Atlanta Hones in on Energy Efficiency Amid Uncertainty from Georgia Power

As the Atlanta metro area was dealing with an interstate collapse, an interstate upheaval and a special election heretofore unheard of, energy watchers were eyeing the news from Toshiba that it was filing bankruptcy for its subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric Company. The news has put the future of the Plant Vogtle expansion in doubt and it remains uncertain when, or even if, the new reactors will be completed. The news is bad enough for Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols to declare on Twitter, “I hope Georgians never buy another Toshiba product or service ever again. Bankrupting WEC Nuclear so they escape a contract is shameful.”

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Who is the accused I-85 bridge burner?

InsiderAdvantage contacted several Georgia prosecutors– who for obvious reasons choose not be identified— who are appalled that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his prosecutors didn’t oppose bond for accused I-85 bridge burner Basil Eleby. Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville ultimately approved a bond agreement that prosecutors cut with Eleby’s lawyers that puts this career criminal back onto the street.

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Braves win first game at SunTrust, and Score Record Night for Sales

With 9,000 fewer seats than Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves experienced a record first night in their regular-season debut at SunTrust Park. They defeated the San Diego Padres 5 -2, and ticket, merchandise, food and beverage and restaurant sales exceeded the team’s all-time record, according to Braves’ President of Development Mike Plant.

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Update & Correction on Criminal Alien Legislation

This writer got it wrong in this space Monday on an important detail of a Senate amendment to Rep. Jesse Petrea’s House Bill 452 requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to share information when the feds release criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Regarding an amendment added to the bill in the Senate Public Safety Committee, I wrote “somewhere along the line the Harper-Albers language that watered down a well-written and wise piece of public safety legislation should be removed.”

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Hill declares for Governor’s race

State Senator Hunter Hill became the latest entrant in the 2018 Georgia Governor’s race Tuesday, joining Secretary of State Brian Kemp as announced candidates.  Hill, a Westpoint grad and U.S. Army veteran, has represented a wealthy Atlanta Senate district since 2012.  A crowded field expected to include Lt. Governor Casey Cagle is expected to emerge in the race to replace term-limited Nathan Deal, but for Hill getting into the race early and loudly has his ship RISING…

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