We’d heard that several county GOP conventions earlier this month featured confrontations between establishment and libertarian-minded members.
But it looks like things really got out of hand in Athens. From the Banner-Herald newspaper:
Two local Republican Party leaders filed a police report on Tuesday, telling police that Ron Paul supporters left them harassing, potentially threatening messages after a contentious meeting on March 10, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.
Several rowdy Paul supporters attended the meeting, pushing video cameras into people’s faces and taping the confrontation, they said. The group posted the videos on YouTube with the local party leaders’ names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.
The party members — a 28-year-old man and a 66-year-old man — turned over emails and Internet postings that included statements that the men should be shot, killed and have their houses burned down.
The GOP officials who made the complaint aren’t named by the newspaper.
If past is prelude, it looks like the state GOP convention in May – the locale is Columbus — will be more than exciting. Here’s a YouTube video of the meeting in question, in which Paulistas illustrate their side of the story:
In the Capitol, state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, is making changes to a bill that would bring lottery video games, in an attempt to find the point at which Gov. Nathan Deal would drop his objections. From Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:
His first gambit was to let the state allow lottery video games in communities where governing bodies seek them. Stephens hoped to appeal to Deal’s strong support for local control.
The governor didn’t budge.
The new wrinkle: In areas that had video lottery, lottery ticket sales at convenience stores and other outlets would end.
Instead of such enterprises picking up a piece of the action, a cut would go to municipalities or counties.
Stephens said the change is tailored to convince Deal it wouldn’t increase gambling action.
If you see members of the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity on an interstate overpass on Monday, do not assume they’re suicidal. From a Facebook page posting:
The Supreme Court hears arguments on ObamaCare March 26-28 in Washington DC. Help remind Georgians how unpopular and dangerous this legislation is! Make signs and organize a group of persons in your area to stand at busy intersections and overpasses on March 26, 27 or 28th from 5-7pm during afternoon rush hour that encourage commuters to “honk against Obamacare”….
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider