Who is that masked pollster? Xpress readers report phone queries regarding new power plant

Xpress has received numerous tips from readers who say they’ve received phone calls from a polling company in Ohio. The questions, our tipsters say, are focused on the proposed Progress Energy plant in Woodfin and are framed as a “push poll,” which is to say they are posed in such a way as to reinforce certain attitudes or answers.

What price Progress?

Two local environmental groups are considering legal action against the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to overturn a cut-rate lease granted to Progress Energy to site a controversial new power plant. The Canary Coalition and the Mountain Voices Alliance say the commissioners’ action violated the state’s open-meetings law and ignored the potential impacts on county […]