Given this year’s debate over H.B. 87, we know that south Georgia is conflicted when it comes to the use of foreign labor.
This may include U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, who this morning is the subject of a Washington Post piece by Dana Milbank. The topic is the freshman congressman’s first piece of legislation:
His draftsmanship should please the people who chant “read the bill” at political rallies, because H.R. 2774 is only one sentence long. In its entirety: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Legal Services Corporation Act is repealed.”
This one sentence says a great deal about Scott, because it is a transparent attempt by the young lawmaker to defend a company in his district that discriminates against U.S. citizens in favor of Mexican migrant workers.
Scott introduced the bill abolishing Legal Services exactly three days after it became public that Legal Services had won a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determination that Georgia’s Hamilton Growers “engages in a pattern or practice of regularly denying work hours and assigning less favorable assignments to U.S. workers, in favor of H2-A guestworkers.”
We’re picking up word that Scott Rials, the Georgia political strategist and one of those who abruptly left the Newt Gingrich campaign this spring, will head up a 527 organization in support of the presidential aspirations of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
“Make Us Great Again” is the name of the group.
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has sent word that he’ll spend some of his time during the Republican straw poll in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday jamming with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. Both Baptist ministers are musically inclined – Cain sings, and Huckabee plays bass guitar.
Some additional points from Tuesday’s annual gathering of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in Perry:
– U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, declared himself open to closing tax loopholes – a strategy espoused by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to help erase the federal budget deficit. “We were closing loopholes before closing loopholes was cool,” Price said.
– Asked about the upcoming negotiations of a congressional “super-committee,” Chris Clark, the chamber president and CEO, said he would be happy to see more cuts in federal spending. But Clark indicated he would be less thrilled if Washington lawmakers attempted a wholesale rewrite of the federal tax code. After a season of wild swings, businesses need some stability out of D.C., Clark said.
Over at Fox5 News, Dale Russell reports that Patrick Millsaps, who chairs the panel once known as the State Ethics Commission, doesn’t rule out issuing those subpoenas to Gov. Nathan Deal and his campaign – to continue an investigation sidetracked by an overhaul of the commission’s staff.
A cottage used frequently by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who built it when he came to Georgia to start a polio treatment center, has been destroyed by fire, the state labor department reports.
McCarthy Cottage burned to the ground, and all that remained early Tuesday was the foundation, a chimney and some stone steps, said Martin Harmon, a spokesman at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute. The fire was discovered early Tuesday morning.
The home dates to 1927, and Roosevelt stayed there often while governor of New York from 1928-1932, Harmon said. He lived in the home about 65 weeks during that period, according to historical accounts of the cottage from the Georgia Department of Labor.
One labor department authority says there is “a strong belief” that FDR made his decision to run for president in 1932 while staying at the McCarthy Cottage.
Today’s AJC Politifact Georgia examines the state Department of Transportation’s claim that new construction along I-75 and I-575 will create 9,700 jobs.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider