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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 »

Huntersville Police Chief Wants an Armored Vehicle

This is an open letter to Huntersville Chief of Police Cleveland Spruill in response to his attempt in last week’s Huntersville Herald to justify using taxpayer money to purchase an armored vehicle which read more like an advertisement for Lenco, Inc. than an objective news story. The story can be read here. I found it […]

June 15, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Davidson Takes a Stand…Sort of. Huntersville Next, While Politicians Spar

As the HOT lane drama continues to unfold, it was Davidson’s turn last night to weigh in on the controversial project.  Depending on who you talk to, the results were either positive or negative. Unlike the resolution passed last Monday night by Cornelius commissioners, the Davidson resolution stopped short of calling for the cancellation of the contract […]

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

Mecklenburg BOCC Set To Pass Anti-Toll Resolution

The Mecklenburg County Commissioners will pass a resolution asking for the termination of the contract between I-77 Mobility Partners (parent company CINTRA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). E-mail from Commissioner Jim Puckett: “From: Puckett, Jim Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 Subject: Resolution to terminate I-77 Contract I am glad to announce that […]

June 5, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

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