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Why We Passed the Airport Bill

Rep. Ruth Samuelson, Sen. Bob Rucho, Rep. Bill Brawley, Sen. Jeff Tarte, Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, Rep. Charles Jeter and Rep. Rob Bryan sent an open letter to the Charlotte Observer outlining their rationale for the authority takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport. Reluctance to change and an extreme aversion to relinquishing even a scintilla of power […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,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 »

Let the Games Begin! District 7 Primary Now Underway

Looks like Charlotte will be seeing some new faces on the City Council by the end of the year…including replacements for each of the current sitting Republicans. District Six Republican Andy Dulin announced months ago that he would not be seeking a new term.  That has set the stage for a wild primary battle currently […]

July 8, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat | Read More »

Why Not Sell the Airport?

Currently in the news is the Charlotte Airport. For years, decades even, the Charlotte City budget shows the airport as a stand alone entity. Its expenses and revenues always equal each other exactly. It is a curious thing which I’ve never quite believed, but had no reason to suspect it to be wrong. An operation the […]

June 10, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

Char-Meck Dems In Disarray: Commission Cage Match and City Council Circus; UPDATE ~ New Poll Shows Broad Support For Firing Harry Jones

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 […]

May 16, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,County Beat,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 »

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 »


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 »

Sports Subsidies Generally a Bad Idea

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 […]

March 1, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

Cooksey Clarifies Panthers Situation Status

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 […]

February 21, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

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