Your morning jolt: A behind-the-scenes peek at the Atlanta school board rebellion

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.

Aaron Turpeau

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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.

troopers

See the Channel 2 Action News video here.

A portion of the script:

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.

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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.

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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.”

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35 comments Add your comment

Raquel Morris

August 27th, 2010
9:33 am

Just to clarify, Aaron Turpeau thinks it’s BS to work for the children and Andy Young doesn’t care about the test scores.

Jon

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

Deal must think he needs protection from those “ghetto grandmothers.”

Ga Dem

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

That Channel 2 Report has Deal looking out of touch and, perhaps, untruthful about these dubious reimbursement arrangements.

Oh Well

August 27th, 2010
10:04 am

talk about corrupt Washington relic…

in these economic times – I don’t expect to see a self-proclaimed small government/fiscal conservative quickly grab the chaffeur setup…
can you say “ENTITLEMENT”?!?!?!?

The Real Politico

August 27th, 2010
10:05 am

What? Deal lying about taking money and State Patrol coverage from the citizens of GA?

ByteMe

August 27th, 2010
10:11 am

What?!? Deal gets state resources at taxpayer expense and then tries to deny it happened? Where have I heard that before….?

Aquagirl

August 27th, 2010
10:18 am

Is there anyone who isn’t involved in the APS morass? It’s like trying to read “Dune” but with stupid characters.

As for Nathan Deal’s security…Someone had to take the vacant title of Mr. CEO.

Objective Observer

August 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Hey Jon,

Witty comment about the ghetto grandmothers.

What do you have to say about Aaron Turpeau?

Remember him from the 2009 mayors race?

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/black-agenda-memo-stirs-125014.html

Mickey

August 27th, 2010
10:23 am

Nathan sounds like an old fat white version of Vernon Jones…

Scary.

ANGRY AS HELL

August 27th, 2010
10:39 am

Well, Georgians, if you elect Nathan Deal as your next Governor, you can expect more of the same. A tiger can’t get rid of its stripes, and Nathan can’t act honestly. So, Go ahead and vote for him and watch what you end up getting.

khc

August 27th, 2010
10:43 am

“Sweet” Deal!

Disavantaged Insider

August 27th, 2010
11:03 am

Turpo is, I think the root word of Turpitude. You make the call.

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
11:08 am

The State Patrol has routinely provided security for gubernatorial candidates in the past. If you want to ask pertinant questions of Barnes, ask him if he was afforded such protection in his first race for the governorship, and if he is now being escorted and assisted by any retired members of the State Patrol.

khc

August 27th, 2010
11:14 am

seems like if they are retired it does not draw down from current troop strength and is not a pertinent question; in the past things may not have been so bleak, but still valid question…..

Base

August 27th, 2010
11:25 am

Raw Deal is a crook.

Pay Attention

August 27th, 2010
11:30 am

Did you ask Mat whether he was gay?

TruthBe

August 27th, 2010
11:34 am

TruthBe

August 27th, 2010
11:32 am
TruthBe

August 27th, 2010
11:29 am
As a “Smart Ass White Boy” according to Andrew Young, we Whites need to start standing up to all of these corrupt black racist democratic politicians. The City of Atlanta under the control by corrupt black politicians for over 30 years need to be suied for their openly civil right abuses aganist Whites in Atlanta. Just go downtown to City Hall and take a look at the number of blacks that work there vs whites. And take a look at all of the department heads and see for yourself. Mayor,CEO,CFO,Police Chief, and now new Airport Director. Almost all of them are black. If this was reverse the libs and the media would be crying out loud “RACISM”. Mayor Reed is a racist idiot. In his bio during the election he noted his greatest achievement was taking down this “Damn Confereral Flag” from the state capital. These democrat liberal racist blacks running Atlanta are nothing more than liars,idiots,racist, and corrupt period. Atlanta as blacks call it the ATL you know like mickyDs. Ebonics. Atlanta should be for all not just a “Black City” as black groups advertize it. Want to debate these facts?

cmm

August 27th, 2010
11:40 am

That’s why I voted for Norwood, and NOT MY MAYOR REED! GAY White and pro-gay marriage…

DannyX

August 27th, 2010
11:53 am

“Want to debate these facts?”

Sure. Lets start with Gwinnett County. They have a huge minority population there now, almost half. You sure can’t tell that by the people running the county. Every single Gwinnett County commissioner is white. Every department head except one in the Gwinnett County government is white.

Next up Cobb. They just hired a new police chief. They too have a large minority population. Guess what color the new police chief in Cobb County is. Yep. White. Funny how the blogs are never full of rage when this happens in places like Gwinnett and Cobb.

Why is that TruthBe?

Why not John?

August 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

cmm

August 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

Cobb County Manager is black: BTW X! Don’t worry in 10-years Milton will be here and ATL will have more white rule, change takes time!

cmm

August 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

DannyX
11:53 am

Don’t worry about Gwinnett: it will very shortly go the way of Dekalb County and Atlanta.

Now, if you want to discuss something else about Gwinnett, let’s take a look at the crime stats. The crime rate in Gwinnett has skyrocketed with the influx of minorities, just as it has in DeKalb. Most folks can read the tea leaves . . .

DannyX

August 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

LOL! Cobb has one token black, just like Gwinnett! The entire Cobb County commission is white!

Why don’t the counties of Cobb and Gwinnett have more minority leaders? Why should the city of Atlanta be held by a different standard? (BTW, the last Cobb County police chief resigned because of scandal.)

Lee Harvey

August 27th, 2010
12:21 pm

Now that everyone knows the security arrangements for the candidates, if anything happens the blood is on the hands of WSB and the women who has the morals of a jackel, Lori Geary.

DannyX

August 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

“Don’t worry about Gwinnett”

Why in the world are you changing the subject? Why is Gwinnett County government run by 99% white people? Where is the outrage from the blogs?

Gwinnett and their lily white government has been horrible and they have only WHITE people to blame. A recent 22% property tax increase. A deputy just falsely arrested the Commission chair for drunk driving, an obvious political hatchet job. Their garbage collection service has been battling controversy for a long time. Their new Braves stadium give-away has been a taxpayer disaster. Judge Oxendine recently was forced to resign. Developers have ruined the county. Traffic is a nightmare. School kids are in trailers.

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
12:50 pm

DannyX

Minorities will soon have their shot at Gwinnett and I have no doubt that they will be able to make it even worse. Traffic will cease to be a mjor concern as I am sure that gunshots and gang will trump it as major concerns. Developers will be replaced by gang leaders and major drug dealers as Gwinnett becomes merely another suburban slum cast off by Atlanta.

David

August 27th, 2010
1:02 pm

I love that Nathan Deal says that Roy Barnes doesn’t need the security because of the “millions he made from being Governor” yet his auto company has made millions from a insider deal from the state legislature. I say millions because we do not know otherwise. Deal won’t release his tax returns.

Mickey

August 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

Lone Star – Nice sheet dude. Do you send the hat out to get it to stand up and stay so pointy?

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

Mickey: How would I know? You take care of the laundry.

PolitcOracle

August 27th, 2010
4:47 pm

@Lone Star

How do you explain the State’s failures. Are they to be attributed to the corrupt and inept “white boys” that have been in charge for the past 150+ years?

@truthbe

You are dead wrong about Atlanta’s new appointees. The CEO (#2 person in charge) is the, wait for it, very caucasian Peter Aman. The new Public Works Commissioner is a Hispanic from Texas name Riachard Mendoza. The CFO is a highly-regarded black woman and both the fire chief and police chief are veterans from within Atlanta’s ranks that happen to be black. I’m a white man and I can see your bull from a mile a way.

Take your backwards musing back to Forsyth County and leave the real opinining to us city folk.

Oracle

Lone Star

August 27th, 2010
5:02 pm

PolitcOracle: Exactly which failures do you have in mind?

Paddy O

August 27th, 2010
11:59 pm

DannyX – you consider the preponderance of black leadership in Atlanta to be a shining beacon for the rest of GA/metro ATL to follow? 3 decades of corruption – thousands of homeless wandering around panhandling. School administrators working diligently to gin up their bonus $$$$. Yeah, that’s the type of government leadership we all need to emulate. Rampant cronyism and the ebony ol’ boy network.

Paddy O

August 28th, 2010
12:02 am

Danny – compare Gwinnett with Dekalb or Clayton or Fulton – where are run more ineptly & corruptly? Yeah, the repubs in Gwinnett have commandeered arrogance to the point it looks a lot like Cuba, but at least it is not as grossly inept to the point that a rapist knocks out a deputy, steals her gun and goes on a rampage – that is the apex of gross ineptitude.

Papp Grizzly

August 28th, 2010
7:53 pm

Turpeau is just another Atlanta crook and Maynard Clone. Who cares about the cesspool that is APS? They’re just educating the next generation of inmates for Reidsville. That’s where Turpeau belongs.

As for Towery, he’s a RINO that loves him some strippers. he knows nothing of the Real Georgia. Those sodomites are breaking god’s law and all true Georgians know it.

Deal in 2010! Sarah in 2012!