Senate District 35 primary: Gloves are off

Perhaps one of the most contentious political races in years is the contest for Republican primary in Senate District 35. Tommy Tucker is taking on former Senator Fern Shubert, and both have taken off the gloves in the last few days before the primary May 4. Shubert claims Tucker is misrepresenting her record, sending a mailer that claimed Shubert was ineffective because she sponsored or cosponsored 100 bills and none of them passed during her tenure as Senator. Shubert points out that 100 bills is a stretch because it can be counted in several different ways. Some current and former legislators have come out in support of Shubert. Hugh Webster, a former NC Senator  for 12 years representing Alamance and Caswell Counties, sent this letter to us. (The Mint Hill Times had already gone to print, so it wasn’t in this week’s edition.)

I did not know the person opposing Former Senator Fern Shubert in the upcoming Republican primary to represent Union County in the North Carolina Senate. However I recently saw some of the outrageously misleading fliers her opponent put out against Senator Shubert and I am shocked that this trash is coming from a self-proclaimed republican. His ads say more about himself than they do about Shubert. I served in the legislature with Fern and she is absolutely honest, hard working, conservative, brilliant, ever loyal to constituency. She NEVER supported a tax increase. She stood strong against crooks (like Jim Black for example). As to her accuser, my Dad would say, “only a snake could wiggle like that.” Look for the truth. Find it in Fern Shubert.

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Myrick says no to pay increase

Yesterday, US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) voted against an automatic pay increase for Members of Congress. HR 5146 states that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011.

“Members of Congress don’t deserve pay increase when millions of our constituents are unemployed and not receiving a paycheck at all,” Rep. Myrick said.

Rep. Myrick co-sponsored legislation to prevent Members of Congress from receiving a pay raise in 2009 and 2010.

HR 5146 will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.

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72 percent of Mecklenburg County has returned census forms

Preliminary numbers show Mecklenburg County has returned by mail 72 percent of the census forms, the same rate it had in 2000. According to the census department, North Carolina in general has done about as well as any state in the country in returning the forms. In 2000, about one-third of the counties in the state had returned 50 percent of the census forms. North Carolina’s average this year is around 70 percent.

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In Matthews, Privilege License bills due April 30

What’s one difference between doing business in Mint Hill and Matthews? Mint Hill does not have a business license requirement, and Matthews does, only it is called a “Privilege License.”
The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners discussed adding a business license requirement at its last retreat. Commissioner Tina Ross said it would be a good way to keep track of who is doing business in the town. Mayor Ted Biggers argued that he wouldn’t want to add any financial burden to businesses in the town, especially in a recession. There are no plans in the works to add the license in Mint Hill.

Here’s the ins and outs of Matthews license: Continue reading

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Police need help locating armed robber

Mint Hill Police responded to China Express II (3607 Matthews-Mint Hill Road) on Tuesday in reference to an armed robbery. Employees at the restaurant stated that a black male, approximately 17-18 years of age, entered the store and produced a small black handgun. The black male then demanded the employee empty the cash register. The suspect left the restaurant and drove away in a black in color, two door Honda Civic. The suspect headed towards Charlotte on Idlewild Road. The suspect is described as being approximately 5’4” tall with a slim build. The suspect was dressed in all black, including a black hooded sweatshirt and a black bandana covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Garmon at 704-545-1085. Information can be given anonymously.

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