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Ray LaHood, the USDOT secretary, plans Raleigh visit Wednesday

Ray LaHood, the U.S. transportation secretary, will visit Raleigh Wednesday to announce a federal grant that will help Wake County Human Services establish a “one-call / one-click” telephone and Internet transportation communication center.

The center will improve public access to the county's Wake Coordinated Transportation Services provided to rural residents through Medicaid, public health and other programs.

Wake County is receiving a share of $34 million in grants to be awarded across the country in the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. The program is aimed at improving transportation services for military families, wounded veterans and other people with disabilities.  Veterans make up 16 percent of the county population.

LaHood will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wake County’s A.A. Thompson Center, 567 E. Hargett St.

Pat McCrory endorses candidate in Wake schools race

Pat McCrory, the likely Republican nominee for governor, is endorsing Heather Losurdo for the Wake County school board seat.

In robocall (above) posted to Losurdo's YouTube page, McCrory implores voters in Wake County's school board District 3 to "please reject untrue negative attacks and vote on the serious issues." He also called the assignment plan -- the subject of much political rancor and two recent reports on national NPR -- a "nonpartisan" effort. Losurdo is a Republican.

The call on the video ends without a disclaimer, so it's unclear who is paying for the call, or how many people it is reaching ahead of tomorrow's all-important runoff election. The last-minute endorsement is obviously an effort to encourage Republicans in the district to vote.

Wake Dems see victories as model to defeat Tea Party

As predicted, Democrats in Wake County see broader implications for their wins in local races this week. Prominent Democratic moneyman Dean Debnam and Tom Jenson, polling director at Public Policy Polling, which Debnam owns, authored a memo outlining a model for defeating the tea party. PPP did polling and political consulting for the Democratic school board candidates who nearly swept Republicans from power -- the control of the nonpartisan board rests on a November runoff.

"This was not a race where Democrats played nice- they took the fight to the Republican candidates and exploited their close ties to an increasingly unpopular Tea Party movement.  And it worked, in a district where Democratic victory once seemed unimaginable," the memo concludes.

For the full analysis from PPP read below.

Jim Hunt urges Dems to vote in Wake school board election

Wake County Democrats are busting out the big guns to get out the vote in the local school board election.

In a robocall that started over the weekend and continues today, former Gov. Jim Hunt urges voters to go the polls Tuesday. The call is targeted at registered Democrats and is paid for by the county party. The number of calls and cost were not released.

In the call, Hunt doesn't get overly partisan. "Wake County's built a nationally recognized school system over the years," he says, "but strong and visionary leaders are particularly needed now." 

Democrats are trying to take back the board after a Republican tide in the previous election. For more, read here

Bill McNeal retires again

Former Wake County schools superintendent Bill McNeal is retiring from his post-retirement job as executive director of the N.C. Association of School Administrators.

McNeal, who has lead the group since 2006, will retire next year on June 30. Wilson County schools superintendent Larry Price will replace him. 

NCAE wanted diversity study

The N.C. Association of Educators said one of its lobbyists worked early in the legislative session to get a school diversity study going.

The Wake County School Board's decision to kill the diversity policy was the impetus for the legislative study. Democratic legislators who support the study commission said they want to see if there's a connection between diversity and student achievement.

Republican supporters of the Wake school board majority suspect the study won't be fair, staff writer T. Keung Hui reported

According to an NCAE bulletin today, one of its lobbyist, Marge Foreman, met with key legislators early in session to plant the seed.

Democrats pick Blue for Senate seat

State Rep. Dan Blue is moving to the Senate — but not yet.

The Raleigh Democrat received 52 of the 84 votes on the first ballot by the Wake County Democratic Party leadership to fill the seat of former Sen. Vernon Malone.

By law, Gov. Beverly Perdue must follow the group's wishes and appoint Blue, a former House speaker who recently returned to the legislature. The term runs through 2010.

But Blue said he did not want to go until he had finished some work in the House.

He defeated Bernard Allen II, son of a former state legislator, and J. Mills Holloway Jr.

The executive committee of the Wake Democrats will soon have to decide on a replacement for Blue in the House. (N&O)

Allen runs a mini-campaign

Bernard Allen II is running a political campaign in miniature.

The son of a former state representative, Allen has campaigned for the seat held by Sen. Vernon Malone for the past two weeks.

He's created a profile and a group on Facebook, set up a campaign Web site, posted a video on YouTube, designed a logo, made calls, talked with voters in person and sent mailers.

His target is not the registered voters of Senate District 14, however, it's the 84 precinct chairs and party leaders from the Wake County Democratic Party.

Under state law, Allen does not have to register as a political committee for the nominating process and can't accept donations. He said he's spent a few hundred dollars of his own money on the campaign.

"Once I am successful here, then I will be starting a campaign and registering with the Board of Elections," he said.

Previously: Rep. Dan Blue wins straw poll.

Straw poll picks Blue for Senate

Dan BlueA straw poll recommended Rep. Dan Blue move to the Senate.

About 50 people at a forum sponsored by the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association Saturday cast an unofficial vote on who should fill former Sen. Vernon Malone's seat.

The candidates were Blue, Bernard Allen Jr., former educator Carol Dalenko Bennett, Pfizer lobbyist Marlowe Foster, Wake school board member Rosa Gill, media consultant J. Mills Holloway, former DMV director Alexander Killens and St. Augustine's College provost Kim Luckes.

RWCA president Dan Coleman said that Blue won the straw poll by a significant margin, followed by Holloway.

The group's political action committee will meet tonight to take a formal vote. The result will then be forwarded to the Wake County Democratic Party, which will make a final nomination for Gov. Beverly Perdue.

"The Wake County Democratic Party is not necessarily beholden to that endorsement," said Coleman.

Results of the straw poll after the jump.

Mourners remember Sen. Malone

Hundreds of mourners filled a Raleigh church to remember Sen. Vern Malone.

In a two-hour service, speakers praised the polite statesman, the fiery advocate who fought for a school merger and the teacher who worked with blind students.

Gov. Beverly Perdue noted that Malone died after mowing the lawn and reading a newspaper that he often criticized.

"The thing that makes me just guffaw," Perdue said, "St. Peter reached out and grabbed Vernon's hand, and the last thing he saw was The News & Observer."

Malone joined the Raleigh School Board in 1972 when whites were fleeing the suburbs. He helped merge with the Wake County school board during a period of racial divide, then spent 20 years as a county commissioner.

He spent four terms in the state Senate. (N&O)

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