Sunday, November 17, 2019


This fall the Triangle Government Alliance sent mailers attacking Raleigh City Council member David Cox. The purpose? To help aid the campaign of Brian Fitzsimmons. 

But who decided that sending out mailers to Republicans that attack Donald Trump was wise? You trashed the President to Republican voters in that campaign. David Cox had plenty of non-conservative votes that would have made for an ideal mailer. 

Bush League

Saturday, November 16, 2019


Affordable housing/gentrification probably dominated the Raleigh political debate this fall more than any other topic. 

During the ad-nauseam discussion one small quote in the News & Observer stood out more than any other.

“To me, gentrification, though it has its negative connotations, is part of the healthy cycle in a city,” he said.

N&O, 5-4-19

Who said this? None other than Charles Meeker - the Democrat Raleigh Mayor from 2001 to 2011.

"Gentrification" is "Healthy." I'll let you read into that what you will. May I suggest that many in SE Raleigh would consider that grossly racist. It would seemingly suggest that SE Raleigh was sick and getting young, white, hip, urban folks in would be the medicine it needs. Rather than repair the existing heart, SE Raleigh would receive a new, "cooler" heart. 

Charles Meeker and his progressive downtown elite have lauded the "transformation" of downtown Raleigh - with investments that will total over a billion dollars made into downtown Raleigh and the surrounding area. Meeker made substantial investments for downtown urban young whites - free bus services while Southeast Raleigh African-American residents faced increases; Fayetteville Street re-opening; Red Hat Amphitheater; Convention Center; Moore Square; and Dix Park. The list goes on and on. Chavis Park will open in time for the gentrifiers to enjoy it. 

It's also worth noting the Meeker family has a personal financial investment in its success. Charles Meeker's son has bars that depend upon this young urban white population thriving in downtown Raleigh. 

The Indy article "Three Raleigh friends have found that beer makes good communities" is well worth a read. 

During this same time while Meeker put in place the gentrification of SE Raleigh, the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association - the African-American political voice for SE Raleigh, heavily courted his financial support. 

And Meeker came through for them.

In relation to the items below, we note the associated campaign finance shenanigans by Meeker and SE Raleigh's African-American voice. 

The point is this - SE Raleigh spent years cozying up to Meeker & Co. while he put the pieces in place to gentrify SE Raleigh. If you want to play Democrat politics in SE Raleigh, that's fine. At the municipal level and beyond, SE Raleigh's political leadership should become more savvy. I know many Republicans would welcome a constructive dialogue. 

But to bemoan gentrification now, well, doesn't get much sympathy. In the words of Tina Turner, "You got what you wanted, now you don't want what you got." 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Newly-elected younger and queerer Saige Martiz (or however he identifies himself this week) has made his sexual identity a hallmark of who he is. The question remains as to how he will push LGBTQ issues from his seat on the Raleigh City Council. If today's activities are any indication, Raleigh will undoubtedly see an aggressive nature to force this lifestyle upon its citizens. 

Saige Martiz will join drag queen Emory Starr as they mock Vice President Mike Pence while reading "A Day in the Life of Marlin Bundo." As the Washington Post describes:

"Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” is a takeoff of the book that Pence’s wife, Karen, and daughter Charlotte wrote about the family’s pet. But in the parody book, Marlon Bundo is gay and (spoiler alert!) marries another boy bunny, a satirical nod to the vice president’s stance against same-sex marriage."