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A Rare Leader on BOCC

There are many reasons why Pat Cotham should be chair of the county commission, including the fact that she received the most votes. However, the reason I support Pat Cotham is one word: leadership. Cotham is a true leader willing to take on the tough issues in a time when members of both parties shy […]

November 28, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat,House Guests | Read More »

Senate Race Brings Controversy to MeckGOP Fundraiser

A controversy is brewing within the Mecklenburg County Republican Party. On March 15, the Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner will be held at the Carmel Country Club. This event is the single largest fundraising opportunity held every year for the County Party, which is by and large responsible for it’s own funding. It has not […]

March 7, 2014 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,County Beat,House Specials | Read More »

Ugly Politics? Welcome to Mecklenburg.

It’s been an ugly two days on a couple of Mecklenburg County boards. On Monday, the new town of Huntersville board was sworn in and shortly thereafter returning mayor Jill Swain called for a vote on her committee recommendations…recommendations that altered tradition and left top vote getters off of important committees. House Guest Rick Short […]

December 4, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,County Beat | Read More »

No For CMS Bonds in November

*Editors note:  Our friends at SPARK (Strategic Partners for Accountability and Reform of Key Educational Performances) and SMART (South Mecklenburg Alliance of Responsible Taxpayers) have provided PunditHouse with the following position paper outlining their opposition to CMS bonds on the ballot this November 5. OVERVIEW: After allowing the bond process to unfold, it is now time […]

October 7, 2013 | Posted in CMS Beat,County Beat | Read More »

The Cannon-Fallon Flip Flop

Readers will remember that last week’s new government expenditures consisted of about a million dollars of Charlotte-Mecklenburg taxpayer money being given to the highly profitable Cedar Fair, owners of Carowinds Amusement Park.  Both the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg County Commission OK’d sizable tax incentives in hopes of guaranteeing an expansion of the park. […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,Christian Hine,City Beat,County Beat | Read More »

Huntersville Mayoral Candidate Jim Puckett to Address Public on Transportation Issues

Huntersville Mayoral candidate Jim Puckett will be addressing the citizen’s group WidenI77.org, and its related organization, TollFreeNC.org, at an open meeting on Thursday, September 12 at Harvey’s in Huntersville. The public is invited to come and meet Jim and hear his perspective on I-77 HOT lanes, the Red Line, and other transportation issues facing the […]

September 5, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,County Beat | Read More »

Looks Like It’s A Review Not A Redo‏

Okay, we have reached the tipping point.  While there are confusing public statements about what the County should do to implement S159, I now believe that Bobbie Shields’ interpretation of the law is correct, i.e. a Review, not a Redo. Having said that, it is critical that the State clarify what the County should do, […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Char-Meck Beat,City Beat,County Beat,House Guests | 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 »

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 »

Ratliff: Listening vs. Hearing

Kim Ratliff says she’s listening. Ever since the at-large county commissioner let loose a whopper of  a Kinsley gaffe, opining that Mecklenburg County’s next manager should’t be a white man, she has apparently been deluged with emails from people asking her to resign her commission seat or, at the least, recuse herself from the process of […]

July 2, 2013 | Posted in County Beat | Read More »

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