Locally: Cobb School Board member Alison Bartlett H-A-T-E-S charter schools.
Not to be out-idioted, DeKalb County School Board is still on AdvancED’s “You’re-accredited-for-now-but-I’ve-got-my-eye-on-you” list; has lost more than $41 million in SPLOST funds; but may still get maps of their new districts and a way to reduce the board from 9 members to 7. And oh yeah, an alleged DeKalb teacher is being investigated for having alleged sex with an alleged 15 year old.
City of Brookhaven is being opposed by somebody named Kevin Hughley, who is President of some fake group and threatening a lawsuit. Hughley clearly hates America.
Augusta has to make a hard decision about whether to outsource the city’s Human Resources functions to ADP, or hire more people in the HR department. Millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. Also, a prominent Augusta attorney and his ex-wife have both been charged with rape after plying an 18-year-old woman with alcohol and marijuana, then having carnal knowledge of her. Which one of those links do you think will be clicked more?
Georgia-wide: The Senate passed SB 458 this week, a bill that would kick illegal immigrants out of Georgia colleges. In related news, pollster Whit Ayres warned the GOP that it “may shut itself out of the White House for the foreseeable future unless it improves its showing among Latinos and puts forward a message that appeals to this fast-growing voting bloc.” Also related, activist DA King has filed a complaint with the state board that checks up on state and local officials to make sure they are being sufficiently anti-immigrant.
Apparently mistaking the bill for a catfish, State Legislators passed only the bare bones and gutted most of Governor Deal’s jobs and economic incentives package. Maybe they saw the February revenue numbers, which were up 7%.
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation says health exchange legislation is also dead, and says: “Good.”
An attempt by State Rep. Mike Jacobs to change the MARTA board by letting Mayors rather than County Commissioners appoint Board members was met with thoughtful, rationale discussions about board governance and representation. Just kidding! It’s being described as RACIST of course by Fulton commissioners Emma Darnell, Bill Edwards and John Eaves, who are experts on racism.
Newt has Secret Service protection now, but even the Secret Service can’t fend off attacks from Romney and Santorum.
Politi-pinion evaluates a pro-Girl Scouts statement made by US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Guam) and finds it “mostly false.” (Seriously, Politifact, isn’t there something more important to evaluate?)
OF NOTE: I once had a chance to go to work for Spanx, the Atlanta-based company founded by Sara Blakely that makes shapewear, until they figured out that my knowledge of the problems created by visible panty-lines was, erm, out of sync with their target market. Sara Blakely has just made Forbes billionaire list -and is the youngest person on the list and got there without the aid of a husband or an inheritance. Ms. Blakely is considering taking the company public. Congratulations to her, and chalk up another in a long list of poor career decisions by me.