For those who doubted that DAG McCrony lives in his own Alternate Realityville, the Raleigh News & Observer reports the latest on the Dix Park controversy (quick recap: back when we had a competent governor, she reached an agreement with the City of Raleigh to lease the state-owned, highly prized Dorothea Dix campus to the city for 75 years for $68M. The GOP right-wing nut jobs pushed to void the agreement because...well, because they really hate the City of Raleigh (Dems in charge!) and because they can. In the end, a so-called "compromise" prevailed in which DAG McCrony signed a "standstill agreement" that gave the state and the city 1 year to negotiate a new agreement. We pick up back in the present:)
Submitted by NC Harm Reducti... on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 11:18am
Joe Donovan knows a thing or two about hard living. A few years ago the Raleigh-based veteran was diagnosed with a rare adrenal disorder, Addison’s Disease, which can cause fainting spells that require an emergency injection. Since his diagnosis in 2004, Donovan has been required to carry emergency medication and a syringe on him at all times, as well as to wear a bracelet explaining the disorder and how to administer the injections.
Not long after his diagnosis and the discovery of a tumor on his pituitary gland, Donovan lost his job. Soon after, with pending surgery and medical bills piling up, he became homeless. Over the next five years he was homeless twice, for as long as two years at a time. Living in homeless shelters with nothing but a backpack and some clothes, Donovan had many things to worry about, but among his concerns were the syringes he kept in his backpack along with the emergency medication. As a veteran, he obtained the syringes from the VA for his disorder and had every right to carry them, but because he was and subject to the same stereotypes about drug use that plague many homeless people, he often worried about run-ins with the police. Would they believe his story that the syringes were for a medical condition?
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:03am
Forbes Magazine has published a list of the next Boom Towns in the US. Raleigh is number 2, Charlotte is number 8. According to Forbes:
Raleigh has experienced the second-highest overall population increase and the third-highest job growth over the past two decades in the U.S. It also ranked among those regions seeing the biggest jump in new immigrants and is the No. 1 city for families with young children. The area is a magnet for technology companies fleeing the more expensive, congested and highly regulated northeast corridor. Affordable housing and short commute times are no doubt highly attractive to recent college graduates and millennials looking to start families.
No cities in South Carolina made the list. It seems that to Forbes, the level of regulation here in NC is just fine, thank you very much. It would seem, yet again, that South Carolina is not our competition.
Submitted by robertingastonia on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 9:32pm
What’s Brewing in Raleigh? Possum Stew!
The most recent unemployment numbers in North Carolina show a continued decrease in employment. Gaston County, like all the counties in the state recorded more unemployed citizens than the previous month. At 11.1 % unemployment on the county level and 10.2 state-wide, the frenzied activity in Raleigh to right this sinking ship must be at an all-time high, right? Unfortunately the answer is no. Instead the feverish legislation coming out of Raleigh amounts to a piping hot bowl of possum stew!
Instead of an “all hands on deck” approach our law-makers in Raleigh have set their sights on laws that are not only insignificant, but smacks of silliness in the face of current economic calamity.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 9:16pm
Les Miz comes to North Carolina. In more ways than one.
The movie opened here over Christmas and is truly well done. But in North Carolina today, the truly miserable are North Carolina’s Democrats and liberals; miserable in concern over what the now Republican government of our state is going to do to the ones we love; education through public schools and universities, mental health care, environment protections, clean air standards, and the list goes on.
Watching the movie, whose sets depict a landscape totally devoid of any ‘safety net’ for the poor, one cannot help but see the future as envisioned by the starker conservative theories on governing. A future without unemployment benefits, medicare, social security or mental health services.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 4:07pm
If you live or work in the Triangle area, Progress North Carolina is urging you to show up at the Raleigh City Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 7 to speak out against an attempt by the Raleigh Police Chief and an outside consultant to implement a new performance evaluation system that imposes quotas on police officers. People rallying against the plan will be gathering in front of the Municipal Building at 222 W. Hargett St. in Raleigh on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. They will enter the meeting as a group at 7:00. Once in the meeting, you can sign on to speak or simply show your support through your presence. Learn why we are taking this stance after the jump.
Submitted by YDNCprez on Fri, 08/03/2012 - 12:50pm
This Saturday, August 4, Young Democrat Day will celebrate the service-minded Millennial Generation by giving Young Democrats across North Carolina the opportunity to give back through registering voters, donating blood, collecting canned food, and more. Events are planned in Murphy, Asheville, Black Mountain, Dallas, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Clayton, Elizabeth City, Wilmington, and Manteo. Follow the action starting at 4 AM using the #YDDay hashtag!
All over the state, Young Democrats will spend the weekend making a difference. Gaston Young Democrats will help distribute school supplies, Mecklenburg Young Democrats will donate blood, Guilford Young Democrats will collect cans to combat a shortage at the local food bank, and Young Democrats from Asheville to Wilmington will register voters.
YDNC Officers will travel from Murphy to Manteo on August 4th to celebrate Young Democrat Day. Young Democrat Day will celebrate Young Democrats across our State. Young Democrats have always fought to give young North Carolinians a seat at the table while elevating the tenor of our political discourse, and we've often been the first organization to give a voice to the ideas of the future.
BlueNCers are welcome to join in by attending one of many events (example below) or by tweeting on the #YDDay hashtag.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 3:37pm
Here's a quick video to give you guys a look at what you missed today if you did not show at the NCGA for the AFL-CIO sponsored Pots & Spoons Rally. Turn your speakers up to 11 for the full effect. Americans For Prosperity tried to respond by handing out ear plugs, which only perfectly symbolized the failure of their elected leaders to listen to anyone but their own base and helped publicize our cause, so that kind of backfired on them.... I suspect a better video will be forthcoming soon from Jeremy at AFL-CIO NC.
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