Stories written by Christian Hine
A 1999 Cum Laude graduate of UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business, Christian has spent fifteen years as an award winning political activist and consultant in both North and South Carolina...with a little radio talk show hosting and newspaper editing thrown in for good measure. A self-described "Republitarian", Christian is an unabashed advocate of traditional free market capitalism and views passage of the FairTax as the single most effective method to combat the social manipulation and corruption found in government today. When not stressing over yet another new law, Christian enjoys treasure hunting, obscure European power metal bands, good beer, and anything related to Carolina Panthers football...except talking about the 2001 season. He's removed that from memory.

NCDOT Announces Winning HOT Lane Bidder…Drivers Lose

Despite significant public opposition to the proposed construction of High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOT lanes) in Northern Mecklenburg and Southern Iredell Counties, the Department of Transportation announced today that it has accepted a bid for the project from Cintra Infrastructures. From the NCDOT Release: The N.C. Department of Transportation announces the apparent successful bidder for its first [...]

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

CAUTION Urges Restraint on GoodSports Proposal

Group Continues Incentive Fight, Warns of Private Competitor to Facility   Charlotte, NC – April 2, 2014 – Common Americans United to Inspire OUR Nation (CAUTION) announced today that it is urging the Economic Development Committee of the Charlotte City Council to oppose continued negotiations with GoodSports, Inc at its April 3, 2014 meeting due to [...]

April 2, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Tillis Votes With MeckGOP to Silence Local Activists

At the Mecklenburg Republican Party Convention on Saturday, a rules change was presented and passed that essentially strips the local GOP of the ability to voice its opinion on issues. It was a move that solidifies in my mind that the Republican Party is dysfunctional and presiding over its own demise. Since this is an [...]

March 30, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Commissioner Bentley Outlines Changing Mecklenburg Demographics

County Commissioner Karen Bentley addressed the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans on March 25 at their monthly meeting.  Her presentation entitled “Demographic and population trends and their impact on voter registration” outlined the changing demographic situation of Mecklenburg County and how the county is losing population while becoming increasingly less affluent.  This 15 minute presentation is [...]

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

In Wake of Mayor’s Arrest, CAUTION Renews Call to End Incentive Packages

CAUTION Calls for End to Incentive Deals Charges Levied Against Mayor No Surprise in World of “Pay to Play” Politics  Charlotte, NC – March 26, 2014 – Common Americans United to Inspire OUR Nation (CAUTION) announced today its disappointment that Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on public corruption charges and that it seeks an end [...]

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Rhodes Calls for Tillis to Step Down Pending Investigation

Former Representative John Rhodes stepped back into the political fray today at a press conference he called in Cornelius, NC.  Rhodes read from a prepared statement and didn’t take followup questions from the media.  He did suggest that more information was to come.  (The linked statement also includes supporting documents.) Among his talking points he [...]

March 21, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Former NC Rep John Rhodes to Speak on Reports of Pay To Play Surrounding Rep.Thom Tillis

Former State Representative John Rhodes (unaffiliated) will speak on the disturbing issues of a culture of corruption and pay to play politics as recently reported surrounding Representative (Speaker) Thom Tillis (R) Mecklenburg office and the ongoing abuses against the legislative body, fellow representatives, and against the people of North Carolina by the Speaker.  Rhodes will [...]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Conflict of Interest in Brannon Case?

A jury verdict on February 18, 2014 found US Senate Candidate Greg Brannon liable for giving “misleading or false information in 2010 to investors regarding a mobile application being developed by Neogence Enterprises, a now-defunct tech company he helped start.” As a result, Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins, who presided over the case, found Brannon [...]

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Senate Race Brings Controversy to MeckGOP Fundraiser


A controversy is brewing within the Mecklenburg County Republican Party. On March 15, the Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner will be held at the Carmel Country Club. This event is the single largest fundraising opportunity held every year for the County Party, which is by and large responsible for it’s own funding. It has not [...]

March 7, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,County Beat,House Specials | Read More »

Voter ID and Hilarious Hypocrisy

Looks like William Barber and his merry band of “Moral Monday” protesters are back at it in 2014. In Raleigh this past weekend, thousands of marchers (many bused in from out of state by a motley collection of leftist organizations) took aim once again at the Republican led NC General Assembly’s work to right the [...]

February 10, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

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