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New poll has McCrory 9 points behind Cooper

Aug. 25. From the “There’s a Website for Everything Department,” polls from Monmouth University got the highest A+ rating from FiveThirtyEight.com, a website that ranks the accuracy of polls from Gallup (B-) to NBC News/Wall Street Journal (A-). Why the big buildup? Cooper’s lead is startling, but anything can happen this early in a race. […]


Commissioner Puckett throws cold water on aging I-77 culverts

Aug. 24. By Dave Vieser. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett has given NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson and Attorney General Roy Cooper a heads up around the culverts that connect Lake Norman with Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius. Writes Puckett: The culverts could fail anywhere from 25 years from now to 50 years from now. The […]


Thanks to Puckett, county includes budget info with tax bills

Aug. 22. By Dave Vieser. It took several years, but Mecklenburg County is including information on how tax dollars are spent with the annual property tax bills. Previously, county tax bills only included the total tax payment due, but no explanation of where the money goes. The new bills included a small insert with that information; […]

Economists predict good election year

By Erica Batten. A recent Wells Fargo report analyzing the effects of an election year on the U. S. economy trumps the conventional wisdom that economic uncertainty surrounding a changing of the guard leads to slowdown. On the contrary, a variety of measures, including real GDP, consumer spending, disposable income and business fixed investments showed growth […]

It’s Campbell vs. Bradford in NC District 98 election

Jane Campbell, 51, a retired career Navy officer, is taking on incumbent NC Rep. John Bradford in the District 98 race this fall. Bradford is a Republican and Campbell is officially an independent, although she will have the backing of Democratic party members. RELATED: Jane Campbell Q&A Bradford is a successful entrepreneur, who founded Park […]


Tom Davis likely to fill in for NC Rep. Charles Jeter who resigned

July 26. By Dave Yochum. It looks like Tom Davis, who opposed NC Rep. Charles Jeter in the GOP primary, will be appointed to fill Jeter’s District 92 seat in the General Assembly. He has already been endorsed by a wide variety of Republican leaders, including: Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett; Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla; Huntersville […]

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ALEC provides legislators input on new laws, policy

By Dave Vieser. It was spring 2011 and former NC Rep. Thom TIllis, along with 31 other legislators were in New Orleans for the annual conference of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Tillis was one of eight state lawmakers around the country to win 2011 “Legislator of the Year” awards from the group. Now, fast […]


Work on I-77 causeway will continue

July 14. By Dave Vieser. Even though the Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) tabled the NCDOT’s application concerning the I-77 toll lane project earlier this week, motorists will see work continuing on top of the causeway north of Exit 28. The operative words here are “on top,” not near or next to. “Construction activities such […]


LKN Marine Commission postpones toll lane application

July 12. By Dave Vieser. The Lake Norman Marine Commission last night tabled an application from the NCDOT regarding the I-77 toll lane project. “We’ve requested additional information and clarification from the DOT on this project,” said Executive Director Ron Shoultz.  His motion was approved unanimously, meaning the next time the issue could come up […]


I-77 contract won’t survive the ‘chorus of discontent’

At the June 22, 2015 board of directors meeting, the Lake Norman Chamber joined the fight against the Cintra contract and the concept of tolling I77 at Lake Norman. I, along with many on the chamber board, admitted our earlier support of accepting tolling or nothing at all was short-sighted and a mistake.  Leadership is […]

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