U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and a bipartisan trio of his colleagues are demanding that one of three presidential debates this fall be dedicated to the deficit recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Commission.
From their letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, via The Hill:
“Specifically, we request that you ask the presidential candidates which of the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform they would adopt as part of their plan to reduce the deficit. As part of this discussion, we believe that it would be essential to engage the candidates in a detailed discussion of their priorities for tax and entitlement reform,” the letter states.
Part of the problem with the concept of metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax was that it required you to associate with people you’d rather not. From an editorial in today’s Marietta Daily Journal:
[R]ather than rely on the state or the Atlanta Regional Commission to solve our road problems, Cobb’s next chairman and our legislators should combine with their counterparts in the neighboring counties that generate a disproportionate share of our traffic — namely Cherokee, Bartow and Paulding.
Rather than being part of a metro-wide approach trying to address Atlanta’s congestion all at once, the more promising approach might be to create a northwest region consortium or commission — not to create a new layer of bureaucracy, but for the express purpose of focusing on relieving traffic congestion.
State Rep. Doug Collins was out of the box on Wednesday with an attack on Martha Zoller, his runoff rival in the Republican race for the new 9th congressional district. The state lawmaker pointed his finger at her endorsements by Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich in an email to supporters that included this:
We expect her campaign to continue to follow the Obama strategy of using celebrities instead of substance over the course of the next three weeks…Over the next 19 days, we have to come together and show once again that We Are the 9th District – not Governors from Alaska and media celebrities from D.C.
The emphasis is in the original. This is a dog whistle of a message that, if placed in a lower frequency, reads: “They ain’t from around here.”
For her part, Zoller on Wednesday was content simply to join the Republican rally around Chik-fil-A CEO Truett Cathy.
A debate between Collins and Zoller has already been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13 at the Gainesville Civic Center.
The Athens Banner-Herald reports that state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens, who lost GOP challenger Regina Quick by only 70 votes on Tuesday, won’t ask for a recount:
While McKillip said he had discovered some minor irregularities in connection with Tuesday balloting, specifically that a half-dozen voters in Athens-Clarke County apparently assigned incorrectly to House District 117 — he indicated that there was no overriding reason to seek a recount.
McKillip wasn’t the only party-switcher to lose on Tuesday. In fact, Republicans lost a far more important recruit. From the Gainesville Times:
Political newcomer Jeff Stowe easily beat incumbent commissioner Ashley Bell by double-digit percentage points in Tuesday’s Republican primary to take the District 4 seat on the Hall Board of Commissioners….
The District 4 results were surprising. In fundraising, Bell raised nearly $44,000 in campaign contributions in 2012, according to the latest available numbers. That was four times that of Stowe.
Still, Stowe was able to strike a chord with voters that may have come down to party loyalty.
Bell, who is African-American, joined Republicans to great hoopla in 2010. Here’s the ceremony that greeted the event:
To appreciate the irony of this New York Times story, you have to remember that New York City has filed lawsuits over its claim that Georgia supplies much of the weaponry used to commit crimes in the Big Apple:
[I]nJune, New York City sold more than 28,000 pounds of the Police Department’s spent shell casings not to a scrap metal company, as it has in the past, but to a Georgia ammunition store. The store, Georgia Arms, routinely buys once-fired shell casings, reloads them with bullets and sells them to the public.
The store sells bags of 50 bullets, at about $15 each; per Georgia’s gun laws, no questions are asked and no identification or registration is required. It is a transaction that could not occur in New York City, where it is illegal to possess ammunition without a license to own a gun, and where obtaining a license to own a gun is harder than in most other states.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider