Three years ago, drought exacerbated Georgia’s fight with Florida and Alabama over water. We may be headed that way again.
The Gainesville Times has unearthed a Nov. 7 letter from Allen Barnes, the director of the state’s Environmental Protection Division, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking it to reduce the amount of water released from Lake Lanier through March:
The amount is 100 cubic feet below the target flow meant to dilute the treated wastewater coming from Atlanta and ensure the viability of wildlife in the Chattahoochee River near Peachtree Creek.
It’s very possible that the more the GOP contest for president narrows to a fight between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, the less likely it is that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul becomes a leverage point for Republicans.
The Washington Post this morning reports that the Center for Health Transformation, a think tank established by Newt Gingrich eight years ago, has collected $37 million by offering major health care companies special access to the former U.S. House speaker.
The health center advocated, among other things, requiring that “anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond,” a type of insurance mandate that has since become anathema to conservatives.
The group also pushed proposals to build centralized electronic medical records and use such data to research treatment effectiveness, both central features of President Obama’s health-care reforms.
Newt Gingrich’s rise to the top of the GOP presidential polls has renewed talk of many of the vulnerabilities of the former U.S. House speaker, including his appeal among evangelicals.
Over at National Review, Katrina Trinko quotes GOP strategist Ralph Reed as saying that Gingrich has conceded his past moral failings to the point that it no longer matters among voters.
But Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm, says Gingrich continues to have a problem with evangelical women – who may forgive, but don’t forget:
Land thinks Gingrich should “find a pro-family venue” and deliver a speech akin to John F. Kennedy’s famous 1960 speech on Catholicism.
“He needs to make the speech of his life, and in his mind, his target has got to be 40- to 60-year-old evangelical women,” Land advises. “And he’s got to convince them that he’s sorry, he regrets it, he would do anything he could to undo the pain and the hurt that he’s caused, he understands the pain and the hurt that he’s caused, and he has learned his lesson. That he has thrown himself on the grace of Jesus, and that if they elect him president, he will not let them down — that there will be no moral scandal in a Gingrich White House.”
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is still grieving over last Sunday’s loss by the Atlanta Falcons to the New Orleans Saints in overtime. You can tell, because it came up during his grilling of Energy Secretary Steven Chu. From Politico.com:
During Thursday’s hearing on Solyndra’s $535 million loan guarantee, Gingrey recounted how Falcons coach Mike Smith gambled last Sunday during overtime on a fourth-and-inches play deep in his own territory against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints….
“He takes a chance and makes what I think is a ridiculous decision, but it wasn’t against the law,” Gingrey said of Smith’s call, making the connection to the Energy Department’s decision to change the terms of Solyndra’s loan guarantee so that private investors would get paid back before the government in the event the company went bankrupt.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider