Archives: Sam A. Hieb

  • W-S lands major aircraft industry player without offering tax incentives

    WINSTON-SALEM ­­­­— No big announcement. No contentious public meetings. No press conference. But most important — no economic incentives.  News that MRO Holdings Inc. — a leader in the aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul industry — was setting up shop in Winston-Salem’s Smith…

  • Republicans reversing course on government role in rural broadband?

    North Carolina for many years has been a battleground over government-backed broadband services. The issue seemed to be settled in 2011, when the Republican-controlled General Assembly passed the Level Playing Field Law, which severely restricted local governments’ ability to get into the broadband…

  • Top budget writer Dollar faces former PTA chief Von Haefen in tight HD 36 race

    House District 36 (Southeastern Wake County). • Nelson Dollar, Republican (seven-term incumbent). Occupation: Media and public relations consultant. Education: Appalachian State University, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social sciences. Career highlights: Senior chairman of House Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of Finance, and Health and Human Services committees. Former Wake…

  • Outcome of 13th Congressional District race could indicate who controls House

    N.C. 13th U.S. Congressional District (Southwestern half of Guilford County, and parts of Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Rowan, and Iredell counties.) • Ted Budd, Republican (first-term incumbent). Education: Appalachian State University, bachelor’s degree in business management. Wake Forest University, MBA. Dallas Theological Seminary, master’s in educational leadership. Career highlights: The Budd…

  • HD 11 Democratic primary features embattled incumbent Hall, newcomer Dahle

    Democratic primary: House District 11 (western Wake County). • Duane Hall (incumbent elected in 2012). Education: N.C. State University, and Florida State University College of Law. Occupation: Trial attorney. Career highlights: Vice chairman of the House Judiciary 1 Committee; member of nine other standing or select House committees. • Allison…

  • Democratic primary for CD 13 pits well-funded insider against populist farmer

    Democratic primary, U.S. House District 13 (Davidson, Davie, portions of Iredell and Rowan counties) • Kathy Manning. Education: Harvard University undergraduate degree, University of Michigan law degree. Occupation: Attorney specializing in immigration law, owns law firm. Career highlights: The Jewish Federations of North America, board chairwoman; former partner at major…

  • Incumbent Hardister faces former state senator and second challenger in HD 59 primary

    Republican primary, state House District 59 • Rep. Jon Hardister (incumbent, three terms). Education: Greensboro College, political science degree. Occupation: Vice president for marketing of family owned First Carolina Mortgage. Career highlights: House Majority Whip, named legislator of the year by various organizations, board member of numerous civic and college…

  • Greensboro parking deck battle has larger political implications

    GREENSBORO —Who would think that building parking decks — those generic, innocuous concrete and steel structures where we leave our cars for a few hours while we pursue work and leisure — would have strong political implications? As a 30-year resident, I would say “only in…

  • High Point council OKs stadium, but where’s the team?

    HIGH POINT­­­ — Greensboro has its downtown baseball stadium. Winston-Salem has its downtown baseball stadium. So why shouldn’t High Point — the Triad’s redheaded stepchild — have its own downtown baseball stadium? It should — or at least the City Council said so April 3, when…