Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Overriding the veto of fracking in North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature had passed a bill which would allow, and regulate, fracking in the state of North Carolina. Democrat Governor Beverly Eaves "Bev" Perdue vetoed the bill.

There has been some discussion of "how" the veto by Perdue was overridden (leading to the result that fracking is allowed and regulated in North Carolina). It seems that Democrat Becky Carney (from Mecklenburg), who had opposed overriding the veto, mistakenly pressed the button to vote "for" the override. Her vote became the 72nd vote to override, exactly the minimum needed for the override (final vote 72-47 to override).

Governor Perdue has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In the governorship election, wikipedia notes Perdue received the endorsement of actor and director Andy Griffith, who filmed a campaign ad on her behalf. Wikipedia also notes: On October 22, 2010, Perdue revealed that her 2008 campaign was under State and Federal investigation. Less than a month after Perdue revealed her own investigation, her predecessor, Mike Easley, became the first North Carolina governor to admit to a felony.

As to fracking in television drama, note that "Person of Interest" built an episode a rather suspicious vote in the New York legislature. See IPBiz post
Fracking shows up on "Person of Interest"

Of North Carolina

Fracking Now Legal in North Carolina, Because Lawmaker Pressed the Wrong Button

What the frack? North Carolina lawmaker accidentally votes to legalize fracking


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