Your morning jolt: ATL police union to endorse Kasim Reed for mayor

The Sunday Paper starts a critical week in the runoff for mayor of Atlanta with news that the city’s police union, which originally pledged its support to Lisa Borders, has revised its alliance:

“The IBPO supports Senator Reed for Mayor because he clearly understands the urgent need for more officers to be added to the police force. In order to keep our city safe, we cannot be under-manned and under-resourced,” says Kreher, a 17-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department and national vice president of IBPO.

The endorsement will be made official at an abandoned recreation center [Monday]….

Norwood’s vote in 2008 against a half-mill tax increase that would have made this year’s police furloughs unnecessary and her vote last June against the increase that ended the furloughs both figured heavily into the 1,100-member union’s decision.

“Mrs. Norwood cast two votes that caused police to be furloughed, leaving our communities vulnerable to crime and gangs,” says Kreher. “Senator Reed has a commitment and a plan to keep this from happening again.”

If you want to lose a bundle of money quickly, and don’t have time for Las Vegas, the solution is simple. Tick off a federal judge. This from today’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land directed the U.S. attorney to collect $20,000 in sanctions from “birther” attorney Orly Taitz the day after her deadline passed to pay the money.

Land’s Friday order and judgment stem from a Sept. 17 motion Taitz filed on behalf of former client Capt. Connie Rhodes, who sought to stop her deployment to Iraq on arguments that President Barack Obama couldn’t legitimately hold office. Land told Taitz the previous day that she could face sanctions if she ever again filed another “frivolous” suit in his court. When Taitz filed the motion for emergency stay, Land gave Taitz two weeks to explain why he shouldn’t sanction her $10,000.

In his Friday order, Land slapped on another $10,000 and gave her until Thursday to pay.

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times posed this question in the context of massive federal debt and a $787 stimulus package:

Should the American taxpayer foot the bill to enshrine the gas station run by the late Billy Carter — the beer-swilling, wisecracking, self-professed redneck brother of our 39th president?

Located in the middle of tiny Plains — still the world’s most famous peanut town some 28 years after the Carter presidency — the station was transformed into a museum last year by a civic group that owns the property.

Most locals agree it has been rendered cleaner and more pleasant than it was under Billy’s proprietorship, when it served as an improvised beer joint, gambling hall and grease-stained agora for homespun philosophizing…..

It became the setting for story after story about Jimmy’s little brother, Billy, his down-home manners and epigrammatic wit (e.g., “Beer is not a good cocktail-party drink — especially in a home where you don’t know where the bathroom is”) and the candidate’s rural roots.

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  • State steps up seatbelt enforcement starting Monday.
  • Union issues still vex Delta.
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    49 comments Add your comment

    GoOx

    November 16th, 2009
    8:58 am

    Nathan Deal, Real Ghetto, Steal is a birther, can the federal judge disqualify him from running for office?

    City Hall

    November 16th, 2009
    9:05 am

    Another excellent endorsement for Kasim Reed. It’s interesting how Mary Norwood has all the sudden claimed to be a champion of public safety when she voted to furlough police and fire because she “didn’t have enough information”. And then turned around and voted to end the furloughs, after several deaths in the city, based on the same information.
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    Jackson

    November 16th, 2009
    9:05 am

    Lisa Borders was polling 27% until the IBPO endorsed her, then she finished with 14%

    Atlanta police are about as good at political endorsements as they are at fighting crime.

    Cliff

    November 16th, 2009
    9:09 am

    Ut oh…Kasim Reed is starting the week just as he ended the last one…with considerable momentum. I wonder if Norwood will disappear again mid-week when the heat turns up.

    Teela

    November 16th, 2009
    9:10 am

    Mary voted to not raise taxes, you idiot…not furlough the police.

    I now know the game of misinformation that Galloway’s blog produces….

    Just lies and continued lies.

    AH

    November 16th, 2009
    9:12 am

    I don’t mind the endorsement game all that much, except when it comes to the police and fire. They have to guess who they think will be the winner and also try not to piss of all the other candidates just encase they happen to win. I wish the politicians would stop putting these people in these kinds of situations.

    TruthBeTold

    November 16th, 2009
    9:12 am

    Kasim Reed was the defense attorney for Cracker Barrel restaurants against class-action discrimination suits. He makes his living representing large corporations accused of discrimination against minorities, women and gays.

    Corporations are entitled to a legal defense, but attorneys that make their living trying to deny employees civil rights, like Reed, are not entitled to lead the cradle of the civil rights movement.

    I encourage all Norwood supporters to spread the word about who Kasim Reed really is. Here is the link:

    http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0546.html

    newA

    November 16th, 2009
    9:15 am

    Reed has so much momentum it is unbelievable… It appears everyone is lining up behind his candidacy. He will win by a large margin.

    Deborah

    November 16th, 2009
    9:20 am

    Unfortunately, it’s the same union that refused to cooperate with the citizen review board, which “was created after the police shot and killed 92-year-old grandmother Kathryn Johnston in her own home after obtaining an illegal search warrant and later planting evidence of drugs in her home to cover it up.”

    http://www.ajc.com/opinion/atlanta-police-fight-new-191381.html

    http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/atlanta-police-officers-refuse-124567.html

    The Late Maynord Jackson

    November 16th, 2009
    9:21 am

    My man, Kasim Reed, has this sewn up. The Jackson Machine will deliver the votes.. 4 MORE YEARS, 4 MORE YEARS

    PoliticOracle

    November 16th, 2009
    9:23 am

    @Jackson

    Lisa Borders won the IBPO endoresement on August 30th and she was polling at 27% in a poll released on 10/9/09

    SEE LINK: http://www.insideradvantage.com/polls/P3/

    Just thought i’d share the information with you. She was comfortably in second until the last week of October and anyone with the slightest degree of political accumen knows the IBPO endorsement did not cause Ms. Borders to tank. It was her poorly run campaign.

    Stop spreading bad information! And if you don’t understand this process, SHUT UP!

    Native

    November 16th, 2009
    9:28 am

    Mary Norwood has been on the City Council for 8 years and can’t find one peer to endorse her candidacy. How in the world does she expect to convince them to work with her as mayor? She’ll be just as ineffective as she was as a councilperson.

    Can't handle the truth

    November 16th, 2009
    9:28 am

    What the Kasim crowd won’t address is, even if he does have more talent and ability than Norwood, how can the average working citizen trust Kasim, when he made the choice to use that talent and ability to defend corporations who have discriminated against working class citizens?

    PoliticOracle

    November 16th, 2009
    9:35 am

    @Deborah

    Are you suggesting that all 1100 members of IBPO are responsible for the Neal St. fiasco? Because if i’m not mistaken it was carried out by a band of rogue officers and their names are; Jason R. Smith, Gregg Junnier and Arthur Tesler. The members of the IBPO were opposed to the files being opened to the citizens review board, because the investigation was still active and the handing over of the files could endanger those officers’ rights to due process. Every man is entitled to his day in court and the actions of those rogue officers should not be an indictment against the whole force. These are the men and women that put their lives on the line everyday fighting the war against crime in Atlanta.

    Again, please don’t bash APD because your candidate did’t EARN the support of IBPO.

    BTW, Did anyone hear that Norwood has been using OUR city-owned fire engines to campaign with? I will be researching whether or not this is legal and I would think if they can be requisitioned for birthday parties, her campaign could indeed rent them as well but I want to be sure.

    Can't handle the truth

    November 16th, 2009
    9:40 am

    Why has Reed’s former law firm removed all references to his work in defending corporations such as Cracker Barrel in their discriminatory practices? Aren’t they proud of him and his work?

    Isn’t Reed proud of his work? Why won’t Reed address the average working citizens of Atlanta and explain how proud he was to represent a company like Cracker Barrel when they willingly engaged in discriminatory practices? Doesn’t he think that the average working citizen will be proud of him for his work?

    Jackalope

    November 16th, 2009
    9:41 am

    The IBPO has endorsed the losing candidate for something like the past 8 Mayoral elections.

    AND the 1,100 members don’t vote. The 6 or 8 member board votes. Norwood’s Fire Endorsement was won with an actual VOTE of the members of the Union.

    Daughter of the Confederacy

    November 16th, 2009
    9:41 am

    Mary doesn’t need those endorsements. She’ll have our votes!

    Stanley

    November 16th, 2009
    9:49 am

    It’s time for a white mayor…end of story.

    Can't handle the truth

    November 16th, 2009
    9:51 am

    A careful reading of Deborah’s post shows she didn’t blame the IBPO for the Neal St. shootings. She merely pointed out that they have not been fully cooperative with the Citizen Review Board. They may or may not have good reasons to do so, but to point out that they have does not mean that Deborah has blamed them for the Neal St. shootings.

    A quick reading of her post make that obvious. Just like a quick reading of the link above shows that Reed defended corporations like Cracker Barrel in their discriminatory practices against average working citizens. Why won’t Reed address the average working citizens of Atlanta and explain to them why he is so proud of his work to represent corporations who discriminate against average working citizens, and as a result, why voters should trust his intentions?

    Deborah

    November 16th, 2009
    9:54 am

    PoliticOracle, I never conflate an organization with “the men and women (blah, blah, blah…snip)” that it nominally represents.

    However, you seem to confuse them continually.

    And it’s not just that “fiasco” as you call it, either, as the union was opposed to the oversight process itself: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/atlanta-police-fight-new-191381.html

    PoliticOracle

    November 16th, 2009
    9:55 am

    Did y’all know Kasim Reed had little to do with Pennington’s hiring? This is news to me and this information is very settling to me, since so many of Reed’s detractors like to lay our unpopular police chief at Reed’s feet.

    SEE LINK: http://www.ibpolocal623.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=310:sam-pettway-the-man-who-brought-richard-pennington-to-atlanta-speaks-out&catid=69:the-sunday-paper&Itemid=128

    The article is very interesting and it details the process by which Pennington was brought to Atlanta.

    @Jackalope

    Please substantiate your claim of IBPO endorsing losing candidates and your claim about their board not selecting who they endorse. Also, please show where you got the information from regarding the Fire Unions process. I have a funny story from you after Dec. 1 about how I found out your identity. Atlanta is truly a small world.

    Can't handle the truth

    November 16th, 2009
    10:00 am

    Notice how many talking points the Reed crowd tries to come up with, they still won’t discuss why the average working citizen in Atlanta should have faith in a person who made a living defending corporations such as Cracker Barrel, in their discriminatory practices against the average working citizen.

    Aren’t they proud of Reed for defending corporations and trying to shield them from the legal consequences of their discriminatory actions against working class citizens?

    Substansial substantiation

    November 16th, 2009
    10:12 am

    All this talk of substantiation. Well one thing you can substantiate easily, is that Reed defended corporations like Cracker Barrel in their discriminatory practices against average working citizens.

    Well maybe you can’t substantiate it as easily as you could before Reed ran for mayor, because for some reason the references to Reed’s work have been removed from the law firm’s website.

    Aren’t they proud of Reed? Won’t the average working citizen of Atlanta be reassured by the fact that Reed worked to defend corporations that abused the rights of average working citizens?

    PoliticOracle

    November 16th, 2009
    10:19 am

    @Deborah

    How in the hell is it conflation, when 1100 of APD’s 1700 officers are members of this union? You Norwood supporters are getting really desperate. Do not bash the officers in APD, especially those rank-in-file members that have little to do with some of the bad decisions being made by senior staff. Scott Kreher was everyone’s hero when he was fighting back Mayor Franklin and Chief Pennington and not that the Union has decided against the candidate that FLAT Stanley (a few posts up) describes as the white mayor that Atlanta needs, the IBPO isn’t important anymore. Get out of here with that crap.

    I want to know if it was legal for Norwood to use city-owned vehicles for campaign purposes.

    Jim Daws

    November 16th, 2009
    10:25 am

    The fire engine the firefighter’s union is using is an old 1973 Mack that is not owned, and never has been owned by City of Atlanta. It was long ago surplused from another department. We rented it from a collector.

    But you already knew that.

    findog

    November 16th, 2009
    10:32 am

    LA Times got it wrong
    Billy Carter was a self-professed good old boy not a red neck
    The difference being that a red neck threw his empty beer cans out the window as he drove around in his pick up truck, while a good old boy put the empties back in the bag…

    TruthBeTold

    November 16th, 2009
    11:08 am

    The silence from Reed’s supporters in response to his legal work represneting Cracker Barrel and other corporations from discrimination lawsuits is deafening.

    FEMA response

    November 16th, 2009
    11:44 am

    The silence from Reed’s supporters when it comes to how the average working citizen can trust Reed, when Reed has defended corporations who abused the rights of the average working citizen is so deafening, that FEMA has ordered ear protection devices for Atlanta citizens. That’s how deafening the silence is.

    Jim Galloway are you afraid to go where other journalists have dare to tread and discuss this important story?

    Oracle gets desparate

    November 16th, 2009
    11:53 am

    As has been pointed out, Deborah never accused the IBPO of any wrongdoing with the Neal St. shootings. Deborah merely pointed out that the IBPO has not been fully cooperative with the Citizen Review Board. This has been well documented elsewhere.

    Therefore Deborah is only pointing out that Reed has received the endorsement of an organization that has not been fully cooperative with the Citizen Review Board. That they may have good reasons for not being fully cooperative does not change that fact.

    To leap from that point to imply that Deborah asserts that the IBPO is somehow responsible for the Neat St. shootings is to totally misrepresent Deborah’s post.

    And that is what smells of desperation; a desperation to discuss anything except how the average working citizen of Atlanta will be well served by a mayor who made a living defending corporations like Cracker Barrel, when they attempted to trample the legal rights of average working citizens.

    BPJ

    November 16th, 2009
    12:14 pm

    Apparently the Norwood surrogates have settled on this as their talking point of the day: corporations accused of wrongdoing in a civil action are not entitled to representation. There’s no allegation of any unethical conduct here; just an assumption (without sorting through the evidence) that if an accusation of discrimination is made, it must be true.

    I suspect most Atlanta voters don’t want a mayor who just rolls over every time a lawsuit is filed by some city employees.

    Nice try BPJ guy or gal

    November 16th, 2009
    12:40 pm

    The evidence was sorted out. Cracker Barrel was found guilty.

    And no one claimed that Cracker Barrel didn’t deserve representation. As truth be told told it, corporations are entitled to a legal defense, but attorneys that make their living trying to deny employees civil rights, like Reed, are not entitled to lead the cradle of the civil rights movement.

    Aint’ that the truth!

    Reed supporter

    November 16th, 2009
    1:05 pm

    Wow look at Mary Norwood supporter so racist look evil never win.
    We out strong black and white are supporting Reed we are going to get the early votes out. We have people coming in town to help Reed get out the early votes. Mary Norwood is losen she need to give up because it going to be a good race. look if you going to give false lies about Reed well look at Mary Norwood record for 8 yrs in the city hall.

    AH

    November 16th, 2009
    1:22 pm

    what??? Can someone please help “Reed supporter”. I know we all misspell words or use them incorrectly on blogs. But what “Reed supporter” just wrote is just sad. It’s a cry for help so please if anyone has any free time this weekend to help tutor, please sign up so that we can all help out “Reed supporter”

    insider

    November 16th, 2009
    1:39 pm

    I don’t know one Atlanta cop that supports Kasim Reed to become the next mayor, and believe me I know a lot of Atlanta cops, I think its one person making a choice for 1100 in this case, terrible, I do not endorse Kasim reed one bit.

    Reed supporter

    November 16th, 2009
    2:14 pm

    AH >>>>>>>>>>you need help that why Norwood is losen because of people supporting her like you. I am going to send 10 people early vote Wednesday. My friends will be here tomorrow from Chicago, NY, Miami to help Reed get out the early votes.

    insider

    November 16th, 2009
    2:17 pm

    The 1098 of the officers in the IBPO do not endorse Kasim Reed for mayor. After Shirley Franklin and Pennington Abandoned us there is no way we endorse Kasim Reed who was Shirley Franklins Manager. Reed supporter you do need help, and I’m sorry the Atlanta Public schools did that to you.

    Midtown for Reed

    November 16th, 2009
    2:17 pm

    Wow look norwood losen in the poll

    Midtown for Reed

    November 16th, 2009
    2:19 pm

    Insider I bet you not a cop and sound racist

    insider

    November 16th, 2009
    2:39 pm

    yea im a racist…..

    My Lord!

    November 16th, 2009
    4:10 pm

    Enter your comments here

    My Lord!

    November 16th, 2009
    4:16 pm

    Its getting ugly. I belive if Kasim wins Buckhead will seek seccession from atlanta then we will definetly have a ghetto town and the black elites will not be able to save it not that they were trying to in the first place! look at all of the major cities run by our black men! Ghetto cities we need buckhead money. if mary wins her friends will stick around to clean up this mess that over 30 plus years of DEMOCRACY has done to atlanta Kaism take a walk on the wild side of atl u hav not campaigned in the rough neck places also congrats on your avalanches of endorsements but remember the more enorsements you get the more favors u owe u want this mayorship for a career a calculated political move up the next rung of the ladder u are not concerned about the average brother or drunk in southwest atl pissing in the alley! oh well…next comment

    insider

    November 16th, 2009
    10:07 pm

    Atlanta cops haven’t been allowed to vote on an endorsement yet. Our union’s executive board keep telling us who we endorse. Not one police officer, other than the executive board, has endorsed Reed or Borders.

    Aaron Burr V. Mexico

    November 17th, 2009
    4:19 am

    Any candidate that thinks that making Police take furloughs is an acceptable option earns my disgust. It was what turned me against Campbell and it is what has turned me against Norwood. Screw Mary Norwood.

    White Person for Reed

    November 17th, 2009
    8:39 am

    @insider
    “Not one”? There were at least 30 police officers at that Reed endorsement event and that was in the middle of a busy weekday when most of them are either working or, if they work morning watch, at home with their families. The fact that 30 of them bothered to jump through the hoops necessary to drive to the ‘hood in southwest Atlanta to show support for Reed says that yes, they DO endorse him and yes, they DO support Sgt. Kreher. They were hugging Kreher and shaking Reed’s hand, and they were very glad to hear Reed say he’s going to restore their step-pay increases, something that you might have noticed Norwood never, ever talks about. That woman doesn’t give a crap about police officers.

    Matt

    November 17th, 2009
    12:14 pm

    APD is so crooked – this is hardly a credible endorsement. They’re scared they may actually have to be held accountable to the Citizens who support their funding – the people who they are supposed to protect and defend – not terrorize. It’s just a shame that they rely on shady politicians to enable them and their inept organization.

    MED

    November 17th, 2009
    12:15 pm

    @White Person for Reed – you’re really PoliticOracle, aren’t you?

    Proud that Reed hammered out Cracker Barrel settlement

    November 18th, 2009
    8:59 am

    No, I’m not PoliticalOracle–I’m “proud that Reed…” and “White Person for Reed.” I thought I knew who PoliticalOracle was, but when I asked that person about it, he gave me a pretty convincing answer that he wasn’t. Who do you think that is?

    Proud that...

    November 18th, 2009
    9:02 am

    “Matt” is probably the unfortunate promulgator of an online publication no one reads because it posts pro-Norwood baloney “news” alongside ads bought and paid for by the candidate.

    Matt

    November 19th, 2009
    8:09 am

    Time for Change at APD…

    “Officers lied to a judge to get a search warrant for Johnston’s home. They shot her six times, handcuffed her, planted drugs in the house, and then tried to coerce a witness into telling their fabricated story. he event caused a deep breach of trust between police and citizens.”

    http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wabe/news.newsmain?action=article&ARTICLE_ID=1579776