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Rubio and Walker to Campaign in Fort Mill

For those keeping up with the Presidential race, our proximity to South Carolina gives Charlotte/Mecklenburg residents a strong chance of being able to meet and greet with the candidates in person.  As we receive the information, we’ll publish the details here for our readers. If you attend any of these events, feel free to send […]

August 20, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

Widen I-77 Response to Javier Tamargo

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Kurt Naas of Widen I-77 recently received a letter from Javier Tamargo, CEO of I-77 Mobility Partners, LLC accusing Widen I-77 of “false allegations.” A copy Tamargo’s letter is linked HERE and Widen I-77’s formal response is as follows: August 19, 2015 Dear Mr. Tamargo, We are in receipt of your August 11, 2015 letter. You have […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,House Specials | Read More »

Ad Exposes Governor McCrory’s Very Own “Den of Thieves”

“Den of thieves” was how one Facebook  poster responded to an ad from the Statesville Record & Landmark this Wednesday. How could an ad engender such a response? It can when it’s another ad for the I77 HOT lanes, and it’s an ad apparently placed by a company whose local point of contact has close […]

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

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 »

Ridenhour Decides Against Mayoral Run

After a few months of speculation, District 5 County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour has formally announced that he will not run for Charlotte Mayor this fall.  He posted the following: I am overdue in the announcement of my decision regarding the Charlotte Mayoral race. I have decided against running for the office of Mayor of Charlotte. […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

North Carolina Senate Takes Dead Aim Against Widen I-77

As if this tale could not get any more disgusting. Today the North Carolina Senate is considering a bill that will require the court to award attorney’s fees to the state if they prevail in a lawsuit against a citizens’ group “contesting the State’s ability to construct transportation improvements.” In other words, Widen I-77′s lawsuit. […]

June 29, 2015 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Superintendent Clark Misleading the Public

If Ann Clark, Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, advocates teaching to same standards as she writes, the voters and taxpayers may be assured children are finishing school with no understanding of truth or accuracy. Ms. Clark writes in the Charlotte Observer’s ‘For the Record‘ about the funding CMS gets from the county. She writes, “…the Board […]

June 22, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat | Read More »

John Aneralla Announces Run for Huntersville Mayor

In a perfectly timed email following the Huntersville Town Commission meeting on Monday during which the current Mayor and other elected officials lambasted citizens with inaccurate accusations over anti-HOT lane activism, Huntersville businessman and former Chairman of the Mecklenburg Republican Party announced his run for Huntersville Mayor, a race that will be decided in the […]

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

An Open Letter from Commissioner Jim Puckett to Pat McCrory

An open letter from Mecklenburg County District 1 commissioner Jim Puckett to Gov. Pat McCrory: Governor McCrory, I write on behalf of our shared constituents. You inherited a broken transportation funding structure. To your credit, you have brought sanity to the process but in the interim, the widening of I-77 is caught between the foolishness […]

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

Huntersville: Widen I-77 Tells “Outright Lies”

At last night’s board meeting in Huntersville a packed house witnessed the bizarre spectacle of a majority of Commissioners and the Mayor venting their hatred of a citizen’s group. Perhaps no charge was more damning (as well as flat wrong) than Commissioner Sarah MacAulay’s accusation that Widen I-77 members are “accepting private and public donations” […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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