Your morning jolt: Rick Santorum, Ann Romney headed to Georgia

We know that Newt Gingrich, who avoided the Republican presidential contest in Michigan, will be at the state Capitol this morning.

We know that Gingrich has declared a win in Georgia, which he once represented in Congress, to be crucial to his GOP presidential campaign.

What we didn’t know is whether a win-hungry Rick Santorum, deprived of victory in Michigan by Mitt Romney last night, will put all his eggs in Ohio and seek a post-industrial rematch with Romney. Or might he concentrate on the South?

We’re told this morning that the former Pennsylvania senator, who has a foray into Tennessee today, will be in Dalton at 8 a.m. Thursday for a rally outside City Hall.

Atlanta, GA – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit Georgia tomorrow morning, beginning with a manufacturing plant tour and a Town Hall meeting in Dalton. Santorum will then head toward Atlanta, holding an 11 a.m. rally at the Atlantic Aviation hanger, 240 Airport Road, at Peachtree Dekalb Airport. The event is free and open to the public.

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We’ve also just gotten word that Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, will be in Georgia for two events on Thursday: A noon appearance at Smokejack Barbecue in Alpharetta, and a 5:30 p.m. appearance for the opening of Romney state headquarters on Maple Street in Buckhead — just down from Newt Gingrich’s headquarters. Both Romney events are open to the public. Take the spousal visit as a sign that her husband isn’t likely to be here before Super Tuesday.

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And you thought Occupy Atlanta didn’t make much of an impression.

State Capitol police were called to haul a number of protestors out of a Senate Insurance and Labor Committee hearing on SB 469, a measure that – among many other things – would make it a crime to conduct mass picketing at private residences.

From my AJC colleague Kristin Torres:

The bill, drafted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, passed unanimously through the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee despite nearly an hour of testimony — mostly by union members, advocacy groups and individuals who opposed the bill. Committee members made one change, making it a “high and aggravated” misdemeanor and not a felony for someone convicted of conspiring to commit criminal trespass.

A taste of the language:

A person, or organization that he or she is affiliated with or acting on behalf of, commits an offense when he or she engages in targeted picketing of a private residence that has or intends the effect of interfering with the resident’s right to quiet enjoyment, or when such targeted picketing has or intends the effect of violence or intimidation.

Keep in mind that several condo complexes were within earshot of Occupy Atlanta’s fall camp-out at Five Points in downtown Atlanta.

The measure is sponsored by state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville. Protestors say at least one of their number was arrested and is awaiting a bail hearing. We’ve got a call into the Georgia Building Authority for details.

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After eight years in the Legislature, state Sen. Greg Goggans, R-Douglas, chairman of the State Insurance and Labor Committee, has decided not to run for re-election, citing the economics of his orthodontic practice in southwest Georgia. From the Blackshear Times:

“This is a very important decision for someone running in the Seventh Senatorial District. It is the largest district in the state covering 4,500 square miles. To serve this district requires a tremendous amount of time away from family and from business. It requires a lot of travel. The expenses are beyond what the $17,000 a year salary covers.

“By announcing my decision now, it will give potential candidates the time to discuss this important decision with their families and to examine their abilities to make it work.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia this morning challenges GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s assertion that the nation’s unemployment rate is going down because more people are giving up and leaving the workforce.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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196 comments Add your comment

Becky

February 29th, 2012
9:45 am

If Noot’s mouth is moving he is lying.

Sergio

February 29th, 2012
9:47 am

Santorum’s no sex, no book learning, and no seperation of church/state should play well in the southland.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
9:47 am

I listened to 3 minutes of Boortz yesterday trying to get a weather forecast. He said Obama was cutting all veteran’s health benefits. How do a$$hats like him and Hannity get away with down right lies?? I

Centrist

February 29th, 2012
9:58 am

Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul (descending order of damage) have probably sunk GOP chances of replacing Obama and have made the nomination essentially worthless. None of them have a legitimate shot at getting the nomination, but have wounded and drained Romney enough to almost guarantee incumbent Obama’s reelection by a wide margin. It is hard to fathom the egos or motives involved. Democrat crossover voting against Romney has also contributed, and at least Santorum has publicly encouraged it. The left, including the media, loves it. Even this blog said Gingrich was going to concentrate on Arizona, and Santorum was leading in Michigan (never acknowledged Michigan polls flipped last week).

Centrist

February 29th, 2012
10:02 am

@ Becky – The Obama budget has a proposal to increase premiums percentages of already earned retired veteran health care benefits (tricare). There is NO such proposal to increase either active or retired civilian unionized employees/retirees.

Road Scholar

February 29th, 2012
10:13 am

Increasing health care premiums…I’ve had that happen for each of the past 10 years! Why shouldn’t they pay their fair share? Where are the “50 % of low income folks don’t pay ANY taxes” folks saying that they should pay more? Or does that not apply to our armed forces????

Also, Newt, what are the details of your $2 /gal gas? Nationalizing the oil companies? Another war? Using the chili dogs and onion rangs at the V? Fess up!

Centrist

February 29th, 2012
10:13 am

Becky posted “said Obama was cutting all veteran’s health benefits. How do a$$hats like him and Hannity get away with down right lies??”

You’re right, Becky. There is NO CHANCE Obama’s D.O.A. budget with such proposed cuts has a chance of becoming law this year.

gm

February 29th, 2012
10:13 am

Newt the scum, this man lied and said he helped bring the Olympics to Atlanta, what has this man done for Georgia? look at all the poverty, last in education, no job creations, but this 3 times adultry can claim Georgia as his home, and the country idiots are proud of him.

Hey Newt, President Obama is a threat to national security go ask the top 10 terrorist of the world who are pushing up flowers in their graves, and once again the southern bubbas fall for this none sense””’

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
10:17 am

BECKY

BOORTZ’S listeners dont care for facts and he knows it..

Julia

February 29th, 2012
10:20 am

Newtie Pootie & his crew do nothing more than spew toxic gas into the atmosphere. Someone needs to tell Newt that OPEC sets the price of oil and the President of the USA has NO CONTROL over that.
The entire GOP is one giant traveling freak show.

Centrist

February 29th, 2012
10:20 am

@ Road Scholar – There is NO proposal for the bottom 50% of the lower income folks to pay any taxes. The proposal of increasing premiums on those who already EARNED health care benefits. They already paid their “fair share” by past wage cuts in exchange for other benefits which Obama hopes to expropriate. Our military should not pay more when the lower 50% are getting a free ride, and unionized civilian DOD workers aren’t subject to increased health care premiums. And they won’t this year because it can’t possibly pass Congress just because Obama proposes it.

WOW

February 29th, 2012
10:22 am

@ Centrist:

You omit the fact that the cuts are coming because we have had such dramatic increases in the past ten years. The first three years of the Obama administration saw a dramatic increase in Veteran’s spending, especially towards health care. This budget seeks to responsibly cut some of the increase out of it. The same with the defense budget overall. It has increased so much over the last few years that we need to look at ways to make responsible cuts.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
10:25 am

I dont think too many people were surprised by the results last night. Now next Tuesday may be a different story.

healthnerd

February 29th, 2012
10:27 am

The retirement of Senator Goggans is a huge blow to health care in Georgia. His knowledge and passion will surely be missed at the Capitol.

ByteMe

February 29th, 2012
10:27 am

It requires a lot of travel. The expenses are beyond what the $17,000 a year salary covers.

That should be “… the $17,000 a year salary plus unspecified lobbyist gifts and meals covers.”

Becky

February 29th, 2012
10:29 am

i’m voting for santorum next tuesday just to keep the clown car rolling.

WOW

February 29th, 2012
10:30 am

My above comment was wrong there is no cut to Veterans Benefits in the Presidents Budget request so Becky you were correct Boortz is making up facts again. We shouldn’t be suprised.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/02/military-va-budget-seeks-10-percent-boost-in-funding-021312/

Just Wait

February 29th, 2012
10:31 am

The Republican choices for President: A billionaire completely out of touch with the middle class, a power hungry career politician and an extremist who believes a pregnancy via rape is a gift. Does anyone really think the Republicans have a chance? If so, I have some prime ocean front property in Dalton for sale.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
10:33 am

WOW-I know Boorz and Hannity make up stuff, the problem is the sheeple that believe it.

Republican Base

February 29th, 2012
10:36 am

As far as I am concern Centrist, Romney can stay the H out of Georgia and even go where his money is off shore. He and all of the Media punds have sunk the GOP. We held our nose last time and voted for a Moderate in John McCain because we were told he could win. This time I want a True Conservative. Second, if the Republican party is becoming a Centrist, Moderate party then I will leave the party. I have serve on many a county, district, and state committees so I know what I am talking about.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
10:37 am

Please describe a True Conservative. Thanks.

Mark

February 29th, 2012
10:40 am

@ Becky

February 29th, 2012
10:29 am

i’m voting for santorum next tuesday just to keep the clown car rolling.

Count me in Becky, because I’m doing the same thing!

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
10:41 am

true conservative; .. a self righteous bible thumpoing fool who loves the fetus but will bomb arabs in a new york minute..

ByteMe

February 29th, 2012
10:41 am

He and all of the Media punds have sunk the GOP. We held our nose last time and voted for a Moderate in John McCain because we were told he could win.

Yeah, cause nothing says “winner” like appealing to only 20% of the population. From your lips to the electorate’s ears… let’s prove you right (or wrong).

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
10:41 am

“thumping”…oops

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
10:43 am

RICKY SANITORIUM says education will make u like OBAMA…a ivy league grad whose the president…Charles Barkley says, “TUUUURIBLE TUUURIBLE TUUURIBLE”

clyde

February 29th, 2012
10:44 am

Becky,
A true conservative lives in Afghanistan,Iran,etc,and kills people that burn his holy book.He is also insanely concerned with women lives.Santorum would like to be one.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
10:46 am

And tell what “Bring our Country back” means. Seriously.

Redstateneck

February 29th, 2012
10:46 am

Santorum doesn’t have another gig. Newt has been too lazy to put any kind of national organization together. The Texans tried to put a dunce in the mix. Romney has worked for years putting an organization in-place, managed his personal life, governed effective despite a weaker political position, was vetted as all Republican are by running the first time. My prediction: Santorum gets gig on Fox, Newt raises speaking fees for having run, Paul gets to be Surgeon General. Palin, finally divorces and becomes playmate. Oh yeah, Romney wins, senate turns Republican, Israel attack Iran and Arab league sits it out. South Carolina sucedes to Deliverance states of american taking south ga Alabama and Mississippi with them. Everybody is better off.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
10:47 am

Becky….PLEASE DO!

WOW

February 29th, 2012
10:48 am

Good Question Becky, I found this quote from Jeb Bush quite interesting, so I don’t think the Republicans even know anymore…

“I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective, and that’s kind of where we are,” the ex-governor said, according to Fox News.

Tom

February 29th, 2012
10:49 am

“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” – Ronald Reagan

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
10:52 am

RICK SANITORIUM says college is for libruls….lol..

WOW

February 29th, 2012
10:58 am

Since Santorum went to college and actually has two post-gradutate degrees, what does that make him?

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
10:59 am

WOW…..A very smart man. Nice point. Thanks for pointing that out!

DannyX

February 29th, 2012
11:01 am

Was Ronald Reagan a true conservative?

Reagan increased the number of federal employees by 61,000. (Clinton -373,000)
Reagan expanded Social Security.
Reagan raised Social Security taxes.
Reagan raised federal income taxes.
Reagan raised corporate taxes.
Reagan raised the gas tax.
Reagan signed the expanded Earned Income Credit that Republicans like “Centrist” hate.
The deficit went up during the Reagan years.
Reagan gave amnesty to 22 million illegal immigrants that Republicans like “Centrist” hate.

WOW

February 29th, 2012
11:02 am

He is a very smart man, its just a shame he feels the need to hide it.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
11:02 am

I wonder who paid for Ricky’s education and how they feel about paying for his education he so willingly disparages.

Becky

February 29th, 2012
11:04 am

Dannyx-now don’t be bringing any facts into this discussion! Reagan was far far from a conservative. And those who think he was make me lol.

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
11:05 am

DannyX….Sounds like you are a Reagan fan. Welcome to the Republican party!

WOW

February 29th, 2012
11:06 am

Becky:

I believe he paid for it himself, unlike Willard he wasn’t born rich, which make his comments even more frustrating. He should be promoting people accomplishing what he did (like President Obama was trying to do) not belittling it.

clyde

February 29th, 2012
11:13 am

Becky,

I recently returned to the U.S after an absence of 10 years.I cannot believe what has happened to this country. The government has become very intrusive in the lives of it’s citizens.Multiple forms of ID are required for what used to be mundane transactions.To open a bank account has become impossible for people without identification.”Your papers please” is a stark reality in the U.S. today.It’s all for our “protection”you understand.

Double Zero Eight

February 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Santorum is the male version of Palin.
It is too late for someone to come
to the rescue of the GOP. The party
is stuck with its current bunch of
contenders. The only hope to defeat
the democrats is for a “big name”
as the VP candidate for the GOP.

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
11:16 am

maybe RICKY SANITORIUM thinks PRESIDENT OBAMA is too uppity for a black man…that will play well in the south

Michael

February 29th, 2012
11:18 am

I turned on 750AM yesterday just to get traffic and within 5 seconds I heard “OBAMA”. Boortz just won’t let it go, EVER.

honested

February 29th, 2012
11:19 am

clyde,

We can thank shrub and the enforcement of fear because he was asleep at the switch for the ‘your papers please’ reality.
It is amazing the number of things we have come to tolerate as a function of ‘national security’ (whether doing so enhances the security of anything or not).

Becky

February 29th, 2012
11:21 am

clyde-I’m not sure why that was aimed at me but concur the scaredy pants mentality has to go.

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
11:22 am

ricky sanitorium SAYS…THAT BLACK BOY AINT GOT NO business in our WHITE HOUSE..we need to get rid of that uppity so n so

UGA 1999

February 29th, 2012
11:23 am

Obama is not black. Nice try though.

liberalefty

February 29th, 2012
11:25 am

RICK SANITORIUM…OBAMA aint got no business telling folks they can go to college…shame on him, i’m here to give u folks real jobs..by the way i was against the auto bailout eventhough it saved peoples job….i just hate that it actually worked