Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 7)

  • Winston-Salem dragging its heels on Dixie Classic Fair name change

    Sometimes this happens–citizens and the media get all worked up over an issue and then it just goes on the back burner for a while, if not forever. That seems to be the case even more in the Trump era. So it goes for calls to change the name of…
    Sam Hieb, July 9, 2019
  • Mecklenburg County sales tax referendum: ‘Going to be a big mess’

    Charlotte Observer analyzes the chances of Mecklenburg County’s proposed sales tax hike passing. County commissioners put the quarter-cent sales tax hike–which would funds arts and parks– on the ballot last week. Let’s start with the money quote from Commissioner Pat Cotham, who voted against putting the referendum on the…
    Sam Hieb, July 8, 2019
  • Mecklenburg ‘arts and parks’ 1/4-cent sales tax hike on the ballot

    Charlotte Observer reports Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 7-2 Tuesday to put a sales tax referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot. If approved, the quarter-cent hike would raise the county’s sales tax to 7.50 percent. The expected $50 million per year would go toward “arts and parks.” But voter…
    Sam Hieb, July 3, 2019
  • High Point makes the big time

    NYT parachutes into High Point to take a look at the new taxpayer-funded baseball stadium, which city leaders hope will revitalize downotwn: On a recent evening, the Rockers were getting ready for a professional baseball game at BB&T Point, the new multipurpose stadium in High Point, a small…
    Sam Hieb, July 2, 2019
  • Hood on Cooper’s Medicaid gambit

    JLF chairman John Hood analyzes the ‘mixed signals’ Gov. Roy Cooper is getting on his job performance via polls conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling and the conservative Civitas Institute. In the final third of the article, Hood get down to brass tacks: When Democrats broke the…
    Sam Hieb, July 1, 2019
  • Raleigh’s downtown soccer stadium needs to get in line–or does it?

    Interesting N&O article by Luke DeCock on the downtown Raleigh soccer stadium and entertainment complex proposed by developer John Kane and North Carolina Football Club owner Steve Malik The headline… Soccer stadium proposal hinges on tax money it was already denied …indicates a straight news article, but but maybe…
    Sam Hieb, June 27, 2019
  • BREAKING: Supreme Court rules on NC partisan gerrymandering case

    NY reports: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates. The vote in two cases was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members…
    Sam Hieb, June 27, 2019
  • McCrory’s red flags that kept him out of the Trump administration

    McClatchy’s Paul Specht reports on the just-released ‘red flags’ that apparently kept former Gov. Pat McCrory out of the Trump administration. Apparently McCrory was considered for Department of Energy secretary, but his ties to Duke Energy–McCrory worked for Duke Energy for nearly three decades—is an understandable red flag.
    Sam Hieb, June 25, 2019