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Mountain to Sea Trail In Bingham Township

Last night marked the beginning of a new phase for proponents of the Mountain To Seat Trail (MST) in Orange County. After several years of silence, the Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation (DEAPR) held a meeting at the Cane Creek Community Center on Orange Grove road, inviting all landowners touched by the "planning corridor" from Occoneechee Mountain to the Haw River, mostly following Cane Creek from its headwaters to the Haw River confluence. Around 275 people were invited and around 75 were in attendance.

See the planning corridor map here: http://www.orangecountync.gov/document_center/DEAPR/MST_thru_Orange_Co.pdf

UNC-CH Departments & Colleges Take a Stand Against HB2

There are a growing number of departments and colleges at UNC-Chapel Hill that have taken a stand against HB2. Their statements affirm the value of all staff and students, note that they stand by UNC’s non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and sexual orientation. Many call for the repeal of HB2. Below are those statements available now. More will be added as they become available.

UNC-CH Women’s & Gender Studies Department

http://womensstudies.unc.edu/statement-from-the-department-of-wgst-faculty-regarding-nc-house-bill-2/

UNC School of Law:

http://www.law.unc.edu/faculty/directory/eichnermaxine/

AND

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1524808561158447/permalink/1526361784336458/

Yes Virginia, there is a primary June 7

 

Yes, there is a primary June 7. 

Orange County has just two items on the ballot, a Supreme Court nonpartisan primary to narrow the field from 4 to 2, and a GOP primary in the 4th Congressional District.  In the former all Orange County residents can vote, in the latter just Republicans and unaffiliated (unaffiliated can vote in that primary regardless of whether they voted in the Democratic or Republican primary March 15)

For Supreme Court there are 4 candidates:

Bob Edmunds, a Greensboro Republican who is the incumbent Justice.  I've known Bob 45 years, and he contributed to my 1975 Chapel Hill mayoral campaign.  More recently he's voted consistently in lockstep with the 4-3 GOP majority on the NC Supreme Court.

Mike Morgan, a black Democrat from Wake County.  Mike has been a superior court judge the last 8 years and was a district court judge before that.

Sabra Faires, an unaffiliated voter in Wake County, the plaintiff in litigation that overturned the up or down retention election ordered by the 2015 General Assembly and forced a more normal election

Daniel Robertson, a Davie County Democrat.  I know nothing about him

ANTI ISRAEL OPINIONS IN CHAPEL HILL

After the meeting of the Israeli delegation yesterday, it seems apparent that jews and gentiles have forgotten the lessons of the hallocaust, They do not see that certain Arabs and Terrorist want to see the destruction of the state of Israel and the Jewish people as a race, These people see Israel as bad guys and are noit supportiv of the state of Isreal, I applaud the Chapel Hill Mayor and the Town Council to host the deligation and discuss what really is going on in the middle east and in Israel.

Nancy Oates and Bell Campaign

This entry is a response to Nancy Oats commentary on her blog, entitled #WeAreNotThisEither.  

In response to the question asked by Council Member Oats regarding why I was paid 2,000 USD to be Mayor Pro Tem Bell's campaign manager:

This was the sum agreed on between Mayor Pro Tem Bell and myself for my services contingent upon campaign resources as the election cycle unfolded.  Pure and simple.  I guess you could write, "sum agreed upon based upon verbal contract" in the box, but that seems a little nit picky.  

It is a fair question to inquire about campaign finance and elections, but aren't these questions better suited for the press? 

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