On her Facebook page Monday, Republican activist Pat Tippett commented on an unsourced – and so far, unverified – report that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is colluding with Democrats to regain his authority in the state Senate.
Cagle has denied any Democratic involvement, but that didn’t convince Tippett:
”Lt. Gov. YOU NEED TO RESIGN! Why do you think we spend our valuable time, money, and energy for our party? It is not to see the democrats in control! RESIGN!”
None of this would be worth noting, except that Tippett is also a part-time staffer for Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, the lieutenant governor’s rival for leadership of the chamber. Tippett works out of Williams’ office in Lyons, Ga., and is paid from the ranking Senate Republican’s campaign account.
Tippett and her friend Kay Godwin are perhaps the most influential GOP volunteers in south Georgia. They are co-founders of Georgia Conservatives in Action, a group that received $2,000 from Williams in 2010, according to the agency formerly known as the State Ethics Commission.
Tippett was unapologetic. In an e-mail on Monday, she sent this:
”I have worked too hard, spent too much money, and hours away from my family to help Republicans get elected. This is not right and I am deeply hurt by the apparent actions of the Lt. Gov. If this is true I do call for his resignation.”
Shirley Franklin’s Blogging While Blue has a memo from numbers cruncher Chris Huttman of 20/20 Insight, urging Georgia Democrats not to panic over the 2010 census results. Despite the depopulation of Atlanta, the news is quite good, he said:
What’s different about this census is that counties like Douglas, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale have seen explosive growth that has already tilted many districts contained within towards the Democrats.
Seventy-three percent of the population growth in these five counties was African American. The Republicans may counter with the strong growth in the Northern ring of Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall counties. Growth is strong there, and Democratic gains aren’t likely, but to put things in perspective for every two new whites that now live in Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall, three African Americans were added to Douglas, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.
There had been some chatter that Gov. Nathan Deal could – pointing to consecutive months of decent growth — increase the state’s revenue estimate, and thus take pressure off lawmakers trying to cobble together an $18 billion budget.
But Walter Jones of Morris News Agency said a Deal representative declared otherwise at the first meeting of the House-Senate budget conference committee on Monday:
Debbie Dlugolenski, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, served notice that Gov. Nathan Deal could still reduce the revenue estimate of how much money will be available for next year’s budget. This is the fourth year of budget cuts, but deeper ones would be needed if he lowers the estimate.
“The governor is taking a very cautious approach as it relates to state revenues,” she said. “There’s still some weakness in the economy.”
He also has some specific concerns, she said. One is over the use of bonds on maintenance projects rather than restricting them to construction or equipment purchases for items that will continue to be used as long as the bonds are being paid off.
Martin Luther King III and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young have teamed up to launch a new broadcast network aimed at African-Americans, named Bounce. From the Los Angeles Times:
The network, which plans to debut this fall, will go after blacks in the 25-54 demographic. That will put it squarely in competition with TV One, the cable network co-owned by Comcast Corp. and radio operator Alfred Liggins. Viacom’s BET remains the highest-rated cable channel catering to African Americans.
Others on board include Young’s son Andrew “Bo” Young II, Rainforest Films (”Stomp the Yard,” “Obsessed,” “Takers”) co-founders Rob Hardy and Will Packer and former Turner Broadcasting executives Ryan Glover and Jonathan Katz…..
The network was announced on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., but there was no mention of the significance of the date in any of the material from the company or any of the statements from those involved in Bounce.
Gov. Nathan Deal has a busy May calendar ahead. First, there’s the state GOP convention on May 13 and 14. Now, Global Atlanta reports that the governor will be in Britain from May 16 to 18, and then will pop over to Germany to promote the state “as an investment destination.”
Yonhap News Agency, citing an unnamed source, says former President Jimmy Carter – fresh from a trip to Cuba — will make a private trip to North Korea on April 26 to 28.
Here’s something else about Jimmy Carter you may not have known. From the Montreal Gazette:
There was a crippled nuclear reactor, contaminated water everywhere and teams of heroic workers clad in protective suits assigned to the life-risking task of radiation cleanup — in shifts of no more than 90 seconds per man.
But this was not Fukushima, the site of the tsunami-triggered nuclear emergency 240 kilometres north of Tokyo, where three workers died as a result of the initial March 11 earthquake and three others were reported this weekend to have suffered severe radiation exposure.
This crisis occurred in 1952 at the Chalk River research reactor about 200 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, and among those who risked their lives to contain what was then the world’s first major atomic accident was a young naval lieutenant and future U.S. president: Jimmy Carter.
Carter’s memories of the Canadian crisis almost 60 years ago — an event that he says helped shape his understanding of nuclear issues, including arms negotiations and the Three Mile Island disaster during his presidency — are set down in a new book to be launched this month that highlights the 86-year-old statesman’s special relationship with Canada.
Today’s AJC Politifact considers a statement by former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich that states could save money by thinking about alternatives to prisons.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider