Affordable housing is not just a local problem

Or even a particularly American problem:

Mumtaz Ahmed looks and sounds overwhelmed. For three weeks, she has been searching for an apartment to rent in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for her young family of three. The few properties on the market are either too expensive or owners ask for a large deposit upfront.

“I’m looking for two to three-bedroom apartment in this area and it is proving impossible,” the mother-of-one told Al Jazeera as she sat in the waiting area of an estate agency in the Waberi district of the city.

This diary may seem like it's coming out of left field, but the truth is, I was always a center-fielder. See what I did there? I conflated baseball with misleading political rhet...Never mind. If you have to explain the joke, life is simply not worth living. Anyway, when I got deeper into this article, I was struck by the similarities between Mogadishu and Raleigh:

Tuesday Twitter roundup

It's nothing short of infuriating. Teachers and their advocates have been purchasing basic education supplies out of their pockets for years, but most parents don't bat an eye. Meanwhile BergerMoore is throwing another $100 million at private school vouchers. Grrr...

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


LEGISLATURE GRASPS AT A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM: The State Constitution has, since 1943 had a state Board of Education largely appointed by the governor with confirmation by the legislature. With no notice in the waning hours of the current legislative session, House leaders introduced and forced through the committee system and on to the full House floor a plan to change the State Constitution to take the appointment power away from the governor and have voters elect the board members. Further, it would align the board’s representative districts with the state’s congressional districts. Given the legislature’s hyper gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts – which has been the subject of endless litigation over the last decade and continues to this day -- it would guarantee a partisan majority of Republicans on the board. Amending the state Constitution and altering the way public education is administered by the state should not be the result of a slap-dash solution concocted in secret and forced onto the ballot in the closing moments of a legislative session. Since Roy Cooper was first elected almost six years ago, Republicans have systematically usurped his powers, and even laughed about it. It's long past time the voters took them to task for such arrogant and despotic behavior.

Weekend Wound-Up: Deep dive version

Before you roll your eyes and bounce, I won't be the deep diver. Not that I can't do it, I'm just prone to being distracted by undulating aquatic plant life and colorful fish (Yes, that's the plural of fish, regardless of what Merriam Webster or the Associated Press say. Jesus fed them loaves and fish. And one guy who normally fishes for his dinner was greatly relieved he could skip it that day).

Our deep divers in this diary are professionals, and incredibly intelligent and resourceful ones. We'll start off with our good friends working their respective beats at the NC Justice Center:


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