Stan Wise Voodoo Doll

November 4, 2006

Kevin Cherry – Libertarian Candidate

Public Service Commission (5)

Contact: James Bell 404-452-4668
Stan Wise Voodoo Doll

PSC Campaign Resorts to Stan Wise Voodoo Doll

Cherry’s Team Debuts “Stick it to Stan” Campaign

Atlanta GA: October 2 2006 – Libertarian Public Service Commission (PSC) candidate Kevin Cherry’s campaign staff is resorting to unconventional tactics in his bid for the PSC seat. The staff has debut the “Stan Wise Voodoo Doll”!

A Voodoo Doll? That’s right a Voodoo doll!

James Bell, Cherry’s campaign director said his communications director, Brad Forschner conceived the idea in an attempt to generate interest in the Cherry for PSC campaign.

“I was amazed and frustrated at how hard it is to get media attention”, said Forschner. “After 20 news releases on the issues it was time to lighten up and do something that would catch the eyes of voters and the media.”

Kevin Cherry said the PSC race has been virtually ignored by the media, yet it’s one of the most important races on the ticket. “The PSC effect everyone’s pocketbook,” said Cherry

Forschner said the “Stick it to Stan” voodoo doll is being offered to campaign donors who donated $100 or more. Kevin Cherry said he was not surprised his staff has added a bit of humor to the campaign.

“My staff has been working hard running my website, writing press releases, and producing commercials”, said Cherry. “The Stan Wise Voodoo Doll was their way of venting their frustration during the campaign. They’re just poking fun at Stan Wise (with the Voo Doo Doll).”

The political voodoo dolls go back to the Nixon days when protestors used the doll to show their discontent for the status quo. Cherry said it seems everyone is discontented with Stan Wise and the doll seemed appropriate.

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Stan Wise: The Big Lie! $1 Billion Claim Discredited

November 2, 2006

Kevin Cherry – Libertarian Candidate
Public Service Commission (5)
Contact: James Bell 404-452-4668  
For Immediate Release

October 23, 2006: Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise (R) claims he helped to reduce Georgia’s electric rates by $1 billion, yet staff reports show Wise voted for more than $1.6 billion in rate increases over and above his staff’s recommendations, in just two rate requests. It’s time Stan Wise tells the whole truth!

“Stan Wise has never meet a rate increase he didn’t like”, said Kevin Cherry, Libertarian challenger for the PSC seat. “Stan is boasting that he helped to reduce electric rates by $1 billion, what he fails to mention is any savings that may have occurred, happened in spite of his voting record.”

Cherry points out that Stan Wise failed to say that he has voted in favor of rate increases virtually 100% of the time and that records show that his votes have cost ratepayers billions during Wise’s terms. The true cost to ratepayers, over the past 12 years, may never be known.

James Bell, Cherry’s campaign director, said Stan Wise is desperate to show anything positive he has done while serving the people of Georgia.

“In an attempt to put a positive spin on his voting record, Stan Wise simply made up the numbers,” Bell said. “He knows that there is no easy way for the public to review the voting records and he feels he can just pull the wool over our eyes by making these false claims.”

Wise’s billion dollar claim is achieved not by rate reductions, but by approving rate increases that are less than requested by the utility companies.  In contrast, PSC staff members reach consensus on rate increases and make recommendations to PSC commissioners.  Stan Wise has voted in favor of rate increases over and above these staff recommendations, costing Georgia ratepayers billions.

Kevin Cherry asks ratepayers, “Have you seen any reduction in your utility rates lately?”

Kevin Cherry believes Georgia needs a consumer advocate serving on the PSC board and that Stan Wise is being controlled by utility lobbyists and the money they are dumping into his campaign. “It’s time the voters boot him out”, Cherry said. “Twelve years of Stan Wise is enough!”

If elected, Kevin Cherry has pledged to never accept campaign contributions or gifts from utility lobbyists or executives. He feels this money is a conflict of interest and does a disservice to the public and ratepayers.

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Georgia PSC Chairman, Stan Wise Suffers Identity Crisis

August 24, 2006

Will the Real Libertarian Please Stand Up!

Identity Crisis

Kevin Cherry for Public Service Commission

News Release Contact: James Bell 404-452-4668

Today, a pre-recorded radio interview with Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise (R) was aired on WLYU 100.9 FM in Lyons GA. “What is Goin’ On” host, Wilson Smith, asked Wise about the PSC race and his opponents. Wise acknowledged he had two opponents, including Libertarian candidate Kevin Cherry.

During the interview, Wilson Smith told Stan Wise that the more he talks to Libertarians “the more he likes them”. Stan Wise blurted out an absurd claim that he is “a better libertarian” than the Libertarian candidate.

Kevin Cherry, the real libertarian candidate found his claims amusing and insulting.

“Stan Wise must be suffering from an identity crisis,” Cherry said. “Stan is a big government Republican who supports protecting regulated monopolies; libertarians believe in free market solutions, not government controlled industries.”

Cherry said he was flattered Stan wants to be associated with libertarianism but points out if Wise wants to be a libertarian he should join the Libertarian Party.

Trevor Southerland, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Georgia said he welcomes both Democrats and Republicans to join our Party.

“The two major parties have moved to the extreme fringes, while the Libertarian Party is still in the mainstream middle,” Southerland said. “Kevin Cherry is the real deal. He has been a member of the Libertarian Party since the 1980’s. Kevin has been a leader in his community and has led the Douglas County Libertarian Party.”

Under Kevin Cherry’s leadership, the Libertarian Party was first to author and introduce eminent domain / property rights legislation (HR-87) to the Georgia General Assembly.

Established in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the 3rd largest political party in America. The Libertarian Party of Georgia has secured ballot access to state-wide races since the 1980’s. The Republican Party of Georgia won its first state-wide race in 1992.

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Kevin Cherry Launches TV Ads

August 8, 2006

Kevin Cherry has launched his first TV commercial in his race against Stan Wise. View it below and be sure to go to to donate to the Pick Cherry for PSC campaign.

Stan Wise Comments about Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

July 23, 2006

On March 22 2006, Stan Wise was quoted in the Douglas County Neighbor newspaper with the following quote about the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy:

“Those groups oppose future needs of Georgia,” Wise said.  “I think they want us to wear animal skins and live in caves.  And some of them wouldn’t want us to wear animal skins.”

Power Bills to Rise

July 23, 2006

ATLANTA – Georgia Power Co. customers will see electric bills go up an average of about $5 monthly after a Thursday decision by the state Public Service Commission. storyPhotos();

State law allows utilities to recover the full price of fuel needed to generate electricity, without profit or mark-up. Georgia Power had asked the PSC for more money both to repay about $400 million in fuel costs that haven’t been recovered and to try to collect an adequate amount for future energy supplies.

Commissioners did not agree with the company’s $561 million-a-year request, and instead approved a reduced plan put together by commission staff, a committee of major industrial power users and the Utility Counsel of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs.

Georgia Power executives didn’t agree to the compromise, saying it won’t keep up with rising costs of coal and natural gas used in power generation, but Commissioner David Burgess made the motion to accept the compromise despite the objection.

“I think the stipulation does represent the interests of all the parties in this case,” said Mr. Burgess, one of two commissioners up for re-election this year.

There were essentially three plans on the table. The company’s plan lost support during the lengthy hearing process, which often sunk to debates on fluctuations of global energy prices.

A second proposal came from commission staff, which would have disallowed charging electricity customers for various expenses, dropping the total yearly increase by $280 million from what the company sought. That alternative would have added $4 to the average residential monthly bill for Georgia Power customers.

The PSC, however, rejected that staff proposal 2-3. Commissioners Bobby Baker and Angela Speir were outgunned by Commissioners Burgess, Doug Everett and Stan Wise, the chairman.

The third proposal was a compromise after the Georgia Industrial Group and the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association objected to the amount their members would have to pay. The compromise, which all five commissioners voted for, trims $211 million from Georgia Power’s request, but it also means that Georgia Power residential customers will pay a 17 percent increase in fuel costs starting with their July bills.

Commissioner Bobby Baker tried to prevent customers from having to pay the expense of replacing electricity during six of 2,800 power outages that Georgia Power’s own review concluded were caused by errors committed by its workers. That would have saved customers the $5.2 million needed to buy replacement electricity from other utilities during the outages.

By the same 2-3 split, the commission voted down Mr. Baker’s motion.

Mr. Wise, who is also up for re-election, said looking at isolated outages was unfair to a company that generally saves customers money by operating more efficiently than the average electric company in the country.

“To point out one or two incidences would be inappropriate,” he said.

From the Friday, June 16, 2006 edition of the Augusta Chronicle

Wise has some explaining to do!

July 23, 2006

PSC, step on the Gas
Atlanta Gas Light’s expenditures demand answers; Public Service Commission should see it gets them

Published on: 05/15/06Atlanta Gas Light makes a tidy profit selling an odorless commodity to customers who use it to heat their homes. But the company’s cold-hearted disregard for how it spends other people’s money — and the lax oversight of its expenditures by public officials — reeks to high heaven.

A better-late-than-never audit by the staff of the Georgia Public Service Commission reveals AGL possibly overcharged ratepayers by nearly $665,000 during the last several years for cleaning up toxic coal tar pollution in central Georgia. In 1997, the regulatory agency had granted AGL permission to impose a surcharge on every customer’s bill to pay for the cleanup, a fee which now stands at $1.30 a month.

Since then, according to the PSC’s partial audit, politically connected contractors have used some of that money to indulge in a spending spree that included a quail-hunting trip, barbecues, cellphones, parties and gifts to undisclosed recipients.

Those expenses were billed under a contract AGL awarded to Virgil Williams, a Gwinnett County entrepreneur who also happens to be a major contributor to PSC Commissioner Stan Wise. Williams, in turn, hired Shawn Davis, Wise’s former campaign manager, to run a $2.3 million public relations effort intended to ward off potential and costly lawsuits associated with the cleanup.

An AGL spokeswoman claims the work performed by Davis and others helped save the company $45 million in “likely” remediation costs. But it’s difficult to determine if their accounting is credible because AGL hasn’t been very forthcoming about many of the expenses it has incurred.

The monthly surcharges will continue to appear on Georgians’ gas bills although the cleanup is nearly complete. Those costs warrant closer scrutiny because, as the PSC audit report explained, “the evidence became clear that the company has not been monitoring the expenses being charged as community affairs.” Among other disputed charges is $22,000 for a study AGL paid for without PSC approval and is refusing to release.

AGL officials have responded to a request to reimburse ratepayers for questionable expenses by, in essence, thumbing their noses at the PSC. Of the $665,000 agency auditors claim should be returned, AGL has offered only $50, which is the late fee another contractor on the project owes on his overdue utility bill.

That kind of corporate arrogance by AGL is becoming all too familiar. The company recently tried to use its clout with key state lawmakers to circumvent the PSC’s regulatory authority in order to build a $300 million natural gas pipeline between Atlanta and Elba Island near Savannah.

Far more troubling, however, is the lack of adequate oversight from the PSC, which has neither set, nor enforced clear standards for allowable expenditures under the cleanup program. Several commissioners have belatedly started asking tough questions with the notable exception of Chairman Wise, who has been missing in action lately. When he returns, Wise has some explaining to do. Until then, his colleagues should continue their line of inquiry because the answers they’ve gotten from AGL so far don’t pass the smell test.

Lyle V. Harris, for the editorial board (

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