Ted Budd is deplorable, Chemours is still polluting, Cooper saved lives

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BlueNC, WRAL, 9/25/2022

When it comes to defending the results of elections in North Carolina and the United States, the most recent of which in 2020 for president has proven to be fair and free from manipulation, there is no room for ambiguity. Incumbents who want to continue to represent this state in Washington, but who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election and still hold to former President Donald Trump’s outlandish misconception that he defeated Joe Biden, do not deserve to return.

On January 6, 2021, Budd voted (along with every other Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives except Patrick McHenry) to overturn the results of the 2020 election that was clearly won by Democrat Joe Biden. Budd said on Twitter at the time that there were “irregularities (and) constitutional violations in the presidential election.” When it comes to swearing allegiance to our nation, Americans don’t swear to monarchs, dictators, or deities. The commitment is to maintain, protect and defend the Constitution.

Loyalty to a political party or politician should NEVER override honesty, integrity and the rule of law. I don’t care if Budd swears on a stack of bibles that he will honor the results of the next election, his actions speak louder than his words. And those actions have been undemocratic and downright treacherous.
https://legacy.wral.com/editorial-voters-shouldn-t-back-candidates-who-are-election-deniers/20486679/

Carol Stevens: Is Ted Budd Still Voting?

BlueNC, News & Registration, 9/21/2022

I read the News & Record every morning which James Doggett has delivered promptly, and I follow the columns and articles closely. After reviewing several summaries of how our local congressional delegations recently voted, I realized that instead of voting “yes” or “no” as others have done, Ted Budd is often listed as “not voting.”

My question is this: Mr. Budd is not present in Congress when it is in session to vote on the legislation? Is he away for campaigning, fundraising and traveling? Does he choose not to vote on laws so he can later say he “didn’t vote for or against” if they later become problematic? I am asking about this before we choose who will represent us as our senator from North Carolina in the next election. Thoughts?

He’s too busy kissing ass for money and hanging out with wackos like Boebert to do his job. I just can’t figure out if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…
https://greensboro.com/opinion/letters/wednesdays-letters-september-21-2022/article_e22f716a-3872-11…

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CONGRESSMAN TED BUDD IS A CORRUPT POLITIC WHO WANTS POWER AT ALL COSTS AND PLAYS BY HIS OWN RULES TO HELP HIMSELF.

Learn more about how he repeatedly sides with the corporate special interests that finance his campaign on what’s best for North Carolina:

FARMERS CANNOT TRUST BUDD

AROUND THE WORLD WITH TED BUDD

BIG OIL ON THE DRIVER’S SEAT

VOTES NOGETS THE MASS FROM BIG PHARMACEUTICAL

BUDD PROTECTS PAYDAY LENDERS, NC PAYS THE PRICE

BUDD ENDORSES WALL ST. ON THE MAIN STREET.

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With mail-in voting already underway, the Beasley-Budd Senate race remains close

North Carolina Politics Watch, Kirk Ross, 9/23/2022

The latest polls show the gap between Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd continuing to narrow, while the candidates’ differences on key issues have widened ahead of what could be their only debate.

Budd, who avoided debates during a protracted and contentious Republican primary, has agreed to go head-to-head with Beasley, who faced nominal opposition and no debate in the Democratic primary on Oct. 7. The event will air on Spectrum News and will be moderated by Tim Boyum.

Both campaigns benefit from a new infusion of outside spending, including $3.4 million for Budd from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership PAC and $1 million for Beasley from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign account. Senate, Chuck Schumer.

Although the race is clearly narrowing, it has not received as much national attention as other key Senate races in the 2022 cycle.

COVID statistics confirm that thousands of North Carolinians are alive today thanks to the wise public health policies of the Cooper administration.

North Carolina Politics Watch, Rob Schofield, 9/20/2022

The United States is now two and a half years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while we have fortunately made tremendous progress from the hell of those dark and chaotic early days, many of the most disturbing events of that period have not receded that far. in the rear view mirror.

It seems like only yesterday that hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed, even as then-President Donald Trump promised that the crisis would magically “go away” by Easter 2020, issuing a seemingly endless series of scientifically invalid remarks and statements.

Then, of course, there were the acrimonious protests from misguided “reopening” advocates, who demanded an end to the application of proven public health practices like face masks and social distancing even before scientists worked heroically to produce and distribute vaccines and therapeutics. .

And remember the many conservative politicians, activists, and “think tanks” in North Carolina who unleashed a relentless barrage of invective against Governor Roy Cooper for his allegedly “tyrannical” refusal to follow the lead of other governors (mostly from the south) who had gone ahead. with reopening while the pandemic continued to rage?

Chemours plans to expand its Fayetteville Works site, but has not cleaned up existing contamination

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North Carolina Policy Watch, Lisa Sorg, 9/22/2022 (excuse me)

Chemours: the multibillion-dollar company responsible for contaminating drinking water hundreds of thousands of people in the Lower Cape Fear River Basin, the company challenging the EPA’s scientific findings that GenX is toxic, the company after 28 months has yet to submit a revised corrective action plan to clean up contaminated groundwater beneath at least seven square miles around its Fayetteville Works plant, the company that was recently fined $305,000 for environmental violations by the state of North Carolina – expansion plans.

Chemours wants to increase its production of a molecular building block for PFA, a type of fluoropolymer, at the Fayetteville Works in northern Bladen County, near the Cumberland County border. This building block is also known as a monomer.

PFA stands for perfluoroalkoxy alkanes. They belong to the PFAS family but have a slightly different molecular structure. The chemical industry has claimed that PFA, the fluoropolymer, is a “polymer of low concern.”

Nevertheless, an article in the peer-reviewed journal environmental science and technology question that statement. Jamie DeWitt, teacher of pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina University, and an expert on PFAS, is among the paper’s authors. They concluded that, based on their review of the evidence, there is no “scientific basis” to conclude that fluoropolymers such as PFA are of little concern for environmental and human health.

PFA vs. PFAS
There is an important distinction between PFA and PFAS, although each poses environmental and public health risks.

PFA stands for perfluoroalkoxy alkanes. They have a slightly different molecular structure than other compounds within the PFAS family.

Heat-resistant and durable, they are used in the semiconductor, transportation, and medical equipment industries. Seth Bailey, manager of manufacturing technology in Chemours’ advanced performance materials section, said the company’s Fayetteville Works plant is “the only supplier of these raw materials to make these products, to enable the things that we we depend on every day.”

PFAS is short for perfluorinated compounds, of which there are at least 10,000 types.

All PFAS, including GenX, that have been studied so far by independent scientists have been found to be toxic to human health and the environment. They have been linked to thyroid disorders, kidney and testicular cancer, high cholesterol, a suppressed immune system, low birth weight, and reproductive problems. Scientists have also discovered that exposure to GenX can affect liver function.

When PFA is manufactured, the process can generate PFAS as a by-product.

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