ldhintz's blog

phone calls and surveys

I received two political phone calls yesterday. One was from Citizens United. It played a long speech from Mike Huckabee about health care. He repeated all the old odd statements about Obamacare even including "death panels". After it finished a human came on line and asked for a donation and an offer to send me a "free" book. I complained about all the false sttements Huckabee made and pointed out the need for universal health care. The Citizens United person politely thanked me for my opinion and suggested I look at their website.  The next call was from PPP and surveyed us on our choice for State Senate. Do folks with only cell phones get these calls?

Via email, letters and phone I have received 9 invitations for Chapel Hill Town Council forums, 3 interviews and 4 questionaires. The Independent will send out their questions in mid September. Sierra Club/Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Bolin Creek/ Neighborhoods have not set the dates yet for their forums.I was able to attend 4  of the advisory board feedback meetings this summer and hope to attend the LUMO meetings in September.


election finance training

Today I completed the State Board of Elections 5 part training module for campaign committee treasurers. I took it as the candidate so I could see what my treasurer has to do. The basic campaign contribution limit is $4000 but Chapel Hill has a special maximum of $300. Will the state legislature rules about preventing local governments from being more strict than state or federal laws cause that to be changed?  There is a long list of individuals (including immediate family) and groups whom are not limited to $4000. There are special campaign rules about media for example the size the wording of the statement that candidate committees have to place on their ads. Media includes a mass mailing of 500 or more pieces but it does not include any electronic media such as web pages or blogs. Will that change? Should it? I also took the time today to call Sen. Phil Berger (919-733-5708) and Tom Apodaca (733-5745) and complain about the proposed changes to election law: reduced time for early voting, restrictive voter ID requirement, reduced campaign disclosure requirements, new $5000 maximum donation etc. We live in interesting times.


bike survey

 I just completed the Chapel Hill Bike Survey. Here is the link.


Hintz for Town Council

I have copied the letter I submitted today for town council. As of today 5 other people have applied for the position. I look forward to learning about the other candidates. Fifteen years ago when my son was one I  applied for a vacancy. Since then I've served on numerous committees and boards but never ran for office. (My only attempt was in 1990 when I ran for the State House.) More recently I decided not to run because of my aging parents who then passed away. My wife had an illness but she has completely recovered. My son is older and more independent. Teaching always keeps me busy but I now have a much better handle on it. So I am ready to devote myself to Town Council.


Application for Town Council by Loren Hintz                            Jan. 4, 2012

Health Care and employees

I was in Ohio for the holidays. My sister works for a fastfood place. Her boss told her she needs to reschedule all of the full time employees to 28 hours or less so he does not have to comply with any of the new health law requirements. Is this happening in North Carolina and is it legal?




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