Today’s morning reads are brought to you by the unstable platform that prevented Jason from posting them this morning.
In case you missed it in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the Times-Herald is re-running the CLE’s editorial advocating for a limit on lobbyist gifts. It appears that editorial boards across the state are in favor of the measure, but we don’t know whether the average citizen supports it.
Common Cause executive director William Perry is taking the case for passing a limit on lobbyist gifts on the road, appearing in Rome.
Kristi Swartz at the AJC has a look at the financing of reactors #3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle and in a separate article reports on the expected licensing of the new reactors by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
A power plant that will burn used tires in Wilkinson County is working with state and local governments to move toward construction.
A project to sell solar power to a local cafe in Savannah has been constructed partly to challenge the state’s Territorial Electric Service Act, which regulates the sale of electric power in Georgia. The company that built the small solar installation was even named with the threat of a lawsuit in mind. Imagine “Georgia Power Co. v. Lower Rates for Customers, LLC.”
Bill Carruth, who sites on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources board and lives in Paulding County will challenge Senator Bill Heath in Senate District 31.
State Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) has introduced legislation to give those convicted of DUI an opportunity to have their record cleared if they go five years without re-offending.
The Savannah Morning-News opines that something goofy has gotten in the water in South Carolina’s statehouse. Among the problems noted with the SC legislature’s move to deny a permit to dredge the Savannah River are concerns about separation of power and the fact that many of the new jobs created at the Port of Savannah go to South Carolina residents. I’ll add the general prohibition on passing ex post facto laws, as the legislature attempts to strip power from an agency going back to 2007, potentially undoing other permits.
Finally, Savannah Morning-News editorial page editor Tom Barton visited the Captiol last week, but apparently forgot his fact-checking spectacles. The hypothetical questions for the Fred Thompson event were not suggested by a lobbyist. But here are the questions, what are your answers?
• If the four Republican presidential contenders appeared as defendants, what crimes would they be charged with?
• Who was the sexist female prosecutor on the show?
Shockingly, the “Go Fish” program has flopped.
In case you missed it, Porsche GT3 Cup cars dominated the GT class in the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona, taking all three podium positions. Next up is the Porsche 250 in Birmingham, AL.