You’re reading the blowback edition of the Morning Jolt.
In a Thursday column, we posited what we thought was a well-thought-out theory of why the Legislature, during the upcoming redistricting session, won’t make the Buckhead portion of Atlanta part of the 6th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, the Republican from Roswell:
[B]y allowing Buckhead to remain in the hands of a Democrat, every Republican member of Congress in the state will consider Georgia’s largest cache of wealthy voters to be fair game for campaign cash. Buckhead, in essence, would remain an open city for fund-raising.
This admittedly cynical assessment resonated poorly with state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, who represents what many in the GOP believe to be sacred ground. In an e-mail sent last night, he counseled his constituents to burn a few miles of telephone cable:
I have heard both political and policy reasons from many of you for putting Buckhead in a Republican Congressional District. Buckhead is one of the oldest Republican communities in Georgia and most of its residents want a strong conservative voice in Washington. More importantly, adding a Republican representing part of the City of Atlanta will give our capital city strong national representation on both sides of the political aisle in Washington.
If you feel this way, I urge you to contact Governor Deal and Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation and let them know that you do not want to be considered an “open city” for partisan fund-raising. You want the decision of which Congressional district Buckhead is placed in to be done fairly and transparently based on the best interest of the citizens of our community and our state.
Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Start talking.
In 2009, the state Public Service Commission voted to allow Georgia Power to charge ratepayers in advance for the cost of loans needed to build two nuclear power generators.
Last week, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) asked Tim Echols, the newest member of the utility regulation panel, elected in 2010 – whether he would have supported that move.
It was a question that Echols had fielded many times on the stump during his campaign, and he answered O’Hayer as he had answered then. He said no.
“I have a fundamental disagreement that that risk should have been taken by shareholders of the power company, not by ratepayers.”
On Wednesday, PSC Chairman Stan Wise fired off an e-mail to Echols, copied to O’Hayer, in which he declared Echols to be either ignorant or a liar:
First, I would say if you are going to comment on decisions prior to your tenure on the commission, you should be fully informed or totally honest.
[Construction Work in Progress financing, or CWIP] saves ratepayers 300 MILLION dollars over the life of the plant. Ratepayers. Factual. Indisputable.
If CWIP had not been approved, the shareholders, bondholders, et. al., still would not have shared in those costs. That is not how rate of return regulation works.
If CWIP had not been approved, the next generation of nuclear power would not be built. I believe that as well….
The basis for many who oppose CWIP, was the only way to appear to support the next generation of nuclear power while attempting to put the stake in its heart. Please find another way to express your opposition to the only way to save ratepayers significant dollars.
Now, is it my imagination, or did the chairman of the PSC just compare nuclear power to a hard-to-kill vampire? If so, let’s hope it’s the handsome, brooding, “Twilight” kind of blood-sucker — determined to use his curse to benefit the people he loves. Georgia needs the kind of nuclear power that will be adored by throngs of middle-school girls.
In O’Hayer’s report, by the way, Clare McQuire of Georgia Watch, a consumer group, says the savings to consumers will be far smaller than Wise suggests – paying $1.6 billion in just six years, instead of slightly more over 60 years.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall’s departing assertion that in 2011, CRCT tests were “given under the strictest security possible.” I think you know where it’s headed.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider