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Legislators set date for redistricting public hearings

The joint legislative redistricting committee has set a date and locations for a public hearing on the redistricting process. The public hearing will be on Tuesday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. Following, is a list of all locations, including remote sites, that will participate in the public hearing:

 

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UPDATED: Could Duke Energy be planning to spray coal ash waste?

August 14, 2017: A coal ash dump in Chatham County run by Duke Energy contractor Charah now has a 90-day permit to collect the liquid it leaks and spray it into the air, but Courtney Wood at UNC-Chapel Hill's school of public health says the process "negates any basic chemistry from high school."

So yes, a Duke Energy contractor plans to use this process for coal ash.

Charah CEO Charles Price contributed at least $22,000 in 2016 and 2017 to NC Republicans, including Berger and Moore. Additionally, Charah has a history of violating permits. The company was previously cited at least twice by NC for starting construction at sites without required permits, but received no fine under Gov. McCrory’s DEQ.

June 1, 2017: The fluid that collects beneath landfills, referred to as leachate, could soon be sprayed into the air, thanks to House Bill 576 sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Dixon.

The aerosolization of leachate, or “garbage juice in a snow blower”, is an unproven and untested technology.

Via NC Policy Watch
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Senator Thom Tillis will have a town hall in-person if people use their “inside voices.”

US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has hosted at least six Facebook Live town halls or Q&A sessions in 2017. He has not hosted an in-person town hall at all this year despite promising in April he’d have one in May or June.

Tillis has drawn criticism for not holding any town hall meetings during the recent recess from Congress.”

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Video: Second Redistricting Committee Meeting

The joint legislative redistricting committee met for the second time on Friday, August 4th in Raleigh.

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North Carolina legislator profile: Senator Phil Berger (R – Rockingham)

Over the next several months Real Facts NC will release a series of reports on key North Carolina legislators and how their work impacts the people in their districts. In the first of the series we’ll take a look at the man claimed by many to be the most powerful individual in state government, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

Berger has represented Rockingham County since 2001 and became minority leader in 2004 and Senate President Pro Tem, the leader of the Senate, in 2011. While Berger has succeeded in Raleigh enacting his conservative agenda, Rockingham county has seen more than its fair share of setbacks in recent years. 

Read below a summary of how while Phil Berger has gotten ahead in Raleigh, Rockingham has fallen behind. Find the full report: here.

(Dwane Powell, The News & Observer)

 

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Video: First Redistricting Committee Meeting

The joint legislative redistricting committee met for the first time on Wednesday in Raleigh. 

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Offshore drilling: questionable reward, certain damages

Offshore drilling and exploration poses an unacceptable risk to the state of North Carolina.

In 2016, North Carolina tourism generated approximately $23 billion in economic activity, supporting 218,340 jobs and more than 45,000 businesses

Of the top ten tourism counties in NC, three are on the Atlantic Coast – Dare, New Hanover, and Brunswick. These three counties combined generated more than $2 billion from tourism in one year. 

Any potential economic benefit to North Carolina from offshore drilling is uncertain, but the damage to tourism revenue could be insurmountable.

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North Carolinians aren’t left wanting more after GA introduces four orphan bills

The North Carolina General Assembly has a knack for passing laws that no one asked for and no one wants. These four orphan bills have been left out in the cold with no one to claim credit for them and unlike poor Oliver Twist, North Carolinians are not asking for more.

Aerosolization of Leachate 

Rep. Jimmy Dixon spent last session fighting for the aerosolization of leachate, a process, he noted, that has its origins in chemical warfare

Despite Dixon’s push for H576, one of the largest waste management services in the United States, Waste Management, is not planning on using the new technology.

The company’s relations specialist has said that Waste Management does not use and is not in favor of the aerosolization technology.

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