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.

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

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.

Buffkin says Raleigh’s rezoning process is broken

Buffkin says Raleigh’s rezoning process is broken

On Nov 2, 2021, in a 5-3 vote, Raleigh's City Council approved a contentious zoning case, Z-53-20, located on Lead Mine Road. In a statement, remarkable for its total lack of self awareness, Councilor Partick Buffkin, District A, who represents the affected area, told...

Buffkin’s COVID Grandstanding Puts Public Health at Risk

Buffkin’s COVID Grandstanding Puts Public Health at Risk

It was announced on social media Wednesday, August 11th, that the Raleigh City Council was returning to virtual meetings as a safety precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Not long after, District A Councilor Patrick Buffkin criticized the decision on...

UPDATE — TAA: Turning Pandemic Pain into Profits and Power — UPDATE

UPDATE — TAA: Turning Pandemic Pain into Profits and Power — UPDATE

As the NC Council of State has voted to end the state’s eviction moratorium, we feel now is a good time to re-examine the relationships between members of Raleigh’s City Council, the Triangle Apartment Association and a Full Service Eviction Service who notes now is a good time to clean out less than desirable tenants.

Patrick Buffkin Wants Taxpayers to Buy Him a Bridge to Wegmans

Patrick Buffkin Wants Taxpayers to Buy Him a Bridge to Wegmans

Longtime Raleigh resident Larry Helfant spoke at Livable Raleigh's June 14 Forum on Tax Increment Grants. His remarks appear below. As most people know, the Midtown area has seen explosive growth over the last ten years, especially in the Saint Albans/Wake Forest Road...

Patrick Buffkin – Withheld Videos Revealed

Patrick Buffkin – Withheld Videos Revealed

District A Councilor, Patrick Buffkin, has held three virtual Town Hall meetings since the pandemic has shut down in-person gatherings. The first was April 28, 2020. The second on Sept 29, 2020. And, the most recent was Feb 11, 2021. All other councilors who have...