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My View on the Charlotte Airport

*This piece submitted by Jay Privette, a Republican candidate for Charlotte City Council in District 7. It looks like Douglas Airport will now be managed by a regional authority. My first choice would have been be to sell the airport to a private company. People with their own skin in the game will do a […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,City Beat | Read More »

Dennis Peterson to File for City Council At-Large

Charlotte, NC – Dennis Peterson will join supporters and fellow candidates as he files for Charlotte City Council At-large on Thursday, July 18, at 11:30am in the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections offices. “We live in an amazing city with untold potential, but we are under performing and our communities are struggling to pay for […]

July 18, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,House Mail | Read More »

The Consultant Turns the County Down

*Submitted by former Cornelius Town Commissioner Jim Bensman. You will have read in the Observer that Debbie King decided not to accept the consultant position offered her by the County.  The reason is easy to understand.  The County was not prepared to give her the authority or the time to get the job done. If […]

July 18, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat | Read More »

Why We Should Oppose Gay Marriage

*Editors note: This post was submitted anonymously in response to this post by Madeleine McAulay. Why should we oppose gay marriage?  Most often the argument is religious in nature, but in fact there are many reasons why a secular society should oppose gay marriage (or more precisely support traditional marriage), the recent SCOTUS decisions notwithstaning. […]

July 18, 2013 | Posted in National | Read More »

McCrory Stuck in Sidecar While House Hijacks Motorcycle Safety Bill with Abortion Restrictions

In their race to become the new Mississippi, Republicans in the North Carolina House,  led by Representatives Ruth Samuelson and “Skip” Stam, stealthily slipped unpopular anti- abortion restrictions into  SB353 –  a MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL approved by the senate in April. The move came on the heels of a rebuke of the Senate by Governor McCrory […]

July 15, 2013 | Posted in House Mail | Read More »

The BOCC Hires A Consultant

*Written by Jim Bensman, former Cornelius Town Commissioner and very active participant in the battle for correcting the failed revaluation. Last week the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners finally voted to engage Debbie King as a consultant to work in the Assessor’s department working for Dena Diorio.  While I have not seen the terms of her engagement, […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in County Beat | Read More »

P3s Tax the Public to Profit Govco

*Written by Representative C. Robert Brawley As an American and lifelong Republican, I am all for free markets and business success. What I do not stand for is propping up industries or companies that cannot survive and prosper on their own merits. If you succeed by building a better widget or offering a better service than […]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas | Read More »

State Representative Proposes Funding Solution for Roads

*Written by Kurt Naas of With North Carolina’s toll lane scheme coming under increasing fire, some elected leaders have recently taken to demanding alternative funding options.  As we’ve pointed out previously, bloated toll lane projects like the proposed I-77 HOT lanes are not the solution, and no toll lane in a metropolitan area less than 2.5 […]

June 24, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas | Read More »

Laura Ingraham Stomps Bill O’Reilly On Immigration Bill

It’s been known for some time (and is very apparent in his popular nightly television show on Fox News) that Bill O’Reilly has bought into the present ill-conceived immigration push now proceeding in the U. S. Senate. Usually, when addressing the topic, O’Reilly is his usual belligerent self, beating down any opponent. But not tonight. […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in National | Read More »

Awarding Drivers’ Permits to Illegal Aliens is an Ill-Conceived Idea

**Written by Lt. Governor Dan Forest regarding pending legislation allowing for illegal aliens to receive NC issued drivers licenses: Our nation was founded on the principal of “rule of law” meaning that people are responsible for their actions and the consequences that follow. In a civil society, it is necessary to not reward illegal behavior […]

June 20, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas | Read More »

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