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  • She’s a formidable candidate. Jocys’s 32-year career in law enforcement includes 24 years with the FBI, where she was a member of a global counterterrorism task force, and she later became the first woman to lead the agency’s Raleigh office. She was also a member of a federal gang-and-violent-crimes task force in Durham for five years before retiring late last year.

    Incumbent Clarence Birkhead faces a formidable challenge in Maria Jocys.


  • published Durham Rescue Mission Christmas in Events 2022-10-26 18:52:19 -0400

    Durham Rescue Mission Christmas

    The Durham Rescue Mission needs volunteers to help with their upcoming Christmas Community Event on December 23rd, 2022.

    The community's need for the Durham Rescue Mission has increased more than ever. This event needs volunteers, hams, new bicycles, and toys to be successful. If you, or someone you know, would like to join other volunteers in helping serve the community, it would be very appreciated.

     

    Christmas Community Event

    There are seven available time slots needing volunteers:

    Thursday, December 22nd: 4:00pm-6:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm

    Friday, December 23rd: 5:00-7:00am, 6:30am-9am, 8:30am-11am, 10:30am-1pm, and 12:30pm-3pm

     

    To volunteer:

    Call Quinton Wilson at (919) 688-9641 Ext. 5053

    or email [email protected]

    When
    December 23, 2022 at 5:00am
    RSVP

  • published Overflowing trash at McDougald Terrace in News 2022-09-21 22:30:10 -0400

    Families at McDougald Terrace say they have been dealing with trash overflowing in the dumpsters at the Durham public housing complex for weeks.

    Ashley Canady, resident president at McDougald Terrace said, “People are not cooking in their homes because of the flies.” “You wouldn’t want your grandchildren, your family members, or your loved ones having to deal with this on a day-to-day basis; why should anyone else?”

    On Tuesday afternoon, some crews from the City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department came out and picked up the trash on the ground next to some of the dumpsters.

    Late Tuesday, crews could also be seen emptying some of the dumpsters at the complex. 

    There is still more to do, however.

    Click here to read more.


  • published Parking Deck Transformation Proposed in News 2022-09-12 19:29:04 -0400

    A Triangle-based firm wants to turn half of the city-owned Durham Centre parking garage into a towering apartment complex, but Durham's city council isn't so sure.

    The redevelopment would replace the western half of the deck with The James, a towering complex with ground-floor retail space, 82 public parking spaces, and 308 market-rate rental units. The building would become the tallest building in Durham if approved.

    The firm has offered to contribute $650,000 to the city’s affordable housing fund, but executives are opposed to designating affordable units within The James itself.

    Durham City Council members are pushing back on the plan for not offering affordable housing units in the building.

    Click here to read more...


  • published Voting Information 2022 2022-04-01 19:34:36 -0400

    Voting Information 2022

    Conservative Voting Guide - Learn About the Candidates

    US Senate

    Ted Budd: https://tedbudd.com/issues/

    US House of Representatives District 4

    Courtney Geels: https://courtneygeelsforcongress.com/


    NC Supreme Court Justice Seat 3

    Judge Richard Dietz:  https://www.judgedietz.com

    NC Supreme Court Justice Seat 5 

    Trey Allen:  https://www.treyallennc.com/

    NC Court of Appeals Judge  

    Chief Judge Donna Stroud: https://judgestroud.com/

    NC Court of Appeals Judge  

    Judge John Tyson: https://www.judgejohntyson.com

    NC Court of Appeals Judge  

    Dr. Julee Flood: https://www.juleeflood.com

    NC Court of Appeals Judge  

    Judge Michael J. Stading: https://www.michaelstading.com/


    NC State Senate District 20

    Alvin Reed:  https://alvinreed.com/

    NC State Senate District 22

    Larry Coleman: https://www.colemanforncsenate.com/

    NC House of Representatives District 30

    Will Antico: https://ballotpedia.org/William_Antico

    NC House of Representatives District 2

    Larry Yarborough: https://www.facebook.com/larryyarborough4nc

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  • published Open Precinct Leadership Positions in Leadership 2022-01-27 20:15:28 -0500

    Open Precinct Leadership Positions

    Precinct Volunteers Needed! 

    If you can help represent any of the following Precincts, contact Natalie Beauchaine at [email protected]

     

    Precinct Number Precinct Description
    3 E K POWE ELEMENTARY
    4 SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND MATH
    5 PATTERSON REC CENTER
    6 LAKEWOOD SCHOOL
    8 MOREHEAD MONTESSORI
    10 C C SPAULDING SCHOOL
    12 MONUMENT OF FAITH CHURCH
    13 BURTON ELEMENTARY
    14 Y E SMITH SCHOOL
    16 HOLY INFANT CATHOLIC
    17 COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY
    20 COUNTY AGRICULTURAL BUILDING
    21 CLUB BOULEVARD SCHOOL
    22 VFW POST 2740
    27 CREEKSIDE ELEMENTARY
    31 BETHESDA RURITAN CLUB
    32 NEAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
    34-1 PEARSONTOWN ELEMENTARY
    34-2 IVY COMMUNITY CENTER
    36 YATES BAPTIST CHURCH
    38 HOPE VALLEY BAPTIST
    41 WHITE ROCK BAPTIST CHURCH
    42 SHEPHARD MAGNET SCHOOL
    47 HOLMES RECREATION CENTER
    48 CHRIST THE KING MORAVIAN
    52 EVANGEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD
    55-11 WEAVER ST RECREATION CENTER
    55-49 NCCU - TURNER LAW BUILDING
    Read More

  • Precinct Chair Expectations and Goals

    The role of the Precinct Chair, Vice-Chair and/or Secretary is critical to the success of the Durham GOP. In an effort to better define these roles and responsibilities, we have created this guide. The success of this role will be the barometer of the overall health, influence, and engagement of the Republican Party in Durham County.

    Simplified Duties

    1. Attendance at our monthly meetings. All goals and action plans start at our Leadership meetings. Please note, the Plan of Organization states that missing three (3) meetings in a calendar year will lead to removal from the Precinct leadership role.
    2. Precinct Activity. A Precinct leader is a steward over the local Republicans in their neighborhood. Today, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with your precinct members. Using social media, letters, emails, texts, and calling folks are great ways to engage. Precinct leaders are asked to communicate with their neighbors at least once per year through any preferred form of communication. Lastly, Precinct leaders should be ever-increasing an accurate contact list, including email and telephone numbers of the Republicans in their area.
    3. Voter turnout. A Precinct leaders success is evaluated based upon their achievement of voter turnout. In order to achieve this measure, Precinct leaders should be contacting their neighbors with the candidate and GOP slate information in advance of elections. Contacts can be made through mailers, social media, text blasts, emails, or door knocking. GOP members should be informed when polls open and/or any changes to polling locations. Finally, the Precinct leader is responsible for manning or having their polling location manned with a Poll Greeter. A Poll Greeter welcomes voters to the polls and ensures they have all the information needed to vote for Republicans.

    The Durham GOP believes that our leaders who are doing these activities on a regular basis are heroes and should be recognized and rewarded. Being a Precinct Chair is a position that people should aspire to, just as it is for a person running for public office.

    Durham has over 24,000 registered Republicans. If Precinct leadership is able to increase voter turnout and achieve getting voters to the polls, we can make a difference.

    This is why you are so important!

    Read More

  • Right to Work States, of which North Carolina is one, have had better job growth over the last decade. In fact, quadruple the job growth of Forced Unionism States. 

    Right to Work laws prevent workers from being forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment. A worker can join a union if they desire, but they can’t be fired for non payment of dues to a union they don’t want to join.

    Interestingly, public pensions in Right to Work States are better funded than other states. That means lower tax liability on residents.

    Unfunded Liabilities Per Capita of
    Public Pension Plans
    (FY 2018)
    Right to Work States $11,395
    Forced-Unionism States $19,028

     

    View a compilation of the Right to Work statistics here: https://nilrr.org/spring-2021-right-to-work-benefits/


  • House Bill 805 has cleared the Senate committee. House Bill 805 sets increased penalties on parties involved in rioting or inciting a riot.

     

    Summary:

    AN ACT TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FOR RIOTING OR INCITING RIOTING THAT CAUSES DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, OR DEATH AND ASSAULTING EMERGENCY PERSONNEL DURING A RIOT OR STATE OF EMERGENCY; TO ALLOW RECOVERY OF TREBLE DAMAGES FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY CAUSED BY RIOTING OR LOOTING; AND TO REQUIRE PRETRIAL RELEASE CONDITIONS FOR RIOTING AND LOOTING OFFENSES TO BE DETERMINED BY A JUDGE.

     

    More information:

    nsjonline.com


  • Because of the rising rates of Covid infection, Durham has re-instituted the mask mandate beginning Monday, August 9th at 5 PM.

    Further details can be found here: Mask mandate story

     


  • Checking the news today, we find that the City Council ignores what the Planning Commission and Durham residents want in regards to Parcel K. Parcel K is a proposed 800 unit development in southeast Durham. 

     

    Some facts:

    • The Planning Commission, with an 11-1 vote to not approve the proposed development, ignored.
    • The Durham residents who attended the meetings and overwhelmingly expressed disapproval for the development, ignored.
    • Plans to update roads to support the development, non-existent.
    • The developer attended the meetings at which they provided previously unannounced verbal changes to the proposal, inconsiderate if not a shady practice. These last-minute additions did not give the commission time to review and comment on the developer's, obviously intended, changes. 

    While Durham has a housing shortage and the developer did propose including 22 affordable units, there is no excuse for the City Council to rush through an overwhelming opposed proposal.


  • published HOUSE BILL 324 in Blogs/Commentary 2021-07-15 18:53:49 -0400

    On July 14, the North Carolina Senate Education Committee began considering a proposed substitute for House Bill (HB) 324, a bill that passed the House on May 12, 2021, in a 66-48 party-line vote. HB 324 is a bill:

    “…[that] demonstrate[s] the General Assembly’s intent that students, teachers, administrators, and other school employees recognize the equality and rights of all persons and to prohibit public school units from promoting certain concepts that are contrary to that intent.”

    Such as critical race theory!

    HB 324 prohibits explicitly public and charter school units from promoting the following concepts:

    1. One race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex.
    2. An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
    3. An individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of his or her race or sex.
    4. An individual's moral character is necessarily determined by his or her race or sex.
    5. An individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, bears responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex.
    6. Any individual, solely by virtue of his or her race or sex, should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress.
    7. That the belief that the United States is a meritocracy is an inherently racist or sexist belief, or that the United States was created by members of a particular race or sex for the purpose of oppressing members of another race or sex.

    According to the Carolina Journal, the new version of HB 324 mirrors the wording and intent of the original House version. However, the new version also creates new accountability mechanisms that require public school districts to notify the Department of Public Instruction and make public any plans to teach CRT or hiring speakers who actively promote the theory or have done so in the past.

    Teaching CRT in schools is all over the board within the State.  The Cabarrus County School Board passed a non-discrimination resolution that mirrors the language of HB 324, while the Durham City Council unanimously voted to support its teaching.  Moreover, Lt. Governor Mark Robinson sees CRT as the pernicious fraud it is.  “Students should be taught how to think, not what to think.”

    Consider writing to your State Senator in support of the passage of this bill.

     


  • published Happy Independence Day in Blogs/Commentary 2021-07-04 17:10:32 -0400
    "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - ELMER DAVIS

     

    Independence Day

     

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  • published Durham Gang Reduction Survey in Blogs/Commentary 2021-06-27 12:12:21 -0400

    Like many cities, Durham has a gang problem. Durham County is currently seeking residents' input to help determine how to address the problem. If you are interested in helping to guide future recommendations on dealing with gangs in Durham, you can take the survey here: Durham Gang Reduction Survey. The survey will be active until August 31, 2021. By submitting the survey you will also be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate.


  • published Governor vetos Senate bill 43 in Blogs/Commentary 2021-06-27 11:38:01 -0400

    On June 10th, 2021, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 43, which allows citizens who hold a concealed handgun permit to carry a handgun with them while attending religious services on private property that is both a school and a place of worship, unless the property owner objects. On June 18th, 2021 Governor Cooper vetoed the bill. 

     

    His veto response shows that he never read or did not understand the bill. You can see his veto response here: Governor's veto response

     


  • On June 10th, 2021, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 43, which allows citizens who hold a concealed handgun permit to carry a handgun with them while attending religious services on private property that is both a school and a place of worship, unless the property owner objects. The bill nows goes to the Governor for final approval.


  • On June 3rd, 2021, the North Carolina House passed Senate Bill 43, which allows citizens who hold a concealed handgun permit to carry a handgun with them while attending religious services on private property that is both a school and a place of worship, unless the property owner objects.

    Senate Bill 43 gives private property owners the ability to set their security policy rather than the state imposing a one-size-fits-all solution.

    On March 2nd, 2021, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 43 (S. 43) – “The Religious Assembly Security and Protection Act of 2021 – by a bipartisan majority of 31-18. Now that the House has passed the bill, it goes back to the Senate for concurrence on June 8th, 2021.

    If concurred with, it is unclear if Governor Cooper will veto the bill and whether there are sufficient votes to override the veto.

    If you believe property owners should decide who can carry a gun on their property, contact your NC Senator and express your support of Senate Bill 43.


  • The staff for the Durham County Website processed my request for the missing Criminal Advisory Board minutes. You can now find and read what that board has been up to here:

     

    https://www.dconc.gov/county-departments/departments-a-e/board-of-commissioners/boards-and-commissions-minutes/criminal-justice-advisory-committee


  • I am continuing the theme of Durham County Boards and Commissions. Given Durham's high crime rate, I wanted to see what the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee has been doing.

    Going to the board minutes, I found no updates since March of 2018! I sent a feedback request for the site to be fixed and am waiting to see if I need additional action.

    Doing a web search to see if I could find the minutes another way, I found the Durham County Board of County Commissioners minutes here: https://www.durhamsheriff.com/home/showpublisheddocument/33862/637484773609370000
    and on the Boards and Commissions site here: https://www.dconc.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/33862/637484773609370000. Not what I was looking for but I might as well read through these minutes.

    As I mentioned before, I'm just starting to learn about the Durham government and the decisions made in what I always felt was a secret room somewhere. Reading through the latest Board of County Commissioners minutes for January 11, 2021, there is a discussion about the 2021 Durham budget. Below is shown part of the budget:

    Durham Budget

    Looking through the proposed budget, you find a couple of odd items. Most noticeable to me is that the General Government line item increases the most by $2,745,305! As a concerned citizen, I want to see less government, not more. What is that budget increase going to do to help my fellow Durham citizens and me? The other line item that is worth looking into is the Public Safety increase of $1,906,367. With such high crime already in Durham, how are those funds going to be allocated to helping?

    Time to start digging.

     

     


  • I'm beginning my journey into the world that is our Durham County Government. Reading up on the Durham news, I saw that a board member was recently let go, and I wanted to know a little more about this board. An excellent place to start in this day and age would be a Web search. My search led me to the Durham County Website for the Board of Commissioners

     

    From there, I discovered that there are over fifty Boards and Commissions! I had no idea there were so many. There are boards for Health, Crime, Tourism, and Transporation, to name a few. 

     

    The Board and Commissions Website also has minutes for all the meetings. From the minutes, you can read exactly what these groups have been doing and plan to do. You can find interesting information in these minutes. For example, did you know the Alcohol and Beverage Control has a "Bourbon Lottery" for rare items?

     

    There is a lot of information to go through, and reading these minutes will be enlightening. I'll post as I learn more.