Where's North Carolina?

In the South, or course. While patches of progressives (and progression) dot the landscape though not necessarily in this order; Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro/Winston Salem, New Bern and possibly Wilmington, large areas of the state are in ….. literally, no man's land. The western part of the state gets a healthy dose of its politics from the pew of an evangelical church. The east, from decades of murmurs regarding both Raleigh and the federal government and their decisions, whether it be lack of funding or intrusion and displacement from once inhabited sections of the Outer Banks. The ties that bind however are having, understanding and an appreciation for education. But its more than just a noun. It's the ability to think things through; sometimes sleep on decisions, understand other people through sociology and amassing some degree of knowledge that presents itself, at a moment's notice, during the course of life.

Coal Ash Wednesday: hide your wallets

NC Senate Republicans want you to pay for the cleanup:

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) says the General Assembly may be ready to act as early as next week on coal ash legislation that stalled last week over differences between Senate and House versions of the bill. He says negotiators are working on consensus language to iron out differences over a House provision in the legislation. And he believes a solution can be found by Aug. 14, when the House and Senate expect to be in session, “or thereabouts.”

House conferees had agreed to accept a Senate provision that allows Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) to seek permission starting in January to charge customers for the cost of cleaning up its 33 ash ponds across the state. But, in return, they wanted to change some of the Senate’s language on treatment of ponds that were considered low-risk.

Unless I'm mistaken, Duke Energy already has the ability to seek rate increases from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for costs they incur. Any legislative language added now won't just give them the permission to do this, it will tilt that decision-making process heavily in their favor. Something a super-majority of NC citizens don't believe should happen. This is not a compromise, it's a betrayal of ratepayers, and it will be a serious campaign issue for those who support it.

Keeping it simple

Great post by Thomas Mills today.

... budgets are about choices and priorities. And at the same time the GOP is screwing our public schools, they are handing huge payouts to their wealthy benefactors. The tax cuts they passed in 2013 disproportionately benefited the rich. Revenues are continuing to fall and our schools, universities and community colleges are paying the price.

Daily dose: McCrory can't get no respect edition

THE SPILL
City leaders to discuss moving coal ash to airport (WSOC-TV) -- On Wednesday, Charlotte city leaders will consider plans to possibly move the coal ash to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Duke Energy first proposed the idea after the coal ash spill in the Dan River earlier this year. The city’s environment committee will meet to discuss the options. They are considering Duke’s proposal to use the coal ash as possible runway filler, or burying the coal ash in other spots at the airport. The pressure has been on Duke to clean up its coal ash ponds after its massive spill of the toxic coal ash in February. The company has already moved 3 million tons of coal ash to Asheville Regional Airport.
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/city-leaders-discuss-moving-coal-ash-airport-wedne/ng2Hf/

Atlantic on the political influence and mismanagement of charter schools

The Atlantic has an article about a chain of 120 charter schools throughout the US associated with an Islamic cleric. They're not being investigated for links to terrorism, but because of possible fiscal mismanagement and other serious issues:

...the Ohio State Board of Education has launched its own probe of the nearly 20 Gülen-associated charter schools in its state. As part of the investigation, four former teachers from Horizon Academy (the particular name of the Gülen charter school chain in Ohio) gave testimony. The teachers mentioned issues as disturbing as cheating on state tests, unsafe building conditions, overcrowding, and even sexual misconduct. ...

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