Morning Edition 11142011

The Occupy Movement staggered into Athens Friday night of a big game weekend. Coincidence?

Douglasville County schools are considering allowing advertising as a way to make up for a $775 million reduction in the tax digest over the last two years.

Georgia Gwinnett College is waiving application fees through November 20th for admission for all 2012 semesters.

Some offenders who were placed on the sex offender registry for crimes that are now misdemeanors can have their names removed; since changes went into effect in July 2010, more than 800 have done so, a dramatic uptick in the rate of removals.

Hall County has set a 6 PM-to-6 AM curfew for registered sex offenders who are not working.

Not content to let Dalton steal all the earthquake attention, Trion in Chattooga County reported a small earthquake yesterday.

NPR has a feature on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, how it still reverberates in politics today, and its initial reception in America. It’s the first in a three part series, but a warning – if you listen to NPR, even for stories like this, you’re probably a RINO.

Some busybodies in Savannah are exploring a passenger rail link to Atlanta and Columbus wants to be included in any discussions of passenger rail in Georgia. That CL-E article is worth looking at for the illustration by Don Coker of the old CofG.

An attempt to re-organize a group called the Republican Minority Caucus in Glynn County outside the purview of the Glynn County Republican Party is running into opposition.

People thirsting to buy the first Sunday six-packs were able to buy packaged alcohol in the City of Winder as of 12:30 PM yesterday. In the City of Senoia, politics and alcohol sales don’t mix – elected officials cannot hold a license to sell alcohol.

Like the map for Athen-Clarke County, the redistricting plan for Chatham County commission districts may be running into problems with Gold Dome Republicans.

On November 16th, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce will hold a legislative preview at the 1818 Club from 11 AM to 1 PM. The cost is $40 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee has proposed seeking legislation and an eventual statewide referendum to allow county governments and school systems to share the proceeds from a single SPLOST, rather than always doing separate SPLOSTs.

After nearly five years as interim director, Charlotte Sosebee has been named Elections Director for Hall County, a move that required her appointment to be approved by a grand jury.

Auburn Mayor Linda Blechinger has been awarded the 2011 Annual Leadership Award by Women in Municipal Government, part of the National League of Cities. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos was a finalist for the award.

Not content with the greatest dog park in the history of dogs, a combination of Six Flags and White Water for pooches, the City of Johns Creek has won a national award for its website. The city website, which won both the Pinnacle and Members Choice awards in the category for cities with 50-150k population, was created entirely in-house by the communications staff.

11 comments

  1. Andre says:

    I’m wondering what exactly constitutes a Republican minority caucus.

    Is it a caucus dedicated towards increasing the number of minorities in the GOP? If so, I’m all for that.

    But if it’s a power play among disgruntled Republicans in Glynn County, then the word should go forth that there is only one Republican Party in that county; and that if people are not satisfied with the direction of the Glynn County GOP, there’s a process to change direction; and it starts with the 2013 precinct caucuses.

  2. GAPolitico says:

    It is not really fair to say they “staggered” into Athens. There has been a group of protesters at the arch for weeks now. It isn’t like the Atlanta people came over for occupy – these were the same people that have been outside of the Arch for nearly a month or more.

  3. Engineer says:

    Yeah, I heard about the earthquake on the news last night. Definately strange seeing all these mid-continent earthquakes within a few months of each other. (I don’t really count the ones along the New Madrid Fault in Missouri though)

    The NPR feature on Ayn Rand was pretty good. I was kinda expecting some pretty harsh commentary but I didn’t notice anything big.

    In regards to the article about the rail link from Savannah to Atlanta, I’d say it is a well needed link in Amtrak. Currently, if you rode from Savannah (or even somewhere like Miami), you would have to ride to Washington DC to change trains to get on a line that takes you to Atlanta.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Douglas Co. Schools Advertising:
    Guess we’ll be seeing some really great educational “cost reduction” conferences.

    Saw this one on saving energy: “National Energy Conference for Educators 2012” in July at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, VA.

    Wait for the ones at California 5 star golf resorts. The curriculum folks went there last year and it was wonderful.

    We’re gonna need more administrators well above the principal level to deal with these issues.

  5. Herb says:

    “Douglas County schools are considering allowing advertising as a way to make up for a $775 million reduction in the tax digest over the last two years.”

    Why don’t they just hike taxes ten-fold? That will solve everything.

    “Georgia Gwinnett College is waiving application fees through November 20th for admission for all 2012 semesters.”

    Great. I’m a proponent of free Education. This is a step in the right direction.

    “NPR has a feature on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, how it still reverberates in politics today, and its initial reception in America.”

    Crapitalism is the root of all evil. It results in corporate cash stockpiling and economic meltdown(Great Depression, 2008 Market Meltdown, etc).

    “Some busybodies in Savannah are exploring a passenger rail link to Atlanta and Columbus wants to be included in any discussions of passenger rail in Georgia.”

    Passenger/Light Rail will bring jobs and an extra mode of communication for those who don’t use (motor)bikes, cars, trains, monorails, or planes to GA. Free Transportation is also the cornerstone of my philosophy.

    “An attempt to re-organize a group called the Republican Minority Caucus in Glynn County outside the purview of the Glynn County Republican Party is running into opposition.”

    Oh, now, come on!? I’m all in favor of making Republicans a permanent minority.

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