Morning Reads for Monday, May 21st

May 21, 2012 5:21 am

by Jason · 14 comments

Happy birthday, Nathan!

Here in Georgia…
- Georgia Republicans will be asked about three issues on their primary ballots in July, including casino gambling and ethics reform.
- Atlanta is interested in a new bowl game between SEC and Big 12 schools.
- Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons has come under fire for his recent veto of Sunday sales.
- Gov. Nathan Deal has formally switched his support to Mitt Romney.
- Jonie Scott explains how Henry County found itself with a $10 million budget gap.

National stories of interest…
- There is lots of lobbying going on in the White House.
- Nancy Pelosi says that 75 Republican-held House seats are in play.
- Newt Gingrich ended his campaign $4.8 million in the hole.
- The proposed tax aimed at Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is being described as a witch-hunt.
- The Lockerbie bomber has died in Libya.
- Occupy Wall Street may have overstayed their welcome.
- Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) was forced to sell his dream home due to falling home values and the switch from a lucrative private gig to a Senator’s salary.
- Conor Friedersdorf explains why attacking Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a bad strategy for Republicans.
- James Pethokoukis shows the stagnation in our economy.
- With Facebook going public, here is Politico’s six worst gaffes by politicians on the social media site.
- House Republicans can’t be bothered with that pesky Fifth Amendment.
- Tea Party freshman in the House have been drinking the kool-aid.
- Some House Republicans are working to lift the earmark ban.
- The Obama Administration has slapped tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

A few that I like…
- People seem fascinated by yesterday’s eclipse.
- Is the MPAA changing its tune on piracy?
- Braves: 2, Rays: 0
- Calvin Johnson isn’t a bad hitter.
- Here are the latest iPhone 5 rumors.
- The music scene in one Texas town has been a boost for the economy.
- I’ve launched a new baseball blog, called AtLOLnta.

Holly May 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

Happy birthday, Nathan!

Nathan May 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

Thanks, y’all! I appreciate it.

saltycracker May 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

Lobbyists: A recent article suggested that American companies have replaced R&D funding with spending on lobbyists.
Think the move to keep spending 2.4 cents to make a penny is nostalgia ? nah its the zinc lobby and its organizations like Americans for Common Cents.

Sen. Lee “forced” to short sell his dream home – there is so much wrong with that story…

Ed May 21, 2012 at 9:23 am

lol. Nathan only gets a mention at the top of an MR–as opposed to having THE GREATEST THREAD EVER IN PEACH PUNDIT HISTORY

Nathan May 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

Yeah, but I got to hang out with 2000+ Republicans in Columbus during my birthday weekend….and have a Peach Pundit Roadshow on top of that. ;)

Ed May 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Wow. Way to rub it in, dude.

Doug Deal May 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

Isn’t there another a in Atlanta?

Buzz Brockway May 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

Just add “hitting a homerun” to the list of Calvin Johnson’s amazing feats.

saltycracker May 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

Guess if we are going to have issues in front of our elected put on a referendum back to us it is important to construct the question very carefully:

Jim Galloway column:

The most important item to come out of the 2012 state GOP convention may be the strong ballot issues that will now be put before Georgia Republican primary voters on July 31. Below are the questions, as they will be worded:

1. Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?

2. Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?

3. Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?

4. Should Citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least thirty (30) days prior to such primary election?

5. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?

Andre May 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

Question 2, I believe, is an open-ended question.

What voter would have the temerity to say “No” to ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?

Here’s a better worded Question 2:

Shall the Georgia General Assembly enact legislation that places a $100 limit on gifts to elected officials?

The question, my question, needs a little more work.

Calypso May 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

“5. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?”

Awww, jeezzz, not this sh!t again.

saltycracker May 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

6. Do you believe our legislators are overpaid and spend too much time picking winners and loosers?

7. Do you support term limits ?

benevolus May 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Yes, because we get such great candidates for the term-limited offices we already have.

/sarcasm.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

“- The music scene in one Texas town has been a boost for the economy.”

Denton, Texas, home to the the North Texas MEAN GREEN!!!!

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