Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was in New York this week, pitching American cities as an alternative to a gridlocked federal government.
“We’re being strangled by the lack of action at the federal level. That’s why mayors are where the action is,” Reed said at a high-end forum with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and New York Deputy Mayor Robert Steel.
Said Reed, via The Atlantic, a co-sponsor of the Tuesday event:
“If you look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, less than 10 percent of those dollars went into cities, where 80 percent of GDP occurs,” he said. “We’re going to have to shift national politics, and we’re going to have to shift state politics. Governors have a better lobby than mayors do.
“That’s why they got 90 percent of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, when that money should have gone to cities. Because we deploy it faster, we’re more creative, and we’re more representative of the majority of the United States of America.”
The Daily Caller this morning is the latest outlet to wonder why the GOP presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich deserves Secret Service protection that is costing tens of thousands of dollars a day:
Gingrich reportedly requested Secret Service protection in February and was granted a detail in early March.
In April 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that it was then costing the agency roughly $38,000 a day to service each candidate receiving protection, which was then just Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, kicks off his re-election campaign today with the help of Herman “9-9-9” Cain, fresh from that D.C. rally earlier this week.
How does Cain figure into a freshman senator’s first re-elect? Remember that McKoon was one of only three state legislators to endorse the Hermanator – before the Cain presidential campaign really took off, if memory serves.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wants to pick up another friend in the state Senate. The Rome News-Tribune reports Cagle will be coming to Rome next week to endorse Doss’ candidacy.
On the same day that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a rewrite of the state laws governing open records and open government meetings, Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt ordered a woman out of a council meeting because she was attempting to make a video recording.
“We are aware of the situation and have opened a file. We will be sending a letter to the city attorney to get their side of the story. Under both the old sunshine law and the new law that was just signed by the governor yesterday, video and sound recording of a public meeting are permissible,” said Laura Kane, spokeswoman for Attorney General Sam Olens.
Exactly where Olens stands on the issue shouldn’t really be in doubt. Via Twitter this morning, he sent out a link to the Fox 5 version of the incident.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider