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I-77 “toll”: 33,000 votes

Compared to 2012, the I-77 toll corridor cost Governor McCrory approximately 33,000 votes. Here’s the breakdown:


Drilling down to the local level, the results are even more surprising.



Toll issue costs McCrory governor’s race

North Mecklenburg voters delivered 15,538 more votes for McCrory’s democratic opponent in 2016 v 2012. If Cooper’s razor-thin margin of ~4,000 withstands a recount, McCrory’s underperformance in North Meck- on a night when Republicans outperformed expectations nationwide- decided the governor’s race. (more…)

A P3 Fable

Editor’s note:
Frederic Bastiat was a 19th Century French economist and philosopher. One of his most famous essays, “That Which Is Seen, That Which Is Not Seen”, discusses the long term implications of economic decisions.  He uses the example of a hypothetical shopkeeper (“James”) whose front window has been broken by his careless son to explain the economic impact of repairing the window.

I took the liberty of adapting Bastiat’s example to the topic at hand. The following is a narrative about of solving James’ problem via a public-private partnership ala’ the I-77 toll lane plan.  So with apologies to M. Bastiat, imagine we are in France, circa 1850: (more…)

Your input is (not) requested

Dear Peasant-

We’re writing to let you know that on July 26, 2016 we will momentarily descend from our Ivory Palace to collect comments from our serfdom (i.e. you). More on that in a minute. (more…)

So two Mayors walk into a Senator’s office…

Hiya Mr. Important Senator! Thanks for blowing an hour-long hole in your schedule to meet with a couple of ordinary citizens. As you know, one of us is a banker and the other an architect and that makes us transportation experts. Also, all of our information has been vetted for accuracy by a jeweler.

That’s why you should listen to us and ignore those two scowling Senators in the corner.


Making Sense of Business’ HB2 Objections

All of the principled stands businesses are suddenly taking over HB2 are actually based on sound business decisions. Trust me- I got this figured out.

An Existential Threat

So a lot of people have been asking what’s up with the fight on I-77 tolls. If you’ve followed the news recently you know our cause has been put on hold because we are suddenly faced with an existential threat. Not since General Beauregard loosed his cannons on Ft Sumter has the South faced a more visceral concern. If we do not solve it immediately our colleges will go broke, our economy will shrivel and Lake Norman will dry up.

I am talking, of course, about who gets to use which bathroom.