Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 3)

  • We have not heard the last of Greg Lindberg

    Charlotte Observer reports durham billionaire Greg Lindberg was found guilty of using the promise of millions in campaign money to bribe North Carolina’s insurance commissioner Mike Causey. Note the drama of the Observer’s write-up: The red-haired billionaire left the courtroom by a side aisle, hunched slightly under the strap…
    Sam Hieb, March 6, 2020
  • Huge upset in Republican primary for lieutenant governor

    Greensboro’s Mark Robinson emerged as the victor in the crowded Republican primary race for lieutenant governor. Associated Press reports: First-time candidate Mark Robinson of Greensboro got the most votes and exceeded the 30% threshold needed to win outright and avoid a runoff. Current state Sen. Andy Wells…
    Sam Hieb, March 4, 2020
  • Forsyth County voters pass quarter-cent sales tax hike

    In yesterday’s primary, Forsyth County voters overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent sales tax hike that will boost supplemental pay for teachers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. The margin was 59 percent in favor compared to 40 percent opposed. The sales tax rate in Forsyth will now be 7 percent.
    Sam Hieb, March 4, 2020
  • If you early voted for Buttigieg, or Klobuchar, or Steyer……

    Given that they’ve dropped of the presidential race—-guess what–you can’t change your vote in today’s North Carolina- Super Tuesday primary. Should be common sense, but the N&O felt inclined to inform us anyway. I won’t go so far as to say supporters of those in the Democratic primary…
    Sam Hieb, March 3, 2020
  • Bloomberg’s influence over Charlotte

    Big NPR story–apparently Morning edition host Steve Inskeep is camping out in Charlotte for a while—on Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s influence over the Queen City heading into Super Tuesday, where Bloomberg will make his appearance on the primary ballot. No transcript of the story–it’s a seven-minute listen–but here’s…
    Sam Hieb, February 27, 2020
  • GCS bond in jeopardy in wake of busing students to the polls?

    Last week I posted the Rhino Times story on Guilford County Schools’ plan to bus students to the polls for early voting. The story has caught on; the Greensboro News & Record follows up in today’s edition, while Carolina Plott Hound has a link to a News…
    Sam Hieb, February 25, 2020
  • Charlotte: Rail Disaster

    Dig into Antiplanner’s analysis of “Transit’s Dim Future” and you find this paragraph (emphasis mine): Los Angles, Dallas, Phoenix, Baltimore, St. Louis, San Jose, and Charlotte are just some of the urban areas that have spent heavily building new light-rail lines only to see it blow up in their…
    Sam Hieb, February 24, 2020
  • Rush-hour delays on Charlotte’s blue line

    I’m not going to touch the old adage about the guy who made trains run on time, especially since the Charlotte Area Transit Authority says Blue Line trains still run on schedule 98% of the time, compared to an industry average of 88%. Still: The Charlotte Area Transit System…
    Sam Hieb, February 20, 2020