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Not Just About Bathrooms

With a 6-5 vote on Monday, the Charlotte City Council defeated the proposed changes that would have amended sections of the city code to extend nondiscrimination language to five new characteristics: familial status, marriage status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. This was the correct outcome. Supporters of both positions were out in force to […]

March 4, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

CMS Community Engagement Sessions Scheduled

Concerned about the way CMS is spending your money? Superintendent Ann Clark and other district leaders will seek input on the 2015-2016 budget and discuss any other hot topics of interest impacting Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at two community engagement sessions next week. The engagement sessions are Monday, March 2 at Southwest Middle (13624 Steele Creek Road) […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | 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 »

Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Postponed

Originally scheduled for tonight’s Charlotte City Council meeting, the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance discussion has been rescheduled to March 2. The ordinance would add sexual orientation and gender identity, among other characteristics, to four city non-discrimination ordinances. According to the Council-Manager memo, this change “will accommodate the significant number of speakers who have requested to address City Council on this […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

International Music Scene Finally Hits Charlotte

Ok, so this has nothing to do with politics at all, but in support of both Charlotte’s reputation and my personal music affiliations, I can’t think of a time when I was any more excited than right now. On May 13, the Fillmore Charlotte will host three of my favorite bands….Nightwish, Delain, and Sabaton.  These […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Jonathan “Capitalist Pig” Hoenig To Speak In Charlotte‏

Fox News Analyst and radical for individual rights “Capitalist Pig” Jonathan Hoenig will be Charlotte on Wednesday, February 25 to discuss “The End of Americanism…And How To Restore It”. Jonathan’s talk will be followed by a Q&A session.  Doors open at 7:00 pm at the Charlotte Scottish Rite Temple at 4740 Randolph Road. Hoenig is a frequent […]

February 14, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Do The Grades Hide CMS Failings?

For the first time yesterday, the state released letter grades for all the k-12 schools across North Carolina. Senator Phil Berger, who was instrumental in passing the legislation requiring the grades, said that they are an important tool for parents, administrators, policymakers, and taxpayers.  I would tend to agree moreso if parents could then utilize […]

February 6, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Should Veteran’s Day Be A County Holiday?

Editor’s note: This is in response to Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller urging Mecklenburg to add Veteran’s Day as a County holiday.  Read the story HERE.   Below is the text of an email I just sent to my fellow Commissioners regarding the proposal to give Veterans’ Day as a holiday to all county employees. It […]

February 4, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Bill Cowan Visits Lake Norman Conservatives

Lt. Col. Bill Cowan is a FOX News Channel contributor and internationally acknowledged expert in the areas of terrorism, homeland security, intelligence and military special operations.  Last night, he was also the guest of Lake Norman Conservatives, a non-partisan organization founded last year by conservative advocates in the Lake Norman area who saw a need for a […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,Photos | Read More »

Response to NC Chamber’s “NC Can’t Afford To Wait” Infrastructure Campaign

Dear NC Chamber of Commerce, “Coalition for a Prosperous Future” is a catchy program name and if no one understands the long term implications of Public Private Partnerships (P3’s) and tolling that are included in the plan, it might be commendable but unfortunately it is the wrong way for our State due to those two […]

January 28, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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