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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

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 »

Towns Ask Feds at FCC to ‘Preempt’ NC State Law

In a case with potentially national repercussions, the Towns of Mooresville and Davidson have waded into the fray over municipal broadband network ownership. On August 28th, both towns submitted comments supporting petitions to the Federal Communications Commission by Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN asking the FCC to ‘preempt’ North Carolina law governing municipal owned communications networks.  This State [...]

September 10, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

HOT Lanes Meets Spinal Tap…”these go to eleven?!?!”

Davidson’s Town Board met with LNTC and NCDOT officials last week to discuss HOT Lanes in a special meeting.  SeeDavidsonNews.net for the whole story. It’s commendable that this meeting occurred though it would have been much, much better if it had been allowed before the contract was signed for commercial close of the project.  Davidson Mayor, John Woods, squashed that from [...]

August 12, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

NCSEN Off the Critical Path to a Republican Majority?

A lot has been written in the past two weeks about the Republican infighting in Raleigh and the negative impacts it’s having on Team Tillis’s campaign for the US Senate.  The most current round of that fighting may be coming to an end with reports of a “framework” to end the budget stalemate between the more [...]

July 29, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,House Guests | Read More »

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 »

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