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