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Dix property disposition and lack of transparency from Governor

I called the Governor's Office this morning and asked if the Dix Property would be on tomorrow's agenda for the NC Council of State. I was told someone would check and call me back. No one has. No one responded to my email sent yesterday. Gerry Akland of NAMI Wake also called and asked for a return phone call. No one returned his call.

I have reached out to Sec. of State's Elaine Marshall's press office for help. Hope to find out before the Council of State meets at 9:00 am Tuesday.


Council of State mtg.: Dix Property Sale could be on agenda

While I have been unable to obtain a copy of the agenda for next Tuesday's meeting, I learned in a phone call to the Secretary of State's Office this afternoon that the Council of State is meeting at that time on the 5th floor of the Administration Bldg. on Jones Street. I got bounced back and forth between the Governor's Press Office and the Secretary of State's Office, until finally I was told by a member of the Press Office that the Office of Management and Budget had the agenda and not the Governor's office.

NAMI NC says part of Dorothea Dix property should honor namesake

Mental health group NAMI says part of Dorothea Dix property should honor namesake
Posted by Colin Campbell on January 23, 2015 in Under the Dome

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s North Carolina chapter weighed in Friday on the sale of the 308-acre Dorothea Dix property.

Preserve the true legacy of Dorothea Dix in North Carolina

Cross post from DailyKos.

Save the McBride Building and the Patients' Cemetery on the grounds of the former Dorothea Dix Hospital

The buildings and grounds of the former Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh--including the cemetery where thousands of former patients lie buried--are coveted by the City of Raleigh's leaders.

Why I do not support the "Dix Visionaries" version of the Dix legacy

Letter to the Editor sent to the Raleigh News and Observer and other Raleigh media outlets:

Here is a short list (not a comprehensive one) of myths being presented to the people of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina by the local Raleigh media regarding the document signed Monday with regard to negotiations to sell the Dix property:

Defending Social Security needs to be Next on Obama’s To-do list


House Republicans voted to block a financial fix to Social Security's disability trust fund, which runs out of money in 2016. That would result in a 20% benefits cut.

Since the midterm elections, President Obama has taken decisive action on immigration reform, climate change and relations with Cuba. Now, the new Republican-controlled Congress has handed him another opportunity to act boldly—by leaving a legacy as a strong defender of Social Security.

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Harper's: The left must derail Hillary Clinton in the primaries

"a straightforward, nationwide electoral strategy is required if the left wants to reverse the rightward trend of both parties over the past three decades. The tea party has had much success moving the Republican Party to the right through primary challenges that should be the envy of frustrated Democrats, even though liberals of the Nation magazine – Rachel Maddow persuasion appear blind to the lessons of tea party tactics. One wouldn’t want to weaken Democratic incumbents with insurgencies lest “we” lose “our” Senate majority..


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