Your morning jolt: Lisa Borders’ excellent idea

In Atlanta politics, there’s not a more thorough electronic venue than V103 – specifically, the “Frank and Wanda Show” in the morning.

Before Tuesday’s vote, the CBS radio station sponsored a 150-minute morning debate that featured all six candidates. This morning, the two mayoral runoff candidates – Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed – were given a combined hour of airtime.

Reed advertised – in a fashion as subtle as the Queen Mary — for Lisa Borders’ support during a discussion about improving the city’s economic situation:

My colleague Lisa Borders had a wonderful idea of focusing on micro-lending, which I thought was an excellent idea that she actually developed….

She talked about making small loans – certainly to women-owned businesses, and small businesses, to really get them [on] their feet. They don’t need $100,000 to start a business. They may need $10,000 and $15,000 or $20,000 to start that small business.

That’s an initiative that she actually developed, that I would like to continue to champion. Because during the campaign I thought it was an excellent idea.

Just to be clear: He really, really liked Lisa Border’s excellent idea.

We confess that we didn’t hear the entire session with Norwood. (How about an e-mail alert, people?) In the portion that we did catch, Frank Ski raised the issue of what the city of Atlanta has done to kill the entertainment industry.

“The bars  and clubs close too early to really be [a] vibrant city,” Ski said. “We did it under the premise of being safe and controlled.”

The radio host said he wanted to be on a committee to look into that. Norwood assured him that he would. “I’m already proposing a late night liquor license so that we can go back to later nights,” Norwood said. “But we need to have perimeter security.”

The problem isn’t what happens inside night clubs, she said, but outside.

Halloween’s over, but the scary times continue. This from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

RINGGOLD, Ga. — After months of creeping closer to normal, sales tax revenues in several North Georgia counties plummeted in the most recent reports.

Catoosa County Chief Financial Officer Carl Henson called the latest figures a “complete reversal” from the improvement he’s seen over the last few months.

Sales tax revenues for September were down about 24 percent from August in Catoosa and Whitfield counties, and down 32 percent in Walker County, records show.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, ever on the cutting edge of Internet technology, is participating in a 12-hour, web-based Republican marathon tackling the House Democratic health care reform plan. Kingston will host the 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. hours.

No death panels. They promise.

We do not know whether the Savannah congressman can cry like Jerry Lewis, or guffaw like Ed McMahon. But we’re willing to find out. Watch it here.

While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • How will Norwood-Reed runoff take shape?
  • Two Atlanta council races unresolved, Bond returning.
  • Federal officials: September’s flood ‘off the charts.’
  • I-75/I-575, I-285, Ga. 400, “Gwinnett Connector” toll projects proposed.
  • Citizen board asks Atlanta police chief to require officers’ testimony.
  • Hired as a man, fired as a woman.
  • Chambliss, Graham propose lawsuit reform as part of health care overhaul.
  • Some opinion:

  • Kyle Wingfield says that, in this runoff, “Hillary Norwood” is in for a fight.
  • Congress must get tough on banks.
  • Bad economy shakes American myths.
  • And from beyond:

  • WSJ: Iranian opposition hijacks day set aside for anti-U.S. celebration and turns it into rally against regime.
  • LAT: Pakistan has lost control of rogue military and intelligence officers, who are aiding militants.
  • WP: For Democrats, the soul-searching begins.
  • For instant updates, follow me on Twitter.

    9 comments Add your comment


    November 5th, 2009
    10:56 am

    Jim, the woman’s name is Borders. The possessive is Borders’ or Borders’s. I wouldn’t bug you about this, but you’re a professional writer, and you did it twice.


    November 5th, 2009
    11:03 am

    Thank goodness for the grammar police. Without him I may have not ever known what Jim was talking about.

    Uncle Tom

    November 5th, 2009
    11:25 am

    Can’t trust any man that shaves their moustache off.


    November 5th, 2009
    12:05 pm

    How about smoke-free bars, Ms. Norwood or Mr. Reed? ….. Every major city except us has done it …. even some SMALL cities in the South.

    November 5th, 2009
    12:23 pm

    Reed has nothing to worry about, he will win it all..

    Kenbud Isamoron

    November 5th, 2009
    1:34 pm

    Smoke free bars kill revenue you idiot. If you want to be in a smoke free environment stay home. Or get over it and realize it’s a bar. That decision should be up to bar owners and bar owners only not the government. The government need not make decisions for people all the time leave it up to the comsumer to dictate policy. If you want a smoke fre bar so bad and you think it could make money then open one and find out. Otherwise leave the bars alone and let them make some money, they already can’t stay open late enough.

    Robert Ross

    November 5th, 2009
    4:47 pm

    The microfund is a great idea and in fact there is one in place to serve minority and those in traditionally underserved parts of Atlanta. It was formed under the aegis of AHAND 10 years ago and has grown to independence in the last 2 years. It recently received CDFI status. This is not a new idea, but is something that anyone seriously running for mayor should be aware of. For more information, please contact Marvin Bryant at the Atlanta Microfund 404.525.8418


    November 6th, 2009
    2:48 pm

    How many types of businesses can you really start with $10 or $15k?
    Few if any.
    I would prefer other ideas.
    Now Rob Pitts had the rotten idea of asking banks to give foreclosed homes to policemen.
    Pitts open up YOUR wallet and give first, but I digress, he was at least on the right topic as
    I think it would be a great idea to have the city co-sign for these polcemen, firefighters and
    deputies. If they default the homes can go back to the city to sell.

    Howell T.

    November 7th, 2009
    2:39 pm

    It’s really pathetic how Ms.(corrupt) lisa borders is now selling herself to the highest bidder for an endorsement. It’s all about what reed and norwood can do for her. She is no different from the ex-mayoral-candidate that she alleged was trying to bribe her for his endorsement. Thank God Almighty she did not make it to the runoff’s.