Special session?

The Governor is supposed to make an announcement concerning the special session in the next five minutes.

[UPDATE] There will not be a special session:

Citing the futility of working with Republican House leaders in a special session, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday withdrew his veto of a $700 million mid-year budget bill, but said he would give a line-item veto to the $142 million property tax rebate it contained. That money, he said, would go into reserves instead.


  1. SpaceyG says:

    Maybe the Gov. is holding a press conference to announce Erick’s candidacy? Sure hope it’s not to call a special session.

  2. Demonbeck says:

    Whatever the Governor has decided will be official.

    I just wanted to see who would take the bait

  3. Icarus says:

    He probably wants to tell everyone about the 4 pound bass he caught over the weekend…

  4. Demonbeck says:

    No special session – $142 line item veto to reserves

    As reported on the Political Insider

  5. Painterman says:

    What an arrogant Ass!!! Big mistake. He should have just withdrew the Veto and let it go.

  6. LongTimeListener says:

    Well, we have our answer. The Governor has vetoed a tax cut promised to the people of Georgia by our Republican legislative leadership. We now know everything we need to know about Sonny. His first proposal as Governor was a massive tax increase. The budget has exploded on his watch. And now he vetoes a tax cut. Again, thanks to Speaker Richardson and the other legislative leaders for trying. I hope they keep up the fight, I just can’t believe they have to fight a Republican Governor.

  7. CobbGOPer says:

    Seriously, if Sonny thinks he’s a VP candidate, he’s sorely mistaken.

    If only we had the power of the Recall…

  8. No Tax Cut for Georgians!

    I am still trying to gather my thoughts right now, but disbelief is what I am feeling right now.

    I am not sure why the Governor is so against a tax cut but he just vetoed the only reason I voted for the budget! As matter of fact, kudo’s to Rep Franklin for predicting this might happen and abstained from this vote.

    I apologize to all the property owners of Georgia.

    It is sad day for the Georgia Republican Party.

  9. Doug Deal says:

    He conceded defeat, and promptly went home with the ball tucked under his arm.

    What a petty man.

    The house can still override his line item veto at their next session.

  10. Misunderestimitated says:

    Crossposting Alert:

    He hurt himself greatly, and you will likely see a good deal of frustration at the State Convention next week.

    But just so I’m clear, Sonny says he couldn’t work with the House if they were going to override his veto of the budget. So his action is to override himself essentially and veto a tax cut?

    And Cagle was doing pretty well just sitting on the sidelines but just shot himself in the foot with the “courageous leadership” line.

    It seems the principled conservatives reside in the House.

  11. Demonbeck says:

    You can get to and from the fishin’ hole mighty quick in it though. You can also run moonshine in it, since Sunday sales still aren’t legal in this state – all while evading Sheriff Roscoe P. Coletrain.

  12. truthaboutthematter says:

    It truly baffles me how Glenn comes out unscathed…..the way I see it: Glenn was truly the childish one in the matter. He refused to compromise and now left the Governor with a hard decision. The fact remains that the House was irresponsible and as a result prosecutors will be laid off. Additionally the revenue estimate is down making a tax cut impossible. The only silver lining of this debacle is that Casey comes out like a rose getting his original goal of adding to reserves and now is the obvious front runner in the 2010 election .Glenn should take notes-being a conservative means planning for tough times not doing things to score political points. Oh yeah by the way I though yall were advocating for no special session…..

  13. YourFutureLeader says:

    My question is this; since he moved the 142 million to reserves does it sit there and expire at the end of FY 07 or can it be used say on next years PeachCare shortfall, which may or may not cover it, and thats of course assuming that the Federal Government reauthorizes the program, which it should.

  14. Misunderestimitated says:

    Not only is Glenn unscathed, he’s the winner. Sonny is the one, who by all accounts, is acting like a petulant child. His presser was simply a chance to pout on camera.

    Casey was doing well by sitting quietly, but his letter calling the Governor “courageous” actually hurts him.

    You are correct that most on this board were opposed to a special, but we were also very much in favor of a tax cut as well. And what a well timed revenue estimate (BTW heavy sarcasm on that).

  15. Bull Moose says:

    The Governor should have come out in support of freeing me (Bull Moose) and his popularity would go up greatly.

  16. Icarus says:


    Perhaps you should talk to Alec Pointvint about that. I think it’s important that both of McCain’s people stick together.

  17. LongTimeListener says:

    Casey comes out like a rose? That would mean roses are growing out of the Governor’s… well, I don’t even want to think about that. Casey was doing fine until today. He looked conservative, working to reduce spending, and then for tax cuts. Now, he has shown himself to be nothing more that the Governor’s puppet. It really is a shame, because he was off to such a good start. Too bad he didn’t put out a statement like Eric Johnson, who is a true leader.

  18. Whosthereallapdog? says:

    The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the GA House of Reps 39 that day, The score stood Cagle four to Glenn two, with but one day more to play. And then when mighty Harbin struck out at the well first, and Keen did the same, A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the House Chamber.

    Then a few in the Chamber got up to go in deep despair. The rest clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast. They thought, “if only Glenn could but get a whack at that. We’d put up even money now, with Glenn at the bat.”

    But Burkhalter preceded Casey, as did also Steve Davis; and the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake. So upon that stricken multitude, grim melancholy sat;
    for there seemed but little chance of mighty Glenn getting to the bat.

    But Burkhalter let drive a single, to the wonderment of all. And Davis, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball. And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred, there was Steve safe at second and Mark a-hugging third.

    Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell; it rumbled through the MARTA, it rattled in the Senate; The Senate had no idea what was happing. The Sound flooded the streets of Peachtree and even Democrats took notice. For Speaker Glenn, mighty Glenn, was advancing to the bat.

    There was ease in Glenn’s manner as he stepped into his place, there was pride in Glenn’s bearing and a smile lit Glenn’s face. And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat, no stranger in the crowd could doubt t’was Glenn’s at the bat. He took one step back and screamed “Glenn in 2010!”

    The House eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands at the well. Five thousand tongues applauded when he yelled he was in charge.

    Then, while the writhing pitcher Sonny ground the ball into his hip, defiance flashed in Glenn’s eye, a sneer curled Glenn’s lip. And now the leather-covered budget came hurtling through the air, and Glen stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.

    “Strike one!” the umpire said. As Glenn swung missed. “Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted someone on the stand, and it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Glenn raised his hand.

    With a smile of Christian charity, great Glenn’s visage shone, he stilled the rising tumult, he bade the game go on. He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the budget flew,
    but Glenn said “I’m not going to swing paying bond debt is no good and cutting taxes when revenue predicts are down is a good idea” and the umpire said, “Strike two!”

    “Fraud!” cried the maddened Burkhalter, and echo answered “Fraud!”
    But one scornful look from Glenn and the House Republican Cacus was awed.

    They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, and they knew that Glenn wouldn’t let that Budget go by again. Because ever since Cagle out played him…he has become a conservative. The sneer has fled from Glenn’s lip, the teeth are clenched in hate. He pounds, with cruel violence, his bat upon the plate.

    And now the Sonny holds the ball, and signals to the dugout. It looks as if a closer is coming in, but who? Might Casey Cagle has taken the mound. Sonny passes him the ball. The mantle has been passed. Then he lets it go, and now the air is shattered by the force of the Speaker’s blow.

    Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright. The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light. And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout, but there is no joy in GA House Republican Caucus — mighty Glenn has struck out.

  19. eehrhart says:

    Let us just see which satirical ball flies over the fence in January when we overide the veto of the tax cut.

    Who will be holding what ball in what chamber and looking up wondering what happened?

    Of course if we add to the money we return to the Georgia citizens with an even larger tax cut and a full TAX reform package, the Speakers home run will even be more resounding than it was today.

    By the way the calculus of supply side and conservatism is not:

    We have less revenue (debatable and too convienent), we cant do a tax cut. “gov-lt gov”

    It is>> We have less revenue: So we CUT SPENDING! AND still do the tax cut. SPEAKER

    Spin all you want……Glenn Richardson proved who was the statesman and leader today and that mantle falls directly to him.

  20. truthaboutthematter says:

    Seriously, Representative Ehrhart you are embarrassing yourself. The supplemental budget runs out in July. Why would you override a veto in January? Talk about vengeful, childish actions. I am sure you are just scared that your pork barrel spending is going to be vetoed like your dear one time tax rebate…….Casey 1-House 0…….That reserve is looking mighty nice sir!

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