It’s an honor to be among Equality NC’s 2012 Equality Champion Award winners…

By: Monday October 22, 2012 2:53 pm

In many ways, receiving “the phone call” about this wonderful honor from the beyond-energetic Director of Development at Equality NC, Kay Flaminio, was not only surprising (so many people put blood, sweat, tears and $ into the battle, so why do I deserve the nod?), but it was a reminder of the deep, dark funk I was in for months after the hate amendment was voted into our state Constitution. It not only banned same-sex couples from marrying, it prevented any legal recognition of our relationships. I just wanted to put the memory of all that work away.


North Carolina Now Appears to Be Firmly in Romney’s Column

By: Saturday October 20, 2012 10:00 am

Once seen as a possible swing state, North Carolina appears increasingly to be a safe win by Mitt Romney this year. The Real Clear Politics polling average now has Romney winning by a 5.6 percent, a margin that is likely insurmountable with so few days left until the election. Things are going so well for Romney in the state that there are signs the campaign is pulling out resources so they can be used elsewhere.

Obama Maintains Lead in Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina

By: Friday September 28, 2012 7:32 am

Mitt Romney continues to trail in every single swing state. The latest NBC/WSJ/Marist polls show Obama with a small two point lead in Nevada and North Carolina. Obama holds a seven point lead in New Hampshire.

NRC Cites San Onofre Nuclear Plant for Lapse in Security

By: Friday August 17, 2012 3:00 pm

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission hit Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) with a violation for what it called a lapse in plant security, the agency announced late Thursday.

The NRC noted the violation during a four-day inspection in May. SONGS has been completely offline since January, when a radioactive leak led to the discovery of severely degraded heat exchanger tubes in both of the plant’s (nominally) operating reactors. (In July, the NRC released its report on the tube failures, saying that although plant operators had made major design changes that affected the stability of the tubes, they had not violated any laws.)
Regulators said Edison “failed to develop procedures to monitor electronic devices related to security,” but the NRC has withheld most of the details of the violation.

Governors Ask EPA to Suspend Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 3:37 pm

The Obama campaign has responded by saying that the President is a strong supporter of ethanol as a driver of the economy. The President was speaking in Iowa at the time. But even if you support ethanol – and studies show the corn-based version costs us more in energy to harvest than it’s worth – you cannot deny the economic harm created by the mandate at this time, given the drought conditions. The price spikes have caused a severe hardship for livestock producers in particular who use corn to feed their animals. The head of the UN’s food program, Jose Graziano da Silva, also called for a suspension of the ethanol mandate.

Obama Ahead by Three in North Carolina

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 11:40 am

With the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina less than a month away, a new poll from PPP finds President Obama leading by three points in the state. However, the Real Clear Politics polling average of what limited polling there has been of the state has Romney up by one.

Tens of Thousands of Federal Employees to Get Layoff Notices Right Before Election

By: Friday July 27, 2012 8:05 am

The fight over the automatic trigger cuts, which will take place at the end of the year without Congressional action, took an interesting turn this week. The Senate passed a bill that will force the Obama Administration to provide details on how they will implement the cuts. This bill has already passed the House with a broad majority, and the President has indicated that he will sign it. But politically, it puts him – and Congress – in some trouble.

Obama Leads in Virgina and Is Tied in North Carolina

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 1:00 pm

President Obama currently holds an impressive eight point lead over Mitt Romney in Virginia, and he is effectively tied with Romney in North Carolina, according to new polling by PPP. The lead in Virginia has been solid and steady, while North Carolina has been a toss up for months.

Race Is Tight in Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 1:45 pm

It seems almost every day there are new presidential polls of swing states showing the race is tight but with the advantage for President Obama, today is no different.

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