Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 4)

  • Charlotte Observer slams Superior Court amendment ruling

    In today’s lead editorial, the Charlotte Observer slams Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins’ ruling that struck down two constitutional amendments last fall. The way I read it, the Observer basically uses the same the logic as JLF chairman John Hood– be careful what you…
    Sam Hieb, February 25, 2019
  • Mel Watt rides off into the sunset

    Much regarding federal housing runs under the radar scope, whether or not the rest of the world is focused on the likes of Jussie Smollett. Prime example #1 is the infamous 2009 Christmas Eve document dump “announcing” huge bonuses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives. So it’s understandable…
    Sam Hieb, February 21, 2019
  • RIP Pat Caddell

    Yesterday we learned that pollster Pat Caddell died at age 68. Caddell is credited with helping send “an obscure peanut farmer” —-Jimmy Carter— to the White House in 1976. But then –as Carter was facing reelection: While Mr. Caddell was considered instrumental in Mr. Carter’s victory in 1976, he…
    Sam Hieb, February 19, 2019
  • Dogs get a reprieve at Guilford County brewpubs

    News broke last week via Facebook that the Guilford County Department of Health had come down on Joymongers Brewing Co.—my neighborhood pub for the record—for allowing dogs inside. In case you’ve been out of the loop, dogs inside brewpubs is the trend these days. The news created a…
    Sam Hieb, February 18, 2019
  • How Charlotte will shake off HB2 legacy during NBA All-Star weekend

    Charlotte Observer known affectionately here for many years as the Uptown Paper of Record—ponders how the Queen City will shake off the legacy of HB2–also known as the “bathroom bill”—during the NBA All-Star weekend. Gosh I don’t know—maybe all the parties and celebrities–not to mention some potential…
    Sam Hieb, February 14, 2019
  • Charlotte City Council rejects four-year terms

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council rejected a proposal for four-year terms by a 7-3 vote. What’s interesting is the reasoning behind some council members’ ‘no’ vote: Council member LaWana Mayfield said council members need more time between elections. “This is not a part-time job,” said Mayfield, who also…
    Sam Hieb, February 12, 2019
  • Winston-Salem children’s museum–$30 million

    Scanning the headlines this morning, looking for blogable material, I came across this headline in the Winston-Salem Journal: Forsyth County commissioners moving toward vote on paying for Kaleideum project Not exactly earth-shattering news, I think to myself, because how much can a children’s museum cost? Well: The Forsyth County…
    Sam Hieb, February 8, 2019
  • ‘Troubled’ Cross Charlotte Trail: $7.5m per mile

    You can read the Charlotte Observer article on the ‘troubled’ Cross Charlotte Trail or you just look at the chart below–which I believe is self-explanatory. The Uptown Paper of Record says (emphasis mine): The Cross Charlotte Trail was meant to be one of the city’s signature projects, running…
    Sam Hieb, February 6, 2019