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Local campaign finance reform

Have you noticed how many more slick campaign mailers you have been getting? There's a noticeable change in the last few election cycles. I know that elections generally get more expensive over time, but I'm concerned that the increased use of conventional political consultants is making our local campaigns more expensive and less grassroots. This can't be good for promoting civic engagement, and might even lead to less honesty in campaigns. I could go on, but I'll just say that I'm not happy about the impact of some of these paid consultants on our local races.

Culture!

Two free events this weekend that readers want you to know about: the Really Really Free Market on Saturday in Carrboro, and 'artist-activist' Alix Olsen on campus Friday night.

From Vinci Daro:

In case you haven't heard, the Really Really Free Market is this Saturday, Oct 30th from 1-5 in the Carrboro Town Commons, after the Farmers Market. It will be fun fun fun; please spread the word and bring your friends, something or someskill or someservice or somemusic or somestories to share, or just come and get something for free... Press release below.

The website has been updated, with directions and a downloadable flyer: www.ncveg.com/freemarket

(Saturday is also the last day of early voting in Orange County, and the polling place (for those registered in Orange Co.) is right next to the Town Commons, open till 5.)

From Theresa Champion:

Art & music this weekend

So much to do, so little time...

Friday:
Opening reception to benefit UNC Horizons at Community Realty. 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
"Get your Vote On" free concert on top of the Rosemary Street parking deck. Sponsored by the Orange County Democratic Party and featuring local elected officials in between musical acts. 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

Saturday:
Indy Music Awards with shows at four venues around Carrboro. 6:00pm to midnight.

Sunday:
Festifall from 1:00pm to 6:00pm on the west end of Franklin Street.

Plus, WCOM is finally on the air! (Although I can't seem to pick it up at my house, less than a mile from the transmitter.)

Carrboro Knows the Importance of Bread and Circuses

19 Venues
130 Acts
11 Hours

The Carrboro Music Festival is today! Why would you want to be anywhere else?

It's been going on now for seven years. It's changed its name and place on the calendar, but is still one of the most delightful and most anticipated events of the year.
See you there!

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