Restore Our Future, the super PAC affiliated with Mitt Romney, brings its TV ad campaign to Georgia on Wednesday with a $132,090 statewide buy, we’re told. That’s light, but a significant challenge to other campaigns – home-boy Newt Gingrich in particular.
Slightly more than half of the money will be spent in metro Atlanta, where Romney was strongest in the 2008 GOP race for president. The details:
– $77,140 in metro Atlanta: $12,940 at WXIA-TV; $7,400 at WGCL-TV; $35,800 at WSB-TV; and $21,000 at WAGA-TV.
– $12,585 in the Augusta market; $240 in Chattanooga, all on WDSI-TV; $9,075 in Savannah; $5,525 in Macon; $4,475 in Albany; $19,475 in Columbus; and $3,575 in the Greenwood-Greenville, S.C. market.
Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, will be in the campaign’s Atlanta headquarters from 11a.m. to 1 p.m., greeting volunteers and supporters working the phone banks. Address is 3110 Maple Drive, Atlanta 30305.
Newt Gingrich will apparently be touching down in Fayette County on Friday to begin his two-day swing here. From a Facebook page announcement:
The VIP reception will be held at Falcon Field’s Main Terminal building, located at 7 Falcon Drive in Peachtree City from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Admission is $500 per person…
The rally will be held in Hangar B4 at Falcon Field, located at 500 Aviation Drive in Peachtree City from 7:30 PM until 8:30 PM. Invite your friends and neighbors and please join us as we welcome Newt back to his former congressional district!
On Monday, we had national polls from Pew and Gallup. It’s the turn of the New York Times and CBS News – which also show Rick Santorum surging among GOP primary voters nationwide:
In the new poll, 30 percent of Republican primary voters say they support Mr. Santorum, compared with 27 percent for Mr. Romney. While Mr. Santorum’s lead is an essential tie with Mr. Romney because it’s within the sampling margin of error, it reflects a significant jump for him from earlier polls.
The two other major candidates are farther behind, at 12 percent for Ron Paul and 10 percent for Newt Gingrich, whose numbers have fallen sharply since his win in South Carolina on Jan. 21.
In Detroit, Mitt Romney has doubled down on his opposition to President Barack Obama’s bailout of the auto industry in a Detroit News op-ed piece that includes this:
My view at the time — and I set it out plainly in an op-ed in the New York Times — was that “the American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing.” Instead of a bailout, I favored “managed bankruptcy” as the way forward.
Managed bankruptcy may sound like a death knell. But in fact, it is a way for a troubled company to restructure itself rapidly, entering and leaving the courtroom sometimes in weeks or months instead of years, and then returning to profitable operation.
In the case of Chrysler and GM, that was precisely what the companies needed. Both were saddled with an accumulation of labor, pension, and real estate costs that made them unsustainable. Health and retirement benefits alone amounted to an extra $2,000 baked into the price of every car they produced….
Creative Loafing has come across something to complicate the dynamic between Atlanta City Hall and the Atlanta Housing Authority:
Two Atlanta Housing Authority commissioners made offensive comments, including racial slurs, in front of agency employees late last year, according to an investigator’s report….
The outside investigation stems from AHA’s employees’ complaints after Commissioners James Allen Jr. and Wayne Jones visited the authority’s downtown offices on Nov. 4, 2011.
According to an investigator’s 18-page report submitted to Mayor Kasim Reed in early December, the two commissioners concerned several unnamed AHA employees with comments about “pistol whip[ping]” a top executive and their job security, among others.
Over the weekend, we posted an item on the move within the state Legislature to pursue the sales taxes due on Internet sales – specifically from affiliates of Amazon.com in Georgia. Greg Hoffman (@akagorilla) has tapped out a response that includes this:
The fact is, if this becomes law in Georgia, Amazon and all the big affiliate programs will terminate their relationship with me immediately. Online merchants do not want to provide 50 different solutions to collect taxes from various states through affiliate reports. They will provide one if it becomes federal law. But to ask them to collect taxes 50 different ways is unreasonable and some say unconstitutional. They will not do it, therefore they will cut their losses and avoid the alleged nexus.
Then there’s this interesting morning tidbit from Mike Stucka and the Macon Telegraph:
A new interstate could cut a swath through Middle Georgia, according to a federal study that details possible plans of a $7.7 billion route from Augusta to Natchez, Miss.
…No funding for the federal route has been identified, and the Federal Highway Administration launched the study to meet a congressional mandate, and not on its own.
Yet the federal route also covers an area under study by state officials in the ongoing Connect Central Georgia study, which would better tie Columbus, Macon and Augusta through roadways.
Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at President Barack Obama’s promise to convert the federal government’s fleet of vehicles to flex-fuel.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider