Newsletter for December 1, 2014


We hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

As mentioned last week, our next scheduled official meeting will be on December 22 as we host a joint gathering with the Charlotte Bastiat Society. Joining us will be Dr. Todd Nesbit from Ohio State University who will be discussing the Economic Realities and Political Economy of Sports Subsidies. What with recent handouts to the Carolina Panthers (we’d rather have a winning team than pretty escalators!), the failing of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the proposed move of the Charlotte Checkers back to Bojangles Arena, etc…this should be an interesting and timely discussion of real relevance to Charlotte’s politics and economy.

In the meantime, we’ll still be meeting as regularly scheduled for our social hour/meet and greet followed by a roundtable discussion of news and politics among friends. Feel free to bring in any stories or items of interest to share with the group. Also, we’ve been challenged by CAUTION member Bob Hartford to come up with some ideas on issues to tackle locally in support of economic liberty.

CAUTION Elections
In anticipation of the upcoming CAUTION leadership elections, the revised CAUTION Constitution has been posted on our website. We encourage you to look over this document and familiarize yourself with the rules for voting membership. Elections will be in January and the new officer installation will be on February 2. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role, please reach out and let’s talk about the wealth of opportunities to do so.

HOT Lane News
Two quick bits of info on this front.

It’s apparent that our friends from WidenI77 have struck a nerve with Cintra in their announcement of retaining legal counsel. Lawyers for the company have now reached out to the organization as documented HERE. In the battle of multibillion dollar Cintra vs concerned citizens of NC, the concerned citizens could really use your financial support. If you are planning any holiday giving to causes with huge local importance, this is one. “Lawyers ain’t cheap.”

Speaking of the concerned citizens, in a pretty comical video, Nicole Revels took to the streets of Huntersville over the weekend in an effort to get people to sign a petition in favor of paying tolls on I77. The results of her “efforts” pretty much speak for themselves. You can watch the video directly HERE.

County Commission Swearing In
Tonight at 6pm at the Government Center, the newly elected Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners will be sworn in and will elect a Chairman. I know we have some members planning on attending this meeting. The political wrangling for the Chairman spot pits top vote earner Democrat Pat Cotham vs third place finisher Democrat Trevor Fuller. This will be an interesting vote, likely coming down to how newly elected board member Ella Scarborough decides to vote. Ms. Scarborough is no stranger to Charlotte politics having served for years on the Charlotte City Council. She’s been out of the limelight for the last decade however. This will be an interesting one to watch.

See you soon!

~The CAUTION Leadership Team