Former Gov. Sonny Perdue continues to surprise many Republicans with his comments about Georgia’s new illegal immigration law.
“The problem is the message it sends about Georgia as a friendly place,” Perdue told Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News in a report broadcast Wednesday:
The former governor signed a 2006 bill that prohibited the use of illegal immigrants on public construction projects – but the legislation didn’t include penalties for local governments.
“I thought that was enough. We sent some signals, we put some parameters around that,” Perdue said. “We tried to do it in a way that did not dissuade people who wanted to come here for the American dream for all the right reasons.”
Perdue said this about the burden that undocumented residents place on public schools and hospitals:
“I think that, to some degree, is overstated. I believe that when we did our Declaration and Pledge [of] Allegiance, I really believe we meant liberty and justice for all. And I don’t think we meant ‘all who are here.’”
A federal judge this week blocked portions of HB 87 from going into effect on Friday.
Rest easy, John Lewis – and Michael Johnson, too. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Wednesday he has no interest in running for Congress. Martha Zoller (FM103.7/ WXKT) sent a sound clip of her interview with the mayor, which included this from Reed:
”I want to be very clear. I only want one job. My travels to Washington help the state of Georgia, and they help the city of Atlanta….I plan to run for re-election as mayor, and to serve my full term. …My job is really to make sure our city and our region dominate the Southeast….I don’t have any desire to be a congressman or anything else at all.”
Hmmm. Sounds like a man with senatorial ambitions.
On Tuesday, 13WMAZ in Macon reported that state Sen. Cecil Staton and his media company owed Georgia Southern University more than $52,000 in shared advertising revenue from radio broadcasts of the institution’s athletic events.
In a statement posted on one of his own sites, Staton on Wednesday declared that the TV station had it all wrong:
Although Georgia Eagle Media, Inc., parent of this website, WRWR-TV 38, and numerous radio stations in Georgia, does business with the institution in question, when the report was made our records indicate no money was owed at all.
Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
And yet, that very Tuesday, Staton wrote a check to GSU, according to WMAZ. The station’s follow-up on Wednesday included this statement from University spokesman Christian Flathman:’s complete e-mail response follows:
“Georgia Southern University received a package on June 28, 2011 from Georgia Eagle Media. The package included a payment for $24,804.45 for the 2010-2011 year. Georgia Eagle Media actually owes Georgia Southern University a total of approximately $50,000 for the 2010-2011 year.
“Georgia Southern is returning the check to avoid any confusion that the amount paid satisfies the contract. Georgia Southern continues to communicate with Georgia Eagle Media to seek full payment.”
We don’t like to write about the offspring of public figures, but sometimes circumstances remove all choice in the matter. Earlier this month, University of Georgia student Inman Porter was charged with public intoxication on June 11 while running shirtless on the Athens bypass.
Inman Porter is the son of DuBose Porter, the former Democratic candidate for governor, and Carol Porter, last year’s nominee for lieutenant governor. Inman Porter is also the treasurer of the university’s student government organization.
Police dropped the charges against Inman Porter, but apparently university officials remain unsatisfied. According to the Red & Black, the campus’ independent paper, the university has rescinded – at least temporarily – the student government’s authority to distribute $1.8 million in student activity fees.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider