U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today will endorse legislation that would require federal loan agencies to take into account the energy bills that homeowners will have to pay – on top of their mortgage payments.
The measure is intended to give underwriters a more accurate picture of what prospective home buyers can afford, and encourage the demand for new, energy-efficient homes.
Only two weeks ago, Isakson teamed up with U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, to introduce legislation that would allow homeowners tap their tax-free 401(k) funds – without the 10 percent penalty – in order to catch up on home mortgage payments.
Also in Washington, the bipartisan Gang of Six headed up by U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., this morning will brief 12 members of the deficit-slashing “super committee” panel in a closed-door meeting.
Incumbents and climatologists take note: Political novice John Carson, a banker and certified public accountant, crushed former state Sen. Robert Lamutt in a special runoff election on Tuesday to fill the House District 43 seat left vacant by the death of Bobby Franklin.
Carson took 65 percent of nearly 2,000 votes cast. Both east Cobb County candidates are Republican.
Herman Cain’s “999 plan” was put through a blender last night, in a GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas that the delicate New York Times characterized as “brutish.” Through the magic of video and the Associated Press, we offer the following two-minute assessment for those of you who were too obsessed with a dancing Nancy Grace to watch:
An interesting couple paragraphs from CNN analyst David Gergen this morning:
”Who can remember a debate when a Republican front-runner like Romney has been called a liar at least three times in a party debate? When Reagan ran in 1980, he and George H.W. Bush clashed hard over issues, but it was never personal — and when it was over, Reagan tapped Bush as his running mate.
“Can anyone imagine Romney tapping Perry? If there is still a Republican establishment, its members ought to call the candidates and tell them to cool it. Call No. 1 should go to Santorum: For a man so far down in the polls to continue launching personal attacks against the party front-runner is both egotistical and self-indulgent.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today offers up a set of quick fact checks on last night’s GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas.
The Republican contest to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Savannah in the 12 District appears to be growing by the minute. Two candidates, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown and Augusta business Rick Allen, are already in. On Tuesday, we told you that Maria Sheffield of Mableton, an unsuccessful candidate for state insurance commission, is thinking of moving her residence to southeast Georgia, her family’s stomping grounds.
Now we hear that Augusta real estate attorney Wright McLeod, a political novice, has reserved next Tuesday to announce his entry into the GOP contest.
Possibly the lesson is not to hire a stranger to tear down an opponent’s yard signs – because he may be an undercover cop. Another possibility: Don’t promise $2 per sign, and only pay $1.
In any case, 70-year-old Bobby Sigman has bowed out of the race for mayor of Covington, thanks to a video recording released by local police authorities:
Speaking after police Tuesday released undercover video showing him accepting 50 stolen signs from an undercover informant, Bobby Sigman told Channel 2 that he was “tired of seeing my supporters raked over the coals for nothing.”
Sigman, who has not yet officially notified the Newton County Board of Elections that he was quitting the campaign, denied having done anything with criminal intent, “although I made some bad decisions.”
Covington police have said that after receiving a complaint that mayoral candidate Ronnie Johnston’s signs were being stolen, Covington police set up a sting operation, and the video resulted.
The 70-year-old Sigman said the video showing him picking up a pile of signs “were signs I found on the right-of-way, and I planned to return them” to Johnston. “I did not steal any of his signs,” Sigman said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider