Morning Reads – Friday, August 2, 2013

Today in Georgia history: Georgia joined the rebellion against King George III and the rest of Great Britain after the Georgia delegates signed the Declaration of Independence.

Here are a few articles that piqued my interest.  Also, as a shameless plug, I’m posting the Peach Pundit Daily below the fold.  If you were a subscriber, you’d already would be “in the know”.  If you’re not, you should become one.  Do it.  Now!!

::UPDATE::  Also, congratulations to our very own Jessica S. for graduating today with her Master’s in Public Administration.  Send her congratulations before she leaves the country. #heyheyhey

Georgia On My Mind:

My Country ‘Tis Of Thee:

Stuff I Like

From the Daily:

Previously In Georgia Politics…

The Perils Of Being Michelle Nunn.  Mr Broun’s full-throated social conservatism may play well in the primaries, but they could cost Republicans an easy Senate seat, as Mr Akin’s did in Missouri and Richard Mourdock’s in Indiana. Yet Messrs Akin and Mourdock lost to veteran politicians; Ms Nunn is untested, and so far running on little more than a familiar surname. Like Kay Hagan, the incumbent senator in North Carolina, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state challenging Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, she faces peril on all sides: too liberal, she risks alienating moderates; too centrist, she risks appearing bland, inauthentic and shifty; too conservative, she risks further depressing Democratic turnout—not to mention angering the national party, on whom she will no doubt depend for networking and money. Georgia Democrats may be willing to put aside their desire for a “progressive” in order to win but Nunn still must walk that fine line between the liberal and pragmatic wings of her Party.

Creative Loafing Devotes Issue To John Lewis.  No “Golden Sleaze” or “Arnie” for Congressman John Lewis, he gets his very own issue of Creative Loafing.

DeKalb Commissioner Sued – Sigh. DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson had a few drinks at the Tanqueray Lounge, accused some women of stealing his wallet, and then drove off. Police officers on the scene couldn’t come up with enough evidence to charge him with a DUI. But now the women are suing him, saying they were unlawfully searched because of Watson’s allegation. Watson told FOX 5’s Dale Russell that the suit is “frivolous” and last year’s news and he is “sick of stupid stuff like this.” At least he knows how DeKalb taxpayers feel.

It’s a Do-It-Yourself Poll? Well, sorta. Public Policy Polling is going to survey Georgia over the weekend, and test Michelle Nunn against Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Karen Handel, Jack Kingston, and David Perdue. They’re asking for suggestions for other match-ups. Submit yours in the comments section here. How about Barge against Deal? (See below.)

On Tonight’s Episode…

Kelly Marlow Fights Back Parts 2 and 3.  Cherokee School Board Member Kelly Marlow continues to make her case in the pages of Zpolitics. From Part 2: If the elected official, who is standing up to represent the taxpayers on behalf of the current and future students can somehow be slandered on a personal level, painted as an enemy of the children, touted as a troublemaker with a vendetta or has politics in her veins, then perhaps her questions can be invalidated and lost in the noise? More and more people believe this is really what is happening and yes, it is politics, but it is not my politics.​  Part 3 can be found here.

Editor At Chattanooga Times Free Press Fired For “Shove It” Headline.  The Editor who penned the “Take Your Jobs Plan And Shove It Mr. President” editorial in the Chattanooga Times Free Press has been fired. From the Political Insider:  The headline was inappropriate for this newspaper. It was not the original headline approved for publication, and [Free Press editor Drew] Johnson violated the normal editing process when he changed the headline. The newspaper’s decision to terminate Johnson had nothing to do with the content of the editorial, which criticized the president’s job creation ideas and Chattanooga’s Smart Grid. The Free Press page has often printed editorials critical of the president and his policies.

Deal vs. Barge In Education Cage Match! – The feuding between Governor Nathan Deal and School Superintendent John Barge is driven by policy, politics and personality -and whether federal dollars are the answer to or the cause of rising education costs. Greg Bluestein maps out all of the he said, he said and explains the implications for Georgia students and taxpayers here. Remember, only one of those men has an announced primary candidate -so far.

Hey, Remember All That Schadenfreude You Felt? You know, when lawmakers and their staffs were going to be socked with premium increases on their health insurance, because of Obamacare? Wingfield wrote about it. “198% increases” said Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. Wasn’t it great knowing those fat-cats in DC were going have to pay more, just like real Americans? Well, the weasels found a way out of the consequences of Obamacare -for themselves, mind you, not us. Sorry.

Speaker Price? You Mean Our Tom Price? Idle speculation, maybe, but hey, it’s late August and Roll Call has news hole to fill. Kudos to Emma Dumain for creating the phrase “wonk cred.” And H/t to Jim Galloway for pointing it out.

Coming Soon…

Georgia Poised For Job Growth From Startups?  The state has recently become the first to open the door to crowdfunding by small investors and also created a $100 million fund to invest state money in growing companies. That is on top of long-standing efforts to incubate and advise high-tech startups. “As we investors look for deals … states like Georgia who have been real visionary by putting a system together that provides not only the funding but that helps support those companies as they go from proof-of-concept and prototype-development phases of development through to commercial activities that are vital to a bio-pharma or bio-sciences type company (are attractive.) Georgia’s ahead of the curve,” said Bob Crutchfield, president of the Southeastern Medical Devise Association and an Alabama-based venture-capital fund executive.​

Georgia Power Loves Green Energy.  From the Sacramento Bee, where they really dig this kind of stuff:  Georgia Power announced today (Monday) that TOTO USA, Inc., a high-volume manufacturer of bathroom fixtures in Morrow, Ga., has become one of the largest purchasers of Green Energy. The Green Energy program is available to the company’s residential and business customers and enables them to purchase electricity produced from renewable generation sources including solar and biomass.


  1. Jackster says:

    @ralph hudgens’ 198% claim – After inquiring to his office, he compared a $66 / mo POS policy to a $197.28 HMO policy.

    I have several issues with his comparison methodology, but let’s be honest here: Neither party really wants the chips to fall.

    Dems: Don’t want the chips to fall until they have a fully vested market, which they can’t do without first adding in the uninsured, then adding in folks who would buy their own policy, and finally businesses.

    Reps: Don’t want the chips to fall until they can successfully demogogue the Dems and president on the bill. If Mr. Hudgens and other R’s in office wanted this to be shown as a failure, then make the current rates public.

    Why the oct. 1 deadline? If the data is available for him to make a comparison now, then put it out there for comparison.

    I’m willing to bet it’s because then the other shoe will fall: Tax credits and discounts for premiums will then become an issue. That brings the cost down for premiums, which makes the legislation palatable for consumers.

    Republicans in this state need to find an argument other than “we can’t pay for it” quickly – i suggest opening up the rates for everyone prior to Oct 1.

  2. Ellynn says:

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.

    My late father use to say that when he was correcting my latin. I sing latin Catholic mass pieces often.

    Although I can say this, I admit I had to look it up for the correct spelling, which was a pain because google defaults to english and I could not remember the correct English translation. So if is wrong, it’s my doing. I have issues with spelling English, I’ll leave some one else to deal with the Latin.

    • Ellynn says:

      Well, if I had read the article completely before going off my search, I would have saved myself the time searching… Thus becoming a victim of my own point… (Somewhere my dad is laughing at me…).

  3. barstool69 says:

    The Lifeline program is interesting to me because of the way the federal government has chosen to provide services to those deemed in need. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the way the program works is that private companies provided the hardware and USAC pays for the service through fees collected on cell phone bills. So while there are zero government funds involved, the federal government has created a system which mandates that private companies provide hardware and collect fees from their customers. Is this method odd to anyone else? Are there plenty of other similar government programs I’m not thinking of? What if food stamps were paid for the same way – by taxing groceries? How is this constitutional? The federal government is not collecting any tax here.

  4. Jackster says:

    I’m willing to bet Hudgens is anticipating a primary challenger. Why else would he go all campaign mode now?

    I mean, if this were a regulatory thing and he was trying to protect us, the messaging would be different, the end result would be substantially different, and there would be more data transparency, since according to his office, that’s the most damning portion of this whole part.

    I’m thinking he doesn’t want to look weak against a democrat or republican who will be able to champion if the exchange works well.

  5. Herb says:

    Obstructionists like Pennington and Babb aren’t in any place to be griping about “communication.”

    And it doth appear that Squeal is getting b*tch slapped over his rejecting Common Core, the savior of the federal and Georgia Education systems. We deserve to take some fiscal bite over this. Much the same way those crazy cons thought Obama’s election made us deserving of the apocalypse, I suppose.

  6. saltycracker says:

    King George III lost the colonies as he ratcheted down to control and tax the Americans. Georgia was a bit weak in resolve and was slow to push back on the Crown. GA did not attend the 1765 Stamp Act Congress to take a stand on taxation and did not attend the first calls for a Continental Congress in 1774. The reason for the latter was that the Creeks were giving us a problem and we feared England might withhold gunpowder.

    Savannah was a British stronghold and the rest of Georgia was not exactly of a clear majority of the patriotic. Georgia did come around……then…..

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