Category: Administrivia

After Elections, There Is Transition

As Erick Erickson has faded into black, and I have assumed the keys to this fine establishment, I just wanted to take a moment to update our readers on what they can expect going forward here at Peach Pundit.

Starting today, we’ll be adding new contributors.  We’ll feature one new person each weekday this week and most of next.   This will be the largest addition we’ve had since the inception of Peach Pundit, yet small enough that I believe we’ll preserve the character and characters that make us unique.

In the recent weeks, we’ve had Erick, Chris Farris, Jace and Tyler make their exit, so there was a clear need to reload.  In addition, we are going to get back to our roots where we are the place to discuss Georgia politics, with all sides and political parties represented.   We also recognize the need for fresh faces and opinions.  As such, while many of the new contributors do comment here on occasion, we have looked mainly beyond our commenting community for our new stable of writers.

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It is that time

I have an announcement to make. Set your clocks for 7pm ET this Friday.

In my ongoing quest to become competent enough to maybe one day sit behind a certain golden microphone, I’ve kept guest hosting here in Macon.

On Friday, however, I’ll be headed up to Atlanta to sit in for Herman Cain on his radio show. WSB, the station, which also happens to presently be the most listened to talk radio station in the country, is now not just giving me 50,000 watts to abuse, but an FM station as well.

That’s right — the show is simulcast, i.e. causing liberals to cry out even more about those awful conservative talk radio guys taking over.

Consider this an open thread.

Going Fishing

Yep, stealing the headline from Jim Galloway. I hope he won’t mind. He’ll have to find me if he does.

The sun will rise in the East shortly, and then some workers in Fulton County and possibly Gwinnett will total the last remaining absentee ballots. More than likely, my candidate for the top of the Republican candidate “did not win”.

I’ll be taking some of my own advice that I’ve given others here at various times, and taking a break before commenting on yesterday’s election, or the November one. I have a lot of “real” work to catch up on, and hopefully a short trip when that is under control. Regardless, I’m out for about a week or so.

A few of you will miss me. Others, not so much.

In the mean time, congrats to those who did win tonight. I’ll see you guys later.

Reality Check

For those of you who have not heard, my book is coming out in two months. Some of you have emailed to ask why my front page postings have been lighter than normal, both here and at RedState. Well, now you know — I’ve been writing, just not here.

You can pre-order Red State Uprising: How to Take Back America right here via the RedState Store at Amazon.

Below are the opening paragraphs (subject to editing) to give you a flavor of what the book is about. And yes, the first chapter is a denunciation of the GOP’s failures over the past decade. I have a hard time intellectually attacking the Democrats for stuff the GOP did without also beating up the GOP. So my co-author, Lew Uhler, and I take them both on and provide some ideas to fix the problems.

Here’s the opening:

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A Note About Spam And Threadjacking

We’re a week away from a primary. Emotions are high. We get that.

Just because you feel strongly about your candidate or a point, does not mean that you can post the same comment (or in today’s case, a youtube link without text or description) across NINE threads.

JDW is no longer with us. His/her posting rights may be restored after the primary.

Mayo, True Grit, and a few others take note. Make your point, once, in an appropriate thread. Pasting the same note over and over across threads will not be tolerated. And threadjacking will be on a tighter leash for the next week as well.

Also, anyone posting a link to an outside site without any context as to what that link contains will have that comment sent to the trash.

These are the rules. Live with them or you’ll go away for a while.

Yeah, yeah, Galloway nailed me

Except for a few minor details:

1. I didn’t string the story out to drive traffic to Peach Pundit.

2. I didn’t use it to sabotage a campaign two weeks before the election.

3. I’m not the one claiming I had sex with a legislator and then refusing to talk about it while talking about it.

It’s one thing to want your party to take steps to clean itself up. It’s an entirely different thing to want to make yourself the star of the show by bragging you banged a hot chick running for Governor right before the election.

Oh, and nobody paid me.

I guess Jim doesn’t get shades of gray. Must be a Republican.

Ronald Daniels to the Front

We’ve promoted Ronald Daniels to the front page of Peach Pundit. Having unceremoniously promoted Tyler to more than just an intern, we need someone else now to fetch us beer and cigars. Tyler’s gotten a big head with the promotion and all that.

Let the hazing commence.

Some news to share with you guys

I’ve been dying to tell you all for a while and this explains why I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been busy.

Erick Erickson Joins CNN’s Roster of Political Contributors
Erickson to Appear Regularly on John King, USA, beginning March 22

Prominent conservative commentator and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, it was announced today by Sam Feist, CNN political director and vice president of Washington-based programming. Erickson will appear weeknights on John King, USA, which launches Monday, March 22, as well as provide perspective and commentary to other programs across the network.

“I grew up in Dubai and then in rural Louisiana as an obsessive news junkie. CNN was the only place to go for nonstop news,” said Erickson. “Joining CNN is like coming home and being in Atlanta makes the decision right for me and my family.”

“Erick’s a perfect fit for John King, USA, because not only is he an agenda-setter whose words are closely watched in Washington but as a person who still lives in small-town America, Erick is in touch with the very people John hopes to reach,” said Feist. “With Erick’s exceptional knowledge of politics as well as his role as a conservative opinion leader, he will add an important voice to CNN’s ideologically diverse group of political contributors.”

Erick Erickson currently serves as editor-in-chief of RedState.com, a property of Eagle Publishing, Inc. Under his leadership, RedState.com has become the preeminent right of center community online. Prior to leading RedState.com, Erickson practiced law for six years and managed a number of political campaigns, and he currently serves as a member of the Macon, Georgia city council. He studied political science and history earning a bachelor’s degree at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Erickson also earned his juris doctorate from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

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For more information, visit www.CNNPressroom.com.

DADT, Jason Nye, and Fan Mail


It’s a banner day here at the Tanalach Media, LLC World Headquarters, and especially the PeachPundit publishing division.

Today, we received our first letter to the editor via US Snail Mail. Well, actually it was addressed to “Jason Nye” – the pseudonym given to our own Jason Pye by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

The writer graciously sent a copy of their DADT-concerned correspondence recently sent to Senator Chambliss. Permission was not explicitly given to use their name, but I’ve included the correspondence as a counter-balance to Jason’s DADT post from last week.

Over the years I’ve seen literally thousands of letters to the editor at RedState and PeachPundit, but it’s just much more meaningful to receive them the old fashioned way.

Update on Advertising

We’ve had great interest on the ad slots over there in the middle column, and as you can see they are filling up. Thanks to all of our advertisers, and don’t forget to take a look at the ads and click through if something interests you. The Google text ads are fillers when we don’t have anything else to show, but they help keep the lights on. Don’t neglect those either, if you have a few minutes to support our advertisers and want to support PP in the process.

There was tremendous interest in the Premium (top) slot through the Primaries – what a shock – and we will likely be putting that slot up for auction as July gets closer. In the meantime, we’re filling slots as requests come in.

If you’re interested in advertising for a specific time frame during 2010, please contact me and inquire about a reservation. I want to make sure we fill as many requests as possible. We will definitely be seeing traffic increase greatly in 2010, and will be getting lots of national exposure, so consider us for your candidate/business/issue ads.

For more information, just visit our advertising page.

About The Threadjacks

We’ve generally taken a lighter hand to threadjacks around here, especially when we’re not in either a session of the General Assembly or approaching election day.

We’ve got a lot of new folks visiting and reading, and we’re going to do our best to stay on topic.

You will too.

If you feel compelled to talk about something other than the topic of the thread discussion, look for an OPEN THREAD. If any of the front pagers direct you to one, I would suggest you go. Consider that (and this) your warning.

Those who choose to ignore it will be given a time of quiet reflection.

OPEN THREAD:

Tyler Burgess Joins the Front Page

Today we begin a special hazing period at Peach Pundit. We’ve made Tyler Burgess our errand boy. You’ll be seeing the innocuously named “Tyler” on the front page.

We intend to do lots of hazing. It should be plenty fun. Icarus has decided his schedule is just too demanding and he needed to be able to have someone else take the bullets for him on occasion.

Also, we did make Tyler sign the affidavit that all he saw was Casey Cagle getting his shoes tied by someone else. He swears that’s all he saw.

As the session starts, by the way, we’ll be circulating blank affidavits among all the staff at the Capitol so everyone can sign affidavits as to what they saw, thought they saw, did not see, or whatever.

Should be great fun. Then we can all slide them under Casey Cagle’s door.