The two U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia on Jan. 5 will determine control of the chamber, and may determine how much, if any, of President-Elect Biden’s, and U.S. House Democrats’, legislative agenda will be enacted in the next two years. But, as The Intercept reports, there is another important race on the same ballot. Incumbent conservative white Republican Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald faces a challenge by progressive Black Democrat Daniel Blackman. McDonald has wholeheartedly supported the Vogtle 3 and 4 atomic reactor new builds in Waynesboro, GA (11/20/20 aerial photo by High Flyer, above), including repeated “nuclear tax” hikes on consumers’ bills, making GA’s electricity some of the most expensive in the country.
When Georgia voters cast their ballots in the U.S. Senate runoffs, with Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock facing off against Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, they’ll also be weighing in on another statewide contest that had no clear winner on November 3: public service commissioner.
The Georgia Public Service Commission — a relatively obscure but highly consequential five-member body — makes important decisions like setting rates on Georgians’ electric bills and determining state investments into renewable energy. The commission has been controlled for years by Republicans who sit six-year terms, but this year District 4 Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald fell just shy of the 50 percent needed to win reelection, with Democrat Daniel Blackman earning 46.9 percent of the vote.
SEE ALSO: Facebook continues ban on political advertising, but will make exception for Georgia Senate race.
Facebook on Tuesday said it would make an exception to its political ad ban to let campaigns and other political organizations run advertising for the upcoming Georgia runoff elections. The Senate races, which will determine which US political party controls that chamber of Congress under President-elect Joe Biden, take place on January 5th. Facebook says advertisers authorized to run ads on social issues, elections, or politics will be allowed to run those ads starting tomorrow, December 16th at 12PM ET