Morning Reads for Friday, August 16, 2013

The Peach Pundit BBQ Tour will roar into Alpharetta Monday night, visiting with Rep. Tom Price at Smokejacks. Be there, be square. 6:30 pm.

UPS plane crashes in BHM.
– Capitol Square to get a makeover.
– GA Supreme Court considers disbarment for Atlanta City Councilman.
– Georgia’s jobless rate up again.
– “Sealed findings” handed off in the DeKalb County water/sewer corruption grand jury investigation. Pass the popcorn.

– How’s that Recovery Summer workin’ out for ya?
– Ewwww. Evidently, nobody’s safe in San Diego.
– The coming HillaryCult?
– Pray for Egypt.
– That paycheck doesn’t go far enough anyway, go ahead and take some more.
– Rubio’s Reconciliation Tour. Yawn.
– 68 years later, Japan shrine still a difficult visit.

Random Everywhere:
Super black hole at the center of our galaxy.
– Back to school news you can use – how to prevent head lice.
– C1q protein a culprit in Alzheimer’s disease?
– Two people have asked me this week about “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Here’s the story. Words to live by today.


  1. Ed says:

    “Regulars at the Capitol frequently complain about the dangers of crossing the busy one-way street that separates the Capitol from the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, where many lawmakers have their offices.”

    Glad to know they can’t wait a max of 15 seconds before the traffic stops

    • penguin says:

      Not to mention ignore the cop directing traffic there.
      Atlanta, always coming up to the non-solution to design problems. What do with a mostly deserted area (aside from political insiders)? How about a big empty space, to create a safe buffer through which legislators can more easily avoid constituents.

      I hope at least one of the bidders remembers that a “pedestrian friendly” area requires at least some way for pedestrians to get there…

    • greencracker says:

      how about a tunnel underneath the road? CAP and LOB both have basements already. And you avoid rain too.

      That being said …I’ve experienced danger on Mitchell myself! -> an Alpharetta city councilman came close to hitting me with his car as I crossed the street. (Or maybe that was deliberate …)

      But yea… there’s nothing to do at “Capitol Hill” even if you did put a nice plaza where the parking garage is. Could you share it with GSU or something?

      • Ed says:

        You could in theory BUT… there is that weird elevation of Courtland Street which means you can’t just walk to the Capitol from GSU and there’s just parking decks that border the Capitol/GSU area so its not exactly the most enticing or obvious path.

        There’s the new Petit Science Center where you have to walk past the MARTA station, a parking garage and nothing which still makes it hard to get there….

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    AZ GOP Senators Flake and McCain, and Rep Gosar voted against emergency relief funding after SuperStorm Sandy. Since an Arizona wildfire they’re been complaining that FEMA is not doing enough for AZ.

    The GOP: against FEMA spending except when they’re for it. Not spoken: Aside from the fact it’s spending on AZ, the economy is continuing to improve under Obama, so it’s less necessary to control spending. Besides, we’re under sequestration, remember?

    SC, taking a cue from GA, now has its own wingnut Senate candidate, State Sen. Lee Bright. Bright on a conference call called Lindsey Graham a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood because he traveled to Egypt. 1:50 in:

    Concluding with a comment on the reads, who needs Rubio when you’ve got Cruz? The requisite crazy base support without the stench of immigration reform.

  3. John Vestal says:

    From the Hooch’s “La Rive Gauche”, we get today’s chapter in the Bama edition of “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things™” (from

    Then again, it *is* Alabama (I keep telling myself this…makes me feel a little better).

  4. saltycracker says:

    11th has a new candidate per the Cherokee Trib

    From staff reports

    The first Cherokee County resident to throw his hat in the ring for the 11th District congressional seat is the latest candidate to enter the race to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), who is resigning his seat to run for the Senate.

    Larry Mrozinski, a retired U.S. Army colonel who lives in Woodstock, made his announcement to a crowd of supporters Saturday night at the historic Cherokee County Rock Barn.

    He will run in the June 3, 2014, Republican primary on a ballot that already looks to include state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), Cobb’s Tricia Pridemore and Allan Levene.

    A few key issues of Mrozinski’s campaign included term limits; to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, to secure the U.S. border, tax reform and a top-to-bottom review of the Veterans Administration.

    Read more: Cherokee Tribune

    • Charlie says:

      I met him once, a decent man. But he also made a presence at the Cobb GOP BBQ and the response was…underwhelming.

      Much like I openly wonder does the Senate race really need Alan Grayson so that there can be a candidate to the right of Paul Broun, do we really need someone that appears to be positioning himself to the right of Barry Loudermilk?

      Hint: that’s not a lot of real estate to occupy.

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