Your morning jolt: Complaint alleging Casey Cagle affair headed for dismissal

The state ethics commission appears ready to dismiss the complaint lodged last October against Casey Cagle that accused the Republican lieutenant governor of having an inappropriate relationship with a campaign staffer and overpaying her with campaign funds.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Case No. 20010-0066 – a Cagle spokesman confirmed this is the one — is listed on the “dismissal” portion of the March 1 agenda for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

The complaint was filed by Ray Boyd, the real estate entrepreneur who last spring considered a Republican run for governor – but would not sign the loyalty oath required by the state GOP.

Boyd’s complaint offered no proof of the affair, which allegedly occurred around the time Cagle, then a state senator, was elected lieutenant governor in 2006.

Cagle called the allegation “absolutely false,” and declared the complaint to be the work of his Democratic opponent, Carol Porter. Porter denied having any role in the matter – and Boyd agreed that this was so. Although Boyd was one of her supporters.

Cagle spokesman Ben Fry said the state ethics commission typically does not act on complaints against occupants of the Capitol while the Legislature is in session. The lieutenant governor asked for that policy to be waived, Fry said, so that the complaint could be dispatched as soon as possible.

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Supporters of package sales of alcohol on Sunday will gather at the Capitol at noon today. They now have an anthem of sorts.

The following video – we do not know who to credit or blame — was posted yesterday on the Facebook page of Georgians for Sunday Alcohol Sales:

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The Sunday sales rally will be followed by a 4 p.m. gathering of union workers in support of public employees in Wisconsin. The Washington Post provides a quick primer today on the situation:

TRENTON, N.J. – The offensive by Republican governors to tackle the power of public employee unions sparked new clashes Tuesday as protesters descended on Ohio’s capitol and Democratic lawmakers in Indiana fled the state to avoid a vote on anti-union legislation.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ratcheted up the pressure on state employees by linking relief from property taxes to sharp increases in what government workers pay for health insurance.

The budget fights initiated by Republican governors represent a multi-state effort by like-minded politicians to solve budgetary problems in part by weakening public employee unions and demanding significant concessions from workers. After the November elections, Republicans now control many more state legislatures and governorships.

Although the particulars may differ – some governors are seeking to end collective bargaining rights, others are not – the state executives share both a political philosophy and a conviction that the public is prepared to support these measures if they help fix long-term budgetary problems.

Republican officials said there is no coordinated campaign underway. Governors are loosely communicating, sharing text messages and occasional phone calls as they offer moral support to one another.

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My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin notes the delicate path that House Democrats are walking by joining Gov. Nathan Deal’s effort to revamp the HOPE scholarship program:

Democrats have been largely supportive of Deal’s proposal — at least publicly and on its basic framework. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, and Rep. Calvin Smyre, D-Columbus, a past Democratic caucus chairman, stood with Deal as he unveiled the proposal Tuesday morning at Georgia State University.

Later, at a news conference, Abrams, who signed on to the bill as a co-sponsor, repeated her support for the framework of the plan, and said Democrats insisted on a seat at the negotiating table.

“We were invited to work with Governor Deal,” she said. “As the authors of HOPE, the creators of the program, we refuse to not be at the table.”

Still, Abrams said her party’s support is contingent on several key measures remaining in the bill, including access to HOPE for remedial classes at technical colleges and funding for pre-K.

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This morning, AJC’s Politifact takes on the accuracy of E-Verify:

Indeed, the GAO and experts for and against making E-Verify mandatory agree that the program has improved. It’s overwhelmingly accurate for authorized workers, but it fails to catch a large percentage of illegal ones.

The most current data says that overall, it was inaccurate between 2.3 and 5.7 percent of the time, according to Westat.

For legal workers, its error rate was between 0.6 percent and 1 percent, Westat found. But of the workers it thought may be unauthorized, 22 percent were actually legal.

E-Verify mistook legal, foreign-born workers for illegal ones 20 percent more often than it did for their U.S.-born counterparts, according to Westat. The system especially struggled with workers with Hispanic and Arab surnames, which means “increased potential exists for an adverse impact on individuals’ civil rights and civil liberties,” the GAO warned.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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20 comments Add your comment

Glocal

February 23rd, 2011
9:33 am

“The state ethics commission typically does not act on complaints against occupants of the Capitol while the Legislature is in session.”

Well, isn’t that convenient!

td

February 23rd, 2011
9:40 am

Looks like a lot of these young, uneducated posters the past several weeks in favor of Sunday sales have gotten together and made a video. The video just proves the points I have been trying to make for reasons why not to allow the sale on Sundays.

bart

February 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

I don’t know anybody who doesn’t think Cagle had an affair. That’s why he didn’t run for Governor.

Last Man Standing

February 23rd, 2011
9:47 am

What an attractive video supporting Sunday package sales! Congratulations! If that video doesn’t put the possibility of Sunday package sales in the toilet, nothing will.

Even though “the state ethics commission typically does not act on complaints against occupants of the Capitol while the Legislature is in session”, Cagle asked that this policy be waived. Yep, that should definitely point to his guilt.

GaBlue

February 23rd, 2011
9:51 am

I still don’t understand why I’m supposed to give a rat’s fuzzy what other people do in private. Unless she’s a lobbyist and exerting inappropriate influence on public policy, it’s none of my beeswax who he bedded. Don’t you wish the Republicans and Talibaptists would get their nosy beaks out of OUR personal business, too? Yeah, don’t hold your breath.

Billy Bob

February 23rd, 2011
9:57 am

Great – the good old boy network is alive and well for republicans in GA! If he was a Democrat, they would be screaming for his head on a pike!

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eatmotacos

February 23rd, 2011
10:23 am

Re: Accuracy of E-Verify

“The most current data says that overall, it was inaccurate between 2.3 and 5.7 percent of the time, according to Westat.’

So, it’s accurate between 94.3 and 97.7 percent of the time, and AJC’s Politifact spins that as a negative?

The enigma here is, why does a politically left leaning newspaper align itself with big corporations, at the expense of the working class, on this issue?

It looks like another case of political correctness trumping rationality.

JoePa

February 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

Uhhh … I really hope the Sunday Sales group disavows this video — and FAST. This is pure ammunition for the theocrats. Ugh.

CobbGOPer

February 23rd, 2011
10:57 am

The existence of alcohol is the only ammunition theocrats require.

Pete

February 23rd, 2011
11:12 am

GABlue, the reason you should care is because Cagle and those like him are hypocrites. They preach “family values,” then have affairs behind their wives’ backs. I frankly couldn’t care less what anybody does in his private life if he’s not a hypocrite about it. Unfortunately, the religious right is full of hypocrites.

Rou Lette

February 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

That video is buh-rilliant. Young, drunken rappers are the ones FOR Sunday sales. Have they made one in support of DUI?

I love eating meat

February 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Republican family values what a joke nothing but hypocrite

Last Man Standing

February 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

I love eating meat:

punctuation great don’t stop there go to school

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GaBlue

February 23rd, 2011
1:14 pm

Pete @ 11:12,

You’re preachin’ to the choir! The thing about Repub family value hypocrisy is that the voters overlook it on election day. It’s all about the (R), and nothing an (R) could do would make him or her as evil as a law-abiding, never-divorced Sunday School teacher who dares put a (D) by his or her name… I mean, CHRIST, they might fund a program to feed or vaccinate poor kids or something, and that would make Baby Jesus cry!!

Georgia Fan

February 23rd, 2011
1:19 pm

The video was probably made by those who oppose Sunday Sales, to prove that the people who support Sunday Sales are too “street” to be taken seriously. Just a hypothetical.

UGADawg83

February 23rd, 2011
2:08 pm

This video changed my mind about Sunday sales. I’m now opposed.

Just Wonderin'

February 23rd, 2011
7:41 pm

So, if the Cagle affair rumors were true and/or could be proved…it just goes to show that power is sexy. ‘Cause, y’all, really, look at this guy.