Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 4)

  • Charlotte council extends controversial land swap deal with Mecklenburg County

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council extended the deadline for Mecklenburg County to sell property it had obtained in a 2007 land swap with the city that opened space for BB&T Ballpark. The land swap deal deal dictated the city would regain control of the land–the site of Marshall…
    Sam Hieb, October 15, 2019
  • Mecklenburg sales tax hike: Charlotte culture at the crossroads or ‘total BS’?

    Charlotte Observer article on ‘culture at the crossroads’ as Mecklenburg County’s vote for a quarter-cent sales tax hike to benefit the arts approaches: To hear some arts leaders tell it, cultural groups in Charlotte face a financial crisis — and they’re hoping voters will deliver much-needed aid next month…
    Sam Hieb, October 11, 2019
  • Questions about former CMS superintendent’s dealings

    Big Charlotte Observer article on former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox, who resigned under pressure earlier this year. The Observer probes whether or not Wilcox sought to benefit a digital learning technology company that employed his son: The Observer reviewed hundreds of pages of school district documents obtained through…
    Sam Hieb, October 10, 2019
  • The NBA, China and North Carolina

    Admittedly I did not see the North Carolina connection as the controversy between the NBA and China has evolved. But think about it–first, Rush Limbaugh: he same NBA that told North Carolina to go to hell because they wouldn’t have same sex bathrooms to accommodate transgenders wants to…
    Sam Hieb, October 9, 2019
  • Newsflash–People are moving to North Carolina

    You know what I’m talking about— liberals screaming at the top of their lungs not just about Republicans’ policies–cruel, inhumane, etc.–but about how those polices make North Carolina the laughingstock of the country. Yet that’s never jibed with the reality I know—people are flocking to our fair state:…
    Sam Hieb, October 7, 2019
  • An even closer look at Mecklenburg County’s proposed sales tax hike

    JLF Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies Terry Stoops posted earlier today on Mecklenburg County’s proposed quarter-cent sales tax hike, noting that it’s being promoted as “for the children” even though only 16 percent of the revenue would go to education directly. A closer…
    Sam Hieb, October 4, 2019
  • Re: Raleigh’s “transformational” transit-oriented development

    News & Observer reports Raleigh’s “transformational” 40-story tower near the city’s Union Station will now have more affordable housing than originally proposed. The 40-story tower will be incorporated into the new $111 million Union Station, along with GoTriangle’s RUS Bus station, which will be a hub for the…
    Sam Hieb, October 2, 2019
  • Questions about Charlotte’s MLS bid

    Technically it’s not Charlotte’s bid for a Major League Soccer franchise; it’s Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s bid—the city would just put up $200 million for upgrades to Bank of America Stadium. In today’s editorial, the Uptown Paper of Record asks a few questions: In some ways, it’s…
    Sam Hieb, September 30, 2019