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:
- Whitfield County and its cities apparently collected too much tax according to the Georgia Department of Revenue. Some of that tax is being withheld by the state. That’s causing consternation with some Commission Chairman Mike Babb and Dalton Mayor David Pennington over the lack of communication from the state’s Department of Revenue. The same thing happened in Walker County as well.
- Governor Nathan Deal warns that the cost of testing students will increase even though Georgia will not be using the standardized exam being developed for Common Core.
- Chatham County gets the thumbs up from FEMA concerning their flood damage prevention plan.
My Country ‘Tis Of Thee:
- Can we get multiple Obamaphones even if we don’t really qualify? In the words that President Obama used during his campaign: “yes we can.”
- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be telegraphing signals that he’s eyeing the White House in 2016 (Jeez…..it’s too early for another presidential campaign…).
- It’s the August break for Congress. Some members use this time to tour their district or state and host town halls. Those town hall meetings may not go so smoothly if some liberal activists have their way.
Stuff I Like
- White. Hot. Bravos.
- A small primer on what Latin phrases every man (and woman) should know.
- Getting out to the woods helps reset your circadian clock.
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.
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.