Your morning jolt: What Rick Perry will say this morning in Cobb

Texas Gov. Rick Perry heads for Cobb County this morning, where he’ll deliver what’s being billed as his first domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate — and accuse rival Mitt Romney of governing Massachusetts the same way President Barack Obama has governed the nation.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Atlanta today. AP/Joe Burbank

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Atlanta today. AP/Joe Burbank

Shannon McCaffery of the Associated Press has been slipped some highlights of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 10 a.m. address before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation:

“As Republican voters decide who is best suited to lead this country in a new direction by stopping the spending spree and scrapping Obamacare, I am confident they will choose a nominee who has governed on conservative principles, not one whose health care policies paved the way for Obamacare,” Perry says, according to prepared remarks….

Perry contrasts Romney’s plan with the medical malpractice reform he signed as governor of Texas, and argues that both Romney and Obama have governed more liberally than he has.

“What we are seeing in America today is a conservative awakening, a revival born out of a deep concern that liberals have used the machinery of the federal government to impose a nanny state that limits our freedom and that targets free enterprise,” he says.

“I knew when I got into this race I would have my hands full fighting President Obama’s big government agenda. I just didn’t think it would be in the Republican primary,” Perry adds.

The address signals that Perry plans to continue aggressively attacking his chief rival even as he faces some stumbling blocks in his own campaign. After a shaky debate performance, Perry admitted that he used “inappropriate” language when he called Republican rivals “heartless.” Perry was defending a Texas law that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state universities if they meet certain criteria.

As part of the offensive, Perry is turning to Romney’s environmental record.

“In Texas, we’ve cleaned the air while creating jobs and adding millions in population. Another state — Massachusetts — was among the first states to implement its own cap-and-trade program which included limits on carbon emissions for power plants,” Perry says in his speech.

Perry also accuses Romney of relying on environmental advisers who went on to work in the Obama administration. Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy, who works on clean air regulations, helped Massachusetts develop a climate plan when Romney served as governor.

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In reply, “heartless” Georgia Republicans in support of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney this morning will loudly point to Rick Perry’s support for in-state tuition for the college-bound children of illegal immigrants in Texas.

Attorney General Sam Olens took the lead in a Romney missive issued last night:

“Our country has a problem with illegal immigration. Programs like Rick Perry’s in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants only make it worse. Instead of providing special benefits for illegal immigrants, our nominee must be someone who will secure the border and end incentives for illegal immigration.”

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A downtown Atlanta fundraiser later today is likely to feature a large chunk of Republican lawmakers from the state Capitol who have lined up behind Rick Perry.

Worth noting: It has taken the multi-term governor of Texas to bring agreement to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, who have spent the last year struggling for control of the state Senate. The pair has become Perry’s top supporters in Georgia.

Republican state lawmakers for Perry announced themselves 44 strong on Thursday evening. “This represents more than one-third of the state’s Republican lawmakers, including well over half of state Senate Republicans,” the official press release noted.

In the Senate, they include:

Bill Cowsert, majority caucus chair; Cecil Staton, majority whip; Ronnie Chance, governor’s floor leader; Bill Jackson, governor’s floor leader; Don Balfour; Jeff Mullis; John Albers; Charlie Bethel; Buddy Carter; John Crosby; Frank Ginn; Greg Goggans; Tim Golden; Steve Gooch; Jack Hill; Rick Jeffares; William Ligon; Jack Murphy; Mitch Seabaugh; Ross Tolleson.

The most notable absence belongs to Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock.

And House members include:

Larry O’Neal, Republican majority leader; Matt Ramsey, majority caucus vice-chairman; Allen Peake, majority caucus secretary/treasurer; Tim Bearden; Alex Atwood; Rick Austin; Charlice Byrd; Mike Cheokas; Josh Clark; Kevin Cooke; Mike Dudgeon; Jimmy Pruett; Terry England; Rich Golick; Mark Hamilton; Billy Horne; Penny Houston; Tom McCall; John Meadows; James Mills; Jay Roberts; Ron Stephens; and Tom Taylor.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, apparently have decided to keep their powder dry.

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Last year, the Atlanta City Council held its annual retreat at the Georgia Aquarium, advertised as a “public meeting.” During that retreat, the council voted on whether to amend its rules regarding public comment at future committee meetings.

The minutes of the meeting do not reflect how the members voted. They simply state: “After an extensive discussion, it was determined that the membership was not in support of amending the existing law.”

Matthew Cardinale, editor of Atlanta Progressive News, wants a break-down of the vote, and next Tuesday will make his argument before the Georgia Supreme Court.

The city of Atlanta has said the state Open Meetings Act doesn’t require that the vote be disclosed. But Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, has sided with the liberal plaintiff. His people have filed an amicus brief that calls the city’s legal defense “absurd.”

Read Olens’ opinion here.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today examines the claim by Jennette Gayer, staff advocate for Georgia environment, that metro Atlanta has “had over 40 days this summer where it was unsafe to breathe the air.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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36 comments Add your comment

roughrider

September 30th, 2011
8:18 am

Perry is soft on illegal immigrants and has one of the hightest property taxes in the nation. That is enough for me to vote against him.

david

September 30th, 2011
8:33 am

Property taxes may be higher in Texas, but they have no state income tax. He tied too tight the christian right, which will hurt him outside the bible belt. I hate to say this but Obama would beat him in a national election.

Hopefully, the Republicans will find a better presidential candidate in the next 90 days.

Independent voter

September 30th, 2011
8:50 am

Perry does not have a chance beating Obama

Jack

September 30th, 2011
8:52 am

Perry doesn’t have the “gift” that Obama claims as his when speaking publicly. Dedicated, intelligent people often can’t express themselves as well as professional speakers whose only talent is speaking well: No content, just noise. I really miss Pres. Bush and his tortured prose; at least our enemies understood what his was saying.

Dear Old Morehouse

September 30th, 2011
8:57 am

Really Jack? I mean, really? Seems like our enemies understand very well what the President is saying. We’re coming for you. You can say a lot about Obama, but on the foreign policy front he’s done more in 3 years than Bush did in 8. But if your view is already slanted you wouldn’t see that.

Independent voter

September 30th, 2011
8:57 am

Jack do you think Perry will win the republican nominee

Hiding behind blog anonymity

September 30th, 2011
9:03 am

Democrats are dumb, but Republicans are much dumber. Jack’s comment is just more evidence.

cam

September 30th, 2011
9:07 am

Perry is right about one thing…It IS heartless to deny immigrant kids who’ve been here since they were little a chance at the American dream.

Independent thinker

September 30th, 2011
9:10 am

Independent voter here, and I can say that Obama has solidly burned the independent voting base and stands little chance of getting them back unless an uber-Christian conservative like Perry gets the nomination.

Personally, I think America is sick of slick-talkers and double speak. Promise one thing and do another, say one thing and mean another, etc. Such actions characterize our current president, as well as both Perry AND Romney. What you saw happen in Florida, with Herman Cain upsetting Perry as the straw poll winner, is proof that more and more Americans want new faces who talk straight on the important issues.

I like Herman Cain but I’m not sure if he has the right credentials to be president. That said, I wouldn’t mind it if he was.

For me, it’s Ron Paul in 2012. He is, quite literally, the only candidate who will speak frankly about his views AND has the record to back up every word that he says.

It’s time for someone with some integrity and EXPERIENCE. Ron Paul!

Independent voter

September 30th, 2011
9:25 am

I dont think known of the republican candidates have the credential being president.
American people are seeing what the republican party is about look how they act the debate.

When I see them on the tv they always talking about president Obama but they dont tell the american people how they going to fix the economy.

The republican party seem like they want to hurt the middle class and working class.

cbgb

September 30th, 2011
9:37 am

Perry IS soft on immigration just like GW was. HUGE red flag for conservatives that just can’t be explained away. Calling other Pubs “heartless” is an enormous mistake. That’s the lib-tard byline. “pubs are heartless.” I get Perry’s point about the illegal’s kids not having to suffer from a lack of opportunity but his appeal to heartfulness is terribly misguided. His, and Texas’s, policy at the end of the day is basically just an incentive for more and more illegal immigration which is a mastodon in the room.

Ga Values

September 30th, 2011
9:43 am

Obama will beat Perry like a drum::can the USA stand 4 more years

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2011
9:43 am

Jack: ” Dedicated, intelligent people often can’t express themselves …”

What? If they are intelegent, they learn to speak. Now their jargon may be confusing, and they must talk “in plain English”. Not all are as educated to understand the exact description a specialist is use to in their “shop”. Oh and one has to learn to listen to also understand. So many, as evidenced by these blogs, never listen to understand. But it is interesting the ones who write “What he is really thinking…! How does one know what someone is thinking? Only a said word is out there to be interpreted!

Also Perry’s “gift”, as you refer to it, is “beating his chest” Showing dominance or authourity is not a gift. If so a gorilla is very gifted!

Hiding: “Democrats are dumb, but Republicans are much dumber.” Throw in some independants. We have not been educating our children to reason and decide beyond which video game they want to play or what rock/reality star they would like to emulate. We need to educate people to look at facts, examine options, and to decifer the path they want to follow and to react to their conseqences. Look at all the BS (birth certificate, heritage, etc. ) which has been hurled at President Obama. We are forced to deal with superficial crap versus items and details that need immediate addressing.

What are the republican candidates specific policies on immigration,amnesty, costs, etc. of illegal immigration? Other issues? I havent heard anything that is very detailed. Just Me, Me, Me and them, them, them!

ali

September 30th, 2011
9:45 am

For once…just once, I’d like to know where the candidates instead of talking about Obama and each other. I want to know their position of economic and social issues. I could care less about what others have done and said – I want to know what are you going to do?

GaBlue

September 30th, 2011
9:45 am

I think it’s refreshing to see Republicans in this country stand up and own their heartlessness for a change! Still, booing things that require an actual beating heart (like supporting our soldiers who may be slightly “different” or allowing one child the same opportunity to succeed as another), and cheering heartless things (like high-volume executions and letting the uninsured die from something treatable) is still only going HALF WAY.

I’d like to see Republican Americans REALLY sac up this time around and OWN their heartlessness! That means officially renouncing the peace-loving, wealth-eschewing, defender-of-the-poor Jesus Christ and all he stood for, instead of just USING Him to win votes on Sundays and Wednesdays, and standing against what he stood for the other five days a week. A real man wouldn’t back down from his true beliefs, right? Show us what you’re made of!

ali

September 30th, 2011
9:46 am

For once…just once, I’d like to know where the candidates stand instead of talking about Obama and each other. I want to know their position on economic and social issues. I could care less about what others have done and said – I want to know what are you going to do?

Tom Sedgwick III

September 30th, 2011
9:48 am

@Ali – You’ll never see that. Perry (and most of the Teapublican candidates) know what they are against, but they don’t know what they are for. Their identity is tied up in what they can say ‘no” to, but they have no ideas for the future

That has been the problem all along since Obama was elected. The Republicans have no solutions to anything, other than “Obama is wrong”. The Republicans are uncreative and intellectually void.

Bob in Atlanta.

September 30th, 2011
9:53 am

The reason why the Republicans never talk about their economic plans or how the federal government can help folster the creation of jobs is because they have NO PLAN! All during the 2010 midterm elections the republicans talked about creating jobs, but what have they done since they assumed the leadership role in the House? Absolutely nothing. They have not offered up one jobs bill or program. The repubicans have been more concerned with defeating President Obama, defunding planned parenthood, turning Medicare into a voucher program and shutting down the government. Aside from eliminating taxes and gutting regulations (which has never worked) what are their ideas?

Madison

September 30th, 2011
9:54 am

Interesting that Sam Olens would weigh in. He’s starting to remind me of the old Rep. Barr – never saw a camera he didn’t want to be in the viewfinder. The public is weary of fear mongering. Maybe he’ll return to being a caring (though out of work) community leader when the camera jumps up to bite him. Being out of public office did wonders for Barr’s demeanor. We can hope for the same with Olens.
Right now, he’s pandering, and it doesn’t become him.

findog

September 30th, 2011
9:59 am

Jack, Osama could understand W’s words but he felt Obama’s resolve

Hall County Commission added constituent comments to their meeting this year and it has dramitically improved communication

Al

September 30th, 2011
10:04 am

Regarding Olens. He is our top law enforcement guy. He’ll have to work with whatever administration falls into the White House in 2013. Yes, he’s just a state AG, but cooperation is important in the world we live in. Just saying, if Olens were more circumspect and less of a political road dog, he could serve his constituents much better. But then, he probably is just waiting to grab the next rung on the ladder.

dre

September 30th, 2011
10:05 am

Thanks for providing this list of republicans who are soft on immigration and who should be voted out next chance you get. Copy, paste and print…..Bill Cowsert, majority caucus chair; Cecil Staton, majority whip; Ronnie Chance, governor’s floor leader; Bill Jackson, governor’s floor leader; Don Balfour; Jeff Mullis; John Albers; Charlie Bethel; Buddy Carter; John Crosby; Frank Ginn; Greg Goggans; Tim Golden; Steve Gooch; Jack Hill; Rick Jeffares; William Ligon; Jack Murphy; Mitch Seabaugh; Ross Tolleson, Larry O’Neal, Republican majority leader; Matt Ramsey, majority caucus vice-chairman; Allen Peake, majority caucus secretary/treasurer; Tim Bearden; Alex Atwood; Rick Austin; Charlice Byrd; Mike Cheokas; Josh Clark; Kevin Cooke; Mike Dudgeon; Jimmy Pruett; Terry England; Rich Golick; Mark Hamilton; Billy Horne; Penny Houston; Tom McCall; John Meadows; James Mills; Jay Roberts; Ron Stephens; and Tom Taylor.

Chess

September 30th, 2011
10:07 am

Right Wingers know Perry already sold his soul to be the gate keeper of big military sub-contracts, insider lobby coporate interests, and the distribution of whats left in the kitty from the Bush days. Local GOP want in on the cash. Dance puppets dance.

Al

September 30th, 2011
10:11 am

When you read that Georgia is in the bottom 5 in education performance, the top 5 in prison population and that Atlanta lost more jobs than ANY other metro area in the USA in the last year, you have to wonder how anybody can use immigration as a litmus test for candidates.
It is utterly mind blowing. These folks would be a magician’s best friend.

Lynn

September 30th, 2011
10:18 am

I remember when Sam Olens used to make sense. It seems he has sacrificed his heart to “dance with the other Republicans” statewide. It’s too bad. Also, the only time I felt any affinity for Perry was when he called the other Republicans “heartless” for wanting to deny an education to children of illegal immigrants. Perry, you were right about that. I’ll never vote for you in a million years, but you were right about that.

Rick in Grayson

September 30th, 2011
10:20 am

Perry puts the interests of illegal aliens/foreign nationals before those of US citizens!

Perry supports in-state tuition for illegal aliens…we don’t want anything like that!

Perry’s job creation in Texas between 2007 and 2011: 81% of jobs created during this time went to illegal aliens or newly arrived legal immigrants! Why can’t he create jobs for US citizens?

Al

September 30th, 2011
10:21 am

Good comment, Lynn.

Tom

September 30th, 2011
10:22 am

Fresh from his surprising win in Florida’s straw poll election, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is making a stop in Milton Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-3:30 p.m.
He will drop in at the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Crabapple, 12650 Crabapple Road. The visit is sponsored by the North Fulton Friends Tea Party.

ByteMe

September 30th, 2011
10:23 am

Attorney General Sam Olens took the lead in a Romney missive issued last night:

I think Sam Olens is forgetting who he really works for. He works for the people of Georgia, not Mittins.

Big Hat

September 30th, 2011
10:24 am

9 out of 10 GOP scientists agree: pain, suffering and death are good for you.

Al

September 30th, 2011
10:25 am

And now for my next trick, Rick. Watch me draw this illegal from the stovetop hat on the table. But pay no attention to the fat contributions being stuffed in my pockets by special interests who want to build private toll roads or get a fat government check for managing a public charter school.
Pay close attention to the illegal.

Southerngirl

September 30th, 2011
10:38 am

I actually liked Rick Perry until the debate and heard his immigration views. I work in the school system and I see it daily the strain the illegal immigrants are putting on the system. All of the children of illegals are going to the public schools and their parents aren’t paying in taxes so those of us that do pay in our taxes are having to pay for all of the extra children in the system. I do not see how anyone could think that is fair for an child of a illegal immigrant should get 22,000 a year towards college tuition when I have to use my money that I have left AFTER paying MY share of taxes to send my child to college. I don’t care who goes to college but I don’t think it shoud be on my dime because they chose to do things illegally.

honested

September 30th, 2011
10:45 am

Here ricky, give this a try:

“Do you yahoos remember the last President from Texas, well elect me and I will make him look like he had some idea what he was doing. I do share his ability to take credit for the lucky breaks life threw at him, but when it comes to cronyism, blind ambition and ‘pay to play’ I will make him look like the amateur he was. Give me the nomination and I can guarantee a republican second place in the General Election.”

Road Scholar

September 30th, 2011
11:20 am

Ali: Good posts!

Southerngirl:”All of the children of illegals are going to the public schools and their parents aren’t paying in taxes so those of us that do pay in our taxes are having to pay for all of the extra children in the system. ”

You make me look too smart based on my original post. So, illegals don’t buy or rent lodging? Do you know the schools are financed through property taxes paid by all? Even if you rent, if the owner has any sense, the property tax burden for the property is included in the rent!!!! Also do they eat? Buy clothes , drugs, food, etc? if so they pay sales tax. Do they have cars? Then the advalorum tax is paid when they get a tag. Income tax? If the business is legitament, then they take out the taxes due. Only those that are picked up on the street to work hourly (and picked up by Repubs who think they are getting work cheap) don’t pay taxes based on a cash transaction. ya’ know….off the books!

American worker

September 30th, 2011
7:14 pm

Let’s see what the “Insider” and the rest of the media leave out on Perry:“Texas has the second-highest poverty rate among the 50 states, behind only Mississippi. It has the second-highest percentage of population without a high school diploma. Texas leads the nation in the percentage of people with no health insurance, over one quarter. It is tied with Mississippi for having the biggest percentage of workers paid at or below the minimum wage.”

He has expressed support for open borders with Mexico several times in official speeches.

He has advocated for PerryCare: a bi-national US taxpayer funded health care plan that would include coverage for citizens of Mexico still living on the Mexican side of the Texas Mexico border.

Deep in the pockets of the Texas business comminity that hires illegals, he has refused to put the power of his office behind any attempt to use E-Verify statewide with the remark that ” E-Verify would not make a hill of beans worth of difference in America today…”

He has supported “comprehensive amnesty…” for illegals already here.

Has refused to pass an Arizona style immigration law in his own state.

Most of the jobs created in Texas were low wage jobs that were taken by immigrants, both legal and illegal…

The press has been forced to mention his horrible illegal immigration record, so they – and this blogger – focus on the one item of instate tuition, which provided about $20 k a year in special treatment savings to illegals who cannot legally work after graduation, but refused the same tuition to children of active duty military personel living in Texas. Hoping that the rest will remain unknown.

These lawmakers who are backing Perry pray that you won’t realize that illegal immigration is connected to most all other issues. Liberal Political Insiders hope the same. Gimme a break on Perry the “conservative” or the Georgia legislators who were forced to vote for HB 87 but now back a guy who wouldn’t do it in his own state.

Yeah, nothing to do with “other issues.” I hope the GOP gets what they deserve on this one.

Al

September 30th, 2011
8:58 pm

While many here will vehemently deny it, many who oppose any compromise solution to the immigration issue make culturally insensitive (I’m being kind here) remarks on these pages. These Pew statistics point to an imminent white minority. We should start now to build bridges of understanding, cooperation. You won’t be around, but you should care about the world your children will inherit – an ugly one or one of US harmony within.
Here are the stats.
Births have surpassed immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the nation’s Mexican-American population. From 2000 to 2010, the Mexican-American population grew by 7.2 million as a result of births and 4.2 million as a result of new immigrant arrivals. This is a departure from the previous two decades when the number of new immigrants either matched or exceeded the number of births. The relative youth and high fertility of Mexican-American women have contributed to the increase in births. At the same time, immigration from Mexico declined sharply during the decade.