The Cherokee County GOP late Friday passed a resolution demanding that four county school board members reconsider their opposition to the funding of charter schools – or “renounce their affiliation with the Republican party.”
The spat is an outgrowth of this spring’s decision by the Georgia Supreme Court, ruling that the state-issued licenses of 16 charter public schools were unconstitutional because they stepped on the prerogatives of local systems.
Among the 16 was Cherokee Charter Academy. Funding for the school was turned down three times by the local school board, whose members argued against what they said were added costs.
Casting votes against the school were board members Mike Chapman, Janet Read, Robert Wofford and Rick Steiner.
Gov. Nathan Deal eventually came up with $10 million to keep them afloat. Nearly 1,000 students in grades k-7 will begin classes at the Cherokee charter school on Aug. 15.
Here’s a few paragraphs from the Cherokee GOP resolution, which passed unanimously:
Whereas, the recent public statement by Cherokee School Board member Mike Chapman to the press stated “If you feel like the Cherokee County School System isn’t meeting your needs you have the option to move” is both reprehensible and unacceptable.
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Republican Party of Cherokee County we urge Cherokee School Board members Mike Chapman, Janet Read, Robert Wofford and Rick Steiner to officially reconsider their actions in denying additional educational opportunities for the students of Cherokee County or renounce their affiliation with the Republican Party with whose values they cannot affirm.”
Secretary of State Brian Kemp has set Sept. 20 as the date for a special election to fill the northeast Cobb County seat held by the late Bobby Franklin. Qualifying will take place Aug. 15 to 17.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the Republican-dominated contest could see the return of former state Sen. Robert Lamutt:
In 2004, Lamutt gave up that seat to run for Congress, but lost to U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell).
[Cobb GOP chairman Joe] Dendy said others interested in Franklin’s seat include attorney Craig Dowdy, who ran against and lost to [Chip] Rogers when Lamutt left his senate seat; John Carson Jr., a vice president with SunTrust; Dr. Geraldine Wade of Marietta; and former Cobb GOP Chairman Don Hill.
“It looks like it might be a crowded field,” Dendy said. “It’s good that that many people are interested in it.”
In 2005, the state Legislature passed the Women’s Right to Know Act, a measure intended to discourage abortions. The law required that attending physicians send information on the bill’s impact to the state. Walter Jones of the Morris News Service says the data is virtually useless:
The survey doctors are asked to complete is confusing and contains multiple typographical errors. In several instances, doctors are asked for two pieces of data but given only one blank, making it impossible to determine which facts the totals contain. Some questions appear twice.
As a result, it’s difficult to draw conclusions.
For example, the 2010 report shows 26,237 women had an abortion after obtaining information “by means other than on the Web site,” while 50,255 women had abortions “who did not obtain a copy of the printed information by means other than the Web site.”
Does that mean there were 76,492 abortions, roughly twice the statewide figure advocates on both sides quote?
According to the report, 135,000 women were given the chance to hear the heartbeat or view a sonogram, but only 38,000 did. The questionnaire isn’t clear whether the same women are counted twice if they did both, and it doesn’t ask how many still had abortions.
Opponents of a mosque being planned by a Muslim congregation in Lilburn are planning a protest tonight, according to 750AM and 95.5FM Newstalk/WSB.
The Gwinnett County city will consider a third request by the congregation for the rezoning of four acres at the corner of U.S. Highway 29 and Hood Road, to build a 20,000 square foot mosque and a parking lot for 200 vehicles.
House Speaker David Ralston has named six members of a House committee designed to study horse racing and pari-mutuel betting in Georgia. State lawmakers on the panel are Reps. Harry Geisinger, of Roswell, Tim Bearden, of Villa Rica, and Jon Burns, of Newington. All are Republicans.
Others on the panel:
-Malaika Rivers of Marietta, executive director of the Cumberland Community Improvement District;
- Hank Burnham, of Athens, who served on the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority;
- And John A. Damico, of Cumming, past president of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The committee must report its findings to the Legislature by the end of the year.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a statement from U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who voted against last week’s debt-ceiling agreement – declaring that the measure doesn’t do much to address a $14 trillion federal deficit.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider