Morning Reads for Tuesday, June 5th

Here in Georgia…
– AFP Georgia has released its scorecard from the 2012 legislation session.
– The Atlanta City Council has honored Officer Bradley Irwin, who rescued kids lost in the woods.
– Foreclosure and distress home sales are up in Georgia.
– Local government wishlists for the TSPLOST will be released today.
– AG Sam Olens will speak at a contraceptive mandate protest on Friday.
– Lisa De Pasquale recently chatted with Rep. Tom Price.
– Volunteers working with children, as a result of the criminal justice reform law, will be required to report abuse.
– The “diverging diamond” at Ashford-Dunwoody is now open for business.
– Should states impose class warfare tax policy?
– Georgia’s new transparency law isn’t being implemented quickly by cities and school officials.
– Atlantic Station is considering a smoking ban.

National stories of interest…
– WaPo notes new numbers from Pew showing the increased partisanship in the two major political parties.
– To build off the link above, it’s no surprise that the number of independents continues to climb.
– China is none too pleased with the US marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen protest.
– A. Barton Hinkle notes a push from Harvard to mandate exercise.
– Larry Kudlow says last month’s jobs numbers are bad news for Obama.
– David Frum is just fine with Michael Bloomberg’s proposed soda regulation.
– Sarah Palin will speak this month at Right Online.
– Fifty years after his assassination, the feds are keeping records pertaining to JFK’s death under wraps.
– Mitt Romney has given conservatives another reason not to trust him.
– Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are pushing for an end to taxpayer-funded party conventions.
– Veronique de Rugy shows us what cronyism looks like.
– Most of the unemployed have at least some college experience.
– James Pethokouis notes the decline in factory orders and manufacturing.
– Nancy Pelosi is pushing Hillary Clinton for 2016.
– AG Eric Holder was apparently repulsed by video of Christopher Hitchens being waterboarded.
– Americans are dissatisfied with the prospects of the next generation.
– A new study from the American Cancer Society says that the disease will increase by 75% globally by 2030.
– Obama isn’t getting money from many of the people that donated to him in 2008.
– Larry Summers, a former Obama economic adviser, says governments need to borrow more money.

A few that I like…
– Here’s a great piece on Braves great Dale Murphy.
– The Colorado Rockies have released 49-year old pitcher Jamie Moyer.
– The NFL may have yet another labor dispute on its hands.

11 comments

  1. bgsmallz says:

    Open thread, right?

    I think one of the most interesting things of the day is the audit report on the City of Atlanta’s TAD’s and Invest Atlanta.

    If you’ll indulge me by allowing the links to three sources:
    http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2012/06/04/audit-atlantas-tads-need-better-oversight
    http://saportareport.com/blog/2012/06/city-audit-atlantic-station-a-success-shows-need-to-rein-in-renewal-program/
    http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-audit-shows-rules-1451842.html

    A genuinely interesting case study in how a government economic development programs can be successful if drawn up properly while also showing the ever present danger of self preservation and non-accountability when government agencies are created to allocate resources.

  2. Three Jack says:

    Is it just me or is everybody seeing their local rep/senator post opposition to TSPLOST on FB? These are the same guys who voted for legislation which gave us the underfunded non-plan with no chance of accomplishing the intended goal.

  3. Three Jack says:

    AFP scorecard looked for YES votes to less local control of schools and higher taxes. So anybody who sees a GOPer touting his/her ‘A’ grade, just know that means your rep voted for the above mentioned issues (then hope they are facing a primary challenge).

  4. Jimmie says:

    It is time for governments to borrow more money….Larry Summers
    This guy has to be Satan. There is no other explanation for all the evil stuff he has done to this Country, and continues to do.

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