#1 Affordable Housing – This morning, Congressman David Price (NC-04) hosts Secretary Julián Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a tour of the Capitol Park development in downtown Raleigh. The visit will highlight the Raleigh Housing Authority’s successful use HUD funding for community redevelopment and revitalization and allow Secretary Castro to hear directly from local residents, community leaders, and elected officials about the affordable housing challenges facing the City of Raleigh.
Affordable housing has increasingly become a big issue in Wake County – where a worker must earn $18.21 on average to afford a safe, decent two-bedroom apartment.
Learn more about the state’s affordable housing crisis in this report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
#2 First Lady – Michelle Obama returns to North Carolina today urging would-be voters to be sure they are registered to vote ahead of an October 14th deadline. Mrs. Obama will also be making the case for the Clinton-Kaine ticket with campaign rallies in Raleigh and Charlotte.
Interested in attending?
In Charlotte – doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the noon-time event – at the Charlotte Convention Center.
In Raleigh – doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. event – at Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus.
#3. October’s Board of Education meeting – The North Carolina State Board of Education will hold its bi-annual planning and work sessions today and Wednesday of this week followed by the monthly board meeting on Thursday.
Look for talk about who will head-up NC’s new Achievement School District.
This month the board will be meeting on the campus of Appalachian State University in the Plemmons Student Union. Find agendas for all three days here. You can also listen to live audiostreaming of those meetings here.
# 4. How do we repair our broken democracy? – On Wednesday, please join N.C. Policy Watch as we present a special Crucial Conversation with Karen Hobert Flynn, President of the national nonprofit watchdog, Common Cause. Has American democracy reached a crisis point? If the 2016 election campaign is any indication, this seems a fair assessment. Between the toxic combination of big, dark money, rampant gerrymandering and voter suppression, weak ethics laws and an often dysfunctional news media, the situation can sometimes seem rather bleak and, perhaps, even beyond repair.
Karen Hobert Flynn shares these concerns. As the President of Common Cause, a venerable and nonpartisan nonprofit that battles the forces of reaction and operates under the motto “holding power accountable,” she is acutely aware of the deep problems that confront the American experiment in the 21st Century.
Fortunately, Flynn remains optimistic that the American people can and will overcome these enormous challenges and that, better still, the current state of affairs can provide the precise impetus necessary to spark real and lasting change.
Wednesday’s noon-time event will be held at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. (At the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets).
#5. WaPo columnist at Duke – Finally, Kathleen Parker, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, will be at Duke University Wednesday to discuss one of the most outlandish presidential races in modern history. Parker’s address is open to the public and will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Rubenstein Hall 200 on the Duke campus.
You can read some of her recent columns here.