Political Notes — GPA approves ports expansion projects

[private]The Georgia Ports Authority board has okayed the spending of another $42.3 million on the expansion of the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which will expand the Port of Savannah’s on-dock rail capacity by 100 percent’

GPA said $90.7 million has been allocated to the project thus far, with construction scheduled to begin next month and be completed by the end of 2020.

The board also allocated $13.2 million to expand Gate 8 at the Garden City Terminal, which will will provide a better link to the Jimmy Deloach Parkway, a direct truck route to Interstate 95.

“In addition to expanding capacity, we will also reduce the impact on our local community,” Executive Director Griff Lynch said. “The new pre-check lanes will reduce truck congestion and the Mega Rail Terminal will significantly reduce or eliminate rail crossings.”

Eaton attracts more opposition

Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton is going to have plenty of opposition if he decides to run for another term on the regulatory panel next year.

Lindy Miller, a businesswoman, is running in the Democratic primary for the District 3 PSC seat, where former legislator John Noel has already been campaigning for several months.

“The Public Service Commission was set up to protect the public interest and oversee our large utilities,” Miller said. “Instead, a lack of leadership has put corporate interests ahead of regular people, leaving working families and small businesses struggling to pay their bills. It’s time to put people back at the center of our decisions.”

There is also a Libertarian, Ryan Graham, running for the seat, and he’s taking a hard stance on the Plant Vogtle nuclear project.

“The [PSC] should only approve the project if Georgia Power and its partners can secure funding from sources other than captive ratepayers,” Graham said in a news release. “Investors should voluntarily take on the risk, holding Georgia Power and contractors accountable for completion of the project on time and on budget.”

Over in Paulding County

State Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-Powder Springs) has drawn a Republican primary opponent, Joseph Gullett, the former chair of the Paulding County Republican Party.

“When we look at the lack of conservative legislation being passed, it tells me we need someone who is a true workhorse for the people he serves,” Gullett said.

“My obligation to the taxpayers and citizens of House District 19 will be to work endlessly on their behalf to reduce the size and scope of our government, protect our constitutional rights, and improve our educational opportunities in Georgia,” Gullett said.

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