Archive for May, 2010

Going home

Dad, now 86, left high school early for the U.S. Army, five months before Pearl Harbor.

Though none of them were born in this country, four of the seven Galloway brothers would scatter themselves across the globe during World War II. Dad, an Air Corps mechanic, was the only one to carry a sketchbook.

The cartoonist Bill Mauldin was something of a hero. Lined notebook paper would do in a pinch. Above is a rescued drawing from Dad’s return trip in ‘45. That mountainous lump in the background is the Rock of Gibraltar.

In the upper right hand corner are traces of a laundry list written on the other side — a brief catalog of one young warrior’s requirements for conquering the world: Four undershirts, four shorts, two handkerchiefs, two dress shirts, four pairs of socks, and two coveralls.

Have a thoughtful Memorial Day.

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A late jolt: Roy Barnes’ new ad and his bank investments

Other candidates and the Savannah Morning News are pointing out that the latest TV ad by former Gov. Roy Barnes leaves a few details out. Writes Larry Peterson:

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Roy Barnes is airing a television ad that takes aim at lobbyists – and banks that receive federal bailouts.

But the former governor – the frontrunner for his party’s nomination – was himself a registered lobbyist in 2007.

And his state financial disclosure report says he owned stock last year in five banks that received more than $34 billion in bailout loans.

The stock he said he owned in them was worth about $654,000 as of Wednesday. Since late 2008, they have paid him dividends that may have totaled almost $23,000.

In his ad, Barnes says that, as governor, he’d make sure banks don’t foreclose on a home before there are negotiations.

“Bankers and their lobbyists got bonuses and bailouts, but you lost your home,” Barnes says in the ad as video shows a family being evicted.
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Bank: An ‘insolvent’ Tom Graves & Co. owes $2.25 million

You’ll read more of this later in the AJC, but the Bartow County Bank has filed notice in Gordon County Superior Court that former state lawmaker Tom Graves, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and their company owe $2.25 million for cash loaned to purchase a motel in Calhoun.

See some of the paperwork here.

Graves is the leading candidate in the 9th District congressional race, headed toward a June 8 runoff with former state senator Lee Hawkins of Gainesville. Both are Republican.

The complaint was filed May 17 against Graves, Rogers and Tich Hospitality.

In the court papers, the bank says Graves guaranteed repayment, even though he was “insolvent in that his liabilities exceeded his assets and he was unable to pay his obligations as they matured.”

The bank also claims Graves initiated a “fraudulent transfer” of property in order to frustrate the bank’s efforts to pursue the debt.

Lori Geary at WSB-TV reported talking to Rogers by phone. (Here’s a link to the video.) The …

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Barnes campaign on closed meeting: ‘It will not happen again’

Over at Georgia Elections Central, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin posted the following this afternoon:

Many of the Republicans and Democrats who want to be the next governor of Georgia are at this moment discussing the state’s future at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

But what is said there is apparently a secret as the Chamber has denied requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other outlets to cover the panel discussion at the Ritz-Carlton along Lake Oconee.

The closing of the forum to the media has prompted protests from the AJC and other publications that are part of the Georgia Newspaper Partnership. Thirteen daily newspapers from around the state have joined together to cover this year’s elections.

The newspaper outburst resulted in this immediate letter of contrition from the Democratic campaign of former Gov. Roy Barnes, who is in the midst of crafting a populist message:


Interesting tidbit: The spokeswoman for …

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File this under ‘Blog as I say, not as I post’

The occupational hazard of pontificating in public is that people sometimes actually listen to what you say and write.

CNN has posted the following on its Political Ticker blog:

CNN contributor and blogger Erick Erickson

CNN contributor and blogger Erick Erickson

South Carolina blogger Will Folks defended himself Wednesday after Erick Erickson, the editor of the influential conservative website, accused Folks of lying about having an affair with gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.

Erickson, a CNN contributor, accused Folks of “pulling the noose” on a “high-tech lynching” of Haley to gin up traffic for his website and torpedo her campaign. Haley is Erickson’s preferred candidate in the four-way South Carolina Republican primary race.

Unless he produces definitive evidence of an affair, Erickson wrote, Folks should “shut the hell up.”

Which is curious, because just six months ago, Erickson wrote a famous post, in the aftermath of House Speaker Glenn Richardson’s fall, to which he awarded this …

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Your morning jolt: Democrat Carol Porter goes unendorsed by abortion-rights group

Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee aimed at supporting Democratic women, published its list of endorsed candidates for 2010.

A state version of Emily’s List, one of the Georgia PAC’s criteria is support for “reproductive freedom.” In other words, abortion rights.

We’ll list the recipients below, but most important is who the WIN List did not endorse: Carol Porter of Dublin, who as a candidate for lieutenant governor will be be the highest-ranking woman on the Democratic ballot in the July 20 primary.

Porter, wife of the Democratic candidate for governor, did not apply for consideration by the group, said Amy Morton of Macon, chairman of the group. (Morton says she is personally supporting Porter.

Morton says she is personally supporting Porter, who is attempting to chart an unusual middle ground on the abortion issue, refusing to describe herself as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Her husband, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter, describes himself as …

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Sadie Fields and Georgia Christian Alliance take a hiatus

Sadie Fields called on Saturday to announce that, after 13 years of working for the cause, she would be taking “a leave of absence” from the leadership of the Georgia Christian Alliance.

The most influential and polarizing woman in state politics has taken herself out of the picture. At least temporarily.

“A time for change comes to us all,” she said in an e-mail sent to supporters that same day.

The timing of Fields’ decision was somehow appropriate. Her call came just before the beginning of a major Gwinnett County debate of Republican candidates for governor — organized by tea party activists, the newest insurgents to roil the GOP.

Just as Fields and her friends had done in the 1990s.

Only a few hours earlier, DuBose Porter, the Democratic candidate for governor, had rung up —the cell phone was busy that day — to talk about his declaration that he should be considered “pro-life” when it came to abortion.

Porter was bona-fide proof of the mark that Fields …

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Web site: Michael Thurmond skipped financial disclosures for two years

Jim Walls at says state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond hasn’t been taking care of his paperwork:

Thurmond, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, filed no financial disclosure forms with the State Ethics Commission in 2008 or 2009, a check of the commission’s online look-up shows. Elected officials in Georgia are required to report on basic details of their personal finances every year by July 1.

Since he’s leaving his state job, Thurmond is not required to file the form this year. A similar disclosure for the Senate campaign is due Tuesday.

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Isakson, Chambliss want 6,000 border troops — not 1,200

A National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz., in 2007. Associated Press

A National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz., in 2007. Associated Press

Immigration reform appears to have the same political dynamics as a tax cut.

The competition always demands something a little bit larger.

You know about President Barack Obama’s plan to send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops back to the U.S.-Mexico border to battle illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

This morning, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announced they would co-sponsor an amendment to a supplemental spending bill to fund 6,000 National Guard troops for the Southwest.

Obama’s opening bid of 1,200 is too paltry in light of escalating violence, the pair say.

“The defense of our nation begins with securing our borders,” said Isakson, up for re-election this year. “It is time for Congress to demonstrate a strong commitment to border security. It is the only way we will be able to combat illegal immigration, drug and alien smuggling and violent …

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Your morning jolt: Sonny Perdue hints he’ll back independent candidate for school superintendent

Earlier this week, we told you that Gov. Sonny Perdue might appoint a successor to state School Superintendent Kathy Cox — who would then conduct an independent campaign to win a full four years in November.

Otherwise, the timing of Cox’s resignation restricts Perdue to the five candidates – two Republicans and three Democrats – already on the ballot. Or, Perdue could pick a caretaker who would simply fill out the last six months of Cox’s term.

On Tuesday, after signing a bill that gives the governor more power to intervene in the affairs of troubled school systems, Perdue dropped a very large hint that he is indeed considering Door No. 3 – the independent route.

Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) was there to pick it up. Listen to the interview here. Here’s the part that matters:

O’Hayer: Will you be trying to pick someone who can simply hold the fort and get us through a new school year and through the elections, or will you try to pick somebody who’s already on the …

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