Thursday, February 12, 2009

Editor's note: Hello, Georgia! Before I get into two news stories for today, I want to call your attention to articles we're moving on the Georgia Online News Service (GONSO) that are crafted for weekend editions and, of course, this weekend is Valentine's Day. In commemoration of the day of hearts, we'll send you a sweetheart of a column on Friday by Jeanne Bonner. On subjects other than the Cupid beat, one of Georgia's most respected food and restaurant writers, Susan Puckett, has a good weekender (or, good any day) article among today's line up on how eateries across the state are struggling to survive during the economic downturn. And, if you want a weightier piece to digest over the weekend, I'll author an analysis tomorrow on how "economic development" measures in the General Assembly are bad business for citizens. Also moving tomorrow will be a story with two versions one geared to the entire state, the other targeted to Atlanta by Jeanne Bonner on the innovative ideas condo developers are coming up with to sell units. Finally, veteran Atlanta journalist Maynard Eaton will have an article tomorrow on what's happening with the Legislature's black caucus.

Today, we have two thought-provoking pieces on the Legislature. Lyle Harris gives us some important background on Georgia Power's scheme to "pay it forward" financing for future nuclear plants. And, Maggie Lee writes about how state officials are already planning how to carve up the anticipated stimulus dollars that will flow from Washington.

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Today's GONSO

Governor Perdue: Deliver us from the land of nuclear make believe

by Lyle Harris
Georgia Power, the state's largest utility, has been living in a regulatory fantasyland for so long that it has grown accustomed to all its wildest dreams coming true --facts be damned. Now, after the state Senate has ignored mounting public outrage over a bill that would force the utility's residential customers into paying upfront financing costs for two nuclear reactors, there's scant hope that the company's legislative pixies will return to reality anytime soon.
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Legislature Takes Time Sizing up Federal Funds

by Maggie Lee
Georgia's taking its own path in deciding to declare a split legislative session this year, in hopes of some manna from Washington that might help the state plug an $2.2 billion budget gaps. But now that the federal stimulus package is all but approved, Georgia's going to have to shift from what one state legislator calls "hoping and praying" for federal aid, to planning what to do with the state's highly earmarked portion.
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Recipe for preventing a disaster

by Susan Puckett
When profits from his Brunswick, Ga., restaurant dipped late last year along with the national economy, chef-owner Jayson Ridinger closed the doors for good. But rather than hang up his apron, he and his sommelier wife, Christie, the restaurant's namesake, strolled down the block of this old seaport town and bought Cargo Portside Grill. One of the state's most celebrated restaurants outside of Atlanta, Cargo was closing after its owner also decided to call it quits.
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Tomorrow's Budget
FOR ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market
by Jeanne Bonner
FOR AREAS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market
by Jeanne Bonner
Valentine's Day Done My Way
by Jeanne Bonner
The Audacity of Hype
by Ralph Reed

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