Your morning jolt: Jon Huntsman, Christine O’Donnell headed to state Capitol

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced via Twitter on Thursday that he’s a thoroughly modern man when it comes to Darwin and climate change – unlike a certain Texas governor.

From the Associated Press:

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Huntsman tweeted.

Although Huntsman didn’t mention Perry by name, the tweet was sent within hours of a campaign stop by Perry in New Hampshire where was asked by the crowd about both topics.

While Perry dodged a question about climate change, he has previously said the theory is unproven. On Thursday, he defended the teaching of creationism in schools because evolution “has some gaps to it.”

Why is this worth a mention? Because on Wednesday, Huntsman will be at the state Capitol in Atlanta to meet Gov. Nathan Deal and as many state legislators as possible.

Perry already has a firm contingent of supporters in the Capitol, and Deal is still formally tied to Gingrich – a convenient if unlikely shelter when everybody and his brother are trying to draw you into their fight.

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Jon Huntsman will be preceded at the state Capitol by Christine O’Donnell, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware. She’ll stop by on Monday. But O’Donnell made a bit of news this morning when, on NBC’s “Today,” she said she walked off Piers Morgan’s CNN show because of what she described as his “very inappropriate, creepy line of questioning.”

The Delaware Republican said she wanted to stop the “borderline sexual harassment that was going on.”

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Roll Call reports this morning that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is the 48th richest member of Congress, worth $6.49 million. That’s up 2.6 percent over last year, meaning that Isakson’s investments are outperforming the national economy.

However, among his peers, Isakson has dropped slightly – he was the 46th richest last year. Still at the top is U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who’s worth $294 million.

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With his Gang of Six activities, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., may be taking the biggest risk of his political career. But don’t think that means he’s not running in 2014, he said – yet again – on Thursday. From Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:

“I’m wide open running again,” the Georgia Republican told reporters Thursday after touring the Efacec Power Transformers plant in Rincon. “I’m campaigning every day.”

He’s taken flak from tea party activists for helping lead an effort — which includes additional tax revenue — to reduce the federal budget deficit.

Some commentators say his willingness to risk the wrath of a group with big clout in GOP primaries means he won’t seek a third six-year term.

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In a Thursday post, we mentioned that several Republicans from Buckhead and Sandy Springs – including Beth Beskin and Josh Belinfante – are considering entrance into the Senate District 6 race.

And that Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna, who’s district was hauled into Fulton County, has been approached about switching parties.

More potential GOP candidates are floating to the surface: Hunter Hill of Vinings, who ran against Stoner in 2008; and Bob Irvin of Atlanta, the former House minority leader.

Irvin’s candidacy would be interesting – given that he’s the past president of Common Cause Georgia and has been critical of the Legislature’s tolerance of “low-level conflict of interest and low-level corruption.”

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On Blogging While Blue, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin wonders whether, in their search for a constitutional majority, Republicans are repeating the big mistake that Democrats made during the 2001 redistricting session:

If the courts ultimately allow the Republican maps, their plan could still backfire for individual Republican members – many in places like Gwinnett County find themselves in districts that are much more competitive than in the past, as map makers have subtracted reliable Republican neighborhoods from these districts in an effort to create new Republican leaning districts elsewhere.

It’s worth noting that ten years ago Democrats thought they too were in reach of a constitutional majority in the Senate, but left so many districts with only narrow Democratic advantages that on Election Day in 2002 they lost in seven districts where their candidates came within 5% of a victory.

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Maybe you didn’t notice, but this gambling crackdown ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal could create something of a re-match of the 2010 race for attorney general, which featured Republican Sam Olens versus Democrat Ken Hodges.

Olens won, and Hodges now represents some of the businesses in the governor’s sights. From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

Atlanta lawyer Ken Hodges, who represents business centers that sell Internet time, said state law provides for legitimate operations to engage in sweepstakes promotions without running afoul of Georgia’s gambling statutes.

“The people who I represent are not the only people doing this type of business in the state and I can’t speak for the others,” Hodges said Thursday. “But what my clients are doing is in compliance with the laws of the state of Georgia. Illegal gambling is not our model of business.”

Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News offers up a look at what these Internet centers look like:

What’s curious about this whole episode that, 10 years ago, during the 2001 redistricting session, Gov. Roy Barnes initiated a crackdown on video poker – angering a crowd of convenience store owners.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes on former Atlanta Public School superintendent Beverly Hall’s assertion that 2010 and 2011 test scores in APS schools haven’t been questioned.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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145 comments Add your comment

boib

August 19th, 2011
9:54 am

Regarding O’Donnell – Can anyone explain how how the CNN interview was “borderline sexual harassment”?

Aquagirl

August 19th, 2011
9:55 am

Newt must be p*ssed….Christine O’Donnell has temporarily one-upped him in the “free book publicity” category.

Red

August 19th, 2011
9:59 am

Glen Burns is converting his Santa radar used at Christmas to a broom radar,,,,we are tracking Christine as she flies through North Georgia.

jd

August 19th, 2011
10:04 am

One candidate is a witch; another believes that Michelangelo, and others of the Renaissance, corrupted the world and led us from God; another candidate believes political thinking superior to methods of science; and those candidates who dare to show their intelligence (Newt, Jon, Ron Paul), are relegated to the sidelines. Dark times cometh!

eatmotacos

August 19th, 2011
10:05 am

The fact that anyone would have any interest in anything Christine O’Donnell has to say about anything amazes me. To say she is as dumb as a rock would be an insult to rocks. Why would any legitimate news organization devote a millisecond of coverage to her?

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

August 19th, 2011
10:13 am

Well, one thing is clear, Mr. Huntsman does not live up to his name. I’ve tried several times to get him to come up to Alaska and hunt with me and he has refused me each time.

Christine has hunted with me, and we had great fun. I love her! I also went to a coven meeting with her and found it very interesting. I love being amongst my people.

clem

August 19th, 2011
10:18 am

the tea party supports folks that will take us back to the dark ages like odonnell, perry & bachmann

recent report on tea party suggests strong ties to far right religious of our country whose fiscal issues are likely secondary to their social agenda

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
10:23 am

Rick Perry is going to be our next president. Its already been decided, this is bigger than all of you.

Rick Perry belongs to the secret Republican Underground Cheerleader Society (RUCS.) Perry will become the 4th Republican cheerleader out of the last 7 Republican presidents.

Eisenhower, Reagan, and George W Bush were cheerleaders. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Bush Sr were not cheerleaders, not one of them finished a second term.

Nixon was forced to resign. Nixon knew he faced trouble so he had his daughter marry Eisenhower’s grandson. Connecting his family to the cheerleader Eisenhower didn’t work. RUCS forced Nixon to resign.

Gerald Ford was not a member of RUCS and was not re-elected. The Republican cheerleaders hated Ford. Ford was a star football player, male cheerleaders are jealous of the players. Ford didn’t stand a chance at re-election.

Bush Sr was not a member of RUCS. His son W is, but Sr was forced out anyway. Sr did make sure that his son be given the opportunity to be a full 2 term president and made sure W got a good cheerleader education. Bush was in fact an excellent college cheerleader.

George W, was a member of RUCS. The Supreme Court was able to change the results of the election to put a RUCS man if office.

Get over it. Rick Perry the ex-Texas A&M cheerleader will be the next president. The theme of Perry’s campaign will be to push Obama back, push him back, waaaay back. Perry says that he has spirit, he’ ll be asking America, “How about YOU?” Inauguration day 2013 we’ll all be saying “first and ten do it again we like it, we like it.

If you are Republican and want your son to grow up to be president send him to cheerleader camp. He could be the next Ronald Reagan, cheerleader and President of the USA + Texas

Perry was the best cheerleader of all, by far the most flamboyant. His grades were horrible but the man can cheer, Georgia will love him. Now give me an “R.”

Red

August 19th, 2011
10:29 am

I think it is ironic that people are whining about some taking us back to the Dark Ages. At the rate we’re headed the “smartest President ever” will have us in the Stone Age during a second term. Just chronologically, I’d prefer the Dark Ages. I really would love to know some examples of how Perry would have us in the Dark Ages. Because they do stone pagans, gays, Democrats, etc. in Texas. The Inquisition is in full force as well. People’s rights are trampled left and right and liberals are drawn and quartered every day. That pesky Sheila Jackson Lee keeps getting away though. Seriously people. The Left sounds like a group of loons in tin foil hats telling us the sky will fall with Perry. Sorry folks but the sky has already fallen. We’ll all be unemployed living in cardboard boxes but with healthcare before too much longer.

DannyY

August 19th, 2011
10:35 am

Because our current cheerleader in chief has done so much to inspire us. He goes to Berlin and inspires Europe. He goes to Cairo and inspires the Muslim world. His speeches rally the masses like Nuremberg. The masses elect him. And the speeches only get you so far. No ideas. No solutions.

“Hey guys. The Volt becomes the “people’s car” – where have we heard that before? Your unemployment check is stimulating the economy. Gays can now join the military – I produced more jobs! Build a bridge to nowhere – more jobs! Hire someone to stare at your empty shelves with no one buying and I’ll give you a tax credit! Wow! All of these paper signings is tiring me out. So is riding on a bus cross country. I need a vacation!”

bachman---the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
10:39 am

JD…does that really surprise you? I think there is some statistic out there that 70% of americans believe in ghosts. All i have to say is we better got another straussian inspired neocon in the presidents office again creating myths as they have done since the 70’s. unfortunately, its these anti intellectual types that seem to gravitate towards the neocons, which, unfortunately this country seems to be filled with. .

bachman---the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
10:40 am

I meant to say we better NOT get another straussian inspired neocon the the presidents office……

td

August 19th, 2011
10:42 am

clem

August 19th, 2011
10:18 am
the tea party supports folks that will take us back to the dark ages like odonnell, perry & bachmann

What are the dark ages? What will it look like if your vision of the Tea party take over comes true?

td

August 19th, 2011
10:45 am

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
10:23 am
Rick Perry is going to be our next president.

One could only hope that a man of real conviction and a non-graduate of the Ivy league could become President again. The last time we had that (Reagan) the country was sent in the right direction.

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
10:47 am

Well…Huntsman just lost the GOP nomination.

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
10:49 am

Of course td does not want educated people in government. He would rather have people that lie about being a doctor or get a law degree from a school that never gained top tier status in its 7 year existence.

The Ivy League is about merit. Get over it.

td

August 19th, 2011
10:50 am

bachman—the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
10:40 am
I meant to say we better NOT get another straussian inspired neocon the the presidents office……

How has the intellectual elitist socialist been working out for you the past three years?

td

August 19th, 2011
10:52 am

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
10:49 am

The Ivy League is about merit. Get over it.

Was not GWB a product of the Ivy league? Why do you libs continue to say to this day that he is an idiot? Can not have it both ways know can you.

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
10:53 am

“The last time we had that (Reagan) the country was sent in the right direction.”

So who is the next Reagan? The right direction as in “deficits don’t matter?”

Who is going to raise taxes? Who is going to give amnesty to millions of “illegals?” Who is willing to create a whole new layer of big government with a new cabinet level position like Reagan did?

Another male cheerleader?

Ghost Rider

August 19th, 2011
10:54 am

DannyX:

When was Ford elected? He must have been elected if he wasn’t re-elected, right?

bachman---the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
10:55 am

I dont know if GWB was smart or dumb. But he was easily manipulated….

td

August 19th, 2011
10:56 am

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
10:49 am

So what you are really saying is if you do not get a degree from an Ivy league school then you are not smart enough to become President?

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
10:58 am

When cheerleader Perry comes to Georgia make sure he tells you all about the “illegal” friendly immigration bill he signed. You guys will love it!

Yes, Perry signed the Texas Dream Act!

bachman---the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
11:01 am

td—-the lesser of two evils. At least blatant lies and myths are not passed off as fact on a daily basis.

Ghost Rider

August 19th, 2011
11:02 am

DannyX:

“Rick Perry is going to be our next president”

I certainly hope that you are correct.

I’m still waiting for Obummer to unveil his hob creation program. I’m also wondering why he hasn’t shared it with us sooner. Did he just find out that we have rampant unemployment? Maybe someone at Martha’s Vineyard told him about it?

Ghost Rider

August 19th, 2011
11:05 am

“job creation program” – sorry for the typo!

td

August 19th, 2011
11:05 am

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
10:58 am
When cheerleader Perry comes to Georgia make sure he tells you all about the “illegal” friendly immigration bill he signed. You guys will love it!

Yes, Perry signed the Texas Dream Act

There are some things about Perry that we will have to “get his mind right” but overall he would be a 1000 times better then the current occupant of the office.

clem

August 19th, 2011
11:07 am

td…general demographic decline, limited building activity and material cultural achievements in general. big business will own you, the white house and congress and my guess is there will be much turmoil for most americans… society of haves and mostly havenots…..

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
11:10 am

td,

I never said that. The ultra-right-wing has this irrational disdain of the Ivy League.

I am saying that if you are so incompetent that you flunk out of 4 schools before actually obtaining a degree (Sarah Palin) or if you go to a school like Oral Roberts (Michelle Bachmann), Regent University or Liberty University you are probably too narrowly minded and uneducated to effectively work in a job that requires intellectual flexibility…a job like the Presidency of the US.

DJ Sniper

August 19th, 2011
11:10 am

Obama has his issues and problems, but putting Rick Perry in office is not a good idea at all. And let’s make double damn sure Michele Bachmann doesn’t get anywhere close to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

td

August 19th, 2011
11:10 am

bachman—the knuckledraggers messiah

August 19th, 2011
11:01 am
td—-the lesser of two evils. At least blatant lies and myths are not passed off as fact on a daily basis

Do you mean like Johnson’s great society has ended poverty in America? Was that one a myth or a lie? How about global warming is totally man made? Myth or lie? Here is a good one. Evolution is a scientific fact.

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
11:11 am

I will also go so far as to say that if you are so ignorant that you can not accept evolution as a scientific theory you are too ignorant to hold the job of the US Presidency.

clem

August 19th, 2011
11:11 am

by the way, td, what do you think of tparty leaders graves and rogers publiced hotel deal…they acted just like some of the folks you rale against

DW

August 19th, 2011
11:12 am

TD is an idiot… please forgive him

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
11:13 am

Ghost Rider, Ford was a total pawn. Nixon knew that the Republican Underground Cheerleaders Society were going to force him out of office.

Nixon also knew that RUCS members hate football stars, so Nixon had Spiro Agnew resign so he could put Ford in as his Vice President. Nixon used that small amount of revenge on the Cheerleaders. Sure enough RUCS had to put up with the football star but made sure Carter won the election. RUCS members hated every minute of the Ford presidency.

This is a huge story. The conspiracy is pretty big.

honested

August 19th, 2011
11:14 am

The teapotties rejoice at rejection of history, science, biology and the general advancement of civilization, yet they wonder why their support hangs under 20% nationwide.
Meanwhile, back at home, it will only be a few months until a new set of lunatic proposals to roll back time will bubble up under the gold dome.

RGB

August 19th, 2011
11:16 am

DannyX,

I see you are again fantasizing about Rick Perry.

Do you find him to be a powerfully attractive man?

Sweet dreams. And don’t let anybody put you down about that GLBT stuff either.

td

August 19th, 2011
11:19 am

clem

August 19th, 2011
11:07 am

“society of haves and mostly havenots”

What are the characteristics of a “have” and a “havenot”? I submit to you that the vast majority of people that have a college degree and have stayed married to the same person they had children with are doing pretty well in this society. Choices and hard work determines middle class 99% of the time. Please disprove my thesis.

It's All Dicksie Now!

August 19th, 2011
11:22 am

The Confederacy won complete victory on Jan. 20, 2001. Total chaos ahead.

And the beat goes on… Go Goobers Go!!!!

td

August 19th, 2011
11:23 am

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
11:11 am

“accept evolution as a scientific theory”

You are correct that it is a theory. Can you disprove the theory of creationism? I think if you listen to Perry in the exchange he says that we teach BOTH theories in Texas and let you decide. What is wrong with that philosophy when both are theories?

DJ Sniper

August 19th, 2011
11:27 am

Creationism is rooted in religious beliefs, and therefore, it has no place in public schools. Teach it in church, in Sunday school, but not in public schools.

honested

August 19th, 2011
11:28 am

td

Creationism would require a creator.

Prove the existence (as well as location and plausible contact information) for a ‘creator’ or forever hold your peace.

honested

August 19th, 2011
11:33 am

Comparative analysis:

Gravity – supported by evidence
Elecromagnetic – supported by evidence
Evolution – supported by evidence

Ghosts – supported by fear
Supply side economics – unsupported
Creationism – supported by campaign contributions

Kenyatta

August 19th, 2011
11:36 am

“On Blogging While Blue, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin wonders…”

There was a time when I respected Shirley. I believed she was a leader capable of transcending race issues in the interest of the greater good.

Then came the (in)famous police dogs and fire hoses remark, unprovoked and out of the blue. It forever wrecked any political future she had and disappointed many of us who had been her fans.

One-Eyed Man in a Blind World

August 19th, 2011
11:37 am

Regarding Christine O’Donnell — I do not blame Christine as much as the voters (idiots) that voted her into office. Christine has an IQ deficiency — she can’t help that… but the voters.. well, that’s a different story. You will ALWAYS get what you ELECT so you should exercise better judgement. Why elect someone simply because they are popular or are a loud mouth? You only need to listen to Christine for a few minutes to determine she is not fit for office or to run a kennel much less a district for that matter. Yet, the voters decided she was the person who should represent them.

She is not an isolated case. There are Christine types in districts all over this country. Voters have become like bleeting sheep (goats) that will eat whatever is fed to them.

Road Scholar

August 19th, 2011
11:37 am

What was Chambliss’s income ranking in the Senate?

DannyX

August 19th, 2011
11:37 am

Do I fantasize about Rick Perry? Of course not RGB. I just wanted everyone to know that Rick Perry really likes immigrants. Perry is a religious man too.

In fact the very first thing Perry will do as president is clean up the smut on tv. Perry’s FCC will reflect his Christian values. The days of football porn are over.

Parry said, “I was watching a football game and was distracted the whole time. Disgusting. Tom Brady was about naked in those tight white uniform pants. You could practically see his backside. Disgusting. With HD technology that image becomes seared in your brain. You soon find you can’t take your eyes off of his backside.”

Perry wants networks to fuzz out the players midsection. He also suggested small skirts to cover the players backside. “I want to enjoy the game again, not become distracted on the filth. Disgusting. Football has become a gay recruiting tool.”

Perry has been a long time advocate for Family Values and was instrumental in getting the NBA to lengthen their Hot Pants basketball shorts hem to something more respectable, down past their kneecaps.

Go Mexico, Go Perry! Rah.

Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
11:40 am

Creationism is not a theory, it is a tautology. In addition to being predictive causal statements, for a statement to be a scientific theory it must be falsifiable. The logical extension of falsifiability is that the proposition must be testable. Evolution is tested hundreds of times every day and has never been falsified. Creationism can not be tested or falsified. To test creationism one must prove that God, as a matter of fact, exists, first, then prove that god created everything. Since this is not possible, creationism can not definitively be classified as either scientific, since that is a theological claim, nor can it be theoretical…it is tautology.

Now, I knew you would make the claim I am responding to…because you are completely uneducated. The proposition that humans evolved from a common ancestor we share with modern apes is a hypothesis, not the theory of evolution. The theory of evolution simply states that by genetic mutation, adaptation, natural selection, speciation, extinction, and other theories of homeostasis that organisms change over time. This is what is taught in the classroom. I mentioned above that this is tested and conditionally verified hundreds of time everyday. When a virus mutates, for example, it has changed over a given period of time for some reason that can be, and is, experimentally controlled. In laboratory settings, scientists, like myself, can force a micro-organism to die or to change…and it works. Thus, the theory of evolution is verified.

You are not smart enough to separate the theory of evolution from a single hypothesis that is given a paragraphs mention in biology textbooks. Creationism in neither science nor theory, it is theological tautology. It DOES NOT belong in the classroom unless you are willing to allow a few more classes worth of material to cover all creation stories of all religions.

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Elephant Hunter

August 19th, 2011
11:41 am

oh yeah, don’t even bother trying to argue this with me. You can not win.