In the News, 2008-2013

2008-2013 News

Plain Talk previewed on television in February 2013. The News and Observer mentioned its debut. 

In December 2012, Bonds spoke to New York Times reporter Kim Severson about changes in the NC General Assembly.  In April 2013, she provided insight to the Fayetteville Observer.  And, again later. 

Bonds wrote an opinion-editorial for the New York Times Room for Debate about the NC Budget. The op-ed was cited in the News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer

The Fayetteville Observer, April 13, 2013, Republican majority steers NC to the right

Democratic consultant Jeanne Milliken Bonds thinks Republican leaders, such as House Speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. McCrory, are trying to rein in some of the socially conservative ideas coming from their party.

Moderate Republicans could suffer from those measures, Bonds said. For example, after the state religion resolution made national news, Tillis announced that the legislation would not be considered.

“I think Tillis and McCrory are worried about it,” Bonds said of some of the far-reaching legislation coming from the party’s socially conservative wing.

She said lawmakers who support those bills came into office last year in part on the social conservative energy behind last year’s state constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage.

“I do think that the Tillis-McCrory moderation is starting to show a little bit,” Bonds said. “But whether that translates into bills being vetoed? Doubtful.”

Instead, Bonds said, Republican leaders are seeking to keep the middle happy by supporting bipartisan proposals, such as a recent education reform bill that has Democratic support.”

The New York Times, December 11, 2012, GOP’s full control in long-moderate NC may leave lasting mark

“It’s pretty much a stunning change,” said Jeanne Bonds, a Democrat and frequent political commentator who served as the mayor of Knightdale, N.C. “The Republicans run a social agenda that’s not what many North Carolinians are used to seeing.”

The News & Observer, September 27, 2003,  Aid came like ‘angels descending upon us’
by Ryan Teague Beckwith

“Burney Baker doesn’t remember meeting the mayor of Knightdale, but he’ll never forget her now. Baker, mayor of the tiny town of Colerain in Bertie County, has been struggling for the past week with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Isabel. Thanks to Knightdale Mayor Jeanne Bonds, he has not been doing it alone.

In the past week, Knightdale has sent public safety officers to help relieve worn-out emergency workers, public works employees to help clear roads, and its town manager to help fill out disaster relief paperwork.

“It was like a bunch of angels descending upon us,” Baker said.

Bonds toured Colerain and several other small towns in Eastern North Carolina when she worked for the Rural Economic Development Center, a statewide nonprofit agency.

When she read about the problems in Colerain last weekend, she remembered meeting Baker, 43, a chicken farmer now in his second year as mayor, and decided Knightdale had to do something.

“It sounded like they really needed help,” she said.”


(The News & Observer, December 23, 2003, Panel looking to lure jobs, by Ryan Teague Beckwith

“Aside from Square D, the town’s major employers are Wake Stone, a Lowe’s Home Improvement store and a Wal-Mart. Most other jobs in town are at fast-food restaurants and grocery stores.

Not everyone in town is content to let it stay that way. Led by two former mayors, Jeanne Bonds and Billy Wilder, a new economic development committee started in November has begun drawing up plans to revitalize this town of 6,300 east of Raleigh. The group, made up of volunteers, has no salaried employees and no budget, but already it has big plans. The committee is inviting speakers from the state Department of Commerce and local commercial real estate agencies to an economic development summit in January.

The Knightdale Economic Development Committee also is making its opinions known. Bonds has called for the towns of Knightdale and Wendell to work with the county on a plan for the eastern end of the U.S. 64 Bypass, which both towns hope to annex after construction ends.

And Bonds said she wants committee members to lobby for a referendum on local-project financing slated for next year, among other things.



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