Morning Reads for December 13, 2011 – Three-legged dog edition

Miles Standish is a one-year old Golden Retriever whose front leg was lost, and as a result, Miles has only three legs. He rides well in a car and is considered housebroken. He gets along with other dogs and doesn’t let his disability slow him down. He knows most of his basic commands and is still learning. Ask to meet him! Visit www.adoptagoldenatlanta.com.

In Gwinnett County, former Chairman Charles Bannister, who resigned last year during a grand jury investigation of county land purchases, threatened to sue the county and Sheriff’s Department for $1.79 million, alleging that his arrest for DUI, later dropped because Bannister had no alcohol in his system, was malicious. Pre-litigation documents alleged the arrest was politically-motivated but after the county denied demands for payment, it appears no lawsuit was filed.

Rep. Billy Mitchell has stated that he will introduce local legislation to increase the salary for Gwinnett’s Chairman from $50,000 to $150,000.

Rep. Sharon Cooper, Chairman of the State House Health and Human Services Committee, told WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer that she will seek to move more tobacco settlement money into programs to help Georgians stop smoking.

The Albany City Commission and Dougherty County Commission have joined the Georgia Public Service Commission and Gov. Nathan Deal in calling for an end to the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing. At issue is the specter of Proctor & Gamble closing its Albany plant, which is the second largest user of electricity in Georgia.

Today comes news that foreclosures in Georgia fell 14 percent for the year to the lowest level in three years. This follows yesterday’s news that Fannie Mae, FreddieMac and Wells Fargo, among other lenders, are imposing a moratorium on foreclosures until 2012. Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough has announced that as of Friday, his agency will stop evictions until January 3.

Plans by LS Power Group LLC to build a new coal-fired power plant in Early County have been abandoned as part of the company’s settlement with the Sierra Club. CobbEMC and Power4Georgians, a consortium of six EMCs, plan to go ahead on construction of a $2.1 billion coal-fired plant near Sandersville.

A group plans to Occupy oppose the City of Brookhaven. I’ve met some of these people, and they’re largely outside agitators aided and abetted by State Rep. Elena Parent. I’ve been told that State Rep. Scott Holcomb believes that the Brookhaven incorporation will not pass the General Assembly this session.

Porsche makes the only hybrid worth talking about and here’s a great video shot in Atlanta of Underground Racing’s 1200 hp Lamborghini Gallardo.

Peach Pundit’s favorite cat in a spacesuit tells us that the Federal Railroad Administration has given GDOT a $4 million grant to study high-speed passenger rail linking Atlanta to Charlotte. GDOT will spend $1.125 million of state tax money. Here’s what you’ll get for that $5.125 million of tax money: more paper, no action. Cut to the chase: passenger rail would be great and we’ll never live in the world of tomorow without it, but it costs a metric sh*t-ton of money, and nobody wants to pony up. Now send me my check.

16 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    A sales tax on power use is not a wise choice.

    Dec. foreclosure suspension probably had more to do with fourth quarter earnings and bonuses.

    Discretionary (we hope) money decisions for a Porsche that holds two and depreciates big bucks @ month, is directed along the same male visceral calling as the female version who would aspire to be on “Housewives of………”

    • Todd Rehm says:

      If you’re smart, do the research and buy and maintain a used Porsche properly, its value will appreciate. It’s the only brand of car that experiences this across a broad range of models and years.

  2. saltycracker says:

    A sales tax on power use is not a wise choice.

    Dec. foreclosure suspension probably had more to do with fourth quarter earnings and bonuses.

    Discretionary decisions for a Porsche that holds two and depreciates big bucks @ month, is directed along the same male visceral link as the female version who would aspire to be on “Housewives of………”

    • Charlie says:

      If you’re smart, do the research and buy and maintain a used Porsche properly, its value will appreciate. It’s the only brand of car that experiences this across a broad range of models and years.

      [Note: Charlie, you should have a C&D letter in your email demanding that you stop stealing my intellectual property. And by intellectual property, I mean not just my actual words, but the desperate pleas for attentions.]

      • saltycracker says:

        Not so IP – I used those lines for two sailboats over the years & recently tried it for a power boat…..thank you….the knot on my head is about gone……

  3. gcp says:

    $100,000 raise for Gwinnett Chairman? Ridiculous. All candidates knew the salary when they ran. A small COLA raise when all other county employees get a raise would be acceptable but not $100,000. Dekalb CEO makes well over $100,000 and his county is in worse shape than Gwinnett. Elected office is public service. If you can’t afford to be in office, then don’t run.

    • ricstewart says:

      I absolutely agree with gcp on this one.
      I believe that public servants should be compensated enough so that working class people can afford to hold office, but $150,000 is ridiculous. It would be different if this was a congressional salary that included regular travel to and from D.C., but I can’t think of any justification for this.

      • Todd Rehm says:

        To be clear, I don’t think this was done at the current chair’s request. Given the makeup of the Gwinnett county delegation, and her years of experience, I expect Charlotte Nash would have asked a Republican to carry the bill if she were asking for a raise.

  4. Engineer says:

    Don’t know how I missed that about the energy sales tax with P&G in Albany. Thanks for the link.

    “passenger rail would be great and we’ll never live in the world of tomorow without it, but it costs a metric sh*t-ton of money, and nobody wants to pony up. Now send me my check.”

    +1

  5. fuzzypeach777 says:

    “Cut to the chase: passenger rail would be great and we’ll never live in the world of tomorrow without it, but it costs a metric sh*t-ton of money, and nobody wants to pony up.”

    …and yet again trying to overlay “passenger rail” over freight rail routes is doomed to fail. And fail after a laundry list of demanded improvements are made to the freight rail routes to accommodate the passenger trains. Taxpayers would be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars that we simply do not have.

    Let me know if you see any room for a commuter train to run in the vid links below. We won’t even mention time to stop anywhere…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJDIFUOsZQ0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZN5tYIBvlA

    And yes, this sort of thing happens frequently between Austell and Atlanta on the double (..soon to be triple) track there. There simply isn’t any room for frequently stopping commuter trains to operate in an environment as shown in the vid links. Not without additional tracks and facilities to handle it. Millions upon millions for something a relative few would use.

    Perhaps extending MARTA to the Interstate medians would be a better idea?

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