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This Week in Orange Politics: November 3-9

Tuesday is Election Day. Don’t forget to go vote if you haven’t taken advantage of early voting during the past couple weeks. You can find your polling place on the state Board of Elections website.

Partially because of the elections, the Hillsborough Town Board, Carrboro Alderfolks and county School Board will all be on break this week. The Chapel Hill Town Council will be on Obey Creek and hold a work session on a yet-to-be announced topic. The Chapel-Hill Carrboro School Board will also consider the superintendent’s review state school boards association agenda and the county commissioners will get some preliminary information on financing major projects and equipment purchases.

Here’s the full summary:


  • There is no meeting this week.


Two Views on the N.C. Constitutional Amendment

In case you haven't heard, this year's general election ballot includes a referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing defendants charged with all but the most serious felonies to waive their right to a jury trial, and have a judge decide whether they are guilty or innocent instead. Forty-nine other states and the federal government allow criminal defendants to opt for bench trials.

Since coverage of the amendment has been fairly low-key, here are two views on whether to vote for or against amednment to help you decide.

The Independent Weekly supports the proposed amendment:

Quarterly Happy Hour


OrangePolitics will host a happy hour on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at TRU Deli + Wine for residents to gather and discuss local politics prior to the upcoming elections. 

The happy hour will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss local politics prior to upcoming elections with candidates and current elected officials, as well as others in the community who are well versed in local politics.

Local officials who have attended in the past include town commissioners, councilors and members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County Boards of Education. 

TRU is located at 114 Henderson St., a close walk for students and individuals who live downtown.

OrangePolitics will also be providing complimentary cheese platters.

Orange County will hold elections on Nov. 4, and polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. With the happy hour just three weeks before elections, voters will have a prime opportunity to hear more about local candidates and issues from a well-informed sect of Orange County residents.


Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Tru Deli + Wine, 114 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill


The Indy   canadate fourum is on Sept 29, 2014 at  7 00 @ Flyleaf Books 752 MLK Blvd.Chapel Hill. Gary Kahn



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