Georgia Public Broadcasting quotes state Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, as saying that Gov. Nathan Deal today will sign into law his bill to require drug tests for welfare applicants.
A lawsuit to block enforcement – which recently happened in Florida – is likely.
Most, but not all, district meetings of the Georgia GOP came off smoothly on Saturday. GOP activist Vikki McReynolds posted this account of deliberations in the 13th congressional district (David Scott, D) on Facebook:
”I just got kicked out of the 13th District convention because I called for a point of order because they did not seat our delegates and were seating alternates instead. … Police tried to carry me out and I laid on the floor !”
The meetings chose the bulk of Georgia delegates who will attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa. We’ll try to assemble a complete list this afternoon.
Speaking of the gentleman from the 13th: U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, on Saturday accused Republicans of attempting to re-segregate Georgia politics at an annual fund-raiser for Cobb County Democrats. From the Marietta Daily Journal:
“The Republicans used this redistricting to re-segregate the political parties and now we’ve got only one white Democrat left standing in the South, serving in the Congress of the United States,” Scott told the packed crowd at the $100 per person event.
Scott not only defended U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, but also spoke up for state Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, whose Smyrna district has been draw into Republican-dominated Buckhead.
In the same report, Stoner confirmed that he met recently with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who chairs the Democratic National Committee. But he offered no details.
In a weekend op-ed in the Washington Post, Georgia GOP strategist Ralph Reed seemed to be warning Mitt Romney of a reassertion of evangelical strength in the Republican party, advising the likely GOP presidential nominee to channel Rick Santorum:
From John C. Fremont to William Jennings Bryan in the 19th century to Barry Goldwater, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern and Ronald Reagan in our time, losing presidential candidates have previewed the ideological trajectory of their parties — and often of the nation.
Romney would be wise to remember this in his general-election campaign. Of course he can’t neglect independents, or women, or Hispanics, or other nontraditional Republican constituencies. But his immediate task is to consolidate conservative support and unify the party. The best way to do that is to appropriate the best parts of Santorum’s message.
Santorum follows the trailblazing evangelical candidates Pat Robertson and Mike Huckabee, who personified the rise and the maturation of social conservatives as a critical component of the Republican coalition.
At the beginning of the weekend, the Daily Beast had this update of Washington’s most popular scandal:
The GSA’s deputy administrator, Susan Brita, emailed agency officials last July that the inspector general found no substantive agenda for the conference. She said that expenses for a clown suit, bicycles used for a team-building exercise, tuxedos and a mind-reader didn’t lend themselves to the claim of a substantive conference.
Brita also questioned why a regional administrator in charge of the conference received only a disciplinary letter that “is not even a slap on the wrist.”
A major concern in the memo was how The Washington Post, with thousands of readers who are federal employees, would report the story.
…The email was sent to Robert Peck, then the head of the GSA’s Public Building Service, with copies to his deputy, David Foley, and another top agency official, Stephen Leeds.
Leeds is an Atlanta attorney and an influential Democrat in Georgia. He’s a former candidate for chairman of the state Democratic party, and was a close ally of Max Cleland when he was U.S. senator. The first of many congressional committees to come meets today – and is expected to result in the first assertion of Fifth Amendment protection. So far, Leeds hasn’t been invited to appear at any of the scheduled hearings.
Herman Cain will celebrate Tax Day early today, with a rally at the U.S. Capitol that he’s characterizing as a “patriot’s summit.” Ralph Reed and Alveda King are expected to attend.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ defense of his practice of not asking questions during hearings before the high court.
Finally, the Athens Banner-Herald reports this:
Renowned adventurer, author and naturalist Fred Birchmore died Sunday morning at age 100.
Birchmore, known for riding a bicycle around the world and walking down the steps of the Washington Monument on his hands, also gave generously to the community.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider