First the big news, breaking from the Georgia State Senate Ethics Committee, which had a meeting yesterday so compelling they had to throw the public and the media out and use State troopers to bar the door: What happened? Nothing. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Everybody assumes they met about State Sen. Don Balfour, but nobody knows even that for sure.
Boring but important: Unemployment benefits have been cut, in order to pay back a loan from the feds.
Less boring, more important: Governor Deal signed Criminal Justice Reform into law, saving taxpayers $264 million over five years. This is a profound change to Georgia’s criminal justice system and another big win for the Governor. It’s like he’s taking his job seriously or something.
More boring, less important: The anti metal-theft bill, which wouldn’t have been so controversial but for one “overenthusiastic” lobbyist, has become law.
Haven’t made your mind up yet about the T-SPLOST, the 1% tax to fund traffic fixes in metro Atlanta? Here’s a pro and con debate. You’ll be hearing about $6 million worth of arguments for T-SPLOST and $0 million against T-SPLOST for the next 3 months.
Not important, but never boring: Newt Gingrich is still withdrawing from the presidential race. Jim Galloway links to a Fox News guy calling Gingrich “delusional.” What do you expect from a campaign that hired “Moby Dick Airways?”
Some boring, some important: Atlanta is getting an “all news” radio station at 106.7 on FM, which will mix “pop culture, celebrity news and entertainment news” with “hard news” according to John Dickey of Cumulus Media. (Until they bring back the Kimmer, there is no radio in Atlanta.) Also, the Biz Chron says this will be Atlanta’s “first” all-news radio station. Is that true?
*Star Wars Day is tomorrow.