July 2013

Section 8 Housing

Jose knows someone at the HUD office in Raleigh, and today I talked with two people in the national office. They said that we have grounds for filling a report.. Here is the exact wording -

"Housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is illegal by federal law. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your rights have been violated, you can file a fair housing complaint." 

Both people with whom I spoke interpreted "national origins" to mean that non-U.S. citizens cannot be discriminated against. 

Why I'm running for Hillsborough Town Board

Hello Orange Politics friends - I filed on July 5 to run for Hillsborough Town Board, below is my "why I am running" statement. Thanks for reading!

Why I am running for Town Board

Hillsborough is a wonderful place to live. Its historic small town charm, tightly knit community, diversity, and commitment to parks and walkability make it a true gem of the Triangle. As more people discover Hillsborough, our greatest challenge will be maintaining our small town charm while making the town an affordable place to live, work, and play.

If I am elected to represent you on the Town Board, I would work to guide Hillsborough through this time of intense interest from developers to make wise choices about the kinds of development we approve.  We need to consider traffic, water and sewer needs, affordability, accessibility, and the aesthetic contribution any development or major change we make.

Orange Politics Open Editors Meeting - July 2013


Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:00am to 1:00pm


Bread & Butter (Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill)

Chapel Hill has all the fun - at least in 2013 municipal races

In spite of the Orange County Board of Elections best attempts to stop anyone from doing this (see original PDF) I have copied the list of candiates and reformatted it into a vaguely readable list. If possible I will clean this up in a few days.

Most of these candidates will be joining us at our annual Candidate Coming Out Party today at 5:30 pm in downtown Chapel Hill, and I hope you will join us too. See all the details and RSVP on Facebook.

The Chapel Hill Town Council race will be where the party is. There are 10 candiates running for four seats, and only two incumbents.I expect the challengers have some pretty smart and interesting things to say, and some of them even have experience with local issues. For some voters, there are will be hard decisions, for some there will be clear favorites.

It's also very interesting that both our incumbent Hillsborough and Chapel Hill mayors and the unofficially-annointed challenger in Carrboro will all be running unopposed. When Lydia Lavelle takes office in December, I belive that we might be the only county in the nation with two openly-gay mayors! (Can someone fact-check me on that?)

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, Carrboro Board of Aldermen, and Hillsborough Board of Town Commissioners also mustered more candidates than seats so there will be competitive races there.

More garbage from ALEC - HB 74 prohibits local government from making contractors have living wage policy

Just one more thing, I know, but this hits close to home for me from my past Justice United work and the great cooperation we received from governments in OC.
SECTION 5.(a) G.S. 153A‑449 reads as rewritten: "§ 153A‑449. Contracts with private entities. A county may contract with and appropriate money to any person, association, or corporation, in order to carry out any public purpose that the county is authorized by law to engage in. A county may not require a private contractor under this section to abide by any restriction that the county could not impose on all employers in the county, such as paying minimum wage or providing paid sick leave to its employees, as a condition of bidding on a contract."
SECTION 5.(b) G.S. 160A‑20.1 reads as rewritten: "§ 160A‑20.1. Contracts with private entities.

Orange Politics Open Editors Meeting - August 2013


Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


The Station (Main Street in Carrboro)

"There You Go Again"

As President Reagan once said, “there you go again.”

The Republican legislative leaders and Governor McCrory have agreed on a so-called tax reform plan that will soon make it to the Governor’s desk and break their very promise to pass a revenue neutral and broad reform plan. What this plan is is a raw deal for North Carolina by saying one thing and doing another.

General Election Day

Learn more at http://orangepolitics.org/elections-2013 and http://orangecountync.gov/elect


Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:30am to 7:30pm

One-stop Registration & Voting

Please note that there is only one Saturday and no early voting on Sundays. Thanks to School Board Member James Barrett for this helpful matrix:

 Thurs&Fri Oct 17-18Mon-Fri Oct 21-25Mon-Fri Oct 28-Nov 1Sat Nov 2
Carrboro Town Hall9am-4pm9am-4pm9am-4pm9am-1pm
Seymour CenterNoon-6pmNoon-6pmNoon-6pm9am-1pm
Board of Elections9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-5pm9am-1pm


County web site: "October 17 - November 2 - Early Voting is Available. Same Day Registration is allowed."


Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 1:00pm


All over Orange County

Elections 2013

General election will be held Tuesday November 5th for Chapel Hill Town Mayor and Council, Carrboro Mayor and Alderpeople, Hillsborough Mayor and Commissioners, Mebane Mayor and Council, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board! In this section of the site you can find impartial information about the candidates and the race.

In September and October, we will be holding live online candidate forums here on OrangePoliics.org. Read this post for more information and schedule.



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