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[POP QUIZ]

YEAR IN REVIEW

This week we’re looking back at some of the trends in the Pop Quiz. Each week we ask three politicians three questions, and participants and the questions vary each time. Here’s what the data says about those who take part.

The “valiant effort” award goes to James Taylor Jr. who serves Winston- Salem’s Southeast Ward on council, for frequently participating in the Pop Quiz despite often getting the answers wrong.

Can’t take the heat: Winston-Salem Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke hasn’t participated in the pop quiz since July 11 when she got two out of the three questions wrong. Coincidence?

Eager for action: At-large Greensboro Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter always makes an effort to call us back, even if it’s too late for pop quiz (because we already have three respondents). She’s usually in the pop quiz, and her answers are usually on the mark.

Permanent participant: Dan Besse has been one of the respondents for every pop quiz directed at the Winston-Salem City Council since before we can remember.

Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins’ participation has increased lately Dishonorable mention: Greensboro’s District 2 Councilman Jim Kee has said he tired of the Pop Quiz in his first term and doesn’t return calls to participate. We usually don’t bother to even try District 1 Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small because she almost never answers for anything (leading us to endorse against her) or District 5 Councilwoman Trudy Wade, who is headed to the NC Senate.

The bomb: Denise Adams, Derwin Montgomery and Dan Besse started off the year on the wrong foot, bombing a Jan. 18 pop quiz about the Winston-Salem council’s agenda.

Close call: We rarely reach out to the Forsyth and Guilford county commissions, so it’s a challenge to compare results. Guilford Democrat Kay Cashion and Forsyth Republican Debra Conrad have recently declined to participate, and Republican Jeff Phillips was one of the only Guilford County Commission candidates to call us back for Pop Quiz (he has since been elected).

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