• Democrat Pushes Wrong Button, Brings Fracking to N.C.

    Don't you hate it when you accidentally push the wrong button and wide up sending out a half-written, incomprehensible tweet? Or making everybody on your elevator wait while you all stop at an unnecessary floor? Or open up your state to a potentially dangerous and environmentally harmful method of obtaining natural gas? So embarrassing! Amirite?! LOL!

    A veteran lawmaker in North Carolina says she pushed the wrong button late Monday night in a marathon legislative session and accidentally opened up the state to fracking.

    Rep. Becky Carney, a five-term Democrat from Charlotte, burst into tears after mistakenly voting with Republicans to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of the contentious legislation. The measure lifts the ban on hydraulic fracturing as a means for mining for natural gas.

    Ms. Carney and other Democrats asked for a do-over, as is common when a member pushes the wrong button. But in this instance, Republicans said no. A change in Carney’s vote would have changed the outcome, which is against the House rules. But Ms. Carney asked for the rules to be suspended so she could change her vote, but got nowhere.

    Hey, Republicans, we know that you guys just got the results that you've been angling toward for the past several months and that you've made tons and tons of promises to lobbyist groups about, but… Well, would you mind if we tried that vote again, so that you can lose this time? We'd be soooo appreciative! We'd totally owe you one.

    What? No, you won't?! Ugh! What jerks!

    Tags: Environment, North Carolina, State Legislature


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