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Rick Short is a local commenter, "media activist", political junkie, and Town Hall troublemaker who lives and writes in Davidson North Carolina. His website is A Short Chronicle

North Meck Mayors + Speaker Thom Tillis (aka The HOT Lanes Bucket Brigade)

When the I77 HOT Lanes issue once again caught fire two weeks ago with the release of new information from NCDOT on potential toll rates, things got hot around North Mecklenburg among elected officials as well. As reported here last week, Davidson’s Town Board declined to have a special meeting to discuss the issue.  What may be even more [...]

July 3, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Fuzzy Math Continues on HOT Lanes

It’s not surprising that once the information NCDOT possessed on the projected costs of the I77 HOT became public, that the bureaucracy would go into full fledged spin mode.  That appears to be what happened yesterday as the date for signing the 50 year contract with the Spanish contracting firm, Cintra, looms later this week. One could expect that when [...]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

After Bumpy Week on the Campaign Trail, MeckGOP Convention Looms for Team Tillis

Last week was maybe the roughest PR week yet for the Tillis Campaign in the run-up to the May 6th primary for the US Senate race.  How well he bounces back will be interesting to watch.  Here are the highlights of what went down: Wednesday, the Harris Campaign released results of an internal push poll.  The “poll” shows [...]

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

Davidson’s Board Escapes Uncomfortable Vote on Affordable Housing

At the February 19th town board meeting, Commissioners voted unanimously toacknowledge that affordable housing restrictions no longer applied to a single unit in the South Main Square Condos.  This was due to a foreclosure that happened on the property in 2011.  The Board did not vote to remove the restrictions.  They simply voted to acknowledge that the restrictions [...]

March 7, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Hudson Files for NC House 98

Thursday afternoon, things got a little more interesting here in North Mecklenburg in the race for the Republican nomination for NC House 98. Conservative activist Sharon Hudson of Huntersville filed for office today seeking the Republican nomination in the race to replace Thom Tillis in the Legislature - bringing the total to three candidates on the Republican side. Hudson is [...]

February 28, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

NCSEN Candidates Put on a Good Show in Huntersville

Some great political theater came to Huntersville Thursday night. The show was put on by the new Lake Norman Conservatives activist group with all the ingredients for a solid performance – good speakers, good organization, and a good crowd.  If they can repeat it on a regular basis, the group could be in for a long run on [...]

February 3, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

A House Divided…

cannot stand is the saying. While I don’t think that saying really applies to the Republican Party here in North Mecklenburg, things are going to get very messy over the next few months. Tuesday saw the announcement of a new group forming in the area called Lake Norman Conservatives.  The group’s first event is ambitious – a candidate forum for the [...]

December 23, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Revenge or “healing” for Huntersville

Monday night looked like it might be “revenge”… After a tough campaign for Mayor, one that became personal and fairly nasty at times particularly around the widening of I77 with HOT Lanes, Mayor Jill Swain was quoted in the Lake Norman Citizen as saying “my next step is to start working to help Huntersville heal from [...]

December 4, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Setting the Stage for Who’ll Replace Thom Tillis in NC-98

The storyline of who will replace NC Speaker, Thom Tillis, as the North Mecklenburg Representative in the General Assembly started to officially take shape this week with outgoing Cornelius mayor, Lynette Rinker (Rep), throwing her hat in the ring.  Her announcement comes in the last month before she steps down to be replaced by Mayor-elect Chuck Travis. When [...]

November 16, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Disecting the Pro-HOT Lanes Arguments at the NCGOP Exec Committee Meeting

The good folks over at posted audio last week covering the debate on HOT Lanes from the previous Sunday’s NCGOP Executive Committee meeting.  It’s about 30 minutes long but well worth a listen. At stake was an official resolution by the State Republican Party against HOT Lanes providing more emphasis to the anti-HOT plank already added to the [...]

June 17, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Rick Short | Read More »

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