Your morning jolt: Occupy ATL summons ghost of Troy Davis

Occupy Atlanta today will focus its attention on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and what it calls “critical flaws in the judicial system.”

It’s no secret that much of Occupy Atlanta’s emotional energy is derived from the recent execution of Troy Davis, put to death last month for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer.

Immediately upon arrival two weeks ago, the occupiers of Woodruff Park” have renamed their living space “Troy Davis Park.” This no doubt has contributed to the tension between the protestors and law enforcement.

Woodruff Park is named after Robert Woodruff, the Coke CEO and philanthropist.

An 11 a.m. press conference is to feature civil rights leader Joe Beasley and a close friend of Davis who goes by the name of “E Red.” Two hip-hop artists will also be participating. One will be Michael Render of Atlanta, whose presence is being advertised via his stage name: Killer Mike.

Which sounds like an unfortunate case of mixed messaging.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Mayor Kasim Reed’s statements about Occupy Atlanta’s presence in the city.

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Word comes this morning that former Fulton County sheriff Richard Lankford will make yet another try next year to reclaim the office – with a primary bid against Democratic incumbent Ted Jackson.

Former Fulton County sheriff Richard Lankford, making his 1996 bid to return to office. AJC file

Former Fulton County sheriff Richard Lankford, making his 1996 bid to return to office. AJC file

Lankford was forced from office by a federal indictment on bribery and tax evasion charges. A 1990 conviction was later overturned.

Lankford tried unsuccessfully to regain his job in 1996, with a challenge to then-sheriff Jackie Barrett. In his Monday announcement, Lankford pointed to the Fulton County jail – the target of a corruption investigation by FBI agents brought in by Jackson.

“This jail was [built] under my administration and I believe that together, we can resolve all of its problems,” Lankford said in his announcement.

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Down in central Georgia, Bibb County has called for a six-year, $190 million vote on a special local option sales tax, likely to serve as a bellwether for next year’s statewide transportation sales tax votes.

Some Republicans have objected to the fact that some of the money would go toward the Tubman African-American Museum, named after one of the most important conductors of the Underground Railroad.

But in a Macon Telegraph op-ed today, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, who has had his run-ins with Democrats, explains why this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker:

Assuming that all legal hurdles are met, the inclusion of the Tubman in the list of projects to be funded is not a reason to vote against the SPLOST, at least not for me. Clearly, this museum is important to a large segment of our citizens in Bibb County.

While I may not agree that it is the best use of our funds, there are many in our community who believe it is a worthy investment for various reasons, and our leaders should listen to input from all of our citizens, even if we disagree with them.

We are a diverse community, and to ignore that fact does a disservice to our community as a whole. If we are ever going to move Macon/Bibb forward instead of continuing the regressive pattern of the last 30 years, we must be willing to gather input from all constituencies in our county, and consider the merits of all arguments and proposals. We need to give value to what is important to all of our citizens.

I personally am tired of gridlock and stagnation because elected officials are unwilling to compromise and come to reasonable solutions to the problems we face.

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The GOP presidential candidates have had a rough weekend. For Herman Cain, it was an interview with CBN’s David Brody, in which the Georgia entrepreneur complained about journalists unfairly focusing on a single quote from a speech. He also explained again his position on abortion:

Cain said he would support a constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. And as he prophesied, critics pulled out one single sentence for criticism:

”Yes I feel that strongly about it. If we can get the necessary support and it comes to my desk I’ll sign it. That’s all I can do. I will sign it.”

Constitutional amendments, after congressional approval, don’t go to the White House. They go to the states for ratification.

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In Texas, the Austin American-Statesman today takes a look at Gov. Rick Perry’s years as agriculture commissioner:

Over his eight years as Texas’ farmer-in-chief, Perry oversaw a loan guarantee program with so many defaults that the state had to stop guaranteeing bank loans to startups in agribusiness and eventually bailed out the program with taxpayer money.

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And the Los Angeles Times writes that, as much as Mitt Romney likes to criticize Rick Perry for permitting the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Texas colleges, Romney has been guilty of kindness, too:

The Massachusetts health care law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.

Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.

The program, widely supported in Massachusetts, drew little attention when Romney signed the trailblazing healthcare law….

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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115 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

October 24th, 2011
9:54 am

Reporters focusing on one line in speech? I bet radio talk show hosts never do that, right Herman?

Welcome to the big leagues for the next couple of weeks before you are making pizzas again

Southern Comfort

October 24th, 2011
10:03 am

I personally am tired of gridlock and stagnation because elected officials are unwilling to compromise and come to reasonable solutions to the problems we face.

I can commend Rep. Peake for stating that, but the proof is in the pudding. When you’re the majority, there is no onus for you to seek compromise with the minority. I honestly wish all elected officials would come to that understanding and govern themselves accordingly.

As far as the GOP candidates, they’re all flawed as nobody’s perfect. The sooner they become human and admit that, the sooner they’ll come off as something other than a farce in my opinion. I don’t expect a person to be perfect, but when you portray yourself as being the “man” for the job, don’t pretend that you’ve never made a mistake or done something that didn’t work while you’re accusing and bashing your opponent for doing the same thing.

td

October 24th, 2011
10:08 am

To all the liberal posters on this board that live in Georgia and are fighting so hard for Obama’s re election, you might as well stay home on election day and not vote, unless you are interested in local issues, because your vote will not count. Georgia is a winner take all state and all the electors will be voting for the Republican nominee and Democratic votes will be thrown out. My vote will count but your vote will vote will not.

You all can thank Gablue for this public service announcement.

Becky

October 24th, 2011
10:19 am

td-you are an imbecile. Look that word up if you don’t know the meaning as I suspect.

td

October 24th, 2011
10:22 am

Becky

October 24th, 2011
10:19 am

Is what I said true or untrue? Typical liberal reaction. If you can not win on the facts then you attack the messenger.

KID

October 24th, 2011
10:22 am

td…it doesn’t matter. Obama will win again in 2012…without Georgia. Go fish!

td

October 24th, 2011
10:24 am

KID

October 24th, 2011
10:22 am

You could be right or you could be wrong and only time will tell. The one thing I know for sure is my vote will be counted and none of the Dems that live in Georgia’s vote will be counted.

joe

October 24th, 2011
10:24 am

Becky, You might not like td’s point, but he’s dead on.

“Ghost of Troy Davis”, the occupiers need to stop wasting their time. He’s tied up, literally, in Hades. Maybe Casper would be a better spirit to summons…

double

October 24th, 2011
10:25 am

To all you folks,that TD talks down to,pay him no mind.He thinks he is smarter than all.Knows more than all.I had rather lose my vote,than not vote at all.

KID

October 24th, 2011
10:30 am

double

I concur! The likes of td will not cause us to stay home in November 2012.

td

October 24th, 2011
10:39 am

double and Kid, Did I tell you to stay home and not vote? No, I said go vote if you like local issues because that is where your vote will be counted. All I said was that if you think your vote for Obama is going to be counted then you are mistaken. I do not know everything but at least I know this point is true.

Jackie

October 24th, 2011
10:40 am

So we finally have the truth. Talk show hosts and “journalists” are the same.

Personally, I think it’s great to be done with the sham of professionalism for journalists. They became partisan advocates a long time ago.Why hide what they really think behind a fake veneer of standards and professional judgement?

honested

October 24th, 2011
10:49 am

jackie,

You speak a little truth.
ronald ray-gun might not have become President had not the ‘journalist’ in his campaign (george will) stolen a debate notebook from the Carter campaign.
Of course, this thief and liar is considered a ‘respected pundit of conservative thought’ today.

double

October 24th, 2011
11:00 am

Might as well stay home.Don’t think so.The more democrat votes he gets,even if do not count,will make you pugs take notice,and possibly govern a little more honest.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

October 24th, 2011
11:05 am

Looks like Perry is not only pro amnesty but would spend more money on don’t work social programs than OBAMA & that’s not easy.. Ron Paul for President.

td

October 24th, 2011
11:08 am

double

October 24th, 2011
11:00 am

Valid point, although there are a great number on the right that feels Republicans have governed too much like Democrats way to long and hence the formation of the tea party movement. It is still a very valid point.

JSH

October 24th, 2011
11:08 am

Tony Davis Park – That’s an insult to everyone who has ever worn a police uniform.

JSH

October 24th, 2011
11:13 am

I have no problem with a Tubman Museum in Bibb County. As long as it’s paid for it with private money. Anyone who want’s to pay for it with public money should be voted out of office.

Centrist

October 24th, 2011
11:13 am

Although I will likely vote for the presidential Libertarian nominee, I’m with TD on how it such a waste of time for Mr. Jim Galloway to be attacking the Republican contenders and liberals blasting them here. Despite all of the AJC bias over the next year plus – Georgia is going to give its electoral votes to the Republican. Georgia is also going to have 2 Republican Senators and at least the same number of U.S. House Congressmen (and maybe even add one more outside of the metro area where the AJC has zero influence).

This newspaper, column, and posters is so unrepresentative of the Georgia electorate – it is a waste of time and energy – although fun to point out how out of step and biased it is.

Aquagirl

October 24th, 2011
11:14 am

The likes of td will not cause us to stay home in November 2012.

For real. I don’t recall td urging Republicans to stay home in 2008 because they would waste their votes on McCain, who was tottering to defeat. I would not tell 2 + million Georgians who voted for him they “wasted” their votes. What an idiotic insult.

This country was not founded by chicken$#!^$ who only acted when they had a majority in the polls. If td feels differently…..well, bless his heart.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
11:15 am

td, you truly are an imbecile, your posts are no longer worth reading.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
11:20 am

“This newspaper, column, and posters is so unrepresentative of the Georgia electorate – it is a waste of time and energy – although fun to point out how out of step and biased it is.”

What a crybaby. Why don’t you spend your time on the conservative metro paper? There is a conservative paper here right? With all that supply and demand supporting a Fox News style newspaper surely there is.

Wait. There is no FoxNewspaper in Atlanta? Why are you trying to free load here? Stop whining and start your own website.

Becky

October 24th, 2011
11:22 am

Desperate measures for desperate folks as the republicans now realize they are scraping the bottom of the barrel with the current crop.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Shlonda

October 24th, 2011
11:31 am

“…the occupiers of Woodruff Park” have renamed their living space “Troy Davis Park.”

OK until I read this I was indifferent on the issue of the park protesters, maybe even a little inclined to support them. Not anymore. This is disgraceful. It is time for the mayor to grow a spine and tell them they’ve overstayed their welcome.

Mid Ga Retiree

October 24th, 2011
11:40 am

Mr. Galloway, you need a better class of posters for your column.

Cats hav fleas 2

October 24th, 2011
11:44 am

The cop killer has received his just reward…there are no doubts. Fitting that a park full of bums has been ” renamed” Troy Davis Park.

Songbird

October 24th, 2011
11:49 am

TD, I guess you should say the same to Republicans living in Democratic states. Why bother to vote for President because your vote won’t matter.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

October 24th, 2011
11:51 am

VOTE REPUBLICAN=VOTE AGAINST YOUR OWN BEST INTERESTS

Call it like it is

October 24th, 2011
11:52 am

SPLOST funds for a Tubman museum? Are you kidding me? With the gridlock, roads, brige issues, Bibb wants to take money and build a museum to one single person that was involved with the underground railroad. How many more museums do we need for one person. To my knowledge we already have 9 or 10 underground museums and at least that many for Tubman. Use your brain people!

Songbird

October 24th, 2011
11:57 am

Also TD, Obama got 1.8mm votes to McCains 2.0mm. That’s only a difference of 200k votes. Not that strong a showing for McCain in a red state.

Bob Barker

October 24th, 2011
12:02 pm

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
12:03 pm

This is all these yippie socialist losers can come up with: Troy Davis Park? I got better names for the newly christened park: Cesspool Central, Cop Killer Park, The Che Guevara Shrine, Castro’s Commie Sheep and Hugo’s Lemmings. Why don’t these mayors round these freeloading clowns up and ship them off to Venezuela already? I think those are tax dollar$ worth being spent. Gimme a break: Troy Davis Park! Why can’t there be a park named for someone worthwhile like the honorable Vice President Richard Cheney? — who was one of the chief architects in ridding the world of evil. These little freeloaders are engaging in debauchery while soiling public property with their own waste, DNA, appearances and speeches.

The honorable Governor Perry is too late to the party with his flat tax plan. Herman’s 9-9-9 is much better and filled with common sense. I love both Governor Romney and Governor Perry, but they are nowhere near as qualified to be president as Herman Cain.

Amen,
Bill

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

October 24th, 2011
12:05 pm

And just what has Obama done for you ?

td

October 24th, 2011
12:12 pm

Aquagirl

October 24th, 2011
11:14 am

Where do you see me “urging” people to stay at home? Anyone should go out and vote anytime they feel. All I did was to point out the FACT that if you are coming out to vote for Obama in Georgia in 2012 then your vote is not going to be counted because all of the votes from Georgia will go to the Republican candidate for President.

My vote for McCain was counted in 2008. My candidate lost but Georgia casted my vote for McCain. If you were living in Georgia in 2008 and voted for Obama then you did not help him win because your vote was thrown out and only votes for McCain wee counted.

Those are facts. It is the way we elect Presidents in the United States. You and I do not vote directly for the President or Vice President. We vote for a set of electors. Republicans vote for a set of Republican electors, Democrats vote for a set of Democratic electors and other candidates have there own set of electors. The side that carries the majority of votes in the state goes to the general assembly and there set of electors are sent to the electoral college to actually vote for the President or Vice President. All other electors are sent home and no votes from there set will be counted.

Just a little side note: Did you know that the General Assembly can pick a different set of electors and send them to the electoral college to vote anyway they choose for them to vote? It may or may not be what the what the majority voted for.

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
12:14 pm

Interesting Gallup poll released today, 62% favor ending the electoral college and replacing it with a winner take all popular vote. Only 35% want to keep the electoral college.

Bill Orvis White

October 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

@DannyX Popular vote=more Algores getting into office which would = a nightmare!
GOOD NIGHT!

Amen,
Bill

Marlboro Man

October 24th, 2011
12:17 pm

GA will have no role in the election.

resno2

October 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

the only critical flaw in the judicial system is that it takes 20 years for an execution.

Mark

October 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

@ td

October 24th, 2011
10:08 am

To all the liberal posters on this board that live in Georgia and are fighting so hard for Obama’s re election, you might as well stay home on election day and not vote, unless you are interested in local issues, because your vote will not count. Georgia is a winner take all state and all the electors will be voting for the Republican nominee and Democratic votes will be thrown out. My vote will count but your vote will vote will not.

You all can thank Gablue for this public service announcement.

DUDE YOU ARE ONE SCREWED UP IDIOT!

Do you think that Dems are that stupid to fall for your bullcrap!

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

“Popular vote=more Algores getting into office which would = a nightmare!”

LMAO!

Bill Orvis White for President!

Typical Democrat

October 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

Why shouldn’t we re-elect Obama; afterall, he’s doing such a great job!

Mark

October 24th, 2011
12:24 pm

@ td

And please stop posting the same nonsense on every blog.

Jim cancel his IP address please!

td

October 24th, 2011
12:26 pm

DannyX

October 24th, 2011
11:15 am
td, you truly are an imbecile, your posts are no longer worth reading

You can spin this truth so you resort to the lib tactic of trying to bash the one delivering the message. I could care less if you read my post or not but I will be posting this same post everyday between now and election day spreading the truth for everyone to read.

You can think GaBlue for my determination. She tried to come on and bully me from posting the truth.

Jon Lester

October 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

If the GOP candidates stay on message through next year, then some of you may find that we have more black, Hispanic and thinking white voters in our state than you want to believe.

dw

October 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

TD = total d0uche bag people. Just ignore him

td

October 24th, 2011
12:32 pm

Mark

October 24th, 2011
12:24 pm
@ td

And please stop posting the same nonsense on every blog.

Jim cancel his IP address please!

The lefts other tactic. If one can not win the argument and bashing the person that delivers the message does not work, then censorship is the next coarse.

This is a private site and Jim can delete my access but I do not think he will because I abide by the policies set forth and have not done anything wrong except to tell the truth. For some reason you and a lot of other libs can not stand the truth. What is wrong do you think I may actually educate enough voters and some of them may actually say since my vote for Obama is not going to be counted then I am not going to vote? That must be your thinking since you want be banned.

dw

October 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Youre an idiot TD.. plain and simple. Politcs aside, you are still an idiot.

td

October 24th, 2011
12:35 pm

Jon Lester

October 24th, 2011
12:30 pm

If that was the case then Obama (and his $1 billion in campaign funds) would be down here campaigning like crazy. He knows Ga. is going to the Republican candidate, he has 4 safe Democratic districts and Barrow does not want his support so he will only make a couple of appearances (to collect your liberal money) and go to other places that he has a chance to win.

You gotta be kidding.

October 24th, 2011
12:36 pm

Troy Davis, cop killer, dead. Good.

td

October 24th, 2011
12:40 pm

Songbird

October 24th, 2011
11:57 am
Also TD, Obama got 1.8mm votes to McCains 2.0mm. That’s only a difference of 200k votes. Not that strong a showing for McCain in a red state.

That is only because the social conservatives stayed home in 2008 and there was a good many white suburban women that voted for Obama because they bought into the hope and change message. The social conservatives will be out in force next year and the women now know they were sold a false bill of goods. He will lose by more than 500,000 in Georgia next year.