As Duke Energy travels to Winston-Salem and other parts of the state to justify its rate hike request, NC WARN has obtained the records behind the request – and they include hundreds of thousands of dollars for Duke expenses that should be charged to its stockholders, not to customers like you. Expenses like $270,000 for campaign contributions and $250,000 for sponsorship of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team! Is that helping your lights stay on? Read this posting about what Duke is hiding from Sue Sturgis, the award-winning environmental reporter at the Institute for Southern Studies.
Then there’s also this posting by Chris Kromm, another award-winning ISS writer, about the latest meanness from Art Pope’s crew. The Pope Civitas Institute has created an elaborate tool that some find quite intimidating – a website featuring the mug shots, addresses, age and little-known details about folks arrested during Moral Monday protests in Raleigh. Sometime casting light has mighty dark purposes.