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#ncpol: A Failure in Leadership

We count on our state government to do the due diligence needed to run our state effectively and efficiently.  We don’t have time.  We’ve all got to work to pay those taxes. When something like this I-77 toll fiasco — which WILL result in all of…

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Repeat after me: We – Told – You -So.

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”  — Narcotics Anonymous ———————————————————- We’ve written extensively about the toll road fight in northern Mecklenburg County. Despite all kinds of concerns out there in the public domain, and vociferous protests from area…

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#ncpol: NC DOJ awakens, announces probe of North Meck I-77 toll contractor

It’s been a four year wait, but it looks like we’re finally seeing the Cooper regime at the Department of Justice DO SOMETHING.  The DOJ has issued an ”Investigative Demand” to I-77 Mobility Partners, the entity empowered by NCDOT, the legislature and the governor’s office…

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#ncpol: Team McCrory playing hardball in Meck toll dispute

We’ve written extensively about the I-77 toll road dispute in northern Mecklenburg County.  it’s been quite heated.  It cost — and came close to costing — some area politicians their jobs.  The McCrory administration has stood firm on the deal with the Spanish contractor —…

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Charlotte tholl road deal unraveling?

We’ve been following the drama around the plan to toll drivers on a stretch North Mecklenburg’s I-77 since Senator Thom was merely Speaker Thom. It’s been  amazing.  Despite the tremendous outcry from area residents and local governments, state government has been pushing forward with a…

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(Awk-ward.) Spanish co. in North Meck’s I-77 toll deal acccused of BRIBING POLITICIANS

The parent company of Cintra, the toll contractor who will run the I-77 HOT lane project, has made some news in Spain:  Spanish builder Ferrovial paid a Catalan political party commissions worth 4 percent of public work contracts it won under its government, Spanish media…

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Ten years into 99 year deal, Cintra looking to cash out of Chicago toll deal

From our nation’s heartland comes yet one more omen about a potential future for north Mecklenburg residents in the vicinity of the proposed I-77 toll project: The Skyway concession company’s executives have informed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration they’re trying to sell their interest in running…

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Tholls: From Bad to Worse for GOPe on I-77 fiasco?

Tomorrow, dozens of  players in the North Mecklenburg business community will travel to our fair capital city to make it clear they do not care for the plan to slap tolls managed by a foreign contractor on Interstate 77 — a key transportation artery within their…

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I-77 toll fight heads BACK to Raleigh

The plan to construct toll lanes on I-77 in northern Mecklenburg County stirred up quite a fuss during the 2014 campaign season.  Then-speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory — both county residents — were strongly in favor of the toll plan. The Mecklenburg County…

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#ncpol: Texas toll experience shoots holes in #ncga, McCrory admin spin

The day after the election, a Charlotte TV station went down to Texas to check out a toll project run by the same Spanish firm slated to take over the expansion of Mecklenburg County’s I-77.  Charlotte area residents — and likely others across North Carolina…