If people in the McCrory administration had as much integrity as they do chutzpah, we'd be home free. But sad to say, it ain't so. Case in point? John Skvarla's comments about his oh-so-close partnering relationships with environmental organizations who are working to clean up all the messes made by Duke Energy.
John Skvarla, the secretary of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said Wednesday that the Southern Environmental Law Center is a “partner” in DENR’s lawsuits aimed at protecting water against pollution documented at power plant sites owned by Duke Energy.
“We consider the citizens group to be on our side of the table,” Skvarla said during a news conference. Court transcripts paint a different picture.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:30am
Breaking from WRAL - The federal probe into McCrory's DENR and Duke Energy has expanded to included "specific employees" and to _all_ of the coal ash sites in North Carolina.
In a separate subpoena also released by the state Wednesday, federal prosecutors ask for information related to certain Department of Environment and Natural Resources employees. Among the information those employees are commanded to produce are "All documents related to payments ... received by you from any of the Relevant Parties" and "All documents relating to receipt of an item of value received by you from any of the Relevant Parties." The relevant parties include Duke Energy and the company once known as Progress Energy, which Duke acquired two years ago.
Confusion over the state’s ash-pond policy began Monday when McCrory said in an on-campus news conference that Duke Energy must respond to the Dan River incident by “moving the ash ponds,” which environmental groups said Tuesday morning is their fondest desire.
But then, on Tuesday afternoon, McCrory’s press office suggested he did not mean to specify any one preferred method. “Moving the coal ash is one option available at this point, and everything is on the table in order to best protect our people and the environment,” Ryan Tronovitch, McCrory’s deputy director of communications, said in an email.
No doubt McCrory received a heated phone call about the costs of moving these coal ash ponds, and it probably didn't dawn on him to ask the billion-dollar question: "Why did you idiots put these toxic containment ponds right beside our water resources in the first place?" Common sense will tell you Duke Energy did so with the intent to get rid of some of their coal ash using the water to transport it away from the site. There's no other reason (I can think of) to have it so close, but until somebody in the media or the courts asks that question, it won't get answered.
Submitted by Stephanie Goslen on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:41am
In my recent post I wrote of what I perceived to be a struggle with in the democratic party over the past administrations. I was accused of not putting forth any new ideas. In this post I will put forth an idea that could change the course of this election. This grassroot idea is elegant in its simplicity thus very doable.
It is a Letter Writing Campaign
1. This is where a members log in to a website (which I am being trained on it now) and pull a list of up to twenty (20) names and addresses. Or makes a request for twenty names and they are emailed to them so that we have a gate keeper and we do not have to make a website.There could be a coordinator for each county or groups of counties. We need to target letters for targeted races. Letter writers would return when they were ready for more names, each member would be encouraged to write at least t 40 letters
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 6:35am
Via the Greensboro News and Record, the Rockingham County Board of Elections is considering a proposal to move polling places out of schools. The proposal would impact nine of the 15 voting sites in the county, including all in Reidsville. Critics notes that the move would cost $22,000 and that they wouldn't be able to find alternatives for all of the sites.
In explaining their vote against using schools as voting sites, Toni Reece, the election board’s chairwoman, and board member Velma Loy — both Republicans — had concerns about voters wandering away from polling locations and into areas where there are students.
Sorry, I don't buy this - public schools have been used as polling places for decades with no problem.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 8:44pm
'In NC politics, women are noticeably absent'
BY LESLIE MAXWELL
A recent N&O front page featured a photo of a beaming Gov. Pat McCrory surrounded by Rep. Thom Tillis, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Sen. Phil Berger, Rep. John Faircloth and Guilford Schools’ Superintendent Maurice Green. The photo accompanied an article about the proposed salary increase for teachers with fewer than 10 years’ experience.
Brannon cast his candidacy in the mold of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has endorsed him, and it played well with Beck. By the end, the conservative firebrand talk show host declared he had "a man crush" on Brannon.
"I've talked to a lot of candidates and it usually takes me a while to warm up to them before I trust them," Beck told Brannon on The Blaze program. "You are so well read, so well thought out. I believe you. You are perhaps the best candidate I have ever talked to the first time out of the shoot [sic]. You are amazing. You are amazing."
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:43am
Students at UNC-Greensboro are planning a walk-out protest tomorrow:
Just take another pay cut? A course cut? A higher teaching load? Academic program cancelled? Wondering why UNCG continues the plans to build a $91 million Rec Center when we have to "give back" $8 million because we fell so far short of our enrollment target? Raking thousands and thousands of dollars in student debt to pay for an increasingly watered down education? Worried your degree won't be worth the paper it's printed on by the time you graduate?
Enough is enough. We cannot take it anymore.
Join us on the EUC lawn at 1pm on February 19th for a student and faculty walk out and rally. Our demands are simple: Expand education, not administration. Cut our debt, not our budget!
This has bothered me for a long time: What's the rationale for having pre-established periods during which customers can buy health insurance? It's not just related to ACA. Annual enrollment deadlines have been with us forever, forcing a frenzy of decision-making that seems to make no sense.
What America needs is universal healthcare where "enrollment" is equal to being born. The rest of the bureaucracy is nothing but bullshit designed to enrich private companies, while adding no discernible value to society.
If by "elevating the dialogue" you mean ignoring all but the worst examples of prejudicial human behaviors, and/or trying to carry on an intelligent conversation with somebody who would conceal their bigotry by spinning a convoluted argument that employs slippery-slopes that don't exist and red herrings marrying bluefin tuna (or is it tunas?), then no. We won't be elevating the dialogue anytime soon.
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