Seriously, though. If metro Atlanta had a “super mayor,” would a cape be one of the perks?
Over at the Saporta Report, former Atlanta Regional Chairman Sam Olens, now attorney general, wonders out loud whether the 10-county region needs a “region-wide elected chairperson.”
In other words, electing a regional chair of ARC would create a position that could be considered a metro mayor — having someone whose constituency would be the whole 10-county region rather than just a slice of the area.
“Everybody complains that ARC doesn’t do enough, but few people have read the statute to see how little power it has,” Olens said. “Having someone elected from the region — it would be a healthy discussion.”
More than a dozen tea party and anti-tax groups will gather Saturday for an all-day meeting at the Cherokee Cattle Company restaurant on Canton Road in Marietta, to discuss strategies for opposing next year’s regional transportation sales tax votes around the state.
The Associated Press reports that the Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board is a public hearing on a proposed 25 percent fare hike during a 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in Atlanta today, but it will cost a minimum of $1,000 to shake his hand. The fundraiser this evening will be at the Atlanta home of Equifax CEO Rick Smith. Click here to see the invite, with a full list of host names.
The Wall Street Journal is snickering at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s experience on “Fox News Sunday:”
Mr. Cain declared that some of the best economists in this country helped him develop the plan, which he has dubbed the 9-9-9 plan because it would create a 9% flat tax on business and personal income and create a 9% national sales tax.
But Mr. Cain repeatedly refused to name those bright minds when pressed by the show’s host, Chris Wallace.
“The chairman of my economic advisers is a gentleman by the name of Rich Lowery of Cleveland, Ohio. He worked with a couple of other people, quite frankly, that are well known that I’m not at liberty to mention their names,” Mr. Cain said.
The newspaper notes that the editor of National Review, a conservative magazine, is Rich Lowry – but he lives outside Washington D.C.
Tim Bryant of WGAU (1340AM) sent word over the weekend that Jim Higdon, executive director of the Georgia Municipal Association has retired after a decade with the organization. A search to replace him has begun.
”I thought it would be a nice gesture to these ladies to take advantage of the 15 Pre-Trial Diversion participants and do this job for them. I wouldn’t like the idea of my mother or my wife having to do this job in the rain or the hot sun, and it would have taken several hours to accomplish.
“These 15 teens and I got the job done in 30 minutes. We packed them in as many containers as we could find in my office (boxes, bins, and one clean small, Rubbermaid trash can), and stacked them in the front lobby of the Historical Cherokee Courthouse, and tried to get in touch with someone from the RWCC to let them know we had picked them up and where we had placed them.
“I never meant any harm.”
For decades, the Red & Black, the University of Georgia’s campus newspaper, was one of the few daily college publications in the country. Four days a week, but still.
That’s no longer the case. From Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Students at the University of Georgia cannot pick up their daily copy of the Red & Black student newspaper anymore. The publication has ditched a daily newsprint edition for an online-first strategy.
The Red & Black still publishes a weekly printed copy on Thursdays. And students now also produce a monthly magazine with more in-depth stories. But for daily news, sports and features, you have to visit www.redandblack.com.
The Red & Black is the first major college newspaper in the country to drop print editions in favor of an online-first strategy.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider