More Morning Reads for December 6, 2011 – The Remix

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Even Blake Aued thinks the race for SD 50 has gotten nasty. Here’s an article about Crane and one about Blackburn.

The good news is that the race for SD 28 is coming to a close as voters go to the polls today. The bad news is no more of the Times-Herald’s excellent coverage of local political races for a few months.

In House District 68, six candidates will vie to make the January 3d runoff.

Tybee Island and Savannah voters will be heading to their respective polling places to vote in local races.

The League of Women Voters has a handy list of metro Atlanta jurisdictions voting today.

Electeds, lobbyists, state workers and reporters are preparing for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly.

The intellectual center of Georgia, Emory University celebrates its 175th anniversary this week. Steve Goss has a great interview with Dr. Gary S. Hauk, Vice-President  and unofficial University historian. Find it here and here. A convocation will be held Wednesday from 11 AM to noon at Glenn Memorial.

The Savannah Morning News has liberal media elites simultaneously clucking their tongues indignantly and admiring their chutzpah when they use the word “Suckertude” in a headline describing President Obama’s donor base.

The debate over creating a City of Brookhaven (suggested motto: We Can Haz Lower Taxes) has gotten personal, with State Rep. Mike Jacobs at the center, and a lot of whining outside agitators calling him names.

Meanwhile LibDems are lauding Rep. Scott Holcomb for filing a bill to require legislators to pass drug tests. If taking an idea from one of your colleagues and asking Legislative Counsel to turn it into a bill passes for brilliance in the GDP, we can all rest peacefully knowing our Republican dominance will last at least a lifetime.

The father of Muscogee County District Attorney Julia Slater has been charged in Alabama with enticing a child.

Atlanta Progressive News notes that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution appears to be systematically suppressing the sources of news items that don’t originate from within the Cox Media Empire. That’s one reason I’m now systematically declining to link to AJC stories where I can get the same information elsewhere. There’s another reason too.

Upcoming Christmas concerts

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church will present our annual “Many Moods of Christmas” concert this Sunday, December 11th at 5:30 PM featuring Handel’s Messiah. Nothing conveys the glory of the season quite like a very large and impressive organ. The Great Organ is the largest mechanical action pipe organ ever built by a British firm.

On Sunday, December 12th at 5:30 PM, Peachtree Road will present the Service of Lessons and Carols.

Porsche, I’m available for that test drive now!

The new 2012 Porsche 911 is now being flogged to enthusiast magazines and websites for test drives. You’d think they’d want the greatest political blog in the home state of their US Operations to feature their newest technological miracle, right?

The same offer holds true for Georgia Power/Southern Company and their Tesla Roadster. Purely for scientifical purposes, of course. I’ll even drive to Alabama for you guys.


  1. griftdrift says:

    What a shocking scoop by APN. Thank god we have APN. I’m sure Creative Loafing and all the other news outlets will be thankful that someone finally uncovered that the AJC doesn’t credit outside sources. Huzzah!

    • Todd Rehm says:

      Matthew Cardinale at APN also published a Cox internal memo in September that defined all media other than Cox-owned as competition, and he started documenting a pattern of excluding mention of sources that were not Cox-owned.

      You may have intuited this at some point, but APN documented and published it. There is a difference.

      • griftdrift says:

        It’s been documented by everyone for years. But thank god we finally have Cardinale to bring it to the masses. Continue having fun with your new shiny, Todd.

          • griftdrift says:

            Decatur Metro, 2009.

            “On many occasions over the past year, Decatur-related stories that originate on this site – thanks either to my own efforts or to those of my intrepid neighbors – have been picked up by the AJC. They usually flush flesh the story out, get a couple of quotes and move on. No mention of where the story came from or how it ended up on someone’s desk down on Marietta Street. Was there a press release? Did the city call them up and ask if they were available to cover an event? Or did they pull it off a blog?”

            Or you could ask any Creative Loafing staffer who have had their stories lifted without any attribution.

            But maybe you only consider it “documented” if you reprint a memo that Grayson somehow “acquired”.

            But bully for Matthew.

    • Todd Rehm says:

      For the record, I think our Editor’s only comments about Porsches in the past was something along the lines of “fancy Volkswagen” followed by some unintelligible mumbling. He’s clearly not cut out for road testing. Probably doesn’t even own driving shoes and a helmet.

    • Nathan says:

      I guess I could take one for the team and offer to take the new Porsche for a spin. The sacrifices I make for our Peach Pundit community. 🙂

      • Andre says:

        The naming rights of Peach Pundit could always be sold in exchange for four 2012 Porsche 911.

        How does Porsche Pundit sound? Or better yet, Porsche Presents Peach Pundit.

        Alliteration is always good.

        • Todd Rehm says:


          I keep some of my photos of Porsches at And if you don’t watch it, I’ll start doing a Porsche of the day photo. They being a Georgia-based company and all, I think it’s legit here.

    • gcp says:

      As discussed previously on this blog, Ga. law addresses foreigners driving in this state. Please review Ga. Code 40-5-20, 40-5-21 and 40-5-21.1 These laws were in place prior to HB87. In Georgia the German driver would be arrested as would any U.S. driver in a similar situation. The Japanese individual was driving legally.

      • ricstewart says:

        Yes, the Mercedes-Benz arrest was completely legit (although the response from the governor and others in Alabama was interesting). He’s not the first person to forget his driver’s license at home, but the police still had the authority to arrest him.

        The citation given to the Honda executive was a little ridiculous, no?

        I wonder why we weren’t hearing about international businesspeople being ticketed and arrested before this year?

        • gcp says:

          Reference to the Japanese individual either the Alabama officers were improperly trained or law was poorly written or both

          • ricstewart says:

            Yes, law enforcement officers in all states with local immigration laws need to have proper training for new immigration laws. Training costs money, which should have been included in the fiscal note that never existed for HB 87.

            • gcp says:

              Ga. law already requires minimum 20 hours of formal training yearly for all certified law enforcement officers for the purpose of educating on new laws, tactics etc. Ongoing informal training occurs constantly in most departments as laws are always changing. Training costs are already included in department budgets.

  2. Engineer says:

    Also worth noting, the people of Albany will be electing their first female mayor today (both runoff candidates are female).

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