February 2014

This Week in Orange Politics: February 3-9

While many several elected bodies will be taking a break this week, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will tackle changing its weapons policy to comply with state law, and the county commissioners will take up rural recycling again after hearing an update from Triangle Tranist on bus and light rail improvement plans. Here's a summary of the week's actions.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

AP courses and minority enrollment



Orange County Board of Elections Talks Early Voting on Campus

The Orange County Board of Elections met today to discuss early voting sites for the 2014 elections and beyond.

At the heart of the discussion today was what an on-campus voting site at UNC could be. In other parts of the state, such as Watauga and Pasquotank counties, students have seen their voting rights undermined through the loss of on-campus voting sites and challenges to student residency. While no such issues have emerged yet in Orange County, there has been some speculation that the Republican-majority Orange County Board of Elections might not maintain an on-campus voting site for UNC students for upcoming elections.

However, that speculation seems to have been brought to an end today, when Board Chair Kathy Knight said emphatically, "This board is not Watauga [County]." As the live tweets from today's meeting (below) show, it appears the Board of Elections is committed to having an early voting site on campus. The Board did not make any final decisions on voting sites today, but finalists for the on-campus site appear to include Cobb Residence Hall, Hillel, and the Stone Center.

Storrow 2013? UNC SBP Hopefuls Struggle with Town Relations

On Monday night, the UNC Young Democrats hosted one of the first candidate forums for this year’s crop of Student Body President hopefuls.

As is somewhat customary at the Young Democrats forums, one of the questions asked was about local politics here in Chapel Hill. All four candidates responded to that question by saying they supported Chapel Hill Town Councilmember Lee Storrow in 2013.

The problem with that answer is that Storrow wasn’t up for re-election in 2013. Elected in 2011, his term will be up in 2015.

It’s troubling that none of the SBP hopefuls knew that, and also troubling that they didn’t know the names of any of the other seven Town Council members. How can an SBP be an effective advocate for students without a basic understanding of the Town of Chapel Hill’s government?

24th Annual Pauli Murray Awards

Here is the press release on this event:

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 5, 2014)—The Orange County Human Relations Commission is honored to host the 24th annual Pauli Murray Awards at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, in the Ballroom at the Central Orange Senior Center.


The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, adult and Orange County business owner who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.


The 2013 award recipients are as follows:


Desaray Rockett (Youth)

Judith Blau (Adult)

Vimala’s Curryblossom Café (Business)


The winners of the 2013 Student Essay Contest and the 2013 Fair Housing Poster Contest will also be recognized during the event.


Established in 1990, the Pauli Murray Award commemorates the life of the late Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a distinguished and remarkable person who confronted discrimination, racism and sexism in her own life. 


Dr. Murray’s family had deep roots in Orange County, where her grandmother was a slave and her great-grandfather was a slave owner. During a long distinguished career as a lawyer, professor, priest, poet, and activist, she continued to spread the spirit of conciliation in human relations in the best interest of all Americans.


The Central Orange Senior Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.


For more information about this and other events planned during Human Relations Month, please call James Davis at 919.245.2487. 


Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 3:00pm


The Central Orange Senior Center (103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough)

CHANGE: OP March Editors Meeting


Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Weaver Street Market in Carrboro

This Week in Orange Politics: February 10-16

From the budget to Rogers Rd. to new teacher contract rules, the elected bodies of Orange County will be tackling a wide range of subjects this week. In Chapel Hill, the focus will be on the Rogers Rd. ETJ and sewer project, while budget priorities and parking will be discussed in Carrboro. The Orange County School Board will dsicuss teacher contracts and a communications plan, while the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board will hold its leadership retreat.

Valloween Friday Feb 14: Come Celebrate Halloween Again!

Come Celebrate Halloween Again! at Valloween

Dance party & Costume Contest
Live DJs:

DJ Dudefemme
DJ Dreamboat
DJ Babytooth

playing a mix of Goth, Industrial, EBM, Techno, Electronic & Pop

Zombie Kissing Booth, games, prizes, get your photo taken in costume, facepainting for those without a Valloween costume...

Friday February 14, 2014 at Chapel Hill Underground 157 E Rosemary St.

Doors at 9 pm Show starts at 10 and open until 2 am
Cover: $5-20

This is a benefit for the Earth First! Media Project www.earthfirstjournal.org
voices in support of earth, animal and human liberation

Proceeds will go towards printing the newest version of the EF! Direct Action Manual:


After several years in development, the Earth First! Direct Action Manual is ready to go to press. A group of frontline activists has assembled over 300 pages of diagrams, descriptions of techniques and a comprehensive overview of the role direct action plays in our campaigns in defense of the Earth.



Friday, February 14, 2014 - 9:00pm


Chapel Hill Underground 157 E. Rosemary St.

Artist & Venue Matchmaking Hosted by 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Press Release from the 2nd Friday Artwalk, managed by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership:

Artist & Venue Matchmaking 
Hosted by 2nd Friday ArtWalk   
Chapel Hill, NC, Monday, February 10, 2014Are you an artist looking for places to perform at or display your art?  Is your venue, business, or event looking for dynamic, local art to display or experience? We want to make a match!
Join us for an Artist & Venue Matchmaking event on Friday, February 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro. Venues may include Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses, restaurants, galleries, and special events. Artists may include those from the visual arts such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, and film making; as well as writers, dancers, and musicians. 
Artists from around the Triangle are welcome to attend. This event is free. Light refreshments will be served. Venues must RSVP to reserve a spot. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com
Sponsored by 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Orange County Arts Commission, and The ArtsCenter. For more information visit www.2ndFridayArtWalk.com
The 2nd Friday ArtWalk takes place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill from 6:00 - 9:00 pmon the second Friday of every month. Now featuring 33 local venues, it offers a great opportunity to experience the creative arts scene in our community,  explore venues and businesses throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as socialize with other art lovers! Many of the venues have live music, food, activities, and other art related entertainment. The 2nd Friday ArtWalk is managed by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. 



Friday, February 21, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm


The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street in Carrboro



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