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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

The Public-Private Revolving Door, Small-Town Style

The two recent pieces on the intersections of government, business, and large projects have produced record numbers of pave views.  Those pieces were about the I77 HOT Lanes project generating a lot of recent controversy. However, you do not have to look at just large projects involving hundreds of millions of dollars to see examples […]

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

ALEC: The Best Connected Toll Road Lobbyist in North Carolina

If last week’s post on lobbyists surrounding the I77 HOT lanes project with links to Governor Pat McCrory gave you an upset stomach.  This one is likely to make your blood boil. Many readers who follow the HOT lanes issue or politics generally are familiar with ALEC.  For those who are not, the American Legislative […]

July 8, 2015 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

How Close Does Cintra’s Road Get To Governor Pat McCrory?

Whether one calls it lobbying, public relations, business development, or crisis management, what you are really hiring when you employ somebody for any of the above functions is a “fixer”.  That’s someone who gets things done that might not be do-able otherwise. Lobbying is big business.  There is lots of money involved.  Lots of connections […]

June 29, 2015 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

I77 HOT Lanes Debt Should Be ‘Junk’

(Originally published on May 15…in case you missed this.) Once again, the I77 HOT lanes project has been in the news and not for good reasons. This past week, local elected boards one after the other passed resolutions demanding answers to new questions or asking for outright delay prior to financial close of the contract. […]

May 26, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Just Say ‘No’ to NCGA Four Year Terms

Most new Legislatures in Raleigh see a few proposed amendments to the State Constitution, and this one so far is no different. Often, the proposed changes go nowhere.  Maybe they are proposed by the party that’s not in power, so they do not have the votes to get on the ballot.  Maybe they are too […]

March 27, 2015 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

Possible Good News on the Horizon for Mi-Connection?

If you’ve been watching the news much lately, you are probably aware the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has been looking for more ways to control the internet from the Federal level. One of those moves came last week when the FCC granted a petition from Wilson, NC to preempt a North Carolina law that puts […]

March 12, 2015 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

WidenI77 vs Reason Foundation – HOT Lanes Showdown this Thursday on WFAE

This Thursday, WFAE a Charlotte Talks will host a panel discussion on HOT Lanes with Wideni77.org’s, Kurt Naas, going head to head with Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation – a libertarian think tank in California.  Charlotte City Councilman Al Austin will also be on the panel. For those paying close attention to the HOT […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

New Year’s Resolution for Local Government…Be as Transparent as Possible.

In Corporate America, during annual reviews people are often rated on their “accomplishments” as well as their “behaviors”.  Said another way, employees are rated on the “what they did” as well as the “how they did it”.  Often times, there is a perception that the “what” side of the equation is more Important than the […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Like Frankenstein…It’s Alive!!!

With Halloween upon us this week, we bring you the latest transportation spending monster being planned for Mecklenburg County.  This one involves new ways to fund a project that just won’t die – the Red Line commuter rail from Charlotte to Mooresville as part of the regional 2030 Transit Plan. The Red Line received an apparently fatal blow […]

November 1, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Mayor Apologizes for Commissioner Asking Question to Legislators on HOT Lanes

Things are beginning to get downright weird on the road to signing the final-final-we-really-mean-it -this-time contract with Cintra on the I77 HOT Lanes project.  We’re not sure if this is a sign that some are getting antsy about going through with such a bad and unpopular idea, or if this is just a consequence of a long and […]

September 17, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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