Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 7)

  • State superintendent, board still sparring over education control

    At this week’s meeting of the North Carolina Board of Education, two new officers were unanimously elected—former Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member Eric Davis was elected chairman while former Guilford County school board chairman Alan Duncan was elected vice chair. But it was not all business—board members took the…
    Sam Hieb, September 7, 2018
  • ‘NC congressional elections to proceed as scheduled’

    ..Reads the News & Observer headline: North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts will remain in place and so will the Nov. 6, 2018 election, a federal three-judge panel ruled Tuesday. The panel ruled last week that the districts are unconstitutional due to “partisan gerrymandering” designed to produce 10 Republican seats.
    Sam Hieb, September 5, 2018
  • NC gerrymandering case written for a Supreme Court audience of one….well, two

    News & Observer columnist Ned Barnett expressive some wishful thinking regarding the recent federal court ruling that North Carolina’s 13 Congressional districts were gerrymandered: The ruling represents the strongest argument yet against the line-drawing tactic that has warped election outcomes and polarized politics. In the short term, the ruling…
    Sam Hieb, September 4, 2018
  • Greensboro lawsuit over local sitcom finally coming to an end?

    Back in the days of the old Piedmont Publius blog I covered the crazy situation regarding a $300,000 loan from the City of Greensboro to the local production company Black Network Television (BNT) to produce a sitcom called Watcha Cookin’. For reasons explained below, the matter has been…
    Sam Hieb, August 30, 2018
  • Re: Federal court throws out N.C.’s Congressional districts, again

    Always fun to see how the New York Times sees us. In this case, the “starkest” Congressional redistricting battle in a state–North Carolina–where “election plans are already frozen by another bitter court battle, this one over Republican lawmakers’ efforts to place six state constitutional amendments on the November ballot.”…
    Sam Hieb, August 28, 2018
  • Greensboro’s $25m streetscape project

    News for a Monday morning—Greensboro News & Record reports on the City of Greensboro’s $25 million streetscape project, funded with economic development bonds approved by voters: A giant chessboard stands tall near the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Outdoor dining spots dot the sidewalks down Elm Street. Bicycle paths cut…
    Sam Hieb, August 27, 2018
  • Charlotte public transit—desperation has finally set in

    In the latest response to declining ridership, the Charlotte Area Transit System is pitching what it believes to be a novel idea– discounted Lyft rides to and from light rail stations: Lyft riders starting or ending their trips at the Parkwood Station or JW Clay Boulevard/UNC Charlotte Station are…
    Sam Hieb, August 23, 2018
  • NPR report on sexual harassment claims against Mel Watt

    For starters I have to ask why was swamp creature Mel Watt—who serves as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency— not drained when the Trump administration took over? For whatever reason he wasn’t, and now the former 12th District congressman is facing sexual harassment charges and his accuser…
    Sam Hieb, August 21, 2018