Morning Reads for Thursday, June 21st

June 21, 2012 6:00 am

by Jason · 11 comments

Here in Georgia…
– DeKalb County may cut school days to help deal with the budget shortfall.
– DOT has produced a study claiming that rapid transit between Savannah and Jacksonville is possible.
– Thomas Wheatley explores whether GRTA can deliver on TSPLOST promises.
– A disbarred judge from North Georgia is suing over his firing.
– Voters weren’t interested in a recent TSPLOST townhall in Cobb County.
– State Rep. Mark Hamilton defends the legislature’s record on ethics.

National stories of interest…
– The Fed will continue Operation Twist and has lowered economic estimates for the year.
– A bid to stop EPA coal regulations was shot down in the Senate yesterday.
– Only a third of Americans back ObamaCare.
– A new study warns that Barack Obama’s proposed tax hikes would hit businesses hard.
– Nate Silver looks at what Obama’s new immigration policy means in 2012.
– Asians have overtaken Hispanics as the fastest-growing racial group in the United States.
– Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is floating the idea of a grand bargain on the budget.
– Republicans won the political fight over ObamaCare.
– Joe Scarborough explains how Mitt Romney needs to tread carefully in picking his running mate.
– Jon Huntsman has joined the Brookings Institute.
– An Oregon State University professor was fired after expressing skepticism about climate change.
– No, Romney wouldn’t turn the US into Ireland.
– Hispanics could mean trouble for the GOP in eight states.
– According to a new Gallup poll, Americans faith in public schools has fallen to a new low.
– Donald Boudreaux explains how immigrant labor helps Americans.

A few that I like…
– Brandon Beachy will be out for some time due to Tommy John surgery.
– A consensus has been reached for a BCS playoff.
– The full-length trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been released.
– The New Yorker isn’t fond of the new HBO show, The Newsroom.
– Remember those hideous future uniforms the MLB wore in the late 90’s?
– An episode of Futurama takes at least a year to make.

Bridget June 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

“Voters weren’t interested in a recent TSPLOST townhall in Cobb County.” This was effectively a pro-TIA meeting in the area to receive the majority of the funds (i.e. rail) and half of the attendees work for the advocacy arm of the bill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKubwgJK8q8

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

With that being Cobb County, anyone who is reasonably informed can probably infer that most of the voters likely to turnout on July 31st have made up their minds about how they are going to vote on the T-SPLOST.

…And let’s just say that’s most likely not a good thing if one is a booster of the TIA, T-SPLOST, Regional Transportation Referendum or whatever the name of it is on any given day.

Scott65 June 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Here’s a quote to make your head explode

“Jim Hannan, CEO of Georgia-Pacific who is also chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, said that there is broad support in business community for the regional transportation sales tax.”

Thats from The Saporta Report…for those of you missing the irony…Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries…you know, the ones that fund the Tea Party, and all those anti-tax organizations

Bridget June 21, 2012 at 7:42 am
cheapseats June 21, 2012 at 8:27 am

Borrowing a phrase from SpaceyG: “Welcome to Crackerstan! Please remember to set your clocks back 50 years.”

The Last Democrat in Georgia June 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

So much for the claim that Georgia’s #1 corruption ranking is as a result of left-wing media bias as Fox Business isn’t exactly a cauldron of liberalism.

CobbGOPer June 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Old news is old.

Isn’t this the same study by the Center for Public Integrity that we discussed a month ago? The one that had everyone (ok not everyone, but everyone that sought to defend our current ethics setup) calling Jim Walls everything but a child of God (to use an old expression from my grandpa)?

Buzz Brockway June 22, 2012 at 12:13 am

Yes this is a story from March that rehashes Jim Walls report. One other note: The report didn’t say we were the most corrupt but that because of our lack on enforcement we have the potential to be corrupt.

Don’t worry, a $100 per day gift cap will fix all that.

John Konop June 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

The biggest mistake public schools have made is not embracing different styles of learning over a one size fit all approach ie No Child Left Behind. The public schools should have a home school option rather than fight it and let kids participate in extra school activities. The public schools on a macro should be pushing for more alternative options for degrees, co-op………..Instead we have a teach to the test system that is heavy in management and rules that hinder innovation. The combination of the above is why public schools have taken a major pr hit with the public.

saltycracker June 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

Tightening budgets have little to do with top public service administrators.
It is interesting that Fed controls are needed to rein in AHA. Now we have to go to work to figure out end arounds and excuses to justify how to attract the “best and brightest” and pay them well (including in the longer non-working years).

AJC:

Fifteen other Atlanta Housing Authority employees besides longtime chief executive Renee Glover fall under a crackdown on use of federal dollars to pay housing executives more than $155,500 per year.

Reports earlier this month indicated that Glover, who sits on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank and other high-powered entities, was the country’s highest-paid public housing official in 2010, with total compensation of about $644,000.

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/consultant-to-study-top-1461489.html

Scott65 June 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Jim Galloway had an interesting write up about these lunatics that think the UN is gonna make us live in highrises in the middle of downtown (my interpretation). Hopefully nobody who posts here is that delusional. If you live in Cobb…this does not paint a pretty picture.
http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/06/20/the-transportation-sales-tax-as-part-of-a-united-nations-plot/

For all you beltline haters/non haters…
http://youtu.be/kjidFLZH_aI

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