An effort to persuade Grover Norquist to back off — at least temporarily

One of the more important closed-door meetings of the legislative session is set for 10 a.m. Friday on the fourth floor of the state Capitol.

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. AJC file

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. AJC file

The Georgia Center Right Coalition will host an invitation-only discussion of the proposals issued in December by the special panel examining tax reform. The one that would restore the state sales tax on groceries in return for lower corporate and personal income tax rates.

The draw: An “open conversation” between A.D. Frazier, chairman of the tax reform panel, and Grover Norquist, president of Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform.

Earlier this month, Norquist condemned the proposed tax code rewrite as a tax increase, and thus a violation of ATR’s no-tax pledge, signed by many state lawmakers and – according to Norquist – Gov. Nathan Deal.

“This is akin to shards of glass in a delicious crème brûlée. It is a bit of desirable tax reform ruined by an overall tax hike,” Norquist proclaimed.

It was a nice turn of phrase. And an absolute conversation-stopper.

Louie Hunter, a lobbyist and organizer of the session, said the purpose of the meeting was to see if Norquist can be presented with enough information to persuade him to rescind his edict – at least until the Legislature can put its mark on the work.

Otherwise, a very difficult discussion will be nearly impossible.

No press will be allowed to witness the event. But you can be sure reporters will have an ear to the door.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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17 comments Add your comment

Einsteindawg

January 27th, 2011
4:53 pm

Jim…quit writing this crap that no one cares about. Why not write about how the Georgia legislature is mired in ineptness while Tennessee is prospering without a state income tax. Why do we continue to elect lawyers, doctors, and school adminstrators to represent us. BTW…FIRST!

Red

January 27th, 2011
5:10 pm

Does anyone really care if Norquist is mad? Why does this little man have so much power? Champion of astroturf since Abramoff went to jail and Ralphie has been pushed into a dark corner?

ProgressivePeach

January 27th, 2011
5:18 pm

We care! We love seeing the state’s lapdog Republicans being led to disaster by a madman! We need to know how these crazy slathering tail-sniffing toadies will bow down to Grover out of fear. Check your testicular fortitude at the door, Republicans! You’re not leaders! You’re syncaphants! And some day — It may be a long way off — Georgians will get wise to the fact that you’re just yes-men for plutocrats and kleptocrats and kick you out of office. So yes, cover this event. We care. And it’s fun to watch so-called “powerful politicians” cower!

findog

January 27th, 2011
5:19 pm

I say, is this Norquist fellow even a registered Georgia voter?
If he has veto power over the state legislature maybe that unnamed freshman senator found it in the state constitution under the executive section as an amendment to the governor’s powers…
Live by the jerk die by the jerk!

Einsteindawg

January 27th, 2011
5:36 pm

Hey Jim…this is your fouth bad topic in a row. Maybe you should get Cynthia Tucker to help you with the next.

khc

January 27th, 2011
5:49 pm

is einsteindawg an oxymoron?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 27th, 2011
5:50 pm

Khc..per Jan Kemp, yes.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

However, I think i like einsteindawg..we need to end the GA state Income tax!

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Escalade

January 27th, 2011
9:40 pm

“…the purpose of the meeting was to see if Norquist can be presented with enough information to persuade him to rescind his edict…”

Get on board Grover, it just won’t do for you to come in here and try to speak the truth.

Michael

January 28th, 2011
7:40 am

Why don’t the repuklican sycophants want Jim to cover events where repuklicans raise taxes?

States Rights?

January 28th, 2011
8:01 am

I thought they like states rights. Then why are they asking permission from a Washington insider?

The Snark

January 28th, 2011
8:51 am

Grover Norquist has never been elected to any office, never served in government, and never had to shoulder one ounce of responsibility for our precious right to self-government. If our elected officials had spines, they would tell him to go stuff it.

ROBOCOP

January 28th, 2011
10:04 am

If you want to know who Grover Norquist is just google Jack Abramoff and his lapdog, Georgia’s own Ralph Reed, and you’ll get the skinny on who these thieves are. Also, google the name Tom Delay, the disgraced former Republican House Majority leader from Texas who now wears an ionmate uniform for his corruption. (I wonder Sean Vanity had to say about Delay’s recent criminal conviction in Texas considering Vanity was a defender of Delay and railed against the so-called witch hunt he claimed poor Tom was being subjected to.) Norquist-Abramoff-Reed-Delay, a coalition of thieves and power brokers, who were part of a cabal of crooks making sure “they got theirs.” Republican politicians across this ciountry fear Norquist because of his campaign financing capabilities and all the personal stuff he has on many of these so-called “family values” guys.

I hope the Republican-controlled legislature here passes a bill modifying the Georguia Tax code to include reinstating the sales tax on food and prescription medicines. The banner headline could then read, “Republicans vote to increase taxes on Georgia citizens.”

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Rawmilkdrinker

January 29th, 2011
10:32 am

Grover Norquist is “meddling” in something that is none of his business. Needs to stay hame and tend to his own little feifdom.

silent jay

January 30th, 2011
4:56 pm

That picture of Norquist is 2 centuries old.

Do you owe him a favor?