From a long-time BlueNC reader:
There is a war going on among Republicans in the N.C. House of Representatives. To the casual observer it may seem to be about the future of the state’s clean energy economy – one of the few true growth sectors in North Carolina over the last five years.
But the real struggle is over future leadership of the House of Representatives – with Majority Leader Mike Hager, R-Rutherford, looking to position himself to make a challenge to first-term Speaker Tim Moore, before the Cleveland County Republican can firmly establish himself as the undisputed House leader.
Unfortunately, the battleground is playing out in a variety of pieces of legislation jeopardizing the renewable energy sector, most significantly solar energy, where there are now 23,000 jobs and generating $4.8 billion in annual revenues.