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Mr. Foxx Goes To Washington

            Charlotte Mayor Redd Foxx is movin’ on up —  just like The Jeffersons and The Clampetts.   Hizzoner has been tapped by Big Barry to be the new secretary of the Department of Transportation.  I couldn’t describe this development…

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Charlotte Pol: Undervaluation of Panther stadium saved team TONS in property taxes

The Charlotte City Council’s vote to give the owners of The Carolina Panthers $87 million to renovate Bank of America Stadium has raised some hackles in the grassroots. Did the Carolina Panthers avoid millions in Charlotte city taxes as a result of an unusually low…

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Tillis 2012: Tolls are bad. Tillis 2013: Tolls are OK.

    A Mecklenberg County-based grassroots group has released some rather provocative video featuring state House speaker Thom Tillis.  In the video, Tillis can be seen and heard addressing a group of truckers in 2012.  The speaker can be heard telling the truckers that he…

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State treasurer jumps into turf war over Charlotte airport

      A deputy to state treasurer Janet Cowell is warning that efforts to take Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the City of Charlotte and have it run by a new regional authority could have negative consequences on the state’s borrowing power: Transferring…

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HOT lanes have taxpayers hot under the collar

      North Carolina legislators seriously talked up tolls on I-95 in 2011 and 2012, but that idea got shot down by Renee Ellmers, Mike McIntyre, a number of legislators with districts along the interstate thoroughfare, and a huge outcry from the citizenry.  …

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Ethics, Shmethics: SOMEBODY on Jones Street got some ‘splainin’ to do!

The folks over at Exile on Jones Street singled out an interesting piece of legislation that made me — just like Arsenio Hall used to do — say ‘Hmmmmm.’ Mecklenburg County Senator Malcolm Graham (D) has apparently introduced legislation exempting the members of the Mecklenburg-Union…

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Charlotte, Raleigh, MetLife share GROUP-HUG, we get stuck with the check

The McCrory administration, this week, celebrated a $125.5 million dollar investment by MetLife into North Carolina’s economy.   The insurer will be relocating some of its operations to Cary and Charlotte, in exchange for about $94 million in state tax incentives.  THAT means they will…

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In Raleigh & DC: “Slowing Down” = watering down or outright killing of legislation

          According to a veteran politico friend of mine, supporters of certain reforms before either Congress or the legislature need to perk up their ears and pay close attention when they hear things like “slowing down” being uttered by elected officials:…

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What’s good for San Juan COULD be good for Charlotte

Raleigh’s “conservative revolution”  is undertaking an effort to take the management of Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport from a city authority and transfer it to a REGIONAL authority.  *Oh, Goody.  Let’s allow even more politicians and bureaucrats to get a finger in the pie.  That’s sure…

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Mayor Foxx to Charlotte taxpayers: BOHICA !!!

        Charlotte mayor Redd Foxx appears to be hard at work stomping out any chances of an economic recovery in The Queen City.  He and his cronies JUST finished hiking the food tax to pay for renovations to Panther Stadium.  Now,  Hizzoner…