Those who live outside the city of Atlanta and its cheating scandal ought not get cocky, says the state Senate’s No. 2 leader.
The U.S. is near the bottom of developed nations in education, and Georgia’s schools are among the worst of any state, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, told Athens Republicans on Monday.
“It is abysmal in this state on the K-through-12 level,” Rogers said.
Rogers proposed using technology like online classes to improve learning. Students also need more options and flexibility, such as the freedom to take some classes online and others at brick-and-mortar schools, or to home-school some days and attend public school on others.
As part of the ongoing debt-ceiling fight in Washington, Tea Party Patriots say they’re targeting Blue Dog Democrats today. So U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, and his staff can expect to be read a script that includes this:
You are a member of the Blue Dog caucus and that means that you have committed yourself to fiscal responsibility. You cannot possibly allow America keep spending money we don’t have. It used to be that overspending would trap our children and grandchildren in a web of debt, but we have gotten to the point where overspending impacts Americans today. Overspending means fewer jobs, period.
It is up to you to persuade your fellow Democrats to stop the out-of-control spending. You can be a hero to the American people if you stand up for us now. We can’t afford rhetoric that pits American against American, so please don’t allow a campaign of class warfare to be waged on the backs of the unemployed.
The Macon Telegraph today takes a look at the money behind the city’s mayor’s race:
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert has taken in about twice as much cash from supporters as the other three mayoral candidates combined during the past three months.
Campaign finance disclosure reports filed with the state’s ethics agency show that Reichert had taken a significant lead in financing, while candidates Paul Bronson, Robert Brown and Jack Ellis gave or loaned money to their campaigns.
Reichert reported raising about $115,000 during the quarter that ended June 30. Ellis, a former mayor, reported raising about $37,000 in the quarter and lending himself about $5,600. Brown reported raising about $15,900 for his mayoral race while loaning his campaign $7,500. Bronson raised $730, while donating about $8,800 to his own campaign.
The Telegraph article also includes this curious fact:
Another filing with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission shows Brown’s Senate campaign fund raised $4,000, but he spent about $24,100, mostly on advertisements and office expenses. Brown, who left the Senate to run for mayor this year, reported that his Senate campaign fund is $20,103.94 in debt.
A spokesman for Brown said the filing was likely an error.
Former Clayton County district attorney Jewel Scott and her husband Lee told Tom Jones of Channel 2 Action News that a county official’s decision to shutter their office buildings has nothing to do with code violations and everything to do with politics:
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today examines Gov. Nathan Deal’s promise to implement zero-based budgeting when doling out state dollars.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider