2012

MY FINAL BLOG: NOT THE NEW KID IN TOWN

Hi all,  this will be my final blog during the rest of the  election season. I have  enjoyed attending CHTC  meetings   during the last 2.5 years. Since moving here I have been  vocal on a number of town issues that have not received the attention it deserved . I have voiced an opinion from the cell phone ban which I was in favored  of, I wanted a private investigator for the Yates  Building   incident , which the CHTC  shot down, I felt that the signs for the bus ads which were STOP AID TO ISREAL were politically incorrect, and happy that CHTC change it to their current policy on the issue .

The DTH: Still standing by their endorsement?

Travis Crayton's picture

The Daily Tar Heel has another editorial today criticizing Governor Pat McCrory for his remarks about education in last night's state of the state address.

The DTH is right to criticize McCrory -- his remarks were wrong and show that he's learned nothing from his recent debacle concerning his views on liberal arts education.

However, I'm still waiting for the DTH to directly address their endorsement of McCrory in the fall. They've said in a previous editorial criticizing the governor:

If the plans for higher education McCrory advocated during his campaign are ultimately going to come down to a gutting of the University, then this editorial board regrets having given him its endorsement.

But this isn't a full retraction of their endorsement. It's sidestepping the fact that they endorsed a candidate -- and actively encouraged students to vote for a candidate -- who is directly opposed to what most students at UNC-Chapel Hill stand for with regards to higher education. 

Lots of 2012 election stats for Orange

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Lots of election stats for Orange in the 2012 general election are here, broken down by a gazillion different things. This had been out there through the campaign with daily updates of absentee and early vote stats, now it includes election day as well.

http://www.carolinatransparency.com/votetracker/gen2012/county/orange/ You can click by method, city of mailing address, precinct, or make a custom query. The age graph is interesting !

Election Map 2012: Orange County Transit Tax Referendum

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It's time to implement the transit plan.

As Gerry Cohen noted in a recent post, on Tuesday of this week, the county commissioners will take up three resolutions to begin implementing the Orange County transit plan. The transit plan describes how investments will be made in public transit in Orange County and the funding sources for those investments—including a new half-cent sales tax levied by Triangle Transit, a new $7 vehicle registration fee levied by the county, and an additional $3 vehicle registration fee levied by Triangle Transit.

New Commissioners Step Up Tonight

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Tonight at the Central Orange Senior Center (103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough), three new members will be sworn in to the Orange County Board of Commissioners. A reception will take place at 6 pm with the business meeting starting at 7. Follow @orangepolitics for live tweets from the meeting.

2012 General Election by precinct now up - (and hey Mark M White Cross almost passed transit)

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Tracy Reams at the BoE sent me this today: "Good afternoon. Wanted to let you know that we have completed sorting through the 54,229 ballots cast prior to Election Day and the results are available on our website at http://www.co.orange.nc.us/elect/archive.asp. PDF is report by VTD (Voting Tabulation District) where all votes cast are reported in their home precincts."

Official Vote total released Friday for Orange - Obama 70.22%, Transit 58.88% Yes

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Officially canvassed election results were releaesd by the Orange County Board of Elections Friday afternoon.

About 160 of the 400 provisional ballots were counted, along with civilian absentee ballots received thru 11/9 and military and overseas ballots received thru 11/15. A total of 77,050 votes were cast (compared with 75,194 in 2008). Prez wound up 70.22% to 28.06%, Dalton had 64.44, to McCrory's 32.42% with the Libertarian 3.08% (above Howe's statewide average of 2.1%)

The official canvass inched the YES on Transit up from 58.83% to 58.88%.

I also got from the BoE some stats broken down by early vote site (the online canvass has all five sites lumped in together - the totals will be broken out by precinct by early January).

Watch and discuss election results with us on OPTV

Ruby Sinreich's picture

Join us on Tuesday night for first-ever OrangePolitics' live, online election show! We will webcast a discussion of the election results starting with a preview at 7:00pm on Tuesday, and continuing on each half hour until the results are in (usually by 9pm at the latest). In addition to the OP Posse (Molly De Marco, Damon Seils, Jeff Miles, and myself) we will have several elected (newly and otherwise) officials and transit advocates on with us to talk about the results and what they mean for Orange County.

Guests are also welcome to come "on the air" with us during the show and post in the live chat room via Google Plus or just watch the show live on YouTube - all from the comfort of your own home or favorite victory party. Here's an invitation to the event: https://plus.google.com/events/c3v2oph4m70p4dmb9890k3ecm0s 

We will be using Google Hangouts to do this, which is free and easy but requires a Google Plus account. You can join in from any computer or laptop with a web cam. Here's more about the technology: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html 

More details to come as we figure it all out! 

Date: 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Google Hangout

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