Watching Government: What North Carolina did

There was plenty of drama, intrigue, and even some comedy on July 2 when North Carolina's general assembly overrode Gov. Beverly Perdue's (D) July 1 veto of a bill that could lead to natural gas production from tight shales in the state. The drama came when the House voted to override the veto by 1 vote. The comedy came when the vote was by a Democrat who said afterward that she pulled the wrong lever. The intrigue came when House Republican leaders refused to let her change her vote, and S. 820 effectively became law. Perdue said after the override that she still felt the measure's protections weren't adequate. But the candidates vying to succeed her in November—Democrat Walter Dalton, t...

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