On CNN last night, former President Bill Clinton very purposely undercut President Barack Obama’s strategy of criticizing Republican rival Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital:
The former president referred to Romney’s private equity career as “sterling,” and added this:
“I think the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other?”
Business Week is quoting unnamed Democratic donors who say President Barack Obama has told them that he may have to tackle health care reform again during a second term:
As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments. Guests at the $35,800-a-plate dinner in the Manhattan apartment of Blackstone Group LP (BX) (BX) President Tony James were asked to check their smart phones and BlackBerries at the door.
Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson has qualified for federal matching funds. Johnson’s campaign will receive an initial payment of $100,000. Johnson’s next hurdle: A spot in this fall’s televised debates.
The latest Gallup Poll isn’t clear on whether Americans blame God for making John Edwards so outrageously handsome, but it does say this:
Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
Ellijay talk show stalwart Joe McCutchen and his barbecue buddy Oscar Poole say they like state Rep. Doug Collins, but have decided to back former radio talk show host Martha Zoller in the Republican race for the new 9th congressional district.
“It was a friendship thing,” McCutchen said, explaining that he and Zoller had often cross-pollinated on each other’s shows.
In a Tweet, Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News declared that DeKalb County’s former CEO has deferred his return to politics:
Vernon Jones told me he withdrew from HD94 race, says his client does biz w/ state & wants to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest
Jeanne Bonner of Georgia Public Broadcasting has what appears to be a fairly routine story on a fight between unions and the state over hiring practices at Kia Motors’ West Point auto plant:
In a court motion filed Wednesday, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says workers who applied for a job at Kia had a privilege, not a right, to inspect records about how the state screened applicants for the plant….
Former union autoworkers are suing the state for not releasing records about the recruitment program it ran for Kia. The workers say the state helped Kia screen out union workers.
But then you come to this passage:
Plaintiffs also say that in March state lawmakers re-wrote a bill that retroactively blocks the documents’ release.
In the filing, the state argues that the Georgia Constitution allows legislators to enact retroactive laws, and they urge dismissal of the case.
So somewhere in the state Capitol, perhaps in an out-of-the-way corner, the Legislature is hiding a time machine.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today dissects a campaign exchange between Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee, the GOP incumbent, and his primary challenger, former commission chairman Bill Byrne.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider