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Mayor Nancy McFarlane Speaks Out. What’s Happening to Raleigh?

Mayor Nancy McFarlane Speaks Out. What’s Happening to Raleigh?

Former Mayor Nancy McFarlane sent an email to the members of Raleigh City Council on Sept 6, 2022, the morning before council is scheduled for a public hearing and anticipated vote on a contentious North Hills rezoning case. In it she says she is increasingly hearing...

Livable Raleigh announces City Council Endorsements

Livable Raleigh announces City Council Endorsements

Terrance Ruth is a breath of fresh air for our city, a man Raleigh will be proud to say is our mayor. His election will restore the integrity and decency to the mayor’s office that Raleigh voters could count on in the past, but that’s been missing these last three years.
With Ruth at the Council table, LR recommends a slate of “change” candidates that, as a group, reflect our organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and social justice across racial, gender and age differences.
Each of our endorsed candidates brings a unique, valuable set of experiences that, when brought together on Council, will help Mayor Ruth lead the way to Raleigh’s best future.

Raleigh City Council Election Flyer

Livable Raleigh volunteers will be distributing campaign materials throughout neighborhoods for the Raleigh City Council election. Watch for yours! Election Day is November 8th Early Voting is October 20th - November 5th.References 1. Poll of Key Issues for Raleigh...

Help Keep the Information Coming

Help Keep the Information Coming

If you rely on the kind of information you are only able to find through Livable Raleigh, we need your help to be able to continue to provide that valuable information to you. We have recently published all the data you need to keep up with the coming City Council...

Follow the Money 2022

Follow the Money 2022

After the 2019 election, we reported to you how much money the development industry poured into the candidates’ campaigns. Those developers found out how easy it was to buy council seats for their preferred candidates. It appears they plan to run the same playbook again in 2022. When you ask yourself, why do councilors vote the way they do? You will always find the answer when you FOLLOW THE MONEY.

August 16, 2022 City Council Meeting

August 16, 2022 City Council Meeting

Highlights Councilor Cox asked that $332,033 in funding for Dix Park Cultural Interpretative Plan be held six months due to other pressing needs – motion failed due to lack of a second Several public comments about lack of engagement by this council, lack of...

Neighborhoods are not buying what she’s selling!

Neighborhoods are not buying what she’s selling!

Good, thoughtful, inclusive processes result in good decisions. It takes a diversity of perspectives to avoid the most damaging, unintended consequences. Mary-Ann Baldwin is selling the lie that growth and development at any cost is good for the people who live, work and visit Raleigh.

The “Best” City Council Money Can Buy.

The “Best” City Council Money Can Buy.

First we “Showed You the Money.” Then we “Followed the Money.” In this third of our series about the money in Raleigh’s politics, we examine the effects of Special Interest money pouring into the campaigns.

Baldwin “Reconsiders” Giving Money to Other Democrats?

Baldwin “Reconsiders” Giving Money to Other Democrats?

Mary-Ann Baldwin, the mayor of Raleigh, has some $500,000 banked for her election campaign. It’s a tribute to how completely she’s owned by Raleigh’s developers – led by mega-spender John Kane, a right-wing Republican known for backing, among other crazies, our very own GOP Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson. (And, of course, Trump.)

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change

As the NC primary election season comes to an end and the summer season arrives, it is time to start focusing on Raleigh's upcoming municipal elections. We are rerunning this release of polling data showing what Raleigh voters think of their local city government. You...

Multiply your Vote!

Multiply your Vote!

Every Raleigh voter gets four votes in the November City Council election – one for Mayor, one for your District representative*, and one each for the two at-large seats. But wait – there’s more. Every council member gets to vote on every issue and it takes five votes...

Follow the Money 2019

Follow the Money 2019

As a follow-up to Livable Raleigh’s previous blog, “Show Me the Money”, about the development community money spent in the 2019 City Council election, this time we look at the specifics for individual Councilors.

Baldwin’s new downtown cocktail: Mix booze and guns; add open carry and shake, don’t stir.

Baldwin’s new downtown cocktail: Mix booze and guns; add open carry and shake, don’t stir.

But wait, it’s also the case that state law allows the open carry of firearms not just in downtown Raleigh but everywhere. Raleigh has seen its share of armed “Proud Boys” and other Patriots on downtown streets already. What we haven’t seen yet – but may soon – are armed drinkers in the streets, with our under-staffed police force watching and, uh, watching – because drinking while armed will be perfectly legal.

City of Raleigh losing trees at an alarming rate

City of Raleigh losing trees at an alarming rate

Your relentless drive to spread density everywhere is going to be the death knell for the remaining urban forests in our older subdivisions. You are riding the crest of the tree removal wave, as well as the steady progression towards increased traffic gridlock.

City Council Candidates are Off and Running. Livable Raleigh will provide the play-by-play!

City Council Candidates are Off and Running. Livable Raleigh will provide the play-by-play!

The filing period for candidates in Raleigh’s November 8th Mayoral and City Council elections closed Friday, July 15, at noon. It’s an interesting slate of candidates, with a mix of returning incumbents, unknown newcomers and even a couple well known Council retirees coming back for another run. Raleigh voters will be able to count on Livable Raleigh to provide all the information needed to be an informed voter in November.