We don’t usually begin the day with video, but ever since the days of Henry Grady, Atlanta has always been more than sensitive when it comes to how outsiders perceive the Southern metropolis.
The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal is drawing attention from every quarter. Here’s the heartburn that ABC News gave the Metro Chamber last night:
State Rep. Ralph Long, D-Atlanta, on Wednesday held a news conference at the state Capitol to blame the APS mess on Mayor Kasim Reed, who as a state senator backed legislation that – Long maintains — strengthened the hand of the Atlanta school superintendent at the expense of the board of education.
Reed says the legislation was necessary to attract top-flight talent for the job of superintendent, and said human beings rather than legislation were to be blamed for the cheating scandal. Long and Reed have a history of disagreement stemming from the 2009 race for mayor.
The video from Aaron Diamant at Channel 2 Action News:
In another school-related development, my AJC colleague Rich McKay reports today that the name of former state school superintendent William “Brad” Bryant has surfaced as a proposed candidate to head the DeKalb County school system.
The position has been filled temporarily by Ramona Tyson, but a search for a permanent replacement has been stymied by a series of candidate withdrawals and 5-4 votes on the board.
State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, called in to say that both he and state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, had pitched the name to the DeKalb County Board of Education on Tuesday. “It’s a Republican-Democrat thing,” Millar said. “I’ve thrown these guys a lifeline.”
Bryant is a former chairman of the DeKalb County school board. He was then-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s pick to fill in for state school superintendent Kathy Cox following her resignation. Dick Williams of the Dunwoody Crier notes that Tuesday’s DeKalb school board meeting was held in the William Bradley Bryant Center.
The Marietta Daily Journal says state Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise is the leading candidate to be the next CEO of Cobb EMC:
Choosing Wise, who is apparently favored by his longtime friend, embattled EMC head Dwight Brown, may extend rather than extinguish the lingering controversy at the electric cooperative. Since the spring, Chip Nelson has been the interim CEO, and there are reports that employees would like to see Nelson in the role permanently.
This morning on the Martha Zoller radio show on FM103.7 in Gainesville, Gov. Nathan Deal again said that he anticipates that no topic other than redistricting will be included on the Legislature’s agenda when it is called into special session next month.
Gov. Nathan Deal has taken some heat for naming close friends – and friends of friends – to state positions. But my friend Terry Dickson with the Florida Times-Union says coastal residents are very happy with Deal’s appointment of Albert Ike to a vacancy on the board of the Jekyll Island Authority:
The retired associate vice president for public service and outreach at the University of Georgia holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers, a master’s from Colgate and a doctorate from N.C. State.
Here’s the part that a lot of Jekyll Island residents like: He served on the advisory council for Coastal Zone Management, was among the founders of the Sandy Creek Nature Center and the Oconee River Greenway Commission and was on the board of trustees for the Georgia Conservancy.
The Macon Telegraph spotted former Democratic candidate for governor and state lawmaker DuBose Porter at a campaign event for former Senate Democratic leader Robert Brown, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Robert Reichert.
Consider it a sign that Porter, a Dublin newspaper publisher, isn’t done with politics yet.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider