City Smart: Charlottean on the ‘Politico 50’ list to an increase in turnout for early voting

City Smart: Charlottean on the ‘Politico 50’ list to an increase in turnout for early voting
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3 Important Things

  • Magnetism. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark gave a sneak peak of her soon to be released magnet school plan. Clark indicated that her plan, set to be revealed on October 13, will focus on more seats at magnet programs and better access to school transportation for the students who enroll at magnets. She met with school board policy committee members last week to discuss guiding principles for a broader review of student assignment.
  • Bid Bundling. The Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners voted last week to bundle together projects throughout the county to make them more attractive to contractors. The hope is that the larger bundle of projects will draw in more contractors. More contractors mean more competition. More competition will hopefully result in bids coming in at or under budget – something that’s not happening right now in many cases. A case in point is the UNC Charlotte Greenway: Mecklenburg County had to solicit bids multiple times because none of the bids it received fit the budget, putting the project behind schedule.
  • List makers. Charlotte tech guru Jay Faison is one of Politico Magazine’s “Politico 50. This is the “guide to the thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.” Faison’s $175 million commitment to change the Republican approach to global warming landed him at number 43 on Politico’s annual list. Of the $175 million Faison pledged, he plans to put $10 million in an advocacy group that will target Republican legislators and encourage them to take up the issue. The remaining $165 million will go towards grants to educate the public on global warming.

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2 Happy Things

  • Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt has been named the winner of the 2015 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The award is given each year by the North Carolina Humanities Council to individuals who “illuminate one or more of the multiple dimensions of human life where humanities come into play: civic, personal, intellectual, and moral.”
  • There was a significant increase in the number of ballots cast this year during early voting for the primary. In 2013, the last time Charlotte elected mayor and city council members, 6,524 early voting ballots were cast in the primary. This year, 9,407 early voting ballots were cast. Did you miss early voting? Not to worry! Today, September 15, is primary election day so you can vote at your regular precinct polling place. For more information visit meckboe.org.

1 Random Thing

  • As of last year, Mecklenburg County had the nation’s 13th highest population of unaccompanied minors – children who immigrated to the U.S. without parents or permission. The number is now up to nearly 640.  Read more about the issue here.

Photo credit: Jay Faison sketch via Politico

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