Your morning jolt: Cash-starved Newt Gingrich charging $50 per photo

Aside from the shedding of reporters, other signs of a Newt Gingrich death spiral include this from the National Journal:

HOCKESSIN, Del. — In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state.

And this from the Raleigh News & Observer:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign swing to North Carolina on Wednesday has been canceled, his campaign has confirmed.

There were no details available on why he had changed his plans.

Gingrich had been scheduled to make some appearances in Raleigh as part of the lead up to the May 8th primary. The change of plans was abrupt. His campaign sent out a schedule at 1 p.m. Sunday that listed a trip to North Carolina. But by Monday morning, the visit was canceled.

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In Atlanta, a bill to repay the federal government cash borrowed to pay unemployment benefits – largely by slashing future benefits — is one of the last big-ticket items facing the Legislature this session. But Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has repeatedly warned that SB 447 runs afoul of the constitutional mandate that all bills on taxation – premiums for businesses would rise slightly – begin in the House.

On Monday, the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee stripped out HB 347 inserted the contents of SB 447, giving the bill a House number and allaying any constitutional concerns. On Senate passage, HB 347 would then be returned to the House for a simple agree-disagree vote – avoiding the committee process and, perhaps, some hot debate.

And what do we lose by eviscerating HB 347? A bill to prevent future state insurance commissioners from exempting themselves from required insurance agent examinations — as did Republican John Oxendine before he left office in 2011.

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Over at Atlanta Unfiltered, Jim Walls says a complaint has been filed with the entity formerly known as the State Ethics Commission, alleging that state Sen. Don Balfour has filed false requests for reimbursements – pointing to mileage claimed while the lawmaker was out of state.

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File these two items under “Things You Need to Worry About – Tomorrow.” First, from the New York Times, a poll showing support for the war in Afghanistan dropping sharply among both Democrats and Republicans:

The survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled — 69 percent — thought that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. Just four months ago, 53 percent said that Americans should no longer be fighting in the conflict, more than a decade old.

And this from the Wall Street Journal:

Iran is ramping up imports of wheat, including rare purchases from the U.S., in a sign Tehran is building a strategic stockpile of grain in anticipation of harsher sanctions or even military conflict.

The country has bought wheat from the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan in the past few months, and is in talks on what could be a major wheat buy from India, according to market watchers and official data.

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Finally, in celebration of U.S. Supreme Court arguments over the Obama administration’s health care overhaul, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia looks at U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s claim that the 10-year cost of the changes are double the the $940 billion estimated by Democrats.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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125 comments Add your comment

Don't Tread

March 27th, 2012
9:45 am

I’d pay $50 for a photo with Heidi Klum in a bikini…but not Newt (in anything).

Why are we selling Iran food? I thought trade with Iran was banned (as it should be). Our enemies should NOT have access to our economy or products.

Road Scholar

March 27th, 2012
9:58 am

Sell them grain at $106/ barrel! ( I know grain is sold in bushels…)

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UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
10:20 am

Hmmmm the leader of the “Black Panther Party” arrested…..Imagine that! haha.

jconservative

March 27th, 2012
10:23 am

Why would anyone want a picture of Newt?

td

March 27th, 2012
10:28 am

Looks like Trayvon Martin was not as innocent as the MSM and the race pimps want to make him out to be. 3 suspensions from school and if you read his tweet then he was either a want to be thug or a real thug.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120504/Trayvon-Martin-case-He-suspended-school-having-burglary-tool.html

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
10:29 am

Father A. Long

March 27th, 2012
10:31 am

I’d pay $50 for a roll of toilet paper with Newt’s picture on it.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
10:42 am

Father….Are you related to Eddie Long?

sheepdawg

March 27th, 2012
10:55 am

newt is funny little dictator wanna be

td

March 27th, 2012
10:55 am

Father A. Long

March 27th, 2012
10:31 am

Sounds like a good business opportunity. Put the pictures of all politicians on TP and see how many you could sell and then post the results on the web.

td

March 27th, 2012
10:56 am

sheepdawg

March 27th, 2012
10:55 am

At least Newt is a wanna be and not a real person with power like Obama wanting to become a dictator.

td

March 27th, 2012
11:10 am

Puck Refublicans

March 27th, 2012
10:59 am

I do not yet know if the shooting was justified or not yet and neither do you. I am sick and tired of these race pimps and their MSM co-horts attempting to turn this incident into a political movement.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
11:12 am

Puck…..Thanks for the laugh, I needed it. The fact that you inserted race is hilarious!

GaBlue

March 27th, 2012
11:13 am

Dr. Price has no problem telling lies. He also has no problem enjoying a lifetime of taxpayer-funded benefits.

DannyX

March 27th, 2012
11:15 am

Love the Ethics Committee name change, now the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. Rumor has it they plan on changing the name again. They plan on calling it “Carefully Assuring the System is Honorable Committee,” or “CASH Committee” for short.

Sen Balfour is now an official Good Ol’ Boy leader. You can’t represent Georgia unless you stuff your pockets. Balfour joins the ranks of distinguished Georgia Republicans, I hear he is the leading contender for the Linda Schrenko Excellence In Ethical Republican Leadership Award this year, joining past winners Gov Deal, John Oxendine, Glenn Richardson, Chip Rogers, Tom Graves, John Ralston, Ralph Reed and Sonny Perdue.

Congrats Balfour.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
11:25 am

Is the left going to raise an uproar about the fact that the Black P-ssy Party leader was arrested for a weapons violation?

JF McNamara

March 27th, 2012
11:33 am

UGA and TD,

It doesn’t matter what Trayvon Martin did or his history.

1. If Zimmerman had stayed in his house the confrontation never happens. He pursued a 17 year old kid walking down the street on the telephone.

2. Zimmerman shot an unarmed man. When POLICE OFFICERS shoot an unarmed man, there is an investigation. If he was afraid that Martin had a gun, why did he continue to pursue him? On the 911 call, he said the kid had his hand in his waistband indicating he was afraid he had a gun. Why did he continue to pursue him?

3. Just because you are getting your a** kicked, it doesn’t mean you have the right to shoot someone. Even if he was the one screaming for help, he doesn’t have that right. Do you know how many shootings there would be if losing a fight makes it okay to shoot someone?

4. If Zimmerman were Black and Martin was White, there is no doubt in my mind that Zimmerman would be in jail. The Stand Your Ground law might apply and he may be freed by a jury, but there is a 99% chance that the police take him to jail.

td

March 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Puck Refublicans

March 27th, 2012
11:25 am

If you think that without hearing the evidence of an investigation and/or trial then you are nothing more then a race pimp also and would not know the truth if it slapped you in the face.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
11:49 am

Puck….No offense, but I wouldnt want to live anywhere near your kind.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
11:56 am

JF….It attributes to his character and the fact that he may have attacked Zimmerman which is what the police report has said the entire time. You really need to read Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law before you make ignorant comments.

td

March 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

JF McNamara

March 27th, 2012
11:33 am

1: Why should a person have to stay in their house? Why should a person not be able to go out in their neighborhood and question or follow and stranger to make sure their neighbors stay safe?

2: There was an initial investigation and there is now another investigation. I will wait on those results and/or a trail before making a judgement. Oh, so it is better that one of your neighbors may have harm come to them then to make sure a stranger is not doing anything wrong.

3: The Florida stand your ground law does give you the right to use any force necessary if you feel harm will come to you. I would guess that if more people carried and thought they may be shot if they threw a punch then there would be a lot less punches thrown. So, you are saying a person does not have the right to defend them self from harm? I would never convict a person of shooting another if the other person threw the first punch and broke his nose.

4: Maybe you are right and maybe you are wrong. I do not know.

4:

Marlboro Man

March 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

TD is wrong.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
12:06 pm

Marlboro….explain.

Marlboro Man

March 27th, 2012
12:18 pm

No soup for you. UGA, I prefer you to remain in blissville.

td

March 27th, 2012
12:20 pm

Marlboro Man

March 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

Since you made the claim then please explain to us what I am wrong about?

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

Marlboro….It is easy to simply say someone is wrong without backing up your point.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

PUCK….”Gun pimps”? Do you mean like the Black P-ssy Party leader?

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
12:46 pm

LOVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT!

Bernie

March 27th, 2012
12:47 pm

Newt,

A one eyed MULE can’t be handled on the blind side – Uncle Remus

gm

March 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

All blacks males who have white kids in your neighborhood, go out late and night and chase after them , call 911 and tell them you are chasing them, and continue to do so even when the 911 person tell you to stop.

Once you get in their face push them, and once they swing at you and start beating your butt, its ok to pull your gun out and shoot them, you will have the support of scums like Rush and Hannity and the rest of the nut jobs on the right.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

Well we know which of the two is a FELON, and it isn’t the boy.

And we know which of the two sides of this keep defending Zimmerman, and it isn’t the left.

I like guns too. I believe in the 2nd amendment. But I guess I’m not so scared of that right’s defense that I feel the need to defend SHODDY POLICE WORK.

“Race Pimps” is garbage.

You are not automatically racist for pushing the defense of Zimmerman. This isn’t about Zimmerman. This is about a pathetic Florida Police Department that didn’t do its job.

You ARE, however, racist if you are a media mogul pushing this story and not focusing on the Florida Police Department and Zimmerman’s background, because you have a responsibility.

So you are not a racist by pushing this story, but you are a tool of racists by pushing the Limbaugh/Koch generated propaganda.

And that still makes you guilty.

Look before I leap...

March 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

Since we are way off topic:
Hypothetical question:

Ignoring for the moment, the age restriction on minors carrying a weapon, had Martin had a handgun and SHOT Zimmerman during the confrontation instead of punching him, is Martin covered by Stand Your Ground?

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
1:03 pm

Gm….Now THAT is the intelligence we have come to expect from you guys. Great job.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Look……Nope that would be illegal for him to own a handgun.

Look before I leap...

March 27th, 2012
1:13 pm

UGA you did not read my question in ts entirety.
I said “ignoring for the moment, the age restriction..”
Wanna try again?

Auntie Christ

March 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

Race pimps are people like td and uga 1899 who bring up racially charged issues no matter what the topic is on the blog. Here the topic is their hero noot gingrich and his defunct campaign, but their need for attention, and their innate racist nature compels them to display their ignorance and hatred even when it is not the topic du jour.

Can you imagine the small mind that thinks every murder victim should be subject to a background check, which is basically what they say should be done here. If a murder victim has not led an exemplary life, then every detail of their childhood should be adduced so that we can judge if they ‘deserved’ to die. Trayvonn was suspended from school, he had a few fights with his school mates, e tried marijuana. According to the race pimps td and uga 1899, we need not concern ourselves with the cold blooded murder of such a miscreant, for surely the world is a better place now that Trayvonn is dead.

zimmerman, td and uga 1899, what a frightening thought that all 3 of them walk among us. And te absurdity is, they all think of temselves as ‘good Americans.’

Newt Lied! His campaign died!

March 27th, 2012
1:27 pm

Not even in a blaze of glory. Just fading into a nothingness that is only matched by his irrelevancy.
Now he can swill cheap gin and chase cheap women.
He could write a book I guess, but the only folks who’d be interested are inbred, semi-literate morons.

Look before I leap...

March 27th, 2012
1:28 pm

**crickets**

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Look….Your hypothetical comment is irrelevant. However IF we consider your arguement, then yes it would have been justified.

td

March 27th, 2012
1:51 pm

Look before I leap…

March 27th, 2012
12:58 pm

Maybe, it would be according to what the statements and the evidence showed. Same as in this case. It appears the evidence showed in the initial investigation that Zimmerman was justified under the law. We shall see what the post investigation shows.

Look before I leap...

March 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

It is not irrelevant (and it was a question, not a comment).
Since Martin was approached by a gun-wielding person he did not know, and you admit that Martin would’ve been justified in shooting Zimmerman, why then is Martin not justified in using whatever means available to protect himself from threat of bodily harm?

According to the logic that td has been espousing for the past few days, John Q Citizen is within his rights to arm himself, leave the protection of his home and to approach a person or persons unknown who are not on CItizen’s property and demand they explain their presence and intentions.
Now 3 things can happen at that point:
The person/persons unknown can walk away (not sure I’d be willing to turn my back on someone who is armed and approaching me)
They can attack John Q Citizen and attempt to disarm him in an attempt to remove a perceived threat (perhaps foolishly).
Or, if they are lucky enough to also be armed with a handgun, simply shoot John Q Citizen (and quite likely be covered under Stand Your Ground).

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
1:57 pm

Look….I said he would be justified if he was carrying the gun legally.

td

March 27th, 2012
1:58 pm

Puck Refublicans

March 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Your whole argument fell apart with the smaller person and deserving his a$$ beating. The Martin picture running around is when he was freaking 12. The young man is now 6″3 or 4 (seen different numbers) and is a football player. If Zimmerman told him to stop because the police were on the way and then he attacked the man then Zimmerman was justified in shooting him. I nor you know the circumstances and we shall have to wait to see what the investigation has to say.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
1:59 pm

Auntie….Race pimps like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson?

gm

March 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

UGA 1999

Gm….Now THAT is the intelligence we have come

Oh I forgot you live down in hickville, Ga Its ok to kill a black kid this way, but not a white one, excuse me Andy in mayberry lol

Look before I leap...

March 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

@td
I think you can dismiss the initial investigation as cursory.
I also think you can dismiss any statements made by Zimmerman as self-serving.

There is a line between Stand Your Ground and vigilantism and (IMNSHO) it is likely that Zimmerman crossed it when he left his vehicle.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

Gm….Was Martin in Georgia? HAHA. You are hilarious!

td

March 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

Look before I leap…

March 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

It is not irrelevant (and it was a question, not a comment).
Since Martin was approached by a gun-wielding person

Who said Zimmerman was wielding a gun? I have not seen that posted in any story.

UGA 1999

March 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

Look…..Funny how you want to dismiss the report because it does not fit your views.