If we’ve given the impression that Gov. Nathan Deal has only spoken up for a statewide transportation sales tax, we hereby apologize.
Deal’s not merely dipping a toe in the water. He’s hip-deep in the effort.
Click here to see the invitation for a May 23 fundraiser for the statewide arm of the campaign, hosted by the governor but held at the Atlanta home of former Cousins Properties CEO Tom Bell.
Just in case you’ve got some loose change in your pocket, you can become a “platinum” sponsor for only $100,000. Which is no big deal. The metro Atlanta sales tax campaign has a category for gifts of $250,000 and more.
Deal also hosted a fundraiser in Savannah this week. And will show up at yet another in Augusta next month.
This is the upset that has Washington talking this morning. From the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star:
In a dramatic, come-from-behind dash to the finish line late Tuesday evening, state Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine laid claim to the Republican Senate nomination.
Her late surge, perhaps unprecedented in modern-day Nebraska political history, upended a Senate race that appeared to be settled as recently as 10 days ago with the GOP prize within the grasp of Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning.
Fischer suddenly gained momentum with late endorsements from 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Lincoln, then rode the momentum of a weekend TV ad blitz mounted by Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts and his political action committee.
On a somewhat related topic, months of haggling over the Export-Import Bank ended Tuesday, as the U.S. Senate approved a bill to extend the bank’s charter and won a new lease on life from Congress on Tuesday, as the Senate approved a bill that raises its ceiling on loans to $140 billion — a 40 percent increase.
The final vote was 78-20, and was strongly opposed by Club for Growth and other tea party forces. From Politico.com:
South Carolina’s GOP delegation was the true ground zero, and in vote after vote Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham butted heads without apology.
Boeing’s huge investment in the state — where the company’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets are rolling out to meet foreign sales orders dependent on Ex-Im financing — punctuated this spat. And last Wednesday, South Carolina’s five Republicans in the House broke only 3-2 for the bill, again influenced by the Boeing jobs in hard economic times.
According to Graham, eight out of every 10 Boeing planes are sold using financing from the Ex-Im bank, which does not use taxpayer funds. In fact, the Associated Press noted this Georgia-South Carolina clash of interests:
A side issue has been the split between supporters of Boeing Co., the Ex-Im Bank’s largest beneficiary, and Delta Air Lines, which has claimed that its bottom line has been hurt because its foreign competitors, such as Air India, have used Ex-Im financing to buy Boeing’s newest aircraft….
The compromise also addresses the Boeing-Delta dispute by directing the treasury secretary to initiate multilateral negotiations on reducing and eventually eliminating government export subsidies for aircraft and ultimately ending all government export subsidies.
Apparently satisfied, Georgia’s two senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, voted yes.
On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta issued an order to limit the flying time of Marietta-built F-22s around the world, until the source of a respiratory disorder among pilots can be found. Click here to read it.
In U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s reaction to President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, it is the concept of a sacrament administered by a government-ordained justice of the peace that might cause some debate. Kennesaw Patch caught up with Gingrey at a Monday night event at Mount Paran Christian School:
“I don’t like the secularism that’s occurring in this country one bit and I think it is incumbent upon those of us [that] stand strong, to stand very strong, in regard to that and say ‘look, Billy and I believe that marriage is a sacrament,’” Gingrey said. “I’m not ashamed to say that, and I won’t be ashamed to say that, and I hope our nominee on my side of the aisle will not back away from saying that and stand strongly.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider