Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:44am

And they're not happy with the Legislature's half-measures on cleanup:

Three-quarters of North Carolinians -- of all political affiliations -- don't think the state legislature has done enough to address Duke Energy's recent coal ash spill into the Dan River.

* Duke Energy should clean up the coal ash left in the Dan. A solid 80 percent of voters surveyed say Duke Energy should have to clean up the 36,000 tons of toxic ash that remain in the Dan River out of the approximately 39,000 tons spilled. That includes 89 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans, and 72 percent of independents. Only 13 percent of voters surveyed think the spill cleanup has been adequate. The state has lifted a ban on swimming in the river, but environmentalists have raised concerns about potential health threats from the remaining coal ash, which contains potent toxins including arsenic, lead and mercury.

And that 13% are probably Tea Partiers who think this whole thing is a plot by tree-huggers to push us closer to Agenda 21, or some such nonsense. But the rest of us, the ones who live in the real world, are deeply concerned about lawmakers being beholden to Duke Energy:

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:56am

TAX-FREE WEEKEND DEMISE MEANS DIGGING DEEPER FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEEDS : Have you been waiting for the first weekend in August to go out and outfit the kid you’re sending off to college? Looking to upgrade your computer, add a printer or get a tablet? Thanks to the tax overhaul enacted last year by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory you’ll be paying an additional 7 percent more than you’d have paid a year ago. Remember back a year ago, there was the sales tax holiday in North Carolina. But that’s been abolished. However, depending on where you are, or if you’re willing to travel a bit, our neighbor states – South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia -- still have their sales tax holiday. You can go online to: http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html, to get more details for each state.

Here’s some typical items and how much more you’ll pay this year (based on 7 percent state and local sales taxes).

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 7:20pm

I went to visit my mother this afternoon at the retirement center. My tee shirt said "Team Miller" on the front and "Brad Miller for Congress" on the back. When I was leaving, I heard this voice coming down the hall. "What does that shirt say?" I said for her not to get excited because he wasn't running. She runs the retirement center and every time he came she would say, "Don't you leave without seeing me first." He never did even tho' she was not in his district. She started telling me that he needs to run because the country is in a mess. Finally I said, "What district are you in?" "District 2" I told her that I had just the candidate for her and she asked who it was and I said "Clay Aiken" She said "never" he was terrible and a Republican. When I explained to her that she was thinking about the wrong Aiken, she asked me to tell her about Clay. I told her as much as I could in the little time I had and asked her if she could get a group together to hear about him.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:15am

Just checked out some of my old blogs. I know it's hard to believe, but I'm not always sweet. Remember this....you can't hide from your blog posts.

I found this post

IN MEMORY OF MAJOR JAMES MICHAEL AHEARN

Remember (you probably don't...it was 7 years ago) when I lost my friend Major James Michael Ahearn in Iraq. I blogged about it. For some reason when you write about something it eases some of the pain. I'm happy to report that his widow, after traveling the US trying to find "the place" settled in Arlington, VA. Yes, it's because the cemetery is close by and she visits often. Her daughter was an infant when Jim was killed, but she is a beautiful young lady now. AND, she has a new man in her life and a new daughter. Can you believe we are still in Iraq? She is from Iraq and always asks people to pray for her country. James has the only Muslim/Islam grave marker in the cemetery. He converted shortly before he was killed.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:28am

Never one to miss an opportunity for sour grapes:

If you had read the decision, you'd know that very issue (majority rule) was addressed and discarded, at least as it bears on equality. Which you demagogues should have known from the start.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:36am

North Carolina Republicans put ideology above lives

Letting people die to prove a point.

A week after Portia Gibbs’s death, Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal began a 15-day, 273-mile walk to Washington to draw attention to the outrage in Belhaven, which he blames on the combination of an “immoral” hospital operator and the failure of Republican leaders in his state to accept the new Medicaid funding the hospital needed to stay afloat.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:24am

THE SPILL
N.C. voters want stronger actions from lawmakers on coal (Weekly Independent) -- A poll taken last week found that most North Carolina voters want lawmakers to do more to get Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash. Public Policy Polling, a Raleigh surveying group, found in a poll of 519 voters that more than 75 percent of North Carolinians don’t think the Legislature has made Duke Energy do enough to clean up coal ash pollution at the state’s 14 coal ash power plants. The view was consistent across party lines and the poll found that weak leadership on environmental issues was tied to low favorability numbers for Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis. 31 percent and 39 percent of respondents said their impressions of McCrory and Tillis were “very unfavorable,” respectively, and 63 percent said Tillis's handling of remaining coal ash threats to the state's waterways make them view him less favorably.
http://www.indyweek.com/triangulator/archives/2014/07/28/nc-voters-want-...

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:01am

What good is being Secretary of Destroying the Environment if you can't use your position to advance your own interests?

In just five months this winter, the McCrory administration rewrote those [river and stream buffer] rules with the help of private companies that had a financial stake in the outcome – including the company where state Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla once worked.

Yes, five years in the making, river and stream buffer rules were protecting our water quality. John Skvarla and DAG McCrony weren't about to stand for that. So they got a group of 7 people together and rewrote the rules in secret. In case you were wondering whether the 7 people consisted entirely of environmental exploitation profiteers and industry-biased government employees, the answer is (SURPRISE!) yes.

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:25pm

Southeast Raleigh has lacked a good supermarket for quite some time, since a Kroger store closed more than a year and a half ago.

Southeast Raleigh is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a "food desert," an urban area where the poverty rate is at least 20 percent and at least 33 percent of residents have limited access to a supermarket or large grocery store. After the Kroger store closed, residents had to trek several miles – sometimes on foot, sometimes taking various buses – to get to the nearest supermarket.

Art Pope to the rescue!

Art Pope’s Variety Wholesalers has purchased the vacant Kroger store in Southeast Raleigh with plans to establish the company’s first standalone grocery in an area that badly needs one.

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