Monday is shaping up to be a day of protest at and around the state Capitol.
Students from Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and John Marshall Law School are putting together a Skittles-and-hoodies protest focused on the Florida killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
Demonstrators will be targeting several gun bills still under consideration by the Legislature, which they term “a continuation” of Georgia’s 2006 law that expanded the circumstances under which a shooter could claim self-defense.
The annual President’s Day fund-raiser for the Georgia Republican party on Monday – usually a sleepy event – is likely to get more attention this time around. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election after last year’s confrontation with public employee unions, will be the keynote speaker.
Union workers in Atlanta are already planning a welcome for Walker at the downtown Marriott Marquis.
Reverberations from the Mitt Romney campaign’s Etch A Sketch gaffe – uttered by campaign aide Eric Fehrnstrom — may linger at least one more day, courtesy of Ron Paul, who belittles both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for using the toy as an unserious prop in serious times with this 40-second video:
At Time magazine, Joe Klein places the Etch A Sketch moment in the worst category of gaffe – the accidental telling of a truth:
It makes it much harder, perhaps impossible, for Romney to begin to tack back to the center to appeal to centrist voters, an absolute necessity for the fall campaign after the free-range extremism of the Republican primary. Every time Romney makes a move or even a head fake, it becomes an Etch A Sketch moment.
The National Journal has this coda on the episode:
Ohio Art, OART:OTC US on the stock exchange, started yesterday at $4.00 per share and finished the day at $12.50 per share.
Fehrnstrom had a little fun with the impact of his comment, saying in a tweet on Thursday, “Etch A Sketch stock is up? Psst, I’ll mention Mr. Potato Head next. Buy Hasbro.”
Kerwin Swint, the political scientist at Kennesaw State University, has a weekend look-ahead that starts thusly:
If the polls are accurate, Rick Santorum is headed for a big win Saturday in Louisiana. That will make it almost a clean sweep for the Santorum/Gingrich (anti-Romney) faction of the party in the Southern states. The only southern state Romney has won (of course, Florida is not a Southern state) is Virginia, and Santorum and Gingrich weren’t on the ballot in VA.
We don’t usually plug TV programs, but this one looks different. PBS’ genealogy-oriented program “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” has its season premier at 9 p.m. Sunday. The program will trace the family ancestry of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who has represented Atlanta in Congress for the last 25 years.
Lewis will watch the program with a small group of volunteers at the Park Tavern in midtown Atlanta, while chatting with others via Facebook.
For pure entertainment while you’re avoiding work today, check out Mediabistro’s latest episode of “My First Big Break.” Atlanta has long been a source of future network TV news stars, but none rose so quickly as Deborah Norville – who, if memory serves, started at WAGA-TV here as “Debbie.” She’s now the anchor of “Inside Edition” for CBS.
In a review of her early days in Atlanta TV, Norville talks of her first assignment – with a pot-smoking camera man, who generously offered her a toke – and her accidental, live interview with President Jimmy Carter. Her “escape tape,” as she calls it.
Finally, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia looks at a transportation education group’s claim that, on average, metro Atlanta commuters spend 260 hours a year in traffic.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider