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Duke Energy shareholders meeting fiasco

Poor Jim Rogers just can't win:

About a dozen protesters from the conservative group FreedomWorks marched outside Duke's uptown Charlotte headquarters during the meeting. They targeted Duke's support of a trading system for carbon "credits," or permission to release the greenhouse gas, that is envisioned in congressional energy bills.

Shareholder Tom Borelli of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank in Washington, said Rogers has "set our company on a risky course" by its advocacy.

State fails to properly regulate ABC system (again)

Apparently liquor and ethics don't mix:

Lawmakers on Wednesday stripped out some of the toughest measures from a package of new laws governing the state's liquor store system.

The committee cut a requirement that members of local ABC boards must follow the state ethics law, even though a primary task assigned to the group was to craft a bill establishing consistent ethical standards across the state.

Hard edged? Okay.

The ballots aren't even dry yet and the personal insults are already flying:

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said Wednesday that she still hopes that her rival Cal Cunningham reconsiders his decision to call for a runoff in the Democratic Senate primary.

“I hope he will put the best interests of the party and the best interests of the people front and foremost rather than this his own personal ambitions," Marshall said in an interview at campaign headquarters in Raleigh.

AFP anti-tax campaign fails

70% of Onslow County voters said "yes" to a sales tax increase:

The commissioner’s sales tax hike pitch overtook a campaign by the Americans For Prosperity, which came out swinging against the increase when commissioners revealed their plan to spend half the revenue on schools and public safety.

And the punchline: 2/3 of the voters who turned out were Republicans...

Sen. Hagan tries to protect small farmers

That's two more blue stars, Kay:

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) has cosponsored two amendments to the food safety bill that will protect small, local food producers from unnecessary and burdensome regulations that could harm their businesses.

"I am working with my colleagues to make changes to the food safety bill to allow our smaller producers to continue operating under existing state regulations. These amendments will ensure we do not overburden our small farms."

D'Annunzio hits $1 million for campaign

The false prophet giveth and receiveth:

Republican Tim D'Annunzio has crossed the $1 million mark in contributions and loans to his 8th District campaign.

The Hoke County businessman gave his campaign another $50,000 on April 29, bringing his total to just over $1 million, Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer reports.

I'm sure there's a lot at stake in this election, I just can't put my finger on it.

Henry McKoy Jr., progressive on the move

The N&O spotlights one of our friends:

McKoy has carved out a niche for himself as an expert on the green economy and "socially and environmentally responsible" businesses. So much so, in fact, that last spring he was invited to the White House to discuss green jobs and green investing.

"I'm in the business of how can a business make the world a better place, by helping to strengthen communities, and by doing it in an environmentally conscious way," McKoy said.

Battle over national power grid heats up

And a huge amount of potential wind energy hangs in the balance:

The group, the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, founded in January, is trying to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving a series of major transmission paths from wind-rich areas in the middle of the continent to load centers all over and then spreading the cost of the new lines around the whole country.

“It is fundamentally about fairness,’’ said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday with Senator Robert Corker, Republican of Tennessee, to denounce such a plan.

Pricey on federal clean energy legislation

Tell it like it is, sister:

Americans have waited for too long for Washington to act, and we overwhelmingly support clean energy policies.

Opponents of transitioning to a clean energy economy are doing more than just protecting the status quo; they continue to put our health, safety, environment, economy and national security at risk. The opposition, led by big oil and other special interests, has a vested interest in working against clean energy - they need to protect their record profits. Now is not the time to reward them again by failing to pass legislation.

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