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.

Sales Tax Referendum Back On?

Last week, it was reported HERE that we may have been saved from a referendum fight over increasing the local sales tax.  The NC Senate was looking to pass a bill that would cap local option sales tax at 2.5%.  Since Mecklenburg already charges that, the referendum would essentially be voided. However, due once again [...]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

A Couple Action Items…

Hello friends! I’m obviously more of an activist than a journalist, so I figured I’d share a couple items that my fellow activists might be interested in. First, an invitation to a townhall meeting sponsored by Think the signing of the first contract with Cintra made HOT lanes on I-77 a done deal? Think [...]

July 17, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Political Shenanigans in Cabarrus County. What is Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Thinking?

Citizens of Cabarrus County are asked to contact all members of the North Carolina House of Representatives and respectfully request that they vote to “NOT CONCUR” with the senate version of HB1218 when it comes back to the house.  This matter will come up in the next scheduled session of the House which is Monday [...]

June 30, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Charlotte Tea Party’s Weekly Update

Greetings! CAUTION’s Summer Sessions are in full swing…and it’s really Summer now as well! Join us Monday evening at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille from 6-7:30 for some great conversation with fellow conservatives. This is a long newsletter, so let’s dive in!! This week, in addition to our This Week in History presentation, we’ll also hear [...]

June 23, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Good Golly! Liberals Love Molly Spearman in SC!

Despite the many benefits of living in South Carolina (ahem, cheaper gas, ahem), there remains a number of practices that I find just silly when it comes to local politics.  South Carolina gets it half right in not having it’s citizens register by Party affiliation, but it then continues to run elections in a partisan [...]

June 23, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Free the Voter Freedom Act!

*Editor’s note:  The following is a letter from the Chairman of the NC Libertarian Party.  Regardless of your political affiliation or ideology, the idea of encouraging more open ballot access should be considered a positive.  Ideas and the people who espouse them should not face such hurdles in running for office as they do now. [...]

June 9, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Was Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter?

By now you have heard the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from Taliban captivity.  This should be a feel good story, but layers keep unraveling. Nevermind the fact that President Obama has now seemingly changed US foreign policy to include negotiation with terrorists, but word is beginning to leak that Bergdahl himself isn’t just [...]

June 2, 2014 | Posted in Christian Hine,National | Read More »

Post Primary Depression: So You Lost, Now What?


If you’ve ever felt the rush of emotions that having your team in the “big game” can bring, then you have an idea of what campaign season is like for political activists…with a few exceptions. Imagine if the Super Bowl lasted for eight months, the fans played the game, and neither side knew the score [...]

May 14, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine,House Specials,National | Read More »

FreedomWorks Visits Charlotte

Early voting began last week for the May 6 primary election and the Republican US Senate candidates are boxing it out in round one of what will likely be a two round fight.  Capitalizing on his support from the national FreedomWorks organization, Dr. Greg Brannon appeared at a rally sponsored by the group on Saturday [...]

April 30, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine | Read More »

Cintra’s HOT Lanes a HOT Mess

As reported last week, the locally reviled HOT lane proposal on I-77 in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell is moving forward.  The NCDOT announced that Cintra Infraestructures, S.A, a Spanish firm specializing in transportation infrastructure, was the apparent winning bidder for the project. The press release for the NCDOT gave limited details, and to date [...]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

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