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Wake County election reform, leftist activism (for kids!), and a shooting mystery
No. 7 — Feb. 18, 2023
Currently, all seven Wake County Commissioners are elected by the whole county. Erin Paré, who represents District 37 (southern Wake) in the NC House, is proposing a bill which would a) require commissioners to be elected by the district they reside in, and b) make the commissioner race not partisan. Although Republican candidates got an average of nearly 40% of the vote in the three contested commissioner races in 2022, the at-large nature of the elections means there is not a single Republican on the Board of Commissioners.
On Valentine’s Day, a small group of environmental activists gathered briefly at a private terminal of the RDU airport as part of an international action to call for a) a ban on private jets, b) taxation of frequent flier miles, and c) global wealth distribution. (I’m not kidding)
“Alphabet Rockers” is a Grammy-winning group which targets children as part of their mission to “make change”. What sort of change? In their own words, to embrace “Black liberation, Queer liberation, Indigenous rights, immigrant rights, and intersectionality”. Two Wake County schools, Wiley Elementary and Farmington Woods Elementary, organized field trips for their elementary school students to attend a “performance” by this group.
Wake County Fortifies Government Buildings with Bulletproof Glass after Riots, Shooting in Downtown Raleigh
Last month, Willie Lee Hayes Jr. was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for crimes related to the day in October, 2020 when he forced a woman to drive him to the Wake County Justice center to shoot it up (he’s still facing charges in NC courts). I poked through the federal court documents and reporting, and I couldn’t seem to find anything about Hayes’ motive; I’m sure it couldn’t have had anything to do with any socio-political movements sweeping the county that year…
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