Morning Reads: Monday April 16th

April 16, 2012 8:47 am

by Buzz Brockway · 25 comments

Georgia Reads

Here’s the list of bills from the 2012 session signed by Governor Deal thusfar. I’ll be heading down to the Capitol this morning to see him sign HB872 aimed at combating the enormous problem of metal theft here in Georgia.

Walter Jones takes a look at the War on ALEC.

Although many have straightened things out, some of my House and Senate colleagues are in trouble with Federal, State or Local tax agencies. Only two of them are Republicans.

The developer who wants to create a video casino in Gwinnett County, keeps sweetening the offer.

Georgia is second only to New York in the number of late term abortions performed. Thanks to Doug McKillip, that’s going to change.

National/International Reads

Don’t forget to file your taxes. Tomorrow is the deadline.

Concerned about the national debt? There’s an app for that.

Internet freedom is under assault says Google’s Sergey Brin.

Alabama’s prohibition on homebrewing of alcohol be coming to an end.

Vermont’s Governor was almost eaten by a bear.

Dick Cheney says President Obama “Has Been An Unmitigated Disaster To The Country.”

Green collar jobs have been a bust.

MoveOn is preparing to make mischief this summer. Meanwhile a civil-war has broken out in the Occupy movement over whether or not to support President Obama.

Beyonce sent the First Lady a hand-written note.

Other Reads Of Interest

The Hawks failed to clinch a playoff birth last night.

The Braves have won five in a row.

Tebow booed! Welcome to New York Tim.

Mashable has what they say were the 15 best baseball home opener pics sent out via social media.

The Three Stooges couldn’t topple The Hunger Games’ reign at the box office.

No doubt exhausted from all those years of living in sin, Brangelina finally got engaged.

Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

Walter Jones ends the article, “War on ALEC,” with this quote: “With so many conservatives in office in Georgia, ALEC will remain a significant force here regardless of the attacks.” Oh goody!

That means that Georgians may see more ‘strange bedfellows” like Common Cause, The TEA Party, and ACLU coalescing to object Bills. Some may recall the anti-union Bill that was essentially rubbish because it’s union related content was previously decided at the Federal level.

THE only portion of the Bill that may have survived a challenge was the bit making a civil protest at an executive’s residence illegal.

Listen, if those three groups can come together over an issue, I’d say the Bill not only failed the sniff test, it just stinks.

Walters article indicates our zero-based budgeting came from ALEC.

I hope ZBB works better than history has shown.

BTW, Florida eliminated it’s Department of Community Affairs….

Buzz Brockway April 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

I don’t see how ZBB came from ALEC. Jimmy Carter was a fan of ZBB before ALEC existed.

I hope people look bills and judge them on their merits. It seems were heading toward a situation where if bills gets labeled “ALEC bills” activist groups will oppose them reflexively.

Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

That’s a good point, each Bill deserves to be judged on it’s own merits.

You do realize Jimmy Carter’s ZBB failed because implementation was unwieldy and consumed too much Staff time. I hope our newest iteration of ZBB is better, certainly the intent behind passing it is noble and needed.

Are you saying that an ALEC model Bill did not beget ZBB in GA? Walter Jones sees it differently:

“Several Georgia legislators have risen in its leadership ranks, and it is the source of concepts behind multiple laws enacted in this state in recent years. Examples include the so-called 65 Percent Solution setting a minimum share of a local school’s spending going to classroom instruction, zero-based budgeting and the photo-ID requirement for voting.”

Courtesy:
http://romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/18248059/article-Analysis–Conservative-group-under-attack-is-idea-source-for-Ga–lawmakers?instance=home_news_lead_story

Buzz Brockway April 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

This is what I’m talking about. ZBB has been around for a long time, even before ALEC existed. So a bunch of Legislators in various States consider ZBB so ALEC gets together and says “hey let’s work together, put our collective expertise together and come up with some recommended language for a ZBB bill.” Isn’t that a good idea and of benefit to all those trying to advance a concept?

I haven’t compared SB33 to the ALEC model bill. The concept s pretty simple. Rep. Allison and Sen. Shafer worked hard to craft something we could implement here in Georgia without having to spend additional money to do it.

Buzz Brockway April 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

Another example is criminal justice reform. The first ALEC conference I attended I sat in on a presentation by some folks in Texas who had crafted criminal justice reform in their State. Some of those ideas wound up in our criminal justice reform. So did some ideas advocated by the Progressive States Network, a collection of left-wing Legislators from around America. What’s wrong with that? They were good ideas.

Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

Agreed.

The success of ZBB remains to be seen, obviously I hope it is hugely successful.

Good ideas are simply that, good. Does it make sense to you to indicate that a Bill originated from ALEC or any other source? Disclosure is an antiseptic.

CobbGOPer April 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Did some of those ideas include privatized prisons?

Buzz Brockway April 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

There were no private prisons in the criminal justice reform bill we passed.

CobbGOPer April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I meant in the first ALEC conference you were at, where the Texans discussed their criminal justice reform…

Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

“… bills gets labeled “ALEC bills” lawmakers will vet them more thoroughly.”

“If it says, ALEC ALEC, ALEC on the label, we should not be afraid to ‘lay it on the table’ …”

sunkawakan April 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

Need to call out that what ALEC provides is a forum for corporate lobbyists to meet with legislators. But of course, they don’t want to call it lobbying.

Calypso April 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

“Georgia is second only to New York in the number of late term abortions performed. Thanks to Dr. Doug McKillip, M.D., Obstetrician, Gynocologist, Internal Medicine that’s going to change.”

What, Dougie isn’t a physician? You mean he doesn’t have the slightest friggin’ idea what medical decisions are made in the 20-26 week time-frame of a pregnancy? Well, what a surprise. With all his imperious pronouncements on the subject we all would have thought otherwise.

That bill will get shoved back down your collective throats by the courts. It is a rotten and pandering piece of legislation. But I forgot, pandering is the new form of leadership in the Georgia legislature nowadays.

Sometimes you guys really suck.

Cassandra April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

Nowadays is the new election cycle.

Calypso April 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

EACH election cycle.

Looner April 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

“What, Dougie isn’t a physician? You mean he doesn’t have the slightest friggin’ idea what medical decisions are made in the 20-26 week time-frame of a pregnancy? ”

So I assume you are an MD and know about those medical decisions? I’d love to hear about your related experiences.

AMB April 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

I am ready for some of these legislators to be charged with practicing medicine without a license. Why don’t we let women and their doctors make these very private decisions? Some things are outside the scope of law much less the horrible politicking that occurs.

Looner April 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

So someone’s right to life is forfeit if defending that right violates someone’s privacy? Have you ever really thought about this position logically?

AMB April 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Why, yes, I have. It’s called the none of your business common sense approach to making laws that don’t affect you.
If a woman has a baby or doesn’t have a baby, it’s none of your business. Period. Finish of discussion.

saltycracker April 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

The MYOB position blows up the minute public monies become involved.
Absent that the debate hinges on the point “someone’s” space is invaded.
If you are 18 or older (legal adult), abortion for birth control alone is murder, adoption is the option.

The states would be wise to leave abortion matters between those directly involved and the best medical advice available.

CobbGOPer April 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Just admit you want to control women and we can all have a much more truthful conversation.

greencracker April 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

What, Georgia Power buying up homes around Plant Scherer’s ash pond isn’t a worthy read? I disagree:

http://www.macon.com/2012/04/14/1990320/plant-scherer-ash-pond-worries.html

CobbGOPer April 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

A piece of good news out of the IRS today: due to budget constraints, they’ll be performing less audits this year – http://www.ajc.com/news/with-resources-stretched-irs-1418331.html.

See Congress? All you have to do is cut their budget, and we can start making progress…

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm

“Dick Cheney says President Obama “Has Been An Unmitigated Disaster To The Country.””

Well isn’t that particularly rich?

Dick Cheney, who was VP in an administration that contributed more to the federal debt in their two terms than the previous 42 Presidential administrations COMBINED to the tune of $5.3 TRILLION in eight years (the previous 42 administrations had run up $5.6 trillion dollars worth of debt in 212 years) until Obama came along and established his own record running up FIVE TRILLION more of debt in only three-and-a-half years having the absolute gall to call someone else’s administration “an unmitigated disaster”.

I fully agree that Obama has been an unmitigated disaster to the country, but after running up over FIVE TRILLION dollars worth of debt while spending like money was going out of style and happily and rather gleefully setting the stage for the decidedly left-leaning (I’m being really, really nice) Obama to take over as a “big-government liberal” (again, I’m being really nice) to be an even bigger spender, the big-government neo-conservative Dick Cheney is abso-freakin’-lutely the very last person on the face of the entire freaking Earth who could ever have the right to call any other administration “an unmitigated disaster” not after the gargantuan messes (red ink as far as the eye can see, two quagmire wars, a near-depression and a successor who is an avowed “socialist”) they left behind.

But then again, if there is anyone who would know firsthand what an unmitigated disaster of a Presidency would be, I guess it would be Dick Cheney, wouldn’t it?

Dick Chaney to Obama: “Your unmitigated disaster is worse than my unmitigated disaster”

caroline April 17, 2012 at 11:38 am

Dick Cheney said that Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.

caroline April 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

Dick Cheney who is universally detested is saying that about Obama? What is he trying to do? Get Obama reelected or something?

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