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On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

Panzanella RestaurantLate this afternoon, via social media linked to a News and Observer article, came the gut punch news that beloved local restaurant Panzanella is closing.  On a personal level, this is just very, very sad.  Since my wife and I got married over a decade ago, we have celebrated all sorts of major life events, and perhaps most of them– graduations, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, rare visits from cherished friends, you name it – at Panzanella.  With such good food, valuable relationships with local farmers, brewers, and other food producers, not to mention what has always been consistently a warm and friendly staff– this is a big surprise that nobody saw coming.

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Graig Meyer selected to fill House District 50 seat

The House District 50 selection committee selected Graig Meyer to replace now-Senator Valerie Foushee as the representative for House District 50 tonight. Meyer was selected by a unanimous vote of the committee on the second ballot.

Interestingly, the committee split its votes five ways on the first round of balloting between Danielle Adams, Laurin Easthom, Meyer, Drew Nelson, and Bernadette Pelissier. Candidates Tommy McNeil and Travis Phelps received no votes. The breakdown of each committee member's votes on the first round can be seen in the table below.

It's rather interesting to me to see how the internal politics of a Democratic Party-based committee such as this one plays out, as you can see from this first round of voting.

Congratulations to Graig, and good luck in Raleigh!

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NC Voter Guide link

The NC Voter Guide is online. If you enter your address you can see a ballot and different candidate positions. You can also listen to the candidate's voice. (I must admit, I did not make the most exciting recording ever heard.) http://c3.thevoterguide.org/v/nccve13/build.do.  Enjoy.

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Sierra Club Endorses 5 for Town Council

This reads like a compromise solution if I ever saw one. In the pick-4 Chapel Hill Town Council race, the Sierra Club endorsed 5 candidates! Here's their press release:

CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club proudly announces its endorsements for the 2013 municipal races in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.  The NC Sierra Club supports candidates with demonstrated knowledge of local environmental issues who will provide strong leadership on matters including growth, transportation, and conservation.

For mayor of Pittsboro, the Sierra Club endorses Bill Terry.

For mayor of Hillsborough, the Sierra Club endorses Tom Stevens.

For mayor of Carrboro, the Sierra Club endorses Lydia Lavelle, who is running unopposed.

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Conversation With the Mayors

Welcome to the OrangePolitics "Conversation With the Mayors," a discussion among the three unopposed mayoral candidates in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. The conversation will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 20. Outgoing Carrboro mayor Mark Chilton is the moderator.

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Forum Open Thread: Conversation With the Mayors

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Conversation With the Mayors. There are three candidates running unopposed for mayor in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough:

  • Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle is running unopposed for mayor of Carrboro.
  • Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is running unopposed for reelection as mayor of Chapel Hill.
  • Mayor Tom Stevens is running unopposed for reelection as mayor of Hillsborough.

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/forums/mayors.

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Matt C has all the answers, everyone else should shut up

In this ten-minute rant, Chapel Hill Town Council Member Matt Czajkowski first lectures the entire room (which includes affordable housing experts and experienced elected officials) about basic economics, goes on to blame the town for home prices rising, and then just straight out yells at everyone for several minutes. Beware, this content is anxiety-triggering for me, possibly for others too.

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Indy endorsements are out!

And I can't say I disagree with them much. (But I do have some quibbles. More about that when we post our annual Endorsements Thread soon.) Here's an overview of their picks (which you already know if you follow us on Twitter): 

  • Chapel Hill Town Council: Sally Greene, Ed Harrison, Maria Palmer, George Cianciolo
  • CHCCS School Board: James Barett, Michelle Brownstein, Andrew Davidson
  • Carrboro Board of Alderpeople: Randee Haven-O'Donnell, Jacquie Gist, Sammy Slade
  • Hillsborough Town Board: Kathleen Ferguson, Jennifer Weaver 

To learn more about all these folks see our spreadsheet of candidates at orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/candidates 

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill Town Council

Welcome to the OrangePolitics candidate forum for the Chapel Hill Town Council. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 13. Local journalist Kirk Ross, editor of the Carolina Mercury, is the moderator.

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Forum Open Thread: Chapel Hill Town Council

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Chapel Hill Town Council candidate forum. There are nine candidates for four seats:

  • George Cianciolo
  • Sally Greene
  • Ed Harrison
  • Gary Kahn
  • Loren Hintz
  • Paul Neebe
  • Maria Palmer
  • Amy Ryan
  • DC Swinton

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/forums/chapel-hill-town-council.

We hope you'll use this open thread to post your thoughts and reactions. Also, if you want to propose additional discussion topics, you can reach the editors during the forum via Twitter, Facebook, or the contact page. The forum moderator will have final say in question selection.

 

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