NEWS & OBSERVER: NC officials examine notification delay in coal ash spill on Dan River

It was going on 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, when Jeffrey Childs returned to the emergency management communications center from a break carrying a soda and the state’s environmental hotline phone, which started to ring. On the line was Allen Stowe, a Duke Energy environmental specialist, reporting a wastewater spill into the Dan River. Childs clicked through a checklist of questions on form EM-43, which is where state emergency management officials collect preliminary information to help them determine how to respond to potential disasters.

N&O: Christensen: It might not be good to follow the South Carolina model

South Carolina is, in many ways, a wonderful state. I have spent countless vacations there. I know, like and admire many South Carolina natives. There are undoubtedly many things Tar Heels can learn from the Palmetto State. But. South Carolina is not Shangri-la. I mention this because it seems to have become common currency among some Republican leaders that the Tar Heel state needs to adopt the South Carolina model.

N&O: McCrory to Duke: Move coal ash ponds away from water

Gov. Pat McCrory told Duke Energy on Tuesday that he wants its coal ash ponds statewide moved away from drinking-water sources. McCrory and environment Secretary John Skvarla wrote Duke CEO Lynn Good that “as a state we will not stand by while coal ash ponds remain a danger due to their proximity to where so many North Carolinians get their drinking water.”

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Companies like Duke have been giving to both parties

Meet the hottest four-letter word in North Carolina politics: Cozy. Environmental advocates and government watchdogs have been using the word recently to describe the relationship between Duke Energy and Gov. Pat McCrory.


WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Candidates file for seats on U.S. Senate, local boards

The U.S. Senate field got a little more crowded Tuesday as two more Republicans filed to run for the seat currently held by Kay Hagan. Edward Kryn, a retired physician from Clayton, and Jim Snyder, a former candidate for lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate from Lexington, filed to run for the U.S. Senate seat. Several other Republicans have already filed, including Ted Alexander, Greg Brannon, Heather Grant and Mark Harris.


POLITICO: Painting Dixie Blue: Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how

Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point.

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016

More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a level of interest in her that no other potential candidates – Democrat or Republican – come close to matching among their party’s voters, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll.

Classic Herb Block political cartoon for your enjoyment:

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