Political Notes — Pridemore files to run for PSC seat

[private]Tricia Pridemore, a longtime political ally of Gov. Nathan Deal, has filed the paperwork with the state ethics commission to run for the District 5 seat on the Public Service Commission.

That seat is up for election next year, but it will be vacated in February when Stan Wise, the current incumbent, carries out his already announced intention to resign.

Deal will get to appoint a temporary replacement for Wise, but that replacement will have the advantage of running later in the year with the word “Incumbent” by their name on the ballot.

Pridemore, a Cobb County resident, was at one time the director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, but she has not had a very successful record of running for elected position.

In 2011, she ran for state chairman of the Georgia Republican Party with Deal’s support, but GOP delegates rejected her and elected Sue Everhart instead.

Pridemore then ran for the 11th Congressional District seat in 2014, but finished third in the Republican primary with 17 percent of the vote.

Heads roll after nuke failure in South Carolina

The cancellation of a $9 billion nuclear project in South Carolina has had a deadly fallout with the two corporations involved.

The energy company SCANA announced this week that Kevin Marsh is retiring as chairman and CEO of the company and its subsidiary, South Carolina Electric & Gas, at the end of the year. The company’s top nuclear official, Steve Byrne, is also leaving

Lonnie Carter, the CEO of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, is stepping down after the boondoggle at the VC Summer nuclear plant that culminated in a July 31 decision to shut down the project.

Legislators in the Palmetto State had been demanding the leadership changes in the companies.

In Georgia, two nuclear reactors identical in design to the ones in South Carolina are being built by Georgia Power at Plant Vogtle. The Georgia reactors are ginning up cost overruns and schedule delays similar to the units at the now-shuttered South Carolina site.

But in Georgia, the nuclear project isn’t being shut down and no corporate CEOs are being threatened.

Instead, Georgia’s congressional delegation is lobbying for an extension of federal tax credits for the Plant Vogtle project. The tax credits could add as much as $6 billion in federal subsidies for Vogtle.

Twelve of the state’s 14 House members have signed a letter requesting the tax credits extension, which presumably would be rolled into the tax revision bill currently under consideration in Congress.

Westmoreland’s introduction

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson introduced former congressman Lynn Westmoreland this week to the Senate committee that is reviewing Westmoreland’s appointment to the Amtrak board of directors.

“There’s nobody better to have on a transportation board and in authority than a user and consumer of the infrastructure of transportation,” Isakson said.

“Atlanta is probably the poster child for the need for more improvements in transportation, for intermodal transportation, for the use of rail, for the use of roads, for the use of airplanes, for the use of everything to get people where they’re going and to organize it and to plan it,” Isakson said. “Nobody is more conservative and fiscally responsible than Lynn Westmoreland.”

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