Your morning jolt: Rob Woodall’s lonely GOP vote against bill to block NPR funds

When the House voted Thursday to block federal funding to National Public Radio, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was the only Republican from Georgia to oppose the measure.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville

Actually, it was a lonelier stand than that. Woodall was only one of seven Republicans in the entire House to punch the “no” button, according to this New York Times chart. Woodall explained himself in a Facebook post last night:

Take a close look at my NPR vote today. Every article that I have seen on the vote says the bill “cuts NPR and reduces spending” yet that just isn’t true. The bill today didn’t allow us to cut one penny in spending, and I think that is outrageous. I voted “no” because we need to cut and save those dollars. This bill just shuffled and spent them. You and I expect better from this Congress, and I’m fighting for it.

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You know that Georgia has been stripped of its supply of a lethal-injection drug, putting state executions on hold – to the frustration of prosecutors around the state.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents took the extraordinary step of confiscating the state’s supply of sodium thiopental from the state prison at Jackson.
The drug is the first portion of a three-drug cocktail used to put inmates to death.

A lawyer for a death row inmate had asked the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Georgia had violated federal law when it failed to register with the DEA when it imported the sedative from Britain last year. The drug is no longer made in the U.S.

Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) caught up with Gov. Nathan Deal on the topic Thursday. The governor appeared tempted to make a states’ rights argument – but then walked it back:

Listen to the interview here. Said Deal:

”In our republic, states have opportunities and responsibilities. But we do need, of course to work with our federal authorities, whose primary mission in this case is to make sure that controlled substances are not distributed and put into the wrong hands. I do not consider the reception of these drugs by a state agency that is properly licensed by state law, and authorized by state law, to fall into that category.

“But we want to abide by the rules, and that’s what we intend to do….We’ll find out how this oversight happened and we’ll correct it.”

At least three scheduled executions could be delayed by the investigation.

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U.S. Census figures covering Georgia were finally rolled out on Thursday, showing that metro Atlanta’s Hispanic population nearly doubled. Across the state, anyone concerned with politics pulled out a calculator. A few tidbits you might not read elsewhere:

– While nearly 2 million people have flocked to Georgia in the past decade, fewer than 4,000 since 2000 have trickled into Atlanta, according to the Associated Press. That’s less than 1 percent.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the numbers concern him.

“We’re going to look at the data,” Reed said in a telephone interview. “We believe that there are probably some challenges, but this is contrary to all the data they’ve been releasing for the past nine years.”

– Georgia State University political science professor Steve Anthony wondered what would become of rapidly depopulating rural areas of the state. “You now almost have three Georgias,” he said. “We’ve still got people in south Georgia, but how do you take care of what’s down there if there’s no people or tax dollars to take care of it?”

– GOP political strategist Mark Rountree points to one oddity: Gwinnett now has a far larger population than Cobb County. But Cobb still has far more registered voters – possibly due to Gwinnett’s swelling Asian and Hispanic immigrant populations. We’d also bet that Cobb’s population is significantly older.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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146 comments Add your comment

Question Man

March 18th, 2011
9:11 am

Is the rumor I’ve heard possible? Has the Atlanta metro area been puffing up its population numbers since 1895 in order to look good? Is Atlanta’s population closer to 500,000 than 5,000,000? Doesn’t it seem that way since everywhere you go you see people you know?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
9:14 am

– possibly due to Gwinnett’s swelling Asian and Hispanic immigrant populations.

And thus the LEFTS continual attempts at AMMNESTY for Illegal invader parasite aliens.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
9:18 am

Question man..I have my theory that the AJCs dead tree edition has been puffing it’s circulation numbers, myself. Even then, it’s fallen off a cliff since ..oh..say..they hired Cynthia

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
9:22 am

“. . . Cobb still has far more registered voters – possibly due to Gwinnett’s swelling Asian and Hispanic immigrant populations. We’d also bet that Cobb’s population is significantly older.”

I’d also bet that Cobb’s population is significantly ‘legal’.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
9:31 am

“At least three scheduled executions could be delayed by the investigation.”

What is wrong with using American-made rope? How about firing “Old Sparky” up? I don’t believe that Georgia law requires that the condemned be given a choice of the method of execution.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
9:35 am

“The bill today didn’t allow us to cut one penny in spending, and I think that is outrageous. I voted “no” because we need to cut and save those dollars. This bill just shuffled and spent them.”

Good for Rob Woodall! Keep holding their feet to the fire!

td

March 18th, 2011
9:47 am

Census data shows that Republican strong holds have dramatically increased population while Democratic stronghold have not very little gain. Alright legislators get those knifes out and start carving up more republican seats.

Smeagol

March 18th, 2011
10:01 am

Smeagol hateses you. He hateses all of you.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
10:04 am

td:

Good to see you posting this morning. Thought you were a MIA!

Radio Days

March 18th, 2011
10:14 am

“U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, was the only Republican from Georgia to oppose the measure.”

Rob may be right or wrong, I’m not sure, but he’s off to a bad start with that vote because an awful lot of people in his district do not like NPR. He better do some ’splainin fast or he might be a one-termer.

Michael B. Shapiro

March 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Last Man Standing @ 9:31 suggest you re-read Georgia’s death penalty statute which does in fact require death by lethal injection for those sentenced after the last major re-write. Those sentenced before that re-write have the “choice” of death by the electric chair or lethal injection. It would seem appropriate for a government to follow the laws of its own creation, especially when we’re talking about the ultimate sanction of death.

td

March 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
10:04 am
td:

Good to see you posting this morning. Thought you were a MIA!

Had to be out making obscene profits and making sure those sorry liberals are earning their paychecks and not laying down on the job.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
10:28 am

Give the condemed a Horse Tranquilizer , then find a vein and send in the good stuff …

Mystic55

March 18th, 2011
10:31 am

Actually Radio Days, he did, since this bill didn’t actually CUT spending at all.

After all that’s the major Republcian priority right, cutting spending and lowering taxes to create JOBS?

Except that this bill didn’t do that. At All. In fact the vast majority of their time for the last few months has been for anything BUT creating jobs.

grizzybear

March 18th, 2011
10:33 am

get rid of the death penalty, that will take care of the problem!

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Debbie Dooley

March 18th, 2011
10:41 am

Woodall has some cajones. That vote will not go well in his Tea-Bagging district. Good luck with that explanation, though.

Common Cause GA

March 18th, 2011
10:41 am

We are representing a redistricting process that is fair and works for all Georgians at http://www.CommonCauseGA.org .

BehindEnemyLines

March 18th, 2011
10:42 am

Woodall seems to have let the perfect become the enemy of the good. Bad way to get your name in a headline, moreso for a freshman. Two years is a long time, a high batting average between now & the next election will cause this strikeout to be forgotten but if it’s the sort of news he makes a habit of making he could find himself one & done.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
10:50 am

Michael B. Shapiro:

Thanks, I’ll do that.

td

March 18th, 2011
10:53 am

Common Cause GA

March 18th, 2011
10:41 am
We are representing a redistricting process that is fair and works for all Georgians at http://www.CommonCauseGA.org .

You get the other 49 states to go along with the plan first and I will then think about. Until then, to the winner goes the spoils and that means less Dems in Georgia for the next ten years.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
10:55 am

grizzybear:

“get rid of the death penalty, that will take care of the problem!”

I’ve not known many people who have lost loved ones to homicides that held that opinion, and I have met many of them. I guess that being placed in that podition tends to alter opinions.

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
10:56 am

Can;t type this morning! “podition” should read “position”

joe

March 18th, 2011
11:01 am

“possibly due to Gwinnett’s swelling Asian and Hispanic immigrant populations”…Jim, you should have used ILLEGAL populations instead of immigrant. Why not tell it like it is?

So the Hispanic population has doubled…I’ve yet to see any numbers from anyone on how many are here illegally. Take a look at the jail cells and crime stories in Gwinnett…it has become a cesspool of drug dealing, gang banging, etc. Far from the Gwinnett I knew when I first moved to Atlanta in 1991. Sickening, really.

Rob

March 18th, 2011
11:01 am

@Last Man Standing “I’ve not known many people who have lost loved ones to homicides that held that opinion”

Maybe not many, but there are a few. But it took these families an overwhelming sense of God’s love for sinners and an awful amount of strength to forgive. Maybe that’s too much to expect from most people.

Aquagirl

March 18th, 2011
11:11 am

Cheap construction and drugs are big business in Cobb County. If people living there didn’t need either, there wouldn’t be a pack of illegals in Gwinnett to accommodate them.

There is a sickness in GA

March 18th, 2011
11:23 am

@ Joe There is no way to determine how many of those Hispanic and Asians are illegal so why would Jim call them all illegal. Regardless, you should be thanking all those immigrants because they have probably given people like you two more votes in Congress and mean that GA will get a larger share of federal resources.

Finally, regarding Gwinnett. If you create a situation where a population is relatively impoverished, often economically exploited, and feels they cannot go to the cops for protection for fear of being deported you will have a community in which crime will flourish.

JL

March 18th, 2011
11:23 am

Joe,

You’ve yet to see any number on how many of the immigrants are illegal, but you’re upset that the article didn’t declare all of the immigrants illegal. Nicely done. That’s the sort of tolerant worldview that will ensure the United States doesn’t compete in a global market.

Ron

March 18th, 2011
11:43 am

I remember years ago. The State of Georgia, and the south had a sense of morality. I look at our state legislators. They’re aren’t concerned, the people who elected them. They’re only concerned about themselves, and special interest groups. The State of Georgia is broke, because of greed. The legislators are wasting to much time on senseless legislation. Issues like buying liquor on Sunday, hunting over bait, taking your gun to Church. There’s nothing being discussed about creating new jobs, education, improving traffic around the metro area. In the future, at the polling places. We need to consider the person, not the Party.

td

March 18th, 2011
11:49 am

Ron

March 18th, 2011
11:43 am

“There’s nothing being discussed about creating new jobs, education, improving traffic around the metro area”

There is nothing being discussed on this news paper because they will not let anything on the paper that would show the Republicans in a good light. Go to the Georgia Legislature website and you can read many bills in your area of concern. Some already passe and not a mention here.

Bill

March 18th, 2011
11:49 am

Last man,

“I’ve not known many people who have lost loved ones to homicides that held that opinion, and I have met many of them. I guess that being placed in that podition tends to alter opinions.”

That is why criminal cases are always “the state vs. ….” Of course the victims survivors would like revenge, who wouldn’t. That does not mean it is right, or that this is what the state should do.

For a different take on capital punishment, read “The Stranger” by Albert Camus. From the perspective of that novel, the most painful thing we can inflict on a murderer is what we presently do: sentence them to die, then make them wait interminably.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

“the most painful thing we can inflict on a murderer is what we presently do: sentence them to die, then make them wait interminably.”

If that is the most painful thing you can think of to inflict, you sure don’t try very hard in life…

Bleeding hearts need a good dose of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche..

Obama 2012

March 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

I am “proud” to say Woodhall is my rep, NOT! I can not wait until people wake up and finally vote out the GOP from this district. We finally were able to say goodbye to Linder after he served many terms past what he promised. I believe sooner or later Lawerenceville will become Blue based on the census numbers, the voter registrations efforts need to increase.

joe

March 18th, 2011
12:03 pm

@ JL & Sick…you two are like peas in a pod aren’t you.

Nowhere in my post will you find me declaring “ALL” Hispanics illegal. For the ones who are here legally and are productive members of our communities, they are welcome all day long. For those here illegally who are running crime sprees, you need to be deported today. We don’t need our taxpayer dollars spent on (at best) unproductive people who are not doing their fare share or (at worst) career criminals he!! bent on destroying everything in their path. You two need to get your facts straight before criticizing me or anyone else who are sick and tired of the open border problems we have today. We need the Feds to do something about this issue now before its too late.

Christian business owner here

March 18th, 2011
12:07 pm

i don’t see much christian thinking on this board. I do see plenty of signs of greed, xenophobia, judging, and an overall insecurity that is disgusting. I guess that’s what the anonymity of the internet has provided for us.

The bible teaches that we are our brother’s keeper, and as for me – my allegiance is to God, my family, and my country. My political party doesn’t make the list. My race doesn’t make the list. My 401k doesn’t make the list. I do, however, own a small business that employs 33 people, who are the parents of 23 children. I need good dependable employees from our public schools. In need educated people to grow. In turn, I owe my employees a good living, as they have provided one for me and my family. Their children are dependent on my talents and work to thrive. I am not interested in making the bankers, lawyers, doctors, bureaucrats, and politicians wealthy – which is unfortunately what our current system is set up to do.

enriching the corporate fat cats and attorneys is how the system works now. can we change that?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:08 pm

@obama 2012

The demographics change, but all that brings are crime and lower property values when an area shifts from majority white to majority non-white(racist , evil, blah blah blah..the FACTS are the facts..if they offend, tough.) HOWEVER, a plurality of GA’s latinos are here as illegal aliens, their number does not help El Democratos because illegal aliens can’t vote. Gwinnett may soon have a situation where a majority of the county residents are not eligible to vote :)

Obama 2012

March 18th, 2011
12:11 pm

…i never knew that white people did not commit crimes….(or do they have the legal resources not to get prosecuted)

Some people are so blinded by ignorance it is truly a waste of time to even TRY to enter into an intelligent dialogue with them.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:14 pm

obama2012, please enlighten my ignorance..just name one zipcode that experienced less crime and higher property values when the demographics switched from majority white to majority nonwhite.

GaBlue

March 18th, 2011
12:15 pm

Christian Business Owner,

**hugs!** Thank you for saying that! Thank you for being you.

Obama 2012

March 18th, 2011
12:17 pm

http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_49.html
Imagine that, the FBI reports that Whites commit the majority of all crimes in this country. (Actually more than double that of Blacks)

We can’t have a little thing like FACTS, distort our opinions.

findog

March 18th, 2011
12:18 pm

I would think that an upright, good godly, conservative capitalist would only quantify profits as obscene if they were related to child pornography. Explains a lot about our td doesn’t it…

Obama 2012

March 18th, 2011
12:19 pm

http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_61.html
Same goes for “non-metropolitan counties” you know where the majority of the population is white.

Like “shooting fish in a barrel”

Last Man Standing

March 18th, 2011
12:22 pm

Bill:

“From the perspective of that novel, the most painful thing we can inflict on a murderer is what we presently do: sentence them to die, then make them wait interminably.”

I have never heard of a judge sentencing anyone to die twenty years from the date of the sentence. The convicted through their lawyers file appeal after appeal after appeal. The former A.G. Mike Bowers proposed a plan that would require the condemned to file ALL appeals within a certain period of time after sentencing. I thought it a very good plan and it should be reconsidered. As it is, justice is neither sure nor swift.

findog

March 18th, 2011
12:25 pm

Trish @12:02
The reality is that the only pain the condemned feel is the pin prick to find a vein
Something about cruel and unusual punishment in that constitution thingee

HL

March 18th, 2011
12:26 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle , Your comment shows signs of conservative amnesia.
And thus the LEFTS continual attempts at AMMNESTY for Illegal invader parasite aliens.
Check out St. Ronny’s record on granting amnesty.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:29 pm

hmm..whites are 66% of the population…if we commit twice as many crimes as blacks, that means blacks must be 33%..but we will go with your FBI stats of 30.6% of all crime..but..oops..wait..blacks are 12.9% of the population..that means per capita blacks commit more crimes than whites do, per capita…more than double..the math comes to about 237% more per capita..

now lets see..that 12.9% of the population, per your FBI link, commits:
54.5% of all murder
55.8% of all Robbery
37.2% of all Rape (Touche’, I thought that would be much higher..)
and account for a whopping 77% of gambling pinches (I guess Ace Rothstein retired)

To show my fairness, whites lead overwhelmingly in DUI..

Obama 2012

March 18th, 2011
12:31 pm

…and please don’t tell me you belive the myth that blacks and hispanics make up the majority of welfare rolls, high school dropouts, single parent households, and beneficiaries of government “entitlement” programs. Once again white lead in all these categories.

Oh yeah, any actuary can play around with percentages all day long, but the raw numbers tell the actual story.

Jack

March 18th, 2011
12:32 pm

Those condemned to die for crimes committed should have no choice in their execution method. They should be hung in a public square; that might make an impression on some gun-happy gang members.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:35 pm

findog,

Firing squads, hanging and the ‘Lectric chair have been repeatedly ruled not to be cruel or unusual..Cruel does not equal painful per the supreme court, so I am sure we could come up with something more painful than the needle, and pass constitutional muster. I liked the ‘Lectric chair..old sparky..the big bossman..the la-z-boy o’ death..one little convict catches fire and the bleeding hearts faint and rush to change to something like lethal injection, and it’s needless complications.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

March 18th, 2011
12:40 pm

The raw numbers mean nothing..to compare apples to apples, you view each race per capita

Otherwise, hey..more white people die each year in the usa, of course that just means we are the majority race, but per your logic we must be more unhealthy than blacks..

oh, but wait..per capita, blacks have a shorter life expectancy..and thats why a white woman and a black man pay different life insurance rates, all other things being equal.