Your morning jolt: A Skittles-and-hoodies protest headed for the state Capitol

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

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12 comments Add your comment


March 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

Dear Ron Paul campaign, I think I would avoid using the word “serious” and “Ron Paul” in the same sentence.


March 23rd, 2012
9:57 am

The etch-a-sketch quote from a campaign aid is not going to matter one bit during Romney’s general election campaign. Santorum overplayed it like the media, and had to back track yesterday when he said there wasn’t much difference between Romney and Obama, and even Gingrich blasted Santorum along with Ron Paul for the comment.

ALL general election candidates move TOWARD (not to, but toward) the center. Obama has already started by equivocating on the Keystone Pipeline. Obama has supported the Bush era tax rates (except the top rate) after campaigning against them, Guantanamo is still open, no civil trials for terrorists, and we have troops in Afghanistan.


March 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

Sad event,shooting that 17 year old.Don’t know enough about it to comment further.

Who would have thought the South would vote for a conservative?.A religious conservative at that.

I want to warn all of you ahead of time that the last question was sarcastic.


March 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

I understand why the prote3sters are doing what they do. I also understand the need for further investigation. However, “justice” by mob rule, public opinion, etc. is just as wrong now as it was when southern whites were oppressing and lynching blacks. Public opinion has no place in determining whether someone should be arrested, tried and convicted of a crime.


March 23rd, 2012
10:29 am


the protesters arent rounding up whites and lynching them…


March 23rd, 2012
10:37 am

When guns are outlawed, only the neighborhood watch will have guns.


March 23rd, 2012
10:49 am

@ John

March 23rd, 2012
10:19 am

It almost sounds as if you have a problem with the organization of the movement. Public opinion is very much needed in this situation.


March 23rd, 2012
10:56 am

i wish us blacks could get this riled up about the 90% black on black murder rate as we are on this murder. but hey, it don’t sell like a good racial murder does

Jamie Roberts

March 23rd, 2012
11:52 am

Dear John,

You have obviously never seriously considered what it must be like to be a District Attorney who has to periodically stand for election.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 23rd, 2012
2:40 pm

…..I am astounded. I logged on to count the posts pointlessly criticizing blacks or Obama….and there was only one…and a legitimate one at that.

jessi heart

March 23rd, 2012
7:00 pm

i wish us blacks could get this riled up about the 90% black on black murder rate as we are on this murder. but hey, it don’t sell like a good racial murder does
The difference between this case and ones with black shooters is that blacks are guilty until proven innocent. Black shooters would be in jail with no questions asked. Trayvon’s parents just want justice.


March 24th, 2012
9:46 am


youre right