Your morning jolt: Final fed studies on Port of Savannah deepening to be released today

Yes, we finally have a Republican presidential nominee, but look for this to dominate the news cycle in Georgia today. From the Associated Press –but the italics are mine:

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Plans to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah are moving a big step forward with the release of key federal government studies that took 16 years and $41 million to complete.

The Army Corps of Engineers planned to release its final studies on the economic and environmental impacts of the harbor expansion project Wednesday. The massive report’s arrival marks the beginning of the endgame for the $600 million project, which requires approval from four federal agencies before construction can begin.

The Georgia Ports Authority wants to deepen 38 miles of the Savannah River between the port and the Atlantic Ocean by 6 feet to accommodate supersized cargo ships. Gov. Nathan Deal has made the project a top priority, but it’s met staunch resistance from neighboring South Carolina.

The Savannah Morning News intends to livestream the 10 a.m. announcement here.

Campaign & Elections has toted up the numbers. Rick Santorum, who bowed out of the GOP presidential contest on Tuesday, couldn’t cope with a TV onslaught in which he was out-gunned nearly 10-to-1 by Mitt Romney and friends over the course of the primary:

Romney and his allied Super PAC, Restore Our Future, were on pace to exceed a combined $56 million spent on TV ads, according to a spending tally by SMG-Delta.

Pro-Santorum forces, meanwhile, had aired or booked just about $9 million on the airwaves over the course of the primary season.

On the same topic, Georgia political strategist Ralph Reed gave a historic cast to Santorum’s candidacy in several interviews. This from the Washington Post:

“He got into the race with virtually no endorsements, very little money, and he was an asterisk in the polls,” Reed said. “And he ends the race having won 11 states and over 3 million votes, which is the most since any insurgent conservative candidate since Reagan.”

But over at the New York Times, Nate Silver throws cold water on those who say Santorum could become Romney’s running mate:

Mr. Santorum might have some appeal to Mr. Romney as a vice presidential candidate, since he’s reasonably well vetted and comes from a swing state, Pennsylvania. But Mr. Santorum now has poor favorability ratings with the general public, with an average of 33 percent of voters viewing him favorably and 45 percent unfavorably in surveys conducted since March. As Mr. Romney also has such problems with his favorability ratings, he might be more inclined to pick a fresher face.

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign congratulates Romney this morning with this video:

The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s assertion that the Keystone pipeline would generate 20,000 jobs.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

21 comments Add your comment


April 11th, 2012
8:53 am



April 11th, 2012
9:00 am

Vote Isakson and Saxby out. They have done nothing for Georgia except line their pockets and play golf on taxpayer money.


April 11th, 2012
9:09 am


April 11th, 2012
9:00 am

You are off your lib talking points this morning. Let me help: War on women, war on women, war on women


April 11th, 2012
9:12 am

td-you so funny. I think the point has been made the cons are trying to walk it back since they screwed up big time with women voters. If you want to keep on reminding folks about the all too real War on Women, please be my guest.


April 11th, 2012
9:14 am

I suppose the federal study will be called The Dredge Report.

Good Bye Mr.Santorum.Good Riddance.


April 11th, 2012
9:20 am

Now that we have the primary over with will Jim focus on Obama’s record or will he focus on Romney’s negatives?


April 11th, 2012
9:28 am

“War on women, war on women, war on women”

New ABC/Washington Post Poll…

Women voters,
Obama 57%
Romney 38%

War on women, war on women, war on women, war on women, war on women, war on women, war on women, war on women, war on women…


April 11th, 2012
9:29 am


This is a news blog. The president’s record is in the past, it is impressive, and not nearly a unpopular as you think it will be. Remember, most of the country is not on the far right. Elections are won at the center.

Romney’s only negatives are that he fundamentally does not know what life in the middle or lower class is like. He was born wealthy, grew up wealthy, and has not known a day of want for life’s necessities.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
9:34 am

@Table, Dining Room – War on Reality. War on Reality. War on Reality.

How’s that? I love the smell of freshly burnt contard in the morning…God help me I love it so…

@Horse. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuemeeeeeee, sueme. Suemeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
9:36 am

Federation Report on Drudging:

“We have found the local inhabitants to be surprisingly primitive. Interfering with their native culture may cause cultural contamination by reversal. Suggest we follow the prime directive and leave them alone until they have reached cultural maturity.”

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
10:08 am

Wow. No wonder they didn’t invite Georgia to the first continental congress.

Such a patriotic state.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

April 11th, 2012
10:11 am

Shouldn’t President of The United States of South Carolina & Georgia Newt Gingrich be adjudicating the Savannah River dispute?

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & prosparity

April 11th, 2012
10:12 am

I hope Bobby Petrino moves to Georgia & runs against Saxby in the GOP primary.. Step up for Georgia & Arkansas.

Going Right

April 11th, 2012
10:29 am

Me thinks someone has finally located Becky’s training bra and she is happy now…so happy that when she wears it, it strangles her (someone need to tell her it is to be worn around the upper breast, not her neck), and her brain freezes for lack of blood and oxygen. You go girl!

Get out there and dig up some more of your exhaustive investigative work on Republicans and how mean, nasty and irresponsible they are! Yeah!.you go girl Yeah, “War on wymmyn,” “Throwing granny under the bus,” Taking away women’s right to have free sex pills….ad nauseum.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
10:54 am

@Going Wrong – You just keep believing that. Its just the war on capitiars….its a lie.

And you’re gonna shove a LOT of money to make the problem go away.

And many many women will be dumb enough to believe the lies you’re sellin.

But will enough? Will enough of them have the memory of tiny tiny brained little fools?


Women seem to remember longer than men.

On the other hand…November 2010 America voted for Bush but Crazier.

I’m thinking most of them forget and go back to watching desperate housewives. Plus Romney’s wife is SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOO nice….and I just bought this pair of shoes….

If women prove they have a memory longer than 4 weeks, then we should elect nothing but women until time immemorial.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
11:50 am

Going Right

April 11th, 2012
12:21 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico:
I read your incoherent blog five times and have come to the conclusion that you should not have smoked that last toke. I probably should have smoked a half-dozen so that I could almost understand what you were trying to say but, what the hell…I don’t want to hasten my death THAT quickly!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
12:49 pm

@Going Wrong – 1) Wasn’t my blog.

2) Saying ‘You’re an idiot’ rather than addressing the topic at hand is typical for an idiot such as yourself.

3) No matter how many times you keep saying it, attacking women is bad. Scott Walker didn’t get it. Romney, to his credit, even though his instinct is to say, “Equal Pay for Women Bad” was at LEAST smart enough to say, “Er….wait lemme check with my people on that.”

They did research, determined that while there are enough self hating women that might agree that they should be enslaved by body, they’re @#$@#$@ NOT going to tolerate getting PAID less, and thus Romney said, “I am in favor of keeping the status quo.”

Except that you cannot keep referring to your people on every changing moment, and every time romney has a chance to say something spontaneous, it comes across as stupid or phoney, and every time he stops to research it, he also looks phoney.

All the money in the world can make moderate cows change their mind on some things, but they can’t make Mitt more real.

Going Right

April 11th, 2012
3:02 pm

Aaron, etc.
Next time, use what little brain you have and identify to whom you are arguing with, e.g., #2) above (@12:49pm), Which blogger called you an idiot? BTW, What is “Drudging?” (@9.36am). Is it reading the Drudge Report? Can’t be. That is for developed minds.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

April 11th, 2012
3:35 pm

@Going Wrong – I’m not the one lacking in intelligence here.

……..”Drudging” the act of deepening a harbor.

Its called Google.

Learn to drudge the internet.

That’s twice that you haven’t comprehended the basic facts, quit getting high off Fox.


April 11th, 2012
8:19 pm

(1) Deliberately dredging the port a foot less than is needed for anticipated future traffic likely means someone’s pocket did not get lined enough and they want a second bit at the apple.

(2) A Canadian company is likely to hire Canadian workers–so, just how much did this company donate to the PACs supporting the members of Congress that are supporting the bill?.