Last night, Doug Collins sent out a list of endorsements in his GOP race for the new 9th District congressional seat.
Topping the roll call was 80-year-old Zell Miller, the former governor and U.S. senator, who now appears only rarely on the political circuit. Loree Thompson, spokeswoman for the Collins campaign, says Miller will appear with Collins at “a few events” before the July 31 primary.
But Thompson did toss us a photo of the pair, taken last week.
At last night’s fund-raiser at Cobb Energy Centre, one pool reporter, Trip Gabriel of the New York Times, was allowed in to witness Newt Gingrich’s introduction of former Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney. Gingrich first flayed President Barack Obama, then patched things up with the man who skewered him in Iowa and Florida, according to Gabriel’s report:
“You have I think a tremendous nominee. I can say this from personal experience. I did everything I could to stop him (laughter), and he is a great competitor. I think he learned an immense amount from the ‘08 campaign and I think he applied it very, very well. He has a great team across the country.
“I’ve done a lot of work recently with his core group in Boston. I’m very impressed with them, I find that they are open to ideas, that they are very professional, and they are very focused on subordinating ego to patriotism and focusing on getting the job done for America.”
Romney then returned the kind words:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That’s quite an address, isn’t it? Quite a guy. We’ve had fun together with our families through this campaign season and it’s wonderful to have him introducing me instead of debating me.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has proposed that his Republican primary challenger, Stephen Simpson, meet him in two broadcast debates. One would be on WMAZ-TV in Macon on June 30, and another on radio station WGAU (1340AM) in Athens on July 2.
From the press release:
“Congressman Broun … believes that, since he lives in Oconee County, it is appropriate that one debate will be held in nearby Athens, and, that the other debate will be held in Macon (although outside the 10th District) because that is where Mr. Simpson lives.”
Yes, that was a dig at Simpson, whose primary residence is in Macon – though he was raised in nearby Milledgeville, which is in the 10th District.
The two candidates may want to pencil in another meeting. The top honchos at the Atlanta Press Club meet today to finalize a list of debates they intend to sponsor, to be aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Just in case you don’t think you spend enough on your political addiction, Politico has this:
The Federal Election Commission on Monday night unanimously voted to allow Americans to make political donations via text message, making Androids, iPhones and Blackberries the newest weapon in the battle to raise unprecedented amounts of money.
Both parties, as well as campaign finance reform advocates, say the move will allow Americans of modest means to play a greater role in a democratic process dominated this election cycle by billionaires and multi-millionaires and political organizations such as super PACs that may raise and spend money without restriction.
The decision will take effect immediately, although it may be days or weeks before the system is fully functional. Individual phone numbers will be capped at $50 worth of donations per billing cycle per political candidate or committee.
The New York Times today notes that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has formally tossed No Child Left Behind overboard, though he shuns use of the V-word:
Mr. Romney would seek to overhaul the federal government’s largest programs for kindergarten through 12th grade into a voucherlike system. Students would be free to use $25 billion in federal money to attend any school they choose — public, charter, online or private — a system, he said, that would introduce marketplace dynamics into education to drive academic gains.
His plans, presented in a recent speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, represent a broad overhaul of current policy, one that reverses a quarter-century trend, under Republican and Democratic presidents, of concentrating responsibility for school quality at the federal level.
His proposals are the clearest sign yet that Republicans have executed an about-face from the education policies of President George W. Bush, whose signature domestic initiative, the No Child Left Behind law of 2002, required uniform state testing and imposed penalties on schools that failed to progress.
State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, grandson of the former president, will be part of a 90-person delegation that will bear witness to Egypt’s runoff election for president this weekend, the Carter Center has announced.
From the Associated Press:
The center announced that the witnesses will come from 36 countries. They will follow polling, counting and parts of the tabulation process where access has been granted, but there are restrictions on what they will see.
Former President Jimmy Carter was among those who watched over the first round of voting last month.
State Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, facing a July primary challenge, has posted on his campaign website what he’d like to see in the way of ethics reform:
I believe the electorate supports limits on lobbyist expenditures that are considered “gifts.” I am in support of legislation that would place limits or caps on gifts for elected officials. Lobbying expenditures at the PSC are not as prevalent, however, as they are at the General Assembly.
I do see a distinction between tangible gifts, such as entertainment or sports tickets, and other expenditures related to official, bona fide speaking engagements or educational offsite meetings. I would hope the Legislature would consider exceptions for such expenditures as the state does not always have the budget for an official to speak to a trade association or tour manufacturing facilities, energy plants or LNG facilities, for instance. Such expenditures, which are publicly disclosed under current law, are necessary in the furtherance of the duties of the office.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown’s statement that mass transit in transit-friendly Portland, Ore., has “never gotten over 12 to 15 percent ridership in the past 12 years.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider