Stories written by Mark Pellin
An award-winning journalist and former editor of The Rhinoceros Times in Charlotte, Pellin has been called everything from a misguided troglodyte to a professional agitator. He prefers the label of a realist, the guy in the crowd telling everybody that not only doesn’t the emperor have any clothes; he’s trying to steal ours. Pellin has covered the Char-Meck scene for the better part of two decades, earning his fair share of fans and more than a few critics who wish he’d move to Nome, Alaska, and be eaten by wild bears. When he’s not writing, he stays busy enjoying time with his wife and two kids. When he can break away for some R&R, he likes to fly fish (even if he doesn’t catch anything) and camp (even if it rains).

Saturday Night House Party: Final Four Edition

A penchant for the underdog, coupled with coach Gregg Marshall’s Winthrop roots, pulls for the Shockers to be cutting down nets come Monday night; reality leans towards Louisville.

April 6, 2013 | Posted in Mark Pellin | Read More »

Out Foxxed: Mayor Won’t Seek Reelection

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 […]

April 5, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Associated Press Goes Full Orwell On Illegal Immigrants

In a gross abuse of dissembling reality, the Associated Press announced today that it has dropped the term “illegal immigrant” used to describe immigrants who have entered the country, um, illegally. The AP defends the linguist twist as being part of the journalistic junta’s efforts to scrub labels from its Stylebook and better align with […]

April 3, 2013 | Posted in House Blends,Mark Pellin,National | Read More »

Char-Meck Library Throws Money At Conundrum Of Confusion

With a twist of ironic timing, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library officials have tagged April Fool’s Day to launch expanded hours at a dozen community branch libraries where services had shrunk and positions were cut in response to previous budgetary reductions. The move, which will cost about $1.2 million drawn from the library system’s current budget, is […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in County Beat,House Specials,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Reval Redo Packs A Fiscal Wallop

With the General Assembly pondering legislation that would allow for a reval redo in Mecklenburg County, the fiscal fallout at a local level is starting to take shape. Mecklenburg Commissioner Bill James, a Republican who represents District 6, donned his cub reporter’s hat and blasted out an e-newsletter today that recapped some the latest developments: […]

March 20, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

St. Paddy’s Day House Party

Shoot us a link with your favorite tunes and vids ( and we’ll work them into the mix:

March 16, 2013 | Posted in Mark Pellin | Read More »

Panthers Pull A Page From The Tax-And-Spend Playbook

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 […]

March 15, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Saturday Night House Party: DST Edition

Shoot us a link with your favorite tunes and vids ( and we’ll work them into the mix. spring, sprang, sprung ~ reach for coffee

March 9, 2013 | Posted in Mark Pellin | Read More »


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. […]

March 7, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

On A Randpage: Epic Effort

Sen. Rand Paul is staying true to his word, or more appropriately words, thousands of them, as he launches into his ninth hour of a long haul he started around noon today to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan as director of the CIA. A live feed from C-Span is here, along with this from […]

March 6, 2013 | Posted in House Blends,Mark Pellin,National | Read More »

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