Your morning jolt: Before his announcement, Newt Gingrich gives a nod to S.C. voters

In anticipation of a Wednesday presidential announcement from former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich, the following paragraph from the Washington Times is driving most of the chatter:

Soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich

Soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich/Associated Press

Mr. Gingrich has recruited some of his party’s most sought-after campaign strategists and advisers and will conduct a unique 50-state “10th Amendment campaign” that throws out the old model of regional political directors. The campaign will rely instead, he said, on leadership and direction in each state from people who live in the state and understand the nuances of local politics.

In Georgia, that leadership presumably come from Gov. Nathan Deal – which gives more weight to this weekend’s vote for state GOP chairman in Macon. Deal is backing Tricia Pridemore, but incumbent chairman Sue Everhart is seeking a third term.

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Also this morning, in a pre-announcement e-mail, Gingrich made a pitch to South Carolina and its primary — where Gov. Nikki Haley has challenged the former Georgia congressman to prove himself “relevant.”

Gingrich’s topic of choice was a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing, for its decision to open a South Carolina plant after years of negotiations with unionized workers in Washington state. Writes Gingrich:

It is the timing of NLRB’s complaint, in fact, which seems retaliatory in nature, not Boeing’s business decision.

The complaint comes a full seventeen months after Boeing announced the location of the new facility and thirteen months after the union leadership first asked NLRB to look into the issue.

Boeing has already begun construction of the new facility, hiring over 1000 people in South Carolina and investing $1 billion. This complaint puts all those jobs created and all that money invested at risk.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Caller reports Gingrich will have more company:

Iowa politicos [say] they expect Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann to announce her campaign for the White House at a Polk County GOP fundraiser the Tea Party star is headlining in Des Moines on May 26.

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And an Associated Press poll has President Barack Obama’s approval rating hitting its highest point in two years – 60 percent – and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected:

In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.

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Perhaps as early as today, but certainly by Saturday, Gov. Nathan Deal will sign HB 87, intended to tamp down illegal immigration in Georgia. Some farmers remain furious.

From Georgia Public Broadcasting:

Charles Hall, head of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, says if farmers can’t employ large numbers of migrant workers they may stop growing:

“Squash, cukes, tomatoes, eggplant, Vidalia onions, and any fruit we grow in Georgia, and we grow peaches, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries. You know, potentially it could affect production levels for those,” he said.

Such crops are sold to the public at farmers markets and supermarkets, Hall said, and that means they can’t have any of the bruises or scrapes that mechanical harvesters can produce.

Instead, Hall says farmers could switch to so-called row crops such as cotton and peanuts that machines can harvest. But that would mean the state would cease producing some of its most high-profile crops, including peaches and Vidalia onions.

Hall said much will be determined by how the state implements the law. But he adds the bill could also spark a manual labor war with states like Florida that don’t use e-verify.

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And Bryan Tolar, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council, passes on this e-mail from a farmer he identified only as “Steve” in south Georgia.

”We grow 65 acres of Blackberries and are about 5 days from beginning harvest , we use 150 people for picking. We are worried because we usually are swamped with people asking for applications, and we have not had any so far to apply. When we ask crew leaders about this they tell us people are afraid to drive until work starts. We [hear] they are short of labor in blueberries.”

Tolar says he sent the e-mail to the governor as well – presumably with the fellow’s full name, and a phone number.

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Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia takes a look at state Sen. Renee Unterman’s assessment of the burden that illegal immigrants place on the state’s health care system.

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We’re apparently finally ready to study up on transportation, says public policy blogger Mike Klein:

Georgia intends to pursue federal funds to create a National Transportation Institute at Georgia Tech. Governor Nathan Deal made the announcement Tuesday morning in Atlanta, probably to the chagrin of the state’s northern neighbor because Tennessee has an institute in Knoxville. And, here’s the rub: the federal government would not have funds available for both centers.

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Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News says about 100 people showed up at a $1,000-a-head luncheon for Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday:

They gathered on the 18th-floor City Club of Buckhead dining room that seats 100 and overlooks the Atlanta skyline.

“Every seat was taken,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson.

Robinson wouldn’t say how much money was raised, but other figures suggest a gross of well over $100,000.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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25 comments Add your comment

Centrist

May 11th, 2011
10:02 am

Ignoring the constant Gingrich related blogging.

President Obama is once again supporting the The Dream Act which is simply amnesty for the children of ILLEGAL immigrants. It is costly since taxpayers support the education of non-citizens and non-taxpayers. Fewer college slots will be available to children of citizen taxpayers. Such amnesty reduces job openings for citizen taxpayers. Once granted permanent resident status, beneficiaries from such amnesty can become U.S. citizens and sponsor their relatives—the parents who brought them here ILLEGALLY, any siblings left in the home country, and then aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on—for legal immigration to the United States under current chain migration laws. Such amnesty merely encourages MORE ILLEGAL immigration. The real purpose of this amnesty legislation is to buy present and future votes for the Democratic party.

Thankfully for the citizen taxpayers of the U.S. – this proposed amnesty legislation is once again DOA.

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2011
10:04 am

Newt will carry GA because he is a republican.
He can do no wrong as a result.
Deal abd Newt are “two peas in a pod”.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 11th, 2011
10:05 am

Would you allow that politician to babysit your 12 year old daughter? If the answer is no, how can you vote for them?

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2011
10:06 am

Spelled “and” incorrectly on my previous post.

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2011
10:06 am

Illegal immigrants are “indentured servants”.

The General

May 11th, 2011
10:10 am

Geezzz, that’s all the GOP needs…Michele Bachmann in the race/sarcasm

Centrist

May 11th, 2011
10:15 am

The AJC has printed many articles and this blog highlighting those few groups who are against the GA illegal immigration legislation about to become law. Today’s “Politifact” has a biased half true rating – ignoring the massive federal cost on top of state cost.

The vast majority of GA citizens support the new law. The AJC simply ignores that fact since the extreme left wing staff is in the minority. Most readers and posters of this politically biased paper are of like mind and are preaching to the choir. Ready, fire, aim.

Edward

May 11th, 2011
10:22 am

The GOP continues to be Obama’s best re-election campaign. BWAHAHAHAHA!

Ernesto

May 11th, 2011
10:22 am

Centrist, how was Politifact biased on their rating? If you read the whole article they say that there’s not sufficient data that verifies that illegal immigrants are mostly responsible for Gwinnett Medical Center’s negative numbers.

“But there are no concrete numbers on how much illegal immigrants are costing the center. They could be a major burden to its finances or a minor blip on the spreadsheet. Under current reporting requirements, the numbers just aren’t verifiable.”

Politifact is not denying not admitting anything but rather saying that there’s not sufficient and concrete data.

Jon Lester

May 11th, 2011
10:25 am

I guess the first indication that a candidate is deluded is when he or she announces they’re running.

I don’t plan to vote for any of the Republicans, but I would love to see Michelle Bachmann humiliate Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota, just to get him out of the news for good.

Ol' Timer

May 11th, 2011
10:27 am

This primary is going to be like choosing between a kick in the groin or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Centrist

May 11th, 2011
10:27 am

Politifact gives it a half true rating. It ignores state and federal subsidies (from taxpayers) that also help hospitals like Gwinnett. Saying there is no concrete data because hospitals aren’t allowed to ask residency status does not make the problem only half true. It should be a completely true rating – obfuscation doesn’t change reality.

Double Zero Eight

May 11th, 2011
10:32 am

Michelle Bachmann is comparable to Sarah Palin.
Both have trouble grasping the facts and what is
relevant.

Ernesto

May 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Until we have valid data that shows illegal immigrants are mainly responsible for the hospital’s financial problems, then it’s fair for Politifact to rate this issue half true.

Also, you seem to ignore other factors such as many people losing their health insurance and not being able to pay their medical bills. They are also the problem. Not to mention that many rather not buy a health insurance and wait until they go to the ER.

GaBlue

May 11th, 2011
10:52 am

Um… For what purpose did those 100 people give $100K to Governor Deal? Does that money go toward his personal debts? Surely they’re not lining up to fund his reelection campaign already! He just had his inauguration party last week! Should he not be expected to prove himself in his new job before being handed over that kind of dough for showing up for a chicken/asparagus dinner? Geebus, the GEMA and Red Cross could use that money to help people whose homes and businesses were destroyed by tornadoes, if only Gov. Deal had cared enough about the people of this state to request it.

Michael

May 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Never ceases to amaze me that people think this is a liberal newspaper when its owner also runs WSB Radio.

Aquagirl

May 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Oh, why use highfalutin’ stuff like numbers and experts and data? That’s the fun of blaming illegals, things like “proof” are not required.

Centrist

May 11th, 2011
12:06 pm

Since I can’t prove that Ernesto and the last poster are idiots, by their logic it must be half true.

The Anti-Gnostic

May 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

This is what happens when old men marry younger women (I use “younger” charitably in this instance). Newt’s third wife is still climbing for status, and retired Congressman/professor just won’t cut it.

But, on to more interesting OT stuff:

The solution to immigration of course is to make a matter of contract. In a world of free trade and free marriage across tribal lines, the nation-states and their enormous appurtenances of governance are an anachronism. The US itself is not even a nation in the classic sense; it is a marketplace.

Thus, if tomato growers need summer help, they can bus the immigrants in themselves, give them room and board, and when the work’s over, bus them back. Strictly on the dime of the immigrants, their sponsors, and their customers. No nation-state to hand out birthright citizenship and public bennies any more. In such a system, if you have marketable skills and a sponsor you’ll get along fine. If you have neither, then you’re a trespasser and your feet don’t touch the ground.

Win-win.

left/right, who cares?

May 11th, 2011
2:16 pm

anti-g: there is something wrong in there, i just…cannot find it–but someone will. are you aware that in the 50s and 60s, that is how young Black college earned their tuition? they rode the train or bus to the midwest, picked whatever was growing, paid their own lodging and then went back to their colleges and earned their degrees.

The Anti-Gnostic

May 11th, 2011
2:53 pm

l/r – your post underscores that the two groups most marginalized by the sourcing of low-end jobs to immigrants are blacks and the young.

Bob In Philly

May 11th, 2011
9:38 pm

Gingrich never served in Vietnam by obtaining several deferments due being in college, a true “too smart to die” Chickenhawk who continues to cheerlead America into one war after the other.

He has several divorces including his first wife who he divorced while she was dying from cancer yet he lectures Americans about God and morality.

He holds the record for having recieved the largest fine and censure of any US congressperson in the history of US Congress yet is paid shill on Fox News attacking the president about fiscal responsiblity.

This guy is a true, do as say not what I do hypocrite who is completely devoid of the slighest sense of humility.

Montana

May 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

When I think of Newt, I think of high self-importance policy and well who am I kidding he has as much chance of getting the GOP nomination as does Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump or Herman Cain (honestly what problems has he solved as a pizza man/ Federal Reserve worker?). Newt Gingrich just wants another opportunity to cheat on his new wife with an intern just like the TRUMP did or does, the only difference is that Newt buys American unlike the DONALD who can’t handle the made in the US label. He is damaged goods.

robertchest

May 13th, 2011
3:50 am

Mr.Gingrich has a real and important legacy in my life. He has left our nation in a much worse shape for my children than if he had never been involved in public life http://bit.ly/kLS1Lj