Money for Gov. Sonny Perdue’s portrait in the state Capitol was donated entirely by members the board of the Georgia Ports Authority.
So board chairman Alec Poitevint, former chairman of the state GOP, tells Tom Crawford of Georgia Reports:
Poitevint declined to disclose how much money the authority members donated for the artist’s commission. “It was very reasonable for the quality of the portrait,” he said.
Rossin’s portraits of the high and the mighty – he has painted both presidents Bush and Sen. Saxby Chambliss – reportedly bring him commissions in the range of $18,000 to $35,000.
The decision to raise the money from Ports Authority members is ironic, in light of recent media reports that representatives of Perdue’s trucking and grain businesses had met several times with port officials for tips on how to increase the amount of business the Perdue companies do with Georgia ports after he leaves office.
Close to the same topic, state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, has an op-ed piece in today’s Savannah Morning News, asking readers to leave an exception in their earmarkless world for the $551 million dredging of the Port of Savannah:
Regardless of whether it’s through the president’s budget proposal or through a congressional action the federal government needs to step up to the plate. They are, after all, responsible for keeping the waterways cleared so that they can be navigated.
And if it has to be through congressional action, don’t call it an earmark, at least not one of the pork kind. While technically it may be labeled that, an economic development project of this magnitude is anything but pork.
Jane Kidd, chairman of the state Democratic party, e-mailed a note to members of the state committee on Monday evening, indicating that she will not seek another term.
Names mentioned to replace her include state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin. The deadline for submitting notice of candidacy to the party is Dec. 16. The election will be on Jan. 29, in Warner Robins.
Sonny Perdue, now down his final weeks as governor, has recommended state Rep. Mark Williams, R-Jesup, as his choice for commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources to replace Chris Clark. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal concurs, according to Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.
Williams, a businessman and former teacher, is in his fourth year at the Legislature. He defeated Christian conservative activist Kay Godwin in a 2006 primary.
Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) has posted a 12-minute clip from a legislative roundtable he hosted for the Atlanta Regional Commission earlier this month. Participants included House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, R-Milton; state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta; House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams, D-DeKalb County; and state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna.
A shorter, broadcast version can be heard here.
The topic of another push by Jones to create Milton County from the northern and wealthiest portion of Fulton County naturally came up.
Jones confirmed that she intends to introduce the matter when the General Assembly convenes in January, but doesn’t expect a vote this year.
Lindsey, who has opposed the measure in the past, said Fulton County has a limited amount of time to address the issue. “The problem is we have an inefficient county that desperately needs reform,” he said. “I have skepticism about their solutions, but I think their concerns are legitimate. If Fulton County doesn’t step up to the plate and reform, there will be a Milton County.”
O’Hayer pressed Jones on the role of race and party identification in the push for separation from Fulton. “It’s irrelevant,” she said.
“It has no meaning. It’d be like if you said, What does this have to do with people coming down from Mars? It has nothing to do with the issue, that Fulton County is inefficient. I lived in Atlanta for 12 years. As long as I’ve lived in north Fulton. It didn’t work then, and it doesn’t work as a north Fulton resident,” Jones said.
Abrams said that race doesn’t belong at the core of the north Fulton complaints, and warned against “avoiding the illegitimate conversations that ignore some of the inefficiencies.
“However, I do think it it is impossible to ignore the conversations about race and class. Atlanta has one of the wealthiest populations in the state, and also the poorest,” the Democratic leader said.
Last week, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson – with all their Republican brethren – declared that nothing would move in the Senate’s lame duck session until the matter of the Bush tax cuts was decided to their liking. Former Georgia senator Sam Nunn has this warning today in an AJC op-ed piece:
Delaying ratification of this treaty, or defeating it, to inflict a political defeat on the Obama administration would damage U.S. security interests and U.S. credibility globally. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Strategic Nuclear Commanders and our intelligence community leadership all have stated that the treaty is essential to our nation’s security.
The ratification of New START will not solve all of our front-burner security issues. It will, however, make cooperation from other nations more likely and more effective and therefore enhance American security.
I am hopeful that the Senate will put our nation’s security first by providing advice and consent to this important treaty.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider