Your morning jolt: Nathan Deal, Kasim Reed to make tag-team visit to D.C.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s office confirmed Monday that he has asked Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to accompany him to Washington next week – for a strategy session on Port of Savannah funding with a bipartisan assembly of Georgia’s congressional delegation.

And if Reed could help arrange a meeting with other Washington notables, that would be nice, too.

“We’ve asked for a meeting with the president,” said Deal spokesman Brian Robinson. “The mayor has strong relations with President Obama. But obviously, that’s up to the White House at this point.”

Deal and Reed will be seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah, so that the coastal transportation hub can handle larger ships set to begin passing through the Panama Canal in 2014.

The Democratic-Republican duo will also be paying a June 1 visit to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, to persuade him that Georgia is indeed serious about bringing mass transit – i.e., rail – to the state.

Robinson, the spokesman for Deal, said LaHood issued an invitation to new governors last December, asking them to stop by his office when they had put together a transit plan. “We’re taking him seriously,” Robinson said.

Georgia has missed out on serious federal funding for rail in the past. And in 2009, during a visit to Atlanta, LaHood famously warned the state that such funding is only possible “if Georgia gets its act together.”

The governor also plans to meet privately with House Republicans to discuss Medicare.

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The Huffington Post listened in on a May 21 town hall meeting in Dacula between U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, and the locals. The topic was Medicare:

A Woodall constituent raised a practical obstacle to obtaining coverage in the private market within the confines of an employer-based health insurance system: What happens when you retire?

“The private corporation that I retired from does not give medical benefits to retirees,” the woman told the congressman in video captured a local Patch reporter in Dacula, Ga.

“Hear yourself, ma’am. Hear yourself,” Woodall told the woman. “You want the government to take care of you, because your employer decided not to take care of you. My question is, ‘When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?’”

Large portions of the crowd responded enthusiastically to the congressman’s barb, with some giving him a standing ovation, underscoring the fierce divisions within the electorate.

William Robert Woodall III, who goes by “Rob,” doesn’t appear to have been referring literally to himself, but rather speaking figuratively. It’s a good thing, because financial records show the 41-year-old congressman has done very little to take care of himself in his retirement.

Woodall’s 2009 financial disclosure forms, filed with the House of Representatives, show that his two largest IRAs have between $15,000 and $50,000 worth of assets, hardly the type of nest egg that would be able to cover the health care costs associated with aging absent government health care.

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AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s claim that food stamp use has risen under the Obama administration.

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Finally, if there are 30 minutes of your life that you don’t need, Talking Points Memo has collared the video from former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s appearance in Libya:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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41 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

May 24th, 2011
8:17 am

Which one is Batman and which one is Robin?

gm

May 24th, 2011
8:37 am

Same old Rep, tea party hypocrites, shoot off their mouth how they hate Gov, but line up when money is being given out, same with medicare, va checks, ssi,.
How could any body take this party of hypocrites serious, Dean claimed when he was running he would not take a dime from the Feds, my, how things change.

GaBlue

May 24th, 2011
8:47 am

Are the citizens of Georgia still paying lawyers to sue the federal government over healthcare? Considering their hourly fees, before it’s all over with, we will have paid them enough money to dredge the port. But then, the whole purpose of the Georgia state government is to make lawyers rich.

Lynn

May 24th, 2011
8:49 am

Congrats, Rep. Woodall, on not answering the woman’s legitimate question. What are her/our options? If Medicare is privatized and private insurers aren’t required to cover everyone who applies (and aren’t required to offer affordable coverage, period), then what are our options? You, Rep. Woodall, will most assuredly be covered by federally-funded insurance…because there’s no politician alive who doesn’t take care of himself/herself first. I really hope your constituents are paying attention to your forked tongue.

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deegee

May 24th, 2011
9:02 am

The elephant in the room is the fact that private insurance companies don’t want to insure people over 65 because they are a losing proposition. That’s why Medicare exists.

Linda

May 24th, 2011
9:04 am

Go Governor Deal and Mayor Reed! This is exactly what we the voters elect you to do. Thank you for representing GA and for working together.

deegee

May 24th, 2011
9:06 am

I hope that Kasim Reed has a last minute schedule conflict next week that makes it impossible for him to accompany the goobernator to Washington DC. I would love to be a fly on the wall while Deal makes his awkward pitch to the Obama administration. “And you think we should give you this money because…????”

Douglas

May 24th, 2011
9:12 am

Is the Mayor of Savannah going too, or is there only room for Reed? It’s like that assanign announcement about the car company HQ relocating from Sandy Springs to Hapeville. Reed’s all out in front ballyhooing this, but last I checked Hapeville was still a city in its own right…

Douglas

May 24th, 2011
9:14 am

And I don’t think LaHood is going to take Reeds word on the state’s intentions to build rail transit. Money talks, and BS walks, and as far as funding anything that doesn’t put dollars in the pockets of the oil companies, the car dealers and C.W. Mathis, it’s been nothing but BS for thirty years. I for one am not holding my breath.

Danny O

May 24th, 2011
9:20 am

The Governor could perhaps get a meeting without the help of Mayor Reed if he hadn’t questioned the President’s citizenship to pander to the fringes of his party. Deal. Real. Shortsighted.

Aquagirl

May 24th, 2011
9:40 am

Obama should tell Deal he was too busy digging up his birth certificate to handle the minor stuff like transportation and infrastructure.

@ deegee, it’s amazing how these nitwits operate entirely outside of reality. What company would insure a 73 year old with high blood pressure? I guess when grandma keels over from a heart attack you should scream slogans at her while she expires on the sidewalk.

deegee

May 24th, 2011
9:47 am

For that matter, what company would insure an overweight 65 year old with diabetes? I want all of the personal responsibility folks to let us know what they are going to tell their uninsured family members when they are faced with an expensive medical treatment. “Sorry to hear about your gall bladder issues but we just booked a cruise.”

Linda

May 24th, 2011
9:56 am

The only people on here talking about that birth certificate junk are Democrats and the ultimate conspiracy lover,, Beth Merkleson. Give it a rest! It’s over. Except for Beth of course, she’s got emails to forward.

Last Man Standing

May 24th, 2011
10:03 am

The Huffington Post? Finally! A fair and balanced news source!

gm

May 24th, 2011
10:10 am

Oh, but wait this is the same Gov, who said, Georgia do not want a dime from the Government, and the federal government should not bail out states or any body else, now he is eating crowe, when Obama tried to help the hypocrites southern Gov, grand stand.
I give him credit he realize the last idiot in Georgia screwed up this state, and the retards to the right just keep voting against their interest.
Deal you have proved so far you are ahead of the last idiiot Sonny””’

Danny O

May 24th, 2011
10:28 am

@Linda 9:56am:
Excuse me? It’s over? It should have never begun! The whacked-out birthers hijacked a good portion of one of the two major parties, and you’re suggesting it was but a flyspeck on the windshield!

Anyone who entertained the thought of a grand conspiracy to falsify the President’s birth records (including a former member of Congress from north Georgia who is now our Governor) is either:
1) a person that is completely out of touch with reality, or
2) has no qualms holding hands with such people.
And that should concern every citizen of our state who is in their right mind.

To downplay the outlandish claims of the birthers forgives politicians who deliberately distort or ignore reality. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about Nathan Deal or Cynthia McKinney, these types don’t base their decisions on facts. That’s not the kind of people we need making critical decisions in Georgia.

John K

May 24th, 2011
10:43 am

Of course, the constituents who are upset with the GOP’s attempts to gut Medicare are a large chunk of those who voted them in! Maybe a little less of listening to the alarmist rhetoric and a bit more listening to what they really were saying was in order.

Keep it up GOP. Marginalize, marginalize, marginalize. Be the party of birthers, deathers, and survivalists.

Ol' Timer

May 24th, 2011
10:49 am

You can sugar coat it and offer logical explanations regarding insuring seniors and the need for midicare, but Rob Woodall is an ignorant ideologue who was only interested in making his talking points. He’s a ZERO on a TEN SCALE IMHO. I bet you guys are proud of yourselves for electing this screwball.

And, wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall when the Georgia politicians who have questioned the president’s citenship and criticized every move he’s made — wouldn’t you like to be their when they come with their hat in their hands.

Actions and words have consequences and some of them are bad.

Ol' Timer

May 24th, 2011
10:51 am

Sorry about those misspelled words — but you get the drift of what I’m trying to say, I’m sure.

Sandy Smith

May 24th, 2011
10:54 am

Jim, you mention that “The governor also plans to meet privately with House Republicans to discuss Medicare.” I think you meant to say Medicaid, which is administered by the states.

Given Congressman Woodall’s heartwarming quote (”When do I decide I’m going to take care of me?”), I’m expecting him to immediately withdraw from the Federal Health Benefits program and reject the retirement benefits that other Members of Congress receive. I look forward to watching him grab his bootstaps at age 80 and get a job in the private sector to afford his private health insurance.

BPJ

May 24th, 2011
11:23 am

Glad to see Reed and Dean working together. They have their disagreements in certain policy areas, of course, but on other issues they should pull together for Georgia.

MiltonMan

May 24th, 2011
11:50 am

Libtards on here complaining about health covergae??? You lemmings who supported Obozo Care first stated that there was not going to be any death panels only to find out there would be once the law was passed.

Funny to see the Libtards in this state have no leader of the crappy party other than Big Nose Reed.

MiltonMan

May 24th, 2011
11:55 am

Reed trying to act like he is working with the republicans in this state. This clown is nothing more than addicted to the media coverage & working on running for governor of this state. Once again democrats, thank you for giving us an unelected governor candidate comparable to Jim Martin, Roy Rat Barnes, etc.

Last Man Standing

May 24th, 2011
11:56 am

MiltonMan:

“Funny to see the Libtards in this state have no leader of the crappy party other than Big Nose Reed.”

They don’t need a leader because they don’t have a political party in Georgia. The democrat party was on life support, but has been pronounced DOA at the polls.

Danica

May 24th, 2011
12:11 pm

“The private corporation that I retired from does not give medical benefits to retirees,” the woman told the congressman…”

And she only discovered that the day she retired? Please. That so personifies the “it’s someone else’s responsibility to take care of me” attitude. Just rock along for years in lazy/stupid mode, then when you finally realize you’re in trouble due to your own lack of planning whine that the government should rescue you.

DannyX

May 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

Reed is unelectable to statewide office. At least at this time. He has a lot of work to do before the Georgia electorate will take him serious. Here is what he’ll need to do.

1. Switch parties. Perdue and Deal were once Democrats. Georgia likes its one party, old Soviet Union style system.

2. He needs an investigation into his finances. So far he has not received any no-bid government contracts. He hasn’t used his influence to keep them.

3. Declare bankruptcy. If he wants to lead Georgia we must know that he can’t handle money.

4. Give his leftover campaign cash to a family members.

5. Start handing out high paying jobs to his friends and family.

6. Get involved in some shady land deals.

7. Kick out any news agency that has the nerve to report anything negative on him.

8. Start flying around the world on the publics dime.

9. Force lobbyists to pay for luxury Paris vacations.

10. Change color.

double

May 24th, 2011
12:44 pm

Just wondering if LMS had any Irish blood.

Why...

May 24th, 2011
1:02 pm

couldnt they tag team a public denouncing of the Atlanta Spirit Group, Gary Bettman and the NHL while they were together?

[...] Well some very interesting news this morning from Jim Galloway at the AJC’s Political Insider. [...]

thumbs

May 24th, 2011
1:11 pm

LOL, Danny X! Very sad but very true.

E-Roll

May 24th, 2011
1:42 pm

That wasa funny list DannyX

MiltonMan “Big Nose Reed” how sad you are, smdh.

Linda

May 24th, 2011
1:47 pm

@Danny O

Holding hands isn’t for me. It’s still technically cold and flu season.

You really do need to get on with it. Sad that you’re living in the past. Boo-hoo

Robert

May 24th, 2011
1:49 pm

To answer Mr. Woodall’s question, their are tens of thousands of steelworkers, you know the greatest generation people, who signed CONTRACTS, and were PAID for and were PROMISED health care for life. See so they decided to take care of themselves, work and pay and hope the corporations would keep their promise, guess what, they squandered it, now it’s gone, now whose fault is that Robby? Definition of idiot Congressman: ROB WOODALL

Robert

May 24th, 2011
1:52 pm

So I guess when corporations make promises to provide health care for life that workers pay for then go broke and reneg on the promise that’s the workers fault? Only in American by the Robby hows the $174,000 and posh health care benefits you and your family have that WE PAY FOR?

Danny O

May 24th, 2011
3:58 pm

@Linda:
I’m not talking about the birth certificate, I’m not talking about the past, I’m talking about our CURRENT GOVERNOR AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PRESIDENT. If someone questioned your citizenship, how would you treat their request for help? How do you think the President will treat Governor Deal’s request for Port of Savannah funding?

The point is, Deal could probably accomplish a lot more in Washington next week if made amends. A public apology wouldn’t be a bad idea, but he has to have the courage to distance himself from the folks on the fringe.

How can you fail to see the relevancy here?

Linda

May 24th, 2011
5:47 pm

@ Danny O

Obama wouldn’t give Governor Deal anything ever, or any Republican. Don’t you watch the news? President Obama is as partisian as any President in our lifetimes. He’s got his flunkies researching Governor Christie and has not allowed one republican in his inner circle. Nathan Deal could apologize until he was breathless and it won’t matter. They always say elections have consequences and Obama knows it.

DannyX

May 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

“”"Obama wouldn’t give Governor Deal anything ever, or any Republican. Don’t you watch the news? President Obama is as partisian as any President in our lifetimes. “”

LOL! Reed and Deal are meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood!!! He is a part of Obama’s cabinet. LaHood is a REPUBLICAN!!!!

gm

May 24th, 2011
6:40 pm

Where is the tea party outraged? they are trying to get federal money, where is the rally in Georgia
just what I thought a bunch of hypocrites who once again used low, middle class whites with their anti Obama theme, what a bunch of retards.

Ornasynaire

May 28th, 2011
1:07 am