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Mike Easley Wants Law License Back, $94,665 Fine Still Unpaid By His Campaign

It appears former Gov. Mike Easley will come out smelling like a rose following his guilty plea to a felony related to a campaign finance violation involving unreported flights. He was fined $1,000, which he paid. His campaign was fined and still owes $94,665. According to the News & Observer, Easley has applied for reinstatement of his law license.

An elections board member had urged the Bar to require repayment of the fine as a condition of restoring Easley’s law license. The Bar did not. Elections director Gary Bartlett said Tuesday the fine has not been paid and that Easley’s campaign has indicated it probably will not pay.

So how do you get away with just saying you probably won’t pay?

Carolina Journal’s Don Carrington investigated and covered the Easley story extensively. You’ll find the archive of his stories here.

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Eight Candidates Apply For Open Seat On Wake School Board

Eight people — seven Democrats and one Republican — have applied to fill the seat on the Wake County school board vacated by Republican Chris Malone, who was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives. The Democratic-controlled school board will now decide which ones get an interview, and which one will be tapped to fill the District 1 seat.


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The Job-Producing Record Of Fracking

North Carolina is looking at a regulatory framework that would ensure the safe and efficient extraction of shale oil deposits in the state. With fracking will come jobs sorely needed in a state suffering the fifth highest unemployment rate in the country. Gov. Perdue vetoed the bill to pursue fracking, but the Republican-led legislature overrode her veto. This piece gives some background on the job producing record of fracking in other states.

One of those formations is the Marcellus Shale stretching from New York State across northeastern and western Pennsylvania, through eastern Ohio, and southeast into West Virginia. Development of this formation and others like it support thousands of jobs right now, and more are expected to be created in the future. In Ohio, the Utica Shale, supports 38,830 jobs, and according to a study sponsored by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, that could rise to over 266,000 by 2035. Neighboring West Virginia is also benefiting with 11,884 jobs supported by shale energy today and over 58,000 expected by 2035. These are jobs on natural gas wells, supplying and supporting them, building infrastructure, or caused by shale energy’s ripple effects on local economies.

Let’s get to it.

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More From The Enlightened Left

From CBS comes this pathetic comment from a New Jersey legislative leader who may seek to challenge Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said Monday that Gov. Chris Christie might have “prayed” for Superstorm Sandy, because it has provided cover for what Sweeney said are the governor’s failed economic policies.

At least Sweeney had a moment of decency and apologized for his ghoulish, insulting remark.

Imagine the outrage if a North Carolina Senate conservative had made this remark about Gov. Perdue and a super storm that had brought misery, death, and damage to our state.

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