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Gift to Former Huntersville Mayor Raises Questions

On May  9th WSOC broke the story that former Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain accepted a free family membership to the Northstone Country Club while she was mayor. Her actions- and response- raise questions about the ethics of elected officials accepting gifts. (more…)

Major League “Sucker”?

Last week a majority on the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to bring professional soccer to Charlotte.  While this may come as a surprise to you- the unwashed masses- when you’re billionaires like us you don’t leave things to chance. After all, we built a ten digit net worth by selling tickets to people who want to watch cars make left turns for three hours. (more…)

Democrats, It’s Time to Grow Up

There comes a time when isolated incidents are no longer isolated but are melded into a pattern of behavior; when patterns of behavior weave themselves into an organization’s culture. So it is with the Democratic Party, where thuggery, disrespect and lawlessness are now part of the culture. (more…)

2016: The Year of Behaving Badly

It’s hard to remember a year when so many behaved so badly. Starting in January, with Charlotte’s tolling takedown, to New Year’s Eve, with Mariah’s swaggering non-singing, 2016 was a year that is thankfully in the history books. A not-so-fond recap: (more…)

Playing Electoral Chess

Dear North Carolina Voter-

We don’t like to brag, but when a City Council is as brilliant as we are we feel compelled to take a bow every now and then. It’s not often a mere seven people can get an entire state worked up over a non-issue via a campaign led by a convicted sex offender, but we pulled it off. (more…)

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:

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

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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…)