Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News is conducting a cross-country search for the former superintendent of the scandal-ridden Atlanta Public School system:
Pearson might want to check in with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who said she called Hall after the report was released last week. Posted by USA Today via 11Alive:
“I called to say I was thinking about her, and I hoped she could relax and reflect,” Franklin said. “She said she was intending to do that. This is a really tough report to internalize.”
Franklin said Hall did not offer an apology to her during that conversation.
“I didn’t ask for an apology, and my conversation was short,” Franklin said. “I think she has appropriately apologized to the teachers, students and to the general public.”
Meanwhile, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Franklin’s evaluation of Hall’s tenure as school superintendent.
Cobb County has become the latest Republican-controlled bastion in metro Atlanta to consider a tax increase. From my AJC colleague Janel Davis:
The increase is necessary to help close a $33 million budget deficit for fiscal 2012, which begins in October, said Commission Chairman Tim Lee. The tax hike would also allow the county to eliminate the last two furlough days — Aug. 5 and Sept. 2 — of this budget year; restore operating hours at county parks, libraries and aquatic centers; and, mow more of the county’s rights-of-way and medians. The tax increase would also keep the county from dipping into its reserves for $2 million to finish out this fiscal year.
A vote could come as early as July 26. This morning, former Cobb commission chairman Bill Byrne, already an announced challenger to Lee, lambasted his opponent:
”Foreclosures in Cobb County have increases by 11 percent from 2010 and the unemployment rate in Cobb County is approaching 16 percent, and county spending continues as if we had no problems.”
Asked to grade himself, Nathan Deal says he’s been a good, but not great, governor in his first six months. From Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News:
“It’s sort of like being asked in school to grade your own paper,” he said. ” … We’ve had a very successful several months. … So I suppose somewhere around a B-plus.
“But B-pluses are not good enough. I want an A or A-plus.”
But Deal is good enough to have raised $559,000 for a re-election bid still three years away according to campaign finance reports filed with the state. From the Associated Press:
The report filed late Friday says the Republican governor’s campaign has $421,139 in the bank after expenses.
Deal paid his daughter-in-law, Denise Deal, and her fundraising company, Southern Magnolia Capital, $24,789 for work on the campaign this year, the report shows.Last year the Deal campaign paid Southern Magnolia some $90,000.
A local newspaper reports that Rosalynn Carter will deliver the Tuesday eulogy for former – and fellow — first lady Betty Ford at a private service in Palm Desert, Calif.
“The Undefeated,” the new Sarah Palin documentary, will debut in Cobb County on Friday. Not by coincidence, Palin is on the cover of Newsweek magazine, declaring that she could win the GOP nomination for president – if she wanted it:
Asked what was to be made of the fact that so many Republicans were looking beyond the field of declared candidates to people like herself, and Govs. Rick Perry and Chris Christie, Palin said, “It suggests that the field is not set. Thank goodness the field is not yet set. I think that there does need to be more vigorous debate. There needs to be a larger field. And there’s still time. There’s still months ahead, where more folks can jump in and start articulating their positions.”
The Wall Street Journal has joined Tim Pawlenty in the examination of a certain Minnesotan’s career arc, declaring it to have a somewhat biblical cast:
Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann touts one job as her primary professional experience before entering politics. On the campaign trail, she describes it as being a “federal tax litigation attorney.” Others might call it tax collector.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider