Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Editor's note: Hello, Georgia! The Georgia Online News Service has been around for just shy of three weeks. The response from publishers, editors, opinion leaders has been encouraging, very encouraging.

One person several folks have mentioned is Maggie Lee, who has been one of the GONSO reporters covering the Legislature. Maggie has been on top of consumer issues, especially Georgia Power's plan to charge now for nuclear plants it will build later. Today, Maggie has another story, an analysis, on how the utility giant is threatening to pull the plug on additional nuke plants if it doesn't get its way.

Also, the rest of the nation may have taken on a "bluer" tinge after the November elections, but Georgia remains determinedly "red." That means one group in the General Assembly, the Black Caucus, lives in a sort of legislative limbo. Veteran Georgia reporter takes a look today at the caucus, its agenda and its leaders.

Finally, our Soapbox today is by Michael Dobbins, a Georgia Tech architect and former Atlanta Commissioner of Planning, who tells us there is hope for the city's transportation dilemmas.

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Today's GONSO

Georgia Power Ties Nuclear Option to SB 31; Others Consider Alternatives

by Maggie Lee
Georgia Power will build two new nuclear plants near Augusta. That much is very nearly settled. But now the company says unless it gets the financing scheme it wants from either the legislature or the Public Service Commission, it will pretty much stop at two.
Full Story

Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus at a Critical Political Crossroads

by Maynard Eaton
The indictment that the Georgia Assembly’s black caucus is a “do nothing” group is a perception that its current leaders have passionately pledged to reverse.
Full Story


A Hope Program for Transportation

by Michael Dobbins
We must learn to recognize transportation as an interdependent system comprised of networks of mobility – getting us around - and access – getting us there. We will not arrive at transportation adequacy by forever questing for magic bullet "solutions."
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
Nuclear Finance Bill Sails through House Panel
by Maggie Lee
Economy is toughest for (best) older workers
by Nadirah Z. Sabir
School vouchers: People are capable of making their own decisions
by Susan Laccetti Meyers

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