Somewhere in the early ‘90s, Cobb became known as the litmus-test county. We do not know why. But here’s another example, courtesy of the Marietta Daily Journal:
The list of speakers is being finalized and the time is drawing near for the 27th annual Cobb County Prayer Breakfast.
But a small group of protesters from the Smyrna-based Atlanta Freethought Society and American Atheists say they will protest the event on the sidewalk outside of the Cobb Galleria Centre, where the event will be held, as they take issue with the fact that the phone number listed to call for more information is a Cobb County line.
Virgil Moon, Cobb County Support Services Agency director and president of the Cobb County Prayer Breakfast Committee, Inc., which puts on the breakfast every year, confirmed that the voicemail-only landline … is run out of his office, and that his administrative staff is in charge of answering messages requesting information.
In the hubbub of the end of the legislative session last week, this news from New Jersey escaped our attention:
In a presidential cycle without a clear-cut Republican frontrunner, Christie … said New Jersey could play a deciding role in a down-to-the-wire primary.
“New Jersey might be in a powerful position in June to help determine the Republican nominee for president,” he said.
Asked at a Statehouse press conference if he was trying to boost his role in the presidential race, the governor responded: “Well, sure. Why not? If New Jersey can be partially responsible for nominating the next president of the United States, I have a feeling that might increase our clout in Washington, D.C.”
Pay attention to this. We’ll have more on other scenarios later, but here in Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp is giving some thought about aligning the state with New Jersey as a final hurdle for GOP presidential candidates.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a “birther” bill passed last week by that state’s legislature. From the Arizona Republic:
The bill would have given the secretary of state the authority to determine whether the documents were appropriate and whether that person’s name should appear on the ballot.
Some legal experts questioned the constitutionality of such an effort. Brewer did not address those concerns in her veto letter. But she did suggest the measure was not in good taste.
“I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for president of the greatest and most powerful nation on Earth to submit their ‘early baptismal or circumcision certificates,’ among other records, to the Arizona Secretary of State,” Brewer said in her letter. “This is a bridge too far.”
On the other hand, a spokesman for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate — if it reaches his desk.
Houston County Solicitor Rob Tawse, 67, said Monday he will resign from his position effective June 30. He’s facing heart and knee surgeries, but these lines in the Macon Telegraph mark him as a man of true ambition:
Once his health issues are resolved, Tawse said he expects he’ll volunteer for Christian ministries and spend more time playing the bagpipes.
Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at the claim by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, that President Franklin Roosevelt sent emissaries to the Soviet Union, who received lessons in socialism from “Uncle Joe” Stalin.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider