Smart Move

Governor Perdue has gone public on Kelo and it is a very smart move. Given statements by Democrats nationally, the Republicans have much more wiggle room to draw up effective legislation. The problem for the GOP remains, however, last year’s SB5, which Democrats could use to beat up the Republicans and attempt to show the GOP as disingenuous on the issue of takings.

Gov. Sonny Perdue and top legislative leaders promised Thursday to take any action necessary to protect private property rights in Georgia following a U.S. Supreme Court decision giving local governments broad power to seize property for economic development purposes.

“This is a kitchen table issue,” Perdue declared in a news conference with House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, and others. “The people of Georgia want to be sure they can still hold onto their kitchen tables,” he said.

Perdue said he has instructed his legal team to examine current Georgia law to see what, if any, fixes are needed, up to and including a constitutional amendment.

S.B.5 remains a puzzle to me. How could the GOP have moved so far so early with that piece of legislation without realizing the implications and readily available spin.


  1. Melb says:

    DON’T forget that they also supported HB218 which helps out developers as well. Georgia Democrats seem to care more about private property than Georgia Republicans and if that is so then I know where my vote will go.

  2. Melb says:

    Also Eric Johnson (R) who was the key sponsor of SB5 is a developer and he is the Second in command of the Senate and they wanted to make it easier for their key donors to take private property and the republicans agreed, and they would still agree if it wasn’t for the DEMOCRATS — who by the way faxed all the information about SB5 to Neil Bortz — so that we could get that information to the people who normally vote Republican and so they could see what Georgia Republicans are really about. So it really shouldn’t be that big of a puzzle.

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