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Coal Ash Wednesday: What do you think?

Coalition of government agencies seeking public input on mitigation efforts:

Love the Dan River? Hate what happened to it in this winter’s coal ash spill? Got an idea for fixing some of the damage? A government committee with a highfalutin’ title wants to hear from you, possibly adopt all or part of your plan, and stick Duke Energy with the bill for carrying it out.

The group’s trustees released its “Scoping Document for Restoration Planning for Public Review and Comment” late last week, seeking public input on ways to undo damage the spill has caused to fish and wildlife, migratory birds, places in the river and wetlands where these creatures live, people’s recreational opportunities, and surface water and sediment. The initiative stems from an agreement Duke Energy signed in June with Uncle Sam and the two states, accepting its role in causing the spill and agreeing to restore the river, to the extent possible.

I have a feeling Duke Energy's definition of "to the extent possible" would differ greatly from what you or I might define it as. That being said, large rivers affect multiple ecosystems, and there's always a lot that should be done, coal ash spill or not. This appears to be an opportunity to maybe get some of these things done:

Daily dose: Post-debate punditry version

THE DEBATE: ROUND 2
Hagan, Emboldened By Small Lead, Goes After Senate Challenger in Debate (Huffington Post) -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) came out swinging against Republican challenger Thom Tillis in their second debate Tuesday, perhaps encouraged by her small but consistent leads in polls. During the debate, moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Hagan repeatedly pointed out that Tillis, the state House speaker, had dodged questions on the Islamic State, federal education standards and bucking the Republican Party's leadership. Hagan was more assertive about Tillis' answers than during their first debate on Sept. 3. Tillis, for his part, continued his strategy of tying Hagan to President Barack Obama, using the president's comment from last week that his policies would be on the ballot in November.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/kay-hagan-thom-tillis-_n_5949238.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Thom Tillis Burdens Kay Hagan with Presidential Baggage (TIME) -- Thom Tillis, the Republican senate candidate in North Carolina, kept to a simple message about his opponent Sen. Kay Hagan in the contest’s second debate Tuesday: “A vote for Senator Hagan is a vote for President Obama’s failed policies,” Tillis said. With the trap set, Sen. Kay Hagan seemed to stumble into it. Asked to name an instance where she regretted a Congressional vote, after Tillis noted the Democrat has voted with Obama “96% of the time,” Hagan failed to come up with one. Tillis said this was proof that she was “proud” of voting with the President.
https://time.com/3479837/thom-tillis-kay-hagan-north-carolina-senate-debate/

Reflections on Amendment One!

Originally posted on Monday October 6

I can still remember how I felt the day after Amendment One passed in North Carolina. I awoke the following day a stranger in my own world, a second class citizen at best. I was exhausted, angry, disappointed and yes, even felt like giving up the fight.

Many good people all across the state stood up and spoke up for equality. They pointed out that it was human rights not gay rights and that all North Carolinians deserve to have the same freedoms and rights. Unfortunately our efforts fell short.

Radical Awakening

Democratic issues in Edgecombe County, they say that word’s speak louder than the not, the pen is mightier than the sword! The democrat's are a live and well in Tarboro, and we have the statistics to prove it! Of the 55, 574 total population estimate 2013, 40 % are white, 57 % of the population is black and other races make up roughly 10% of the population’s total . The numbers , according to the US census bureau. Black businesses in our county are 31.3 % , women owned businesses are 36 % .

Daily dose: Trailer park Thom edition

Thom Tillis Trailer Park Deal Shows 'What Conflict Of Interest Is All About’ (Huffington Post) – Republican U.S. Senate candidate and state House Speaker Thom Tillis bought a trailer park in early 2007 -- an investment he hoped would increase in value while providing him rental income. But now, as he presses his run for the Senate, the story of that trailer park may cause voters to question whether Tillis used the trappings of his office as a state legislator for personal gain. That's because in the months after he bought the trailer park, Tillis introduced state legislation and sought political compromises that likely would have increased the value of his property. … Tillis' involvement in legislation with the potential to affect his personal portfolio complicates Republican attacks against his opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who has been accused of profiting from federal stimulus funds. That Tillis wasn't forthcoming about his potential conflict at the time -- he would disclose the property a year later when he was required to by law as part of his ethics disclosure forms -- also has raised concerns from government watchdogs. "The problem is that as Tillis was advocating a bill that would impact his property value, he should have disclosed his ownership," said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, a good-government advocacy group with a history of calling out both Democrats and Republicans on ethical lapses. Tillis' actions may not have violated North Carolina's lax ethics laws, but Hall said his conduct nevertheless left a bad impression.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/06/thom-tillis-real-estate-conflict_n_5929934.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Let's start out with a non-starter:

Wesley, according to your cohorts in the Republican Party, Medicaid fraud is a pretty dang serious issue. I understand why you wouldn't want to talk about it, it's just not a legitimate reason.

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