A new advertising campaign launches Monday to raise questions about the push from Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers to introduce fracking in North Carolina.
The N.C. League of Conservation Voters Foundation is airing 30-second radio ads in eastern North Carolina that warn against a "zombie fracking policy." McCrory and state Sens. Thom Gooslby, Wesley Meredith and Ron Rabin, all Republicans, are targeted in the ad campaign.
The ads question the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water and air quality and put the onus on the lawmakers who voted to open the state to drilling. "Now big oil and gas companies like Halliburton don't even want to tell us what's in the toxic chemical brew they'll be pumping into our land," the script says. "That's scary."
At the same time, the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Washington-based environmental organization, is debuting Halloween-themed web ads that echo the radio spots. McCrory and the three GOP lawmakers are again the target. See one of the web ads here.
The environmental groups are stepping up their fight as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission considers rules to require drilling companies to disclose chemicals used in fracking. The commission punted on the issue again this week, meaning lawmakers may need to step in and set the standards.
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Meanwhile, Gov. Pat McCrory will tour Altec Industries at 10:30 a.m. and then Glen Raven Technical Fabrics at noon in Burnsville.
This past week, the Winston-Salem Republican replied, saying he opposed making the 6,000-page report public. “I was deeply concerned about the factual inaccuracies contained within the report, including inaccurate information relating to the details of the interrogation program and other information provided by detainees,” Burr wrote. “I believe the American public should be provided with reports that are based on accurate facts.”
The letter exchange is the latest in a national debate about how much Americans should know about the detention and interrogation program begun after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including water-boarding, or near-drowning, and other methods used to try to force detainees to talk. Reports of those methods sparked a national debate on torture. Read more here.
“The whole privatization decision scares me,’’ said Henry Fourrier, president/CEO of the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Center, who expressed concern that tourism funding would be reduced.
Marc Schaefer, chairman of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, said he needed to learn more about how the pubic-private partnership would work before judging it. “We don’t know what it’s going to look like,” said Schaefer, who is president and CEO of Truliant Federal Credit Union. Read the full story here.
Peacock is a throwback to the politics of yesteryear, when Democrats and Republicans had their differences on policy yet chose not to emphasize those differences but to work through them. It’s the brand of politics this city was built on and the kind that’s needed to ensure its continued health. Read more here.
The party’s executive director sends a weekly notice to county GOP leaders advertising available state jobs – anything from a pianist at a state developmental disability center to a tax auditor at the Department of Revenue. The move is raising concerns about the politicization of the state government workforce and comes shortly after the McCrory administration faced pressing questions from lawmakers about its hiring practices.
"We haven't had a Republican administration in this state in over 20 years and our state government is full of Democrat bureaucrats," Todd Poole said. "If a few Republicans get jobs, I'll take our Republican bureaucrats over Democrat bureaucrats every day." Read more here.
For that we can thank U.S. Sen. Furnifold Simmons, a Democratic and a Jones County tobacco and cotton farmer, who represented the state from 1900 to 1930. It was the longest run of any North Carolina senator until it was equaled by Republican Sen. Jesse Helms a couple of generations later. Read more here.
The historian and associate professor of African American Studies at UNC Greensboro believes “we’re at the very beginning of a transformation in American politics”and he’s helping shape it as co-founder of North Carolina Independents, a nonpartisan association of independent voters focused on political reform. The group, an affiliate of the national organization IndependentVoting.org, has developed a network of about a thousand active supporters across the state. In the past few weeks alone, it has seen a surge of interest from fellow residents worn out by the unending warfare between Republicans and Democrats. Read more here.
The study from the Raleigh-based John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy suggests shrinking the available courses at the university from over 4,000 to about 700 and zeroing in on a short list of essentials — history, statistics, logic, philosophy, western civilization, literature, arts, writing, science and political and economic systems. It recommends two instead of three foreign language courses and the elimination of university’s physical education and “experiential” learning course requirements. Read more here.
“She really respected the Interfaith food shelter and what they were doing,” Pearce said. “We thought it’d be a great way to honor her.”
The day of service was the second event of the foundation’s launch weekend. It began Friday night, which would have been Hahn’s 30th birthday, with a celebration in honor of Hahn’s life. After Saturday’s day of service, the foundation hosted a small concert at Lincoln Theatre. Read more here.
“This assessment is misguided. One polling firm called single mothers “the largest progressive voting bloc in the country,” but Democrats should not take single moms for granted, even as Republicans have shown that they would rather sabotage the basic functions of government than extend the social safety net. The single mothers who reject the politics of their peers tell us something about the limits of the liberal effort to redefine cultural ideals.“ Read more here.
But the author of that scathing assessment in The Huffington Post last week was the North Carolina attorney general, Roy Cooper, a Democrat and the man whose job it is to enforce those laws, including the voting changes that have already become the subject of a federal lawsuit. Read more here.