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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Primer: North Carolina Might Be the Future of U.S. Politics and Other Things You Need to Know Today

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Morning, folks. There’s a lot of ground to cover today. I’ll do so as expeditiously as possible. Let’s begin. 1. IN N.C., THE FUTURE OF POLITICS. THE GIST: Jason Zengerle is out with a piece in The New York Times Magazine this week that poses something of an unsettling question: “Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?” It leads with the Air Horn Orchestra—the INDY’s former managing editor, Grayson Haver Currin, and partner-in-rabble-rousing Tina Haver Currin get a shoutout—shutting down and then reconvening to protest Governor Cooper’s HB 2 compromise. But the bulk of the story centers of the...

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Wake School Board Grapples with Getting Half of the Money It Asked For

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Wake County school board members had plenty to say and plentiful ground to make up Tuesday, the day after the Board of Commissioners provided less than half the new schools funding requested. For board chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler, the lowered amount of money—$21 million instead of $44 million—meant the schools would have a tough time providing all the services that today's children may need. With financial pressure on human services, social work, law enforcement, and other government functions, schools have become the last hope for some marginalized children, Johnson-Hostler said. "Every part of what I would consider necessary to have a...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Primer: The NCGA Has a Budget and Other Things You Need to Know Today

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 8:20 AM

Greetings and salutations, readers. There’s a lot in the news today, but before we get started, a quick reminder, if you have any thoughts/questions/suggestions/tips as to how we can make Primer better—or if you’d like to get this blog delivered straight to your inbox every morning—email them to indyprimer@indyweek.com. Also, please support our sponsors. (This week’s Primer sponsor is the Raleigh Flyers, the Triangle’s professional Ultimate Disc team.) They keep the lights on. —Jeffrey C. Billman 1. WE HAVE A BUDGET. THE GIST: Yesterday, the General Assembly unveiled its $23 billion compromise budget, which would boost teacher pay by 3.3...

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Wake Passes $1.26 Billion Budget; Schools Get $21 Million in New Funding

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 7:20 PM

The annual fiscal wrangle between Wake County's governing bodies ground to a halt Monday as the Board of Commissioners approved a $1.26 billion budget on a 5–2 vote, bumping up the schools’ allocation by $5 million over the county manager’s recommendation to provide $430.9 million in local funding. Commissioner Matt Calabria, who moved to include the extra $5 million, acknowledged that Wake County schools would still lag beyond many other counties in the state even with the increase. Use of a recent $1.5 million rise in sales tax revenues and transfers from debt service and capital funds meant that the...

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

City Staffers Pick York Properties to Manage Union Station

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 7:54 PM

A long-familiar Oak City company got the nod from city staff Tuesday for providing leasing and management duties at the under-construction Raleigh Union Station. York Properties, with roots as a construction company dating to 1910, submitted the best among three proposals, said David Eatman, transit administrator for the city. The other contenders were commercial real estate companies Cushman and Wakefield and NAI Carolantic. The transportation staff's choice will have to be signed off on by council members, likely at a July 5 meeting. "The firm has a vested interest in the community," Eatman said. "York Properties presented what I thought...

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Primer: Trump Is Thinking About Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and Other Things You Need to Know Today

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. There’s a lot in the news, and we’ll get to it straightaway. But first, may I ask a favor? Our first Primer seemed to go well; the response was overwhelmingly positive. But if you are experiencing any problems or have any suggestions about how we can make this newsletter more readable—e.g., if the formatting looks wonky on your computer or device—please pass them along to jbillman@indyweek.com. This is a new venture, and we’re learning as we go. So with that said, let’s go. —Jeffrey C. Billman 1. HE WOULDN’T DARE. (WOULD HE?) THE GIST: According to one of...

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Wake Commissioners Walk a Fine Line Between Being Fiscally Cautious and Fulfilling Campaign Promises

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 6:08 PM

There’s a thin line between being fiscally cautious and fulfilling campaign promises to support public schools to the hilt, members of the Wake County Board of Commissioners learned Monday. At issue at a commission work session was the gap between the $45 million in new money the school system originally proposed and the $16 million—plus the schools’ reserve fund—that county manager Jim Hartmann has proposed to fund the system in 2017–18. Wake County schools have no taxing authority, so there’s a yearly exchange of opinions on how much the Board of Commissioners should include for schools out of the county...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wake Officials Wait for State Budget, Try to Sort Out Their Own

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 8:40 AM

It's a balancing act that doesn't get any easier from year to year: county school board members have to wait for local and state budgets to wrap up before they know how to complete their own. Wake County Board of Education members meeting Tuesday heard schools financial chief Mark Winters go through a litany of changes and mandates by the state legislature that will have an effect on Wake schools, amounting to tens of millions of dollars. "We look at our budget on a daily basis," Winters told the INDY after the meeting. Among the potential costs the school system...

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Monday, June 5, 2017

SBI Probe of Wake Register of Deeds Office Going Back a Decade, Officials Say

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 7:20 PM

State Bureau of Investigation detectives are going back ten years, examining many thousands of documents, in their probe of potential financial crimes in the Wake County Register of Deeds office, SBI officials and the county district attorney said Monday. This timeframe dramatically widens the scope of the investigation, which came to public attention when District Attorney Lorrin Freeman and county manager Jim Hartmann held a press conference March 31 to announce an SBI criminal probe into possible financial irregularities in the Register of Deeds office. “We’re trying to follow the trail back to see if we can find when this...

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Expected to Pull U.S. Out of Paris Accord

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Let's get right to it. 1) President expected to withdraw from Paris accord. Sorry, Mother Nature. From The New York Times: The Obama administration pledged $3 billion to an international fund meant to aid the hardest-hit countries. Only $1 billion of that had been transferred to the fund by the time President Trump took office on Jan. 20. He wants to walk away from the balance of the commitment, though Congress may have the last word. Mr. Trump, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and Stephen K. Bannon, a top White House adviser, argue that meeting the terms of...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

City of Raleigh Says Moore Square Renovation Will Begin This Fall (Honest!)

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Work on Raleigh’s $12-million-plus remake of Moore Square will begin this autumn and take about a year, with the reopening of the enhanced landmark planned for the fall of 2018. No, really. Followers of parks, downtown Raleigh, and the city council will remember that the master plan for the park was completed way back in 2011. Since then, projected start dates in several different years have come and gone. But this time, bids for the project have arrived or will show up in less than two weeks, says Grayson Maughan, the city’s parks planner. “We had our mandatory site visit...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wake School Board Disputes County Manager’s Assertion That He Has Proposed Highest Per-Pupil Expenditure Ever

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 7:42 AM

The dispute between the Wake County commission and the school board—which the INDY wrote about in this week’s print edition—over how much money the school system says it needs for the next year and the amount the commissioners are willing to supply grew more complicated Tuesday afternoon, with volleys from both sides. Key points included whether the schools should roll over millions of dollars from year to year and whether the county manager correctly announced that his budget included the highest per-pupil expenditure in county history. On Monday, county manager Jim Hartmann told the Board of Commissioners that the school...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump Shares Classified Intel With Russia

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM

Good morning, everyone. Monday was kind of a big news day. Let's review. 1) Trump shareD classified intelligence with Russia. To repeat: TRUMP SHARED CLASSIFIED INTELLIGENCE WITH RUSSIA. Sources told The Washington Post and New York Times that the president was bragging about how good the intelligence he gets regarding ISIS is and gave this example to, you know, prove he's great. From the Times: President Trump boasted about highly classified intelligence in a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, providing details that could expose the source of the information and the manner in which it was...

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Wake County Manager Says Wake Schools Don’t Need the $45 Million They Asked For

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 6:48 PM

Jim Hartmann, the Wake County manager, said Monday that the Wake school system isn't spending all the money it got from county coffers in the current budget year and doesn't need the $45 million in new funding it requested for the coming year. Instead, Hartmann proposed during a meeting of the Wake County Board of Commissioners that the system should be able to meet its needs with an additional $16 million from the county. Under North Carolina’s system, the schools have no taxing power, so that the board that oversees public education has to request funding from the county. Hartmann...

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Morning Roundup: Trump’s Tuesday Night Massacre

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Yesterday was historic for all the wrong reasons. 1) Trump fires FBI director James Comey, and we’ve got ourselves a constitutional crisis. James Comey is out as the leader of the Federal Bureau of Investigation—and the inquiry into Russian meddling in the presidential election. From The New York Times: President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter...

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Like Many in Wake County, Forest Hills Residents Face Wrenching Search for Affordable Housing

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM

As developers announce high-rent, mixed-use towers in downtown Raleigh seemingly daily, residents getting the boot from Forest Hills Apartments in Garner are having a rough time finding an affordable place to live, even with help from federal and local housing officials. A group of about thirty met Tuesday with representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Wake County Housing Authority. They heard that HUD had approved vouchers for the vacating residents last week. All residents had to do was show up for another meeting, at nine a.m. next Tuesday in the housing authority offices in...

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Raleigh Cops: Smithfield Employees Did Not In Fact Break Into "F— tha Police." Sorry About All the Racism.

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM

All it took was one Facebook post, from the Raleigh Police Protective Association, to set off a firestorm. The post claimed that when a group of Raleigh cops dined at Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q last week, they were met by employees of the restaurant singing NWA's "Fuck tha Police." The backlash against the restaurant—and its employees—was swift and, frankly, pretty racist. From Gizmodo: After the union’s post went viral last week, the restaurant’s Yelp and Facebook pages were flooded with racially charged and often threatening comments, many from people who had never set foot in the state. Commenters were directed to Smithfield’s...

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Morning Roundup: Trump Says Being President Is Harder Than He Expected, Might Need a Nap

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:38 AM

It’s Friday, I’m in love. Let’s get going. 1. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, says “major, major conflict” with North Korea is a possibility. The quote to haunt your dreams: "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely." But, Trump says, we are seeking a diplomatic solution, adding that his administration was preparing a new round of economic sanctions to pressure to North Korean regime to back off its nuclear ambitions. (Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson opened the door to direct talks with Pyongyang, which until, well, yesterday...

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Despite Previous Agreement, Low-Income Forest Hill Apartments Residents Again to Vacate by April 30 or Face Eviction

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 6:28 PM

Residents of a Garner apartment complex are again in the midst of legal and personal turmoil after their Chapel Hill landlord posted notices this week indicating that they must vacate by April 30 or face eviction. It’s a turnaround from an agreement about the departures announced by Wake County officials last month, in which the developer agreed to let the low-income residents stay on until the end of the school year in June. City and county officials, clergy, housing advocates, and others started asking questions in mid-March, when Chapel Hill developer Daniel Eller, head of Eller Capital Properties, first told residents...

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Passage of HB 13 Would Lower Wake Schools’ Funding Request by $12 Million

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:43 PM

Wake County schools’ request for local dollars in the 2017–18 school year will shrink to $45.4 million from $56.6 million if the General Assembly passes the class-size bill called HB 13. That was the word from Superintendent Jim Merrill to Wake County Board of Education members at a work session Tuesday. The bill, which was amended Monday night to loosen a state mandate to shrink class sizes in the school year that starts in July, passed the Senate Tuesday and will return to the House. Although HB 13 now offers Wake schools a significant breather, many pieces of the budget...

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The Morning Roundup: Tensions Escalate on the Korean Peninsula

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:01 AM

We might not have much time. Let's get right into it. 1) North Korea flexes its military muscle. Trump sends nuclear submarine as a "show of force." North Korea paraded around some missiles and held a "large-scale artillery drill" to celebrate its military's anniversary. Not a new thing—but this time, there's a catch. Experts say the country is capable of expanding its nuclear arsenal at an alarming rate. From The New York Times: Behind the Trump administration’s sudden urgency in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis lies a stark calculus: a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports...

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Monday, April 24, 2017

HB 13, Bill That Addresses Class Sizes, Moves Forward

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:05 PM

In a response of sorts to concern about possible repercussions of state-mandated K–3 class-size reductions, a Senate committee on Monday night rapidly moved forward a modified bill designed to phase in smaller classes. The bill, an altered version of HB 13, gives systems more flexibility in reducing classroom size and paying specialties teachers in the school year that begins in July. In presenting the bill, Senator Chad Barefoot, R-Wake, said that the General Assembly will create an additional allotment for music, art, and physical ed teachers in the 2018–19 school year, after the state Department of Public Instruction satisfies legislators that money sent to districts is being...

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Consultants Hired to Create New Image for Raleigh Also Behind Hated Rebranding Campaign in Western Massachusetts

Posted By on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 2:42 PM

A rebranding campaign for three Massachusetts counties—designed by the same Oklahoma consultants hired to create a new core image for Raleigh government—has received such negative reaction that it's been put on hold by its sponsors. Raleigh officials say they’re aware of the controversy surrounding the Massachusetts proposal by Cubic Creative but remain happy with the firm's work, under an $83,000 contract, for Raleigh. "I'm very pleased with the work they've provided us so far and think we are off to a great start," says Damien Graham, the city’s communications director. In February, after its contract with Raleigh had been signed, Cubic...

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Morning Roundup: President Trump Brings His Classy Friends to the White House

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Welcome to Friday, everyone. Let’s do some headlines. 1. The president brought some classy friends to the White House Wednesday. That would be Kid Rock, Sarah Palin, and Ted Nugent, mocking the official portrait of Hillary Clinton. The New York Times has the tick-tock: “We were there for four hours, man!” Mr. Nugent, a 68-year-old Detroit native, said in a telephone interview on Thursday, using a four-letter expletive to signal his amazement at Mr. Trump’s willingness to spend so much time with his three casually dressed visitors. “He gave us a wonderful personal tour of every room and talked about...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Days After the NCGA Forced Counties to Pay More for Inmate Hospital Care, the DHHS Dropped Inmates from Medicaid Coverage

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:34 PM

A state rule change that made sure Medicaid benefits were cut off for county jail inmates came days after the legislature put responsibility for their hospital care squarely on the backs of county taxpayers. Recent concern about the multimillion-dollar cost of inpatient care for inmates, especially in large counties, put a spotlight on events that took place during 2013, when Medicaid was run by Governor Pat McCrory, Department of Health and Human Services director Aldona Wos, and Medicaid director Carol Steckel. McCrory lost a close gubernatorial race last year, Wos stepped down in 2015, and Steckel left in September 2013...

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