Because we’re still in the midst of a redistricting session, this from Politico.com is worth noting:
The state of Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government’s authority to enforce part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, becoming the first state to challenge the constitutionality of sections of the federal law that bars states from denying or limiting a person’s right to vote based on their race or color.
Specifically, state Attorney General Tom Horne is questioning the provision that requires U.S. Department of Justice review of all changes to that state’s election laws. Georgia is subject to the same pre-clearance requirement, which Horne declares to be archaic.
Hurricane Irene has forced the postponement of the formal unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington D.C. this weekend. But news outlets are still cranking out interview with King’s lieutenants.
Here’s former Atlanta mayor and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Young on the tea party and diplomacy, via NPR:
”I think back to Georgia. Thirty percent of people in Georgia always voted for the racist who was running. That was a vestige of the Ku Klux Klan, which became the [John] Birch Society and now is the Tea Party. We never let them win. We have always met them with a message of conscience. Like [Rep.] Maxine Waters [D-CA] might say ‘Tell ‘em [the Tea Party] to go to hell.’ I like Maxine, but it takes a real diplomat to tell them to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
Young declined to go deeper on the topic of the tea party and race:
Right now the country is so polarized and I don’t want to be part of that polarization. I hope this didn’t come off as blanket condemnation. At the same time, those of us who have experienced in our families a century of segregation and oppression tend to be very suspicious of conservatism as being socially and morally irresponsible. We have always tended to think of them as the enemy, but the thing that characterized Martin Luther King’s ministry was that we always reached out to them and tried to understand them.
Mike Stucka at the Macon Telegraph reports that Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and state Sen. Miriam Paris, D-Macon, paid dearly for their victories last week:
Reichert raised about $63,300 in cash since July 1, according to his campaign contribution disclosure report. In the same time period, he spent about $85,400. Reichert had also loaned his campaign $10,000. Reichert’s campaign expenditures totaled about $175,000.
On the other hand, his opponent, former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, raised about $19,500 since July 1, and he spent about $31,200 in the same time period. During the whole campaign, Ellis spent about $73,600, or about two-fifths of the amount Reichert spent….
Since July 1, Paris had reported raising about $29,000 in cash. In the same time period, [former state Rep. David] Lucas reported raising $8,900, or about a third as much as Paris. Total amounts raised for the campaigns were reported as $8,900 for Lucas and about $58,500 for Paris. Paris reported spending about $50,000 on the campaign, while Lucas reported no spending in the latest report.
The Georgia State Patrol has again cleared Arcade’s police department of an accusation that the city runs a speed trap along U.S. Highway 129, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
The State Patrol, which regulates radar use by police departments, has investigated allegations that Arcade is operating a speed trap four times since the late 1990s. Investigators have never found any illegal practices.
Members of Georgia’s ethics commission are set to interview two finalists to fill its top staff position, according to the Associated Press.
The finalists for executive secretary are:
—Holly LaBerge, of Senoia, director of government relations for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.
—Jerry Presley, a public policy consultant who owns his own firm in Nicholson.
The commission will interview the two at a closed-door meeting Friday and could announce afterward that it is hiring one of them.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look this statement from U.S. Suregeon General Regina Benjamin: “The United States death rate is two-and-a-half times higher for those who do not have a high school education.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider