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Former Queen City Councilmember Launches Effort To Sack Panthers Money Grab

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 […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Carolinas,Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Blue Line Chips For A Streetcar Poker Game

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 […]

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

Underpinnings: Conservative Philosophy Applied to the Panthers Funding Debate

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.

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Christian Hine,City Beat | Read More »

Punt Potential Panthers Payout

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.

December 20, 2012 | Posted in Carolinas,City Beat,County Beat | Read More »

Queen City Taxis Tap A Gross Charge

Is ‘hack’ still an acceptable moniker for taxicab drivers, or am I hopelessly behind the PC curve? In any event, you know you have a tough job when it involves cleaning up the bodily fluids of your customers. At least in Charlotte, taxicab drivers will soon be able to reap a little extra compensation for […]

December 3, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Sex Scandals: Charlotte’s Got A Lot

A few years back the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority put its handsomely paid brain trust to work and crafted the genius slogan “Charlotte’s got a lot” to market the Queen City as a tourist destination. Cute, no? A Lot in ChArLOTte? And the marketing wizards who gin up this stuff are pulling down insanely high […]

November 12, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Rotten Apple Junketeers

After having to scrap their trip earlier this year to London, a gaggle of elected officials and GovCo staffers from Mecklenburg County, the city of Charlotte, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are off this week taking a bite out of the Big Apple, and lifting a chunk of change from the taxpayers’ pocket in the process, as […]

October 25, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,CMS Beat,County Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Queen City DNC: Broken Promises And Loads Of Debt

Despite repeated assurances from party leaders that fundraising for the Democratic National Convention would meet its budget, coupled with endless promises and pledges to steer clear of corporate cash and lobbyist loot, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the Queen City bash came up woefully short on both fronts. More to the point, […]

October 23, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Mecklenburg Mills Money Pit Morass

The Charlotte City Council this week threw another $1.25 million into the decaying Johnston and Mecklenburg mills in the north Davidson NoDa neighborhood, adding to the nearly $7 million of taxpayer loot that has already been sucked into the mills money pit as part of the city’s quest to salvage a piece of history and […]

October 10, 2012 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,Mark Pellin | Read More »

Chambermaid Managers

I was commenting to my wife the other day about how one lives through history one day at a time, while the historians condense it in books. For instance, we are already four years into the Great Recession, which looks to be continuing into the next president’s term. We live each day with government becoming […]

October 6, 2012 | Posted in City Beat,House Guests,Lewis Guignard | Read More »

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