John Noel, the former Georgia State Representative, successful small business owner and challenger candidate in the Georgia Public Service Commission District 3 statewide race against longtime incumbent Chuck Eaton, outraised Eaton by nearly $100,000 in just the first month of the race. In a race that has received significant coverage because of the Plant Vogtle financial and construction failures over the last few years, John Noel seemingly just reset the political landscape on the most important dark horse race in Georgia in 2018. At the close of 1st Quarter reporting, Noel reported raising $90,954.00 and yesterday Eaton reported raising $0. To put that is some perspective, the amount raised by the incumbent for the entire prior 2012 election was $306,581. Noel has, in a single month, essentially raised one-third of what Eaton did for his entire last election.
At the end of June, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) hosted its second “farmer fly-in” of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 season. Growers and advocates from Oregon, Mississippi, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia took time out of their busy schedules to bring important food and farm issues to legislators’ attention as the FY 2018 appropriations cycle heats up.
On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) participated in the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Listening Session held on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. This listening session provided a forum for agriculture stakeholders to share their experiences in the field with Members of Congress in advance of congressional consideration of a new Farm Bill.
#Stand4Forests Campaign Launches in Georgia as County Commissioners Show True Leadership and Call on Other State and Local Leaders to Do the Same
The Chatham County Commission has unanimously passed what is thought to be a first-in-the-nation resolution to promote local climate protection and protect standing forests. The resolution bans the use of taxpayer funds to subsidize the industrial wood pellet industry. It passed with bipartisan support with Commissioners stepping up to provide leadership on both protecting taxpayers from wasteful subsidies and addressing climate change.
Georgia Power, the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company, has entered into a new agreement with Toshiba, the parent company of Vogtle contractor Westinghouse. The agreement, approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, affirms the value of Toshiba's guarantee at $3.68 billion – providing additional protections for Georgia electric customers following Westinghouse's March bankruptcy. Additionally, Georgia Power and Westinghouse have finalized a new service agreement which allows for the transition of project management at the Vogtle expansion from Westinghouse to Southern Nuclear and Georgia Power. The service agreement is subject to approval of the Westinghouse Board of Directors and certain other conditions, including bankruptcy court approval. The project is co-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities.
A week-long canoe/kayak adventure from Dawsonville to Rome
This Saturday nearly 400 people will embark on a 7-day, 106-mile adventure on the Etowah River as part of Georgia River Network’s (GRN) Paddle Georgia 2017.