We’re told that Vice President Joe Biden will be in Atlanta on Bastille Day, July 14, for a fund-raiser intended to benefit both the Democratic National Committee and a future Barack Obama re-election campaign.
Bring your liberty caps and knitting.
Speaking in Augusta on Thursday, Secretary of State Karen Handel, the GOP candidate for governor, in essence took up the arguments that Democrats (and city and county officials) have made over the last two years. Perhaps trying to get ahead of the county tax bills that have already started going out.
True tax reform, Ms. Handel said, is more than making cuts at a state level that force counties and school boards to shoulder the burden of recouping lost revenues.
“That’s not tax reform,” she said. “That’s called a shell game.”
Atlanta’s oldest and largest corporate giant has found itself entangled in the volatile politics of Venezuela and its president. The country’s health minister has banned the sale of Coca-Cola Zero, claiming the no-calorie soft drink contains harmful ingredients.
This is the paragraph that stands out in the report from AP:
The measure against Coca-Cola is only the latest episode in a long list of troubles assailing the company in Venezuela. A group of former workers, backed by legislators aligned with President Hugo Chavez, caused intermittent stoppages in bottling and distribution plants last year, hampering the company’s operations, according to Dow Jones.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, the Republican from Marietta, has been in a physician-on-physician slugfest with Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
According to The Hill, a D.C. newspaper:
It all started earlier this week when physician-turned-Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said he had recently read that Dean’s wife, Dr. “Elizabeth” Steinberg, was no longer taking Medicaid patients because the government reimbursement rates are too low.
Dean fired back on Wednesday, saying, “Dr. Gingrey is just plain wrong. He’s an embarrassment. First of all, my wife is not named Elizabeth, as her name is Judith. Second of all, she does accept Medicaid patients, so this fellow simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s a good thing he’s in Congress, because I’d hate to see what he’d do to patients.”
Ouch. Gingrey conceded that Dean might be right on his own wife’s name. But he replied:
“Has Howard Dean talked to his wife in the last 12 years? It has been well documented, based on a letter she authored to her patients in 1998, that Dr. Steinberg was forced to end her participation with the state’s largest Medicaid managed program due to low re-imbursement rates. ….
“Under socialized medicine, patients will suffer … they’re going to suffer in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and they’re going to suffer in California and Texas and New York. And they’ll suffer in South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan … and then they’ll suffer in Washington D.C. Byah!”
The “byah!” threw us, until we looked at that clip of Dean’s meltdown during the 2004 presidential campaign. Phonetically, Gingrey got it right.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Those NCR grants that state officials wouldn’t talk about? $13 million. Principal at DeKalb County school resigns over CRCT probe. Condo project at Lindbergh MARTA station faces foreclosure. Vernon Jones testifyies at hearing for fired DeKalb police chief. Kasim Reed campaigns for end to cop, firefighter furloughs in Atlanta. Cutbacks force changes in U.S. mail delivery times. Vote on killing vanpools delayed as riders speak up. Delta cuts seats and routes amid recession, rising oil prices.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
IA: Charles Bullock on Roy Barnes redux. LaGrange News: State DOT won’t pay for haul routes to Kia site.
WSJ: Peggy Noon on How Republicans got cast as the party of “angry white males.” WP: Obama Administration gives up on bringing cleared inmates to the U.S. NYT: On the first comedy show entirely taped, edited and broadcast in a war zone. Without cheesecake.
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