The state’s unemployment rate jumped to more than 10 percent in June, the highest ever recorded in Georgia — though we’re fairly certain no one was counting during the Great Depression.
That’s nearly half a million people looking for work in this state, up 65 percent over June 2008.
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will testify at a U.S. Senate hearing (Johnny Isakson a ranking member) on Thursday. The topic will be re-training an army of American workers.
And this is where Georgia politics kicks in. We understand that Thurmond, who had been gearing up to enter the Democratic race for lieutenant governor, was recently offered a post within the U.S. Labor Department.
Thurmond is perhaps the most valued African-American stump speaker in the Georgia Democratic party, and plans have been afoot for him to run on an informal, biracial ticket with former Gov. Roy Barnes.
Thurmond has discussed the offer with Democratic lawmakers and other officials. Acceptance would give Gov. Sonny Perdue the chance to install a Republican incumbent before the 2010 campaign really heats up.
It is one thing to forget where you left your car keys. It is quite another to forget where you put Dad. This from Politico.com:
After initially saying that First Lady Michelle Obama’s father was among those buried at an Illinois cemetery where staffers are accused of digging up graves and dumping bodies, Obama’s spokeswoman now says that he is buried elsewhere.
“There has been some confusion that has been cleared up. Fraser Robinson III was buried at Lincoln Cemetery not Burr Oak,” Camille Johnston, Michelle Obama’s director of communications said in a statement. Johnston didn’t say how the confusion occurred.
Last week, while other Republicans in Washington were gearing up to grill Sonia Sotomayor, Newt Gingrich the Ultimate Gringo — who only recently mis-tweeted about the racism surrounding Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” line — opened up a Spanish-language Twitter account.
We mentioned it yesterday. But my trusty translator was quite impressed with Gingrich’s hewing to political correctness in one tweet, in which he referred to Americans as estadounidense.
You remember that, in John Wayne movies, the phrase was always americáno, which many Latin Americans felt left them out. Then there is the alternative term, norteamericano — but that refers to anyone north of the Mexican border, including Canadans.
The word “estadounidense,” which Gingrich employed, essentially means United-Statesian. And is considered least offensive.
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Perdue critic to speak at ALEC this week. Court knew man jailed for a year for non-support was not child’s father. 113 metro Atlanta schools didn’t make the mark this year. Alpharetta makes Money magazine’s high-income list. Fines delayed for Atlanta Botanical Garden bridge collapse. Group sues over early nuclear reactor fees. Baker rules that state agencies don’t have to adhere to local storm runoff rules. Verizon partners with AirSage to track traffic.
Your Luckovich fix. Cynthia Tucker says calls to fix traffic sound very familiar. Chambliss and Isakson: U.S. military needs the F-22 Raptor.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
InsiderAdvantage: Lawmakers meet with Perdue on budget, no word yet of special session. Creative Loafing: Shirley Franklin named to Homeland Security task force. ABC: LexisNexis data breach linked to New York mob family.
WP: Aid for auto dealers gains traction on Hill. NYT: Afghan war’s buried bombs put risk in every step. WSJ: Thomas Frank on poor, persecuted Sarah Palin.
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