We’ve snagged an e-mail that shows some of the pressure being applied to beat back a challenge to the leadership of the Atlanta school board and, in turn, Superintendent Beverly Hall.
Below is a note that Aaron Turpeau, a veteran of the Maynard Jackson administrations, sent to several leaders of the city’s African-American community, thanking them for their help in tamping down last week’s rebellion.
In this day of PDAs and very tiny keyboards, we deduct no points for spelling or lack of punctuation. To wit:
From: Aaron Turpeau
To: ‘Albert E. Love’ ; ‘Elson J. Mcgee’>; ‘Gerald Durley”H.J.A Alexander’ ; ‘Helen Butler’ ; ‘Jamaal R. Brown’ >; ‘Joe Beasley’ ; ‘Noble Benefield’ ; ‘Richard Cobble’ ; ‘Rita Samuels’ ; ‘Sharita M Edwards’; ‘Sharon J. Hill’ ; ‘Tillman Ward’ ; ‘Tyrone Brooks’ ; ‘W E Burns’
Sent: Wed Aug 18 12:16:57 2010
Subject: School Board MESS
Just wanted to thank those of you who met with me to try to persude 3 members of the School Bd. Not to change policy that requries 2/3 vote vs. 51% vote to change Board leadership. Well they did not listen to us at all, and in fact did not want to listen to their own Atty. on the issue, who insisted that on her (School Bd Atty.) interpretation of the Charter.
After being ask several times the same question about what was legal, the Atty. said “this was an “illegal act”.
The new 5 voted any way to approve such during committee work session. The Mayor came late Monday night to the school Bd. Mtg. and ask them to postpone vote and get the Atty Gen. to interpret,so they postponed. All of this is over 1 vote (2/3 =6 votes, 51%=5 votes).
While the chair [LaChandra Butler Burks] may need to improve her relationship with the members of the Board, most of us were under the [opinion] things had gotten so much better and did not want to see more mess on top of the cheating [scandal]. The 3 members (Of the new 5 block) claim that the Chamber of commerce is in control of the members not supported by them.
It is apparent that the Chamber does want to hold the Board accountable for its actions. However I find that our elected officials too often DO NOT WANT TO BE ACCOUNTABLE TO ANY ONE. So I can not get mad at the chamber for their accountabilty action when no one else is together enough to ask for any accountabilty. So the question now is who are elected officials accountable to, hopefully our answer will not be the BS of “The People” we got to do better.
Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor, on Thursday found himself defending his use of two taxpayer-financed state troopers to help move him down the campaign trail.
This at a time when the State Patrol is short 150 or so officers – because it can’t afford to train them. Democrat Roy Barnes has declined the offer of protection.
Lori Geary: What kind of a message do you think that sends?
Deal: Well, I think it sends a good message when we have told them that we intend to reimburse the state for the expenses incurred.
Geary: But the State Patrol told me there is no such deal, that taxpayers foot the bill for the Trooper, the car, and the mileage.
Roy Barnes: We drive around in my pickup truck. I’ve got a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, you know, and it gets us there.
Geary: Deal’s Democratic rival, Roy Barnes, declined the State Patrol’s offer.
Barnes: I don’t want to inconvenience these fell0ws right now. They’ve had cut backs. They’ve had…it’s really a demoralizing thing. We didn’t bring this up, and I’m not condemning anybody for it. It’s just not my cup of tea.
Larry Peterson at the Savannah Morning News reports that former state senator Regina Thomas won’t be able to mount a write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah):
Citing state law, the secretary of state’s office – which oversees elections – ruled that the former state senator from Savannah is ineligible.
If she had been allowed to run, that could have split Democratic voters and boosted the prospects for [Republican Ray] McKinney.
Barrow defeated her in the July 20 primary for the 12th Congressional District, which takes in most of Savannah.
Over at Georgia Voice, Ryan Lee taps Matt Towery of InsiderAdvantage on whether we’re likely to see more gay-bashing in the governor’s race.
The answer? Probably not:
Even some Republicans believe that GOP candidates overestimate the effectiveness of going anti-gay.
“I think you have a lot of young, naïve campaign strategists who oftentimes pull that out of their pocket because they think that’s a big issue to the public,” Towery said.
“But most people who live in suburban Atlanta, which makes up a lot of the [Georgia] population and a lot of Republicans, they are dealing with the gay community every day, whether it be where they shop, or where they eat or who they deal with in business, and contrary to what the national perception is, most Georgians, when we poll that issue, most people just don’t care.
“It’s a live and let live state,” Towery added. “Now, do they favor gay marriage? No, but then most states don’t. It’s not a hot button. People worry about eating, people worry about jobs, people worry about how they’re going to get the kids through college, and they’re not particularly interested in who wants to go out with whom or what they want to do.”