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HOT Lane Protesters Request Action by Speaker

They lined up in a long row along the sidewalk of West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius last Saturday…over three dozen anti-HOT lane protesters demanding that Thom Tillis, the current State House Representative of Cornelius who is running for US Senate, listen to their complaints.  The protest was staged across the street from a campaign event [...]

October 23, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

About that $70 Billion…

“We have $70 billion in road needs and only $11 billion to pay the bill.” It’s a lament commonly used to justify toll lanes. We heard it at the candidate forum last week, and we’ll probably hear it at the next one tomorrow night. But how did NCDOT come up with that $70 billion figure, [...]

October 16, 2014 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

A Petition To Ban All Unhealthy Behaviors In Mecklenburg County

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (“MeckBOCC”), while exercising the powers of a local board of health, will soon be voting to ban all smoking and tobacco use in County, City, and Town buildings, as well as vehicles, county parks, and public grounds. MeckBOCC Health and Human Services Committee members George Dunlap, Karen Bentley, and [...]

October 13, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Charlotte Learns About Toll Lanes… Sort Of

At their regularly scheduled city council meeting this past Monday, Council members had the opportunity to learn about the I-77 toll lanes.  NCDOT made a “managed lanes” presentation. The council asked lots of pointed questions, which is good. It’s the answers we take issue with. They heard the usual rhetoric about “giving drivers a choice” and [...]

October 9, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Cannon and Quid Pro Quo

Ex-mayor Patrick Cannon gives us the sad example of what we must fear from government: quid pro quo. Mr. Cannon did no more than what can be expected from many people; he became friendly with those he did business with. More importantly, and what is missing from his case, those who did business with him [...]

September 29, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

CAUTION Incensed at Observer’s Support for Racial Divisiveness

Charlotte, NC – September 22, 2014 - CAUTION, the organizational arm of the Charlotte Tea Party, announced today that it is calling on the Charlotte Observer to retract an article by Barbara Schreiber published in the Friday edition of the paper entitled, “Willie Little Takes on TEA Party, Klan in Exhibition“. The article promotes a local [...]

September 22, 2014 | Posted in CAUTION,Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | 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 »

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 »

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