Sean Haugh Positive and Focused in First Debate Appearance

Sean Haugh joined Senator Kay Hagan and Speaker Thom Tillis on stage for the final debate hosted by the League of Women Voters and WECT-TV.  He provided a fresh perspective, stayed focused on the issues and refrained from the mudslinging that is all too common in American politics.

Sean proved to the political class that the Democrats and Republicans are more similar than different.  While both Hagan and Tillis were willing to commit us to 30 more years of war and uncertainty in the Middle East, Haugh spoke firmly for military restraint.  He also spoke about the need to end corruption in DC by ending favors for dark money and corporate interests.

See the whole debate here: http://www.wect.com/clip/10674828/decision-2014-us-senate-debate

And see what the media is saying about his performance below.

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Debt Financing Concerns

After reviewing the Durham Citizens' Financial Report and the highlights of the Introduction lesson for Durham Neighborhood College, Durham certainly has many things to be proud of.  Durham is continually recognized by media outlets across the nation as one of the best places in the country to live.  Durham maintains a triple-A credit rating reflecting the generally responsible budgeting by the city.  However, there are some spots of concern.

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Durham Citizens' Financial Report (Part IV)

Each year, the City of Durham publishes a Citizens' Financial Report, akin to an annual report for a company or non-profit.  The report highlights some of the accolades and successes from the year and outlines the city's financial health. 

In this last part, we will wrap up with an overview of some of the last facts and figures included in the report.

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Durham Citizens Financial Report (Part III)

Each year, the City of Durham publishes a Citizens' Financial Report, akin to an annual report for a company or non-profit.  The report highlights some of the accolades and successes from the year and outlines the city's financial health. 

In this third part, we will provide an overview of the Financial Report related to debt.

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Durham Citizens' Financial Report (Part II)

Each year, the City of Durham publishes a Citizens' Financial Report, akin to an annual report for a company or non-profit.  The report highlights some of the accolades and successes from the year and outlines the city's financial health. 

In this second part, we will provide an overview of the Financial Report related to budget revenues (taxes).

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Durham Citizens' Financial Report (Part I)

Each year, the City of Durham publishes a Citizens' Financial Report, akin to an annual report for a company or non-profit.  The report highlights some of the accolades and successes from the year and outlines the city's financial health. 

In this first part, we will provide an overview of the Financial Report related to budget expenditures.

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Constitutional Amendment - Waiving Right to Trial by Jury

This fall, voters will be asked to approve or reject a new amendment to the North Carolina Constitution.  This amendment will likely read:

“Constitutional amendment providing that a person accused of any criminal offense for which the state is not seeking a sentence of death in Superior Court may, in writing or on the record in court and with the consent of the trial judge, waive the person’s right to a trial by jury.”

Hear our take below

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Our Neighbor, Sean Haugh, Candidate for US Senate

Have you met our neighbor, Sean Haugh?  Sean Haugh is the Libertarian candidate for US Senate in North Carolina.  Sean has lived in Durham since 1988 and has been extremely active in the Libertarian Party, serving as the nationwide Political Director and statewide Executive Director in the past.  After a short retirement from politics, which began in 2010, Sean decided to jump back into the fray this year because he couldn't stand the idea of walking in to the voting booth and only having the option of More War (D) and More War (R).

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Cost of Doing Business in Durham

Forbes recently published their "Best Places for Business and Careers" ranking in which Raleigh received the top spot.  Durham was ranked at #26 overall; #9 in education, #65 in job growth and #108 in cost of doing business.  Property taxes continue to increase in Durham and neighboring Orange County (which did not appear in the Forbes list).  With Raleigh (#29 in cost of doing business) right next door, Durham needs to take a serious look at eliminating barriers and unnecessary costs.

Are you a business owner in Durham or Orange County?  Let us know about your experience opening and running a business locally.  What unnecessary barriers and costs did you encounter?

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Deal for Duke Energy

Duke Energy’s recent ash spill sparked an ongoing debate on how to deal with ash ponds sitting near waterways. Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good wants to pass the costs on to customers, and Republicans are trying their best to protect Duke Energy. Democrats are pushing to prevent customers from having to pay a penny.

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