Be prepared, lawmakers.
Over the weekend, an e-mail went out to Girl Scout leaders, warning them that HB 385, a bill to rewrite the state tax code, would subject their cookies to a sales tax – and would hit Boy Scout popcorn sales as well:
This significant financial impact would take money away from Girl Scout programs, camp support, financial aid and proceeds from the sale that support troop activities and community service projects…
…[P]lease contact your State House Representative and State Senator TODAY and express your concern in a courteous, Scout-like manner about our Scouts being taxed. Please reference House Bill 385. Sample letters have been provided on the left to make it easy to copy and paste into your own email. There are sample letters for girls as well as for parents and volunteers.
The message appears over the name of Marilyn W. Midyette, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.
Young ladies intending to button-hole their legislators over cookie sales might want to read this from Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered:
Beginning today, lobbying takes on a whole new meaning in Georgia. In essence, anyone who’s seeking to influence legislation now must file papers as a lobbyist if they’re being paid while doing so.
That includes corporate executives or school teachers visiting the Capitol, or witnesses at legislative hearings. Patrick Millsaps, chairman of the State Campaign Finance Commission, warned: “I think we are coming dangerously close to putting up barriers to prevent people from petitioning their government.”
Over the weekend, the Gainesville Times scrounged up the details of the penalty that U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger paid for his aggressive play in Washington:
Graves’ spokesman John Donnelly said the 9th District congressman was trying to beat Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp to the hoop at a Washington, D.C., gym that night. Graves jumped up, came down and hurt his left ankle.
Donnelly said an X-ray showed Graves suffered a broken ankle. More tests may be needed once the swelling in his foot recedes.
While he rests up, Graves will no doubt be listening to the radio. But according to this campaign fund-raising letter that hit late last week, he is very particular about which station gets his attention:
”I never listen to NPR. As I travel across Georgia, I tune in to hear Glenn Beck or Rush, Hannity or catch the news or just relax to good ole country music. NPR is too snooty for my taste.
“The politically correct drivel that passes for entertainment on NPR doesn’t appeal to me. Plus I’m probably like you and I believe that NPR is rightfully under fire from conservatives for firing Juan Williams for having the audacity to be conservative and appear on NPR’s most hated rival, Fox News.
“Whether NPR is on the air or not wouldn’t matter to me except for this cold hard truth: They’re funded with your tax dollars and mine….
“The NPR types like to project the image of being all lovey-dovey, but when it comes to negative campaigning, they’re cruel, relentless, personal and fueled by a self-righteous disdain for anything and anybody conservative.”
Sounds like somebody’s Saturday opera hour was interrupted one time too many by a guilt-inducing fund-drive plea. Read Graves’ entire anti-NPR letter here.
This is education week at the state Capitol. Gov. Nathan Deal has a 10:30 a.m. presser today to discuss pre-K funding. And we’re told that state senators have been invited over to the Governor’s Mansion for hors d’oeurvres and a little talk about the HOPE scholarship – due to hit the Senate floor on Tuesday. But the event is not on the governor’s public calendar.
The Tea Party Patriots has sent out this note about wavering Republicans in Wisconsin. But “fleebaggers”?
There are some rumors floating around that one or two or three of the GOP Senators may be going wobbly. This would be a huge, huge travesty after they’ve stood strong for so long. To give an inch would be to reward the fleebaggers for leaving town and the protesters that have repeatedly intimidated and acted aggressively (and even violently) toward those who support Walker.
PolitiFact this morning examines whether HB 87, an illegal immigration bill that passed the House last week, is indeed modeled after the Arizona statute.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider