Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 7, 2012 “I Fought the Law” edition

Matthew Cardinale fought the law, and all Georgians won, according to the Savannah Morning News. Attorney General Sam Olens hailed the ruling:

Attorney General Olens praised the ruling as a victory for government transparency. “By ruling in favor of Mr. Cardinale, the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the legislative intent of Georgia’s sunshine laws, which is to protect and promote citizens’ access to their government, not to serve as a shield from accountability,” said Olens. “This ruling set a strong precedent that government should err on the side of openness.”

You may donate to defray the legal expenses, which will continue in Superior Court. WABE’s Charles Edwards was there too.

Apparently, Daniel Fullerton still needs a kidney transplant. I thought that one little squib last week would take care of the problem. Click here to join me in making a tax-deductible donation to the Georgia Transplant Foundation, which will help pay for the surgery and years of ongoing monitoring and anti-rejection drugs.

Gov. Deal announced the REACH need-based scholarship along with a $250,000 donation by the Galactic Empire AT&T

REACH Scholars will be selected in middle school and will sign a contract to maintain a certain grade average, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. Their parents or guardians will also sign a contract to support their student through their education. Students who complete program requirements will receive a renewable yearly tuition scholarship of $2,500 to be used at any HOPE eligible institution. This amount will cover the average gap between other needs-based scholarships, such as Pell, and the full cost of attendance.

No word on whether scholars will be tattooed with the likeness of the Death Star. The Athens Banner-Herald opposes the plan.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has announced a resolution of a border dispute between Georgia and Tennessee Bibb and Monroe Counties.

State Troopers will be ramping up security at the State Capitol in the wake of a carjacking in January. #Occupiers take note.

Three environmental groups have sued the US Army Corps of Engineers over the proposed deepening of the Savannah River channel to allow Panamax II container ships to reach the Port of Savannah.

A report released by the Secretary of State calls for legislators to consider easing ballot restrictions for third parties and to allow online voter registration.

Sam Olens has broached the issue of trading support for expansion of Chattanooga’s airport for access to the Tennessee River, which is rightfully ours.

Democrats in the General Assembly have proposed an alternative charter schools measure.

Augusta Commission member Jerry Brigham wants to keep nonpartisan races for city offices.

Voters in Gwinnett County’s 107th House District will go to the polls from 7 AM to 7 PM today to choose a successor to Rep. Len Walker, who announced his retirement last year.

Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) has proposed a Senate version of ethics legislation that caps lobbyist gifts at $100 but allows up to $750 in travel-related expenses for legislators who attend out-of-town conferences or speaking engagements.

McKoon, a Republican, said other Senators supporting his Senate Bill 391 include David Shafer, Steve Gooch, Ronnie Chance, Jesse Stone, Butch Miller, Mike Crane, Frank Ginn and Judson Hill.

The House leadership, including Speaker David Ralston, has been critical of the call for spending caps. Ralston has said the best way for constituents to monitor their legislators’ links to lobbyists is through the full disclosure of spending reports posted online, which news reporters also can review.

Apparently, lobbyists aren’t taking legislators to dinner and sporting events because they actually like the legislators.

Fellow Peach Pundit front page poster Ron Daniels directs your attention to a story about problems with methadone in Georgia.

Severe weather? There’s an app for that!

Falcons cheerleader Sabrina C. has been named the hottest cheerleader in the NFL.

Porsche Cars North America has announced that the new seventh-generation 911 is now on sale.

Nikon has announced the new D800 full-frame DSLR with a whopping 36.3 megapixel sensor. At a $2995 MSRP, it’s not likely to be in my camera bag any time soon.

Elvis has left the building won the lottery.


  1. CobbGOPer says:

    So I guess everyone at the Gold Dome is spitting at Brian Kemp’s door as they pass this morning. What could he possibly be thinking by wanting to make it easier for third parties to compete in Georgia?

    Sarcasm aside, good on Kemp for taking the position. Now let’s see if anyone in the General Assembly has the intestinal fortitude to sponsor a bill to the effect.

  2. Mike Stucka says:

    You’re aware the Macon-Bibb border dispute “resolution” was filed in the summer, has been appealed twice, and has led to another grand jury request for a survey?

    See for all of the updates. =)

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