Morning Reads For Monday June 24th 2013

Good morning everyone. I’m back from the Atchafalaya Basin and able to get focus on Georgia and not be distracted by Louisiana.

We look forward to seeing Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and some of you at the original Sprayberry’s BBQ tonight.  Others, not so much.


Another hit to GA Power when it comes to solar?

Being a senator has its perks, but do you really want to be lucky number 13?

Just in case there weren’t enough stories about Obamacare.

Every little bit helps when it comes to cancer.

$5 says there wasn’t any real discussion of the pros and cons of common core.


National International

Edward Snowden (Verizon Leak) believed to be seeking asylum in Ecuador.

Seems like a Clinton 2016 campaign is more and more likely.

Pelosi defended the NSA? This is strange.

Nelson Mandela still isn’t looking too good.

I don’t think the EU will ever come to a consensus on bailouts.


Everything Else

Twinkies are coming back!

Obligatory Paula Deen article.

Discovery Channel’s lack of programming ideas ends with success.


  1. xdog says:

    Congressman Paul Broun (R-Crazy) will have a meet’n’greet at Jittery Joe’s in Watkinsville this Wednesday beginning at 8AM.

  2. Ed says:

    The Hillary speculation is stupider than anything I could ever come up with.

    She wants a female POTUS? Well knock me down with a feather. Couldn’t have figured that one out in 2007, when, you know, she started to run for Prez.

    Independently of that, her only quotes on running are emphatic NOs.

    • SallyForth says:

      And well they should be! After the grueling race she ran in 2008 and actually got the most votes in the Dem primary, the National Party dumped all over her and used some “fuzzy math” to hand the nomination to Obama. Counting voters in Michigan and Florida as 1/2 a person in order to reduce Hillary’s vote margin was a bridge too far. The DNC shanked her. Period.

      I’m sure Hillary, like most females in the US, would like to see a woman president. But based on the way the DNC treated her in 2008, Hillary has no assurance that she would be nominated even if she wins the primary again. So she just needs to tell the DNC to stick it in their ear – not “No” but “Hell No!”. Fool me once, shame on you – fool me twice, shame on me.

  3. seekingtounderstand says:

    Thanks Debbie Dooley for helping to raise my electric bill. Together with President Obama we can look forward to rising costs. And now our school taxes will rise as the fools put them on schools. The savings vs. costs is not that great, but the bond debt lasts forever.
    Debbie: a clean natural gas plant lasts for over 30 to 50 years vs. the solar plant which life span is 2 to 10 years before needing to be replaced and solar still requires GA power for when the sun doesn’t shine. So which would a conservative choose?
    The real tea party would say “stop shadow taxing us thru our electric bills at the local, state and federal levels and our bills would drop in half”.

    • Harry says:

      So we have to rely exclusively on Georgia Power for electricity, and on their attorneys and the Georgia PUC to set the rates?

      • seekingtounderstand says:

        Harry: I can not speak for GA power or PSC, my agenda was to have a solar farm and retire.
        Then I found out that Debbie Dooley has an agenda with the conservative PSC commissioners and lets just say…………….only the “inside folks” will get a solar farm.
        Picking and choosing winners and losers with solars.
        Winners, the insiders.
        Losers all people who will pay them for their solar usage while being denied the same rights.

    • debbie0040 says:

      Seeking, quit spouting GA Power talking points. They are wrong and your statements are outright false, but hey don’t let a little thing like facts get in your way. Solar panels produced here in Georgia have a 30 -40 year life span. Solar prices have dropped 75% and there have been advancements. The Dublin school purchased their panels before the prices dropped because they purchased them in advance.

      Many school systems have ESPLOSTs that have already passed. If schools systems use the existing ESPLOST funds to go solar, they can save enough money so they don’t have to raise taxes.

      Man, you GA Power minions will do anything to defend GA Power and are afraid of competition. Southern Company spends millions each year on lobbying and that money comes from rate-payers. What amazes me is that some the claim to be conservative and support free markets are defending a monopoly. Barry Goldwater, Jr. is leading the effort in Arizona opposing the public utility monopoly’s plan to cut back on solar, so other conservatives are advocating for more solar.

      I support all energy sources, including natural gas which GA Power has interests in.

      A conservative would not choose to allow GA Power to pre-bill rate-payers use rate-payers as a piggy bank for the Vogtle fiasco without placing a cap on what they can recover from rate-payers. A conservative would not allow GA Power to make a 11.5% profit on cost overruns on Vogtle. Shouldn’t rate-payers in Georgia have the same protection as the rate-payers in Mississippi? GA Power and some legislators say no.

      A conservative would work to repeal the Territorial Rights Act and do de-regulation in a conservative way – slow and one step at a time. Not like was done in Texas. Conservatives support free markets and don’t work to protect monopolies.

      Members of the PSC are suposed to protect rate-payers – not look out for GA Power’s best interest.

      This nation has subsidized energy for decades, including coal-fossil fuel and nuclear. It is time that stopped.

      • debbie0040 says:

        Another point Seeking – AKA GA Power minion- the legislation we support HB657 would gurantee rates don’t go up for rate payers.

        GA Power is fighting comptition from private solar companies and have their paid minions sending outright false information comparing the solar plan we advocate to Obama’s Solyndra. They insult the intelligence of conservatives and are using keywords they know will incite passion. They try to manipulate us like Pavlov’s Dogs and it is insulting. The plan we and the majority of the conservative members of the PSC support has no direct subsidies and unlike Vogtle, the rate-payers nor tax-payers assume the risk. We are looking out for rate-payers while others are looking out for GA Power.

        • Scott65 says:

          With you 100% on this one Debbie…I wish we spent more on R&D in regards to making solar panels even better. It seems they are very close to some breakthroughs. GA Power is doing what monopolies do…protect their monopoly at all costs…just like Cable and Telecom companies that are ISPs do to try and outlaw community broadband interests so they can keep raising rates

        • seekingtounderstand says:

          Debbie or known as solar lobbyists! Do you currently have solar on your own home?
          Didn’t think you did because you talk like a person who has a client/lobbyists job on the side. If you do have solar on your home, how much is it saving you and how much is your cost to keep in going?
          And if you really cared about the people of GA you would be demanding that the city, county and state stop passing taxes thru all of our utilities first and then let free markets work. Electric rates would drop in half.

          • seekingtounderstand says:

            A good part of your electric bills are coming from government city, county and state push all kinds of things onto your bill. And the Federal Governments regulations that President Obama has added will really make your bills soar in the future.

            And Debbie if your hanging out with the conservative PSC, one is currently in Germany visiting solar companies, perhaps you could get this done for the people of GA. Our rates would drop in half.

      • seekingtounderstand says:

        David: Do you have solar on your home, what did it cost and how much is it saving you per month? Have long have you had it?

    • Scott65 says:

      Fisher seems basically like a punt. The other cases broke 5/4 for employers over workers it seems…wonder which cases are coming tomorrow

      • John Vestal says:

        Appears there are at least TWO more court sessions this week, as the Chief usually makes an announcement at the end of the penultimate session and no such announcement came today.

        • Scott65 says:

          I thought they were Monday/Thursday. Isn’t being in session tomorrow highly unusual? Also a fun fact I picked up on the SCOTUSblog is that opinions are read from least senior members first…didnt know that

      • pettifogger says:

        I think it is a half-punt. Definitely shows the Court is going to take the SS analysis seriously.

        “The reviewing court must ultimately be satisfied that no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.”

        Moving away from race=diversity is what many conservatives have hoped for. Taken in conjunction with the opposition to Grutter exhibited by a couple of the Justices, and we may be headed for no preferences ahead of the 25 years O’Connor predicted.

  4. Lea Thrace says:

    I am curious of the opinion of those who brought up the issue of the Senate not passing a budget for four (or was it five) years. What is your opinion now that the Senate has passed a budget but now others are holding up reconciliation by refusing to appoint committee members? Are the holdups faction of Democrats in the Senate? Or is this a House Republican issue? Someone educate me, because I have seen conflicting reports.

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