Saturday, January 7, 2017

Our local paper of record's lack of pointing out Marty Kotis is one of North Carolina's biggest HB2 supporters

Greensboro council to consider selling property to Kotis
Old Terrace Theatre time capsule to be opened in December
Marty Kotis to buy human services building in downtown Greensboro
Marty Kotis plans entertainment, shopping near Spartan Village
"I was appointed by the N.C. Senate to the UNC Board of Governors by Senator (Trudy) Wade and Senate President Tempore (Phil) Berger," [Marty] Kotis wrote. "They have been very supportive of our efforts for greater transparency and oversight by the full board."
"It's official: Greensboro has a Midtown

Maybe there was a time when Midtown was only in Marty Kotis’ mind.

Not anymore.

The city of Greensboro has placed signs — small though they may be — officially designating the Battleground Avenue corridor dotted by so many of the developer’s properties as Midtown.
Kotis said the designation — blue signs posted at RED Cinemas and at Grecade Street — will help him as he tries to attract more retail to that area of the city.
Our Opinion: Kotis stakes his claim
Here he goes again: Kotis digs deeper into downtown.
Developer envisions new, exciting life for former lumber yard
Kotis on developing Battleground area: 'It’s not a matter of if'
"Companies scorned HB2, but donated to lawmakers who passed it"

More Lost Jobs for North Carolina; "Gov. McCrory reflects on HB2, regrets during his one-term"

"North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy"

More lost jobs for North Carolina; "Deal to repeal NC bathroom law falls apart"

It's been 55 days since the News and Record didn't report Marty Kotis getting $600,000 from Greensboro's taxpayers to design a bike path inside a consent agenda

Sarah Palin slams Greensboro for 'crony capitalism' deals

Marty Kotis, Republican buyer of City property 
for pennies on the dollar in unannounced auctions
and skimmer of tax breaks for a Sheetz next to a government funded highway,
and a sweet $600,000 to design a bike path from all the City Council members he funded

"Federal court orders new NC legislative elections in 2017"

Who gave to Trudy Wade?;

1500 MILL ST, STE 105
Individual Contribution 5555 Check $4500.00

07/12/2016 [Roy Carroll's] TRIAD GOOD GOVERNMENT PAC
PO BOX 2888
Other Political Committee Contribution 5555 Check $5000.00

Who gave to John Hardister;

William Marshal Kotis III - $3,799.96

Why did Marty Kotis give Phil $10,200?

Marty Kotis angling for more city of Greensboro money, using taxpayer funded Zack Matheny as his lobbyist; "City might help"

How to purchase City Councilman Jamal Fox, by Marty Kotis among others

Jamal Fox's amended 2015 mid-year finance report now noting Marty Kotis funded his campaign event

Politically Greensboro is thoroughly corrupted and economically too deeply controlled by the likes of Roy Carroll and Marty Kotis to extricate itself. Morally we are without direction, rudderless in dangerous seas and heading for the rocks with Nancy Vaughan, Mike Barber and Zack Matheny at the helm, working as pawns of the country club inside crowds advocated for by Susan Ladd's garbage, reality-less advocacy pieces published outside the confines of the opinion pages.

The unnamed "developer" in the following News and Record article is Marty Kotis; Interesting thing about Jamal Fox lobbying for Marty

More Special Favors For Marty Kotis''

Joe Killian on tonight's edition of City Council's pay to play crony capitalism; "Greensboro council to consider selling [$3,054,100] property to Kotis" for $900,000

Marty Kotis' Tony Wilkins contribution before Tony voted to give Marty a $3 million building for $900,000

City of Greensboro Information Request; "Communications between Marty Kotis and anyone at the City for the last nine months"

John Hammer on Kotis' sweet City of Greensboro real estate deal and the obvious, unasked question of whether the sale was crooked or not

Kotis employee Jeffrey Nimmer giving to Sharon Hightower before she voted to give some goods to Marty Kotis

Marty Kotis paying off Yvonne Johnson before she voted to give a $3 million building to Marty for $900,000

Marty Kotis, City Council, City Staff and the News and Record have a problem

Sharon Hightower's take from selling taxpayer owned property to Marty Kotis for pennies on the dollar

Why should a community in stagnation subsidize Marty Kotis, who, according to Roy Carroll's Rhino Times, is worth more than $100,000,000, whose new projects take business away from the less connected?

Katei Cranford on Marty Kotis and Greensboro News and Record's "fluff piece" garbage journalism

On Marty Kotis' land give away coming up on Tuesday

This is what selling a property to Greensboro's biggest campaign donor reads like

Is Marty Kotis buying City of Greensboro property for less than the appraised value illegal?

North Carolina and Greensboro's leadership and sold-out press have made a joke of our community and state.  They perverted and rotted our economy from within.  Our elected leaders have lined their donors' pockets in exchange for campaign donations and signs on commercial properties and billboards. 

These 'leaders' and their financial backers have ignored the travails of the average income citizen.  We want good paying jobs back, as Roy Carroll, Marty Kotis and the Koury's among others at the top of our local food chain effectively opposed living wages and basic worker rights via purchased state legislators and crooked, crony backed legislation.  Think about how much more money Marty and friends can make by more easily firing newly pregnant restaurant servers and hotel house keepers.  Just on insurance premiums, these fine folks living off the rest of us who hire and pay low wages to those, who if they say anything about it are immediately fired without any governmental intervention.  Many used to call it slavery.  Now it's the same thing, without the stigma as it has become something of a national pastime for the 1%.

If 'we' are dumb enough to believe 
with the help of Marty Kotis, Roy Carroll, and Koury Corporation 
are paying to tell us to believe
which is what the bible thumping morons on the local far right
are are saying they believe, in direct contradiction to basic rationality,
there is seriously something very wrong with our local society
and our local political and economic establishment are in on it.

Marty Kotis appears to be saying he doesn't want any gays anywhere near his properties
or eating at his restaurants because they are gay or trans
by not asking for his money back from those in North Carolina's legislature
who have lost thousands of jobs for our state

I wonder is all the City Council members in Greensboro 
are going to give Marty the money he purchased them with back
because he favors discriminatory legislation

Marty only extracts rent from most of the restaurants on his properties, which the News and Record's Allen Johnson doesn't seem to understand.  But Allen doesn't understand basic economics, so that's what we have for an 'opinion leader'.  

More like a cheerleader of the uneducated variety whom everyone likes to look at anyway.

Doug Clark and Allen Johnson didn't understand or foresee what happened last time the economy tanked, and their jobs are to not know or report as we decline once again.

They, along with the Triad Business Journal, are just cheerleaders for the 1%.

Marty Kotis' Zack Matheny payoff for some quid pro quo DGI lobbying and taxpayer incentive money