PSC Candidate John Noel to Georgia Power: Give tax savings to consumers

As a result of the federal government’s recent corporate tax cuts effective this year, utilities will save millions of dollars on their tax bills. Many electric utilities are announcing plans to pass on recently-enacted federal tax cuts to their customers. The New York Times reports: In recent days, electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon and other states have announced plans to pass their tax cuts on to customers through lower rates. On Tuesday, Pepco, which provides power to nearly 300,000 customers in Washington, D.C., said it would cut rates beginning in the current quarter. But with Georgia Power and its parent, Southern Company, scrambling to find cash to complete the $25-billion-and-counting Plant Vogtle boondoggle near Augusta, you gotta wonder if they have other ideas…

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Fake Bulldog fan Michael Williams running for Georgia governor

So, this happened today. Georgia Senator Michael Williams decided to go all Bulldog during the opening day of the Georgia General Assembly, which happens not to be the big deal in Atlanta today. Not compared to the national college football championship going on tonight between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. (Disclosure: I’m a UGA alum. Go Dawgs!) Anyway, Georgia State Senator, MAGA gubernatorial candidate and militia fanboy Michael Williams decided to use the occasion to take a poke at one of his rivals, alleged frontrunner and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who once played football at Georgia Southern. (By the way, Williams, and Georgia’s incomparably incomepetent and hyperpartisan Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, are probably the most unpalatable general election candidates…

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You can help build Georgia’s grassroots statewide Voter Guide

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I am working on a team of Georgia grassroots volunteers who are creating a statewide Voter Guide. (The Guide is nonpartisan, although I’m not.) This ambitious project will link voters to candidates throughout the state in Congressional, Constitutional offices, and legislative races–maybe even down to local county and city campaigns, but we’ll see about that. It will be online and include answers to questionnaires, so you can see where candidates stand on issues. My self-appointed task in this is to collect contact information for legislative candidates: 236 in all. I will also publish information on this website, so feel free to subscribe. You can also get updates on 2018 races by following me on Twitter and liking Brambleman’s Facebook page.…

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1% of Ossoff donations would fully fund Sally Harrell’s campaign

Exciting news in Georgia: Georgia Democrats snatched three legislative seats y from Republicans. “The results are a rejection of Trump – it’s clear as day,” said state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta. “Republicans who continue to embrace him can start the countdown on their political careers.” However, if we’re going to kick out entrenched GOP incumbents–if we’re actually going to Flip Georgia’s Sixth Senate District–we need to support  strong local  candidates running campaigns within that district like Sally Harrell in Georgia’s 40th Senate District and Jen Jordan  in the Georgia 6th Senate District runoff December 5. It’s true: Jon Ossoff received $30 million in donations in his Sixth District race. And just 1% of that amount would fully fund @sallyharrellga‘s state Senate campaign. Read…

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Stacey Evans, Stacey Abrams statements on Georgia PSC Plant Vogtle decision

From the Twitterverse What Vogtle decision? The one today that told Georgia Power to keep building, with no cost cap. It’s at $25 billion and counting, and several years behind schedule, but Get ‘er done! Article here. Stacey Abrams tweeted her statement out today. Greg Bluestein tweeted Stacy Abrams’ statement. Both presented with minimal editing. For Georgia Public Service Commission candidate John Noel‘s statement, click here. Previously, the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates had seemed to diverge. In today’s statements, Evans stays true to form and Abrams shifts left, perhaps realizing her previous response left something to be desired. She’s still all about those workers.   Stacey Evans In my law career, I’ve forced companies that fleeced the taxpayer to pay up, and…

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Stacey Abrams, Stacey Evans differ on Plant Vogtle and the horse it rode in on

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The ajc’s Greg Bluestein just published an interesting article on Vogtle politics. He tries to run through the races that Vogtle impacts, mentioning Public Service Commission seats, noting that John Noel said he would “speak truth to power.”  Meaning this. Noel has been blasting the commission and its chairman, Stan “Swamp Thing” Wise, since he announced his candidacy back in May. Not in the article, but noteworthy: All five PSC members have endorsed David Shafer’s bid to become Lieutenant  Governor. Shafer voted in favor of Senate Bill 31, the enabling—and I mean that in the worst way—legislation for Plant Vogtle and its cost overruns. If Shafer is elected Lieutenant Governor, we can expect Georgia Power’s initiatives to move smoothly through the…

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