Raleigh City Council and Pay to Play Cronyism

Raleigh City Council and Pay to Play Cronyism

Tim Niles, a resident of Raleigh, delivered the following comments to the City Council on Tuesday, October 20. Mayor Baldwin and members of City Council.  Good afternoon, One of the first actions taken by this council was to abolish recognition for CACs and their...

Disinformation in Local Elections

Disinformation in Local Elections

On Tuesday, October 20, Raleigh's News and Observer is hosting a webinar, "Disinformation in Local Elections: How to spot it and what you can do" I decided to write to the N&O on the eve of their webinar because I have three examples of the role disinformation has...

City Council votes 7 to 1 to destroy Azalea Falls.

City Council votes 7 to 1 to destroy Azalea Falls.

At the October 6 Raleigh City Council afternoon meeting, David Knight led a spurious, yet successful effort to destroy Azalea Falls, one of Raleigh’s designated National Historic sites.  As usual, the development-driven Council majority voted 7 to 1 (David Cox being the lone dissenter) to perpetrate another environmental disaster in our community.

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.

Weasel Conditions: A Zoning Tool for False Council Promises

Weasel Conditions. This is a case study of how the Z-41-19 zoning applicant and complicit Councilors falsified the meaning of zoning condition #8 to create a misleading narrative, suggesting it offered significant environmental protections, when in fact, it did not.