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  • carpe Feb 20, 2013

    Great piece of research and writing. Inquiring minnds wonder why it was not done prior to the Republican majority coming into being.

    Oh, I know, it is like the "promise checker," WRAL did not have the resources to do things like this when the Democrats were in control of the State legislature.

    Most likely when the Democrats get back in control times will be hard and WRAL will be forced into making cuts so they can no longer offer this public service to us.

  • jgilchr Feb 19, 2013

    Of course this state is close to being a subsidiary of Duke Energy at this point as well.

  • jgilchr Feb 19, 2013

    It is pretty easy to see Art Pope and ALEC are running the show.

  • glarg Feb 19, 2013

    Blackwell is completely correct. He could go to the wall for Abbott, Exxon and AT&T and it wouldnt move the stock price a penny. The companies are just too large and too widely held for there to be movement based on actions of one legislator in one small state.

    The biggest issue is that lawmakers Interests are to spend as much money and build as much bureaucracy to keep themselves in office. By the time the bill comes due they will be retired with a fat pension and a legacy of overpasses and day schools named after them someone else will be stuck with the problems.

    *That* is the conflict of interest that has to be solved: reelecting your self by giving away borrowed money.

  • wildpig777 Feb 19, 2013

    goobnav Leave WRAL alone. They are reporting the truth!--dream 777

    wow WRAL IS REPORTING THE TRUTH? yea right -when they aren't censoring it. you sure are drunk off the koodlaid, wral is so biased that it would appear many many times wral wants to make news rather than report it. however, wral does strongly believe in it's right to CENSOR.

  • are you kidding me Feb 19, 2013

    they do want internal control...that is for public not legislator

  • meeper Feb 18, 2013

    Why has WRAL suddenly taken such a big interest in the state legislature? They were almost completely silent when liberal Democrats ran the show for years and years. Absolutely disconnected from all of the taxing and spending. Now that Republicans are in control, everything's under a microscope.

  • The Yoda Feb 18, 2013

    "Someone try to convence me this isn't written like a "hit piece"."

    Of course it is s hit piece. You don't seem to recall that the "@NCCapitol" gang was created by WRAL as their online hit squad after the Reps took over NC.

  • Danny22 Feb 18, 2013

    Remember obama said "energy prices must necessarily skyrocket," while closing down coal mines, and sending billions to South America so they can drill for us.

  • stymieindurham Feb 18, 2013

    Someone try to convence me this isn't written like a "hit piece". WRAL pointed the "questionable finger" at Rep. Jerry Dockham, R-Davidson, House Speaker Thom Tillis, Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, and Rep. Hugh Blackwell, R-Burke. NO DEMOCRATS!! Do democrats not own stocks? They even singled out Rep. Dockham with, " In the case of lawmakers like Dockham, their own judgment comes into play". Biased hit piece. All for the left-wing. Trying to make "Jane Pinsky, director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform', and her group look like caring individuals. WRAL - hit piece if I've ever seen one!!!

  • The Yoda Feb 18, 2013

    I hope all of you Republican backers enjoy your high power bill rates Coming Soon! says dream777

    I hope all you Libs enjoy the huge tax increases coming with the NotAfforableCareAct and the other Obama middle class tax increases. OOPS, I forgot 95% of Libs pay no taxes.

  • dream777 Feb 18, 2013

    They do alot better than your unbalanced and unfair Fox News. Ha! Ha!

  • dream777 Feb 18, 2013

    goobnav Leave WRAL alone. They are reporting the truth!

  • dream777 Feb 18, 2013

    I hope all of you Republican backers enjoy your high power bill rates Coming Soon!

  • goobnav Feb 18, 2013

    How about the corporate connections with Mainstream Media such as WRAL, I mean Capitol Broadcasting Corporation and, their investors from Wall Street that tell them to report the news as they see fit to buy whatever products and believe whatever stuff they want us to believe and not know the truth.

    Why not report that information, oh, that's right, it's the truth!!

    The 1st Amendment doesn't protect Corporations, they are not people as it was pointed out in the last Selection. Get real WRAL and all other Mainstream Propaganda. Your done and we are coming.

  • dream777 Feb 18, 2013

    What about Governor McCrory. How much stock does he own in Duke Power, a being a former exeutive there? Watch our power bill rates go up once they fire all of the Utilities Commission members and put their own people in there.

  • JustAName Feb 18, 2013

    What about David Price - D connection to the solar farms and Duke energy?

  • pdbullard Feb 18, 2013

    I know this is a fishing expedition by WRAL but thats Ok with me. The rules were changed and they need to be effectively enforced and available to the public for review. I am ok however with listing ranges for investments like 5-50k and 50-100k and so on.

  • Danny22 Feb 18, 2013

    Can you send us the link of this same article done before the Nov election, to include this same info about Bev. I surely hope this isn't another one of those-Make republicans accountable but cover the democratic behinds like you do with obama.

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