Your morning jolt: Jon Huntsman makes a Southern foray

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will make a whirlwind tour of the state Capitol this morning, dropping in on Gov. Nathan Deal, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, and House Speaker David Ralston.

Look for Huntsman to make a brief appearance on the House floor, but the former U.S. ambassador to China (and Singapore) has no media availability scheduled. The best we can offer is this recent clip of CNN’s Piers Morgan interview with the candidate, who speaks Mandarin with an impressive Beijing accent.

Says Huntsman: “The unfortunate thing is, Piers, I’m known by the wrong quarter of, of the world’s population.”

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The city of Canton may already have a buyer for the reservoir it’s trying to get out from under, according to today’s Marietta Daily Journal:

Leaders of the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority say they will consider buying out the City of Canton’s 25 percent stake in the new Hickory Log Creek Reservoir in north Canton. That would make the authority the sole owner of the 400-acre reservoir.

The authority is a wholesaler and sells water to retailers like the Cobb County Water System and the cities of Marietta and Smyrna.

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Legislative committees will be taking up congressional maps today. Much of the focus is likely to be on the secondary effects of the proposed new districts – on the make-up of such authorities as the Board of Regents and the state Board of Transportation, where representation is determined by congressional districts.

From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Besides the precinct changes, the proposed border would move Columbus’ representative on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board, former bank president Sam Wellborn, into [Sanford] Bishop’s District 2. Board members represent specific congressional districts, and Wellborn currently represents District 3.

Worries that Columbus could lose a crucial seat on the transportation board and that voters might not care for the precinct shifts have some legislators wondering if the proposed district line can be moved back to near where it is now, said state Sen. Josh McKoon of Columbus.

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In addition to new territory in his 14th District, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, may have picked up another season of primary opponents.

We hear that former Paulding County commission chairman Jerry Shearin is considering the contest. And John Druckenmiller at WRGA (1740AM) in Rome says Floyd County may produce yet another candidates.

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Columbus and state Sen. Josh McKoon are also at the center of a debate over the taxation of Internet sales that’s likely to heat up in January during the Legislature’s regular session. From Walter Jones and the Morris News Service:

Hotels in Georgia’s border cities could lose business to competitors in the neighboring state without a law to exempt online travel companies from paying local occupancy taxes on their markup, according to witnesses testifying Tuesday before a legislative committee.

Online booking sites like Expedia, Hotwire and Travelocity stopped displaying hotels in Columbus after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled they weren’t exempt from that city’s hotel-motel tax. Instead, a search for lodging in that city turns up available rooms across the river in Phenix City, Ala., cutting into business for the Columbus hotels.

McKoon, the sponsor of SB 244, said his concern was for hotel employees. And no doubt, the hotel owners.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment

Bill Orvis White

August 24th, 2011
9:22 am

Huntsman is a phony, pure and simple. Folk like “Mr.” Hunstman are traitors who have no regard for free markets, family values and school choice. The best candidate out of this pack is still Mr. Herman Cain – a man of solid business experience that can put this once-free nation on a track towards growth, prosperity, family values and a winning foreign policy. Someone like Mr. Cain WILL reverse Hussein Downgrade Obama’s many, many failures. Perhaps next in this pack of good candidates (except for this loser Hunstman) is the honorable Gov. Rick Perry. I still contend that if Lil Hussein wins next year (by work of the devil no doubt), Gov. Perry needs to look into forming the Southern Coalition of the United States. The Southern Coalition of the United States would be its own territory stretching from Texas over to the Carolinas down to Florida and back up to Tennessee. We would have our own president in Gov. Perry, our own currency and of course, rules and regulations. To save dollars, we could have the capital in Austin, TX. Once this coalition is formed, the world will look to this new country for REAL leadership. I would think that within a few years, the rest of the country would allow the Southern Coalition to take over Washington.

I’m thrilled for my aunt in North Georgia who will now be in a new district. I looked at that new GA map and it is a good, common sense proposal.
Amen,
Bill

deegee

August 24th, 2011
9:39 am

I wonder if Deal, Rogers and Ralston will treat Jon to lunch at the Sloppy Floyd cafeteria?

Bootnewt

August 24th, 2011
9:42 am

Gov. Perry of TX needs to be scrutinized for his genuine-ness; don’t swallow his campaign hook, line and sinker. He needs to be viewed w/ a jaundiced eye as he kicked off his Presidential Primary campaign by holding a public prayer rally. I don’t trust politicians who organize these prayer rallies as if to give a God-approval stamp to their “calling” to run for office…that kind of manipulation also was on display when GWB said that his “favorite POLITICAL philosopher” was, in his words, “Jesus Christ, because He changed my heart.” He had to sneak Jesus in there to get the Evangelical Bloc to swoon.
As for Perry, he must have forgotten Jesus the Christ’s admonition:

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, CLOSE THE DOOR (caps are mine) and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees WHAT IS DONE IN SECRET(caps are mine), will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. ” ~ Matthew 6: 5-7
Pray for ALL the candidates and study ‘em w/ a clear-eyed piercing focus.

Diehard

August 24th, 2011
9:43 am

Huntsman was at the OK Cafe today trying to be OK to business minded contributors. Its not happening.

R U Kidding Me?

August 24th, 2011
9:55 am

How on Earth does one get as screwed up and mentally twisted as Bill Orvis White? God help him!

Young Lady

August 24th, 2011
9:55 am

Well if he would schedule some media availability maybe people here would get to know him better? Seems like the logical choice to me.

cs

August 24th, 2011
10:05 am

And Obama is still the best candidate which says a lot. No one but a kook mouthing 10 years of failed republican agendas will get the gop nomination.

November 6, 2012

August 24th, 2011
10:05 am

Great idea, Bill Orvis White, never have needed those damn yankees anyway.

Go away, Jon Huntsman

n

August 24th, 2011
10:08 am

I am glad to see you covering Jon Huntsman. He appears to be a rational and pragmatic fellow, which certainly sets him far apart from the mass of far-right unhinged crazies running for president, who would happily lead the U.S. over a cliff if elected.

Ga Values

August 24th, 2011
10:14 am

If it comes down to Perry or Huntsman, I’ll vote for Huntsman..”

“In our first national poll pitting the two Obama leads Perry 49-43. That six point advantage is pretty comparable to Obama’s margin of victory over John McCain. Perry has certainly come on strong with Republicans but independents view him negatively already by an almost 2:1 margin, 29/55, and Democrats pretty universally give him bad ratings at a 10/71 spread. As a result Obama leads Perry thanks in large part to a 24 point advantage with independents at 56-32.

It’s a different story for Obama when it comes to the match up against Romney. There he can only achieve a tie at 45%, and because there are a lot more undecided Republicans than Democrats in all likelihood Romney would come out ahead if voters had to go to the polls and really make a decision today. Romney does better than Perry because he holds Obama to only a 9 point advantage with independents, 48-39, and because he loses only 5% of the Republican vote to Obama where Perry loses 10%.”

http://www.politico.com/2012-election/

Sam

August 24th, 2011
10:15 am

Well here’s to y’all starving to death during the Great Food Riots with your typical political candidates and “solutions”.

It’s gonna be fun when there’s rioting everywhere and martial law is declared because the American lumpen chose to travel down the same Progressive DemoPublican road. Ya had a choice to enact real positive economic change but you refused to listen or were to simple minded to choose otherwise.

It’s your bed on fire and you’re gonna lay in it. Good and Hard.

gram

August 24th, 2011
10:23 am

Please keep giving Hunstman attention. He is the ONLY person in the mix qualified to run this country! I am scared for America when the election process only elevates the freaks at the fringes and ignores the moderate candidates that can actually govern and make tough decisions.

Wow

August 24th, 2011
10:29 am

Bill Orvis White,

I just read your first two sentences and stopped, realizing I was wasting my time. But I am curious why you put “Mr.” in quotation marks for Governor Huntsman. Are you questioning his gender?

n

August 24th, 2011
10:30 am

Mandarin should be a required language for all school kids. English is a required language for Chinese students. They know much more about us then we will ever know about them, unless we are able to speak their language.

Jon Lester

August 24th, 2011
10:48 am

If there’s any truth to the belief that President Obama made Huntsman ambassador to China just because he would have been a good Republican candidate for president, then I think he’s grossly overestimated the average GOP voter. Competence is, in fact, a severe handicap in the race for nomination.

Having said all that, I still intend to choose the GOP ballot in the primary and cast a protest vote for Buddy Roemer. After that, I don’t expect to vote Republican again for years to come.

MrLiberty

August 24th, 2011
10:48 am

Who?

If I remember John Stewart’s coverage correctly, isn’t he the guy who lost to Gary Busey in the Iowa Straw Poll? Clearly a plant by the status quo republicans who are afraid of Ron Paul.

Butch Cassidy

August 24th, 2011
10:50 am

I voted for Huntsman when I lived in Utah, and I’d do it again. Actually, at this point I’ll vote for any candidate that doesn’t try to insult my intelligence with promises of $2.00 gas and doesn’t run solely on a platform of “Obama sucks, so you must vote for me”.

Tom

August 24th, 2011
11:10 am

Huntsman’s basic policy sanity is clearly going to haunt him throughout the Republican primary process.

Keith

August 24th, 2011
11:21 am

Jim that 1470 AM – not 1740

Tom

August 24th, 2011
11:25 am

R U Kidding Me?

August 24th, 2011
11:26 am

Jon Huntsman …. Elected Governor of Utah twice getting 76% of the vote; left office with an 80% approval rating; Utah led the nation in job growth under Huntsman; Utah was named the Best Managed State in the Nation under Huntsman; reformed health care in Utah using the private sector and a free market economy; he has tons of foreign policy experience under Regan, Bush and Obama; he particularly understands the Chinese; he’s pro-life; pro 2nd Amendment; and he’s smart and rational.

Unfortunately, having all of those qualities disqualifies him from getting the GOP nomination.

Give me a break

August 24th, 2011
11:33 am

Let’s face it. The Republican candidates for president are very weak. One of them will win the primary but he/she is going to get beat during the main event. The moderate Republicans, and the independence voters will not vote for these right wing radicals.

GaBlue

August 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

R U Kidding Me breaks it down at 11:26. Competence and solid governance are not sexy to the GOP establishment. Swagger and colorful speech turn them on. “Mean girls” turn them on. Quiet, capable men who do their jobs well — not so much.

These are not your grandfather’s Republicans, people. Aren’t you glad Grandpa is dead and cannot see what has become of his party, and as a result, this nation?

R U Kidding Me?

August 24th, 2011
12:00 pm

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Utah is one of the 3 most conservative states in America. But Huntsman is still way too liberal for most GOP wackos.

Rafe Hollister

August 24th, 2011
12:01 pm

The libs, indies, and their friends in the media always tell us who our candidate should be. They pushed John McCain until they got him nominated, then they ran from him like rats leaving a sinking ship. Unless you plan to vote for the Rep nominee, you shouldn’t worry who we nominate.

Huntsman, Mr. Country First, if he was truly as he described himself, would be running against Barry in the Democrat primary. He’s policies are more democratic than Obama’s and he would sure help the country by giving the Dems an alternative to Barry, the Blamer in Chief.

GaBlue

August 24th, 2011
12:07 pm

Rafe Hollister,

Way to abdicate personal responsiblity for your own party’s failures and play the VICTIM CARD! Hahaha! Boo-friggin-HOO.

td

August 24th, 2011
12:18 pm

Give me a break

August 24th, 2011
11:33 am
Let’s face it. The Republican candidates for president are very weak.

Says who? How are they weak? The two front runners: You have a former governor of the 7th largest state in the country that has also run a large corporation. You have a current governor, 11 years, of the 2nd largest state in the country. They have way more qualifications then our current President. So what again makes them weak? I think you libs are just trying to propagate the media line before your own man gets killed and loses all 50 states in the election.

DW

August 24th, 2011
12:25 pm

Keep dreaming Total D0uche! LMFAO!

Rob Bradford

August 24th, 2011
12:40 pm

Listened to CNN interview of Jon Huntsman. I was amazed at his intelligence . . . probably, unfortunately, not a plus for someone seeking GOP votes. After all the nonsense spewed by the right-wing fanatics, what a contrast.

Bubba

August 24th, 2011
1:16 pm

Save your Confederate money, boys, the South’s gonna rise again.

Honestly, folks, I thought that issue was settled in 1865.

td

August 24th, 2011
1:18 pm

Rob Bradford

August 24th, 2011
12:40 pm
Listened to CNN interview of Jon Huntsman. I was amazed at his intelligence . . . probably, unfortunately, not a plus for someone seeking GOP votes. After all the nonsense spewed by the right-wing fanatics, what a contrast.

Really? Let us make a bet. I will bet you every penny I have that you can compare the SAT scores for all the Republican voters in the last election against all the Democrats and the Republicans will have higher scores? Just go and take a look at the SAT scores in Republican counties vs Democratic counties if you do not believe me. Now what party has a higher intelligence level?

Young Lady

August 24th, 2011
1:19 pm

He is quite a contrast. It’s just a pity he really won’t win. Especially since he brings so much more than any of the other candidates. I mean the ambassadorship to China really, really does nothing but help his political ambitions in the long run. I think he does need to sell himself more to the public if he’s going to do any better in the polls though.

td

August 24th, 2011
1:21 pm

DW

August 24th, 2011
12:25 pm
Keep dreaming Total D0uche! LMFAO!

I think you said the same thing when I predicted Deal would win in 2010. We see how smart you were with that prediction.

Andy

August 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Huntsman is a RINO and he will not get elected in the primary.