27 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Erick,

    If you received “tips” that Senator Cecil Staton was being accused of adultery, would you just blurt that out in a post on PP?

    [First, I am aware of no such rumor or allegation of anything of the sort and second, no I would not unless it spilled out into the public arena. –Erick]

  2. MidGaDawg says:

    Lay off of Erick, he didn’t even repeat the rumor, he just opened the floor for discussion of a topic that he keeps hearing about. If there’s something to it, then I read PP so I know first. If it’s nothing, then this is an excellent place to say so.

  3. John Douglas says:

    This sort of viscous rumor is disgusting and beneath comment. Not only using Judson’s name like this, but also using Cecil Statons name in a way that could have others claiming he is engaging in adultry. You need to erase this whole blog immediately and publish an apology to both Senators. Amazingly bad judgement.

  4. Rpolitic says:

    what rumor? I see that Erick has gotten emails and just threw out that alot of them were negative and about Sen. Jusdson Hill.

    Now it is not a shock that Bill Simon would blurt some trash, explaining his breath. But Simon’s dump on here is only because no one reads the trash on his blog.

    And Senator Douglas if the quotes attributed to you on PP are true then maybe we should not let you be the judge of “bad judgement”

  5. After Peer Review, accountability and a transparency become habits in the Georgia Legislature & Executive Branch, then maybe we should start on the bloggers.

    Who started that ugly rumor about Linda Schrenko?

  6. Dear John,

    Congrats on your chamber of commerce award.

    Did you guys discuss the economic benefits of keeping I75 traffic logjammed in Senate District 17 to imprison potential investors in our great state?

    After being victimized on our Linnenkohl GDOT designed roads, even Lyle Lovett commented on the traffic problems in ATL during his Chastain concert.

    Next we’ll pick up on Atlanta’s Healthcare system. It seems the only ones that survive serious ATL auto crashes are those with their own personal helicopters.

    http://www.senatorjohndouglas.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=142&Itemid=2

    thanks for your priorities and glowing spin,

    Victor Jones
    Macon, Georgia

  7. Erick says:

    Wow, all I did was throw out a general topic of conversation. I have absolutely nothing against Senator Hill, but received a very nastily worded tip on the tip line, which I’m happy to discount. I had, however prior to receiving that tip been in discussion with a friend where the senator’s name came up and subsequent to the tip got an email from an acquaintance where Senator Hill’s name came up again.

    So, I figured I’d open the floor. I know of no rumors and have not suggested any.

  8. RightofCenter & Bill,

    Please lay off of Judson & Cecil, unless your suggestion has more substance. They would never sin against the Taxpayers, they’re both Georgia Baptists and their congregations would surely call their hands.

    Vic

  9. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    lol…Judson Hill… Does that poor bastard have a friend in the world? I know of several Senators (R) who can’t stand the guy. If you’ve ever seen him in committee, it takes him 20 minutes to explain a 30 second idea, which was probably out there to begin with. I really don’t think he has the brains to bribe anyone.

  10. John Douglas says:

    I consider myself a friend of both Judson and Cecil.

    I think that if this website is going to be taken seriously and not seen as some cheap rumor rag, you should avoid false rumors that can severely impact careers.

    Perceptions are more important that fact and getting a false story started can do severe damage to who ever it is directed at. From just this blog, someone can say, “Oh, I read that Judson Hill is guilty of taking a bribe” and “I read Cecil Staton is guilty of adultry.” Neither true but both posted here. Try to maintain a well earned reputation as a balanced and fair forum. You wont get that back if you lose it.

  11. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Senator Douglas, this is a blog, an open forum. We discuss a lot of things here openly. Free speech, ever heard of it? If it’s merely a rumor, this conversation will shortly die out. I personally don’t think Hill is capable of bribing anyone…he wouldn’t know how to. Maybe he’d look it up in the dictionary a la, Office Space, when they looked up the definition of money laundering….classic.

  12. dingleberry says:

    John Douglas, in order for YOU to be taken seriously on this blog, you should probably try acting like less of a right-wing crazy person.

    Speaking of spreading lies and rumors, isn’t it YOU, Senator, who keep spreading lies and misinformation to people about Genarlow Wilson? Yeah, it is.

  13. dingleberry says:

    I heard a rumor that John Douglas stole candy from a small child last week in Covington. Anyone have any details?

  14. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    oh no,Dingleberry, you’ve ruined his career.
    Actually, I want to shake your hand.
    And you’re right, I’ve never met someone who expresses his views in black and white (liberal/consrvative) as much as Douglas. It gets tiring real fast when the only way someone knows how to criticize an idea is to dismiss it away as “liberal.”

  15. Bill Simon says:

    Rpolitic (Robert Trim)

    I don’t update my blog that often, so I don’t expect people to visit it that much.

    As far as “trash” goes, you’re the most frequent of violators of litter laws in Cherokee County.

    If I have the time in the next year, I hope to offer any help I can to Sheriff Garrison’s campaign…to make sure you and your candidate for sheriff doesn’t get where you want to go. I can’t wait to read about another arrest of you and your faithful puppy dog, Bart Brannon, violating state election laws.

  16. Inside_Man says:

    I don’t necessarily agree with the Senator, but he has a point: the anonimity of blogs allows for cheap and easy character assassination. However, he and all our electeds should remember that as public figures they shouldn’t really expect any degree of privacy. Sure people’s careers can be ruined by speculation, but I value free-speech and transparency in government more than any ol’ Senator or Reps’ career. Erick was right to open a thread when he heard all the chatter; he dropped a line and happened to get bites.

  17. Bill Simon says:

    Insider Man,

    Erick changed this thread’s title from the original.

    When it was FIRST posted, it read something on the order of “Senator Judson Hill is guilty of bribery…”

    Erick decided to change it in the past two days to just “Senator Judson Hill”.

    Free-speech is one thing…irresponsible and misleading speech is quite another.

    [Actually, that’s not true at all. The original post’s title has not been changed and is still exactly what it is. –Erick]

  18. rightofcenter says:

    for the confused,
    the reference to bribery was merely an attempt to dig at Erick for his irresponsible post on Sen. Isakson. i haven’t heard any rumors regarding Senators Hill or Staton, particularly of them together. Not that THAT was the rumor in question.

  19. Bill Simon says:

    ROC,

    It was ERICK who originally posted the title on THIS thread as “Judson Hill is being investigated for bribery…”

    [Again, I have no idea where Bill got this idea, but I haven’t changed the title. — Erick]

  20. debbie0040 says:

    Whether it is on a blog or not, if I am not mistaken, it is pre se defamation/libel to make false accusations of someone breaking the law. That is not protected free speech.

    Statements on blogs are not exempt from libel. For example the statement made by right of center about bribery could be construed as libel/defamation. Only right of center can be held responsible, the owner of the blogs can not be sued .
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slander_and_libel

    Defamation per se
    All states except Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee recognize some categories of statements are considered to be defamatory per se, such that people making a defamation claim for these statements do not need to prove that the statement was defamatory. In the common law tradition, damages for such statements are presumed and do not have to be proven. Traditionally, these per se defamatory statements include:

    Allegations or imputations “injurious to another in their trade, business, or profession”
    Allegations or imputations “of loathsome disease” (historically leprosy and sexually transmitted disease, now also including mental illness)
    Allegations or imputations of “unchastity” (usually only in unmarried people and sometimes only in women)
    Allegations or imputations of criminal activity (sometimes only crimes of moral turpitude)[

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