Gooood morning from Nashvegas! Up and at’em.
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.
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
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 :/
It’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.
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.
Good 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.
- Powerball jackpot shoots to $320 million
- ICYDK: Total Wine – Perimeter hosts a free wine tasting (6 kinds) every Thurs, Fri, and Sat from 11am-7pm. You’re welcome.
- Garden & Gun: Battle of the Brands – a food bracket to complement March Madness.
- Why you should stop giving out your zip code: When you swipe a credit card at the cash register, the merchant receives only your name, card number and expiration date. But once you pair your ZIP code with your name, it can help the merchant discover your mailing adress or phone number.
- Women’s wage gap worsens across the U.S.: It’s a little funny that a one cent drop is “news”, but in general, making 20% less than a man for the same job is irritating.
- The 15 Greatest Understatements Of All Time: It is not, perhaps, entirely surprising that more than half of these people are British.
- With Google Keep, Google Tries To Kill Evernote
Ha. It’s Cannibis Awareness Day at the Capitol. The Cannibis Conference starts tomorrow. Pretty fitting that it’s also Pi (and Munchies?) Day.
- Eff. You. and your (max)ePad Femme, Eurostar.
- I’m currently reading Brian Tracy’s No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline. It apparently takes seven years, or 10,000 hours of hard work, to get to the top of any field.
- I also really liked @Melissaabbey‘s GA Lawmakers list on Twitter, so I made most of my lists public. The Politics: Georgia and Newsfeed: Georgia lists will probably be of the most interest to you.
- Leaning In: Women of ABC News. Yep, I’m totally on board the Sheryl Sandberg train – toot toot. Here’s her 2010 TEDTalk that started it all. Ladies, it’s completely worth the 15 mins.
- Google Reader, the eight-year-old RSS reader that became an industry standard, has been given a funeral date: July 1st, 2013. Here are some alternatives.
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
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.
I’m posting this at lunch since it’s certainly not a “newsworthy” topic.
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.
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.
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.
Plenty of morning reads below the fold, but this video generally sums up yesterday’s news.
UPDATE: @SenRandPaul ends #filibuster at 12:39 a.m. ET March 7 after starting it at 11:47 a.m. March 6 #standwithrand
Are you guys watching Sen Rand Paul on C-SPAN? He’s filibustin’ a move. Heh.
Sen Ted Cruz, who was quite literally standing with Sen. Rand Paul several hours into his filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director, relieved his colleague by reciting a selection of #StandWithRand tweets.
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.