Cagle takes charge.

UPDATE: Johnson concurs:

“You’ll see more of a traditional structure in the Senate than you have previous to the last four years. I have always said privately and publicly that there should be a strong presiding officer. And I will support the lieutenant governor 100 percent as president pro tem of the Senate.

20 comments

  1. Bull Moose says:

    This is a great step forward for Senate Republicans. I’m glad that they were able to make this happen without a lot of drama.

  2. Fogle says:

    Yeah, we’ve got a good group of guys and gals in the General Assembly and I would love to see a few of them step it up a level if the right seats open up in 2008.

  3. Jas says:

    Any word on committee shakeups? I’ve heard differing things on Balfour getting bumped for Shafer. Anything come out of the lunch Cagle had yesterday with his supporters?

  4. RuralDem says:

    First they disrespect the position of Lt. Governor because a Democrat held the position, now they want to restore the powers because a Republican won. Sure some can say “that’s just politics” but come on, have some respect for the office itself.

    Oh well. All those years of hearing “those evil Democrats are so partisan, if we ever get into power things will be different!” Well, this goes to show things are the same.

    How about next cycle we elect candidates who will put the people first. We obviously missed in a few places this cycle.

  5. SugarHillDad says:

    I am hearing the meeting was not very large. Most Senators choosing to take a breather, I guess. Senator Johnson was not there. Lt Gov Cagle spoke mostly on improving education (I thought that was Kathy Cox’s job) and helping Senators accomplish there campaign goals.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    Rural,

    Come on, first, how could Mark Taylor speak for a Republican-controlled body? Secondly, when Democrats ran things and Mark Taylor was LG, they ignored him too. Lastly, when Democrats controlled Atlanta, the other party had no say in anything.

    People in glass houses and all…

  7. RuralDem says:

    Changing the rules of the position simply because of the party in control is a complete disrespect for the office itself. Why not go down the line and strip every office of it’s powers depending on party? Kinda sad isn’t it?

    Also,

    “Lastly, when Democrats controlled Atlanta, the other party had no say in anything.”

    And that means you guys should do the exact same thing you cried foul on for so many decades? That’s hypocrisy at it’s finest and if you can’t see that you’re simply a partisan.

    It yet another case of “it’s wrong when you guys do it but if we do it then it’s fine!!!”. Hypocrites.

  8. buzzbrockway says:

    Changing the rules of the position simply because of the party in control is a complete disrespect for the office itself.

    It’s been that way in Georgia for years.

  9. Bull Moose says:

    With all do respect to Senator Johnson, isn’t it a little early to start calling the newly re-elected Governor a lame duck… He hasn’t even taken the oath for his 2nd term.

    I have tremendous confidence in Lt. Governor Casey Cagle that he’ll have no troubles at all in presiding over the State Senate. Having served in the State Senate for 12 years, one of the main reasons for electing Casey was his ability to start from day one and I and every Georgian can have confidence in his ability.

  10. dingleberry says:

    RuralDem/Pinko:

    Quit whining like a spoiled child. Boo-hoo. The is a term you should be familiar with, it’s called “GET OVER IT!” You lost. Your man, Marky-Mark got whipped. End of story.

    Quit subjecting the rest of us to your endless tirades about partisanship. It’s pretty damn stale at this point.

    Everyone on this site KNOWS for a FACT that you are just as liberal, just as partisan, just as communist as the liberal democrats who are now running the country. Quit pretending to be something you are not.

  11. dingleberry says:

    I guess you were pretty happy with the national results huh? Now you only have to wait until January 3rd to witness the death of western civilization.

  12. Door Keeper says:

    Does anyone remember when Zell Miller was Lieutenant Governor. He gave up the powers of the Lieutenant Governor’s office and formed the committee on assignments. I believe it was 1982 and he wanted his powers back. Senator Culver Kidd led the charge over the objections of Senator Tom Allgood and got the necessary votes to restore Miller’s powers. This happened within the same party. How do you think Senator Johnson and Senator Bill Stephens were able to get the necessary information on the committee on assignments in 2002 in such a short period of time.(November – January). It was left over from the Democrates still sitting on a shelf in Legislative counsel.

  13. DougieFresh says:

    Rural Dem,

    So, you mean its only bad to change the rules when Republicans do it, not when Democrats do it. Did you complain when the Dems changed the runoff rules when Wyche Fowler lost to Paul Coverdell in a runoff back in 1992?

    I bet the Democratic Gerrymander done for 2002 was a-ok with you when they stuffed Republican districts with 10 percent more voters than democratic districts to have the maximum spread allowed by the Supreme court.

    But, the Republican Gerrymander was ghastly, I bet.

    I am not one to like changing rules to give one party or another an unnatural advantage, but to think this is strictly a Republican phenomina is intellectually dishonest.

  14. Chris says:

    Demonbeck: Come on, first, how could Mark Taylor speak for a Republican-controlled body?

    He was elected to that position by the entire state, and is expected to speak for the ENTIRE house, not just republicans.

    Your party’s inclusive, unifying behavior needs a little polish there.

  15. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    “He was elected to that position by the entire state, and is expected to speak for the ENTIRE house, not just republicans. ”

    Now, change “he” to “she”, “state” to “nation” and “republicans” to “democrats” and remember your own advice at the national level.

  16. Demonbeck says:

    “He was elected to that position by the entire state, and is expected to speak for the ENTIRE house, not just republicans.

    Your party’s inclusive, unifying behavior needs a little polish there. ”

    First off, I certainly hope you understand the the LG is the presiding officer over the Senate and not the House. I’ll be happy to give you the benefit of the doubt that you were referring to the Senate body as part of two houses like the two Houses of Congress even though the Senate is rarely, if ever, referred to as a house by anyone.

    Secondly, Mark Taylor was elected as LG and would have, I am sure, eagerly served as Governor if Sonny Perdue had passed away.

    Lastly, we live in a republic, not a democracy. When we elect people to office, we are placing our trust in them. Our vote is basically saying, “I trust you and trust that you will make the right decisions as an elected official.” Judging from the returns on Tuesday night, our Senators did a fine job.

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