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.
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Lottery staff gets bigger bonuses. Voter discontent is key in Atlanta mayoral election. Driver Services makes getting a license easier. State steps up seatbelt enforcement starting Monday. Union issues still vex Delta.
Kyle Wingfield says that, before moving on transit, we need to know where we’re going. Cynthia Tucker on keeping health care for already-born children. Strong China ties are vital to the economy.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
InsiderAdvantage: Hang On, the state’s budget crunch is about to get worse. Moultrie Observer: GBI Crime lab is targeted – again.
WSJ: Rockets aimed at French General kill three children in Afghan market. WP: In Yemen, cleric tells of e-mail exchanges, says he did not instigate Fort Hood rampage. NYT: Drug makers raise prices in face of health care reform.
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