Your morning jolt: Johnny Isakson’s opposition kills Law of Sea treaty

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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At 10 a.m. today, a group out to remove the toll on Ga. 400 will hold a press conference in the state Capitol.

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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.

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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

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87 comments Add your comment

Vote No for UN ALien Probes

July 17th, 2012
12:57 pm

They terk er jerbs!!

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
12:58 pm

dc @ 1027: Wondering when the idiot in chief’s comment about how small business owners didn’t build their business, but rather they owe their success to “others who built it for them” will make it as a topic of this blog…

Go over to wingfield’s blog where you can join the other juvenile punks commenting with their school yard insults about the POTUS. Generally the adults post comments here, ignoring you kids with your school yard name calling. Ta TA mommy wants her computer back.

md

July 17th, 2012
1:03 pm

“Wondering when the idiot in chief’s comment about how small business owners didn’t build their business, but rather they owe their success to “others who built it for them” :

It’s really quite comical considering Obama is employed by the gov’t which owes it’s very existence to those businesses……..

A

July 17th, 2012
1:08 pm

Isakson is an idiot and needs to be voted out.

dc

July 17th, 2012
1:09 pm

Oh, OK Auntie…sorry, didn’t realize you were the queen of this blog….:)

btw, how are those job numbers looking? I guess you’re all still waiting for the govt to create them for you. Enjoy that govt check.

Glen

July 17th, 2012
1:19 pm

Bravo to Isakson for not ceding US sovreignity to the UN.

As for TSPLOST, after the legislature lied to us and refused to end the GA 400 toll when they promised to do so, I’m voting against it. That toll raised enough money to pay off the bonds years ago, but they were not allowed to pay them off early. If we need money to “Untie” traffic, let’s have an accounting of where the toll money went and where it continues to go.

Or the legislature could honor its word and remove the toll. That might restore enough faith for me to vote for the TSPLOST if it makes it back on the ballot next year or in 2014.

Carol

July 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

Interesting how Ralston blames the Feds for the long lines, but doesn’t bother to mention that it’s Bush’s fault LOL.

Carol

July 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

A follow-up question: Why don’t we just have this Primary and the Presidential Preference all at the same time? And why are parties allowed to load the ballots with nonsense questions?

GaBlue

July 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

The Presidential primaries are based on qualifying for the Presidential race, and are being moved earlier by many states because they’re tired of a handful of Iowa residents picking the frontrunners for us.

The summer primaries in Georgia are for state and local elections for which candidates may not be ready in the winter months. Already, we have Presidents and Congressmen who are pretty much campaigning for the next race as soon as they’re elected. If we had that at the local level too, absolutely nothing meaningful would ever get done (as opposed to the next-to-nothing we get now.) It’s important that regular citizens have the chance to run for state and local office, and not be eclipsed by the cacophony of the Presidential primaries.

Of course we’re all cynical about government. How could we NOT be? These nonsense questions are a good example of why. But let’s try to remember that it’s important to have competent local representation, and for that to happen, decent people need the opportunity and the chance to say, “Hey, I am a citizen and I can make a difference.” Those who are not sponsored by California billionaires need more time to scrape together enough money and support to run, and to get a grip on the local and state issues that affect our lives.

Nonsense questions aside, I hope everyone will scope the sample ballots carefully and decide which ballot to choose between now and the 31st. Our participation is key to competent, accountable government.

honested

July 17th, 2012
2:02 pm

Of course Senator isakson opposed the treaty.
The morons who depend on talk radio for their news and opinion vote for him. If he does something that is viewed negatively by the talk radio loudmouths, isakson loses his ‘base’.

He doesn’t care what Georgians with an IQ above 80 think of him, because they didn’t vote for him in the first place!!

Malthusian way

July 17th, 2012
2:33 pm

“The sky is falling”, “the sky is falling’………ie. US sovereignty, charters schools, Atlanta transportation, free speech (citizens united), GA400 toll, long lines at the DMV.

I knew it – the sky IS falling…..its raining right now.

How about a few more dams/reservoirs in Ga. before we all starve?

Georgia Jobs

July 17th, 2012
2:54 pm

Has Johnny Isakson ever voted for a bill that brought jobs to Georgia? I can’t recall a bill, nor do I recall you ever reporting that he has sponsored or supported such a bill. I did notice that his wealth has more than doubled since he has been in office. Query: who is benefiting from Johnny Isakson besides Johnny Isakson? His voting record as a Senator is full of Nea votes. How about a vote for term limits!

P F

July 17th, 2012
3:21 pm

Apparently it is all Senator Isakson’s fault. Blaming just one Senator. How quaint. Actually, I was suprised he didn’t blame W. Oh, wait! That’s Bookman’s job.

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
3:37 pm

kid dc said: I guess you’re all still waiting for the govt to create them for you.

My job depends on the Internet, which was created by the government. I use an Apple computer to access the Internet. Get mommy to tell you about Steve Jobs, who conceived of and invented the Apple, after he graduated from a PUBLIC (you know government run) school. When I get my check, government or otherwise, I know the money is safe in a bank protected by the F (for federal) DIC. When I spend that check on airfare to vacation, I land at airports built and maintained by my government, and I fly with people in BUSINESS class, who utilize those same facilities all the while the john galts among them claiming they “made it on their own, without government help.” I go to an office several times a month using streets and highways built and paid for by the previous generation who realized their duty was to pay taxes to improve their society and government, and didn’t whine about being “taxed enough already,” like you t werps living in your Ayn Rand wet dream. Enjoy your government benefits little man, just don’t pay for them, be a free rider like the rest of the conservative movement.

The Truth

July 17th, 2012
3:45 pm

“Wondering when the idiot in chief’s comment about how small business owners didn’t build their business, but rather they owe their success to “others who built it for them” :

Funny how Cons have to resort to lying to boost their argument. Everyone already has acknowledged that Fox News took the quote out of context and cut it off as it is clear that the President was referring to the roads and bridges that “if you own your own business, you didn’t build that.” You Cons are a joke and if anybody believes Fox News and your lies, Mitt Romney will be the next President. LOL!

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

md @ 103: the gov’t which owes it’s very existence to those businesses……..

Pardon the repetition from the above comment, but ask the CEO’s of FedEx and UPS how they would make their money if there were no govt buiilt and maintained airports and roads. Ask any major company how they would distribute their products without these facilities. Do you think they relish the idea of being at the mercy of a libertarian government where roads, sea and airports were maintained as private enterprise gouging them everytime they had to get on a freeway or land at a port. Ask if they want a private company supplying their water and sewage, to be at some capitalist’s mercy for a product essential to their very existence. I could go on for pages, but if you haven’t caught the drift by now, you never will. But if you don’t have these government benefits, don’t worry, you can always eat your copy of Atlas Shrugged.

dd

July 17th, 2012
3:54 pm

you tell those evil cons and job creators, Aunti em…. you tell em!! damn those evil capitalists.

wake up, there is NO incentive for someone to take risk failure and work tremendous hours, while creating jobs for others, when the govt decides they aren’t really responsible for their success, and thus the business creators “owe” the rest of us……TAX TIME, BABY!

Now…how’s that job creation going?

dd

July 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Oh..did I forget to ask….Hows that job creation going? or did I already ask that? Didn’t catch your answer if I did.

The Truth

July 17th, 2012
4:00 pm

dd

July 17th, 2012
3:55 pm
Oh..did I forget to ask….Hows that job creation going? or did I already ask that? Didn’t catch your answer if I did.

Well with the Bush tax cuts in place, there shouldn’t be any problems with job creation according to Dubya. I mean those tax cuts have really helped the last four years. Correct?

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:03 pm

after all….our absolute biggest economic issue is miserable job growth….so what a great idea it is to go after the very folks who actually create jobs in the economy, and tell them that they shouldn’t take credit for their success…. and in fact, you greedy pigs, you need to share your success with those who took no financial risk, and got paid for every hour they ever worked (include time and a half).

Yeah, that’ll really help incent people to take huge risks, work awful hours, and create jobs.

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
4:04 pm

How’s the job creation going? Well over the last 18 months there have been 90,000 jobs a month created, after we began recovery from the latest con debacle. How did your hero bush do? He created average 31,000 a month for 8 years, before leaving a devastated economy. Poor Obama, he’s such a socialist, but absolutely the worst ever, since he’s done more to save this evil capitalist society than the bush cheney junta could ever accomplish. Since you cons love sucking up to the rich like romney, ask the capitalists how their stock market is doing, after the bush debacle caused it to lose 40% of it’s value.

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
4:09 pm

And please quit harping on what Obama said, because what he was saying went straight over your pointy little con heads. He was speaking to people who can think critically and abstractly, abilities not possessed by very many on the right.

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:11 pm

hey Truth….lower taxes can help. but when the positive impact of lower taxes is obliterated by the inane policies of our current idiot in chief and his team, it’s like trying to hold back the chinese army with a batallion of rifles. Not a chance. And they he tells the few folks (that’s right…most of us don’t actually create a single full time job in our lifetime) that are creating jobs, that they don’t deserve either credit for or to keep the value that they’ve created.

Again, it’s really not hard. How….is …..that …. job…… creation… going? Seriously, is it really that hard to see? We’ve spent $5 trillion or so dollars on so called stimulus, and it hasn’t delivered squat….other than a phantom “well well well…. it would’ve been so much worse if we hadn’t done it”.

The Truth

July 17th, 2012
4:12 pm

after all….our absolute biggest economic issue is miserable job growth….so what a great idea it is to go after the very folks who actually create jobs in the economy, and tell them that they shouldn’t take credit for their success…. and in fact, you greedy pigs, you need to share your success with those who took no financial risk, and got paid for every hour they ever worked (include time and a half).

Your argument is based on a straw man. Obama never did “tell them that they shouldn’t take credit for their success…” That was something you and the fat pig drug-addicted Rush Limbaugh came up with.

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:15 pm

oh ok, Auntie Em….sorry, forget that you are the queen of the blog. And so darned smart too. Wow, I’m honored just to be in the same (virtual) presence with you.

Seriously, you actually seem to have at least some intelligence…even if it is blinded by total BS as to how the real world works. there are no jobs being created. There is a reason why. It’s not because we didn’t spend the money (that we didn’t have, and thus borrowed). When something is made expensive (via taxes, regulations, paperwork, whatever reason) you get less of it. If you ever take your blinders off, you’ll realize that is just reality of the world.

honested

July 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

I do wish job creation would improve more quickly, but with the House under the firm grip of the Party of No, I doubt the conditions making it possible will occur.
I am glad that the disastrous job loss that was the weekly (week after week, consistently for 8 years) reality has stopped because my customers need their jobs to PAY ME.
I just wish people in this state were smart enough to realize that the ‘conservatism’ they hold so dear has failed them, miserably and doubling down would only make it worse.
Throw out the Party of No in the House and bring back the prosperity we knew in the ’90s!

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
4:17 pm

Here’s a quote you cons can all agree with, regarding poor job numbers: “You guys are bright enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling right off a cliff, I came in and they kept falling for 11 months. And then we turned around and we’re coming back and that’s progress. And if you are going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should have immediately turned around, well that would be silly. It takes awhile to get things turned around. We were in a recession, we were losing jobs every month. We’ve turned around and since the turnaround we’ve added 50,000 jobs. That’s progress.”

Well I guess you can agree with it, it comes from Governor mitt romney from a presser in 2005. Otherwise it would make you all hypocrites wouldn’t it?

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:18 pm

(exact quote) “”If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said. “Somebody else made that happen.”

Man, I had no idea that I was that powerful. you mean that, even though he said those exact words, it wasn’t really him who said it, but me who made it up?

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:22 pm

sorry, Auntie Em…..missed your incredible insight on where the US jobs actually are….other than in China where the idiot in chief can’t tax them, regulate them, overwhelm then with paperwork, or take their value.

the funny thing is that the dramatic reduction in natural gas cost (due to fracking….wow, that word scares the crap out of libs) has driven HUGE numbers of jobs. without this, the admin’s policies would be even more obviously crushing to our job growth.

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
4:25 pm

dd says: “We’ve spent $5 trillion or so dollars on so called stimulus, and it hasn’t delivered squat…” then says “there are no jobs being created. There is a reason why. It’s not because we didn’t spend the money (that we didn’t have, and thus borrowed). ”

guess what genius, we’ve ’spent ‘ twice that much in tax cuts to the wealthy that have resulted in diddly in terms of jobs, and astronomical deficit and national debt. Thanks a lot george, but don’t worry, dd stills loves you, he is willfully blind and loves you forever.

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:30 pm

and while this has been quite engaging…time to go do some work for my wife’s small business. yes, the one she started in 2007, we leveraged and put at risk everything we owned to fund, and she works 100+ hours per week to run. Oh, and in the meantime she has quadrupled the employee force….providing something that is in really short supply….. actual paying jobs. while most of us have been but of course, she “didn’t build that”

So, it’s been fun. and if you find those jobs anywhere, be sure to let the millions of people know who are desperate for a paying job.

The Truth

July 17th, 2012
4:31 pm

hey Truth….lower taxes can help. but when the positive impact of lower taxes is obliterated by the inane policies of our current idiot in chief and his team, it’s like trying to hold back the chinese army with a batallion of rifles.

Wait a second, the GOP told us that the so-called ‘job creators’ need lower tax incentives such as the Bush tax cuts to create jobs and lower unemployment. Did the GOP and Grover Norquist lie to us? LOL.

The Truth

July 17th, 2012
4:34 pm

dd

July 17th, 2012
4:18 pm
(exact quote) “”If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Obama said. “Somebody else made that happen.”

Yes, and the exact previous statement he made to that quote was referring to roads and bridges, so once again, Fox News and you Cons have been caught in a lie…

honested

July 17th, 2012
4:50 pm

Auntie,
Repeat the reality that the tax cuts have provided NOTHING but DEBT and done NOTHING to improve any part of economic conditions.
Yet these low information types want to CUT MORE as if somehow there would be a different result.
To what Country do they hold loyalty?

Auntie Christ

July 17th, 2012
7:04 pm

dd @ 422 PM praises the practice of fracking. Like all cons, he believes the one true god, the American dollar trumps everything, even the lives of human beings. follow this link: http://gaspropertydamage.allenstewart.com/

You will find that in addition to causing small earthquake tremors, fracking also does this:
“One effect that has been documented is the rise in methane levels in private water wells in areas connected to heavy fracking activity. For example, increased methane levels in water have created significant controversy near Dimock, Pennsylvania. In a dramatic display of resultant water contamination resulting from fracking, some residents living in and around Dimock can turn on their tap…and then set their water on fire. The methane levels in their well water are so high that it appears that the water itself burns like gasoline.”

To the conservative mind this is perfectly ok, if your life and limb are put in jeopardy by a corporation, well, suck it up because this ‘person,’ exxon mobil’ has every right to do it. If you’re concerned, you’re a bed wettin, anti Amerkin liberal. And don’t expect redress because the cons are going to pass tort reform, because while they expect us to show ‘personal responsibility,’ it would be anti-American to expect it of a corporation.

Edmund Ruffin

July 18th, 2012
7:20 am

To LAHayes, yep, isolationism might be a good thing for a change. Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US. All of our foreign entanglements needs to be reviewed.

honested

July 18th, 2012
8:13 am

Mr. Ruffin,
Maybe we should end ALL of our offshore military adventures first, as that would eliminate much of the ‘problem’ in international relations.