A Senate crisis to interrupt bacon, eggs and grits

A late post, because – if you’re a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce – you might be interested in why your Eggs & Issues Breakfast will be so thinly attended Tuesday morning.

Or why Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle might be a tad distracted during his address.

Late Monday morning, as the Senate was about to convene, a housekeeping measure was introduced for unanimous consent. Included in the legislation was a slight modification of the Senate rules.

It would have made Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, automatic chairman of the chamber’s Committee on Administrative Affairs, which holds the Senate’s purse strings. Right now, the chamber’s fiscal affairs are controlled by Cagle.

The language would also have allowed Williams to deal directly with House Speaker David Ralston on certain matters. The formation of some committees – we’re not sure whether conference committees were included.

In essence, it was an attempt to complete the coup against Cagle that was launched in November.

Cagle’s people caught the language. Word quickly spread, and the matter was withdrawn – though discussion continued. Apparently many people were taken by surprise, including some members of the ruling Committee of Assignments – all of whom met with the lieutenant governor at 2 p.m.

Expletives were uttered by people who usually don’t.

Also something to be considered: Those mid-day Monday remarks by Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, indicating that the business of the Committee of Assignments was over and done.

Phone calls and e-mails went out to make sure all Senate Republicans would be at this morning’s 9 a.m. caucus meeting. Likewise, Senate Democrats will meet at the same time, albeit at another locale on Capitol grounds.

Oh, the drama.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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35 comments Add your comment

ga female

January 24th, 2011
10:12 pm

I gather this was discussed during the $17,000 luxury trip over the Thanksgiving Holiday that Ralston and his Family were treated to in Germany by the Lobbiest.

How dirty can the Republican’s in this state get. The Chair of the Banking committee is being sued by the FDIC. Ralston said on WSBTV that it was part of the deal that he take his family with him on the European Vacation.

steve

January 24th, 2011
10:29 pm

Stupid… the Senate GOP Caucus needs to focus on pressing issues instead of creating more chaos…

Bearing Point former employee

January 24th, 2011
11:19 pm

Maybe we can call up Nathan and Clint and get a good DEAL on a fishing boat from that outdoor store? What a redneck joke of a state we live in.

Get your tax returns ready folks.

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henry county mom

January 25th, 2011
12:58 am

BEER ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgia Politicians

January 25th, 2011
5:56 am

They make the three stooges look like UGA alum.

dagnabit

January 25th, 2011
7:02 am

Would Shariah law be any worse?

phil

January 25th, 2011
7:20 am

I guess Cagle can no longer make improper loans to Dirty Deal.

Bearing Point former employee

January 25th, 2011
7:50 am

I bet bankers sweat when they see Cagle and Deal in the parking lot. Banks fall like flies after these two and their relatives get multiple loans on worthless property. How can any of these people ever be trusted? Makes one wonder.

Bill Orvis White

January 25th, 2011
8:06 am

I’m disgusted by the hate on this board. “Dirty Deal?” The man has never been convicted of anything. “The bankers sweat when they see Cagle and Deal?” These are two fine men who have served their piece of southern heritage, fiscal discipline, family values and free markets. “Beer on Sunday?” What? Listen, I’ve been on the drink. I was no good. I didn’t know God-I only knew Budweiser and Jim Beam. No one should go through what I went through and that’s why a southern tradition of no drink on God’s day must continue. If we allow the Devil’s Elixer to flow freely, we will lose our moral compass in this sacred territory of the United States. I’m sorry, but we’ve lost our way in this once-free country. Most folk want government to take care of them in their irresponsiblity.
Amen,
Bill

Mike

January 25th, 2011
8:07 am

I can remember whn this state was strong and progressive! People like these make it a joke.

Tom

January 25th, 2011
8:20 am

Is it day 40 yet?

No Dog in this Hunt

January 25th, 2011
8:26 am

Bill: The nanny state attitude of wanting the government to take care of them in their irresponsibility is supposed to be what the republicans ran against. They all claim to have the moral ground but are led by A) A man who used his elected office for personal gain, B) another man who supported A and who is rumored to have a love child, and C) a man who accepts personal vacations for his family from lobbyists.

They say we need ethics reform, and we need to focus on getting non-essential spending under control. The ignore existing ethics rules, knowing they can, and they want to pay millions to private educational groups rather than fix the educational system they have. If private contractors are better for education, kill the DOE, fire the 180 school systems’ employees, and out source it all to KIPP. The fact is that they only care about power through reelection.

Michael

January 25th, 2011
8:34 am

Uh, Orvis, don’t want you getting off the wagon but we can drink on Sunday. God and Georgia said so.

Just Wait

January 25th, 2011
8:42 am

Ethics in politics is probably something we will never see in our lifetimes. With this group, there is no truer statement than power corrupts because no group thinks they are more powerful. And now the Republicans are doing what they always do when in power, they being eating there own. Always fun to watch. By the way, the 3 Stooges and UGA Alum is not a correlation.

ROBOCOP

January 25th, 2011
8:49 am

Hey, Bill Orvis White, exactly what was the alcoholic content of the wine Jesus and his Disciples consumed at the Last Supper?

Tom

January 25th, 2011
8:51 am

So Georgia Christian Coalition Head-WASP-in-Charge Jerry Luquire defends his oppostion to Sundat sales thusly….

“We should have one day when people don’t have to buy alcoholic products,” Luquire said.

Huh? Hey, Jerry! There currently are…..and will continue to be…..SEVEN DAYS A WEEK when people “don’t have to buy alcoholic products”! Praise God!

ROBOCOP

January 25th, 2011
8:53 am

These rather shabby attempts by Republican members of the Georgia Senate ti unseat their fair-haired boy Lt. Governor, is just another example of Republican values. Cagle’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but most of the rest of the clowns who are going after him are just as dumb and power-hungry.

All of you who have demanded Republican politics are sure getting as face full of it, aren’t you?

crossdawg

January 25th, 2011
9:05 am

They keep playing their games at the expense of the tax payers.

Bill Orvis White

January 25th, 2011
9:08 am

@ROBOCOP
Sure, Jesus imbibed in the drink, but it was what was available at that time. So much has changed since those days where we no longer have to succumb to what I consider now, the Devil’s Elixir. Yes, I believe in choice and free markets, but I believe that every human life needs to worship the Lord Almighty and possess a sense of responsiblity. That can only be achieved through a Christ-centered existence on this planet. Now, you’re going to say that I’m being bigoted because I’m not including the Hebrews and good Muslims in the argument. Yes, they too can find their God and accept personal responsibility. All of us of these faiths need to join in and realize that Sunday is a sacred day when we all need to find our moral compass. If we don’t do that, then I fear for the future. We already so unlimited debauchery on the television with pornography hitting mainstream cable channels, our children are on the pill, drink and illegal drugs, God’s out of the school and respect for elders is gone.

Now, it’s a fact that government has grown in all the wrong areas under Jimmah Carter, Bubba Clinton and Hussein Obama. Irresponsible spending and deficits have exploded on their watches. Oh and don’t bring up that President Reagan, President HW Bush and President GW Bush increased the deficits through military spending: WRONG! President Reagan and Mr. HW Bush inherited Jimmah’s mess and then GW inherited Bubba’s mess.

Those Socialist-Democrat presidents have led to unfunded mandates placed upon states. Good Republicans like Mr. Cagle, Mr. Deal and Mr. Rogers are all doing their best to fix these problems, but then come the liberals to destroy their rightful agendas.

What needs to happen now is that states like Georgia need to voucherize and inspire more home schooling. Georgia also needs to go to a FAIR Tax system and cut taxes on corporations and all sized businesses NOW!

Amen,
Bill

The Snark

January 25th, 2011
9:08 am

Republicans say that government is the problem — then they get into office and prove it.

Douglas

January 25th, 2011
9:09 am

Mike, when was this state EVER “strong and progressive?” The closest we ever came to that was in the mid-1960’s. Otherwise we’ve been skating. And as for the Speaker’s trip to Europe, that was $17 grand WELL SPENT. Why is it all the other junkets taken by legislators, with their families, get a mere glance, if that, but the one time someone who wants to promote a sane answer to some of our mobility problems gets smeared. I’d get mad at the AJC for even runing the story, especially on the front page, but it is all of thos car ads that keep the paper financially afloat, and if passenger rail was ever to get a foothold in this state, that might deminish by about 1%. No, the “news” paper knows who butters its bread, and they mean to keep it that way.

cam

January 25th, 2011
9:13 am

We have a bunch of crooks running our state. However, it seems a majority of the voters don’t care as long as the crooks have an “R” by their name. Therefore, these idiots can do anything and get away with it, and they know it.

jconservative

January 25th, 2011
9:13 am

Bill Orvis White is just another Liberal Big Government meddler who wants the Government to make the decisions on how I should lead my life.

Why do Liberals like Bill Orvis White want the Government to control people’s life?

If mr. White is weak kneed and cannot control his impulses that does not mean that I am.

It sounds like some people need to move to Iran where the government and/or the church make all decisions for the people. A place where the people do not need to think, just obey.

Capitol Hack

January 25th, 2011
9:14 am

Bill, Bill, Bill. Bless your heart. You exemplify classic republican hypocrisy. On the one hand you decry a supposed “loss of freedom”, while simultaneously supporting government restrictions on our freedom. You don’t see any contradiction there? You don’t have to answer – we know already.

Wordsmith

January 25th, 2011
9:34 am

Bill,
Sunday is THE day for Jews and Muslims. Nor do I want the gummint telling me what I can or cannot buy on Sunday. When I arrived in GA in 1969, one couldn’t buy much of anything on Sunday. Don’t miss that.

Really

January 25th, 2011
9:48 am

“that was part of the deal”… finally an honest politician! Not smart but honest. Our leadership admitting negotiating with a lobbyist. He will have to negotiate with us when he is up for reelection. His actions are disgusting but he is too ignorant to even see it.

Really

January 25th, 2011
9:53 am

My ex-wife is an out-of-control alcoholic, if she can plan ahead and always have access to booze, I don’t see how you can’t. If you ever need something on a Sunday, i’m sure she can erratically drive some to you for the right price.

Aquagirl

January 25th, 2011
10:15 am

Bonus interwebs points for Bill Orvis and his new verb “voucherize.” God has sent us this man to straighten out Georgia’s education system.

Horecena Tater

January 25th, 2011
10:35 am

Now don’t go smackin’ on good ol’ Bill Orvis White. What would we do for our daily chuckle without him? The amazing part is he is NOT a troll, but believes the goofy stuff he writes!

JD

January 25th, 2011
11:20 am

Our problem is — there weren’t no grits at the breakfast — just half cooked potatoes! And everyone knows without grits there is no sustenance…

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pn

January 25th, 2011
12:02 pm

There is no honor among thieves and crooks.

ROBOCOP

January 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

Now having received that tongue lashing by Bill Orvis White, I’m prepared to respond. I will not live in an America that you want.

sgeorgia

January 25th, 2011
10:13 pm

Watch that Tommie Williams….sneaky….and out for power….