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Occupy Raleigh camp given legal OK

Posted December 1, 2011

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— A new base camp for Occupy Raleigh protesters near downtown so far appears to be in compliance with the law, Wake County and Raleigh city officials say.

Rob Baumgart, who owns a Sprint and Nextel sales company called Chatterbox Communications, is leasing a 2,500-square-foot lot near West and Edenton streets to Occupy Raleigh protesters for $400 a month.

Protesters set up about 15 tents on the lot Thanksgiving Day. They're using the space to organize, sleep and eat while they picket at the Capitol Building downtown. The camp does not have electricity, but protesters have brought portable generators so they so can cook and run small heaters, as well as a library.

City officials said camping in small, personal tents is allowed in the business district with no time limits. Port-a-johns are allowed so long as they are cleaned.

Fire officials said open fires, such as grills, are permitted if they're used for warmth or cooking.

Raleigh police said they will not permanently keep an officer at the camp, as they do during protests at the Capitol. Instead, police said they will respond to calls or complaints as necessary.

City and county officials said they have gotten calls reporting possible code or zoning violations, but so far, they haven't seen any evidence of one.

As long as protesters don't block the sidewalk or threaten public safety, city officials said they can stay indefinitely.

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  • whatusay Dec 2, 2011

    For all the socialists who don't believe 47% don't pay any "FEDERAL INCOME TAXES", google: http://news.yahoo.com/numbers-47-percent-pay-no-income-tax-look-170500327.html

  • whatusay Dec 2, 2011

    cvdurhm....what planet are you from? Everyone in this country knows 47% of all Americans pay "ZERO" federal income taxes. What's your problem. You would argue with a rock. I am not talking about state taxes, fuel taxes, sales taxes, ss taxes, I am talking about what makes the federal government function - "FEDERAL INCOME TAXES". Get real man...you have to be smarter than you seem.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Dec 2, 2011

    WHATUSAY....if 47% pay no taxes (which is a factual lie) we are 47% of the way back to the Constitution. So what I find odd is you calling someone a "taxaholic" when you are pushing for MORE ILLEGAL UNAPPORTIONED TAXES. The irony is astounding.

  • wral mods blow close my account Dec 2, 2011

    "make the rich pay for the 47% who pay nothing. " whatusay

    You are like a broken record with this lie. Only 18% pay no taxes and they earn between 0-20K. Please educate yourself: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/tax-reality-check/notax.html

  • barbstillkickin Dec 2, 2011

    WELL WHATWAY I AGREE YOU ARE RIGHT AND WRONG. NUMBER ONE WE CAN NOT HAVE A COUNTRY WHERE EVERYONE GETS PAID SAME NO MATTER WHAT. THAT WOULD CREATE A LOT OF COUCH POTATOES. YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT THE SS CAP. THESE ELDER'S WHO DID THERE TIME HARDLY MAKE ENOUGH NOW FROM SS TO PUT FOOD ON THEIR TABLE. IF ANYTHING WE NEED TO INCREASE SS TO AT LEAST 75% OF THEIR INCOME WHEN THEY WORKED FOR THEIR 35 YEARS.

  • PokeyGirl Dec 2, 2011

    godnessgracious2, you quoted that one statement of mine. I am by NO MEANS timid, that comment of yours made me laugh out loud, as it did my co-workers. I happen to ENJOY my job and I make do on what I make from it. I've had jobs that paid a lot more and I eventually left them, I love my low-paying job at the non-profit I work at, and I cut back on expenditures so I can make do. I'd rather be a little poor and happy, than have more "stuff".

  • warbirdlover Dec 2, 2011

    There are jobs to be had. It just a matter if you want to work and get dirty and sweaty. Lots of people think that any form of manual labor is below their status. I have done many different jobs, Shucked Oysters in a Seafood resturant, cleaned nightclubs, washed cars at a use car lot to pay for Technical School. Too many people go to college and get a degree in something totally useless, then complain because they can't find the revered position they dreamed of, being 9th century Norwegian Art Historian, or a position in Political Science commentator on Meet The Press.

  • whatusay Dec 1, 2011

    there you go...godnessgacious2, the tax-a-holic queen. Raise those taxes, make the rich pay for the 47% who pay nothing. We need more welfare, more free minutes on our free cell phones, more....ah...well more something....just raise the taxes on those evil millionaires and leave those who pay nothing alone.
    Did I mention we need to raise the cap on SS. And she openly admits she is a socialist and believes government should redistribute the wealth and make everyone poor...one class of people...where the government decides how much you are worth and how much you should earn and how hard you should work, and who has to work...gov't control..... seriously, is anybody buying her nightmare experiment for America?

  • godnessgracious2 Dec 1, 2011

    Hey everyone. whatusay says that SS and medicare are not really taxes - LOL

    But they are always front and center when they talk about spending. Rightly so, but this is a reason to raise the cap on SS contributions so the wealthy can start paying a fair share into our societies retirement system. Lets let millionaires pay on their earnings even though they won't get extra retirement benefits. Yes I am aware this is the new Socialism but I think we'll all be OK. The rich will still be rich. The poor will still be poor. The only difference here if we tax the rich a little more is the 116.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities we are facing won't end the American experiment.

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/

  • whatusay Dec 1, 2011

    cvdurhm.... seriously, you demean your your intelligence by not knowing the true definition of "Federal Income Taxes" that you write in block 61 on the 1040 income tax statement you send to the IRS every year....I assume you pay taxes, or at least file them. You could also read block 4 on a 1099, or block 2 on a W-2. The federal gov't is very specific about seperating the various taxes into categories like "federal income taxes with-held".

    Good try but you just show your lack of knowledge.

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