Just in time for a gathering of the Georgia School Boards Association in Savannah, and with an endorsement decision by the Georgia Association of Educators imminent, former Gov. Roy Barnes has posted his most abject apology yet – specifically targeted at teachers.
My AJC colleague Maureen Downey was on it first. Here’s the clip:
The money quote: “It was never my intent – it’s not my intent now – not to treasure teachers.”
Barnes will be at the courthouse in Decatur this morning to show off another list of endorsements in all-important DeKalb County, home to a large cache of African-American votes. And home to Attorney General Thurbert Baker.
Republican candidate for governor Eric Johnson on Wednesday released 10 years’ worth of income tax returns. Writes my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:
Johnson joins Democrat Roy Barnes, who last month released 25 years of personal tax records, as the only candidates among the 14 running to release such detailed financial information.
Johnson’s reports show that he and his wife had total gross income in 2009 of $121,613, down considerably from more than $300,000 in 2008. The couple earned nearly $2.4 million in the 10 years and paid taxes of more than $500,000.
One wonders if Johnson foresees that, in the home stretch of the July 20 primary, he’ll be doing battle with either John Oxendine or Nathan Deal. And the topic will be ethics.
The flap over Gov. Sonny Perdue’s veto of SB 1, the zero-based budgeting bill, continues. GOP candidates for governor Nathan Deal and John Oxendine both pledged to revive it.
In an interview on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) on Wednesday predicted “serious” conversations about a veto override in January.
This morning, Virginia Galloway, leader of the Georgia chapter of the anti-tax group Americans For Prosperity, declared zero-based budgeting would be a scorecard issue in the primary and general elections:
“The lines have been drawn. We must demand that ALL gubernatorial and legislative candidates adopt commonsense ideas like the JOBS Act, Government Accountability Act and zero-based budgeting as platform issues and commit to support them if they hope to hold office as our public servants.
Mastering the public trust means honoring the public’s intent. Georgia has become a red state after Democrat control dating back to Reconstruction. In 2010, it is time we become a truly conservative red state, starting in the governor’s office.
Doug MacGinnitie, the Republican candidate for secretary of state running against GOP incumbent Brian Kemp, has released his first introductory commercial that his campaign said will be slowly introduced – first in metro Atlanta:
The video is standard introductory fare, describing the job that MacGinnitie seeks and his business background. And it takes a crack at Kemp, describing him as a “career politician.”
But let’s play political consultant for a moment: MacGinnitie is fellow who – much like Ralph Reed – is blessed/cursed with a face that makes him look much younger than he is. Given that, is it wise to include – in a TV spot – “intern in Reagan Administration”?
On Tuesday, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren asked the GBI to investigate Georgia’s university system to see if it has violated federal law by allowing illegal immigrants to enroll in post-secondary institutions – only paying in-state tuition.
On Wednesday, Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that the GBI has decided to hand Warren’s complaint to Attorney General Thurbert Baker. The Democratic candidate for governor must be thrilled.
On the same topic, Walter Jones of the Morris News Service caught this quote from Larry Walker, a member of the state Board of Regents – as that august body was voting to instruct presidents of state universities not to grant any waivers to illegal immigrants:
“If we pass this thing, it’s going to be controversial. If we don’t pass it, it’s going to be really controversial,” said Walker, a veteran legislator.
Mary Norwood, the independent candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman, has a Monday fund-raiser at the Buckhead home of Guy Milner, the former GOP candidate for governor and U.S. Senate.
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