Morning Reads–Time to Vote?

Photo from Creative Loafing
Photo from Creative Loafing

I mean, it’s on a sign. A sign wouldn’t lie, right? 

“Autumn Leaves” by MJQ, man. 

  1. What did the venues for last night’s victory parties signify? If you read the article the answer is… something?
  2. A cool, $1m gift for the alma mater. 
  3. GPB lamely attempts to deflect animosity over WRAS to GSU. (This is some partnership!) I have to agree with whomever said it: there’s no negotiation if one side (the students) have nothing the other side (GPB) wants. So, in the end, we all lose.
  4. Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart will be a key swing vote. 
  5. The Pink Pony gets six more years to do its thing.
  6. UPS thinks it will deliver 11% more packages in December. 
  7. Looks like Dixie could have another brutal winter this year. 
  8. Kenneth Tate, the man behind Elevatorgate, says he’s not a convict. Truth be told, he sounds like a regular guy who was excited to be close to the POTUS which seems like a normal enough reaction. His story is a bit sad.
  9. Buckhead NPU really dislikes commercial development. 
  10. TBH, I kind of like Memorial how it is. If it is developed I have no doubt it will be just like the awful/boring stretch of Dekalb closest to Downtown. 
  11. Take a tour of Emory’s Ebola unit. 
  12. We’re going to need a new director of the High Museum. I’m not naming names but Atlanta’s leading cultural figure (*cough cough*) would be a good choice.
  13. “[Bernard] Hopkins is an enduring atavism, a one-man history lesson in the boxer’s craft.”
  14. Lots of emotions following Bayern’s win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. 


  1. Dearest Eiger,

    The sting is real. Michelle was soundly defeated – but it’s more than that. This means the GOP has validation and thinks that what they’re doing is ok and that it’s working. It means that I remain torn. I wanted nothing more than for Michelle to take office and then it start a trickle effect of the Republican party placing more women on the ballot, more young people, more minorities.

    Anyone who knows my background knows that my fiscally conservative values came from a place of survival… become successful or live in poverty. Where do people like me go now? I can’t relate to gazillionaires in waterfront mansions or the unqualified 22yos who get cushy jobs because of who their father knows or the religious zealots who hate others for sport.

    The worst part of the outcome is that the GOP will keep doing what it’s doing because it seemingly works. And I will have to keep supporting Democratic candidates because looking at the big picture… I do actually have more in common with them than with the Georgia GOP.

    Enjoy victory.
    One battle is not the war.
    This time you were right.

    • androidguybill says:

      “Where do people like me go now? I can’t relate to gazillionaires in waterfront mansions or the unqualified 22yos who get cushy jobs because of who their father knows or the religious zealots who hate others for sport.”

      This has always been par for the course for the GOP, and has been an issue for many who never affiliated with the GOP from the very beginning. But it did not become an issue for you until the GOP failed to nominate a white female for governor and senator in back to back races. Now that this affects you personally, you have adopted the sort of rhetoric that is bandied about on

      Not ideology or principle or “big picture” but personal.

    • saltycracker says:

      A female veteran Republican in Iowa was the first to breach the Demo majority.
      Isn’t fiscally conservative Democrat an oxymoron ? When Carter said it, it got him one of the biggest chuckles and eyerolls of the campaign.

      Most Republicans can’t ID with gadzillionaires either and the Demos have more than their fair share too. Squater shelters and tax shelters are “me firsts” partners. Let’s hope the message is get out of the way, control debt, fix taxation, take actions to let folks do their thing, assist the truly needy and enforce the laws.

      • Three Jack says:

        Women GOPers elected statewide in GA: Linda Shrenko, Kathy Cox, Karen Handel. The first 2 bombed, Karen fights on.

        Like I posted yesterday, this was not about voters excitedly supporting the GOP, it was voters expressing their collective dislike for Obama. Michelle Nunn could have been competitive if she would have run an issue based campaign separting herself from the soundbite issues put forth by national dems (min wage, equal pay, blah, blah). Instead she took the easy way by regurgitating those soundbite issues while attacking her opponent. She failed.

        Going forward, the GOP did not receive a mandate last night. They have numerous senate seats up in 2 years so they either put forward reform minded legislation or prepare to be the minority again very soon. Based on McConnell’s speech last night, it appears that he gets it.

    • JPTSR says:

      There are lots of gazillionaires, unqualified 22 year olds, and hate mongers on the Democrat side too.

      I and countless others who do not choose to identify with a political party do not relate to any of them regardless of affiliation.

      Voting solely by party line is one reason why we have this vast chasm.

    • TheEiger says:

      Bridget, Are you seriously still going with this BS that the reason that women didn’t win last night is because there is some grand republican conspiracy to keep women off of the ballot? Get over it. What did you personally do to help Pridmore and Handel? Money? Calls? Knocking on doors? I promise you I have done more for women candidates. It’s easy to complain on a blog and blame others. Do more to help them. That includes you. Blaming men for voting for another man just pisses them off. Get off your butt and make some calls and give money. Recruit better women to run. I have and will continue, but don’t blame me and other republicans because we vote on who we think will do a better job rather than a person’s gender.

    • Baker says:

      “gazillionaires in waterfront mansions” Most of those vote for Dems.

      And on a national level, I don’t think the GOP feels validated, they clearly recognize the need to branch out and work actively to be more inclusive.

      On the state level? I still think what we did in ’10 (and ’14) was moronic but that’s just me. But I still feel that’s better than electing a democrat.

    • Michael Silver says:

      Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Georgia House: Jan Jones ….. Former leader of the Georgia Republican party: Sue Everhart. There are more throughout Georgia local governments.

      My point is that when the right candidate shows up, they get elected regardless of their sex in the Republican party. Do we need more women running? Heck yes. But, you can’t force someone to run for office. If women buy into Democrat LIE that Republicans Hate Women , they won’t try and that non-participation by Republican women is the goal of the Democrats.

      I wish Karen Handle had ran for Lt. Gov. because I believe she would have handily beaten Cagle. She runs great campaigns for down ballot races (I voted for her several times over the years) but her campaigns don’t seem to have “it” to close the deal on the big jobs.

      • androidguybill says:

        Listing women who hold basically meaningless and powerless positions doesn’t cut it. So is relegating folks other than white males to mid-level executive positions that nobody wants except as a stepping stone to something better. The jobs that actually matter: governor, senator and U.S. Congress. Don’t claim that everyone else should just be happy for less.

        The right candidate shows up? Sure … Sonny Perdue (incompetent and corrupt), Casey Cagle (corrupt and invisible), Nathan Deal (corrupt career politician with no real accomplishments STILL), Saxby Chambliss (more of the same), Johnny Isakson (the Democrats’ favorite Republican when the GOP was out of power now pretending to be conservative) and David Perdue (cousin of Sonny) are “the right candidates”? Pardon me, but exactly what is it that makes them so? Some esteemed system of individual meritocracy? You’d come up with a better crop by picking up whatever falls off the back of a turnip truck.

        And that is what is so frustrating … the attitude of “MAYBE we will consider you IF you meet a MUCH HIGHER STANDARD than we set for ourselves”. Everyone else knows that this attitude exists among conservatives except conservatives. When qualifications only get discussed when someone other than a white male seeks the job!

        The problem is not the lack of women running in this state. Women run for governor and senator and especially Congress as Republicans all the time. It is that they never win when they do. And often, they lose to males that are far worse candidates. And that is what causes them to think that Republicans hate women, not Democrat lies. Tricia Pridemore ran for Congress AND LOST TO BOB BARR. BOB BARR, WHO RAN AGAINST A SITTING GOPER WHO HAD A CRUCIAL COMMITTEE SEAT TO GET BACK AT THE STATE PARTY FOR ADDING A FEW BLACK VOTERS TO HIS STILL VERY SAFE SEAT SO THEY COULD ELECT TWO MORE REPUBLICANS. BOB BARR, WHO LEFT THE PARTY AFTER LOSING THAT RACE, JOINED THE ACLU AND SPENT SEVERAL YEARS AS THE GOP’S BIGGEST CRITIC WRITING FOR THE HUFFINGTON POST. So it was all Tricia Pridemore’s fault that she got fewer votes than BOB BARR and didn’t even make the runoff, wasn’t it? Her campaign just didn’t have “it” right?

        Until the Georgia GOP mindset changes, for anyone other than a white male to run for an office of value in this state is a waste of time and money that would be of much better use elsewhere.

        • drjay says:

          “Women run for governor and senator and especially Congress as Republicans all the time”

          in georgia? really? i can think of 5 in my lifetime and one of those ended up in jail eventually…and 2 of them ran after windmills in hopelessly democratic districts…had price run for senate i think handel could have easily won that seat had she been interested but that did not happen, i don’t live in the metro area so i can’t comment on how the pridemore campaign went, but i do like her and did support her when she ran for gop chair a few years back…but politics is funny and for a variety of reasons the “best” candidate often does not prevail…

  2. Jim Golden says:

    I was directed to this website more than a year ago by a local reporter. She described this site as the heartbeat of Georgia politics. After the analyzing of the polls through comments here, the details of why Deal and Perdue had no chance, and generally how the Republicans have no place in Georgia, most have been proven to be incorrect. The comments on this site could come from Jay Bookmans column. How could so many posters be wrong? Thanks for the insight into the “Heartbeat of Georgia Politics”. See ya in a couple of years

    • Ed says:

      “The comments on this site could come from Jay Bookmans column.”

      Thank you for not reading. We appreciated your time with us!

    • Baker says:

      “The comments on this site could come from Jay Bookmans column”

      Haha. I will say it has gotten infiltrated, despite the negative connotation not a bad thing per se, by a lot of lefties over the past couple years. It is much more of a debate arena than echo chamber and that’s certainly good (Erick explodes).

  3. Noway says:

    The next endless loop similar to Nunn’s deference to the president will be Hillary’s “Businesses don’t create jobs…” Devastation in her own voice…

  4. saltycracker says:

    Signify ? The Democratic message of negativism, lack of opportunity, money starved social and educational causes and the misery of the masses worn out not only the working folks but the youth and all those with some aspirations.

    The Republicans won because of the above and the hope of let’s give someone else a shot. As a good coach once said, you (Republicans) need to act like you have been in the end zone before. No excessive celebration, just get back out there and do the job we expect.

    So far the Democrats have promised to keep the cry of “disenfranchised” going that they had even when in power.

    Let’s hope the Republicans don’t begin to divy up the spoils but put forth some actions to move us forward, overhaul the tax code, begin to reduce our debt as a % of revenue, fix healthcare and immigration and on and on.

    • androidguybill says:

      “Let’s hope the Republicans don’t begin to divy up the spoils but put forth some actions to move us forward, overhaul the tax code, begin to reduce our debt as a % of revenue, fix healthcare and immigration and on and on.”

      Spoken by someone who does not realize that the Republicans have had total, absolute control of this state FOR TWELVE YEARS. If they didn’t do this 12, 8, 4 or even 2 years ago, what makes you think that they are going to do so now? Especially when you consider that THEY KEEP ELECTING THE SAME PEOPLE. Not different Republicans than before (like Handel) BUT THE SAME GROUP OF GUYS. You keep doing the same thing over and over again but want different results? Why?

      MAYBE in 2016 and 2018 the GOP voters of this state will actually start electing a different, better qualified, more competent, more accomplished, LESS CORRUPT slate of nominees. (At the very least, maybe they will nominate people WHO ARE NOT FORMER DEMOCRATS and/or who are capable of running a successful business without relying on political or family ties.) Until that happens, nothing is going to change and there is no reason why it should.

      Until Georgia GOP voters start wanting more from their leaders, their leaders are going to keep giving them exactly what they want. Of course, this is also true of voters in places like DeKalb County. The two groups of people are exactly the same but merely convince themselves that they are actually different, better, than the other in some way …

      It is funny. So many voters in south Georgia ran to the polls to re-elect the same people who have presided other their economy withering on the vine for the past 30 years (whether those people were Democrats prior or Republicans mind you … Nathan Deal’s reminding everyone that he was Zell Miller’s main guy in the legislature was classic AND IT ACTUALLY WORKED!) without bothering to associate any connection between who they are voting for and their hospitals’ closing and schools’ furloughing people. No different from how the folks in DeKalb make no association between their school board elections and their nearly losing SACS accreditation. Amazing …

  5. Obi's Sister says:

    Methinks that dear Mr. Shapiro has seen the writing on the wall and wisely leaves before the Woodruff staff starts to throw the Monets in the dumpsters. Atlanta doesn’t have a symphony anymore, so why does it need a world class art museum?

    • NoTeabagging says:

      Yes, The dirty laundry at the WAC is just starting to air. Rumors of board members getting business for themselves and their companies from the WAC are just the beginning. The ASO is getting the blame for the WAC’s years of bad management over land deals, bad investments and debt. Not true.

      The WAC took on debt for the High museum expansion even though pledges for donation covered it. Sweet land sale of the ASO property for the never built new symphony hall reels of politicians profiting from land on the outer perimeter. Then there is the Verizon amphitheatre debacle for an expense venue only open 1/3 of the year.

      It now comes to light the ASO, Alliance Theatre, and High Museum are all under the mighty thumb of the WAC board. He probably does need to bail on a high point than be dragged down by association.

    • Ed says:

      I think they’re pretty independent. You can’t just get rid of art and the High as a physical property it paid for (IIRC) so it isn’t really going anywhere. Combine that with the exchanges you can get new art without massive outlays. Oh, and the High has a constant flow of donors (they just got a big expansion two weeks ago if memory serves).

    • View from Brookhaven says:

      I may have to watch the Georgia Gang for the first time in years just for Williams’ reaction. I’m sure it’ll be hilarious.

      • WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

        “A call to the FBI, which has prosecuted strip club owners in several cities, wasn’t returned.”

        This passes for journalism now?

        He also fails to mention that the Pony’s owners are going to pay the city’s attorney fees so that his wife’s crusade is on them instead of the taxpayers.

        He also fails to mention that calls to the CIA, NSA, DEA, ATF, IRS, and the AARP were not returned as well.

  6. northside101 says:

    Looks like nothing really much changed from 2010 or 2012 in Georgia—-Romney beat Obama in Georgia 53-45% 2 years ago, and those were the percentages for Deal/Carter and Perdue/Nunn.

    Votes totals for governor basically flat, hardly any different from 4 years ago.

    Republicans especially rolled up the numbers in CD 9 (Doug Collins) and 14 (Tom Graves). Perdue took 77 percent last night in Collins’ district (centered in Gainesville) and 74% in Graves’s district (northwest Georgia, Dalton, Rome and so on). Of course those two congressional districts are easily the state’s most heavily Republican ones—in fact, Collins’ arguably is the most heavily GOP cong district east of the Mississippi.

    Sea of red in rural Georgia…the Democratic collapse there, which dates to Roy Barnes’s defeat in 2002, continues—even in southwest Georgia.

    Amazingly, looks like legislative numbers unchanged—38-18 GOP in the State Senate, 119-60-1 in favor of GOP in House.

  7. Harry says:

    From: “David LaBonte”

    My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

    Dear Editor:
    So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

    Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

    They had waved good-bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

    Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought alongside men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.

    When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

    And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those
    legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

    And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.

    Rosemary LaBonte

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