Your morning jolt: Cash makes a fine ointment for GOP healing

At least one major supporter of Karen Handel is making an overture to Republican nominee Nathan Deal, in an effort to put a salve on road-rash from that nasty runoff.


Members of the influential McKenna Long & Aldridge public and legal affairs firm – and others, we presume – will host a Sept. 1, $1,000-a-head fundraising lunch for Deal at the World Trade Club.

Among the hosts: Eric Tanenblatt, the former chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue and an enthusiastic Handel supporter during the late hostilities.

It’s not a peace offering that Deal can push aside lightly. Tanenblatt is one of the top GOP fund-raisers in the state.


All vacations require a catch-up period. And one of the more curious developments of last week was a report from that the Republican Governors Association – which has already entered the Georgia race with this TV ad – is funding its 2010 campaigns, in part, with a $1 million donation from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News. Look for Georgia Democrats to make something of that.


Four elections and one secured seat in Congress later, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) is ready to tell his side of the story about that $2.25 million loan gone wrong from the Bartow County Bank.

From the Rome News-Tribune:

Graves, a Republican from Ranger, is scheduled to give a deposition in Atlanta on Tuesday as part of the lawsuit, which also names state Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock.

The suit, filed in January, alleges that a business run by Graves and Rogers defaulted on a loan for $2.25 million and that Graves moved some of his property to his wife’s name to make it more difficult for the bank to collect.

Edward Hines, attorney for the bank, declined to comment on the case, saying he did not want the case to be tried in the media.

Attempts to reach Graves last week were unsuccessful, and messages left with his campaign staff were not returned. His attorney, Simon Bloom, did not return messages Friday. No one answered the phone at Rogers’ state Senate office Friday.


Georgia’s two U.S. senators have put their names to a letter wondering why the U.S. Marshal’s service has saved more than 35,000 all-revealing body-scan images from a Florida courthouse.

From The Hill newspaper in Washington:

“There is understandable concern, however, over the privacy protections in place for [full body scan] devices, as they are able to scan through clothing and capture detailed images of the bodies of those who are scanned,” write Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Daniel Akaka (D-Ha.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).

The letter comes in response to a recent report in the Orlando Sentinel that U.S. Marshals stored the full body scan images from February to July of this year while guarding a federal courthouse in Orlando.

The story quotes a supervisor claiming the images are not stored for any specific purpose, prompting the senators to request a full explanation for why the images are being retained.

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26 comments Add your comment


August 23rd, 2010
9:26 am

Good to have you back, Jim.


August 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

I’m so glad I don’t have to buy friends for $1000. a pop. They’re free on Facebook.


August 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

Gee, Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News network funding GOP races???? Can you imagine that????? What a surprise !!!!!! So much for “fair and balanced” reporting.


August 23rd, 2010
10:35 am

One of the more curious developments is Jim’s apparent surprise Faux News funds Republicans. Holy cow, Jim, what did you smoke on vacation?


August 23rd, 2010
10:40 am

Nathan Deal never met money he didn’t like. I heard that if elected Governor he would do away with future Gubernatorial elections and replace them with no bid contracts between the state and his company.

Bill Orvis White

August 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

I’m sending my $1500 check to the Honorable Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia. The more I read about him, the more I love. This is a God-fearing individual who will put the Lord Almighty back into the Godless public schools where He belongs. Once you have the people living by a strict code of conduct, everything else falls into place — history shows it so there’s no argument here from you Sept. 10th secular progressives.
@Imno-Mr. Deal has worked hard his entire life. There’s nothing illegal about having a lot of friends who are there to help in a time of need. King Roy is the one who is corrupt with this million-dollar mansion equipped with an elevator.
@Aquagirl-That would be the ratings-winning FOX News which the majority of this once-free nation watches, trusts and enjoys. Check out the numbers on FOX’s competitors — they’re all bleeding red ink because they cannot keep pace with the ultra-successful Rupert Murdoch machine! Yes!
I’m glad to see Jimbo back in the saddle again as well. I always need a good dose of his far-lefty views to get me going in the morning. I love Jimbo.

Liberal on a Red Island

August 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

“Once you have the people living by a strict code of conduct, everything else falls into place — history shows it so there’s no argument here from you Sept. 10th secular progressives.”

The Taliban could not have said that any better.

David S

August 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

Principles would go a long way to healing the GOP. Money is at the heart of their problem. Too many of their friends profit handsomely from the big-business/big-government mentality that plagues far too many members of the GOP.

That’s why the Tea Party movement and the libertarian movement are gaining so much momentum. Government IS the problem, and both the Democrats and the Republicans love big government for their own personal gain.

The rest of us have figured out that government and its power are the root of all evil. Time to restore freedom and liberty and frankly the GOP is not the party to do either.

Beyond The Rhetoric

August 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

Good for Fox News. At least their news reporters and commentators don’t fawn over candidates like Chris Matthews from MSNBC, ” I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”

Coastal Cavalier

August 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Is there any real difference in this and donations by Anne Cox Chambers, George Soros and others making donations to Democratic campaigns, organizations and PACS?


August 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

must be odd to be one of those “strict” constitutionalists who want to protect the constitution at all costs… except for the parts you don’t like.

I see many conservative bible bangers our there who want to tell me what to do in my spare time, who I can marry, where I can work, where I can carry a gun, what days I can buy my liquor, and the list goes on and on.

Get out of my life. This is %$@!#@! free country. My Uncle, cousin, and grandfather went to war so I have these rights. I WILL NOT let some jackwagon take them away from me. So keep watching your Fox news propaganda. Keep dreaming that you can control me.

You can’t. I’m walking down your street, reading the Quran, smokin a doobie and holding hands with my black tattooed boyfriend. We are making our wedding plans and adopting a son. But, I paid my taxes and I have a job. I voted. Leave me alone

Mike in Exile

August 23rd, 2010
11:45 am

Dear Bill Orvis White – Be careful what you wish for! You say Nathan Deal “is a God-fearing individual who will put the Lord Almighty back into the Godless public schools where He belongs.” Aaahhh, OK. Whose God? What name will He go by today? Which god, our one true God or the wiccan’s gods, the Hindu’s gods? You are opening up a Pandora’s Box that we might never close again. I too am a Christian and proud to be so, but the public (i.e. governemnt schools) are NOT the place for this.. You see, I am also a strict interpreter of the Constitution which states very clearly in the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law repecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Schools cannot legally prevent students from praying, organizing into religious groups, or meeting together to talk about religion – the “free exercise” clause is clear. But likewise per the “establishment clause” schools cannot legally establish any denomination of Christianity (or even Christianity itself) as the semi-official religion of the school and teach it in organized required classes. If they try that, then the schools will be forced to open it up to all sorts of other “worshippers” of different sects, denominations, religions, cults, etc.

We teach our children about our Lord and our Savior in our homes and in our chosen communities – among people we choose to be associated and worship with. We cannot open up the government schools to this becasue we may get much more than we asked for, and our kids are required to attend school whether you believe what is being taught or not.

If your religion ‘convicts’ you of this so strongly then I suggest you pay to send your kids to a religious school tailored to your beliefs, not a government school which has to be open to all.

Alabama Communist

August 23rd, 2010
12:30 pm

More Breaking News On Peace Breaking out in Republican Tea Party…..Not only will a Grand bring Peace, but 1/2 Governor Sara Palin has offer to be a hostage for the Deal Fund raiser by reducing her fee to 10%……..


August 23rd, 2010
12:36 pm

Mike – You parse the Constituion too finely. Remember – our FOUNDING FATHERS WERE ALL CHRISTIANS!!! Schools are the perfect place for our children to learn. They should learn that ISLAM IS THE DEVIL and that JEWELRY KILLED CHRIST!!!


Nathan DEAL is our only hope for saving our CHILDREN & STATE!!!


Dear Fred

August 23rd, 2010
12:53 pm

I recommend that you study those founding fathers some more… Thomas Jefferson was a devout DEIST!

During his 1800 campaign for the presidency, he had to contend with critics who argued that he was unfit to hold office because he did not have orthodox religious beliefs. It is Jefferson who is credited with propagating the phrase “separation of church and state”. He cut and pasted pieces of the New Testament together to compose a version that excluded any miracles by Jesus. Though he often expressed his opposition to clergy and to Christian doctrines, Jefferson repeatedly expressed his belief in a deistic god and his admiration for Jesus as a moral teacher. Opposed to Calvinism, Trinitarianism and what he identified as Platonic elements in Christianity, in 1819 he expressed his religious commitment by his proclamation that he belonged to “a sect by myself”. [2]

So – tell me about the vision of the founding fathers again Mr. Fred and Mr. White. Tell me how the most influential founding father of the nation was NOT a devout Christian. Tell me. Please preach it.

This is a FREE country. and our founding fathers were NOT all Christian.


August 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Vote Libertarian John Monds for Governor and spread freedom to Georgia!


August 23rd, 2010
1:11 pm

Wikipedia is known source for bogus informaiton.

And also, the “pedia” part tells me it is a known hangout for “pedophiles” is that how YOU FOUND IT??

T Knight

August 23rd, 2010
1:22 pm

hmmmmm…. what a tangled web.


August 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Fred, Christ has all power it was his plan to be killed by the Jewelry , God don’t hate Liberals,and Islam is not the Devil ,but you are ! The founding father mite have been Christians but not , Christ like. You cann’t be a Chistian and have slaves.

Chief Wiggum

August 23rd, 2010
1:41 pm

is thinking Fred is probably terrified to go near an encyclopedia.

I grew up as a Republican. Over time, I’ve become far more of a Libertarian. I wish for a limited, smaller government, but that also means limited and smaller when it comes to interfering with the personal liberties of the citizens.


August 23rd, 2010
2:45 pm

The thomas jefferson information there is cited. Do some reading on history my friend. Benjamin Franklin was a swinger and died from syphillis. some “christian” principles there too

Read for yourself

August 23rd, 2010
2:48 pm

If you want to come to a public debate, bring your “A” game. Know what you are talking about, not what some harlequin radio shock jock is spouting off to press your buttons.

do I have to do everything around here?


August 23rd, 2010
2:58 pm


I know the truth.

I know the facts.


DO YOU??!!!

Billy in Savannah

August 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Please Georgians, study the FACTS! Vote Barnes. We have suffered enough under Perdue who is an embarasment to this state.

Jayne M. Barker

August 23rd, 2010
8:10 pm

Some are not slow learners, but are fast forgetters….


August 23rd, 2010
9:00 pm

Fred … I don’t think Jewelry killed Christ. As far as I can tell, he wasn’t much into bling.

Southern Knight (of the KKK?!?), reread Fred’s 12:36 post. (For the Biblically illiterate among us, not that’s not in the Apocrypha.)