Your morning jolt: Nathan Deal, Kasim Reed to reunite for Port of Savannah pitch

Think of it as a quick sign that Washington is quickly moving back to normal.

The successful lobbying team of Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Tuesday will make a hardcore, on-site sales pitch for federal assistance to dredge the Port of Savannah, when both will squire U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood through a tour of the coastal facility.

Think of it as an attempt to build on last month’s success. In July, following on a meeting with Deal and Reed, LaHood green-lighted a low-interest $270 million infrastructure loan for managed lanes up the I-75/I-575 corridor in metro Atlanta.

This session will be all about dredging. LaHood will be the first member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet to eyeball the situation. “This is a chance for [LaHood] to see first hand the fastest growing and fourth largest port in America,” said Robert Morris, spokesman for the Port Authority of Savannah. “As a member of the president’s cabinet, it’s a great opportunity to tell the story of the harbor deepening and let more members of the president’s team understand how critical the deepening is.”

You’ll notice that this post has been significantly revised. Reed, invited to participate in the 90-minute tour, had originally indicated that he wouldn’t be able to attend, said Morris.

That’s just changed in the last few minutes. A text message from a spokeswoman for Reed indicates the mayor will be there.

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No doubt you’re near the saturation point when it comes to the debt-ceiling debate. But if you want to see in writing what was agreed to early this morning in Washington, click here.

And while you’re reading, note that the deal contains many elements laid out by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in a floor speech made Saturday evening. A synopsis from the Southern Political Report:

To appease Democrats, Isakson’s proposal would raise the debt ceiling until past the 2012 elections. President Barack Obama and most congressional Democrats appear unwilling to have the debt-ceiling debate arise again before November of next year.

In exchange for that concession by Republicans, the proposal likely would also call for an up-or-down vote on a balanced budget amendment, probably by January 2012.

The third area of contention involves the means by which a spending-restraint enforcement mechanism could be put into place after a bipartisan congressional committee considers spending cuts, or if it fails to make those recommendations.

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GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain appears to be getting some of his mojo back after last week’s apology to American Muslims, winning a straw poll of GOP activists in Denver on Sunday. From the Associated Press:

Cain spoke to the Western Conservative Summit moments before the poll ….and drew the crowd to its feet with his life story and biting criticisms of President Barack Obama.

With 508 people voting, 48 percent chose Cain as their favored presidential candidate. Second place, with 13 percent, went to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has not formally announced his presidential campaign but addressed about 1,000 people at the conference Friday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who addressed the group Friday, got 10 percent. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, won Colorado’s Republican presidential caucuses in 2008, also got 10 percent. Nine other Republicans split the rest of the votes.

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The state investigation into test score cheating is officially moving south. From The weekend’s Albany Herald:

Dougherty County Superintendent of Schools Joshua Murfree and School System Attorney Tommy Coleman met with former Attorney General Michael Bowers Friday morning.

Confirmed through two independent sources, The Herald learned that Murfree and Coleman had been invited by Bowers, who is heading an investigation to determine whether there had been cheating on the DCSS’s 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test exams.

“It was just a get-acquainted meeting, because I’d never met Dr. Murfree,” Bowers said. “Bob Wilson (fellow investigator) and I just wanted to chat with him before we get down there on the (Aug.) seventh. He was gracious enough to meet with us.

“It was no big deal. We just wanted to let him know how we were going to proceed with the investigation and we exchanged cell phone numbers.”

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On a related note, the Clayton County school system celebrated its escape from probation from its accreditation agency. From George Howell of Channel 2 Action News:

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the claim that nearly half of all Latino children in Georgia rely on Medicaid for health care.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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40 comments Add your comment

Bill Smith

August 1st, 2011
10:19 am

Who paid for the party?

Bill Smith

August 1st, 2011
10:22 am

Corporate sponsors paid for the event.

Bill Smith

August 1st, 2011
10:26 am

What corporations?

td

August 1st, 2011
10:59 am

Even the liberals are admitting this morning that the Tea Party won this one. The problem is I heard a report this morning talking about some of the details and the whole deal is a farce. The automatic triggers will not start until the OMB director issues a paper. What happens if Obama tells him/her not to issue such paper? Also, the Congress can get around any of the cuts by just declaring a piece of legislation as an emergency. Did everyone know that our last Census was declared an emergency spending bill? I think we knew this one was coming for more than 200 years.

I think the Tea Party is going to have to vote NO again and lets have a real bill.

Monroe Burbank

August 1st, 2011
11:24 am

Funny how everyone seems to want to slash federal spending, except when it affects their pocketbooks. You can’t have it both ways. Let the port authority find other ways to achieve their goals rather than picking the taxpayers’ pockets. Where’s the tea party now??

A Conservative Voice

August 1st, 2011
11:49 am

What are we talking about here folks? Spending more money we don’t have, I say……when are we gonna learn? As far as the “Debt Ceiling” bill compromise…..folks, it’s a farce and we’ll learn that the democrats are suckering us once again…..this bill will not, I repeat “WILL NOT” cut any costs. We’ll be having this same conservation next year. I’m just hoping the TEA Partiers vote it down…….we need a real bill that cuts a lot of money out of our current and future spending, not a bill that promises to do so.

MrLiberty

August 1st, 2011
12:05 pm

One can only wonder what the port project would ACTUALLY cost if federal dollars were not on the table. If a group of venture capitalists, investors, state business leaders, etc. got together and contracted out the job I could easily imagine the pricetag dropping by 50%.

If there are businesses in this state that will benefit then let them pay – and pass the costs along to the consumers. That is how things got done before the criminals in washinton and atlanta got into the business of everyone’s business.

There is nothing the government does that cannot be done by private enterprise. The results will be far superior, far lower cost, and done in a manner that is financially sustainable. Time to give freedom a try again.

MiltonMan

August 1st, 2011
12:06 pm

Clayton County celebrating that the school system still is pathetic???

Congrats.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

August 1st, 2011
12:16 pm

Perhaps Governor Deal can ask to see that secret socialist Muslim’s birf certificate while he’s begging for Uncle Sam’s help.

Alabama Communist

August 1st, 2011
12:25 pm

Herman Wins! Herman Wins! …. Herman winning the Denver Republican Straw Poll is like a One Legged Man winning a Butt Kicking Contest in Lizard Lick North Carolina…….

Cobbian

August 1st, 2011
12:41 pm

It is ironic to me that the very Republican Governor Deal wants all this federal money when the Republicans want to lambast the federal government for spending money they don’t have.

Until we have a national debate about what the federal government should be spending money on, everything is pork. I am appalled at spending $250+ million on toll lanes. That means that those who can’t afford the tolls will have to take the slower lanes, burning more fuel, buying more gas, that funds the toll lanes for those who can afford them. A welfare for the wealthy. Bad idea. And if these toll lanes are in the transportation plan that voters have to approve, I won’t vote for it. I would vote for HOV lanes that have no toll – they actually represent a way to encourage people to buddy up on rides and therefore reduce gas consumption.

DannyX

August 1st, 2011
12:44 pm

Republicans and their crazy Tea Party friends are divorced from reality.

Look how easily manipulated their members are. Guess what? There is no Tea Party in Georgia. Sorry it doesn’t exist. Its just a marketing tool for the Republican Party.

How do you explain Nathan Deal? His resume is anti-Tea Party. Ex-Democrat, career politician, under investigation for serious ethics violations, fiercely protected his no-bid government contract, is personally bankrupt, voted for huge new socialist entitlement program, voted YES to raise spending for two wars without funding them, and has now established his own friends and family government financed pyramid scheme.

To top it all off, he goes to Washington toting his ‘token’ Democrat, begging for money that his fellow Republicans are screaming we don”t have!

Of course we have seen this all before from the “fiscal conservatives.” Remember when Sonny Perdue fired off a letter demanding more stimulus money? Not only was he representing Georgia with his letter begging for money, at the same time he was representing every single Republican governor, yes they all signed the letter. Of course at the same time every single Republican in the US House and Senate were voting against the extra spending.

You elect Nathan Deal and expect legitimacy? There may be no Tea Party in Georgia but there are plenty of good ol boys.

Evontraquah

August 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

The photo accompanying the Clayton County school system article, above, pretty much sums up the situation in Clayton.

jconservative

August 1st, 2011
12:52 pm

The Tea Party will never agree to dredge the Port of Savannah. Welfare is welfare is welfare.

Besides they will be busy defending the Pentagon against proposed budget cuts. Apparently the Tea Party is committed to continuing the build new nations for Muslim citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq and Lybia.

Ga Values

August 1st, 2011
1:11 pm

What’s in it for Deal & Reed? Deal is a crook & Reed makes Jackson & Cambell look honest.

MiltonMan

August 1st, 2011
1:13 pm

Liberals complaining about Deal???

When will you clowns actually nominate someone worth a crap within this state???

2014 – I guess we will see Roy Rat Barnes yet again with his education friends licking his hind quarters.

LMAO

August 1st, 2011
1:15 pm

Really Deal and Reed you want the cut domestic spending federal government to fund a project for Georgia? Are ya’ll drunk, stupid or both? Obviously, ya’ll are ignorant as well because there ain’t no way you’ve missed this debate over the debt the last few weeks.

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

Danny X-

I love to here liberals complain about Bush and not funding two wars. Do you mean they weren’t in the budget? Congress did pass suplamentals to pay the cost and yes we had to borrow the money to pay for it.

Is Obama “paying” for his three wars? Don’t think so, the senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 820 days. So Obama is doing what? Borrowing the money. What’s the difference? One extra war and much higher borrowing than Bush did.

LMAO

August 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

@MiltonMan at least he’s not a proven crook! LMAO

DannyX

August 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

“Do you mean they weren’t in the budget?”

Bush’s supplemental war budgets were all spend no revenue. He cut nothing to pay for his supplemental budgets, they were all red ink.. In fact he did even worse. All his spending was unfunded, backed by tax decreases. The Republican Congress went right along, many leading the way today. Huge spending increases + huge tax cuts.

This is not about Obama and the Democrats. Its about who Georgia has chosen to as its leader. Past and present, Bush and Deal. Republicans just made Deal governor. Deal, the example of everything the Tea Party says is wrong with the country. That governor is now begging for more money, the day after the Tea Party supposedly had this “big day.” What a joke.

Didn’t Deal get the memo?

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
2:00 pm

You are absolutely correct, but his shortfall in revenue pails in commparrison to Obama. You know you just can’t admit that all the critical comments you make about Bush are nothing compared to our current president. More debt than Bush, more wars than Bush….etc. And the kicker, the same tax cuts as Bush. If you like Bush you’ll love Obama or conversly if you dislike Bush you’ll hate Obama. P.S. “all spend and no revenue” That is what a supplemental is.

DannyX

August 1st, 2011
2:25 pm

“You are absolutely correct,”

Thank you. I am sure that took a lot of courage.

Cobbian

August 1st, 2011
2:37 pm

Retired soldier. It is probably too late for this to get read, but here are some facts.

Dubya era policies that added to the deficit: (in trillions)
War – $1.47
Tax cuts – $1.81
Non-defense (discretionary) – $.61
Tarp/bailouts – $.22
Medicare drug – $.18
2008 Sitmulus – $.77 *

Dubya total cost of $5.07 trillion of which $770 million was temporary (one time only) spending

Obama
Temporary tax cuts – $.43*
Non-defense discretionary – $.28
Stimulus – $.71*
health reform/entitlement – $.15

Obama total cost of $1.44 trillion, of which $1.14 trillion was temporary programs.

We are not raising the debt ceiling because of policies of the current administration. We are raising the debt ceiling because of policies of past administrations, including, very significantly, that of Republicans.

DannyX

August 1st, 2011
2:44 pm

Obama is now lowering the deficit.

Bush shot it through the roof. Deal helped.

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
2:48 pm

DannyX-

Thanks, I needed a good laugh. How is the view with your head in the sand?

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
2:52 pm

Cobbian-

You need to stop reading Krugman so much. Only in your bizzare world would someone believe that nonsense. The debt ceiling is being raised to allow more spemding not paid for, current spending, not past spending. Unreal.

double

August 1st, 2011
2:55 pm

Thanks Cobbian,pointing this out to Retired Soldier,and others means nothing.This country has gone down since 1st. Bush Iraq war.and continues down.Turning around takes time.

double

August 1st, 2011
3:09 pm

Retired S supplememental is what you have to pay or with supplemental insurance.Medicare approves Xamt Medicare pays approx.80% of approved amt.the difference is what you or your supplement ins.pays.(part B).You get in bottle early today?This is the only supplement you need be concerned with.

double

August 1st, 2011
3:16 pm

supplemental looks like someone else got in bottle.

Sylvia

August 1st, 2011
3:45 pm

The Tea Party is a joke. And I’m a Republican.

R U Kidding Me?

August 1st, 2011
3:46 pm

Retired Soldier:

I thought the military taught its soldiers to look at things logically, unemotionally, and with solid facts. Cobbian gave you numbers that demonstrate that you are incorrect. All you can do in responce is discount the messenger, not the facts. I have read an independent report from a national think tank group that says since 2001(When Clinton operated with a budget surplus) that 20% of the deficit is from Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; 20% is from Obama’s stimulus plan; and 60% is from the Bush tax cuts.

So instead of babbling on some right-wing, FOX News garbage, show us your set of numbers about the deficit and what your source is. Otherwise, you just continue to be an angry old codger that watches too much Rush Limbaugh.

Doug

August 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

I wonder if Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson will get invited to hob-nob with the Sec’y or is this just a Deal-Reed event?

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
3:59 pm

Double-

I made a mistake in spelling, OMG. I think in forums like this the “point” is what matters. Sorry, I took ROTC instead of typing.

RetiredSoldier

August 1st, 2011
4:09 pm

R U-

You are assuming his facts are correct. I don’t think they are. What national think tank? Remember you can make numbers say anything. But look at the bottomline, these are now Obama’s taxcuts and look at the amount of money at the end of the budget year. 1.5 Trillion shortfall for Obama. Will you ever stop blaming Bush and take responsibility?

Old? not at all I retired very young. Watch Limbaugh? Neat trick for a radio broadcast. Finally, I have listened to Limbaugh maybe twice in my life, don’t care for him. Watch MSNBC 5 days aweek along with Fox news. National news most nights. Nice try R U.

E-Roll

August 1st, 2011
5:52 pm

RetiredSoldier –

Actually these are the Republician / Tea Party tax breaks because as I am sure you remember the House or Senate Repubs. would not approve any of the proposals that included the ending of the Bush tax breaks on the wealthy nor the closing off some of the tax loopholes that are used to avoid some of the taxes that they are suppose to pay so let’s be honest about who tax breaks these belong to.

E-Roll

August 1st, 2011
5:56 pm

By the way I am a middle of the road left leaning independant who believed that we should have cut Medicare, SS AND Defense spending as well as ended the tax breaks on the wealthy because if 10 years of tax breaks for the “job creaters” haven’t created jobs yet it is time to take the country in another direction.

td

August 1st, 2011
6:57 pm

E-Roll

August 1st, 2011
5:52 pm

“as I am sure you remember the House or Senate Repubs. would not approve any of the proposals that included the ending of the Bush tax breaks on the wealthy”

My friend you really need to do a little research. The Bush tax cuts were suppose to end on Dec. 31, 2010. In a lame duck session after the election, the Democratic controlled house and 59 Democratic senators voted to extend the tax cuts and the Democratic President signed the bill. The Republicans could not have stopped them if they wanted to. These are now the Obama tax cuts.

E-Roll

August 1st, 2011
8:20 pm

td –

Here is my research.
At the “Slurpee Summit” of November 30, President Barack Obama appointed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Office of Management and Budget chief Jack Lew to help Republicans and Democrats hammer out an agreement on extending the Bush tax cuts.[29] All 42 Republican Senators pledged to block all legislation in the lame-duck session until the tax matter was settled.[30][31]

Congressional Democrats offered two attempts to extend the Bush-era rates for “middle income” families but restore the previous, higher rates for “high income” people. The first proposal had a cutoff at $250,000, while the second raised the dividing line to $1 million. Both proposals were able to pass in the House, but on December 4, 2010, both fell short in the Senate, getting only 53 votes and not the 60 needed for cloture.[32]

On December 6, 2010, President Barack Obama announced a compromise tax package proposal had been reached, centered around a temporary, two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts.[33] In particular, the framework included key points such as:

Extending the 2001/2003 income tax rates for two years. Also, reforming the AMT to ensure an additional 21 million households will not face a tax increase. These measures are intended to provide relief to more than 100 million middle-class families and prevent an annual tax increase of over $2,000 for the typical family.[34]
Additional provisions designed to promote economic growth. $56 billion in unemployment insurance, an approximate $120 billion payroll tax cut for working families, about $40 billion in tax cuts for the hardest hit families and students, and 100 percent expensing for businesses during 2011.[34][35]
Estate tax adjustment. Rates would be 35 percent after a $5 million exemption.[36][35]
Obama said, “I’m not willing to let working families across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in Washington. And I’m not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as we’re pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession. … So, sympathetic as I am to those who prefer a fight over compromise, as much as the political wisdom may dictate fighting over solving problems, it would be the wrong thing to do. … As for now, I believe this bipartisan plan is the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to do for jobs. It’s the right thing to do for the middle class. It is the right thing to do for business. And it’s the right thing to do for our economy. It offers us an opportunity that we need to seize.”

So as I said this is the Repubs. tax breaks because they tied up everything in Congress including unemployment payments if they didn’t get their way which is what they got. You can have your own opinion but not your own facts. Sorry

double

August 1st, 2011
9:04 pm

E -Roll thank you for taking time to research the Bush tax cuts.He should be SD not TD.S for spin.

R U Kidding Me?

August 2nd, 2011
8:26 am

E-Roll:

Great post and thanks for making an argument based on the facts and not on the Fox News/Tea party spin. TD and Retired Soldier, take note on how it’s done. Both of you are experts on running your mouth without any facts to back you up.