Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:44pm
For those who doubt the need for riparian buffers, drink this:
Six rivers in the Upper Neuse river basin are slated to join the state’s list of polluted streams, due to the Environmental Protection Agency April 1. The list, known as the 303d list, includes all streams that have failed water quality standards and do not yet have a cleanup plan.
Every stream monitored under Raleigh’s volunteer monitoring program has tested positive for water quality problems, including bacteria potentially from human, pet, and wildlife feces or leaky sewer pipes.
Hat-tip to astrogirlnc for Tweeting this story. Where there are high concentrations of people and the ubiquitous sprawl that accompanies such, the dangers of contamination via stormwater runoff are not far behind. For decades there have been best practices that should have been implemented in new development, but we've only given them a passing nod. We are already paying for that poor judgment, and will continue to pay dearly as time goes by.
Enough. After a stormy year as state Democratic Party chair, Randy Voller should step down for the sake of his party's candidates and North Carolina. I say this knowing that he won't, because Voller sees himself as a visionary leader—but he can't see that he's hurting Democratic prospects for 2014.
I was invited to go to the meeting, but declined to participate. I have no stomach for crap like this, which also explains my short-lived career in politics. But I do have the benefit of three separate and detailed accounts of what happened. I have reached the exact same conclusion as Bob: Randy should step down, but he won't.
Three more days. While you're contemplating that, contemplate this: there are thousands of Democrats in each of those districts. I haven't had a chance to scrutinize the House seats with no Democratic challengers, so a lot of those Dem voters may have someone they can vote for in the General Assembly. But leaving so many Senate seats unopposed is simply not acceptable.
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.
Straight from the lips of Attorney General Eric Holder. It's your call on whether or not to defend the ban based on whether or not you think it is discriminatory. Do you?
State environmental regulators have told a superior court judge they may want to reinstate, and could expand, a controversial settlement with Duke Energy regarding the cleanup of two coal ash ponds in North Carolina.
That settlement came in for criticism from environmental groups following a Feb. 2 coal ash spill from a now-shuttered power plant on the Dan River. The spill has coated 70-miles of river-bed with some 30,000-to-40,000 tons of toxin-laced coal ash, according to the Duke Energy and observations the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The short answer? North Carolina's outdated yet persistent patriarchal society is well-represented in our business community, and those wealthy (white) men are loath to give up their dominance by nominating or supporting women candidates for office. Aside from the sexist angle, these men fear the variables that would result, like the propensity for doing the right thing. Don't like that opinion? Prove me wrong. Please.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 10:26am
Drill, baby, drill.
The News and Observer reports that McCrory, along with the governors of Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama, met with the Interior Secretary yesterday to press for oil and gas exploration off the coast of NC.
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