Morning Reads, January 30, 2012, the unstable editor edition

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. Amos Amerson will not run for reelection. Dawson County manager Kevin Tanner will run for the seat, as will former State Rep. Clint Smith.

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.

Racing

Photo by Porsche Cars North America

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.

16 comments

  1. Max Power says:

    With just 8 or 9 new reactors we could satisfy almost all of Georgia’s electricity needs with clean nuclear power. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  2. saltycracker says:

    My favorite alternative energy article of the week was in Forbes. California again but effecting some southeast companies like Next Era.

    We have covered some big solar problems as they clash with endangered species and dissappear with government loans. This time it is wind power.

    California has mandated that thirty percent of its electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020 and a lot of crucial tax credits are set to expire at the end of 2012 if they don’t get going.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and conservationists are greatly concerned with the wind farms that might kill endangered California condors.

    Generating plants run by abundant natural gas don’t fit the bill.

    Multi-billion dollar projects are in peril.

    http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2012/0116/feature-mark-tholke-wind-farm-california-tehachapi-mountains.html

  3. Engineer says:

    Personally, I am a big fan of nuclear and hydro-electric power generation, unfortunately, they are two of the least popular sources of “clean” energy and have the biggest legal hurdles to be built.

    I also like wind power, but I don’t know if you will find as many people who are fine with the view/scenery/aesthetics of a bunch of wind turbines off the Georgia coast at Tybee or Jekyll, or on top of some north Georgia mountains to produce power.

    Don’t get me wrong though, solar has good potential to the the future’s main source of power, but as it stands, the technology hasn’t advanced far enough for it to be economically viable. Truth be told, using today’s technology, perhaps in the near future we could set solar panels up in space, and send the energy down via microwave beam to a receiver dish on earth, but nobody wants to risk a poorly aimed concentrated microwave beam.

  4. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    • “If the four Republican presidential contenders appeared as defendants, what crimes would they be charged with?”

    Ron Paul: Disorderly conduct, Inciting a riot
    Rick Santorum: Public indecency in a men’s public restroom (tap-tap)
    Newt Gingrich: Bigamy
    Mitt Romney: Emotional abuse through the incitement of serial boredom

  5. Nathan says:

    From Max Power:

    Hey can we get a new thread on our idiot neighbors in SC.

    State senators expect to pass a bill today to suspend the decisions made for the Savannah River by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    On Tuesday, the state Senate voted on the second reading for S. 1115 and the House equivalent to the Senate’s bill, H. 4627.
    Both bills passed unanimously, 35-0 for S. 1115 and 37-0 for H. 4627.

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