Hagan talks pipeline spills, early voting

Posted April 2, 2013

— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan stopped by the legislative building in Raleigh Tuesday, giving @NCCapitol a chance to ask her about two items in the news unrelated to the ongoing veterans benefit backlog issue. 

Asked about whether a recent pipeline spill in Arkansas caused her concern about approving the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada, Hagan said she was concerned about the nation's aging energy infrastructure. She urged the president to approve the Keystone pipeline this year.

"We've got to address those issues, and we've got to have more oversight on our pipelines," Hagan said. 

Looking ahead to the 2014 election, when Hagan will be running to keep her seat, she was asked whether she was concerned about legislation that would limit early voting hours.

"When I look at the people who actually took advantage of early voting, more than 50 percent of people voted early," Hagan said. "We didn't see the long lines that took place in Florida because our legislature had the foresight to be sure we made it so voting was easy and people could do it. I think it's an issue of fairness. ... When you look at the popularity of early voting in North Carolina, it certainly made a difference in our state."


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  • tara14 Apr 3, 2013

    Senator Hagen is right. It’s time for the president to approve KeystoneXL. It will create thousands of jobs, generate billions in revenue and increase American energy security by bringing in an additional 830,000 barrels of oil per day.

  • free2bme Apr 3, 2013

    Go Kay Hagan. The NC GOP Legislature is a big disappointment and continues to try to take NC backwards to the stone ages. They are trying to suppress votes but I am sure it will not work. Most people I know I determined to vote regardless of the GOPs attempts to delay/aggravate/place hardship on the process.

  • Danny22 Apr 3, 2013

    The majority of Hagan's tenure has simply been to rubber stamp anything obama wanted. She has not looked after the citizens of NC. And I will never forget she supported obamacare which will bankrupt our country and ruin our healthcare.

  • John From Raleigh Apr 2, 2013

    I have never seen a Senator who is more simply a wolf in sheep's clothing. Of course she is for the XL pipeline who cares if pump more crude and warm the planet versus trying to develop a long term green solution. Let not forget in 2001, she introduce legislation to let large corporations bring in oversea profits at a tax rate of roughly nine percent. (e.g. reward them for bad behavior)


    I plan on voting for whoever is her opponent because at least they might own their desire to see the riches continue to get richer versus Sen. Hagen's approach of telling us what she thinks we want to hear and then voting differently in the Senate.

    The blue dogs are dead Sen. Hagen, either switch parties or vote for true progressive policies.