Reading The Kremlin Tea Leaves

Dick Pettys is doing his best on this DOT election.

The Legislative Black Caucus and a number of white Democrats now are believed to be siding with state Rep. Vance Smith, who is the House Transportation Chairman as well as the man supported by Republican Speaker Glenn Richardson and much of the House GOP leadership.

Smith is opposing Gena Abraham, the state administrator favored by Gov. Sonny Perdue and believed also to have the backing of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, even though some portion of Cagle