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Where's the PSC? And Dustin?

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MIA: Dustin McDaniel hasnt continued predecessors PSC work.
  • MIA: Dustin McDaniel hasn't continued predecessors' PSC work.
I can't link it, but John Pickett of Conway, the economist and former Public Service Commission member, has a guest column today in the Democrat-Gazette about the deficiencies of the state Public Service Commission, from its many failures in handling the SWEPCO power plant case to various rate-making deficiencies and a failure to force Entegry's integration into a regional system of power sales and delivery. In short, Pickett argues, the PSC has been "captured" by industry.

(John, send me a copy of your column with permission to publish and I'd be happy to give it further exposure.)

But I was also interested in a casual remark of his, about the "neutered" consumer rate advocacy division of the Arkansas attorney general's offfice. Remember when state attorney generals built careers on vigorous advocacy for biscuit cookers at the PSC — Jim Guy Tucker, Bill Clinton, Steve Clark, Winston Bryant and more? If Dustin McDaniel has done any vigorous advocating for consumers at the PSC, I've missed it. He went totally in the tank on the poison-belching power plant in Hempstead County, to name one. Ah, but sports agents. He's all over them. And you do get a punishing bill from a sports agent in the mail every month, don't you?

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