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With solid majorities on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council, local Democrats should be living high on the hog. They find themselves, instead, floundering in a political pigpen of self-churned mud. After nearly a year of fruitless endeavor and intra-party squabbling, the Democrat-led city council is stuck without a capital [...]
No real shocker here. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, hot on the tails of speculation that he’s been shortlisted for a cabinet position in the Obama Administration, announced today that he isn’t seeking reelection for another term as the Queen City’s majordomo. “As we get older, we remember things shared by our elders when our own [...]
The field of play in the Carolina Panthers’ drive for taxpayer subsidy shifted this week when the N.C. House government committee green-lighted legislation that nixes any hike to Charlotte’s local food and beverage tax to help fund Bank of America Stadium upgrades, but would allow the city to dip into the existing tax revenue stream for similar [...]
I spent a large chunk of last week in our nation’s capital, where the rhetorical hysteria and panic over sequester reached a fevered pitch as the deadline neared (and, it should be noted, passed with the same doomsday impact as the Mayan Apocalypse). But national pols, of course, weren’t alone in their dramas of doom. [...]
Wow. These days not 10 minutes seems to go by without the story changing! I was working on a website in opposition to tax increases to pay for the Carolina Panthers stadium upgrade costs, but today saw this in the Charlotte Observer. Looks like tax increases may be off the table, but nonetheless, tax dollars [...]
Navigating the complex sea of public policy making can certainly make one want to pop a few Dramamine. The various processes involved to get from idea to action I’m sure sounded like a great idea at the time, but wow. This has certainly been the case with the continuing discussion surrounding subsidies for the Carolina [...]
As the Charlotte City Council once again proves its unbridled and bipartisan enthusiasm for spending other people’s money, trying their best to throw even more loot at the Carolina Panthers, it’s left to former councilmember Don Reid to play pulling guard for taxpayers. Reid, a Republican, has launched a grassroots campaign that’s encouraging folks to [...]
There’s a tried and true maxim in high stakes poker, which successful card sharks ignore at their own peril: don’t bluff unless you’re willing to lose the pot. With that as a guiding principle, consider Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent use of his newly won bully pulpit as leverage to dissuade Charlotte city councilmembers from moving [...]
Following the national defeat of Republicans last November, all the pundits, politicians, and prognosticators chimed in to offer their two cents worth of rationale as to why our side lost. Opinions were all over the spectrum, as expected, but one common thread that seemed to unite the theories (as well as prove it’s own point) is that the Republican Party has lost its brand.
City Council is being asked by the Carolina Panthers football team to provide them a subsidy so the firm will continue operations in Charlotte.
The Carolina Panthers do business as part of the National Football League. The NFL has been exempted from anti-trust laws by the US Congress. It is a cartel, and operates under the exact same economic principles as OPEC.