Former U.S. House speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will report raising $2 million in the second quarter of this year.
The problem is that he spent $3 million.
Politico.com reports this morning that Gingrich ended June with $225,000 in his treasury:
Gingrich supporters acknowledge that his debt represents a serious financial challenge, though they note that the Republican has paid down about 10 percent of $1.2 million in invoices since June 9, when most of his senior political staff resigned.
In a campaign season that has already identified federal solvency as the defining issue among GOP primary voters, Gingrich’s debt now becomes his largest obstacle to a serious candidacy. Moreover, contributors give candidates money to raise future hell – not to pay for hell already raised.
Herman Cain may still be mad at Jon Stewart for mocking his not-so-serious vow to keep federal legislation to three pages, but that hasn’t kept the Georgia presidential candidate from committing to a July 28 appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” according to Talking Points Memo.
Georgia parolees may have the most secure jobs in the nation.
First, they were volunteered into the service of south Georgia farmers whose cucumbers and cabbages were rotting in the fields. Now, parole violators will be donating labor to a cash-strapped state Department of Transportation.
The Transportation Department was struggling to find money for mowing and litter collection. At the same time, sending parole violators back to prison costs money the Corrections Department couldn’t spare. Inmates behind bars cost taxpayers $49 per day while those on parole cost just $4.43.
So, Corrections officials are pleased to have another form of punishment for small infractions like flunking a drug test without having to resort to ordering re-incarceration, which can sting taxpayers almost as much as the violator….
The two departments experimented with the idea in Milledgeville, Gainesville, Columbus and Dalton. Now, they’re rolling it out statewide.
Only days after four of his jail workers were arrested by the FBI, Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson, a former FBI agent, told Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News that he intends to run for re-election:
If you still have any doubt of the political clout that gay voters now wield in the city of Atlanta, consider these comments from Mayor Kasim Reed on the Eagle bar raid, made Tuesday to the Georgia Voice:
Reed said he is still going through the more than 400 pages that make up the Atlanta Police Department’s internal affairs investigation as well as the independent investigation by law firm Greenberg Traurig. But he admitted shock at what he had read so far.
“I think any normal person with ordinary sensitivities would have to have been shocked by this report. And I was certainly was shocked,” Reed said.
So far, the city and APD have put on administrative leave seven of 10 officers who were found to have lied about the raid under oath, destroying evidence as well as claiming gay people were more violent than heterosexuals.
“We can’t have a city like ours that has a history of embracing and celebrating inclusion and have such an important group of our citizens under this kind of threat. And I’m not going allow it stand,” Reed said.
“As I’ve said repeatedly, I believe the LGBT community is a vital part of Atlanta and I think the community contributes greatly to what makes this city special and I’m not going to have a police department that does not understand how important this is to me,” Reed said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider