Sam Hieb

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Posts by Sam Hieb (page 8)

  • Democratic 13th Congressional District candidate says she’ll vote against Pelosi

    I just yesterday saw Democratic 13th Congressional District candidate Kathy Manning’s latest political ad and was somewhat surprised to hear that she would not vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House should Democrats retake the House. See the ad below, but also read the comments beneath…
    Sam Hieb, August 20, 2018
  • N.C. constitutional amendment wordplay

    Interesting News & Observer article on the proposed amendment to the state constitution that would transfer much of the power to fill judicial vacancies from the governor’s office to the General Assembly. It’s important to note that judicial nominees would not be subject to the governor’s veto. So with…
    Sam Hieb, August 10, 2018
  • N.C. seeking contractors for $6 billion in Medicaid services

    Associated press reports North Carolina state government has begun the bidding process for insurance companies and health networks interested in $6 billion in contracts to help operate the state’s Medicaid system: The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it’s seeking proposals from entities interested in contracts with…
    Sam Hieb, August 10, 2018
  • Re: Trump’s tariffs, newsprint and the Salisbury Post

    Big New York Times article on the effect President Trump’s tariffs on Canadian newsprint has had on local newspapers. Headline–it’s not good: Surging newsprint costs are beginning to hurt publications like The Gazette in Janesville, Wis., the hometown paper of the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, which has long…
    Sam Hieb, August 9, 2018
  • Charlotte Observer: Will court challenges to constitutional amendments work?

    Basically the Uptown Paper of Record concludes that court challenges to some of the proposed amendments to the state constitution will not pass legal muster: You might have noticed something if you looked closely at the challenges to four proposed Republican constitutional amendments that will appear on the North…
    Sam Hieb, August 7, 2018
  • NC constitutional amendments: let the lawsuits begin

    You’ve probably already heard that Gov. Roy Cooper plans to sue legislative leaders over two of the proposed constitutional amendments that would go on the November ballot, but now comes news that the NAACP and Clean Air Carolina are…
    Sam Hieb, August 6, 2018
  • Forsyth commissioners put 1/4-cent sales tax hike on November ballot

    The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to put a referendum for a 1/4-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot. Funding from the sales tax hike–should voters approve it—would go toward paying the debt service on the new $120 million courthouse facilities in Forsyth County. “I can’t…
    Sam Hieb, August 3, 2018
  • Re: N.C. schools $750m lawsuit against the state

    By now you’ve probably heard or seen the headline—North Carolina school districts are going back to court in an attempt to recover $750 million from a “fund” established more than 20 years ago. The idea was to take money from civil fines and forfeitures and turn it over to…
    Sam Hieb, August 2, 2018