Morning Reads for Monday, February 20th

February 20, 2012 5:58 am

by Jason · 11 comments

Here in Georgia…
– As has already been noted, Rick Santorum, who seems to be running for pastor-in-chief, visited Georgia yesterday.
– Georgia Power doesn’t like SB 401, probably because it threatens their monopoly.
– Crazy things are going on down in Henry County after the resignation of the county manager, though some following politics in county don’t have a problem with recent actions taken by the BOC.

National stories of interest…
– Politico looks at eight musicians backing Republicans for president.
– It seems counterintuitive, but a family making minimum wage has more disposable income than a family bringing in $60,000 a year.
– What will the Supreme Court look like if Obama wins re-election?
– It’s an odd match, for sure, but Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are buddies.
– Atheists are planning a march on the Mall in Washington.
– So which presidential election was the most important in US history?
– Gallup shows that Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton viewed by Americans as the best of the recent presidents.
– Roger Stone, a long-time GOP operative, has joined the Libertarian Party.

A few that I like…
– A Ghostbusters movie without Bill Murray? Blasphemy!
– The Simpsons hit their 500th episode last night. Here’s list of some of their best episodes.
– Freakonomics looks at the effects of “Linsanity” on the NFL draft.

debbie0040 February 20, 2012 at 6:17 am

It is not just the tea party opposing T-SPLOST. The more people that are educated on T-SPLOST and fully understands the ramification, the more they oppose it.

By-passing the Georgia Constitution and setting up regional transportation governments is un-consitutional.. TIA should be repealed. Republicans that continue to advocate for its passage are putting their re-election at risk..

T-SPLOST= Crony Capitialism

DeKalb County NAACP urges members to reject T-SPLOST

http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/02/17/dekalb-county-naacp-urges-members-to-reject-transportation-tax

Engineer February 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

“Educate” is a very subjective term. One person’s education is another person’s misinformed.

Right now, there is a lot of misinformation being spread in south Georgia that if we pass T-SPLOST, we are going to be paying for MARTA. When you explain that the money stays in their region, they are suddenly behind it then.

debbie0040 February 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

That is not what I am hearing from activists in South Georgia – especially in the Valdosta area. They have not even mentioned MARTA and have a great deal of suport defeating the T-SPLOST..

Engineer February 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

The folks I’ve spoken with around Blackshear/Waycross and Albany have told me otherwise.

On the other hand, Valdosta is on an interstate and is in the final stages of improvements on I-75, so any road improvements would be of little concern to them (outside of possilble 4-laning of GA-133 [between Albany and Valdosta] or US 84 [from Waycross to Homerville]). So I can’t be too surprised if you did hear that from folks in Valdosta.

John Vestal February 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

Happy [redacted] Birthday to Bridget Cantrell! Many happy returns!

Bridget February 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

Thanks, John! Washington best know his place on February 20th ;)

John Konop February 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Happy B -Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bridget February 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

[Echo] Thanks, John!

greencracker February 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

Re SB401
There’s a joke going around — I can’t claim it b/c y’all know I’m not so witty — but they’re saying Georgia’s two solar panel manufacturers ought to go testify at the small business anti-red-tape hearings. Talk about burdensome regulatory burdens! ;)

Engineer February 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

I don’t see what the big deal is about the Romney/Paul thing. Who says you can’t be friendly with your rival?

Mike Stucka February 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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