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Response to the “Draft Mark Marcoplos for House 50” Campaign

I have been very appreciative of the many people who have encouraged me to apply for the vacant House 50 seat. Especially since many are current elected officials, local leaders, and respected friends and neighbors in the area.

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Welcome to the OrangePolitics candidate forum for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 6. Local journalist Kirk Ross, editor of the Carolina Mercury, is the moderator.

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Forum Open Thread: Carrboro Board of Aldermen

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Carrboro Board of Aldermen candidate forum.

There are five candidates for three seats: 

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/forums/carrboro-board-of-alderm....

Erin Crouse's picture

Central West, Density, and the Vocal Minority

The Central West draft plan was presented to the Planning Board last night. Given the issues the Central West steering committee had coming to an agreement on a plan, and how the committee ended up costing much more than was expected, I had low expectations for the output of the steering committee. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the draft plan. The plan is mostly multifamily residential, and not particularly tall (3-4 stories, with one 5-8 story area that is completely separate from all the other areas on the map by open space). It makes ample use of trail connectors and other infrastructure to increase bike and pedestrian safety, which will be a welcome improvement to the area.

Valerie Foushee's picture

Moving to the Senate

Last Wednesday I was sworn in to the North Carolina Senate, filling the vacancy created by Senator Ellie Kinnaird’s retirement. I was humbled and honored by the committee’s decision Sunday as well as the outpouring of support I’ve received in the last few weeks.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Sen. Kinnaird for her continued service to North Carolina, to the members of the State Senate District Executive Committee for trusting me with their vote, and to the entire Democratic Party for running a fair and honest process.

I want you to know that I see this new position as a responsibility. Senate District 23 is the progressive core of North Carolina and we need a legislator who is both a passionate advocate for liberal causes, following the example set by Ellie Kinnaird, and also effective in a hostile environment.

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Hillsborough Board of Commissioners

Welcome to the OrangePolitics candidate forum for the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners. This live candidate forum, moderated by News of Orange editor Vanessa Shortley, will begin at 7:00 pm eastern on Sunday, September 29.

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Forum Open Thread: Hillsborough Board of Commissioners

Welcome to the open thread for tonight's Hillsborough Town Board candidate forum.

There are three candidates for two seats:

You can observe the forum at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2013/forums/hillsborough-board-of-commissioners.

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Ten years!

Last year we asked readers to donate to help up upgrade the site from an ancient Drupal 5 installation to the more-current Drupal 6. Last fall and spring, you donated $800 to this cause. It took longer to get started than we had hoped, but our own Jason Baker has been working hard on the upgrade since this summer.

Tonight at OP's 10th birthday party you can see the fruits of our labor as Jason will be demonstrating a beta version of the new site, which is actually on Drupal 7! (I know this means very little to most of you, but it's really excellent news for those of us who administer the site.) We are planning to launch the new site shortly after the election.

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Foushee officially sworn in; HD-50 appointment process begins

With Sen. Valerie Foushee taking the oath of office today at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro, the appointment process for her replacement to represent House District 50 can officially begin.

If you've been following the news, though, you know that there are already several declared candidates for the seat, and that things have already unofficially begun.

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OP Live Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education

Welcome to the OrangePolitics candidate forum for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. The forum will begin at 7:00 pm tonight (Sunday, September 22). Barb Fedders, a professor at the UNC School of Law, is the moderator.

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