Why should you care about appointments to Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC)? Because who gets appointed will directly affect your wallet for years to come (if you live in Florida, that is).
The PSC is charged with protecting consumers from unreasonable prices and bad service from the utility companies that we depend on.
As I've blogged about repeatedly over the past two years, most members of the PSC have been suspiciously cozy with the utility industry--an industry whose interests are sort of at odds with the interests of us consumers.
The two welcome exceptions are consumer-friendly Commissioners Nancy Argenziano and Nathan Skop, whom Gov. Charlie Crist appointed in 2007.
Not only have Argenziano and Skop actively sought to protect consumers' interests, but they also made a point of spotlighting ethically questionable things that have been going on at the PSC over the past few years. (Examples are linked at the end of this post.)
Unfortunately, Argenziano's and Skop's terms are almost up. Both commissioners are seeking reappointment by Gov. Crist.
All sorts of people who pay attention to the PSC support the re-appointment of Argenziano and Skop--precisely because they've proven to be pro-consumer and anti-corruption.
Here's part of the Miami Herald's endorsement: