And you were wondering why — unlike you — certain Georgia lawmakers have a smile on their faces when headed to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Delta Air Lines has given upgrades to some of the more powerful people in the state Capitol. From Richard Belcher and Channel 2 Action News:
Delta valued the gold medallions at just under $1,600 and gave them to Rep. Jay Roberts, chairman of the House Transportation Committee; Sen. Ronnie Chance, chairman of the Economic Development Committee; and House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal.
Receiving platinum medallions valued at just under $2,400 were Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones; Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams; and former House majority leader Jerry Keen, who got his medallion after deciding not to run last year.
It was a campaign contribution to someone without a campaign.
Last month, state lawmakers extended a fuel tax break for Delta that will save the company $30 million over two years. The upgrades were granted to the lawmakers last year – so to draw any connection between the two would be just downright mean.
Can Republicans who saw this Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press”…..
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….be mollified by these pledge points issued Monday by the Republican presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich?
– “I believe it is unconstitutional for the federal government to impose an individual mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance.
– “I am committed to the complete repeal of Obamacare and support the lawsuits of various state’s Attorneys General challenging its constitutionality.
– “In a free society you cannot tell citizens what they should buy and what those things should be.
– “I also believe individuals should be responsible to pay for the care that they receive.
– “Under the 10th Amendment, states should be free to design a system that works best to achieve that goal.”
Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols wants to get NASCAR Republicans addicted to travel by rail – literally. From Walter Jones with Morris News Service:
His goal is to run the state’s excursion train between Griffin and Hampton for race fans and others leading up to the Sept. 4 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race as a way to convince the public to support a state-run passenger railroad between Macon and Atlanta.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider