Kirk Ross at Exile has the excellent practice of bundling together a handful of stories he finds interesting. So in the sincerest form of flattery, here's what caught my eye in the past day or so.
Duke Energy is running into the Roy Cooper buzzsaw, and I predict the good Attorney General will come out ahead in this game. At issue is the question of who pays for what when it comes to the gigantic development costs associated with nuclear power.
A joint filing by seven public advocacy groups accuses Duke of trying to pass "unnecessary rate hikes to North Carolina consumers without first determining if the generating units are ... necessary and in the public interest."
Like any Big Energy project, way too much money will be spent on lawyers and political posturing. Because despite their rhetoric about responsiveness to the public, big companies have trained citizens not to trust their leaders and their press releases. That's inevitable in a state and a country that doesn't even have a whisper of a strategic energy policy. Thanks for nothing again, Dick Cheney. (For the record, I'm a Roy Cooper fan. I was glad to see him pull out of the race for governor, though, and I'm STILL hoping that either Moore or Perdue will do so as well . . . leaving one of them well-funded and well-prepared to take on Elizabeth Dull.)
In other news, the My God Is Better Than Your God crowd announced that their Messengers will be meeting in November to sustain their homophobic agenda by voting on this bizarre proposal:
The "Sanderson Motion" study committee - initiated from a motion on membership that Wendell pastor Bill Sanderson brought to the convention in 2005. The recommended wording will be: "Among churches not in friendly cooperation with the Convention are churches which knowingly act to affirm, approve, endorse, promote, support or bless homosexual behavior. The Board of Directors shall apply this provision. A church has a right to appeal any adverse action taken by the Board of Directors."
Sanderson signs his letter with the words "In Christ's Love." Hypocrisy knows no bounds.
On the cat-fight front, Elizabeth and Hillary mix it up over who's happier. I see two lessons in this story. First, watch what you say to reporters. They will twist and misrepresent your words. Whether intentionally or not, this is how they operate. Lesson two? When you say or do something silly, stupid, unkind or just plain wrong, apologize immediately. It's that simple.
So what's a Republican who's been left behind by a party taken over by rich, corrupt, incompetent, radical, libertarian chicken hawks to do? You can do the same thing that Ronald Reagan did before he officially switched parties. Support the moderates in tight races on the other side. Granted there aren't too many Durham Democrats that a Republican would want to support and there aren't many tight races here, but in North Carolina I can point to two moderate Democrats -- Larry Kissell and Heath Shuler -- who could help winch us out of the ditches these right-wing radicals have put us in.