Who does Council serve? Part 1: Follow the Money.

Who does Council serve? Part 1: Follow the Money.

72% of Raleigh voters say city government is too beholden to developers. City Council has tried to hide the corrupting influence of big money in a growing list of backroom decisions, but three out of four Raleigh voters see it and feel it every day – as rapid growth drives up their cost of living, drives down their quality of life and drives modest income families out of town.

The People Have Spoken

The People Have Spoken

There has not been a municipal election in Raleigh in over two and a half years. But as you know, this week there was a NC State Senate race involving Patrick Buffkin,  a member of the Raleigh City Council. I view the outcome of this race as a proxy for the opinion that the people in Senate District 13, and more broadly across the city, have regarding the Raleigh City Council and its performance over the last two and a half years. Just as elections have consequences in the direction of the next council, so the actions of the council have consequences in the direction of the next election.

Patrick Buffkin – Rejected in Landslide

Patrick Buffkin – Rejected in Landslide

Raleigh City Councilor Patrick Buffkin asked the voters who know him best to promote him to a seat in the NC Senate. Their answer was a resounding NO! The Tuesday, May 17th primary was the first electoral test for a sitting member of Raleigh's City Council and the...

On Raleigh’s housing supply, actions speak louder than words.

On Raleigh’s housing supply, actions speak louder than words.

This is a follow-up to a rccent Letter to the Editor published in the N&O. Here we are able to provide more details than can fit in a LTE. There is a copy of that letter at the end of this piece.   City Councilor Stewart is quoted in the N&O saying "This...

Allowing virtual public comments at in-person meetings would increase citizen participation

Allowing virtual public comments at in-person meetings would increase citizen participation

First, I would like to address a statement Councilor Stewart made at a recent meeting. She said that it’s the same people who participate in public comment time after time, but this simply is not true. I collected data from City Council minutes for September 4, 2018 to September 7, 2022 for a total of 64 meetings: 32 meetings before Council began meeting virtually and 32 meetings after. You can see this data displayed in the bar graph. During the virtual meetings, participation in public comments increased 17%, and the number of individuals that spoke only once before council increased 23%.

Voting begins. But, not for Raleigh City Council

Voting begins. But, not for Raleigh City Council

Early voting has started in North Carolina. Many cities are electing their City Council representatives. BUT NOT RALEIGH. The citizens of Raleigh will have to wait until November to elect their City Council. A full year AFTER the current council's term was supposed to...

April 19, 2022 City Council Highlights

April 19, 2022 City Council Highlights

Highlights Meeting was changed to virtual on Monday, April 18, due to Mayor Baldwin testing positive for COVID.Consent agenda approved, including immediate 2% COLA for all City employees and scheduling of June 7 public hearing for Text Change TC-12-21: Accessory...

City Council Retreat March 4-5, 2022

City Council Retreat March 4-5, 2022

Raleigh City Council held their annual retreat at Dix Park Chapel. While the meeting was viewable remotely, members of the public were not allowed to attend, which is curious considering Council now requires in-person attendance for individuals who want to speak at...