Morning Reads April 20, 2012

Georgia settles voter registration lawsuit; but Secretary of State Kemp is not pleased. Calling the lawsuit a full-frontal assault on Georgia’s state rights, Kemp blasted the left-wing supporters of the lawsuit.

Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped for eight months. Maybe that is why the Department of Labor is closing several rural Career Centers.

Speaking of jobs; guess how Georgia lured Baxter International to open a new factory outside of Covington? Tax breaks and job training programs? Bingo.

This is just neat: DNR uses helicopter to rebuild oyster beds on Georgia’s coast.

Atlanta and Savannah make the “top hipster cities” list. Savannah comes in at 11 and Atlanta at 32. I’ll keep the gnats, thanks.

After 42 years, the city of Savannah must seek a new City Attorney. I blame the hipsters.

This must be the legal edition of Morning Reads–Judges around Augusta are allowing reporters to “tweet” in the Courtroom. They are not, however, allowed to chirp. Or so I have been told.

Georgia’s ports set a new tonnage record. The Port Authority handled a record record 2.37 million tons of imports and exports in March. Wow, that’s a ton! (Rimshot, please.)

The Braves are still winning. And scoring runs. Is this 1999 or something?

Bibb County may be moving towards consolidation; but Houston County Mayors seem opposed to Houston consolidation.

Nin hao.” The words that young Bibb County school children will speak to start their school day next year. None of them will be in China; instead, they will simply be in Bibb County experiencing the Miracle. The Macon Miracle. Superintendent Dallemand revealed details about the strategic plan yesterday, including substantial increases in the budget. Oh, and he is going to Belgium to gloat about his plan. On the tax payer’s dime. Good grief.

And in the event that your ears need rejuvenating, here is some music.


    • Calypso says:

      Ford Gravitt’s replies indicate he is a simpleton who feels above the law and accountable to no one. I trust the AG smacks the hell out of the old coot, and I’m sure the city is duly embarrassed to have someone like him as their mayor.

          • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

            How dare you talk about Mr. Gravitt like that.

            Gravitt would be patently offended, and rightfully so, if he knew that you told him to weasel instead of slither, which is the way his body actually moves.

            • Calypso says:

              You are right, LDIG, my apologies to any of the hairy little woodland creatures that may have been offended by my callous comment likening them to this pinhead of a mayor.

              Weasels are an integral and necessary part of the environment and the food chain, Ford Gravitt not so much.

              • Jimmie says:

                How long has he been Mayor? How does ignorance like this get re-elected? The Police Chief, the city attorney, the Mayor should all be fined and reprimanded. From listening to the video, it appears all the chicken sheets in the room didn’t say anything about what was happening either. No matter who’s side you are on, we must have a transparent Gov. at every level.

                • CobbGOPer says:

                  “How does ignorance like this get re-elected? ”

                  Seeing as we’re more than willing to elect one of the most corrupt congressmen in Washington as governor, guys like this at the local level are unsurprising.

  1. Bridget says:

    It appears that while there’s no technical requirement for Governor Deal and the legislature to support the gambling project, the seven members of the Georgia Lottery Board don’t want to be standing out there alone.

    “It’s obviously very controversial, but we believe it’s a public policy decision that a seven-member, appointed board should not unilaterally decide on its own,” Braswell said. “I think we would need some degree of support from the governor and the leadership.”

    “Gov. Deal has been outspoken in his anti-gambling stance in the past. Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens, on the other hand, has said dozens of lawmakers have supported his resolution urging the lottery board to approve VLTs.”

    I would REALLY like to see this list of 24+ lawmakers who have supported this. I understand that Rep Stephens is the Chairman for the Economic Dev & Tourism Committee, but I disagree with him :: “Stephens believes it’s a local control issue that should be decided by Gwinnett County commissioners and not a state organization.” This developer would likely get a state-wide non-compete contract as I outlined here:

    So, when you start unraveling the thread – exactly how many legislators are being quietly wooed in this deal?

    Legitimate question: Anyone know if a gambling complex is planned for River Street to accompany the port expansion?

  2. saltycracker says:

    Bingo: The magic state incentive per employee is in the $50,000 per range.
    CAT – 1,400 for $75 mil. = $53,500 each
    Baxter- 1,500 for $78 mil. = $52,000 each

    If we ended or severely limited travel expense reimbursement for state & educational employees earning over $100k per year we could absorb that expense pretty quick. But conventions, food, booze and excessive trips are part of our culture.

    • Calypso says:

      “If we ended or severely limited travel expense reimbursement for state & educational employees earning over $100k per year…”

      salty, while I agree with you a lot of times (don’t tell anyone, it might mar my reputation), I don’t believe you thought this one all the way through.

      • saltycracker says:

        OK -As a beneficary of corporate welfare (my term for paid boondoogle events) for years it was a bit extreme and hypocritical – been entertained at some fantastic places over the years but at least they slowed down in tough times – I might have also overracted after listening to some civil servants that just returned from a 5 star resort out of state.

        I’ll stand by the inference that a sizable percentage of meetings, conventions and mixing pleasure with business is questionable and one thing for corporations but another on the taxpayer dime.

  3. Harry says:

    The Anonymous hacksters who are releasing Stratfor internal e-mail, just released one that claims right before the 2008 election the Obama campaign paid Jesse Jackson to shut up.

    The Nov. 7 email also contains allegations that Democrats made a “six-figure donation” to Rev. Jesse Jackson to silence him on the topic of Israel after an October 2008 interview in which he said Obama’s presidency would remove the clout of “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades.”
    Burton, who appears to be friendly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote:
    2) It appears the Dems “made a donation” to Rev. Jesse (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel. A little bird told me it was a “nice six-figure donation”. This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

  4. Three Jack says:

    Good column by Peggy Noonan, ‘Crisis of Character’ —

    The thought could be localized here in GA focused just on the state legislature where we have so many character challenged reps/senators it would require a 4 part mini-series to cover them instead of one column. Just heard today about a GOP rep. who received close to a million dollars from the Obama stimulus package to fund his private business. The hits just keep on coming.

    • SallyForth says:

      Yep, TJ – the gang now running our legislature would be great casting for “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” number, “Oh! I Love to Dance a Little Sidestep!” ……’cept their version wouldn’t be in jest.

    • saltycracker says:

      Sad but true. Author Michael Lewis said it best that cultural bankruptcy comes before financial bankruptcy.

  5. CobbGOPer says:

    “Just heard today about a GOP rep. who received close to a million dollars from the Obama stimulus package to fund his private business.”

    Sadly it probably wasn’t Nathan Deal, was it?

  6. SallyForth says:

    Re the Braves winning streak – I think they’ve figured since it’s his last season, they need to win it for the Chipper!

  7. saltycracker says:

    What’s wrong with SS an insurance plan supposedly paid for by employees and employers ?
    The Feds cannot manage it, they spent the money and can’t or won’t control the fraud.

    We’re ranted a lot on PP about the fastest growing segment of Social Security being disability.
    This is a cottage industry advertising heavily to tap the potential of its growing twice as fast as jobs.

    From Investor News:

    A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office, according to the latest official government data, as discouraged workers increasingly give up looking for jobs and take advantage of the federal program.

    Since the recession ended in June 2009, the number of new enrollees to Social Security’s disability insurance program is twice the job growth figure.

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