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Grapevine: NC state lawmaker's energy oops

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Survey Says

The Obama and Romney campaigns have grappled this week with the Supreme Court calling the health care mandate a tax.

While the nuance has consumed both campaigns perhaps they should be more concerned with a Pew Research Center poll that shows 45 percent of Americans don't even know or cannot correctly say how the Supreme Court ruled.

15 percent of those polled wrongly answered that most provisions in the law were rejected while another 30 percent said they just didn't know the outcome.

Manic Monday

A Florida beach became the scene of management fiasco Monday. Here is lifeguard Tomas Lopez describing what happened to him:

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TOMAS LOPEZ: I had a guy yelling at me, screaming to um, go someone's drowning, just go. So I just started running, and I kept running until I finally found the person being dragged up on the, out of t I had a guy yelling at me, screaming to um, go someone's drowning, just go. So I just started running, and I kept running until I finally found the person being dragged up on the -- out of the water and I jumped in the water and grabbed him, I just went.

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Now, for saving someone's life, Lopez was fired. Why? Because he broke company policy by leaving his assigned area.

Today, his boss told the Sun Sentinel that supervisors acted too quickly and Lopez is welcome to come back to the lifeguard chair.

For now though, Lopez has declined.

Energy Oops

Finally, North Carolina is open at least, to fracking...by accident.

State Democratic lawmaker Becky Carney -- who opposed legislation to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in her state -- pushed the wrong button in a late night vote and unintentionally became the deciding vote to overturn Governor Bev Purdue's veto of the bill.

Afterward, Carney tearfully said -- quote-- "I feel rotten, and I feel tired. And I feel that mistakes are made constantly when people are tired. And I feel rotten about it, but I take responsibility for my vote."

Her request for a do-over was denied.