Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 6)

  • ‘Analysts’ say House Republicans may have overstepped ethical bundaries

    For starters, let me say that in my opinion the Winston-Salem Journal’s Richard Craver is an excellent reporter. However, I have to question the “analysts” he uses as sources to question House Speaker Tim Moore’s ethics when calling last week’s vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the…
    Sam Hieb, September 16, 2019
  • McClatchy’s reaction to ‘surprise’ House veto override vote

    As you can probably imagine, McClatchy–owners of both the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer–was not happy with the “surprise” state House of Representatives vote overriding Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget. The editorial that appears in both the Observer and the N&O Strongly criticizes…
    Sam Hieb, September 12, 2019
  • Re: Attorney General Stein joins investigation into Google, Facebook

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has joined a multi-state “investigation” into the practices of Google and Facebook: In the Google investigation, Stein joins a coalition of 50 attorneys general looking at Google’s moves in online advertising and search traffic to “suppress competition, violate antitrust laws and harm consumers.”…
    Sam Hieb, September 10, 2019
  • W-S council member running against Lambeth (?) for state House seat

    Winston-Salem City Council member Dan Besse is making another run at the state House of Representatives. Besse says he will run for the District 75 seat; ostensibly his opponent will will be incumbent Rep. Donny Lambeth, who defeated Besse in 2018. However, the court-ordered redraw of state House…
    Sam Hieb, September 9, 2019
  • Mecklenburg commissioners want oversight of ‘arts and culture’ sales tax money

    At Wednesday’s meeting, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners voted to increase their oversight of a potential $22.5 million in sales tax funds that would be designated for “arts and culture groups.” The funds would be raised through a quarter-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot: Mecklenburg County…
    Sam Hieb, September 6, 2019
  • More thoughts on the Electoral College….

    Earlier, JLF’s Mitch Kokai shared a thoughtful essay on the Electoral College. It was thoughtful because it gave MSNBC’s Chris Hayes the benefit of the doubt. (Hayes is not a fan of the Electoral College, if you could guess.) In today’s Greensboro News & Record, we have another…
    Sam Hieb, September 5, 2019
  • High Point’s electricity debt

    WFDD passes along this High Point Enterprise story on HP’s still-massive $170 million electric debt 40 years after buying into the Catawba Nuclear Station. The hook is electric rates will drop on Oct. 1, and while that’s good news for customers in the short-term, the bigger picture…
    Sam Hieb, September 4, 2019
  • Charlotte’s $400m mother of all transit-oriented development

    Charlotte Area Transit Authority has selected two firms “to begin discussions over the redevelopment of the Charlotte Transportation Center, potentially a nearly $400 million project.” More details here. Note this is not just a transportation center; plans call for a a 20-story office building, a tower with 22…
    Sam Hieb, August 29, 2019