Your morning jolt: A Buckhead revolt over Democratic future?

You’re reading the blowback edition of the Morning Jolt.

In a Thursday column, we posited what we thought was a well-thought-out theory of why the Legislature, during the upcoming redistricting session, won’t make the Buckhead portion of Atlanta part of the 6th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, the Republican from Roswell:

[B]y allowing Buckhead to remain in the hands of a Democrat, every Republican member of Congress in the state will consider Georgia’s largest cache of wealthy voters to be fair game for campaign cash. Buckhead, in essence, would remain an open city for fund-raising.

This admittedly cynical assessment resonated poorly with state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, who represents what many in the GOP believe to be sacred ground. In an e-mail sent last night, he counseled his constituents to burn a few miles of telephone cable:

I have heard both political and policy reasons from many of you for putting Buckhead in a Republican Congressional District. Buckhead is one of the oldest Republican communities in Georgia and most of its residents want a strong conservative voice in Washington. More importantly, adding a Republican representing part of the City of Atlanta will give our capital city strong national representation on both sides of the political aisle in Washington.

If you feel this way, I urge you to contact Governor Deal and Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation and let them know that you do not want to be considered an “open city” for partisan fund-raising. You want the decision of which Congressional district Buckhead is placed in to be done fairly and transparently based on the best interest of the citizens of our community and our state.

Now is the time to let your voice be heard. Start talking.

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In 2009, the state Public Service Commission voted to allow Georgia Power to charge ratepayers in advance for the cost of loans needed to build two nuclear power generators.

Last week, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) asked Tim Echols, the newest member of the utility regulation panel, elected in 2010 – whether he would have supported that move.

It was a question that Echols had fielded many times on the stump during his campaign, and he answered O’Hayer as he had answered then. He said no.

“I have a fundamental disagreement that that risk should have been taken by shareholders of the power company, not by ratepayers.”

On Wednesday, PSC Chairman Stan Wise fired off an e-mail to Echols, copied to O’Hayer, in which he declared Echols to be either ignorant or a liar:

First, I would say if you are going to comment on decisions prior to your tenure on the commission, you should be fully informed or totally honest.

[Construction Work in Progress financing, or CWIP] saves ratepayers 300 MILLION dollars over the life of the plant. Ratepayers. Factual. Indisputable.

If CWIP had not been approved, the shareholders, bondholders, et. al., still would not have shared in those costs. That is not how rate of return regulation works.

If CWIP had not been approved, the next generation of nuclear power would not be built. I believe that as well….

The basis for many who oppose CWIP, was the only way to appear to support the next generation of nuclear power while attempting to put the stake in its heart. Please find another way to express your opposition to the only way to save ratepayers significant dollars.

Now, is it my imagination, or did the chairman of the PSC just compare nuclear power to a hard-to-kill vampire? If so, let’s hope it’s the handsome, brooding, “Twilight” kind of blood-sucker — determined to use his curse to benefit the people he loves. Georgia needs the kind of nuclear power that will be adored by throngs of middle-school girls.

In O’Hayer’s report, by the way, Clare McQuire of Georgia Watch, a consumer group, says the savings to consumers will be far smaller than Wise suggests – paying $1.6 billion in just six years, instead of slightly more over 60 years.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall’s departing assertion that in 2011, CRCT tests were “given under the strictest security possible.” I think you know where it’s headed.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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99 comments Add your comment

Cutty

August 5th, 2011
9:02 am

Repubs are always for the ‘free market’, except when they’re against it. All the subsidies that they defend, making ratepayers fund projects that they currently don’t benefit from, etc., all show that there is no such thing as a free market.

No Teabagging

August 5th, 2011
9:07 am

End the two party system!…. and let redistricting be drawn on population lines not assumed party lines, voter demographics and other info gleaned from voter records.

Centrist

August 5th, 2011
9:15 am

We’ll see if the Buckhead hornets nest this blog stirred up will be added to Price’s district. Certainly the majority of the Buckhead electorate will be in favor, but since Price is not in any danger of losing his seat – there is no political reason for the Republican legislature to strengthen the 6th district with more Republicans. It would likely help John Lewis who also doesn’t need his Democratic district any more pure. Maybe there would be some dilution of both those districts at other edges to offset Buckhead being moved.

Aquagirl

August 5th, 2011
9:18 am

or did the chairman of the PSC just compare nuclear power to a hard-to-kill vampire?

People will do anything to get on the DragonCon schedule.

DannyX

August 5th, 2011
9:21 am

This is a sad day for Georgia Republicans. Capitalism lost. Socialism wins.

Stan Wise admits the project couldn’t be done unless it was socialized. By socialized I mean the residential customers of Georgia Power do all the prepaying. This new Georgia style of socialism would never have a business pay their fair share. The other utilities involved with the project will NOT be charging any of their customers in advance for the power plant. What kind of warped new socialized system is this????

The Tea Party has done their usual, they said “Thank you sir may I have another” to their corporate masters, they are right on top of it.

Where in the heck was Tim Echols last week when the PSC voted unanimously to let Georgia Power off the hook for any cost overruns? This new socialized system lets Georgia power off the hook for cost overruns too! Socialism is great!

Btw, congrats are in order to Georgia Power parent Southern Company! Record socialized profits! Announced last week!

Capitalism died.

tom mitchell

August 5th, 2011
9:21 am

From PeachPundit this morning I see that Nathan Deal has decided to become a “de facto” business partner with a porn peddler from California…http://www.peachpundit.com/2011/08/04/share-investment-advice-with-an-expert-open-thread/#comments

tom mitchell

August 5th, 2011
9:29 am

Nathan Deal’s new business partner Steve Diamond has a website for his adult porn stores. I wonder if Nathan realized what business this guy is in before he agreed to finance the transaction for 10 years. http://diamondadultworld.diamondadultworld.net/

Centrist

August 5th, 2011
9:30 am

@ No Teabagging – The 1965 Voting Rights Act does not allow your idea in many counties, townships in the country or in the following states:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
South Carolina
Texas
Virginia

td

August 5th, 2011
9:47 am

Buckhead is populated by a bunch of establishment Republicans. Ed Lidnsey is nothing more than a RINO lawyer hack. They deserve to be represented by Lewis.

td

August 5th, 2011
10:09 am

No Teabagging

August 5th, 2011
9:07 am
End the two party system!…. and let redistricting be drawn on population lines not assumed party lines, voter demographics and other info gleaned from voter records.

I bet you were not saying this in 2000.

mike 'hussein' smith

August 5th, 2011
10:27 am

1-Let computers draw the congressional and other politicial districts. It would take politics out of the process and lessen the rancor among legislators of both parties.
2-Stan Wise is a joke, a lousy public service feeding at the corporate trough. Why should today’s ratepayers be burdened with this project?
It hasn’t produced a kilo-watt of energy yet and there is no guarantee
that Southern Co. will even get it operating. Why shouldn’t tomorrow’s
ratepayers have the biggest share of the expense? I plan to leave
Georgia within the next 12 months. What do I get for paying into this project?

History Will Teach Us if We will Learn

August 5th, 2011
10:35 am

I thought in a representative form of government the electorate was suppose to choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their electorate.
And Centrist you know the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was at least in partial response to the county unit system and other election travesties (poll tests)which undermined the one man one vote rule of law.

td

August 5th, 2011
10:40 am

History Will Teach Us if We will Learn

August 5th, 2011
10:35 am

Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote. People direct handouts that they did not earn from the government are holding their elected officials up for more bribes (government handouts).

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

August 5th, 2011
10:42 am

Garbage in, Garbage Out. “Computers” are not some magical pixie dust that just make the internet work. By waving your hands and say “Let computers do it” you’re essentially saying, “Let Congress fight over how to tilt the algorithm” instead of just making the districts, only now they can pretend it isn’t their responsibility and point to the ‘computer’ instead.

yuzeyurbrane

August 5th, 2011
10:49 am

Actually, Ga. Power has the best of both worlds–socialized risks and privatized rewards.

RD

August 5th, 2011
10:50 am

The easiest job in the State of Georgia is the Commissioner of the PSC……no work needs to be done. Just listen to the lobbyists from GA Power and vote their way. Tada! Reelection is assured because who do you know that contributes $$ to the reelection on these bozos?

?

August 5th, 2011
11:02 am

Is Socialistic administration by a corporation any better than Socialistic administration by elected officials. Careful what you ask for.

TRUTH

August 5th, 2011
11:13 am

What was that classic O’Jay’s song my greedy ReTHUGlican friends…. “For the Love of Money?” More proof of whom they truly represent…

catlady

August 5th, 2011
11:13 am

Can the Governor, on the hook for the property he sponsored for his daughter and SIL, “finance,” for the porn shop guy, the sale of the land over 10 years? I mean, I thought it was property owned by the bank or its creditors?

Wilma

August 5th, 2011
11:23 am

For all the knee jerk partisans, which one are you attacking Republican Stan Wise or Republican Tim Lee? Or are you agreeing with Lee but lack the integrity to say so.

Young Lady

August 5th, 2011
11:24 am

td-Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote.

You do realize that statement qualifies anyone that buys a tank of gas, pack of cigarettes, or bottle of water right?

FSG

August 5th, 2011
11:28 am

Atlanta city limits should make up a single CD, as long as the population fits. Why wouldn’t that make sense?

The political parties are spiritually dead. Time for redistricting to focus on geography only.

http://www.redistrictinggame.org/

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 5th, 2011
11:29 am

The “Public” Service Commission’s role ensuring profitability for Georgia Power’s shareholders is fascism, not socialism.

…which is why Buckhead needs John Lewis, or his successor, in Congress.

Change is coming and the false patriots, Fifth Column traitors, and Mammon-worshippers who backed the 9/11-committing homosexual draft-dodger cheated into the White House by the SCOTUS’ Roman Catholics aren’t real Georgians and they certainly aren’t real Atlantans.

Atlanta’s cool. Buckhead’s great. Who really wants another Dallas?

catlady

August 5th, 2011
11:30 am

Td–even “illegals” and tourists from other countries.

Centrist

August 5th, 2011
11:33 am

@ History – The Voting Rights Act still allows gerrymandering – but to protect majority minority (Democrat) districts. The result is that other districts become insulated or diluted from minority (Democrat) inclusion. Democrat legislatures in the affected areas try for low 60% minority districts (very strange shapes) to maintain while having shots in other districts, while Republican legislatures would like higher percentages in the minority districts and more insulation in the others. The justice department and judges weigh in, at least somewhat influenced by their politics.

eatmotacos

August 5th, 2011
11:34 am

Can anyone imagine what the owner of a chain of sex shops in southern California wants to do with Deal’s isolated property in north Georgia? The demographics and traffic count don’t warrant a porn shop, or any other commercial venture – it is certainly not suited for a cabin. What is going on here? Is it possible that he is planning on expanding his smut business into Georgia and sought out a desparate politician, with a documented lack of scruples, in a position of power? Keep an eye on this one.

td

August 5th, 2011
11:48 am

Young Lady

August 5th, 2011
11:24 am
td-Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote.

You do realize that statement qualifies anyone that buys a tank of gas, pack of cigarettes, or bottle of water right?

OK, just for you and Catlady I will revise and extend my remarks to say:

Only people that pay Federal and State INCOME taxes should be allowed to vote.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 5th, 2011
11:50 am

The L-rd works in mysterious ways and Gov. Deal has been doing a good job for all Georgians. Let us be grateful for the governor’s good fortune and, for our own sakes, not plan on seeing some evil come of it.

In this Internet Age, the property’s location in Mid-North Georgia could be very good for drawing business, from a marketing standpoint, from all over the country, with its being in and around the best and most attractive part of America and all.

Start griping if he does something wrong, but it’s unseemly to anticipate wrongdoing as he is Elect and is rising to the demands of the holy office in which the Electorate and G-d’s grace has placed him.

td

August 5th, 2011
11:54 am

td

August 5th, 2011
11:48 am
Young Lady

August 5th, 2011
11:24 am
td-Only taxpayers should be allowed to vote.

You do realize that statement qualifies anyone that buys a tank of gas, pack of cigarettes, or bottle of water right?

OK, just for you and Catlady I will revise and extend my remarks to say:

Only people that pay Federal and State INCOME taxes should be allowed to vote.

Please add the words non convicted felon citizen before Federal.

YeahRight

August 5th, 2011
11:58 am

So if you don’t pay income tax, you shouldn’t vote, let’s take that to its consequences.

Lose your job —> Lose your healthcare (that already exists), then lose your right to vote.

What else should someone lose? Or, maybe, if you are not a job creator, you shouldn’t vote? That would make things fruitful for the few.

Frederick Douglass

August 5th, 2011
12:00 pm

The “only tax payers should be allowed to vote” comment, gets to the crux of why this state, and this nation is tredding a slippery slope by dealing too much with the Tea Party types. Simplistic, half baked solutions to complex issues, just won’t get it.

eatmotacos

August 5th, 2011
12:14 pm

This should be a wake up call to all of the good Christians who voted for Brother Deal, only because he had an R after his name on the ballot. Now that he has publicly linked himself with the Southern California porn industry, can the Nevada brothels be far behind – and you thought selling alcohol on the Sabath(gasp) in Georgia was the End Times sign……

deegee

August 5th, 2011
12:17 pm

Good question, catlady. I don’t see how a person that is pulling himself out of $2.3 million in debt can finance a debt of $600k but apparently the banks in N. Georgia believe that Deal is good for it. They must have good reason to believe it. Either that, or they know that anyone involved in the porn industry is good for well over $600k.

eatmotacos

August 5th, 2011
12:23 pm

Apparently, the word about Georgia’s new governor is out on the street, nationwide. I will go out on a limb and predict that he will be debt free by the end of his first term in office.

RGB

August 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

“Simplistic, half baked solutions to complex issues, just won’t get it.”

Right.

Problem: Feds spend too much money. Indebtedness helps destroy the economy.
Proposed Solution: Spend less.

Nah, that’d never work. It’s too simple. Besides, it’s from the Tea Party.

eatmotacos

August 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

Meant to say year – hell, he will be filthy rich by the end of his first term.

Oppenheirmer

August 5th, 2011
12:25 pm

Free market is a dead economic theory. It is an elusive economic concepts that exclude human behavior- greed and dishonesty.
Mixed economy does work and sustainable. If you do not agree think that the mixed economies like Russia and China are those hold a majority of our debt. _Remember these countries use to be communist but have reformed when they discovered that their economic philosophies do not work.
It is time for us to rethink of free-market winner takes all approach.

Free market is dead. It died years ago. Let’s recite its requiem prayers and rethink of a more practical approach to our economy.

tax cuts all around

August 5th, 2011
12:36 pm

td How about taking a test before voting- or maybe a return to the poll tax??? Maybe you guys could lead us back to the twentieth century?? Amazing.

catlady

August 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

deegee, and how can he do it over 10 years?!?

Atlien

August 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

For all the people trashing the public service commission, be careful what you wish for. Without cheap electricity, we are at a competetive disadvantage. Without reliable electricity, we are back in the stone age. The PSC stated with the vote, they will still charge Georgia Power for cost overruns to the new nuclear plant which they deem imprudent. Let’s wait and see what happens before getting our panties in a wad.

Wilma

August 5th, 2011
12:41 pm

The free market has always been a matter of degree. But dead…hardly. Freedom of the market is directly proportional to property rights and liberty. We all give up a little for this purpose and that but the notion that the free market is dead is ideologial, not factual.

tax cuts all around

August 5th, 2011
12:43 pm

td Why not just to cut to the chase and say “only those that agree with me and my posse get to vote”. That after all is where you want to go. And you do consider yourself to be another great american right?

Alabama Communist

August 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

More Breaking News On New Republican Buckhead Congressional District..Today at Republican State Party HQ’s. The State Party Chair said a deal had been reached and a new district will be Newt’s Buckhead Campaign HQ’s with 2 voters. Newt and his present 3rd wife will live in the district. The Chair also said this was the only way that we can keep Newt employed during these tough money times..

tax cuts all around

August 5th, 2011
12:47 pm

RGB So all you good little patriots want to spend lots and lots less; which will further erode the american economy and continue to increase unemployment. But only until the next Republican President is elected; and then it will be back to the good old days like under Bush right?Guns and butter? Cut taxes and start 2 more wars??

Big Daddy

August 5th, 2011
12:51 pm

The governor of Georgia is now officially in business with the porn industry. Republicans have got to be so proud.

Mr Charlie

August 5th, 2011
1:00 pm

I see that youths in Wisconsin are celebrating the opening of Planet up the Apes…..You libs must be so proud.

eatmotacos

August 5th, 2011
1:05 pm

This is hilarious. Rob Cartee is listed as one of the actors in a 2002 movie called “Carnal Secrets”. Also, one of the actresses is listed as Tracy Diamond. There is another reference to Rob Knob, and the name of Cartee’s production company was Knob/Ryder. Brother Deal has outdone himself on this one.

DannyX

August 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

“Simplistic, half baked solutions to complex issues, just won’t get it.”

You mean like that crazy idea to skyrocket the deficit for the Iraq war? Or get this, massive tax cuts handed out with massive spending increases! Or how about a brand new socialist Republican Medicare Program that the government never funds! Georgia Power socialist give-a-way! Selling property to a Porn King in the middle of Bible belt Georgia!

How about this one!! Our Tea Party governor goes begging for pork money from Uncle Sam one whole day after the deficit Deal.

TruthBe

August 5th, 2011
1:10 pm

John Lewis is a race pimp. Lewis doesn’t represent anybody but blacks period. He is a liar and a racist to the end. Just like his made-up story about being spit on and called names. No proof in any of the videos or cell phone recordings. The districts need to be up dated so that others bysides just blacks can have a voice in Atlanta. Where’s the diversity fans of John Lewis, Mayor Reed, and the rest of the “I have a dream Folks”? No Leadership in Atlanta except for Blacks in almost 40 years. Remember in the last Mayor’s race the Clark University Profressors said about Norwood quote “Get out the vote Atlanta and vote for Reed and don’t let Whitey win.” Hey Black folks where’s the diversity that you talk about. Atlanta City Government, Black CEO,CFO,Mayor,Police Chief, SchoolSuperintentent, Lawyer,Jugdes,Department Heads,and etc. Again where’s the true divesity Atlanta? Go downtown at City Hall and see for yourselves.

tax cuts all around

August 5th, 2011
1:13 pm

Since this is a part of the Bible belt- care to guess who owns Zondervan(publisher of Bibles and christian books)?