Much going on today:
— Last night, an entity called Southern Polling Group gave an automated phone to the house in Kennesaw.
One couldn’t call it a push-poll, but it was oriented toward the Republican race for governor, and did ask respondents to choose a candidate: Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, or state Rep. Austin Scott.
The key point of the survey could be found in these two questions: Do you consider Gov. Sonny Perdue to be a “solid conservative,” and would you prefer “a solid conservative” as governor?
A Google search, by the by, turns up nothing called the Southern Polling Group.
— Tim Echols, a Christian conservative in Athens who had been considering a run to replace state Sen. Ralph Hudgens (R-Hull), has decided against the move. “It’s the wrong time for me with my young family,” Echols said.
Echols was one of the organizers opposing the Sunday sales bill in the Legislature this session. Hudgens is vacating the seat to run for state insurance commissioner.
— Nearly every Republican politician/candidate for office has sent word that he/she will be at a tea party near you. Far too many to name.
The earliest event at the state Capitol (so far) is a 3:30 p.m. session with former House majority leader Dick Armey. Newt Gingrich won’t be here, but Dave Ryan, president of American Solutions — the Gingrich-created group and a sponsor of the event — will be.
Travis Fain of the Macon Telegraph this morning has an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, who’ll be broadcasting his show from here at 9 p.m.
Here’s an interesting swath:
TELEGRAPH: How many of the things that you and Rush Limbaugh, other talk show hosts — how much of what you say is an absolute belief and how much is to draw in readers, listeners and viewers?
HANNITY: I can tell you Sean Hannity doesn’t — you know, everything I say is true. I’m surprised you’d even ask that question. You mean you think I would contrive opinion just to get reaction?
TELEGRAPH: I wouldn’t say… I certainly wouldn’t say that. But it is an entertainment business, although you’re in the news business. There has to be a, sort of, flair to it. I’ll give you an example if you like. … Today on your show I heard you say that Barack Obama has this country headed for a total economic collapse, much worse than anything we’re experiencing now, within the next few years.
HANNITY: What I was saying there is, when I add up all those numbers that I just mentioned to you… and I look at the Congressional Budget Office analysis, which for years was the gold standard in terms of predicting what the deficit and the impact on the economy economic plans are going to have … and they’re telling me that the numbers are not sustainable. … That is a formula for economic — potential economic — collapse. … You can’t really fully, completely predict. But I was saying that in the context, with the texture of, these numbers are frightening.
While you ponder that, consider these articles found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Talk of re-forming Milton County divides Fulton leaders. Fixed for four no more — university tuition no longer protected from increases. But UGA spring enrollment is up 2.5 percent. State okays $1.6 million for an Albany museum — that’s not for sale. Homeland Security official from McDonough convicted of taking bribe. Newt Gingrich and the possibility of a White House run in 2012.
Cynthia Tucker says it’s time to end the Cuba embargo. Dick Armey and Karl Frisch argue over whether today’s tea party are a grass roots movement, or a Fox News event. Bob Barr on the pirate menace that’s still out there.
And from elsewhere:
Politico: Ron Paul’s great idea to fend off pirates — letters of marque, just like in romance novels. Daily Beast: Why conservatives worry over Glenn Beck. NYT: U.S. frustrated by the flow of guns to Mexican cartels.
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