Tonight, the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot was filed with legislators, lobbyists, and candidates as a prelude to the convening of tomorrow’s 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly. How appropriate that every year, the legislature kicks things off with tables upon tables of everything pork.
This year marked my first time attending the Wild Hog Supper after years of watching the news coverage of the event on my t.v.
Well, aside from the fact that Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Vernon Jones and Maggie Martinez were both in attendance, here’s what I heard and was told to look for during the first week of the session:
A.) The House will spend most of the first week taking up veto overrides, and most of those veto overrides will deal with the Governor’s line-item vetoes of appropriations projects. I heard this from a Democratic Senator, however, I didn’t ask him if it was “on the record” or “off the record”, so I’ll just leave y’all to guessing which state Senator it was.
B.) Donzella James is running for Congress (she told me herself) and state Sen. Kasim Reed is “seriously considering” a run for Mayor of Atlanta. I know that may not seem like news to most, but what I found interesting is that when I asked Sen. Reed if he was running for re-election this year, he said that he was “focused on governing” and “focused on getting through the session.”
C.) The session will be shorter than in 2007, but a few lobbyists don’t think that the session will be fast (so much for the legislators coming in, passing the budget, and going home to run for re-election).
D.) Michelle Obama was in attendance tonight, and I spotted several Mike Huckabee buttons in the crowd.
That pretty much sums it up…for now.