Morning Reads for Wednesday, October 26th

October 26, 2011 7:00 am

by Jason · 3 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Following on threats to sue for the DOJ to sign off on new congressional and legislative districts, the State of Georgia is seeking to have parts of the Voting Rights Act struck down.
– Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed continue to push hard for expansion of the Savannah port.
– Jim Walls reports that inefficiencies in the Atlanta 911 dispatch have caused longer than average response times from the city’s firefighters.
– Thomas Wheatley reports that Occupy Atlanta protested the Koch brothers yesterday because they contribute to candidates and various political causes. The hipsters declared that the Koch brothers should withdraw their money from politics or they “will levitate the Georgia Pacific building where they do their business.” Seriously? No word on whether they made similar demands to George Soros.
– Redistricting may lead Cobb County to close some schools.

National stories of interest…
– The debt crisis in Europe appears to be reaching a boiling point.
– The State Department has purchased $70,000 worth of President Barack Obama’s memoir.
– Mitt Romney did himself no favors yesterday with conservatives by declining to take a position on a ballot measure in Ohio that would rein in collective bargain rights for public sectors workers. Interestingly, Romney expressed support for the very same proposal during the summer.
– Rick Perry’s “flat tax” proposal “isn’t all that flat,” according to Philip Klein.
– Collectivism isn’t easy in practice.

A few that I like…
– To mark the 10th anniversary of its passage, the ACLU has put out this infographic on the PATRIOT Act.
The Walking Dead has been renewed for a third season.
– Bad news for the Falcons, Ovie Mughelli is out for the rest of the year.

Engineer October 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

Here is some Georgia/national related news:
AOL is listing Albany, GA as the 4th poorest city in the US.
http://www.dailyfinance.com/photos/10-laredo-texas/4545992/

greencracker October 26, 2011 at 9:06 am

I like this feature. In part because it’s by a trustworthy source. Keep doing your morning reading before 7 am, Jason.

GB101 October 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

“Section V is doing exactly what it should,” Abrams said. “It is allowing a minority that has been unfairly sidelined to have a voice in this process and I don’t think Georgia has demonstrated sufficiently that it understands both the progress we’ve made and the need for continued diligence.”

What Abrams does not mention, and what the article does not mention, and what few people know is that the VRA’s preclearance provision does not apply to “Georgia” or other named states. It applies to jurisdictions which had voter turnout below a certain percentage of eligible voters (not registered, but people over 18) in the elections of 1960 and 1964. Those elections are used to determine whether a state discriminated against blacks by not allowing them to register. If “continued diligence” were really the issue, Abrams would want to update the law and use the 2004 and 2008 elections as the trigger.

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