The "polluter protection bill" needs to be dropped in the dustbin

And then both should be incinerated and the ashes buried in a lined pit:

The bill would, among other things, reduce the number of air-quality monitors in the state, relax the protection of intermittent streams from development and eliminate the financing for recycling of old computers and TVs. It would still be illegal for these items to be tossed into landfills. But without state financing, and with financing for such programs from municipalities uncertain, some people might toss their electronic equipment into landfills, where its hazardous chemicals could leak into our groundwater and well water.

There’s a provision that would make it easier for the state to recover legal fees from people who unsuccessfully challenge environmental impact in two broad categories. “It would make anyone considering an environmental lawsuit, in many instances, far less likely to do so, because it could make them responsible for the state’s legal costs,” Molly Diggins, the director of the Sierra Club’s North Carolina chapter, told our editorial board Thursday.

And surprise, surprise, Trudy Wade's devious fingerprints are all over this toxic mess of a bill.

Who will be Charlotte's next mayor?

Charlotte mayoral candidates

The candidates running for mayor in Charlotte are campaigning hard and so far only one has gone negative with a push poll. Jennifer Roberts conducted a poll with negative, leading questions about the other Democrats in the race. According to the Charlotte Observer, her team claims it isn't a push poll because it isn't close enough to the September primary, and it isn't a large enough sample.

Daily dose: The Klan is hiring edition

Local NAACP and Garner condemn KKK fliers left in Cleveland neighborhood (Raleigh News & Observer) - Local NAACP members condemned the KKK’s attempt to recruit in a local neighborhood and urged black churches to be mindful of potential attacks against them, at a news conference in Garner Thursday.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/garner-cleveland-record/article26195269.html

Daily dose: Arrested for seeking justice edition

Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature (AP) -- More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings.
http://www.wral.com/medicaid-expansion-gay-rights-on-minds-of-nc-demonstrators/14748342/

Six arrested at N.C. Legislative Building (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Six demonstrators were arrested on Wednesday while protesting the NC General Assembly’s refusal to extend Medicaid to an estimated 500,000 people eligible under the Affordable Care Act. They also were advocating for gay and immigrant rights.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article26014330.html

Allowing Greensboro's voters a referendum a "dealbreaker" for GOP

The blatant abuse of power is breathtaking:

The revised bill emerged in the House on Wednesday afternoon in the form of a conference report. It was written by a joint House-Senate committee that wasn’t fully formed until Tuesday afternoon.

Hardister said Wednesday that he sent word to the conference committee that he wanted the bill to include a referendum. “The referendum was a deal-breaker for a majority of the conference committee. I floated it.” The result, he said, was a compromise. “You don’t get everything you want in the legislative process.”

Pretty sure the voters in Greensboro would say "You don't get anything you want in the Legislative process." The most dumbfounding aspect of this story: Republicans feel justified in taking these abusive steps exactly because Greensboro residents would never approve them. How is that for absurdity? "This is the only way we can make this happen, so it is by default a 'legitimate' action." And you're right, it's straight out of George Orwell.

NC's "chronic" failure to feed the hungry

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This is not what we mean when we say "slow food":

In a letter to the state's health agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said North Carolina social services workers failed to approve applications within the required 30-day window, or one week for emergency applications. In 2013, the state processed those applications an average of 75 percent of the time, ranking fifth from the bottom when compared to the rest of the country.

That means North Carolina lags behind neighbors Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina and even territories such as the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Swimming in industry propaganda

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Duke Energy hires a professional liar to represent their interests:

Rudo and Duke’s expert, Lisa Bradley, a nationally known expert in coal ash toxicology, also clashed over the chemical element vanadium. They split over whether the state had issued “do not drink” recommendations to dozens of well owners based on vanadium findings less than those people routinely encounter safely in everyday life.

“So you’re getting more in your daily vitamin than you would drinking water at that screening level,” Bradley said of the state’s trigger level for issuing “do not drink” warnings for vanadium found in wells.

Daily dose: Even DENR doesn't like it edition

State regulators critical of environmental overhaul bill (WRAL-TV) -- As the Senate prepares to debate a massive overhaul of regulations, mostly environmental, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources sent a letter Tuesday opposing the measure.
http://www.wral.com/state-regulators-critical-of-overhaul-bill/14747352/

DENR opposes bill that would overhaul NC environmental regulations (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican lawmakers have renewed their efforts to overhaul the state’s environmental regulations, proposing dozens of changes that one activist has decried as a bill to protect polluters.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article25837480.html

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