Sometimes you get morning reads in the late afternoon

Well, it’s not late afternoon yet, but your morning reads are late. Here we go:

Yesterday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Kubota Industrial Equipment will add 200 jobs to the current 500 in its plant in Jefferson, Georgia. Added to the November announcement of 900 new jobs with Bloodbath Bed, Bath & Beyond, this is huge for Jackson County and may have an impact on the race for Congress in the new 9th Congressional District.

In Gwinnettia, former Superior Court Judge Richard Winegarden, who lost his 2008 re-election bid, has announced he’s running for State Court of Gwinnett County. Previously announced candidate include Emily Brantley, Pam Britt, Norman Cuadra and Greg Lundy.

Also in suburgatory, Gov. Nathan Deal said that HOT lanes appear to be accomplishing their goal of feeding the beast that is SRTA relieving congestion. Apparently you can tell it’s working because the HOT lanes have reached capacity.

The cities of Milton and Johns Creek are negotiating with Fulton County for the return of $221,000 of money subject to disputed ownership.

Senator Vincent Fort will introduce legislation to abolish the death penalty in Georgia. It wouldn’t be a Vincent Fort bill if it’s announcement didn’t include a rally at the State Capitol to attract media attention for Fort support for the bill.

Georgia Power has announced that they expect a license for reactors 3 and 4 at Plant Vogtle to be issued within weeks.

Southern Company’s Plant Bowen in Cartersville was named the tenth dirtiest US power plant and Georgia the 7th dirtiest state in the nation. This is why they call it the “Dirty South,” right? Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols has voiced concerns about the impact of closing coal plants on local employment.

OccupyAthens has announced that they will end their 24-hour camping trip and return to the couch in Mom’s basement. Did they burn out or fade away?

Last week, Georgia DNR announced that the mighty Right Whales are returning to Georgia. These are one of the rarest marine mammals, and they migrate from New England and Canada to warmer southern water to calve each winter.


  1. Max Power says:

    I used to live in Cartersville which is just a stone’s throw from Plant Bowen and yeah it’s a dirty dirty place. I would gladly swap it for a nice clean nuke.

    Yesterday I flew to Chattanooga and back, if Atlantans the brown haze that blankets our city even on a clear day, there would be a bigger push for transit and nuclear power.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Good luck getting people to take to the streets to demand more nuclear power, especially after what just happened in Japan earlier this year.

  2. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “Also in suburgatory, Gov. Nathan Deal said that HOT lanes appear to be accomplishing their goal of feeding the beast that is SRTA relieving congestion. Apparently you can tell it’s working because the HOT lanes have reached capacity.”

    Here, here! This spectacular news could only mean one thing to the great minds at SRTA who brought us this brilliant concept: That another round of HOV to HOT Lane conversions are in order on I-85, on the house (house = increasingly great taxpayer expense, of course).

    If you liked the first round of HOT Lane implementation then you are just simply going to LOVE the second round of HOT Lane implementation on I-85.

    Let’s toast to HOT Lanes on I-85 and every other stretch of roadway where they can be placed!!! (The flawless and well thought-out HOT Lanes on I-85 have so inspired me to the point that I’m really curious to know as to when the street in my neighborhood and even my driveway can be converted to a HOT Lane?)

    Cheers….Bottoms up!

    • benevolus says:

      Quality of life- #36.

      #1- Mass
      #2- CT
      #3- Mn
      #4- VA
      #5- NH

      Best for business:
      #1- UT
      #2- VA
      #3- NC
      #4- ND
      #5- CO

      They’re not the same because it’s best for businesses if WE are essentially slaves, working long hours for low wages and no benefits. NC is #3 in Best for Business but #34 in Quality of Life. Forbes (and Big Business) evidently care little about the PEOPLE who make success possible. People/workers are an abstract concept to stock brokers and corporate VP’s. Just another number in the column on the spreadsheet.
      And who is it that represents the interests of the people/workers?
      Is it the Chambers of Commerce? No.
      Is it the government? Theoretically.
      Is it the unions? Yes. (Usually.)
      Is it the Democrats or Republicans? You decide.

      P.S. – Virginia may have something worth looking into.

  3. Charlie says:

    Quality of life used to be our selling point. We’re now at 46. Is this a leading indicator? If so, that spells trouble ahead.

    Economic climate rank is in the bottom 5. That has never happened in my lifetime, if ever. Again, if this is a leading indicator, that continues to spell trouble ahead for organic job growth.

    The inverse of Economic climate rank is labor supply rank. That basically says we have a lot of unemployed or underemployed looking for work. It’s how rust belt states marketed themselves 10-20 years ago. “Hey, look at all these people who need work that you can hire cheap”.

    Cost of business is in the bottom half. We used to attract businesses to relocate solely on the basis of us being cheap with good climate.

    Regulatory environment remains a plus. A large business looking to relocate will not be bothered by micro management from the state.

    I question the immediate growth prospects if we don’t do something about the others.

    I’ve now depressed myself. Awesome.

    Looking behind our current ranking, the subfactors demonstrate we need a coherent plan if we’re going to maintain our position and improve those subfactors which help roll up into it.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Agree – I refrained from personal analysis to allow folks to digest the facts.
    As a far right winger in favor of responsible, ethical & limited regulation allowing freedom without trampling on others, this is depressing.

    It tells us the elected Republicans & Democrats are too susceptible to lobbiest & special interests and pick winners and loosers to the detriment of the best interests of Georgia. Union leaders & Public servants also play key roles in the “me first” parties.
    Unearned fruits are economic and cultural cancers.

    On a brighter note:
    Fortune’s #1 2011 Business Person of the Year
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

    Haven’t been much of a Starbucks junkie but we sure have picked up our visitations after reading the Dec. 12 edition of Fortune & reading his story.

    Here is an executive that has built a great company while being responsible to his employees & community. Makes one want to enjoy paying more to drink his coffee.

  5. saltycracker says:

    And another insightful column on “Crony Capitalism ? Thanks Big Government” by Bill Frezza a Boston venture capitalist.

    Insight into questions like:

    Would a farmer who put out a trough of slop be surprised if it attracted a bunch of pigs ?
    What leads anyone to believe that unconstrained power can be channeled in ways that don’t favor the politically connected ?
    If protestors are angry that Wall Street interests control the government, why do they want to increase the government’s role in the economy ?
    If we can’t define and promote a sustainable form of capitalism weaned from government corruption, where are the jobs the nation needs supposed to come from ?
    How can experimental technologies based on ideological fantasies achieve sustainability by being rushed to market for political reasons ?
    Ands who can forget the role the military-industrial complex played in pioneering the crony capitalism business model ?

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