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.

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Raleigh’s Future is in Voter’s Hands

Livable Raleigh Chair Susan Maruyama recently sent this opinion piece to the News & Observer. They published an edited version and we wanted to share the complete version here. Fifty years ago, when Clarence Lightner, Raleigh’s first and only black mayor, created...

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...

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

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

In a New Poll of Key Issues, Raleigh Voters Call for Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 21, 2022 A new poll of 665 likely Raleigh voters shows overwhelmingly that Oak City residents want change to address growing problems in key areas including: the corrupting...

INDY Reader Misses the Point(s)

INDY Reader Misses the Point(s)

We previously wrote about INDY Daily's comments on Raleigh Council's undemocratic actions here: INDY Daily BLASTS City Council's Undemocratic Behavior.   One of their readers disagrees with their take on it and writes: "This is not a good take with respect to the...

Experts say City Council is violating the Voting Rights Act

Experts say City Council is violating the Voting Rights Act

City Councilors believe they can violate the voting rights of minority communities in Raleigh without consequence.  UNC School of Government begs to differ!   On March 1, at a Public Hearing to comment on a redistricting proposal, Raleigh City Councilors...

City Council misstates law and mischaracterizes public input

City Council misstates law and mischaracterizes public input

At the March 1 public hearing to review and approve new District Maps for Raleigh's City Council, the City Attorney claimed Raleigh is not covered by Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and City Staff claimed that the Advocacy Groups who reviewed the proposed maps...

INDY Daily BLASTS City Council’s UNDEMOCRATIC behavior

INDY Daily BLASTS City Council’s UNDEMOCRATIC behavior

Jane Porter, Editor-In-Chief of INDYWeek, writes a daily email newsletter, INDY Daily. The March 4, 2022 edition takes on Raleigh's City Council for their most recent undemocratic decision. She asks that we share the newsletter with our friends. So, we reprint it...

Bob Hall Comments on Raleigh City Council’s Abuse of Democracy

Bob Hall Comments on Raleigh City Council’s Abuse of Democracy

For more than 50 years, Bob Hall has been North Carolina's foremost advocate for the idea that government should be for the people, ALL the people and not for the corporations and the wealthy.   Below are excerpts of what Bob had to say when he spoke at Livable...