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Environmental group revokes award after Hamilton's fracking vote

An environmentalist group named Rep. Susi Hamilton a "Rising Star" a few weeks ago, but the lawmaker is no longer rising, at least in the eyes of the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters.

The group revoked the award it gave to Hamilton at a June 20 Green Tie dinner after the Wilmington Democrat switched her vote on the controversial SB820, which allowed an override of Gov. Bev Perdue and sets the state on a path toward fracking.

"This is bold step that the organization is not taking lightly," the group said in a release.

"Politics is not a zero sum game and other awardees have made choices that we did not agree with.  However, the circumstances, timing, and weight of this issue warrants a significant response," said Nina Szlosberg-Landis, president of NCLCV.

The group accuses Hamilton of brokering a deal with Republican leadership to "trade her vote" to secure an extension of tax incentives for the movie industry.

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