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I-77 tholl spat causes some pro-tholl pols to lose their seats

There was a great lesson for the political ruling class in Mecklenburg County yesterday.  Dismiss the people and run roughshod over them AT YOUR OWN POLITICAL PERIL. We have written extensively about the fight in North Mecklenburg to block the installation of tholl booths on I-77…

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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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Bribes for Tolls?

There’s been quite a public uproar about toll roads being established in the Charlotte area.  Yet, government officials in the areas most affected by the proposed tolls are enthusiastically backing the idea of toll roads.  Why would they be so unabashed in their support of…

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Spanish toll co.’s recent woes a bad omen for NC’s HOT lane plans?

State House speaker Thom Tillis and Gov. Pat McCrory’s DOT board are singing the praises of High-Occupancy Toll lanes to help finance road construction across the state.  Tillis has been a leader in pushing a controversial toll project on I-77 in northern Mecklenburg County. The…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

HOT & Bothered: Virginia’s HOT lane experience offers lessons for NC

HOT lanes are a ho topic around these parts.  House speaker — and US Senate candidate — Thom Tillis is foisting them on his constituents.  Gov. Pat McCrory’s DOT board is mulling the idea of blessing the rest of us with HOT lanes and toll…

Posted in campaign 2014 Media NC legislature NCGOP Pat McCrory Politics Thom Tillis

Tillis trades one Brawley for another (less-conservative) Brawley

      We’ve reported extensively on the brouhaha surrounding state Rep. Bob Brawley (R-Iredell) and House speaker Thom Tillis.  (For a refresher, click HERE and HERE.)  Bob Brawley had words with Tillis about the speaker’s advocacy for toll roads in the Charlotte area and…

Posted in campaign 2014 Kay Hagan Media NC legislature Politics Thom Tillis

Thom Tillis, Walter Dalton on SAME PAGE re: HOT lanes and toll roads

        Speaker Senator Speaker Senator (Spenakor ??) Thom Tillis has gone to the mat defending the idea of using HOT Lanes and toll roads to finance road improvements in North Carolina. Well, we — being the resourceful folks we are — have…

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NCGOP releases 2013 party platform. (Will elected GOPers notice?)

    The platform document approved at the recent NCGOP state convention has been released to the public.   If you’ll recall, there was a bit of a hubbub at the convention about toll roads, HOT lanes, and the like.  The week following the convention, 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…

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Slash & Burn: NCGA sources say speaker’s team seeking censure of Brawley, encouraging negative rumors

    Some of you outside the Charlotte area may have missed THIS INTERVIEW with state Rep. Bob Brawley on WBT radio.  [Fast forward to the last three minutes, and you’ll hear Brawley’s take on the episode with Speaker Tillis that led to Brawley’s  resignation…