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NCDOT & Cintra Sign Agreement to Extend Financial Close to April

Since June 26 of last year we’ve been counting down to today, because a lack of announcement yesterday means Cintra missed the deadline for financial close. Missing this deadline means Cintra is supposed to forfeit a $15 million security deposit they made back when the contract was signed last June. Supposed to. The contract allows […]

January 26, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

WidenI77 Press Conference Video

This morning, WidenI77 filed suit in Mecklenburg Superior Court to stop the I-77 toll lane project.  Following the filing, the group conducted a press conference on the steps of the attorney’s office.  That video is above. The complaint contains twelve separate counts.  I’ll talk about the two that I can most easily grasp and articulate. […]

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests,Photos | Read More »

WidenI77 Files Lawsuit, Announces Upcoming Events

Cornelius, N.C. – January 20, 2015 – Widen I-77 and Matt Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC, the legal counsel retained by Widen I-77, filed a legal complaint in Mecklenburg County Superior Court this morning to preliminarily and permanently enjoin the I-77 toll project from moving forward. The group will hold a 10:30am press conference to […]

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

New Year’s Resolution for Local Government…Be as Transparent as Possible.

In Corporate America, during annual reviews people are often rated on their “accomplishments” as well as their “behaviors”.  Said another way, employees are rated on the “what they did” as well as the “how they did it”.  Often times, there is a perception that the “what” side of the equation is more Important than the […]

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

Chatting With the Tea Party

The Charlotte Tea Party (CAUTION) recently received an email from Rich Orloff, the playwright behind “Chatting with the Tea Party”, a documentary-style play based on over 63 hours of interviews he conducted with leaders of local Tea Party groups around the country.  With the play scheduled as part of the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s NuVoices Festival this weekend, Mr. […]

January 13, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine | Read More »

A Hall Of Fame Sucker’s Bet

It’s no secret that Seattle receives more than its fair share of rain, but even so the city’s mayor seems to be displaying a grossly unnatural case of excessive water on the brain. Or maybe it’s too much coffee, resulting in badly jangled nerves and misfired brain synapses that lead a seemingly normal person into […]

January 9, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Charlotte Hurts Banks for Boosterism

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Banks are forced to deal with bankruptcies and bad debt on a regular basis. It isn’t irregular for a bank to write-off bad debt as an uncollectible loss on it’s tax returns. Essentially, the bank stops considering the unpaid bills as assets on the books. While this may have negligible impact on the profit and […]

January 7, 2015 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,House Specials | Read More »

Do Char-Meck Police Know the Law?

The outcomes of the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases seem to have been the catalyst for a renewed look at police conduct while in the line of duty. Regardless of your particular assessment of either of those situations, this is clearly a discussion worth having.  We live in a society that should be based on […]

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

A Rare Leader on BOCC

There are many reasons why Pat Cotham should be chair of the county commission, including the fact that she received the most votes. However, the reason I support Pat Cotham is one word: leadership. Cotham is a true leader willing to take on the tough issues in a time when members of both parties shy […]

November 28, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Trash by the Pound Coming to Charlotte?

The article starts out: “As Charlotte weighs a new proposal to charge residents for how much garbage they produce…..” In a curious turn, Charlotte is contemplating charging taxpayers who create garbage. Is something wrong with producing garbage? Actually, it’s a fairly simple situation but says much about government bureaucracy’s relationship with taxpayers. In all fairness, […]

November 26, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

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