay put, and 57 percent believe they are “important monuments to North Carolina’s past.” 54 percent believe that diplomacy will prove effective in the North Korea situation, and 58 percent want to see increased sanctions....

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Should a Planned City Development at Durham Station Have All Affordable Housing?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 6:21 AM

Durham City Council members on Thursday got an update on plans to build affordable housing next to the Durham Station transportation hub—but they still have decisions to make on what the development will look like. A year ago, the city issued a request for proposals to develop the two-acre site, which is city-owned, stipulating that 80 percent of the apartments be set aside for tenants earning less than 60 percent of Durham’s median income. They got one proposal back, from DHIC Inc. and Self-Help Ventures. Since then, the two groups, along with city staff and Cline Design Associates, have been trying...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Former Gov. Jim Hunt Endorses Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane for Re-election

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Four-term North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt on Wednesday endorsed Nancy McFarlane for another term as Raleigh mayor in ahead of the October 10 municipal elections. Hunt, eighty, served as governor from 1977–85 and again from 1993–2001. One of the state's most prominent Democrats, Hunt is speaking out for McFarlane, a politically unaffiliated figure running against Raleigh attorney Charles Francis, who won the endorsement of the Wake County Democratic Party. In a statement sent out by McFarlane's organization, Hunt cited McFarlane's ten years in city government—four as a city council member and six as mayor—including her work in arranging for Raleigh's purchase...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Protesters Renew Calls for Change at the Durham Jail—This Time Through Song

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Demonstrators rallied at a Durham County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night in what one participant called "a renewed opening salvo" demanding changes at the county jail. About twenty-five people, including members of Inside-Outside Alliance and Alerta Migratoria, gathered in front of the county government building on Main Street. Earlier in the day, barricades were put up around the base of the now-dismantled Confederate monument that stood in front of the county government building. Before demonstrators showed up, about a dozen deputies gathered around the monument, prompting one of the first arrivals to sarcastically ask the officers if they were...

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Friday, September 22, 2017

N.C. Historical Commission Votes to Punt on Removing Confederate Monuments from Capitol

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 1:59 PM

In a move that was disappointing but not particularly shocking to activists, the N.C. Historical Commission voted nearly unanimously this morning to postpone a decision on removing Confederate monuments from the state capitol in downtown Raleigh. The decision came in response to a petition sent by Governor Cooper's administration earlier this month to remove three Confederate monuments from the Capitol in Raleigh to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Johnston County. Cooper proposed moving the monuments in the wake of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the subsequent toppling of a Confederate monument in Durham last month....

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If You Post Something “Inappropriate” on the City of Durham’s Twitter Feed, Should the City Be Able to Delete It?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 6:41 AM

Durham's City Council continued Thursday to refine a new social media policy for elected and appointed officials with an eye on First Amendment rights and public records law. The council passed the policy Monday night but agreed to revisit it during its work session Thursday to allow time to consider public input, proposed revisions, and questions raised by the director of the N.C. Open Government Coalition just before Monday's meeting. In an email, Jonathan Jones pointed out that the policy did not cover text messages or explicitly lay out a schedule for retaining records (the latter was addressed in today's revisions)....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Latest Attempt to Repeal the ACA Would Be Disastrous for North Carolinia

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM

It's back. The latest, last-ditch attempt by Republican lawmakers to destroy President Obama's signature health law, the Affordable Care Act, has appeared in the form of something called Graham-Cassidy, the brainchild of Republican Senators Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Like its predecessors, it would target some of the most vulnerable people in North Carolina: the poor, the sick, and the state's many children who rely on Medicaid as a source of health care. In a statement, Gov. Cooper said the latest iteration of the ACA repeal "may be even worse than recent proposals: Raising premiums, weakening...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wake’s Troubled Register of Deeds Office Agrees to Audits Already Allowed under Existing Law

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 6:39 PM

Wake County commissioners and the Register of Deeds office, in an effort to resolve problems that resulted in a $2.3 million loss, signed a document Monday that changes nothing about the relationship between the two bodies. Under state law, a county finance director has the authority to audit any county agency that takes in cash. However, participants in a Monday board meeting said, county finance officials tended to lay off former Register of Deeds Laura Riddick's domain because she was an elected official. Meanwhile, during Riddick's tenure, from 1996 until March, at least $2.3 million went missing from money...

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UNC Faculty Members Call for the Removal of Silent Sam

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:57 PM

Faculty members in UNC-Chapel Hill's art and art history departments are calling for the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam to be removed. Twenty-two faculty members signed a letter sent today to Chancellor Carol Folt. Their message comes as students, some of whom staged a sit-in around the statue to compel its removal, are calling for a boycott of UNC stores. “The unacceptable version of history to which Silent Sam gives voice claims that those who fought for the Confederacy did so in the name of regional loyalty alone, rather than, as historians have long concluded, to preserve the institution...

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Three Durham Mayoral Candidates Have Raised More Than $260,000. Where’s the Money Coming From?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:53 PM

This year's mayoral race in Durham is shaping up to be one of the city's most expensive municipal elections yet, as candidates vie to set the tone of the Bull City after sixteen years of Mayor Bill Bell's leadership. According to the most recent campaign finance reports—which cover campaign contributions through August 29—Farad Ali's account holds $109,484.86; Pierce Freelon's, $96,676.59; and Steve Schewel's, $74,074.50. Other candidates in the race have raised no more than $1,600. With so much cash flowing into the election, we decided to map where each of those donations is coming from. In order to do this, we deducted...

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A Raleigh Shelter Is Looking for Adopters After Receiving Thirty Cats Displaced by Hurricane Irma. You Should Get One!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Raleigh's no-kill cat shelter, SAFE Haven for Cats, is urgently looking for local adoptees after receiving an emergency shipment of thirty cats from Jacksonville, Florida. The twenty-six kittens and four adult cats were evacuated after Hurricane Irma tore through the city last week. The shelter will provide the cats with medical care and spay/neutering services before putting them up for adoption in a few weeks. In the meantime, SAFE Haven is looking for people who can adopt the cats currently in its care, as it is at capacity and needs to make room for the Irma evacuees. If you’re interested,...

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

N.C. Climate Activists Hold Prayer Vigil and Fast in Opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 10:48 PM

Just over a year ago, fifty-one-year-old Greg Yost decided to quit his job. It wasn't because he didn't like it—he loved teaching math to ninth graders in Madison County, just outside Asheville. But he had other concerns: namely, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a multibillion dollar, six hundred-mile project that would carry fracked gas through Virginia, West Virginia, and eight counties in eastern North Carolina. Yost was worried about the project's environmental consequences and the precedent it would set for the state. He saw the proposal as a make-or-break moment. "If this infrastructure gets built, it’s there for the next thirty or forty...

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Southern Environmental Law Center: RDU Rejected Land Deal in "Unlawfully Held Closed Session Meeting"

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 6:22 PM

The Southern Environmental Law Center is asking the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Authority board to rescind any decisions it made in closed sessions over the past two years after questions were raised about a decision not to sell a tract of land by Umstead Park to the Conservation Fund. In a letter sent on behalf of the Umstead Coalition to the board's chairman, Farad Ali, who is running for mayor of Durham, the SELC sets a September 19 deadline for a response. The Conservation Fund in July made a more than $6 million offer for 105 acres of land between Umstead...

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