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Sales Tax Referendum Back On?

Jul 21, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Char-Meck Beat, Christian Hine  //  11 Comments

Last week, it was reported HERE that we may have been saved from a referendum fight over increasing the local sales tax.  The NC Senate was looking to pass a bill that would cap local option sales tax at 2.5%.  Since Mecklenburg already charges that, the referendum would essentially be voided. However, due once again […]

A Couple Action Items…

Jul 17, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  8 Comments

Hello friends! I’m obviously more of an activist than a journalist, so I figured I’d share a couple items that my fellow activists might be interested in. First, an invitation to a townhall meeting sponsored by WidenI77.org. Think the signing of the first contract with Cintra made HOT lanes on I-77 a done deal? Think […]

Political Shenanigans in Cabarrus County. What is Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Thinking?

Jun 30, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  2 Comments

Citizens of Cabarrus County are asked to contact all members of the North Carolina House of Representatives and respectfully request that they vote to “NOT CONCUR” with the senate version of HB1218 when it comes back to the house.  This matter will come up in the next scheduled session of the House which is Monday […]

Good Golly! Liberals Love Molly Spearman in SC!

Jun 23, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  No Comments

Despite the many benefits of living in South Carolina (ahem, cheaper gas, ahem), there remains a number of practices that I find just silly when it comes to local politics.  South Carolina gets it half right in not having it’s citizens register by Party affiliation, but it then continues to run elections in a partisan […]

Free the Voter Freedom Act!

Jun 9, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  1 Comment

*Editor’s note:  The following is a letter from the Chairman of the NC Libertarian Party.  Regardless of your political affiliation or ideology, the idea of encouraging more open ballot access should be considered a positive.  Ideas and the people who espouse them should not face such hurdles in running for office as they do now. […]

Post Primary Depression: So You Lost, Now What?

May 14, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine, National  //  32 Comments

If you’ve ever felt the rush of emotions that having your team in the “big game” can bring, then you have an idea of what campaign season is like for political activists…with a few exceptions. Imagine if the Super Bowl lasted for eight months, the fans played the game, and neither side knew the score […]

FreedomWorks Visits Charlotte

Apr 30, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  1 Comment

Early voting began last week for the May 6 primary election and the Republican US Senate candidates are boxing it out in round one of what will likely be a two round fight.  Capitalizing on his support from the national FreedomWorks organization, Dr. Greg Brannon appeared at a rally sponsored by the group on Saturday […]

Cintra’s HOT Lanes a HOT Mess

Apr 23, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Char-Meck Beat, Christian Hine  //  5 Comments

As reported last week, the locally reviled HOT lane proposal on I-77 in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell is moving forward.  The NCDOT announced that Cintra Infraestructures, S.A, a Spanish firm specializing in transportation infrastructure, was the apparent winning bidder for the project. The press release for the NCDOT gave limited details, and to date […]

Rep. Robert Brawley: My Concerns About the Senate Race‏

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  32 Comments

*State Representative Robert Brawley from Iredell County circulated the following letter on Friday afternoon regarding the current Senate primary: Which Thom Tillis are you supporting? Republicans have a number of qualified leaders and the NC General Assembly has served North Carolina well. While I would like to thank Thom Tillis for the benefits he has […]

NCDOT Announces Winning HOT Lane Bidder…Drivers Lose

Apr 11, 2014   //   by Christian Hine   //   Carolinas, Christian Hine  //  14 Comments

Despite significant public opposition to the proposed construction of High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOT lanes) in Northern Mecklenburg and Southern Iredell Counties, the Department of Transportation announced today that it has accepted a bid for the project from Cintra Infrastructures. From the NCDOT Release: The N.C. Department of Transportation announces the apparent successful bidder for its first […]