Hide your wallets and daughters

This is a Legislative Day One open thread.

Who in the PP community will be spending significant time down at the Capitol?

What bills do people want to see passed.

How will the Republican Leadership make donkeys of themselves this year?


  1. Clone Of B. Plyler says:

    Suppose the whole legislative session only lasted one week? (3 days?)
    -less lobbying
    -more time on important issues
    -less damage done to the public

  2. Tinkerhell says:

    Suppose the whole legislative session only lasted one week?

    Nothing would ever get done.

    That probably be the best thing that has ever happened with a modern governing body.

  3. Bill Simon says:


    Every day’s session opens up with a prayer by some member of the clergy…and that includes most religions. I don’t think Wicca or Isalm is included, though.

  4. Andre says:

    The House Democratic Caucus did not nominate a candidate for Speaker, and Glenn Richardson was elected Speaker without any opposition.

  5. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Repeal of Prohibition on Sundays (no local control options).

    I know it is well outside of the realm of possibilities…but a professional legislature would be nice (Full time and decent pay to attract more capable candidates).

    I would also like to see something requiring the Secretary of State to resign before campaigning for election to a different office.

    I would also like to see funds appropriated to build a decent golf course on Jekyll Island (this is probably the most likely to pass).

    And now I propose a tax cut…I want state income taxes eliminated for all state employees. It is just plain stupid to pay people to take state income taxes out of the paychecks that are received by people who are paid by the state in the first place.

  6. For this Legislative session, I’d like to see them vote on a FairTax bill and on a Term-Limits bill. 6 two year terms for State Senators, State Representatives, and Congressmen, 2 six year terms for Senators, all judgeships, and PSC Commissioners, and 2 four year terms for all Statewide officials and County officials.

  7. Doug Deal says:


    Any powers that Sen. Palpatine (S) – Conyers takes would be temporary and only be what would be necessary to ensure security in this time of emergency.

  8. Goldwater Conservative says:

    So NGAIndy just wants to propose a bunch of controversial (not to mention un-American) constitutional amendments to the U.S and Georgia constitutions.

    Way to get things taken care of in the current economic crisis that still looms.

    I am suprised that no Republicans have applauded people like Dubose Porter for keeping the democratic caucus from nominating a candidate for speaker.

    Ideology can be very dangerous. For now, it must be put aside.

  9. John Konop says:

    I will post it again!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We need a new direction in high school education, away from the heavy handed, one-size-fits-allNo Child Left Behind system that has failed students and strained tax payers.

    We need Governor Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Cagle to step up and lead, instead of rubber-stamping failed gimmick programs like Kathy Cox’s Math 123—we need real solutions.

    More Choice, Not Less

    Why not coordinate the current university, junior college system, certificate programs, and technical colleges with our high schools? Georgia’s only nationally-ranked high school academic program—the math program used in Cherokee, Cobb, and Fulton counties—currently coordinates its advanced math program with local colleges. Why not expand the concept to all high schools, instead of eliminating it, as Kathy Cox has proposed?

    How to Expand

    Beginning in the 7th grade, public schools could coordinate curriculums with local universities, junior colleges, certificate programs, and technical colleges to give kids a chance to pursue job training or advanced academics (joint enrollment). This would not only save tax-payer money, it would match students with their best opportunities to become productive tax payers after high school. Also, graduates that earn vocational certificates could still expand their education down the road. For example, a nurse’s aide could train to become a nurse.

    University-track students would be eligible to have course work coordinated with a university system, either on campus or via the internet. This would both challenge Georgia students and give them a leg-up when competing with students from other states. This idea has already been proven effective in Cherokee county’s advanced math program—which is nationally ranked.

  10. Game Fan says:

    “I would also like to see funds appropriated to build a decent golf course on Jekyll Island.”

    “Golf course Goldwater”?

    Jeez, talk about your stereotypical “upper crust” a.k.a. “movers and shakers” golfing, drinking martinis, eating caviar, and making deals on the golf course. But of course THIS deal would be made on a DIFFERENT golf course, since it’s not there yet.

  11. Elmer Gantry says:

    We have to have a transportation bill passed. There is a lot of action in the rumor mill on this one.

    First, I heard that the House and Senate were each to introduce a bill. the problem is that one is a regional funding bill and the other is a state-wide funding bill. Supposedly, the ‘manlihood’ contest between the Speaker and Lt. Governor will continue by each killing the other’s bill.

    Then, just Friday I received word that some sort of compromise was likely.

    This is one of the biggest things on the table (in my opinion).

  12. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Transportation is a big deal…especially since the GOP only has a couple of years to guarantee Gov. Perdue that they can make his shady land purchases worth his investment of treasure and time.

    They only have 2 years to get roads built on his land.

  13. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Yes, Game Fan.

    A Golf Course. A private course with a annual membership due exceeding the value of Georgia’s average sub-urban home.

  14. Game Fan says:

    WWBD? (What would Barry Do?) That’s Barry Goldwater, not Barry Sotero.

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.”
    Barry Goldwater

  15. Game Fan says:

    Speaking of irony, Barry Sotero a.k.a. Barack Obama (a product of the Corrupt Chicago political machine) made it to the big times when he co-sponsored the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency act. And now, the fat cats in government are lining up for the Obama pork fest. It’s like uh, WTF?? Will the last conservative to leave DC please turn out the lights?

  16. Remember, 10am tomorrow y’all. You can watch live from any computer with internet access. Which is great for me, living and working down here in the boonies in Albany.


    I typically object to any overt religious displays on government grounds at any time, even though I am a very conservative Christian. (No, ‘Christian’ and ‘Libertarian’ are NOT mutually exclusive!!) What I find ironic, however, is that this morning you had to be EXTREMELY familiar with the Bible – or at least the Old Testament, which Jews and Christians share – to follow along with half of what was being said.

  17. jenny says:

    Goldwater–if you are going to ask for government funds for a golf course, your name is a misnomer.

    John Konop- Amen.

    Glad to see that all of you feel that the legislators need to grow spines and vote on HB1 and HR5–let’s just have a vote. The people deserve that much.

  18. Bill Simon says:


    All that will do is cause the STATE to have to expend many millions of dollars to defend a law that will be against the decisions of the USSC. Is that what you want? To have state TAXPAYER dollars employed to push your agenda through a brick wall?

    If so, don’t ever call yourself a “conservative” again.

  19. jenny says:

    HB1 is outside the jurisdiction of the SC, Bill. And since we currently are under attack in terms of an activist judicial system and intrusion of the federal government into states rights, it would be money well spent for a plethora of reasons. Anyway, the House would vote it down. But it would make the next round of campaigns for office much more interesting. 🙂

    “Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas..” Sorry. I always think of The Three Amigos when I say plethora.

  20. jenny says:

    Taft Republican– LOL!!! We should start gathering at Jekyll Island every year for the anniversary of the creation of the FEDS, and have a big protest. 🙂 That would be awesome.

  21. Goldwater Conservative says:

    …and I have been told that I can’t take a joke.

    I think I will go post on that thread about Kansas republicans now. Something about how embarrassed republicans are trying to disavow their members and former members…claiming that they are not “really conservatives.”

    Curious thing is…at the current rate, 20 years from now I am willing to bet that nobody will have ever been a conservative. That is what happens when and ideology is not based on any underlying philosophical foundation.

    I have said it before, conservatism is a piecemeal of issue positions and religious morals.

  22. GOPeach says:

    God – I can not believe I am going actually agree with Bill Simon.

    Jenny – he is right about HB-1 getting stopped on the Fed. level. Until we get Ron Paul’s Bill passed to stop this from happening HB-1 will be a huge waste of time. Although I agree 100% we will weed out the House and Senate and see who is PLINO – Pro-Life In Name Only. But once we identify the ones who are Pro-Death, it will be hard to rally the Pro-Life community to unseat each and everyone one of these PLINO’s unless we get the Voter Guides back in the churches that were there back when Ralph Reed ( who you hate ) was the Chairman of The Christian Coalition. Say what you will about Ralph Reed but he was the most effective mobilizer of Conservative Christians in the History of America. He is the one who delivered Ronald Reagan to us.
    Clearly the posters here on Peach Pundit are clueless about all of that . They only remember the last Lt. Gov. race. Too bad.

  23. Icarus says:

    “GOPeach 01.13.09 at 2:27 pm

    God – I can not believe I am going actually agree with Bill Simon.”

    Check your weather forcasts. I would consider stocking up on bread, milk, and batteries. Hell, and the parts of Georgia that resemble it, may be about to freeze over.

  24. jenny says:

    I do not hate Ralph Reed.

    I do not wish to be called a Ralph Reed girl.

    I define me. Jenny. I am my own adjective and noun. 🙂

    I disagree with your argument. I am putting together my entire argument concisely, tonight, so it can be posted as its’ own thread.

  25. Bill Simon says:

    “Jenny” is an adjective? Like, “that Jenny girl sure is fun to talk to”…

    OR, the noun version: “there just aren’t enough Jennys down at the Capitol….”

  26. jenny says:

    LOL. Yes, precisely. Though when I hear the latter comment it is followed with, “if only we could control her.”

    Sweet. It’s a name for a female donkey. So instead of Jackass it would be…. 🙂

  27. Icarus says:

    Note the above comment from 2:27 on 1/13

    It was her last comment.

    …and she used it to agree with Bill Simon.


    (still holding it)


    (Sorry about that)

  28. Bill Simon says:

    It wasn’t her. It was the Person Of Multiple Personalities. Who knows which one of “her” it was at that moment of time?

    Did you ever see the movie Identity? THAT is what we were dealing with here on PeachPundit.

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