As Georgia pursues federal funding for the $650 million dredging of the Port of Savannah, much attention is given to competition with other East Coast ports such as Jacksonville, Miami and Charleston.
But the West Coast may be the more important rival to Savannah’s success. From McClatchy News Service:
Several factors make a significant shift from one coast to the other unlikely. The first is speed. It’s less expensive for a ship to go the all-water route to the East Coast instead of docking on the West Coast and offloading containers onto trucks or trains, but it also takes at least a week longer. For consumer electronics and other high-end goods that need to get to store shelves quickly, retailers will pay more for faster transit times.
Second, ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., and Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., are deep enough to handle the bigger ships. They have warehousing space for containers, and they have highly developed rail connections to the Midwest and Southeast….
Third, the Panama Canal authority must pay off billions of dollars in construction costs, and it’s unknown how much the canal will charge the bigger ships in tolls. Last, the Suez Canal can handle any size ship, and some cargo ships bound from Asia to North America already use it.
If you’ve promised yourself that the next Newt Gingrich video will be your last, make it this one from ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Your money back if you’re not satisfied:
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will have a face-to-face on Friday somewhere in that city:
The meeting will be their first since Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, dropped his presidential bid on April 10 after falling behind in delegates and cash. Neither campaign would disclose where they’ll meet….
“These are the kind of gestures that gracious winners make,” said Bruce Haynes, a Washington-based GOP strategist not affiliated with either campaign. …
By agreeing to meet in Pittsburgh, Romney demonstrates that Santorum’s supporters are important, Haynes said, noting Romney needs to gain the backing of evangelicals and staunch conservatives who supported Santorum.
When Japan was hit by that tsunami last year, relief organizations immediately raised millions of dollars from donations texted from mobile phones. The question now is whether the same tactic can be applied to political fund-raising. From the Washington Post:
Two consulting firms — one from each party — are asking the Federal Election Commission for permission to accept political contributions via text messages, a move that could reshape the way many campaign donations are collected.
The idea has attracted support from campaign-finance watchdogs, who view it as a way to broaden participation in political campaigns and push back on the influence of interest groups funded by billionaires and corporations.
The Macon Telegraph reports that the Bibb County school board apparently knows all it needs to know about the state’s new sunshine laws. Only two of eight members showed up Wednesday for a briefing by a senior staffer dispatched by Attorney General Sam Olens.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider