Gov. Sonny Perdue twice was flown to a hunting preserve operated by Southeastern U.S. Insurance, once in 2009 while the company – which provided workers compensation coverage for the state Department of Labor and many local governments – was tanking.
Dale Russell of Fox5 counted up four other state officials – all members of the General Assembly – who were beneficiaries of largesse from SEUS chief Clark Fain, now under criminal investigation by the state Department of Insurance. See the clip here:
Russell quotes the governor’s office as saying that Perdue’s own executive order banning gifts from those who do business with the recipient does not apply.
SEUS is the company at the center of the feud between U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a Republican candidate for governor.
Oxendine called Westmoreland in December to make him aware of the investigation — then only a civil matter. Westmoreland once sat on an advisory board for the company. The congressman says the call from Oxendine was a “shakedown” attempt. Oxendine said it was a professional courtesy.
State Sen. Mich Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) on Monday unveiled a revised version of SB 308, his attempt to rewrite the state’s sometimes contradictory laws governing where a concealed weapons can be carried – with the proper permit.
Seabaugh bowed to earlier criticism that would permit handguns (and knives) in churches and bars. Such facilities would have to expressly give permission to holders of concealed weapons carriers.
Likewise, Seabaugh pulled back on his insistence that concealed weapons might be totted into the state Capitol or other government buildings, or into public university classrooms. That wasn’t enough to satisfy the Board of Regents, however.
Twenty-six university presidents signed a letter given to the Senate Special Judiciary Committee urging lawmakers to keep the law as it is now. Currently, guns are banned within 1,000 feet of college campuses.
A substitute bill by Seabaugh includes college classrooms and research facilities as prohibited areas to carry a gun. It would allow universities to determine whether people with permits would be allowed to carry guns into an athletic event.
But Seabaugh’s larger problem may come from Second Amendment enthusiasts. The basis of the senator’s rewrite of Georgia law is to establish property rights as superior to the right to carry – concealed or otherwise.
Testified John Monroe of GeorgiaCarry.org:
It’s seems like there’s a new civil right that’s being created here in the middle of the criminal code, where it says that private property owners shall have the right to forbid possession of a weapon on their property.
Monroe said that current state law on trespassing should be enough.
ABC news is reporting that a once and future Republican presidential candidate has become a victim of air rage:
Former Gov. Mitt Romney was attacked by a fellow passenger yesterday on a flight returning to the United States from Vancouver, where he was attending Winter Olympic ceremonies.
Romney, R-Mass., was uninjured in the altercation with the passenger on board the Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Los Angeles, according to a spokesman.
The spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said the other passenger — who was sitting in front of his wife, Ann — became enraged after Romney asked him to move his seat to the upright position during takeoff.
“The passenger became physically violent,” Fehrnstrom said. “Gov. Romney did not retaliate, but instead allowed the airline crew to respond to the incident. The plane returned to the gate and the passenger was arrested by the police. Gov. Romney was not injured. He resumed his flight home on the same plane.”
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