Under the Dome Blog
Posted by John Murawski on August 19, 2014
North Carolina is poised to become the first state in the nation to require the closure of coal ash pits that have been operated for decades by electric power companies with almost no regulatory oversight.
Lawmakers could vote on the Coal Ash Management Act as early as Wednesday to create a new coal ash regulatory program that would require Duke Energy to start testing private water wells in January and require replacing drinking water supplies for residents whose water is contaminated by nearby coal ash disposal sites.
The agreement between House and Senate negotiators marks a last-minute revival of a deadlocked measure that Republicans had identified as an urgent priority after a February accident at a Duke power plant disgorged 39,000 tons of sludge and slurry into the Dan River.
Posted by Renee Schoof on August 19, 2014
North Carolina’s hotly contested Senate race has tightened slightly from a month ago, according to a new state poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan remains in the lead with 42 percent to 38 percent for Republican challenger Thom Tillis.
Posted by John Frank on August 18, 2014
With a narrow vote, top Republican leaders averted embarrassment Monday as a legislative panel sent a bill loaded with job-creation incentives to the full chamber for a vote.
Posted by John Murawski on August 18, 2014
Democratic NC Rep. Grier Martin claims North Carolina Republican leaders delayed cleaning up a coal-ash spill until after the November elections to avoid voter wrath.
Posted by Renee Schoof and John Frank on August 18, 2014
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis debuted a new TV ad Monday that talks about his background as an ordinary working person and takes a dig at Congress.