Winners & losers

I feel like I’m on the Georgia Gang:

Winners:

  • Cagle & Richardson both for standing up for the Taxpayers. They each did it their own way.
  • Children in the State of Georgia, who will now have more options in their education.
  • Sen. Shafer for getting SB148 Passed
  • Rep. Steve Davis for standing up to the appropriations machine.
  • Couch Potatoes who will get more choice in where they get their MSM drivel from.

Losers:
I can’t decide which is the bigger loser this session. The Governor or the NRA.

  • The Governor for being the first Republican Governor to veto a tax break.
  • The NRA for coming down to Georgia and pushing everyone around. Frigtards.
  • The residents of Dunwoody
  • All the Bass Fish in this state.
  • The taxpayers who will have to pony up 20.2 BILLION dollars.
  • Updated to add: Sen. Johnson who resorted to ad hominem attacks against Genarlow Wilson to avoid addressing a legitimate legal question: When the Legislature changes the mandatory sentencing guidelines for a crime, can a judge then revisit the sentence? I like your work Senator, but in this case you were wrong.

12 comments

  1. Icarus says:

    Chris,

    You’re posts generally demonstrate thoughtfulness and insight. I don’t know that you would fit in on the Georgia Gang.

  2. Cotton Boll says:

    NRA is the biggest loser by far. Republican “leadership” pushing a last second, thoughtless tax rebate without discussing it with the Gov are losers as well. Whoever they are. Perdue is a winner for reminding them the He is the Governor. Great session for Casey Cagle too.

  3. dogface says:

    Great thread Chris.

    Losers:

    • Raymon White and the NRA. Can you say “shoot yourself in the foot?” Can you say “burn bridges.”

    • Sonny Perdue. AWOL. Boat ramps. Third-grade staff. Oakey Woods.

    • Hospital lobbyists. Oh, there were about 125 of them. Came away with zip.

    • the “city of Dunwoody” and Sen. Dan Weber.

    • The Atlanta Chamber and Georgians for Better Transportation … their “Big Idea” to fund transportation was a “big zero.”

    • Sen. J. B. Powell (a.k.a. Judas).

    • Sen. Jeff Mullis – Confederate redneck who still leaves in the world of 1861,

    • Sunday sales … oh, well, always next year.

    • House leadership. Big, big egos. Windbags. Think they are royalty.

    • Rep. Rich Golick, governor’s floor leader. Got nothing, and spent a lot of capital in the process.

    • Sen. Renee Unterman. Utterly lost. Has no idea where she is or what she’s doing.

    • Sen. John Wiles. THE Senate definition of obnoxious windbag.

    • Sen. Judson Hill. Most Senators have about heard enuff from this guy. He’s wearing thin on many.

    • Rep. Tommy Benton. Useless.

    • Lobbyist Pete Stokes, who cowardly clubs a fellow lobbyist over the head with a beer bottle at a sine die party. Classless, and probably out of politics forever.

    Winners:

    • Chris Cummiskey, Speaker’s chief of staff, showed composure and leadership in tough times. Isakson protege who will be a player for years to come.

    • Brad Alexander, Casey’s chief of staff. Type B personality in a type-A world who helped broker agreements behind the scene when insults were being hurled.

    • Rep. Austin Scott, who — while he has his enemies — continues to do what he think is right, and is willing to suffer the consequences for his convictions.

    • Rep. Mike Glanton, freshman black Democrat who everyone likes and respects.

    • Sen. David Adelman and Sen. Tim Golden who save Republicans from their own follies and bad bills. These guys actually read the bills that some nutwings propose and point out the obvious flaws.

    • Joe Fleming, lobbyist for the Georgia Chamber.

    • Bill Clark, lobbyist for the trial lawyers. His strategy of sucking of to Republicans is working.

    • Troutman Sanders lobbyists. Stealthy, but very effective. Lost a few, like CTCA, but usually get their way.

    • Sen. Don Balfour, rules chairman. Yes, a loud-mouth, yes, a little full of himself, but almost always on the right side of the issues. Willing to take the bullet for the right cause.

    • Gulfstream, the Aquarium and performing arts centers, all of which got tax breaks.

    • Delta. Got lots of love early in the session.

    • Voucher movement. Finally, a foot in the door.

    • Rep. Jeff Lewis and Rep. Chuck Martin, becoming “go to guys” on tax matters.

    • the Democratic Party, which is looking more and more like statesmen while Republicans mud wrestle.

  4. meaculpa says:

    The AJC’s winners and losers:

    The winners and losers from this year’s session

    By CARLOS CAMPOS
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Published on: 04/22/07

    Here’s a look at 10 winners and 10 losers of this legislative session. All of the legislation approved by the General Assembly is still subject to consideration by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

    WINNERS

    1 Trees. A bill that would have allowed billboard companies to clear-cut in front of their signs didn’t make it.

    2 Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Though they came at it from different angles, these groups were instrumental in blocking legislation that would have given Georgians greater access to firearms in their vehicles.

    3 Robert Clark. Exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Clark was awarded $1.2 million in compensation by the Legislature.

    4 Georgia Right to Life. The anti-abortion group got its No. 1 priority this legislative session passed in the waning hours of the session. Under the so-called “ultrasound bill,” women seeking an abortion would be given the chance to view a sonogram image of the fetus prior to continuing with the procedure.

    5 AT&T. The telecommunications giant backed a bill to vastly simplify how franchises for TV service are granted. The change is meant to make it easier for the company to roll out services to compete with cable.

    6 Private schools. The Legislature approved state-funded vouchers so special-needs children can attend private schools.

    7 Jekyll Island. Pristine areas of the barrier island will be preserved from development, thanks to a vote by the Legislature.

    8 Georgia hospitals. So-called “ambulatory surgical centers,” owned by doctors and investors, sought to expand in Georgia, offering more competition to hospitals. But hospitals fought back and blocked changes to the state’s “certificate of need” law, which regulates almost every aspect of health care delivery.

    9 Bass fishing. Perdue pushed to have $19 million in the state’s 2008 budget to position Georgia as a bass fishing paradise through his “Go Fish” program.

    10 Georgia voters. The presidential preference primary was moved up to the first Tuesday in February, giving this red state greater prominence in picking the next president.

    LOSERS

    1 Beer and wine lovers. The Legislature bottled up efforts to allow for Sunday alcohol sales and to allow wine to be shipped directly to individuals from wineries.

    2 Prosecutors. Failed to get legislators to allow a sentence of death from a nonunanimous jury — a major priority for district attorneys. It still takes a 12-0 vote in Georgia to condemn someone to death.

    3 National Rifle Association. Despite furious lobbying and arm-twisting tactics, the NRA failed to get a bill allowing employees to keep firearms in their cars while parked in workplace parking lots.

    4 Payday lenders. The short-term, high-interest loan industry tried to make a comeback in Georgia, but lawmakers didn’t go for it.

    5 “City of Dunwoody” advocates. Efforts for a self-governing break from DeKalb County — à la Sandy Springs, Milton and Johns Creek in Fulton County — failed at the last minute.

    6 Apologies. It’s hard to say “I’m sorry” in the Georgia Legislature. Some lawmakers sought an apology for slavery. They didn’t get one.

    7 Coretta Scott King admirers. A move to hang a portrait of the late civil rights legend in the Capitol, next to her husband’s, failed.

    8 Red-light runners. The Legislature toyed with the idea of abolishing red-light cameras at intersections, but the devices survived.

    9 Property owners. They had a small break on their property taxes in the 2007 amended budget — until Perdue vetoed the document.

    10 Illegal immigrants. Several bills making it harder to live in Georgia passed, including one that makes it much harder for them to get a license plate and another that would increase penalties for the document fraud upon which many depend.

    — Contributing: Staff writers D.L. Bennett, Kevin Duffy, Brian Feagans, Bill Hendrick, Ariel Hart, Sonji Jacobs, Scott Leith, Jeremy Redmon, Stacy Shelton and James Salzer.

  5. dogface says:

    I agree with the AJC. AT&T/BellSouth were big, big winners.

    I’d also put Senator John Douglas on my winners list. Though he may ultimately be a loser if the NRA makes him an example of those who dare to stand up to him, he showed principle and courage.

  6. dogface says:

    Okay, I just read this, so I have to add Matt Dollar to the loser’s list.

    “House Resolution 826 by state Rep. Matt Dollar, R-Marietta, would put GOP-dominated Georgia in the company of liberal bastions like California and Vermont that are moving to outlaw trans fats, which are often found in fried or baked foods and have been linked to heart disease.”

  7. meaculpa says:

    And what about all those “no-new-taxes” Republicans who introduced new taxes … Joe Wilkinson, Lunsford, Vance Smith, and Staton, for example.

    All filed bills to raise taxes.

    Wilkinson would tax cellphone companies for more state funding for arts, for example. Gee, there probably wouldn’t be a Woodruff Arts Center without BellSouth/Cingular/AT&T.

    My, how far some in the “less government, no new taxes” party have strayed.

    Ronald Reagan must be looking down from heaven with sadness and bewilderment.

  8. atlantaman says:

    “Lobbyist Pete Stokes, who cowardly clubs a fellow lobbyist over the head with a beer bottle at a sine die party. Classless, and probably out of politics forever.”

    What is this about?

  9. Icarus says:

    Forgot one other loser:

    Teenagers in Georgia. With the failure of the Sunday Sales bill, they only have half the time they otherwise would have been granted to go “fishing for beer” each weekend.

    FWIW, “fishing for beer” is my second favorite term from the session, right behind “frigtard”.

  10. StevePerkins says:

    LOSERS

    2 Prosecutors. Failed to get legislators to allow a sentence of death from a nonunanimous jury — a major priority for district attorneys. It still takes a 12-0 vote in Georgia to condemn someone to death.

    Aww gee wiz, what a crying shame THAT is.

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