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(The Raw Story)   North Carolina Tea Party governor: Don't ask me about my corrupt ties to the energy company that spilled 80,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. It's 'disrespectful'   (rawstory.com) divider line 128
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2014-02-15 01:37:28 PM
FTA: The federal government has launched a grand jury probe into the spill and has subpoenaed both Duke Energy and Gov. McCrory's administration as part of that investigation.

Great.. Now it will be a conspiracy of Obama persecution and we'll get to hear about the martyrdom of poor innocent energy executives
 
2014-02-15 01:39:50 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: FTA: The federal government has launched a grand jury probe into the spill and has subpoenaed both Duke Energy and Gov. McCrory's administration as part of that investigation.

Great.. Now it will be a conspiracy of Obama persecution and we'll get to hear about the martyrdom of poor innocent energy executives


Duh. Politicians with ties to corporations are only worth investigating if the politician has a D after their name.
 
2014-02-15 01:43:49 PM

grumpfuff: Duh. Politicians with ties to corporations are only worth investigating if the politician has a D after their name.


Meanwhile the tea party idiot f*cktard will play the "i'm just a regular small govmint hard working dude" and all the people with poisoned water will praise his name and blame crippling government regulations and God's punishment for allowing the homoghey while he laughs his way to the bank with his Duke Energy stock
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'MERKA!
 
2014-02-15 01:58:27 PM
FTFA: He is also known to own a considerable amount of stock in the energy company, but refuses to disclose that amount.  Reporters wanted to know on Friday about the appearance of a conflict of interest.  McCrory stonewalled, saying that he hasn't had any conversations with Duke energy and that the purpose of the press conference was to tout the administration's successes with the winter storm.When reporters persisted, McCrory told them this was "no time to be disrespectful."...McCrory is a former Duke Energy executive, but insists that his ties to the company had nothing to do with the lax set safety standards that led to the spill.

Holy crap. Can you imagine the holy (and correctly so) hell Obama would have ignited if he had said O'Reilly was being "disrespectful" in that interview? And aren't people elected to high office required to divest their assets or place them in a blind trust in order to avoid conflicts of interest?
 
2014-02-15 02:24:39 PM
Yes...ask respectful questions like "Where's your birth certifct 'President' Fartbongo??"
 
2014-02-15 02:25:30 PM
Corrupt tea party criminal Republicans are attempting to destroy America, and you dumb hillbillies keep falling for it.
 
2014-02-15 02:33:51 PM
Another coal accident?

Is it a day ending in y?
 
2014-02-15 02:46:04 PM
Make him drink the water.
 
2014-02-15 02:47:55 PM

SilentStrider: Make him drink the water.


Sounds to me like he needs an enema of it
 
2014-02-15 03:06:37 PM

SilentStrider: Make him drink the water.

 
2014-02-15 03:08:27 PM
www.edugeek.net
 
2014-02-15 03:14:15 PM
I didn't realize voter suppression could be done chemically.
 
2014-02-15 03:14:48 PM
They need to investigate this to the fullest extent. No mercy.
 
2014-02-15 03:18:48 PM

Zeppelininthesky: They need to investigate this to the fullest extent. No mercy.


well it is for the weak.

/sweep the leg
 
2014-02-15 03:23:12 PM
FTFA: McCrory is a former Duke Energy executive, but insists that his ties to the company had nothing to do with the lax set safety standards that led to the spill.

Ok, fine. What is the reason for the lax set safety standards that led to the spill? Any chance we can revisit those standards, maybe strengthen them a bit?
 
2014-02-15 03:24:30 PM

Doktor_Zhivago: FTA: The federal government has launched a grand jury probe into the spill and has subpoenaed both Duke Energy and Gov. McCrory's administration as part of that investigation.

Great.. Now it will be a conspiracy of Obama persecution and we'll get to hear about the martyrdom of poor innocent energy executives


Duke sucks!
 
2014-02-15 03:25:14 PM
Ugh.  Duke energy bought Progress energy right before I moved to North Carolina, making a monopoly.  And then the CEO of Progress was forced out after the Duke board reneged on the merger agreement, and then SURPRISE they raised energy rates!

Seriously. And does anybody think the same thing isn't going to happen when Comcast buys Time Warner?
 
2014-02-15 03:26:42 PM

meat0918: Another coal accident?

Is it a day ending in y?


But it's clean coal so it's OK.
 
2014-02-15 03:27:07 PM
RWA's believe that they are automatically to be afforded respect and deference due only to their title and / or position as an "authority". The thought of actually earning respect never seems to occur to them.
 
2014-02-15 03:27:34 PM

JAYoung: I didn't realize voter suppression could be done chemically.


Funny'd
 
2014-02-15 03:27:36 PM

pivazena: Ugh.  Duke energy bought Progress energy right before I moved to North Carolina, making a monopoly.  And then the CEO of Progress was forced out after the Duke board reneged on the merger agreement, and then SURPRISE they raised energy rates!

Seriously. And does anybody think the same thing isn't going to happen when Comcast buys Time Warner?


But the Free Market will make everything better.
 
2014-02-15 03:29:38 PM

rustypouch: But the Free Market will make everything better.


You as the consumer have a choice in where to get your municipal water

wait...
 
2014-02-15 03:33:58 PM
President Balrog Farbongo engineered this spill to further his anti-coal agenda, just as he did in West Virginia. He's a monster.
 
2014-02-15 03:36:24 PM
My in-laws voted for this guy. My wife and I are having dinner with them tonight. It is my brother-in-laws birthday. This topic will come up eventually... and it will be started by my mother-in-law.

Mother in-law: "Can you believe this spill? What a mess. Those poor people. They should sue that evil sucky Duke company."

My wife: "I know. It is terrible. By the way... a couple of lawsuits have already been blocked by the Governor's administration... you know, the guy you and dad voted for."

Mother-in-law: "BENGHAZIBAMACARE."

Me (thinking to myself): "I could be at home watching the three-point contest right now."
 
2014-02-15 03:37:12 PM
As much as I dislike McCrory, he isn't a the partier.
 
2014-02-15 03:41:01 PM
Veridian Dynamics: It's about respect and partnership
 
2014-02-15 03:41:30 PM
It would be too much to ask that legislators and executives relinquish all interest in all businesses for the duration of their terms, wouldn't it...?
 
2014-02-15 03:43:43 PM

pivazena: Ugh.  Duke energy bought Progress energy right before I moved to North Carolina, making a monopoly.  And then the CEO of Progress was forced out after the Duke board reneged on the merger agreement, and then SURPRISE they raised energy rates!

Seriously. And does anybody think the same thing isn't going to happen when Comcast buys Time Warner?


oh, I remember this. the CEO of Progress was essentially paid several million dollars for a couple of weeks of work.
 
2014-02-15 03:48:19 PM
Meet the beady eyed wheeler dealer that sleeps in the Governor's Mansion. Thank the Gods for Roy Cooper!
 
2014-02-15 03:55:03 PM

Zeppelininthesky: They need to investigate this to the fullest extent. No mercy.


The Feds can try, but the NC legislature has McCrory's back. They'll pass a law making whatever he's done legal.

/help us roy cooper. you're our only hope.
 
2014-02-15 03:55:21 PM
When reporters persisted, McCrory told them this was "no time to be disrespectful."

I remember back in the day, republicans would say that the democrats were the party of victimhood.  They've sure grown some thin skin since then.

Practically see-through.  Almost to the point that McCrory shouldn't go out in public on a sunny day lest he be fined for public indecency.
 
2014-02-15 03:59:21 PM
Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?
 
2014-02-15 04:00:50 PM
People wonder why I'm glad to have left NC...

now if only I can get my kid out of that hellhole.
 
2014-02-15 04:06:50 PM

sprgrss: As much as I dislike McCrory, he isn't a the partier.


Bullshiat. He's bought and sold by Art Pope, Teabagger extraordinarre, and hasn't said a damn thing rubberstamped damn near everything to come out of the nutcases on Jones St. He cleans up well, but he's as 'bagger as any of those cracker representatives from down east or up yonder in the western hills.
 
2014-02-15 04:08:17 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?


How about...I dunno, asking the Gov about these things? Wouldn't he deny it if he could? Rather than play the victim?
 
2014-02-15 04:11:25 PM

Fast Talkin Fanny: Zeppelininthesky: They need to investigate this to the fullest extent. No mercy.

The Feds can try, but the NC legislature has McCrory's back. They'll pass a law making whatever he's done legal.

/help us roy cooper. you're our only hope.


I'm pretty sure the North Carolina legislature can't change any law which would call off the federal government.
 
2014-02-15 04:12:15 PM

Generation_D: Corrupt tea party criminal Republicans are attempting to destroy America, and you dumb hillbillies keep falling for it.


They know that, they want it! For all the crying eagle figurines they buy and red, white & blue toilet paper they wipe their asses with, they hate America. All the things the rest of the world looks in with envy in America the Teapartiers hate! Religious freedom "why can't I stone sluts??" Civil Rights "Things were nice back in 50s weren't they?" Political participation "There's a lot of not white people voting."

There's a huge swath of people in this country that are in a panic that their "What I think America is" security blanket has been taken away, and they will rather break everything in the room than grow up.
 
2014-02-15 04:12:23 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?


Seems legit. Totally no need for an investigation then.
 
2014-02-15 04:12:58 PM

hugram: My in-laws voted for this guy. My wife and I are having dinner with them tonight. It is my brother-in-laws birthday. This topic will come up eventually... and it will be started by my mother-in-law.

Mother in-law: "Can you believe this spill? What a mess. Those poor people. They should sue that evil sucky Duke company."

My wife: "I know. It is terrible. By the way... a couple of lawsuits have already been blocked by the Governor's administration... you know, the guy you and dad voted for."

Mother-in-law: "BENGHAZIBAMACARE."

Me (thinking to myself): "I could be at home watching the three-point contest right now."


You: "You mean the plan that Gingrich was pushing back in the 90's? The plan that is pretty much word for word what we have today?"

There is nothing that cannot be blown up in their own damn face using history. Have a deep enough memory? You can get them into hysterics. Best way to handle derper family is to piss them off so much they have a heart attack.
 
2014-02-15 04:13:09 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?

How about...I dunno, asking the Gov about these things? Wouldn't he deny it if he could? Rather than play the victim?


He's a republican.  Playing the victim is an instinctual response to any stimuli whatsoever.
 
2014-02-15 04:14:02 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?


How does a gov "work with Duke Energy"?

I guess you only have to go as far as who appoints the regulators and executives at DENR of NC.
Oh wait the Gov does.
and DENR decides the penalties for violations.
which so far have been a few thousand bucks (less than 10% of what Duke contributed to the Gov campaign)
and they don't even have to clean it up or quit dumping it
 
2014-02-15 04:14:17 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?


There are Federal investigations in process.
 
2014-02-15 04:15:32 PM

Somacandra: Holy crap. Can you imagine the holy (and correctly so) hell Obama would have ignited if he had said O'Reilly was being "disrespectful" in that interview? And aren't people elected to high office required to divest their assets or place them in a blind trust in order to avoid conflicts of interest?


No, they're not even required to avoid participating in insider trading.  Anything short of provable quid-pro-quo is a-okay these days.
 
2014-02-15 04:15:53 PM

pivazena: Ugh.  Duke energy bought Progress energy right before I moved to North Carolina, making a monopoly.  And then the CEO of Progress was forced out after the Duke board reneged on the merger agreement, and then SURPRISE they raised energy rates!

Seriously. And does anybody think the same thing isn't going to happen when Comcast buys Time Warner?


Why would it? You can't get Comcast where you can get Time Warner, and vice versa. They've already been running a de facto monopoly, they're just making it official now.
 
2014-02-15 04:18:05 PM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?


Five seconds on google finds this info about lawsuits prior to the spill being blocked by the state.


Last year, North Carolina's top environmental regulators thwarted three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits aimed at forcing Duke Energy, the largest electricity company in the country, to clean up its toxic coal ash pits in the state. That June, the state went even further, saying it would handle environmental enforcement at every one of Duke's 31 coal ash storage ponds in the state-an act that protected the company from further federal lawsuits. Last week, one of those coal ash storage ponds ruptured, belching more than 80,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River.

http://m.motherjones.com/blue-marble/ 2014/02/north-carolina-protected - duke-energy-pollution-complaints-its-c oal-ash-disaster

/on mobile so I can't link properly, remove the space in "c oal"
 
2014-02-15 04:18:58 PM

Hobodeluxe: Zeb Hesselgresser: Guy was an executive there before beoming governor. That's not a crime. He holds stock in a private  company. That's not a crime.

How does a Governor "work with Duke to quash those suits"? That would be a crime. Would not waiting for  some evidence be appropriate?

How does a gov "work with Duke Energy"?

I guess you only have to go as far as who appoints the regulators and executives at DENR of NC.
Oh wait the Gov does.
and DENR decides the penalties for violations.
which so far have been a few thousand bucks (less than 10% of what Duke contributed to the Gov campaign)
and they don't even have to clean it up or quit dumping it


They're also the fact that before an environmental group can sue Duke, they have to give six months notice to the DENR.    The DENR can then stop the lawsuit any time during that six months by deciding to investigate matters themselves.

The DENR has repeatedly waited until the last day of that six-month period before asserting it's authority and shutting down a lawsuit against Duke Energy.
 
2014-02-15 04:20:01 PM

pivazena: Ugh.  Duke energy bought Progress energy right before I moved to North Carolina, making a monopoly.  And then the CEO of Progress was forced out after the Duke board reneged on the merger agreement, and then SURPRISE they raised energy rates!

Seriously. And does anybody think the same thing isn't going to happen when Comcast buys Time Warner?


I think the biggest fallout from that to me is that I'll give up ever watching Netflix in HD again.
 
2014-02-15 04:20:53 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: SilentStrider: Make him drink the water.

Sounds to me like he needs an enema of it


Or both.
 
2014-02-15 04:22:29 PM
Since I am sure the response to the article I posted will focus on the source, here is the AP story.


http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nc-reg ulators-shielded-dukes-coal-ash- p ollution

/remove extra spaces
 
2014-02-15 04:23:07 PM
Duke (Energy) sucks.
 
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