Morning Reads for Tuesday, May 8th

May 8, 2012 5:18 am

by Jason · 26 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Today is the last day for Gov. Nathan Deal to veto legislation.
– A business run by Vance and Kip Smith has filed for bankruptcy.
– There’s more drama involving Republicans in Henry County.

National stories of interest…
– Rick Santorum has finally endorsed Mitt Romney.
– Gary Johnson won the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination on Saturday.
– There is apparently a war on PVC, pushed by green groups that want to ban its use in government buildings.
– Dick Lugar’s career in the Senate could be over tonight.
– Bake sales could be a thing of the past thanks to a junk food ban in Massachusetts.
– An American held hostage by al-Qaeda has made an appeal to Barack Obama.
– Forty-two percent of Americans could be obese by 2030.
– Obama doesn’t know what he believes when it comes to gay marriage, either that or he’s too scared to just say it.

A few that I like…
Cubs: 5, Braves: 1
– Michael Phelps will retire after the London Olympics.

Rick Day May 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

Why are GOP congressmen screaming about cutting spending, while they keep sending the Navy boys tax money to buy more drones they don’t want? http://militaryfeed.com/?p=27645

Why can’t the Navy outsource those drone pilot jobs to unemployed first shooter video game couch potatoes? There is always a solution..

Prediction time: Because Barrack and the Magic Mitten are literally two sides of the same coin owned by big business, this will become as transparent as ever.

This will result in one of the lightest voter percentage attended elections in history and a record number of votes cast for Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate.

Buzz Brockway May 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

Yes, the “war on PVC” has been waged for years by the left. In fact the far-left environmentalists hate plastics of all sorts, even though virtually all plastics are recyclable.

PVC is excellent for water and sewage pipes as the article points out. No you won’t get poisoned if you drink water that passed through PVC pipes.

John Vestal May 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

…and it lasts longer than “blue poly”.

Joshua Morris May 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

The USGBC and LEED are a detriment to construction standards and to society in general. The guidelines don’t make sense, and engineers and architects spend far too much time these days gaming the system to score accreditation for building owners.

Rick Day May 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

about that recyclable thing…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch

just sayin’…..

Baker May 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

If the Repubs end up losing the Indiana Senate seat, then that is ridiculous. Bookman had a bit about it yesterday. Is GOP big tent or not?
http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2012/05/07/more-proof-that-this-is-not-ronald-reagans-gop/
I do worry about that, but if Lugar does lose today, then that will at least be another one of these Senate lifers out of there. The Founders expected politicians to have real jobs and occasionally serve their fellow citizens by going to Washington.
Just say no to career politicians. (cough cough Austin somebody cough cough)

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

“If the Repubs end up losing the Indiana Senate seat, then that is ridiculous.”

Democrats have about as much of a chance of winning that U.S. Senate seat as Barack Obama does of winning Indiana, a state that is as red as Georgia, in November which is about as equivalent as a snowball’s chance in hell.

Just like in Georgia, a Democrat couldn’t even get elected to clean Republican toilets in Indiana unless they have an (R) behind their name as “Hoosiers” (the nickname for people from Indiana) hate Democrats and anything even remotely liberal or left-leaning these days.

Baker May 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

You don’t think Evan Bayh could’ve stayed there as long as he wanted? I think Indiana is definitely a conservative state, but if there are still any Blue Dogs left in America, Indiana would be a good place for one.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Evan Bayh declined to run again because he saw the handwriting on the wall.

What is happening to Lugar now in the Republican Primary would have happened to Bayh in the General Election had he ran again in 2010.

Hoosier voters who voted for Obama because they were mad at Bush, think they were sold a bill of goods and are now looking to get back at anything that is even remotely related or connected to Obama.

Richard Lugar and his support for Obama’s very liberal Supreme Court justices, not to mention his votes for TARP and the like, is Exhibit “A” in Hoosiers’ payback to what they perceive to be a big-spending liberal Washington establishment gone awry.

Baker May 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/in/indiana_senate_mourdock_vs_donnelly-3166.html

Poll Date Sample Mourdock (R) Donnelly (D) Spread
Howey/DePauw 3/26 – 3/27 503 LV 35 35 Tie

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Baker May 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

That formatting messed up, but in case you can’t tell, it’s a 35-35 tie.

Baker May 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not Lugar fanatic, Charlie’s point below is a good one. And Mourdock is definitely no Christine O’Donnell, but I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as you are making it out.

Charlie May 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Here’s my problem with including Lugar in with a group of centrist/moderates that perhaps should be protected:

He. Doesn’t. Live. In. Indiana.

You can make any case for him that you want, but the man hasn’t owned property in the state since before Charlie’s Angels introduced us to Farah Fawcett.

He lives in suburban D.C., and doesn’t make any pretense of keeping a residence “back home”.

It’s quite easy to make the case that he’s “one of them” and not someone who understands the problems the folks in Indiana are facing. He reeks of having the position as a sense of entitlement, and projects that he knows more about why he should be in the Senate than the stupid people who keep voting for him do.

He’s out of touch, and he’ll be returned home to … Virginia later tonight by my best guess.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Well, technically, Lugar does own property in Indiana as he co-owns a couple of farms with other members of his family, but you are correct that he does not keep a residence and has not had a residence in Indiana since he was first elected to the Senate in 1976.

But the irony is that it was the Democrats in Marion County that pointed that fact out, not the Republicans who are challenging him.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Though it is not all that unusual in Indiana for politicians who no longer have residency in the state or in the district or locality that they represent to be elected and re-elected to office.

Indiana’s other U.S. Senator Dan Coats was elected back into office on the Tea Party wave in 2010 after having been out of Indiana politics for 12 years while working as a highly-paid lobbyist making close to a million dollars a year in Washington D.C.

Former U.S. Representative David McIntosh, who preceded Representative Mike Pence in his district, who has returned to Indiana to run for Congress again after having been a lobbyist in Washington D.C. for the last 11 years with no Indiana residence and a Virginia address, is leading in the polls in his race.

The only difference is that Lugar’s opponent, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Murdock, who has previously run for federal office six times, and lost each time, is being aided greatly in his latest cause by out-of-state Super PACs representing mega-corporate interests who are spending tons of money to buy themselves another U.S. Senate seat under the fake guises of a “Tea Party” banner.

Murdock, is also being aided by Indiana Democrats who think that they have a better shot of winning that Senate seat in November if Lugar is defeated, a very foolish calculation in which Indiana Democrats are GREATLY mistaken, but whatever makes them feel better about themselves, I guess, in a conservative Midwestern state where Democrats are not only increasingly hated, but downright DESPISED.

griftdrift May 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

And if that’s the argument his opponent had made, so be it. But that wasn’t, was it?

If there’s no room in the Republican party for Richard Lugar, there certainly isn’t for me.

You sure there’s still room for you, Charlie?

benevolus May 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

The Founders? Who, Jefferson? Lifetime politician.
Madison? Lifetime politician.
Hamilton? Soldier/politician.
John Adams? Sam Adams? Button Gwinnett? John Hancock? Politicians.

saltycracker May 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Obesity is a concern and what our old folks eat might be bad too:

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s looking into a salmonella outbreak – in humans – that may trace back to Diamond Pet Foods’ dog food. ” AJC

Daniel N. Adams May 8, 2012 at 4:11 pm

You’re welcome fellow Georgians… We, The Libertarian Party, made sure you’d have a real fiscal conservative and pro-all-biz, not just BIG BIZ, job creator for President on the ballot in November

Awesome that Gov. Gary Johnson actually has more Executive experience than either Mitt or Obama.

Calypso May 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Congrats on Johnson’s nomination. I only wish he were heading the GOP ticket and would have the chance of actually getting elected in November.

Jimmie May 9, 2012 at 1:51 am

We’ll see after the GOP Nat. Convention delegate battle clears up, and the GOP has pulled out every last nook and cranny to stifle all of the RP delegates from States like Nevada, Maine, Louisiana, Iowa, Washington, Minnesota and more on the way. If Paul happens to not be on a ticket, I will more than likely vote for the only Principled Candidate left. Gov. Gary Johnson.

SallyForth May 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thank you, Buzz, for putting up the House and Senate candidate lists – can you also give us a link to REAL maps (with streets and stuff) for all the new House and Senate districts? I’ve tried the “interactive” map at the Reapportionment Committee website, but can’t make heads or tails of it because the district numbers are so randomly placed. Most regular people don’t even know what district they are in now, what neighborhoods their new district covers, etc. Something simple for us “non techno nerds” would be nice – thanks in advance if you can help.

Jimmie May 9, 2012 at 1:52 am

Have they updated the State elections page yet?

Harry May 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

U.S. total deficit spending went from 1.2% of GDP in 2007 to 8.7% in 2011. Think about that.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

We’d better be doing more than just thinking about it. We’d better be out in the streets raising hell demanding that something constructive be done to correct the situation before these idiots spend the country into oblivion.

Jimmie May 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

there is only one candidate that promises to shrink the size of Gov’t and it’s spending.
It’s not Obomney
Of course you’d have to put a halt to the Military Industrial Complex’s $850 Billion yearly budget.

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