Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

For latest PSC opening, Gov. Charlie Crist will choose between four previous nominees

TALLAHASSEE — Meeting for less than half an hour Tuesday, the Public Service Nominating Council sent Gov. Charlie Crist the names of four previous nominees to fill an unexpired term on the state utility board.

The list includes the two people Crist chose Oct. 1 to fill two open seats on the Public Service Commission: David Klement, former editorial page editor at the Bradenton Herald, and Benjamin "Steve" Stevens.

The governor is expected to choose one of them to start the PSC job early, filling the temporary vacancy created when Commissioner Katrina McMurrian resigned this month. McMurrian stepped down before the end of her term after Crist — announcing it was time to "clean house" — did not reappoint her or PSC Chairman Matthew Carter.

The governor will name a replacement after he receives the list of names. He is expected to make the choice by Tuesday, when the commission is set to rule on the governor's request to delay a final vote on requests by Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy to increase their electric rates.

PSC staff members on Monday recommended the commission reject an indefinite delay on the rate cases but left open the possibility that the commission could extend the cases while still completing them by a March 18 deadline.

The other names on the list sent to Crist are Felicia Banks West, a Maryland lawyer and former staff attorney at the PSC, and John Grayson, a Tallahassee accountant and former inspector general of the PSC.

For latest PSC opening, Gov. Charlie Crist will choose between four previous nominees 10/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive


    KIRKUK, Iraq — After weeks of threats and posturing, the Iraqi government began a military assault Monday to curb the independence drive by the nation's Kurdish minority, wresting oil fields and a contested city from separatists pushing to break away from Iraq.

    Iraqi security forces patrol Monday in Tuz Khormato, about 45 miles south of Kirkuk, a disputed city that the government seized in response to last month’s Kurdish vote for independence.
  2. Trump and McConnell strive for unity amid rising tensions


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, tried to convey a sense of harmony Monday after months of private feuding that threatened to undermine their party's legislative push in the coming weeks to enact a sweeping tax cut.

    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell field questions Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have been friends for a long time,” Trump said.
  3. 'Me too': Alyssa Milano urged assault victims to tweet in solidarity. The response was massive.

    Human Interest

    Actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Sunday with an idea, suggested by a friend, she said.

    Within hours of Alyssa Milano’s tweet, tweets with the words “me too” began appearing. By 3 a.m. Monday, almost 200,000 metoo tweets were published by Twitter’s count.
  4. Tampa tax shelter schemer too fat for his prison term, attorney says


    TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced two Bay area men to prison terms last week for peddling an offshore tax shelter scheme that cost the IRS an estimated $10 million.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.

  5. Weinstein Co., overwhelmed by backlash, may be up for sale


    NEW YORK — The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.