U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Monday was one of three Republicans to add their names to the list of opponents to the controversial Law of the Sea treaty backed by President Barack Obama, depriving Senate Democrats of the super-majority needed to move the maritime pact toward ratification.
Read Isakson’s brief explanation here. He opposed it in 2007 as well.
The other two senators, Rob Portman of Ohio and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, have both been mentioned as running mates for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. In a joint letter, Portment and Ayotte expressed serious concerns about the breadth and ambiguity of the Law of the Sea treaty, according to the Associated Press:
The development was a blow to the Obama administration, military leaders and the business community led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who had argued that the treaty would improve national security and enhance U.S. standing in the world. They had pressed for ratification of the treaty, which was concluded in 1982 and has been in force since 1994. The United States is the only major nation that has refused to sign the pact.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and other conservatives have led the campaign against the treaty, contending that it would undermine U.S. sovereignty. DeMint heralded the latest development on Twitter, saying, “34 Senators now oppose LOST, sinking the misguided treaty.”
Voters in his home state of New Jersey say Gov. Chris Christie, who is in Atlanta today to host a Mitt Romney fundraiser with Gov. Nathan Deal, is doing fine as governor, but would make a lousy vice president. Fifty-three percent of registered voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released today say Christie would be a bad choice as Romney’s running mate. On the other hand, 54 percent approve of the job he’s doing as governor.
Ashley Fielding over at the Gainesville Times reports that state Rep. Doug Collins has edged out former radio talk show host Martha Zoller in the Republican money race for the new 9th District:
In the three-month period between April and June 30, it was Collins who led the race to raise money, pulling in some $81,685 in contributions.
Collins also had the most cash left over at the end of the quarter.
Following behind him in the fundraising race, Zoller, a former conservative radio talk show host, raised more than $73,510; Fitzpatrick, a former White County school principal, pulled in some $11,811.
Enemies of the transportation sales tax have set their opposition to music. Listen to the bluegrass tune here. A “smooth country” version, sans banjo, can be found here. Apparently, no one thought to produce a hip-hop cover.
The hook: “Heads up, Georgia, don’t get on the train. If it leaves the station, it won’t come back again. No one can control it. Everyone will pay.”
At 10 a.m. today, a group out to remove the toll on Ga. 400 will hold a press conference in the state Capitol.
The group behind the push to restore the state’s authority to create charter schools – even where local systems don’t want them – has set up its Internet presence here. Families for Better Public Schools, which will have the backing of Gov. Nathan Deal, already has hired campaign manager Mark Peevy for the November vote.
Opponents of the measure, a coalition of PTA groups, the Georgia School Board Association, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and other groups called Vote Smart Georgia, recently started up their website as well. Compare the two sites, and you’ll know where the money is in this contest.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at House Speaker David Ralston’s statement that new federal regulations are largely to blame for long lines at the state Department of Driver Services.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider