By Bridget Cantrell

Morning Reads for Thursday, April 11

Gooood morning from Nashvegas! Up and at’em.




Baroness Thatcher Dies at 87

It’s not a Georgia Politics issue, but it’s clearly the topic of the day.  The comment section will be left open for dialogue, but don’t be a jerk or your comments will be deleted.

An obituary video of Baroness Thatcher.

A BBC News Live Feed is here.

The Iron Lady’s Most Famous Quotes as listed in today’s Mirror.  My favorites are likely obvious:

  • If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.
  • I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

Morning Reads for Thursday, April 4

Goood morning!

Today holds a 6:20am flight to New Orleans.  From a trend and healthy economy standpoint, retail stores and restaurants are tripling their builds and refreshes over last year with forecasts of growing steadily the next five years.  My products go into a lot of stores owned by franchisees – the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.

Enjoy your  morning reads – that I found last night 😉  Bridg




Morning Reads for Thursday, March 28

Good morning!  Any good stories from happy hour(s) last night??  My little brother’s birthday dinner was scheduled for the exact same time as the PP Road Show.  I chose the event with cake and babies – sorry I missed you guys :/

house techIt’s Sine Die! (That’s “see-na deeyay” or “sigh-nee dyee“).  If you want to watch the end of it from home, here are the House and Senate feeds.

From the PP Daily (I really like this): The House of Representatives uses a legislation comparison tool that’s available to any Rep to compare side-by-side screens of what the House sent to the Senate, and what the Senate sent back. Screenshot to the right.




FulCo GOP Announces Public Forums

Fulton County Republican Party Announces First in Series of Public Service Forums: GBI Director Vernon Keenan and Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson share the stage to inform, educate citizens.

An uncommon pairing will take center stage at the Fulton County Republican Party headquarters on Thursday, March 28th, when the head crime fighters for the State and the County provide insights that will not be heard anywhere else.

“This is not a political forum,” stated Fulton GOP chairman Roger Bonds. “But this is the first of a long overdue set of public service forums. We are filling a void in our community and all Fultonites are invited to attend. Our hope is that Fulton County citizens will bring their questions and get straightforward answers.”

When: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 7:00pm, FREE

Where: Fulton County Republican Party, Parkside Shopping Center (beside Whole Foods),  5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs

Director Keenan and Sheriff Jackson’s bios are in the link above.

Morning Reads for Thursday, March 21

246561_327314404038617_190829595_nGood morning!  I’ve missed you guys.  Been in Dallas since Saturday for a trade show.  This is our awesome sales team – give Mama a big PO.

As I caught up on personal emails and reading, this stood out in yesterday’s PP Daily:

With the end of the Georgia Legislative Session coming March 28th, just two days before the FEC deadline, look for Legislative Congressional hopefuls in the 10th district (Broun) to announce their candidacies soon. Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula) and Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens) are thought to be poised to get into that race. This of course will set up more announcements to replace those two in the House and Senate. To really play some inside baseball: who will replace Sheldon as House Majority Caucus Chair when her term ends?  Weigh in if you’re hearing anything.

There’s a lot of news out there this morning, but we’ve got to call it quits at some point. Enjoy the articles below and post others you like in the comments.




Morning Reads for Thursday, March 14

Ha.  It’s Cannibis Awareness Day at the Capitol.  The Cannibis Conference starts tomorrow.  Pretty fitting that it’s also Pi (and Munchies?) Day.




A Classy Press Release by Senator Carter

Nope – I’m not even being sarcastic.  I’ll give credit where it’s due.  Senator Carter’s press release was a nice touch.  p.s. The next gubernational race: #inittowinit


Today, Governor Deal announced his selections for the reconstituted DeKalb School Board. The number of people and the overall quality in the applicant pool speaks volumes about the people of DeKalb and how much we care about our community.

On paper, the six new appointed members are an undeniably impressive group. Read about the new members here. Whatever you think about the process that put these members in place, we all need to come together to support them to ensure that the school system maintains accreditation for our students.

I personally plan to attend the swearing-in ceremony today if it doesn’t conflict with my Senate committee schedule. Going forward, I will do everything I can to support this board and its work.

I know that there are differing views on the law that allowed the governor to remove the elected board members and replace them, but we can all agree that we have to move forward and do what is best for the children of DeKalb County. That’s what I intend to do.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Senator Jason Carter

Backpedalin’. Gingrey recants.

No.  We saw you.  We see you.

Jim Galloway explains Congressman Gingrey’s PR move of completely recanting two messages that tick off both gun owners and women.

1.  We hope your shoulder feels better.  I was one of the many people who shook your hand Saturday morning.  You’re my Congressman.  I thank you for your service.

2.  I had a one hour convo today of yet another person saying “He’s in.”  So, we can shuffle past the Gingrey said he remains undecided about making the race – but is “leaning” toward running.

3.  Your constituents can appreciate As for his comments on rape and abortion, Gingrey referred to them as “stupid.”

4.  Your constituents can also appreciate “I have come to the conclusion that [limiting clip capacity] clearly would be a mistake — that it would not solve the problem,” he said.

Just sayin’ – let your Yea be Yea and your Nay be Nay.  Fair enough.  You’re holding out on an announcement to continue raising money in your Congressional coffers, but Congressman Gingrey, with due respect, I don’t want you as my Senator.  We need a new voice of the party.

Does Georgia Have an Olivia Pope?

I’m posting this at lunch since it’s certainly not a “newsworthy” topic.

Georgia Politicos,

If Georgia has an “Olivia Pope” [Judy Smith], I haven’t met her and certainly want to.  She’ll get a Lady’s Agreement that I won’t write about our coffee talk.  Email me.  bridget.cantrell at gmail dot com.



Squatters and Squawkers

Sigh :/  Way to keep your eye on the ball, boys.  Here are highlights of a sword fight between the staffs of Senators Chambliss and Heller as reported by Meridith Shiner at Roll Call.  Congressman Broun also got brought into it.

  • As part of the biennial Senate office lottery, junior members are obligated to show their office suites to more senior members, who then have 24 hours to decide whether to claim that space as their own.
  • Heller’s office suite — which he inherited after the scandal-fueled resignation of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. — may be particularly attractive to other senators because its floor plan includes a larger-than-average member office.
  • Heller staffers repeatedly tried to keep them from seeing the spacious member office.
  • A visit from Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ staffers was particularly contentious.
  • When asked to see Heller’s suite, Chambliss had not yet announced his decision to retire in 2014. Heller Chief of Staff Mac Abrams joked that Chambliss’ staff should ask Rep. Paul Broun if he would like the suite.
  • According to some sources told about the exchange, Heller’s chief of staff then offered $10,000 in campaign contributions from the senator’s PAC if Chambliss declined to take the suite.

County Convention Open Thread

UPDATE: Here are Cobb County proposed resolutions.  Meh – I don’t like all of them as worded, but you likely don’t either.  We’ll just each have to give a little.

Is everyone on their way to County Conventions today??  I’m here and ready to greet you.  The wifi is strong, young Skywalker – YES.  The code to the public wifi is “rsbcrsbc”.

Cobb’s convention might get exciting today.  We had a last minute person drop out of the Chairman race (Darryl Wilson) and a last minute addition to the race (Oleg Ivutin).  He sent this video to all of the delegates Thursday night.

Keep us posted on what’s going on at your conventions too.

Fireworks could become legal in Georgia

Maggie Lee informs us a bill to legalize fireworks hits the floor today.


  • ATLANTA — The great Georgia tradition of an annual drive to Alabama to load up on Independence Day fireworks may soon end if a state Senate move to legalize the explosives is successful in a Tuesday vote.
  • Taxes on the fireworks would raise an estimated $5 million annually to be split between firefighter training and trauma care.
  • The measure is carried in a pair of Senate documents in tandem: Senate Bill 229 describes what would be legal and how it would be regulated. Senate Resolution 378 contains the proposed constitutional amendment that voters would be asked to approve on their November 2014 ballots.
  • If the statewide referendum passes, each Georgia city and county that wants to authorize sales of Roman candles, firecrackers and the like would then need to write local rules about where fireworks could be sold.
  • Mullis’ latest draft, subject to change, would ban seasonal sparkler-selling tents that appear in shopping center parking lots ahead of every Fourth of July. It’s on the grounds that without sprinklers, they are not as safe as buildings, and it’s easier for such temporary operations to dodge taxes and licensing.