War, it’s for the troops. (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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Legislators connect the dots, ask for hold on new coal power plant

10 legislators have sent a letter to the NC Utilities Commission asking them to hold off on approving Duke's request to build two new coal-fired units at their Cliffside station. Sounds like they are starting to connect the dots. From the N&O:

Durham Democrat Paul Luebke, Wake County Democrat Jennifer Weiss and others said Tuesday that Duke's coal plant proposal should be put on hold while the General Assembly considers legislation that would require the state's public utilities to derive at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar or animal waste. Bills were recently introduced in the state House and Senate. If the state adopts such an energy policy, building a major power plant might be unnecessary, the lawmakers said.

Overnight Thread

For those late-nighters who just can't get enough politics.

Rural poor foot war's human costs

[Cross posted at Scru Hoo]

No surprise here. According to the Associated Press, the poorest, most rural parts of America are footing an unfair share of the war's human costs.

Many of the hometowns of the war dead aren't just small, they're poor. The AP analysis found that nearly three quarters of those killed in Iraq came from towns where the per capita income was below the national average. More than half came from towns where the percentage of people living in poverty topped the national average.

If you want to see how it affects Cleveland County, NC, go below the fold to watch the one-minute clip of 18-year-old Chris Nalley. He was videotaped last month (for his support of Senator John Edwards.) He has no relatives overseas, yet he understands the price his schoolmates are paying.

Protect North Carolina from hazardous waste disasters.

Does everyone recall the infamous "Environmental Quality" hazardous waste fire in Apex (NC) last fall? Over 10,000 residents were evacuated, and for days no one knew precisely to what chemicals or health hazards they and their community were being exposed.

That disaster pointed out the gaping holes which remain in North Carolina's hazardous waste regulatory setup. As a direct result, Governor Easley appointed a task force to study ways to prevent or reduce the severity of such incidents in the future. In December, they reported a strong set of proposals to fill the gaps in our state's laws.

Last night, I moved—and my colleagues on the Winston-Salem City Council unanimously agreed—to endorse those recommendations. We're calling on our General Assembly to adopt legislation to prevent future debacles like the one suffered by Apex.

Open Threads

Miss Virginia Arnold, of North Carolina, is one of the organizers for the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage. She was a student at George Washington University and at Columbia University prior to engaging in suffrage work. She is at present National Executive Secretary of the Congressional Union. (click photo for link)

Helping Empowering Veterans Help Us

By now most of you will probably have read either this short post on BlueNC, or the initial post at DailyKos.

Well, I gave the guy a call, to talk about exactly what is intended and what is needed.

Action Alert: Where I make it really easy.

Recently, a group of activists had the chance to discuss "non-profit education of legislators" with a Raleigh lobbyist. His suggestions:

  1. Each legislator must be contacted at least ten times to stir interest.
  2. The legislative assistants receive the emails and pass on those of interest.
  3. The content of the message is secondary to having each SUBJECT LINE being informative and THE SAME.

In light of this advice, I'm giving y'all this LINK. This link will open your email browser and create a new message, address it to the MASS EMAIL HOUSE list that each legislator receives, give you a subject line, and BCC it to me. From there, you can cut and paste what I wrote below the break, which I sent in a similar letter, or you can write your own information.

See, wasn't that easy?

Empowering Veterans Inc.: "Dole among WORST 10 Senators"

Ralph Parrot, of "Empowering Veterans Inc." has presented their list of "Worst 10" Senators regarding their votes for/against American Veterans.

Dole does herself no favors in military North Carolina by being listed right smack dab in the middle of that list!

The list is as follows:

The "Worst 10" on issues relating to members of the Armed Forces and their families and veterans and their families are:

Alexander of Tennessee
Chambliss of Georgia
Cochran of Mississippi
Coleman of Minnesota
Cornyn of Texas
Dole of North Carolina
Graham of South Carolina
Roberts of Kansas
Sessions of Alabama
Sunnunu of New Hampshire

Prepping for Armageddon

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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