Originally created 10/25/98

Ga. PSC: Baker, McDonald 102598 - The Augusta Chronicle



The five-member Georgia Public Service Commission doesn't receive the publicity it should -- especially since its rulings have a significant impact on the pocketbooks of every Georgian. It regulates utilities, telephone and telegraph rates, and all private intra-state bus and trucking firms.

For the past four years, Republican BOBBY BAKER has been a thoughtful rock of stability on a panel all too often torn by infighting. The one-time attorney for the Southeastern Legal Foundation also performed fairly, and with distinction, as PSC chairman.

Baker pledges continued commitment to consumer choice regarding the utilities industry -- and especially in the telecommunications field.

His Democratic opponent -- an obscure nurse from Martinez -- still has a lot of homework to do on a variety of complex issues before she could ever become a serious PSC candidate.

The race for the second PSC seat is non-partisan, with the winner filling the unexpired term of a member who resigned. We recommend LAUREN "BUBBA" MCDONALD, a respected former Democratic member of the state House of Representatives who once chaired its appropriations panel. Gov. Zell Miller appointed the ex-lawmaker and transportation lobbyist to occupy this seat, so we endorse voter "ratification" -- especially since his two opponents have an incredibly feeble grasp of pending PSC issues.