Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Tuesday became the latest figure at the Capitol to declare his support for a $100 gift cap for state lawmakers, vowing to build support for ethics reform in the General Assembly. From the Gainesville Times:
“It’s a process, and the legislature’s got to get comfortable with it,” Cagle said.
Cagle, who spoke to the Kiwanis Club in Gainesville Tuesday, said he supports a measure like the one [Sen]. Josh McKoon proposed last session that died….
The lieutenant governor said a July 31, non-binding ballot question is likely to push GOP lawmakers to embrace stronger ethics rules:
“I think there’s going to be a lot of support — a lot of support,” Cagle said.
Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, last week pledged his support for a gift cap. At this month’s state GOP convention, House Speaker David Ralston declared it to be the wrong approach.
The Associated Press has pinned down a location for President Barack Obama’s visit to Georgia next month:
A campaign e-mail says the event is scheduled to begin June 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
General admission tickets to the event cost $500. For $10,000, guests get a ticket to a photo reception and two preferred viewing tickets for a reception with the president.
We must find a word other than “presumptive.” Texas voters on Tuesday nailed down the GOP presidential nomination for Mitt Romney:
President Barack Obama and future GOP nominee Mitt Romney indulged in off-setting gaffes on Tuesday. Aaron Blake and the Washington Post tell of the mis-launch of a Romney iPhone app:
In the app, the phrase “A Better America” is misspelled “A Better Amercia.” The misspelling was picked up and tweeted widely Tuesday night, soon spawned a hashtag-driven Twitter meme in which people imagined just what Amercia stood for and what kind of policies Romney had planned for Amercia.
Meanwhile, Obama was channeling Gerald Ford. The government of Poland demanded a “strong and clear” retraction from the White House after Obama’s reference to a “Polish death camp” while honoring a Pole who carried word of the Holocaust to the rest of the world.
From the Associated Press:
“We can’t accept such words in Poland, even if they are spoken by a leader of an allied country,” Prime Minister Donald Tusk told journalists in Warsaw today. “Saying Polish concentration camps is as if there was no German responsibility, no Hitler.”
The White House has admitted that the president “misspoke.”
Future GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the first Mormon to clinch a national nomination, on Tuesday released his birth certificate. Yes, his father was born in Mexico. And, yes, it is “Mitt.” Not “Milton.”
In Las Vegas on Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich told reporters that he considers Hawaii to be President Barack Obama’s birthplace, but doesn’t think doubters like Donald Trump are driven by racisim. Newt, via Politico:
“I think that Obama creates very powerful emotions about him, largely because of the radicalism of his views. And I think that that’s a key fact. I mean, nobody runs around and asks whether Colonel [Allen] West [of Florida] was born in the United States. He’s an African-American, you know. He’s a congressman.
Artur Davis, the former Alabama congressman who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination for president four years ago, says he’s leaving his home state – and perhaps the Democratic party as well, should he attempt a return to Congress from Virginia. From his web site:
[C]utting ties with an Alabama Democratic Party that has weakened and lost faith with more and more Alabamians every year is one thing; leaving a national party that has been the home for my political values for two decades is quite another. My personal library is still full of books on John and Robert Kennedy, and I have rarely talked about politics without trying to capture the noble things they stood for.
I have also not forgotten that in my early thirties, the Democratic Party managed to engineer the last run of robust growth and expanded social mobility that we have enjoyed; and when the party was doing that work, it felt inclusive, vibrant, and open-minded.
But parties change. As I told a reporter last week, this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party (and he knows that even if he can’t say it).
In the New York Times, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss had some kind words for President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism efforts, despite what Chambliss sees “as a failure to capture and interrogate more terrorist suspects:”
“We’ve crippled Al Qaeda. The foundation may have been laid in the Bush administration, but you have to recognize that this administration has been very committed to carrying the fight to the enemy.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s assertion that U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who is attempting to put an end to military recruitment sponsorship of sporting events, “hasn’t even been to a NASCAR race.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider