Bring elections and voter engagement into the 21st century

Bring elections and voter engagement into the 21st century

Barry Eriksen has been a rustbelt refugee and Triangle transplant for over 40 years and for the last 22 years has lived in West Raleigh’s Fairmont neighborhood. This blog post is adapted from his remarks made during the September 21, 2021, Raleigh City Council...

Raleigh flunks all 5 tests of “Open Democracy”

Raleigh flunks all 5 tests of “Open Democracy”

Bob Geary, resident of Raleigh’s District D and member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, delivered the following remarks at the City Council meeting on September 7: Mayor and Council, I want to recommend a fascinating book called “Open Democracy: Popular...

Efforts To Recall The Mayor Are Heating Up

Efforts To Recall The Mayor Are Heating Up

The Carolinian, North Carolina's Twice-Weekly African-American Newspaper, published a piece by Tyria McCray discussing the effort to recall Raleigh Mayor May-Ann Baldwin. What follows are some excerpts from the piece with a link to the entire article on the...

Metrics of Success – If it Matters, it Gets Measured

Metrics of Success – If it Matters, it Gets Measured

One important plank of Livable Raleigh's platform is Evaluation Using Data and Metrics “If it matters, it gets measured.” Raleigh must establish better metrics for measuring growth, equity, environmental quality, traffic congestion and citizen engagement, evaluating...

It’s Never Too Late to do the Right Thing.

It’s Never Too Late to do the Right Thing.

Bob Geary, resident of Raleigh’s District D and member of the Wake County Housing Justice Coalition, delivered the following remarks about this Council's move of the next City Election to Nov 2022 at the City Council meeting on August 17: Mayor and Council – I suspect...

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...

Democracy Dies in Darkness

Democracy Dies in Darkness

Raleigh resident Larry Helfant submitted a response to a recent editorial by Gerry Cohen published in the N&O. An edited version was published on Aug 1, 2021. We are publishing the full, unedited response here. The True Cost of Delayed Elections I read a recent...