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Here, Charlotte. Have some MORE tolls!

The folks in North Mecklenburg County protesting tolls  have been dismissed by establishment types for allegedly getting upset over a one-time thing.  Well, surprise, surprise.  Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are getting tolled AGAIN by their “favorite son” governor and speaker US Senator: While a debate…

Posted in Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Charlotte, NASCAR & P3s: Big dreams paid for with other people’s money.

Amid the excitement of the recent election results — and the recovery from the smothering audio-visual assault on our senses — yet another example of crony capitalism and P3 monkey business went toes up. Those who are preaching the gospel of public-private partnerships for things…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media Politics

Monkey Business Report: Super-Secret CharMeck TAX INCREASE meeting ?

Mecklenburg County commissioners are floating the idea of a property tax increase to help fund pay increases for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers.   Emails we obtained appear to indicate that (1) a group of commissioners, county employees, and school board members are planning a secret…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

The I-77 Tholl Roads: Radio Transmitters in Commuter Cars?

Boy, this story about the HOT Lanes / Toll Roads keeps getting, um, *better.* We know that Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory and the rest of the CharMeckGOP “mafia” have been singing the praises of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes as a way to pay for…

Posted in Law & Order Media

Hold the giggling re: Cannon bust. Sounds like this story is not finished.

I’ve detected a bit of smugness on the part of establishment Republicans in the wake of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest by the FBI on corruption charges.  NCGOP was quick to hop on the anti-Cannon bandwagon.  If you read the complaint filed against Cannon by…

Posted in McClatchy Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

The Crash of The Peacock: Me-Too Republicanism flops in Charlotte

      Got a flat tire?  *Man, if the Democrats still controlled the legislature, that nail would NEVER have been in the road.*   These days,  the remnants of North Carolina’s mainstream media — and many RINOs — will attempt to pin ANYONE’S misfortune…

Posted in Media Politics

Meck Co. Commish: Next county manager SHOULD BE ‘a non-white male’

        The vice-chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners is taking some heat for recent comments to a Charlotte TV station.  Kim Ratliff, a Democrat member of the board, caused quite a few jaws to hit the floor: A Mecklenburg County…

Posted in Media Politics

Set-asides, preferences for gays in the cards for City of Charlotte?

        Folks who do business with The City of Charlotte may want to sit up and take notice: Councilmember LaWana Mayfield spoke to nearly 40 LGBT community members on Tuesday about the city’s new minority, women and small business enterprise program. The…

Posted in campaign 2014 Economy Media NC legislature NCGOP Paul Stam Politics

When things get HOT, Tholl Road Thom takes his marbles and goes home

This was supposed to be a great weekend for Thom Tillis.  He’s presiding over the state House at a historic time for the NCGOP.  The state GOP convention was in his neck of the woods.  He got a prime speaking slot to debut himself as…

Posted in campaign 2014 Congress Media NCGOP Politics

NCGOP needs to do more selling of the platform, less selling of the (R)

NCGOP activists have poured into Charlotte this weekend for their state convention.  They’ll hear from some of the US Senate hopefuls looking to replace Kay Hagan. They’ll also choose their state party leadership for the next two years. There hasn’t been a lot of news…