Six months ago, scientists announced that a partially paralyzed patient at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta had become the first to be infused with a drug made from human embryonic stem cells.
The Washington Post this morning identifies the patient:
Recently, rumors began circulating in Internet chat rooms that details about the closely guarded experiment were finally about to be revealed.
Now, a 21-year-old Alabama nursing student who was paralyzed from the chest down in a car crash in September has come forward to identify himself as the volunteer.
“I was the first patient,” Timothy J. Atchison of Chatom, Ala., said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday evening. “I’m doing well.”
Atchison, known as T.J. to his family and friends, was a student at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing when his car crashed on Sept. 25, which, Atchison noted, was the birthday of Christopher Reeve, the actor who suffered a devastating spinal cord injury.
After undergoing emergency treatment at a regional medical center, Atchison was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which specializes in spinal cord injuries, for rehabilitation. It was there that he agreed to let doctors inject him with the drug — more than 2 million cells made from stem cells into his spine, he said.
The liberal group Think Progress is passing around this video of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, advocating the defunding of Planned Parent and NPR:
“[T]he thing is, we don’t have constitutional authority under the original intent of the Constitution to fund Planned Parenthood or NPR — a lot of things that we’re doing. In fact, Article 1, Section 8 lists or enumerates the powers of Congress to act, and it’s only 18.
“We should be dealing with national security, national defense, foreign affairs and very little else. We’ve got to find bridges to send those powers back to the states and people as our Founding Fathers meant for them to.”
State Senate Vincent Fort and other Atlanta lawmakers will hold a 10 a.m. press conference at the state Capitol today, warning that current legislation that would give Gov. Nathan Deal the power to replace Atlanta Board of Education members would fall under the auspices of the Voting Rights Act – and thus would require U.S. Justice Department approval.
The governor would be empowered to replace the school board members only if the Atlanta Public School system loses its accreditation. It has been placed on probation by its accreditation agency.
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and other Democrats are calling on the Legislature to pass a measure that would allow 20 more weeks of benefits to flow to long-term unemployed in Georgia.
“It is unconscionable to me that we would not make a small fix in state law that will provide $175 million to Georgians currently receiving unemployment benefits,” Abrams said. “These are citizens who have worked long and hard and who have paid into the unemployment benefits system.”
If you’re a lawmaker, lobbyist or accountant, you’ll need to read this fiscal note that accompanies the newest version of the Republican tax reform.
An earlier version would have raised income taxes for those earning between $20,000 and $180,000 a year. This version does not – and in fact would punch a $220 million hole in the budget:
House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, said the loss of revenue to the state is not without risk. But he said the plan, which he described as a state-level re-creation of President Ronald Reagan’s cut to the federal tax rate in 1981, would put the state in the forefront of the economic recovery.
“It’s an incredible balance, but the goose that laid the golden egg in America is free markets and capitalism,” he said. “The first [goal] is to make Georgia the most attractive place for the entrepreneurial spirit.”
One sharp reader reminded us that David Stockman, Reagan’s budget magician, later made this admission:
“I mean, Kemp-Roth [Reagan's 1981 tax cut] was always a Trojan horse to bring down the top rate…. It’s kind of hard to sell ‘trickle down.’ So the supply-side formula was the only way to get a tax policy that was really ‘trickle down.’ Supply-side is ‘trickle-down’ theory.”
The Georgia Republican party will hold its district conventions next Saturday, April 16.
Debbie Dooley of Tea Party Patriots says attendees of the 7th District convention – that’s mostly Gwinnett County – will be presented with a resolution that endorses the concept of a Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle stripped of his powers.
Here’s a taste:
….WHEREAS, for the past years the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Georgia has been performing duties of a legislative nature (appointing committee chairmen, assigning legislation to committees, etc.) that clearly violate the Constitution of the State of Georgia (the Executive branch is also legislating); and
WHEREAS, this out of balance situation is the “root cause” of many of the symptoms the legislature has experienced and is experiencing by allowing legislation to bypass duly constituted committees which enable special interests to legislate via the Lieutenant Governor and usurp representative government between each citizen and their State Senator…..
Today’s AJC Politifact takes a look at President Barack Obama’s promise to create a home foreclosure prevention fund.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider