UPDATE: News reports say the Senate confirmed Colette Honorable
to a position on the Federal Energy Commission
by unanimous voice vote Tuesday night. So now the question: Who will Gov. Mike Beebe appoint to replace her on the PSC?
Politico says flatly
that the nomination of Arkansas Public Service Commission Chair Colette Honorable
to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
is on the list of presidential nominations that Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid
hopes to push through confirmation votes this week.
She'll make it next year, regardless, because her nomination lacks opposition from Republicans.
But confirmation this week is important back home
. Word continues to circulate of quiet Republican opposition to a vote on Honorable this week. If she's confirmed now, it allows Gov. Mike Beebe
to appoint someone to fill out her term. If not, Asa Hutchinson
gets the PSC pick after he becomes governor Jan. 13.
This post on a utility industry blog
is indicative of several that indicate the power companies are hopeful that Hutchinson will get two PSC appointees in the next month. The coal burners presume Asa Hutchinson is friendlier than Mike Beebe, who was not exactly a scourge of utilities, though his PSC did hold down an Entergy Arkansas
request for fat executive pay.