Your morning jolt: Kasim Reed to make a Capitol appearance, with Ralph Long at his side

One day after a return to the state Senate, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will walk across the street again this morning for a visit to the state House – with considerably more pomp.

Reed, who served in both chambers during 12 years in the Legislature, will be escorted by a formal House committee of escort that might as well be waving olive branches. That’s how loaded down with symbolism they’ll be.

House Speaker David Ralston has asked that state Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), who ran against him in the formal House vote for speaker, accompany the mayor.

And Reed has asked that the escort party include state Rep. Ralph Long, a Democrat who last year had the honor of being the only elected official to support Mary Norwood in the Atlanta mayoral contest.

After his address to the House, Reed goes to the Atlanta Press Club, where he’ll outline the basics of his administration.

Not enough has been made of House Speaker David Ralston’s appearance in the Senate on Wednesday – the first such visit by a speaker in my memory.

The official occasion was to (somewhat sardonically) congratulate Ralston for becoming the first former member of the Senate to be elected House speaker.

Ralston served six years in the chamber before leaving to run for attorney general in 1998. That attempt failed, of course, and the north Georgia lawyer took a seat in the House.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle introduced the House speaker, who essentially promised to question no one’s manhood during the coming weeks:

“Lieutenant Governor Cagle and I, and many members of this body, have had discussions over the past few weeks about the need – I think, really – the demand by the people in this state that we work together to solve some of the problems that we face as a people here in Georgia.”

Ralston made reference to his unsuccessful attempt in 2008 to oust Glenn Richardson from the speaker’s post, and a change in atmosphere:

Thirteen months ago, I was a carcass on the side of the road, politically. And now here we are… I think what has meant more to me than anything is having members in the House and even over here tell me that they enjoy coming to work again. That means more than anything.

Doug Richards over at 11Alive has this piece on a speedway executive up in Dawson County who has promised free admission to drivers tagged with heavy fines under Gov. Sonny Perdue’s new superspeeder law:

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January 28th, 2010
9:02 am

Ralph to Kasim: It was never personal — just politics. Kasim to Ralph: No problem and all is forgiven — just be to walk three steps behind me and obey the speed at all times within the City.

And hopefully the state legislature will get back to bill writing as opposed to lobbyist skirt chasing.

what's right for kids???

January 28th, 2010
9:58 am

Off topic…how much is the qualifying fee to run for Governor?


January 28th, 2010
11:01 am

A Team of Rivals what a Joke – Can’t wait for Norwood to trounce Borders in FC BOC election! Bring it on loser Borders! Can’t make a lving so why no be a lame politician, no one wants you. And North Atlanta does not want Reed either.


January 28th, 2010
11:04 am

I think Reed needs to curb his personal apperances and focus on his personnel issues. There are currently three positions open which are vital to Atlanta’s success.

Mr. Mayor. We urgently need you to locate and hire the best black police chief, best black chief financial officer, and best black airport CEO available.

Lt. Call Out

January 28th, 2010
11:18 am

@booger —

Exactly. Thanks for continuing to confirm the reasons why this city won’t ever move forward.


January 28th, 2010
11:43 am

The constant race-baiting on here just REALLY gets old but hey…thats what you get in Georgia.

Back on Reed…

I’m still hoping for the best but already becoming discouraged with his tenure as mayor. If the entirety of his agenda for the city is to beg the state and the bankrupt federal government for more money then its already a failure. What about making the city work better and more efficiently for its citizens? When are we going to hear about those plans?

Sonny Lied!

January 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

@ what’s right for kids???

“how much is the qualifying fee to run for Governor?”

I think the going rate is 3 pigs and 5 goats. However, you can substitute the 5 goats for 10 chickens depending on what bass-ackwards part of rural Georgia you’re from.

Hope this helps!


January 30th, 2010
7:33 pm

Good move Ralph, but no one is interested in your seat.


February 1st, 2010
1:47 am

you are right. Kasim u have won the office of mayor now get to working for the city of atlanta and stop posing for the camera. the election is over time to play nanny for the city of atlanta cause being mayor ceratinly ain’t the guilded gates of the senate!