You deserve fair elections, power bills

Are you sick of scandals? Tired of rising power rates and rigged elections?

Well, you're obviously not a Florida legislator.

Because at a time when most of us are craving reform, politicians in Tallahassee are actually fighting it.

The latest scams have flaw-makers attacking the watchdogs who try to keep your utility bills down, as well as your right to fair elections.

And the assaults are being launched in bipartisan fashion — because nothing unites usually divided politicians more than a shared desire to protect their own rear ends.

Calling off the watchdogs

The first attack has to do with your power bills.

As you probably know, they've gone up in recent years — a lot.

Not surprisingly, many of the politicians who get big checks from the power companies are OK with that.

In fact, one of the few state officials to make a stink about rising power rates — and the cozy relationships between power execs and public officials — was Public Service Commission member Nancy Argenziano.

So now you understand why the politicians and their power-company cronies want Nancy gone.

Their clever gimmick: A new law that would ban anyone without a college degree from serving on the Public Service Commission in the future.

Nancy, as you may have guessed, lacks a college degree.

She dropped out of pre-veterinary college to raise her son and work as a veterinary tech before going on to become a Republican legislator. Then Nancy proceeded to take on special interests with reckless abandon.

You can see why she must be stopped.

And keep in mind: You don't have to have a college degree to be governor of this state.

So whom do legislators want on the PSC? Well, the bill sponsored by Orlando's Steve Precourt places a premium on nominees who have lots of experience in very specific fields, like … wait for it … the utility industry!

Because that's who I want regulating the utility industry — someone who's part of it.

Now, if this doesn't sound like a good deal for you, then you're obviously not a politician — because Precourt's bill is enjoying wide and bipartisan support as it sails through committees.

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