Monday Morning Reads: January 16, 2012

MLK Day events around town.

Billye Aaron (as in Mrs. Henry Aaron) spoke at UGA’s MLK Freedom Breakfast Friday.

“Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, made Governing magazine’s list of 12 state legislators across the nation to watch in 2012.”

Beware insolent campus muggers – Georgia Tech students may be packing heat soon.

Congrats to the two Georgia kids recognized during the third quarter of the Ravens-Texans game Sunday as Punt, Pass & Kick National Champions: Jadon Hollins-Reno of Richmond Hill (age group 10-11) and Pete Derkay of Acworth (12-13).

Rep. Rob Woodall really doesn’t like President Obama’s recess appointment.

The Daily Show visited Romney supporters at Poole’s BBQ in Ellijay last week. The segment may air this week during South Carolina sweeps.

Robins AFB is losing more jobs. In the meantime, the base is scheduled for a (tentative) Tuesday visit from Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard.

Peach Pundit isn’t on this list, at least not yet.

Famous former Albany resident, Food Network star Paula Deen has been diagnosed with Diabetes II. Media snickers. No pun intended.

One comment

  1. Three Jack says:

    Detailed story in the Sunday AJC about lobby money being spent in GA, $7.8m in the last 5 years, $1.6m in 2011 alone — abbreviated version here w/video presentation http://www.ajc.com/news/lobbyists-largesse-makes-large-1303563.html

    I’m all for the free flow of money as long as the public has more immediate access to reporting about the recipients. Legislators should be required to post their weekly schedule while in session to include all lunches and dinners with lobbyists if they want to continue w/o limitations. As Sen. John Bulloch pointed out recently, most of us are not invited to attend these outings w/lobbyists to Bones, Chops and Oceanaire. If they were required to post a weekly schedule, at least we would know where to find our reps if we have an issue to discuss…maybe buy them a drink to get 5 minutes of time (if steak dinner equals hours, constituents should be able to borrow a few minutes with a round of drinks).

    Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman got one thing right, there is a serious trust deficit in our current political world. Georgia legislators could help improve relations with their constituents by reporting in a timely manner the various lobbyist benefits each receives. Or even better, buy their own damn meals with their daily per diem allowance.

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