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Previously In Georgia Politics…
Yesterday Was Sam Moore’s Best Day Ever. No crazy talk about sex predators loitering near playgrounds or citizens shooting police officers. Instead, everyone spent yesterday talking about how Georgia should or should not pass a law that might or might not permit discrimination against same-sex couples (just as Arizona might or might not) which would also preserve liberty and destroy equality while both permitting and requiring Jesus to bake cakes, but probably won’t get us a SuperBowl. Here’s the casualty report from the narrative war:
Currently Dead, Pining For Fjords: The House Version of the religious freedom Bill, HB 1023. House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard said “Can’t see it happening. It came in rather late in the session. Too many proponents and opponents…” Bills with both proponents and opponents often get caught in crossfires.
Just A Flesh Wound! The Senate version of religious freedom legislation, SB 377, is likely to make it to the floor and has a second sponsor, President Pro Tempore David Shafer. As Jim Galloway notes, that matters, even though the AJC legislatometer gives it less than a 50% chance of passing.
Only “Mostly” Dead: The resolution to permit independent school systems in Dunwoody and Brookhaven, HR 486, won’t make it this year. As noted by Dick Williams in the Dunwoody Crier, “State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) asked Monday that the bill not be moved from the House Rules Committee to the floor after hearing from the majority whip that it didn’t have the 120 votes on the floor to pass as a constitutional amendment, a much higher bar than regular legislation.” Sorry, DeKalb parents. Hope those school board elections work out.
Legislation Is A Dish Best Served Cold A proposal to eliminate potential conflicts of interest for members of the Board of the Department of Community Health would “prohibit board membership for anyone having an “ownership interest in an entity or program” licensed or regulated by DCH.” Why who could be caught in such a conflict of interest? How about “Richard Jackson, the chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare in Alpharetta. His company provides hospitals with physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, and hospitals are regulated by the DCH’s Healthcare Facility Regulation division.” You mean the guy behind the Patient Compensation Act? Yep.
Pace Martha Stewart, MLK Statue Would Be “A Good Thing” Jeanne Bonner at GPB News reports that there’s a suspicious lack of suspicion of the motives behind the idea of putting up a statue of Dr. King on the grounds of the Capitol. “People who could cry politics and could gnash their teeth about how long it’s taken instead say Deal’s done a good thing.” And House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal is on board, which doesn’t hurt.
One Statue Good, 10 Commandments BETTER! “As part of House Bill 702, sponsored by Rep. Greg Morris, (R-Vidalia) the monument would feature the biblical rules on one side and the preambles of the Georgia and U.S. constitutions on the other side.” We are fine with placing such a monument on State grounds, as long as at least a quorum of both the House and Senate are able to recite the Commandments and the preambles whenever anyone asks.
Let The Hat-Tossing Begin! Insurance agent and Tea Party activist Marty Harbin will be running for the 16th State Senate District, seeking to replace Ronnie Chance, who’s not running for reelection.
Paul Broun Says Liberals Fear Him - And he’s got a TV commercial to prove it. Attention Paul Broun campaign advisers: Raise money with a bumper sticker that says “Real Liberals Fear Paul Broun.” You could sell them to both sides.
Can Strife In Venezuela Be Lessened? What Does Jimmy Carter Say? Former President Jimmy Carter has sent letters to both Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, and offered to meet if they’re willing to ”send signals of their willingness to alleviate the present state of tension.” Carter has had a hand in Venezuelan electins and in mediating…”talks between the socialist government and opposition following a 2002 coup that briefly unseated then President Hugo Chavez.” So is the current situation kind of his fault? In the best campaign video ever, Jimmy Carter says Yes!
Who Said It? “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping?” Alex Sink, Democratic congressional candidate in Florida. So when you hear a Georgia proposal to issue drivers’ licenses in English described as “anti-immigrant” legislation by Jay Bookman in the AJC, ask yourself which side of this debate really wants immigrants to be able to move up the economic ladder.
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