Day of reckoning for Kent Corner rezoning and McCrory vetoes

First up, Self-Help’s long delayed rezoning request which would bring Durham Central Market and others to the corner of Kent and WCH should finally be voted on tonight. The request spans items number 21 and 22 on the agenda, and due to David Anthony the vote requires a three fourths supermajority. If you’d like to watch live, you can try public access on TWC, or you can just wait for it to show up in the video archives. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.

Turning to Raleigh, it’s a big day for McCrory, as we get to see how the legislature will respond to his pair of vetoes. Both pieces of legislation passed by large margins initially, but McCrory has launched a PR campaign to try and build support for his position, and it will be interesting to see who (if anybody) breaks ranks to stand with the gov.

The immigration bill is particularly divisive, as the agricultural industry is strongly in favor (since it allows them to hire illegal immigrants and bypass everify) despite the complaints of some conservative groups who balk at the idea of allowing illegal immigrants to find work in the state. The bill has made for some strange bedfellows, as anti-immigrant activists oppose it for the everify loophole, while civil libertarians oppose it for allowing LEOs to hold people for up to 24 hours merely on the suspicion of being an illegal immigrant (read: you can be thrown in jail for 24 hours for being brown).

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