When you’re home to a governor and a lieutenant governor, something like this becomes a little more important. From the Gainesville Times:
Facing an $11.5 million gap in next year’s budget, Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver recommended a tax increase Thursday night.
County residents must choose between that or a “massive reduction in services,” he said, making his announcement before adjourning the meeting.
“Of my seven years on the commission, our next meeting will be one of the toughest decisions I’ll ever make as a chairman,” he said.
Oliver proposed a 1.41 mill increase in total, with a 0.6 mill roll up to account for the loss in property values and an additional 0.81 mill increase. The current millage rate is 7.77 mill…..
“I have a $180,000 house, and this increase would cost me 28 cents a day or $101.50,” he said. “Let me tell you what the other side is if we don’t participate: shutting down parks, libraries, two ambulances and taking away retirement and paid holidays for the employees in Hall County who protect us.”
The three appellate judges who will hear arguments between the government and 26 states over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law have been named. From the Associated Press:
[They] range from a veteran judge with a solid conservative record to a jurist known for her ability to pick apart lawyers to an ex-federal prosecutor who fought organized crime.
Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Circuit Judges Frank Hull and Stanley Marcus were selected this week to serve on the three-judge 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that will review what’s considered the strongest challenge so far to the federal health care overhaul.
The latter two are Bill Clinton appointees. Dubina was appointed to the bench by George H.W. Bush:
His line of questioning will also come under scrutiny because of his daughter’s outspoken opposition to the health care overhaul. U.S. Rep. Martha Dubina Roby, a Montgomery, Ala., Republican elected in November, voted to repeal the health care ban because she said it was “less about providing health care for all citizens, and more about expanding federal government.”
Last night, a Republican friend was watching an ABC News report on revived talk of a Sarah Palin presidential run. File footage was used to explain the dues the former Alaskan governor has paid in contested areas. But the example used, an endorsement of Karen Handel in last year’s GOP race for governor here in Georgia, may have been the wrong choice.
On Wednesday, the Georgia Democratic party targeted U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, with a video clip of his town hall exchange with a Democrat – who demanded to know why he accepted federally funded health care coverage. “Because it’s free,” he said.
Late yesterday, Woodall posted his own video explanation of his support for the House Republican plan to revamp Medicare:
Saxby Chambliss, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday gave his blessing to an unusual extension of FBI Director Robert Mueller’s term by two years. From Politico:
President Barack Obama had requested the extension. FBI directors are typically limited to a 10-year term. Mueller assumed his post the week before Sept. 11, 2001 and his current term is set to expire Sept. 3.
Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Dianne Feinstein of California and Republicans Chuck Grassley and Saxby Chambliss announced they would meet Obama’s request with a one-time extension, citing “extraordinary times” and Mueller’s record of service.
Those tornadoes may have stirred up Alabama more than we thought. From the Tuscaloosa, Ala., News:
State Rep. Daniel Boman, who represents part of Tuscaloosa County, switched to the Democratic party [Thursday].
Boman, a 36-year-old lawyer from Sulligent, said Wednesday’s vote on a bill to change the state’s tenure and fair dismissal laws for educators convinced him he was in the wrong party….
Boman’s switch changes the dynamics of the Tuscaloosa County legislative delegation. The delegation, previously 4-3 Republican, now becomes 4-3 Democrat.
The switch reduces the number of elected Republicans in the House from 66 to 65 and increases the number of Democrats from 39 to 40.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes up U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s claim that the U.S. is the Saudi Arabia of coal.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider