Chances are, this isn’t what people had in mind when they ask about Plan B. From the Associated Press:
A consultant’s study for Georgia transportation officials found that high-speed passenger trains connecting Atlanta with Jacksonville, Fla.; Louisville, Ky; and Birmingham, Ala.; would be economically feasible.
Morris News Service reports that consultant HNTB presented the study’s findings to Georgia’s State Transportation Board on Wednesday.
The study identified possible train stations in Griffin, Macon, Savannah and Brunswick on the route through Georgia.
Officials say the feasibility study was the first of many steps in setting the final course of the train routes and securing funding.
The routes discussed Wednesday were studied after an earlier study showed the feasibility of a route from Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C. That project is now in the stage of estimating the environmental impact of possible paths.
The original article by Walter Jones of Morris News Service can be found here.
Georgia Democrats headed to their national convention in Charlotte this September have named the 87-year-old Rev. Joseph Lowery as their chairman.
“Dr. Lowery has been a long-time advocate of civil rights, human rights, fairness and equality. These are all values that Georgia Democrats strive toward every day,” said DPG Chairman Mike Berlon. “His leadership in Charlotte is invaluable.”
Lowery delivered the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008.
The 133-member delegation will also include former President Jimmy Carter – and all five Democratic congressmen, according to a press release.
But we’ll wait to see if John Barrow of Augusta actually shows. My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin recalls that Barrow — then from Savannah — did go to the Denver convention in ‘08.
The job that dare not speak its own name. From the Washington Post:
Across the country, something is missing from the campaign ads of men and women running for Congress: the word “Congress.”
Likewise, “Senate,” “senator” and “representative” are making only rare cameos in these campaign ads. The absence is especially pronounced in the case of incumbents who are asking voters to reelect them in November.
You can talk about polls all you want, but the most important numbers in this year’s presidential contest have to do with cash. From Karl Rove in today’s Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats’ official fundraising numbers, released on Wednesday, showed that the $95 million cash-on-hand advantage Obama and the DNC had over the Republicans at the end of April had been cut by two-thirds at the end of May to $33 million. This is in part because the Obama campaign is burning through its war chest so fast and in part because of the impressive $107 million that the Romney campaign and the RNC announced they had on hand at May’s end.
Yet another reason why Georgia elects its governors in off-years, offered by Bloomberg News Service:
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter….
What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.
The Romney camp is no doubt telling Scott that, like Nathan Deal, he, too, has two years before bragging becomes truly necessary.
The Huffington Post this morning is wondering whether Ron Paul supporters have settled on a way to make themselves known in Tampa:
An obscure rule change made four years ago by the Republican Party has opened the door for Paul forces to cause a major headache for Mitt Romney when he tries to nominate his choice for vice president at the party convention in August.
The Republican National Committee could change Rule 40 in the week leading up to the convention, but that would risk the appearance of jamming Romney’s nominee through, and likely cause a subsequent backlash.
Politico this morning takes a look at the finances of former candidates for the Republican presidential nomination:
[Newt] Gingrich’s situation is most dire: his campaign is than $4.7 million in debt with less than $736,000 cash on hand through May, new federal campaign filings show.
That Gingrich raised almost $500,000 dollars in May — he even scored $700 from the sale of a used laptop computer — wasn’t nearly enough to offset money owed to about 120 different creditors.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider