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A year ago I didn’t know anything about food deserts and food insecurity. I’ve learned, thanks to my dedicated young friends at the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation and at the Interfaith Food Shuttle – and WRAL’s eye-opening special HungerFreeNC.  

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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Shades of John Edwards and “Two Americas!” The state Senate seemed to channel the former Senator in the debate over how to help the state’s stagnating rural areas keep up with booming urban areas.   One Senator said we need

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It is a well-known fact that the not-so-great state of South Carolina has only two things going for it: the coast and the city of Charleston.   The coast is there by the grace of God and the gifts of

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You couldn’t design a more perfect Democratic candidate for Wake County in 2014 than Sarah Crawford. Proven success in a professional career and in community service – check. Attended public schools and college here – check. Young mother with children

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Maybe it’ll be Charles Meeker. Or Nancy McFarlane. Or one of their successors. Whoever, a mayor of Raleigh will be Governor. And soon.   The Raleigh media market is huge, reaching maybe as much as 40 percent of the Democratic

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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A TAPster reports seeing a State Capitol Police car equipped with a radar gun – miles away from any state government building.   Inquiring minds want to know:  Why does the State Capitol Police need a radar gun in one

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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John Drescher down at the News and Observer hit the nail on the head last week when he wrote:  ‘Steve Beam needs a boss.’ What’s happened to Mr. Beam (the Director of the Raleigh Housing Authority) isn’t unusual. He’s got

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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This blog comes from a long-time, active Chamber member. I approve this message:   “There’s a political lesson for all of us in the needless maelstrom that has engulfed the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce: You get fleas or worse when

Posted in: General, Raleigh
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A couple of weeks ago the News & Observer  published a story that got folks stirred up over how the head of the Raleigh Housing Authority was making $280,000 a year and wining and dining his board of directors for $3,000 at

Posted in: General, Issues, Raleigh
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The newspaper headline read: Dome, full of cracks. And the newspaper reported: The aging iron dome ‘is slowly crumbling…riddled with hundreds of cracks and rust.’   The dome is the Capitol Dome. But the newspaper could just as easily have been

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