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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 »

WidenI77 Presentation in Mooresville

Last night, September 9, 2014, the WidenI77 team took their information to Mooresville, NC and presented their side of the HOT lane story to an eager crowd of about 160.  Here is the video of the presentation, with a focus on the slideshow this time to make it easier to follow. As we approach the [...]

September 10, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | 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 »

Charter Schools Unfairly Maligned

Our local entertainment weekly, Creative Loafing, in their typical leftist style, denigrates Charter Schools. Pretending to be unbiased, saying she thought about sending her children to one, Erin Tracy-Blackwood tells all. She begins by telling us she has seen too many unmotivated teachers in the public school system so she decided to send her children [...]

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,CMS Beat,House Guests | Read More »

NCDOT To Hold Closed Door Meetings With Local Officials to Discuss I77 Tolls

NCDOT and Cintra, the private company selected to operate the proposed toll lanes on I-77, will be holding a series of closed-door meetings with elected officials from the Lake Norman towns. The meetings will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014. Times and locations are as follows: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Mooresville Town Hall 1:00 p.m. [...]

August 20, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Rewriting the History of BAC, Bailouts, and Busts

Countrywide deal is paying off big, BofA exec says — The Charlotte Observer, 2/19/09 The deal that cost Bank of America $50 billion – and counting — The Charlotte Observer, 8/16/14 Retroactive schadenfreude with perfect hindsight is not the goal here, especially when Bank of America’s dalliance with Countrywide raised red flags in real time as far back as those fateful [...]

August 19, 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 »

A Tale of Two Sheriff Candidates

Mecklenburg County has two candidates for sheriff. Both seem qualified according to their resumes but there are some critical differences. Irwin Carmichael is a well spoken lifetime bureaucrat with the sheriff’s office who aspires to the top paying, best retirement available position. I was lucky enough to hear him speak at Don Reid’s breakfast recently [...]

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

About That Confidential Information

At our meeting last week (WidenI77 TownHall meeting in Cornelius on July 24.  Click HERE for video.) we raised two issues regarding personal data.  First was the breath of information that could be collected, including SSN’s and medical data. Second was that the private company- Cintra- could be collecting it. Last Friday the NCDOT disputed [...]

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

First Amendment Distortions

What passes for reasonable thought by those opposed to religion is exemplified by the letter of Jeff McKelvey found in the Charlotte Observer’s July 9 edition. He says in part: “…But when religious schools receive public funds, the government is forcing me – through my taxes – to support a religious institution. That is precisely what [...]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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