05 Jul '12, 3pm

Complete jerks think fracking is more important than democracy This is an amazing story.

Complete jerks think fracking is more important than democracy This is an amazing story.

The North Carolina State Capitol, where “democracy” happens. (Photo by Jim Bowen .) Becky Carney, a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, hit the wrong button. She meant to support Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that would lift a ban on fracking in the state , but, instead, voted to overturn the veto. In other words, removing the quadruple negative, she voted to allow fracking in North Carolina. She’d never intended to do that — in fact, a few weeks prior, Carney had voted against lifting the ban. It gets worse. The vote required 72 votes for the veto to be overturned. Carney was the 72nd. And then it gets hyper-mega-worse. Her colleagues (“colleagues”) decided that she wasn’t going to be allowed to change her vote . The vote took her by surprise. Republicans limited debate on the fracking legislation – Senate bill 820 – and called the vote. Green button...

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