HB2 Cuts Off Wake’s Engine

One of my jobs as Commissioner is to be a liaison to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors. Today at that meeting, we heard information about HB2's very real impact on Wake County. This year, we are continuing to sustain some growth in visitor numbers and current bookings. But the problem is in the next several years, particularly 2018. Forecasts for 2018 are grim, especially if the NCAA takes us off the Championship circuit. Convention and visitor business is a years-long investment that pays off over time. What we have coming to W

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Why I marched at RDU

I could hear it before I saw it. Thousands of voices chanting: "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!" carried easily through the parking garage at RDU International Airport. My son Duncan and I arrived about an hour into the scheduled four hour protest, and we wanted to lend our voices in any way we could. As we walked towards Terminal 2, a woman named Kathy was pushing several cases of bottled water on a luggage cart. I asked if I could help and grabbed one of the cases and started handing out bottles to protesters. There were thousands of people. Thousands. As a County Commi

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PROMISE KEPT!

[caption id="attachment_1440" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sig Hutchinson and Matt Calabria deserve enormous credit for their hard work on this issue.[/caption] WAKE COUNTY APPROVES TRANS

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Voter Fraud? Show me the proof

Today, I sent this letter to the Vice Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party. In an earlier attempt to recruit poll observers, the Wake County GOP claimed that Democrats were engaged in "daily" voter fraud, including registering the dead and giving false registration information. Because I believe allegations of voter fraud should be taken seriously and not made lightly, I invited Vice Chairman Hellwig to send me the proof of such fraud, and I would bring all the resources of my office to bear in rooting it out before the election. Here's the letter:

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It’s on all of us

Violent people in Charlotte disrupted a peaceful protest. Quit calling those people protesters. Doing so delegitimizes the reason for the protest, which is something we must discuss and deal with and, yes, protest. I'm here today at the Wake County First Responders Appreciation Breakfast. We are hearing stories of Sheriff deputies that pulled intoxicated drivers out of burning cars, police officers that talked psychologically suffering people off ledges, and EMS personnel saving the life of a prematurely born infant. All of these duties came because society is not meeting its responsibil

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