Sam Hieb

Contributing Editor

Posts by Sam Hieb (page 8)

  • Bill would make Guilford County school board nonpartisan (again)

    A bipartisan bill to make the Guilford County Board of Education nonpartisan was filed Tuesday, with Republican Reps. Jon Hardister and John Faircloth and Democrat Reps. Amos Quick and Ashton Clemmons as the primary sponsors. The GCS board has been partisan since a bill sponsored by then-Sen. Trudy…
    Sam Hieb, February 27, 2019
  • Doubling down on light rail in Durham

    Despite all the warning signals—the surprising sanity in Sacramento that pulled the plug on California’s $77 million high speed rail project–not to mention the decline in transit ridership— mostly due to ride sharing services —-leaders at N.C. Central University, Durham Technical Community College and the Durham Housing Authority…
    Sam Hieb, February 26, 2019
  • Charlotte Observer slams Superior Court amendment ruling

    In today’s lead editorial, the Charlotte Observer slams Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins’ ruling that struck down two constitutional amendments last fall. The way I read it, the Observer basically uses the same the logic as JLF chairman John Hood– be careful what you…
    Sam Hieb, February 25, 2019
  • Mel Watt rides off into the sunset

    Much regarding federal housing runs under the radar scope, whether or not the rest of the world is focused on the likes of Jussie Smollett. Prime example #1 is the infamous 2009 Christmas Eve document dump “announcing” huge bonuses Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives. So it’s understandable…
    Sam Hieb, February 21, 2019
  • RIP Pat Caddell

    Yesterday we learned that pollster Pat Caddell died at age 68. Caddell is credited with helping send “an obscure peanut farmer” —-Jimmy Carter— to the White House in 1976. But then –as Carter was facing reelection: While Mr. Caddell was considered instrumental in Mr. Carter’s victory in 1976, he…
    Sam Hieb, February 19, 2019
  • Dogs get a reprieve at Guilford County brewpubs

    News broke last week via Facebook that the Guilford County Department of Health had come down on Joymongers Brewing Co.—my neighborhood pub for the record—for allowing dogs inside. In case you’ve been out of the loop, dogs inside brewpubs is the trend these days. The news created a…
    Sam Hieb, February 18, 2019
  • How Charlotte will shake off HB2 legacy during NBA All-Star weekend

    Charlotte Observer known affectionately here for many years as the Uptown Paper of Record—ponders how the Queen City will shake off the legacy of HB2–also known as the “bathroom bill”—during the NBA All-Star weekend. Gosh I don’t know—maybe all the parties and celebrities–not to mention some potential…
    Sam Hieb, February 14, 2019
  • Charlotte City Council rejects four-year terms

    Charlotte Observer reports the City Council rejected a proposal for four-year terms by a 7-3 vote. What’s interesting is the reasoning behind some council members’ ‘no’ vote: Council member LaWana Mayfield said council members need more time between elections. “This is not a part-time job,” said Mayfield, who also…
    Sam Hieb, February 12, 2019