Your morning jolt: Cagle flies to Macon to put down revolt

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has flown down to Macon this morning to argue against an effort by Republican Senate leaders to strip him of his authority to control that chambers’ business.

Newly re-elected Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Newly re-elected Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

The Senate GOP caucus has gathered on the campus of Mercer University to vote on an effort to return to a system first enacted under Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a Democrat.

Senate leaders of the chamber – including President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, and Cecil Staton, R-Macon – want changes in the chambers rules that would give control over the flow to a committee of senators.

Cagle was initially not invited to attend the meeting. But Cagle spokesman Ben Fry said an invitation arrived at noon Thursday – shortly after the attempted palace coup became public.

We’re told that the vote, expected by 1 p.m. today, is close – and could hinge on newly elected members to the Senate.

The irony, of course, is the fact that Cagle – during his just-completed campaign – argued that election of Democrat Carol Porter would be tantamount to putting a figurehead in the office.

On her Facebook page, Porter has posted the following:

What is really happening is committee chairmanships are being promised from both sides to get their votes. Cagle, through his manipulation of the legislative voting process has been getting too large a slice of the lobbyist pie for too long and others want in. Corruption is having a brawl in GA! (I like to think I started it.)

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David Nahmias, the former U.S. attorney, was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to a partial term to the state Supreme Court because of his conservative credentials. He once clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and also served as a senior U.S. Justice Department official under President George W. Bush.

But the chief justice has found himself in a runoff against Tamela Adkins, a family law attorney who accepted no campaign contributions and barely campaigned.

And Republicans may be to blame. A friend tells us that if you put county-by-county results in a spreadsheet, you’ll find that Nahmias performed best in Democratic counties. His worst ones were primarily Republican. Apparently, Nahmias was swept up in some “throw-the-bums-out” fervor. The “i” for incumbent next to his name may have been a problem.

On Thursday, former Democratic candidate for attorney general Ken Hodges sent a note to his supporters, endorsing Nahmias – and citing the justice’s Bush Administration credentials.

Hodges lost to Republican Sam Olens on Tuesday. But defeat has freed up his sense of humor. “Vote early, vote often! Thank you,” he wrote at the end of the endorsement.

Hodges told the Albany Herald that he’s unlikely to run for political office again:

“I don’t see any more races in my future. I think I’m done,” Hodges said. “The only thing on my mind right now is spending some time with my family and getting back to work and a normal life.”

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Georgia Politico says House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, a former candidate for governor and exiting state lawmaker, is spreading the word that neither he nor his wife Carol will be running for chairman of the state Democratic party.

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Over at the Georgia Report, Tom Crawford casts Republican Mike Keown’s defeat by U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop as a prime case of petard-hoisting:

Shortly before 1 p.m. on the afternoon of March 10, 2005, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 104-72 to adopt HB 499, a bill redrawing the boundary lines of the state’s 13 congressional districts.

HB 499 was one of the major objectives of Republicans who just that year had gained majority control of both chambers of the Legislature. They wanted to reconfigure the district lines that had been drawn in 2001 by the Democrats who then controlled the General Assembly.

One of the lawmakers voting with his GOP colleagues to pass the redistricting bill was a first-termer from Thomas County named Mike Keown. Like the other Republicans in that freshman class, he was following the instructions of Speaker Glenn Richardson and the House leadership in voting for the measure.

With that vote, Keown ensured his eventual political doom….

Because of the strength of the GOP wave in this year’s election cycle, [Republican Austin] Scott might well have defeated [U.S. Rep. Jim] Marshall even if the district’s boundary lines had not been redrawn in 2005. That’s an issue the political scientists can debate.

What we can say with a fair degree of certainty is that the 2005 redistricting by the Legislature’s Republican leadership saved the career of a Democratic congressman: Rep. Sanford Bishop in southwest Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District.

Without that redrawing of the boundary lines, Bishop would have been defeated by his Republican challenger: Mike Keown.

That was one of the unforeseen consequences of the 2005 redistricting. The Republican precincts that were moved into Marshall’s district were taken from Bishop’s district. To make up the lost population, more Democratic-leaning precincts were moved into the 2nd Congressional District.

As Marshall’s district became slightly whiter, Bishop’s district became slightly more African American in its demographic makeup.

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The Republican wave on Tuesday wasn’t just on the surface. This from The Hill:

The GOP flipped control of at least 19 state legislative chambers Tuesday, a result that gives the party a commanding redistricting edge.

Republicans head into next year’s round of reapportionment with total control of the process in four critical states, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, where redistricting expert Michael McDonald said he expects a “no-holds-barred” approach from the GOP.

In the same vein, from Portfolio.com, a business news site:

– Alabama and North Carolina were two southern states that shifted to GOP legislative control for the first time since Reconstruction. In face, before 1990, not a single legislative chamber in the South was controlled by Republicans. Following this election, 18 out of the region’s 28 chambers will have GOP majorities.

– The South, however, wasn’t alone to see that kind of flip. The trend played out in Maine, New Hampshire and Wisconsin as well.
– Among the nation’s governors, the office shifts to Republicans in 12 states. The reverse holds true in only five states, which gives Democrats the slightest bit of joy.

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57 comments Add your comment

David A. Staples

November 5th, 2010
11:26 am

Cagle is flying to Macon? Ahh, of course… there he goes relating to the average Georgian again. I’m sure most of us fly back and forth across the state when it’s only a couple of hours by car, right?

Peggy Jones

November 5th, 2010
11:29 am

It will be harder for Casey’s “colleagues” to stab him in the back when he’s looking them in the eye.
Maybe some state senator will be bold enough to say “we want a leader who can tie his own shoes.”
Doubt it – “coup” will flop – control by the insiders/lobbyists will continue unabated.

Jimmy Deason

November 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a hidden camera and microphone in the meeting? It would be an instant classic.

Waste not

November 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Fly to Macon? Really? It is a short drive, and unless he left via helicopter from the helipad at the Capitol building, driving would be quicker, too. Who paid for the flight, and was it in a state aircraft? Are the taxpayers paying for that flight?

Ric

November 5th, 2010
11:39 am

Interesting – but not all that surprising – that Nahmias has support from lots of Democrats. Despite his conservative credentials, I noticed that the super-Dems at my local Democratic party were actively campaigning for him and the local party unofficially endorsed him.

Fulton Resident

November 5th, 2010
11:44 am

And Carol Porter stays relevant for 1 more day…

Why are we letting these power play stories dominate the TV and radio headlines when we have real work to do and a historic opportunity to get it done?

Tommie Williams, Chip Rogers and Cecil Staton need to quite playing politics and get to work!

ROBOCOP

November 5th, 2010
11:46 am

Waste Not

Who do you think’s paying for it, the Fiscal Conservative Fairy? We are.

But, hey, whoever said Republicans were supposed to follow the same rules they accused Democrats of breaking.

For these Senators to do this is a pretty strong indication that Casey’s days as Lt. Governor are limited. These Senators must know something that the rest of don’t know. We’ll have to wait for “the rest of the story,” as the late radio announcer Paul Harvey used to say. And I’ll bet it’s going to be a doozy of a story.

missmollie

November 5th, 2010
11:47 am

Maybe the Governor-elect is taking him down in his private plane???
What is the story about “tieing his shoes”?

HallCoResident

November 5th, 2010
11:53 am

ROBOCOP: “These Senators must know something that the rest of don’t know.” Gee, ya think so?

jon

November 5th, 2010
11:57 am

I love it.

Deal has already shown his awful judgement in packing his transition team with lobbyists and friends of those currently facing indictments for bribery.

Now the legislature is headed for a bloody civil war.

And we’re not even at Day 1 yet!

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2010
11:59 am

Are these the same Senators who knew Glenn Richardson was hiking the Appalachian Trail with the lobbyist? No wonder these guys can’t get any work done. Who can concentrate on legislation at a strip club?

catlady

November 5th, 2010
12:01 pm

We have thought things were going badly for the majority of Georgians for the last 8 years–we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!

Waste not

November 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Robocop: I don’t believe in money fairies (I wish!), but I would hope that since this is a political party issue that the political party would pick up the tab.

Jimmy Deason

November 5th, 2010
12:02 pm

Someone told me Nahmias is an Egyptian Muslim. Could that be true? If so, then I am very surprised how he got to his current position.

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

Jimmy, thanks. We need more wingnut passive-aggressive rumors in this world.

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

November 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Hopefully he was flying in from out of state on his own dime.

Why didn’t you all vote for Monds again????

Sardonic Pundit

November 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

The support of a politically corrupt Democratic former DA that just lost an election should be very helpful to Mr. Namias. I suspect “vote early and vote often” was more his political philosophy, rather than an attempt at humor. The defeated DA’s decision to stay out of future politics is the one thing I can commend him for.

Left in the South

November 5th, 2010
12:29 pm

Repugs eat there own!

North over South

November 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

HA HA HA HA and you thought things were going badly for the majority of Georgians for the last 8 years–we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. This is like watching HEE HAW

Michael

November 5th, 2010
12:36 pm

A flight to Macon in a Cessna would be quick and cheap. I’m sure he knows plenty of lobbyists with planes. The lobbyists probably revolted because they thought they could just pay one guy to rule the senate but now have to pay multiples.

Hodges I guess will go back to Albany to cash in on his Phoebe Putney contacts.

Tony

November 5th, 2010
12:37 pm

Look, I didn’t vote for Cagle, but I will say that the drive from Atlanta to Macon is the second-longest drive in the country.

The longest is from Macon to Savannah.

Also, I’ve driven across Texas AND Kansas. So, long hauls over boring scenery doesn’t usually bother me. But I shudder to think of driving to Macon.

just wasteful

November 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

The story to me is not the vote but the fact that this guy actually flew to Macon from Atlanta, he just spent thousands of dollars for what could have only taken about $20 round trip in gas had he driven. But do you really expect a republican to be able to do math or care for that matter. I don’t!

Alabama Communist

November 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has flown down to Macon this morning to argue against an effort by Republican Senate leaders to strip him of his authority to control that chambers’ business.* Headline

After surrounding the Campus with M-1 Abrams Battle Tanks by General Cagle, the Republican revolt was put down with extreme force….At the moment, some of the leaders of the revolt were undergoing a shower and the usual Republican Waterboard questions…

Retired Soldier

November 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Wasteful-

Are you sure you aren’t referring to Obama and his date night in New York via Air Force one?

just wasteful

November 5th, 2010
12:58 pm

nope i’m talkin about rebuplicans….have you already forgotten about the previous 8 years before Obama…thank goodness your are retired we don’t need our military to have such bad recollection

DollarBill

November 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

Here we go again. That plane has caused more darn trouble for the Gov elect and now the Lt Gov gets to enjoy looking like an out of touch politician. Fly to Macon? Did they move Macon? Hop on Greyhound and I for one will be more impressed with that.

Colpar

November 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

or obama and his 200,000,000 a day trip to india,but that ok right?

Will

November 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Colpar- Dept. of Defense came out & said the 200mil # isn’t true. I’m a conservative guy but just becz Drudge says it’s true doesn’t make it so.

GAIT

November 5th, 2010
1:27 pm

HERE WE GO ,JUST SIT BAKE AND TAKR IT THIS IS WHY YOU VOTED.

DollarBill

November 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

Wilbur.. Drudge is mostly aggregated news.. was reported somewhere else first.. from Mumbai I think first and as of yesterday was never refuted. Michelle Malkin gave it some legs (pun not intended). European press is having some fun with POTUS right now.

Retired Soldier

November 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

wasteful-

I don’t remember Bush flying AF 1 just for a date w/ Laura. I’m sure if he did you can recite the place and time. Both sides do stupid things, only a moron thinks his side is without sin.

ryan v

November 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

So the total daily cost of the Afgan war is $190 million and folks think it’s gonna cost $200 million a day for a Presidential trip to India? This must be the start of good ole Republican math. Can’t wait for the Dem wave in a few years thanks to you ignorant sob’s.

Aquagirl

November 5th, 2010
1:34 pm

Of course Casey took a plane! He’s not stupid. After 8 years of Republican rule, you can’t get anywhere on Georgia’s roads.

Will

November 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

DollarBill- $200 mil per day?? No way it’s true. Dept. of Defense said it wasn’t true moron.

Mike

November 5th, 2010
1:37 pm

Carol Porter has nothing to do with the attempted neutering. The problems with Cagle and the Caucus have been brewing long before Porter decided to fill the “sacrificial lamb” position against Cagle.

CARL

November 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

WOW!!!!!! Casey Cagle is being stripped of his power because of an ethics complaint, I guess
Nathan Deal will be stripped of his power next.

Voice of Reason

November 5th, 2010
1:44 pm

My, my. How the liberal voices wail! They lost, they should have, but seemingly have yet to learn a lesson. The people are taking charge, just as it should be.
This complaining about “flying to Macon” may have justification, but let us not forget that for almost two years now, we have had a President traveling the world in his “private jet”. Unfortunately, we will have to put up with this inept individual for two more years. It costs more to crank Air Force One than a number of trips to Macon from Atlanta by plane. However, you liberal minds will probably forget the lesson you should have learned – but evidently haven’t. Pelosi will have to give her plane back in a few months. What a shameful shrew.

DollarBill

November 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

Wilbur – Story originated Nov 1st from NDTV.com in India. Was refuted yesterday afternoon late. 4 days later? Does not really matter if its true or not now does it? News travels fast. Rumor and innuendo even faster.

So I ask you Wilbur.. what if we find out next week that when Casey said he was going to fly down to Macon he was talking about hopping in his car and getting a GSP escort and driving real fast so he can get down there… and get back to the office as quickly as possible so he can do the people’s work. ? if it sticks – its stuck.

Will

November 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

Voice of reason-So just becz Dems waste money then Repubs can too? Is that the way it goes?

Dick in Gainesville

November 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Guess Casey will have to carry 1 of those fighting female interns, just in case his shoes need tying.

Last Man Standing

November 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

Tony:

Driving across Texas is not a “long haul”, it is a career!

lmno

November 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

Why disparage the beautiful scenic drive down I75 to Macon? No where else on Earth do such picturesque billboards grow so tall!

Really, you can keep driving all the way to Valdosta and the see the tallest natural advertisements for Asian Massage Parlors, All Nude Men’s Clubs, and of course Peronal Injury Attorneys. (The latter being the dirtiest)

GA is a beautiful state with many, many, many, bilboards to see.

Ric

November 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

Comparing Casey Cagle’s Atlanta-Macon flight to Barack Obama’s travel expenses is apples and oranges.
Sure, it would be a perfectly legitimate point to argue that the president’s travel expenses are exorbitant. But do we really want the leader of the free world traveling without adequate security and safety precautions? Think about it: if President Obama dies, we’re stuck with Joe Biden.
Moreover, the president’s travel expenses are only a drop in the bucket compared to this administration’s wasteful spending in other areas: $5.4 million on stemware for the State Department, billions of dollars to pay for 700+ military installations in more than 150 countries, Keynesian economic policies that are bankrupting our nation, etc, etc…
When you make mountains out of molehills like the president’s travel budget instead of his failed economic policies, you make conservatives look small-minded and petty.

GG1968

November 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

Wait a minute … he FLEW to Macon??!!

You’re kidding me, right????!

GeorgiaVotersAreMorons

November 5th, 2010
3:05 pm

Well, considering both parties in Georgia are corrupt & worthless, I wouldn’t be surprised cagle did stab the taxpayer by flying to Macon. Georgia voters, keep eating those sound bites, they’ll get bitter sooner or later.

alex

November 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

Lighten up on the fly vs. drive stuff here folks…..remember, Casey’s neck problem could “flare up” at any time if he is forced to “ride” very much!

Josephine Burkhalter

November 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

First, Richardson’s side antics were exposed, then Burkhalter’s out-of-wedlock daughter came to light. The Senators should have learned from the downfall of House leadership.

982

November 5th, 2010
3:29 pm

Casey Cagle has a driver and a bodyguard and he travels with his aide Mr. Pitts most of the time in a big, black Secret Service type SUV with dark tinted windows (in case his shoes come untied while he’s traveling). So don’t worry, he wasn’t going to have to drive his poor self to Macon and be bored for 2 hours!

Doogie

November 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

How do all y’all gettin’ on Obama for 1 trip to New York think W got to Crawford the 73 times he vacationed there during his presidency? Presidents fly places in Air Force One. Really. All of them.

SpaceyG

November 5th, 2010
4:16 pm

What kind of goobers elect people to powerful posts only to strip them of that post’s powers the very next day? Oh, Georgians do this! Glad I’m from SC.