Today on Context Florida: Florida energy monopolies and the corruption begins

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Today on Context Florida:

While most of us were distracted by shopping, cooking, traveling and other Thanksgiving preparations, Daniel Tilson says Gov. Rick Scott’s hand-picked five-member Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to put the wants and wishes of Florida’s energy monopolies ahead of the needs of nearly 19 million Floridians. Florida’s four investor-owned utilities – Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric – want complete control over development and expansion of solar power.

And now the corruption begins, writes Stephen Goldstein. There’s no other honest word for it. For average Floridians, the November election is over, whether they voted or not. But for those major contributors who bought it, it’s payback time. The political game is played between elections when the public isn’t looking. It’s all about the money, honey. And there’s nothing pretty to say about it.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.