Your morning jolt: 80,000 jobs in June makes for a presidential contest

Republican Mitt Romney has had a tough week, but the next 24 hours will belong to President Barack Obama. From the Associated Press:

U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said in its report Friday.

The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter. That’s one-third of the 226,000 a month created in the first quarter. Through the first six months of the year, job creation is also trailing last year’s pace.

“It’s a disappointing report,” said George Mokrzan, director of economics at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. He said the job gains are consistent with sluggish economic growth.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be at the White House on Friday when President Barack Obama signs that bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes transportation funding and prevents school loans from doubling on more than 7 million college students.

Reed will be there as chairman of the transportation committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “Infrastructure projects represent some of the most vital and responsible uses of our federal resources toward restoring the long-term economic health of our nation and creating well-paying jobs,” Reed said.

A photograph of Reed standing next to Obama won’t be anything unique. The question is, what Republican(s) will venture into the frame with the president?

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Before the unemployment numbers hit, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this morning squeezed out an attack on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s handling of the health-care-as-tax-or-mandate question. These were the president’s remarks to an NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, to be aired today:

“And the fact that a whole bunch of Republicans in Washington suddenly said, this is a tax — for six years [Romney] said it wasn’t, and now he has suddenly reversed himself. So the question becomes, are you doing that because of politics? Are you abandoning a principle that you fought for, for six years simply because you’re getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh or some critics in Washington?

“One of the things that you learn as President is that what you say matters and your principles matter. And sometimes, you’ve got to fight for things that you believe in and you can’t just switch on a dime.”

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The New York Times reports that the icy relationship between Mitt Romney and Wall Street Journal owner Rupert Murdoch has its roots in a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial staff during the 2008 GOP primary:

Romney and Journal staff members who attended said that despite being deeply prepared and animated — particularly on his love for data crunching — Mr. Romney failed to connect with either Mr. Murdoch or The Journal’s editorial page editor, Paul A. Gigot. Instead of articulating a clear and consistent conservative philosophy, he dwelled on organizational charts and executive management, areas of expertise that made him a multimillionaire as the head of his private equity firm, Bain Capital.

At one point, Mr. Romney declared that “I would probably bring in McKinsey,” the management consulting firm, to help him set up his presidential cabinet, a comment that seemed to startle the editors and left Mr. Murdoch visibly taken aback.

The Journal’s write-up of that meeting would later glibly refer to Mr. Romney as “Consultant in Chief.”

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Top members of the state House – Speaker David Ralston, Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, and Majority Leader Larry O’Neal embark on a four-day state fly-around beginning Sunday. They’ll be offering a sneak preview of the 2013 legislative session.

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One thing to ask of House GOP leaders is whether they have any plans to address the long drivers license lines that have blossomed because of a new requirement that all renewal applicants show up with a birth certificate or better.

As disasters are often used as a measure of federal efficiency, so does DMV traffic become a measure of state competency. From Channel 2 Action News:

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It won’t happen this year, but Georgia could be quickly pushed into some form of voting by Internet, at least when it comes to overseas military ballots. From the Associated Press:

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia’s secretary of state to extend the deadline to accept absentee ballots from military service members, their families and citizens living overseas in the event of a primary runoff election on Aug. 21.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones says “it is beyond dispute” that the state will violate election rules under the current system.

The Justice Department sued Georgia last month over the issue, and the case was heard Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Federal prosecutors argued that Georgia’s procedures are “inadequate to ensure that its eligible military and overseas voters can participate fully” in the runoff, should one be necessary.

Under Georgia’s election calendar, absentee ballots for the runoff election won’t be sent out until after the July 7 deadline for complying with the federal law, or 45 days in advance of the election.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said through a spokesman Thursday that his office will comply fully with the order.

“While we suggest it would have been more responsible for the (Justice Department) to have voiced their issues with Georgia’s system in any of the past three election cycles we have used this calendar, rather than in a lawsuit weeks before our primary election, our office will continue to be on the forefront of military and overseas citizen voting access,” the statement read.

Read the decision here.

The political import: Winners of congressional runoffs in the 12th and 9th Districts won’t be formally declared until on or after Aug. 31. That may not have any impact in the 9th District – specifically designed to produce a Republican candidate. But if the runoff is close, it could delay the declaration of a GOP nominee in the 12th District contest. And that would be good for U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

Moreover, Kemp said he would work with Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly to fix the problem. While extending the length of runoff campaigns – and thus the cost — at this point seems unlikely, one possibility could be the quick creation of a federally approved Internet voting system.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a series of claims about the health care overhaul, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, that are now floating around on the Internet.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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116 comments Add your comment

Dumb and Dumber

July 6th, 2012
9:27 am

Too bad Kasim is not willing to spend some time in Atlanta addressing crime, the horrendous ParkAtlanta privatization contract, corrupt contracting at the airport, lousy schools and crime, crime crime. Good friend got robbed at his local pub in Inman Park and the students around the Tech campus might as well wear bulletproof vests.

Kasim — either start acting like a Mayor or resign. I’ll support anyhone who runs against this prima donna. Sucking up to theGOP legislature for the last three years has brought zero benefits to Atlanta. Its time to quit worrying about the Port of Savannah and start focusing on people who live INSIDE 285.

GaBlue

July 6th, 2012
9:37 am

I renewed my license a few weeks ago; took me about 12 minutes. What’s the point of having to drag a birth certificate around everywhere, when the license is supposed to be our official ID? If you already have a Georgia license, you’ve already been verified! This is just MORE BIG GOVERNMENT harassment, making people miss work. THANKS GEORGIA GOP for shoving your “authori-tyyyye” even farther up our personal orafices! (In the holy name of freedom, right? Riiiiiiight.)

zeke

July 6th, 2012
9:42 am

hope those gopers have to wait in line like others too….they probably will try and get some break privileges just wait and see. my guess is staffing will be better in gop strongholds and metro staffing will get shortchanged despite larger population.

Road Scholar

July 6th, 2012
9:45 am

Ga Blue: A few weeks ago, the law hadn’t changed!

They added 22 people to 64 locations…..Yeah, they really staffed up! Planning has never been a republican strong suit…just reactionary in their actions and legislation. What is Deal’s response?

GaBlue

July 6th, 2012
9:54 am

Road Scholar,

I know. I remember being thrilled that such a task was doable in a timely, hassle-free manner. The system they had in place worked very well, the lines were moving, and the people were helpful and friendly. OF COURSE the Georgia GOP could not let that stand!

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
9:55 am

The DMV fiasco, the election scheduling fiasco are merely typical consequences of repub government. Like the inadequate number of troops initially sent to Iraq, the troops’ inadequate armor and equipment, the lack of rapid response to a catastrophe like Katrina, the failure to react to the warnings of terrorist attacks by airplane, these latest fiascoes at the state level only reinforce the truism that repubs know how to run great campaigns, they just have no idea how to run a government. When a political party has as it’s sole objective the protection of and the enhancement of, the interests of the wealthy and the corporate, the rest of us just have to suffer.

clyde

July 6th, 2012
9:55 am

I’m confused about this tax thing.Obama said this wasn’t a tax,but his minions went to the Supreme Court and argued it was a tax and Roberts seized on the idea that it was a tax,like a drowning man clutching a straw,thereby saving Obamacare.Now Romney calls it a tax and gets called for it.Like I said,”I’m confused about this tax thing”.

GaBlue

July 6th, 2012
9:57 am

clyde,

You lost me at “minions.”

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
9:58 am

Once again here, and from most other liberal media outlets, it is ignored that the Obamacare defense before the Supreme Court said it was a tax, not a penalty. The majority written ruling said it was a tax which is legal for Congress to pass. Such “reporting” is simply another example of gross bias.

clyde

July 6th, 2012
10:00 am

One other thing: in a couple of weeks the 80,000 June jobs will be revised downwards,like they have for the past umpteenth weeks,but only a few will notice.

clyde

July 6th, 2012
10:04 am

GaBlue,
Sorry ’bout that.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
10:06 am

For those partisans attacking the State GOP for the new license rules – they are purposely ignoring this in the lead AJC article: “Susan Sports, spokeswoman for the state Department of Driver Services, said the federal government required states to develop more secure identification in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Under the new rules, which began Tuesday, drivers have to bring an original or certified birth certificate, Social Security card and two documents proving where they live. Previous rules required these forms of identification when applying for a new driver’s license or ID card, but now the forms are also required for renewals. Also, the first renewal after the law change must be done in person, not online.

Sports said the new process will become smoother with time.

“Anytime we have a process change, there’s a learning curve with the examiners, meaning it takes them longer to complete a transaction,” she said. “I don’t expect us evening out until next week.”

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
10:12 am

poor clyde says: Now Romney calls it a tax and gets called for it.Like I said,”I’m confused about this tax thing”.

Understandable clyde, since your candidate has changed his position on this several times. Here’s a suggestion, GIVE IT UP! Tax, penalty, mandate, call it what you will, it’s the LAW, like it or not. Save yourself a migraine. Move on, get over it. And get used to this: It won’t be repealed, it will only be enhanced in the future, as people realize the benefits accruing to them and their family from this piece of legislation.

Bob Loblaw

July 6th, 2012
10:18 am

Just another installment of Romney. I don’t believe a thing he says. Bring in McKinsey? AYFKM?

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
10:25 am

nice try “centrist,” but he federal government didn’t impose these rules yesterday. The requirements have been known for years, yet the the repubs running our state, who can’t even plan for darkness at the end of the day, hired 22 new examiners to cope with the delays the new requirements have brought. As I stated above, repubs have no clue how to run a government. They think quoting Ayn Rand will make any and all problems disappear.

Unfortunately as the book says, it rains on the just and the unjust. Those of us who are smart enough to see that taxes are required for a government to serve it’s citizens, have to suffer the delays and long lines just the same as the idiots who scream about paying the taxes necessary for government services.

Gene

July 6th, 2012
10:42 am

When you are standing in line at the DMV for a license, just take solace that you are doing your bit to help out in the GOP voter-suppression program.

zeke

July 6th, 2012
10:45 am

good grief centrist, when did 9/11 occur? did the feds just pass something or have the garepubs been fiddle farting around for 9 years?

anyone believing romney will do anything to help middle america is delusional; first thing big business will do if romney wins is give ceo a bonus then outsource or churn some more jobs. then congress will try to repeal estate tax so benefactors will get another big payday. and the deficit will grow but repubs will adopt the cheney theorem and blame europe economy not responding.

Weetamoe

July 6th, 2012
10:53 am

Since the dmv regulations are part of Homeland Security’s blueprint to require *papers* from all eventually, I guess in this case the blame Bush guys are correct, since HS is his baby. Scott Brown R MA won his senate seat on the basis of his promise to vote against Obamacare, and since a majority of MA voters voted for him, it seems they are a bit cool about Obama’s version of Romney’s state health care program.

GaBlue

July 6th, 2012
10:58 am

Centrist,

You’re right. Our entirely GOP-run state government is always jumping in to implement federal requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible. Especially whenever it makes it more difficult for people to obtain what they need to vote!

Of course, if the requirement somehow helps the poor people of the state, they’ll bring forth lawyers to sue the federal government instead. (Please bill the taxpayers for those hourly fees!)

CobbGOPer

July 6th, 2012
11:04 am

Maybe I’m behind the times, but I thought we already allowed overseas Georgia soldiers to vote via the Internet, in an effort to comply with this law the first time around in 2005-06? That wasn’t implemented? Were there plans to do it that got put aside when Karen Handel stepped down to run for Governor? Why weren’t we in compliance in the first place, but thought we were? Do we need to reconsider our choice for Secretary of State?

Marlboro Man

July 6th, 2012
11:04 am

The state should provide the staff needed to service the people of the state. The state is the blame for not doing what they should do.

Dumb and Dumber

July 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Love it. Georgia blames the federal government for long lines at the DMV and ‘”Centrist” jumps right in. yes, its Obama’s fault that Georgia closed dozens of DMV offices and laid of workers during Perdue’s tenure. Yes, its Obama’s fault that state officials failed to see this coming.

And then “Centrist” blames calls anyone who who criticizes the DMV a partisan.

That’s rich. And stunningly hypocritical.

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
11:26 am

Partisans have no shame – still at it.

No doubt if the transactions don’t go faster, even more state employees will have to be hired to cover the unfunded federal mandate of the Obama administration.

Do any of you partisans think this and your other issues will gain more Democrats elected/ appointed in Georgia? Will we see a Democrat run on the anti-TSPLOST issue on the other side of Nathan Deal and most Republican office holders supporting this new, added tax?

Church of the painful Truth

July 6th, 2012
11:32 am

Long lines ,poor staffing and no one in the Governors office really cares.Poor planning in state government has always been a problem.When you have upper managment positions appointed and they have no experience in government operations,this is what you get! Majority of these type of positions have people that were lobbyist,past legislators,favoritism and money givers.I have seen on numerous times that customer service is Deals main concern in state government.Man ,he gets an F on this one!

Verde

July 6th, 2012
11:33 am

Its unfortunate that local leaders aren’t able to support our city’s leader in his efforts to make Atlanta great! Instead of being jealous of his progressive leadership style, help him get the things done in Atlanta and support him as he represents Atlanta in Washington and around the world.

Time spent blogging hate, should be used blogging hope – encouraging people to go vote at the end of the month! The Transportation Referendum is the biggest economic boost for the people inside 285 since the Olympics! And Mayor Reed is putting everything on the line to not only support it, but to headline it…if YOU are so concerned with his local efforts, here is an opportunity to do more to help them come to pass! Just like you should have when the Mayor hired the 2,000 officers to help keep our city safe with one of the lowest crime rates of major US cities. Or when he opened every recreation center in the city to keep our kids off the streets! Or when he took our city’s cash on hand from $7M to over $100M! You don’t create that kind of track record without focusing everything you’ve got on your city! But you also don’t it without working with the GOP legislator, or flying to Washington and working side by side with the President.

When you remove the hate from your heart, then you will see clearly…I just hope your career is not over by the time you decide to do it!

td

July 6th, 2012
11:33 am

“drivers have to bring an original or certified birth certificate,”

Well I guess Obama will never have another DL once he is voted out in November.

td

July 6th, 2012
11:35 am

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
10:12 am

And just how are we going to pay for all these new benefits?

Dumb and Dumber

July 6th, 2012
11:35 am

Centrist — I know you are too busy calling everyone else a partisan — but did you even take the time to research the REAL ID Act?

The REAL ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109-13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005, was an Act of Congress that modified U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for the state driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.

In 2005 George Bush was President and he was the one that signed the bill and, in 2005, the GOP controlled both Houses of Congress.

So explain to us again how the REAL ID act is Obama’s fault?

Come on, man up!

deegee

July 6th, 2012
11:36 am

I think that the drivers license thing is the republican way of making sure that eeeeleeeeguls don’t circumvent the system and get a drivers license. If the federal government is concerned about terrorists driving around with a fake drivers license then we are in worse shape than we think. If the federal government wants to ensure that you are who you say you are, then issue a tamper proof federal ID card to every man, woman and child in the US. This business of trying to use a state issued drivers license as a federal ID card is sneaky, and it doesn’t work.

td

July 6th, 2012
11:41 am

Well get out of bed and get to the DMV office when it opens and you do not have to wait in long lines. I took my son to Cobb county for his learners and the line was out the door. It was mainly due to the Dumb masses (democratic voters) that did not have the proper documentation and all of them wanting to argue about it. I got sick of listening to it and drove to Cartersville and was in and out in about 30 minutes.

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
11:42 am

wee wee moe gives us this gem as another example of right wing ‘logic’ at 1053 AM Scott Brown R MA won his senate seat on the basis of his promise to vote against Obamacare, and since a majority of MA voters voted for him, it seems they are a bit cool about Obama’s version of Romney’s state health care program.

Never mind that MA returned every one of the 10 demo reps to congress later that year who voted FOR the Affordable Health Care Act. Keep grabbing at those straws wee wee, you might catch one yet that lends a wee wee bit of credibility to your fantasies.

td

July 6th, 2012
11:44 am

Centrist,

I am pretty sure the original BC and face to face was part of the bill to stop illegals from getting DL’s in GA. I am more then willing to wait a little extra time if it helps stopping the illegals from going to the polls and voting.

deegee

July 6th, 2012
11:50 am

HAHAHAHAHA! td thinks that illegals are getting drivers licenses so that they can vote. A drivers license is permission to drive on public roads, td. If the federal government wants to be sure that only eligible, American citizens are voting, then accepting a drivers license as a form of ID is a waste of time. All drivers don’t vote, and all voters don’t drive.

jd

July 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Ya’ll — the additional id papers aren’t clogging the lines — the fact that you can no longer renew on line has added all those folks to the mix… And, those folks “with business experience” calling themselves legislators add a whole 1/3 of a person to each station!

They may be saving tax $$$ — but I imagine folks would gladly pay a few dollars more to save a whole day wasted!

yuzeyurbrane

July 6th, 2012
11:52 am

The DMV thing is all part of the voter suppression scheme. Make people show birth certificates to register to vote and drivers licenses to vote. Do you think the lines for voter registration will be any shorter for voter registration? And if people put off getting their drivers licenses then it makes the license requirement for voting pretty onerous. Deal and the Republicans would make ole’ Gene Talmadge proud. And they have the gall to question why Georgia is still subject to the Voting Rights Act!

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
11:55 am

And now s td gives us this gem as another example of right wing ‘logic’ It was mainly due to the Dumb masses (democratic voters) that did not have the proper documentation

In a state that s td constantly swears is 80 % republican, he suddenly concludes that only dems were getting licenses renewed. Amazing isn’t it that in a state and particularly Cobb Co, that is 80 % repub,s td picks the one day when he is the only repub getting a license renewed. Tell us oh wise td, how did you conduct your poll, to determine that dems were the hold up?

And let me warn you, keep being so partisan, and your boy friend centrist will quit communicating with you

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
11:57 am

td posted “I am pretty sure the original BC and face to face was part of the bill to stop illegals from getting DL’s in GA.” Yea, that works so well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_V9-ErMqFk

td

July 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
11:55 am

Since almost everyone in the Cobb DMV the day I went was African American and since African Americans vote 90% for the Dems then one can make a logical conclusion that it was Democratic voters that did not bring the proper paperwork. Before you make some stupid statement to the fact that it is a way for the GOP to suppress the vote, all the clerks the Democratic voters were arguing with were African Americans as well.

Ana L.

July 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

I am disappointed in the tone of our political debate here on this blog and in the U.S. generally. So often, we get vitriol from folks like “Dumb and Dumber” instead of legitimate ideas about how to move things forward. No one person can do it alone. And there will always be weaknesses in every administration. But I must admit that I impressed by what Mayor Reed has been able to accomplish in our city so far. He has increased the city’s reserves from $7.6 million to more than $94 million, built the international terminal at Hartsfield, and opened up all of the previously closed city of Atlanta recreation centers so that our young people would have somewhere safe to go. As for your friend who was robbed, I am sincerely sorry. But neither Mayor Reed, nor any other mayor of any other city, will not be able to eradicate crime. Working together, we can do all that we can to create safe communities where people are employed and invested in their communities, but this is a community effort. And we’ll never get there by attacking the people who are trying to make changes for the better.

td

July 6th, 2012
12:06 pm

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
11:55 am

Before you throw out the race card, most of the clerks in Cartersville were African American as well but they did a great job at processing the proper paperwork of the Republican voters and got us in and out in good time.

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

s td says: Before you make some stupid statement to the fact that it is a way for the GOP to suppress the vote,

i won’t, because I can see now it was a conspiracy by the Black folks to keep your son from getting his Learner’s Permit. Them darkies, always conspiring to keep whitey down!

td

July 6th, 2012
12:09 pm

Ana L.

July 6th, 2012
12:04 pm

I like Mayor Reed and would vote for him if I lived in Atlanta for Mayor. I think he has done a very good job for the most part (besides not telling the police to use their nite sticks on those occupiers when they would not leave Woodruff park).

Centrist

July 6th, 2012
12:11 pm

At least the new driver license requirements are NOW getting media attention, and there will be fewer people in line for the second time. DMV put out all sorts of announcements and press releases which were mostly buried until the problem arose this week. Soon we may go back to the lines of first legal attempts, and illegals repeatedly trying to pass forged documents until they beat the system.

Church of the painful Truth

July 6th, 2012
12:19 pm

The problem with DMV is not a Dem or Repub Problem.It is a management problem in DMV.They should have know this was going to happen. If not,than they need to be replaced.Same thing happened several years ago when they closed a number of local DMV offices statewide because of budget problems.You know what they did to correct the problem? They let you renew your license on line!!!

Auntie Christ

July 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

I love it when someone makes some generalization, based in racist stereotypes, for example,one that implies that only Black folks come to the DMV unprepared, then follows it up with feigned outrage that someone would “throw out the race card,!”

hiram

July 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

Georgia didn’t have a governor for eight years. Perdue’s used the state’s(taxpayer’s) resources to build his personal empire. Deal is doing the same thing, as I speak.

http://perduepartners.com/

Dumb and Dumber

July 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

Now we are giving Kasim Reed credit for building the international terminal? Really?

Shirley Franklin announced plans to build the terminal back in 2003. The construction planning and biding process took years and construction began in 2008 — before Kasim became Mayor. Its hard to credit Kasim Reed for the international terminal.

As for trying to work with the Mayor’s office — we’ve been there and done that. Our neighborhood business area has more ParkAtlanta enforcement than many parts of town. In fact most of the ParkAtlanta enforcement and meters are centered in Va-Hi, Edgewood, Little 5, near Clark-Atlanta, Buckhead and areas near downtown. While some areas — such as East Atlanta Village — have none. This uneven enforcement impacts small businesses — restaurants, pubs, retail shops — that cannot afford private lots. Our city councilman — Alex Wan tried to get a meeting with the small business owners from Va-Hi and Little 5 with the Mayor and Park Atlanta — but was rebuffed by the Mayor’s office. Sure — Mayor Reed wants to increase revenue, but he wants to do it at the expense of small businesses and citizens who get parking tickets even if they fed the meter. When you privatize a govt function and give the private contractor the control over a police function you will get abuses if the govt does not maintain ultimate control. Sadly, that’s what Atlanta did here. Even though it was Shirley that signed the contract (to take effect after she left office) its Kasim that refuses to help out small businesses and restore some fairness to the system.

Don’t believe me? Do some research on Paul Luna and his attempts to revitalize Mitchell Street near the railroad gulch. He has closed his wonderful Black Lunacy Market restaurant during the day because of ParkAtlanta. Now he is talking about relocating outside of the city — which would be great for Decatur or Smyrna — but a loss for downtown which really needs people like Paul Luna.

Talk to beat cops about ParkAtlanta and ask them what they think of Kasim. You’ll learn some things.

Just because I criticize Kasim doesn’t mean I “hate” him — I criticize Kasim because his eyes are on higher office, not his current job. If you cannot stomach people disagreeing with your view — then your in for disappointment in life.

deegee

July 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

If the DMV wants to stop illegal immigrants from getting drivers licenses then they can do a better job of auditing their drivers license clerks. They can be bought.

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

You can blame the Fed for the requirement to produce proof of citizenship and all the other stuff based on the Fed ID Act of 2005. But blame a Repub-run state government for setting 7/1/12 as the cutoff date after which you need to produce all this crap – for a drivers’ license OR the famous voter picture ID that you also have to get at a Drivers License Bureau – plus they, Deal and Olens, and their henchmen are the ones that tell the DLBs (or whatever they’re called) how many people they can use to ’staff up’ (LOL) to handle the deluge. The real question is ‘Why now’?…since the deadline for ultimate compliance is 2014 (for those born after 12/1/64) and 2017 (for those born before 12/1/64), the only answer is because this is all part of the MOFO GOP’s voter suppression strategy leading up to this November’s election. The ba$+@rds know this and are strutting around pleased with themselves for setting up, yet another, rigged election. When the hell will what’s left of the news people with b@||s that care about true Democracy and the Right To Vote call them on it? Shame the hell on everybody that’s responsible for this and compliant with it. It’s bad enough that the AJC and Cox buried the truth of Repug and Diebold’s stealing the ‘02 election, but to not challenge this is truly pi$$in on the legacy of Ralph McGill, Elmo Ellis and Don Elliott…particular shame on the Cox Clan for their failure on this.

td

July 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

Talk about conspiracy theory. Yes, Georgia is in play and Obama has a chance of winning this state and this is how the GOP will stop it from happening.