Stories written by Matthew Ridenhour
Matthew Ridenhour is the founder of the Charlotte Tea Party and currently serves the residents of District 5 on the Mecklenburg County Commission.

Should Veteran’s Day Be A County Holiday?

Editor’s note: This is in response to Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller urging Mecklenburg to add Veteran’s Day as a County holiday.  Read the story HERE.   Below is the text of an email I just sent to my fellow Commissioners regarding the proposal to give Veterans’ Day as a holiday to all county employees. It […]

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

Party Politics Over School Teachers?‏

On Tuesday night the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners adopted the County Manager’s proposed budget. During discussions, I made a substitute proposal. My proposal would continue to fund everything in the Manager’s budget, but would lower the tax rate by one penny by reducing the allocation to the Debt Service Fund by one penny. **The […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Parent Backlash to CMS Tactics

Just thought I would share this email exchange with you. I find it very interesting, and perhaps you will, too. Apparently not everyone with children in CMS is thrilled with their request and actions. The County Commission has taken a lot of heat recently over teacher increases in pay. The slogan you’ll hear a lot […]

May 9, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Giddily Doling out Taxpayers’ Dough

The wheels have come off the bus. Those who did not see last Tuesday’s Mecklenburg County Commission budget straw vote may be led to believe that the board methodically and pragmatically went through the budget line by line, ensuring that taxpayer dollars were well-spent. If so, they would be misled. Let me be clear: Tuesday […]

June 15, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat,Matthew Ridenhour | Read More »

Deer Hunting With A .50 CAL

A lot has been said about gun control recently, and today the President announced many changes to current gun laws, while referencing our nation’s “rich hunting and sporting traditions.” It seems that every time the gun control debate heats up again, federal politicians always discuss hunting and target shooting, while selectively ignoring the true motivations […]

January 16, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,Matthew Ridenhour,National | Read More »

Of Duct Tape, Honor, Brats, and Dreams

Back home in Charlotte! I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post updates Thursday and Friday, but I had a bit of a technological problem in Tampa. Wednesday may have been my favorite day at the RNC. Wednesday morning the NC delegation was honored to have Sen. Marco Rubio speak during breakfast. He stressed that during […]

September 2, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Speeches, Rule Changes, and 3-hour Bus Rides

I’ve got to keep this one brief, as our delegation photo went a little long, and now we’re about to head to lunch. I’ll add more in a bit. Yesterday we boarded the buses at noon to take us over to Tampa, as the business session began at 2pm. Much of the time from 2pm-530pm […]

August 29, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

And it begins!

It’s hard to believe how much has taken place, and it’s only Tuesday morning. I flew to Tampa on Friday to visit with my brother and his family (and got to see my four week old niece for the first time!) for the weekend, and then I arrived on Sunday at the NC delegation hotel […]

August 28, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

The Old North State goes to Florida

Seersucker? Check! Gingham? Check! Lucky red pants? Check! Bags are packed and I’m ready to head to Tampa as a delegate from North Carolina! While I’m down there avoiding hurricanes and taking in the sights and sounds of my first Republican National Convention, I’m going to be posting daily updates on Pundit House about my […]

August 24, 2012 | Posted in Matthew Ridenhour | Read More »


By now I am sure you know about the OccupyCharlotte group which is campi–er, protesting outside of the government center.  This morning I dropped by to see what the hullabaloo is all about.  I counted 39 sleeping tents, two mess tents (food), one first aid tent, and one welcome tent.  There were only about 6 people […]

October 18, 2011 | Posted in City Beat,County Beat,Matthew Ridenhour | Read More »

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