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  •  Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt statement (10+ / 0-)

    Chapel Hill, of course, is the hometown of UNC-Chapel Hill.

    Via his Facebook page:

    I just got a call from a North Carolinian who is going to school in Charleston, SC. He is worried that passage SB 666 would keep his parents from being able to declare him as a dependent for tax purposes in North Carolina.

    He said he had called the sponsors of the bill to express his concern. A legislative aid in one Senator's office told him that "local cities are hurt by college kids voting there." So he decided to find out for himself and call a college town Mayor. He got lucky, I actually answered the phone.

    Needless to say, after hearing his story I got pretty upset. After a nice conversation with the young man, I called that Senator's office. I wasn't able to speak to anyone, but did leave a message.

    In sum my message was this:
    As the Mayor of North Carolina's quintessential college town, I ask that the Senator's office cease telling people that "local cities are hurt by college kids voting there." Because that is wrong! In fact, while they do vote in large numbers in general elections, I'd like them to vote in even larger numbers in LOCAL elections, because our community is not "hurt" by their participation; it benefits from it!

    I was a little "impassioned" while leaving the message, so while I invited someone to call me back, I'm not really expecting a call.

    This aptly named bill, Senate Bill 666 must be stopped.  If you would like to sign a petition, follow this link to Progress NC:

    Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

    by NCJan on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 08:43:10 AM PDT

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