Your convention jolt: Joe Lowery slams charter school amendment

Charlotte, N.C. — Only a few hours after a late-night stint on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, 90-year-old Joseph Lowery was back it, slamming a GOP-controlled General Assembly and a proposed charter school amendment that “frightens” him.

From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

“I don’t trust the General Assembly to handle the education of my children,” Lowery said at a Georgia delegation meeting intended to honor him and other civil rights figures.

The proposed amendment to the state Constitution, on this November’s ballot with the presidential election, would re-establish state authority to create public charter schools – if even if local school boards object.

“All my life I’ve heard the legislators talk about local control, local control, local control. Now, they’re advocating taking away the local control from local school boards and putting it in the state Legislature. I don’t trust the Legislature,” said Lowery, who is officially the chairman of the 124 delegates and 9 alternates attending the convention.

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At the same morning meeting, U.S. Rep. John Lewis said Wednesday’s move to change the party platform to include references to God and to Jerusalem being the rightful capital of Israel will not have lasting effects. Again, from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

“I don’t think it’s going to be an issue,” Lewis said. “It was corrected.”

Lewis, who will address the convention this evening in advance of President Barack Obama, told reporters, “God was restored and Jerusalem was restored. The Democratic Party is a big tent. We make up America. We are a reflection of America.”

His Georgia colleague, Rep. David Scott, however, said it was a “bonehead” move to not include those references in the first place.

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For those of you in Atlanta wondering why Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker had a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention, and Mayor Kasim Reed doesn’t, we offer two words: Chris Christie.

The governor of New Jersey, touted as a potential 2016 candidate for president, is up for re-election in 2013. Democrats would dearly love to tarnish the big guy’s presidential hopes — and Booker’s name has been highly touted as a Democratic alternative. Hence, Booker gets the face time – no matter that he screwed up that “Meet the Press” interview a while back.

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Several hundred delegates, journalists and guests were locked outside Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday night. Fire marshals at first declared it a matter of overcrowding, but it quickly became clear that the lockdown was because of President Barack Obama’s “surprise” arrival to give former President Bill Clinton a hug.

A Channel 2 Action News crew posted this brief clip of the scene outside:

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More evidence that all is not sweetness and light in Charlotte, from the New York Times:

Karen Geronimo, a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe in town for the Democratic convention, knows what she wants from Elizabeth Warren, the Senate candidate from Massachusetts: a blood sample.

“Someone needs to make her take a DNA test,” said Ms. Geronimo, whose husband, Harlyn Geronimo, is the great-grandson of the legendary warrior Geronimo.

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Shortly after Secretary of State Brian Kemp declared the GOP race for the 12th Congressional District over on Wednesday, recount loser Rick Allen, the Augusta businessman, issued a relatively sour concession:

”While we fell a few votes short, I’m proud that our campaign was always truthful, honest and was based on principle, qualities sorely lacking in today’s political environment.

“I want to thank Secretary of State Brian Kemp for working with local election officials to conduct this recount in a timely, accurate and efficient manner. We respect the results of the recount and congratulate Lee Anderson on his nomination.”

There is talk – we don’t know how serious – that Allen intends to file a defamation suit against Anderson, now the GOP nominee in the race against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, for accusing Allen of donating to Democratic candidates in order to federal government contracts.

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Speaking of John Barrow: the Democrat from (now) Augusta has kept busy while not attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Earlier this week, he sponsored two-day business forum in Augusta – devoting one day to opportunities for minority businesses.

Today, he’s in Savannah for the annual State of the Port address. And he’s got a new commercial out, declaring himself an enemy of out-of-control spending in Washington:

In response, the Republican National Congressional Committee has helpfully pointed out that Barrow voted for a 2009 appropriations measure that included this:

Half a million dollars went to Arizona State University to study the genetic makeup of ants to determine distinctive roles in ant colonies; $450,000 went to the University of Arizona to study the division of labor in ant colonies.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

September 6th, 2012
1:19 pm

A little research into the economic damage that fire ants wreak upon this nation every year (hint: heckuva lot more than $450K) tells me that having scientists in public universities study them is probably not a bad idea. I know the anti-science crowd sees such investments as wasteful, but then, the study and comprehension of science is one of the main qualities that separates us from insects. Er…. literally as well as figuratively.

hiram

September 6th, 2012
1:33 pm

@gablue
I wouldn’t discount insects. They were here when we got here, and they will be here when we leave, and unlike us, they are smart enough to not destroy themselves.

hiram

September 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

Why wouldn’t Mr. Lowery trust good Christians like Brother Ralston, Brother Rogers, or Brother Deal?…wait!

Mike

September 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

watching this convention is hilarious. The bumbled vote and fraudulent claim that 2/3rds had voted ay…was hilarious. Right there in plain sight they actually did that? C’mon Jim, you have to comment on that.

KID

September 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

Obama all of the way back in 2012!!!

GaBlue

September 6th, 2012
1:42 pm

hiram,

So true! However, as humans, we can employ creative short-term strategies for dealing with our natural enemies. In the war with the fire ants, a can of lighter fluid and a pack of matches comes warmly to mind. Ahhhh, good times.

Bernie

September 6th, 2012
1:43 pm

Rev Lowery is right about Georgia Leaders involved with educating the Children of Georgia is NOT A GOOD THING. Never in the HISTORY of this state has the Governor nor the State Legislators have fairly and equally passed any legislation to improve the lives of ALL of Georgia’s children. These POLITICIANS cannot handle the things they have their hands FULL with NOW!

They now want their GREEDY HANDS on your children’s education DOLLARS! and SPEND IT with THEIR friends, campaign donors and business associates.

The Charter School Amendment is a crude plan to provide an opening to a Planned STATE WIDE SCHOOL VOUCHER PAYMENT PLAN.

The end result will DESTROY the PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM in Georgia as we know it!

Charter schools will only selectively Pick & choose students and leave the majority of Georgia’s children in POOR and Failing schools and school systems without any STATE help or support. This is nothing a more but a return of SCHOOL SEGREGATION of the RACES, but this time it is being done in a political correct fashion.

This change will only send Georgia State dollars to church funded and private schools and significantly reduce the amount of money for the already struggling Public school systems of Georgia. A place where the majority of OUR children receive their EDUCATION every day and have been for many Years successfully!

We ALL must OPPOSE AND PREVENT Gov. DEAL from STICKING IT to OUR Children. He is ready and willing to Do it with this Plan!

as he was with T_SPLOST! Same SCREW!……… with New DRIVER!

Kris

September 6th, 2012
1:51 pm

@ hiram 1:36 pm

“Why wouldn’t Mr. Lowery trust good Christians like Brother Ralston, Brother Rogers, or Brother Deal?…wait!”

May I suggest the following for the use of the brother…

wrath
greed
sloth
pride
lust
envy, and gluttony.
To name a few…Just sayin

Obama 2012

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

September 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

“There is talk – we don’t know how serious – that Allen intends to file a defamation suit against Anderson…”
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I would actually like to see this happen. There should be limits to free speech when it comes to this sort of thing. Especially in an election campaign. If politicians and PACs (who are people according to SCOTUS) could be held accountable for their lies and attacks, it could make for more civil and honest campaigning which would help voters make better decisions. These days it just comes down to which side can make the most bombastic allegation against the other to scare voters into not voting for a candidate.

cc

September 6th, 2012
2:35 pm

““I don’t trust the General Assembly to handle the education of my children,” Lowery said at a Georgia delegation meeting intended to honor him and other civil rights figures.”

Right on, Joe! Let the APS teach those kids! After all, they have done a sterling job so far . . .

luangtom

September 6th, 2012
2:47 pm

What does the Rev. Joseph Lowery say about the whole of the Democratic platform? Is he going to take to the pulpit on Sunday and tell his flock that the gay-marriage provision is good for them? One may or may not agree with that plank in the party platform, but to put it in the face of the voting-base may just back-fire. It throws a wrench in the whole idea of unconditional support for the party of their choice. Such a provision does not bother me, but what of those of traditional values, say a truck-driver (Teamsters), a public-employee (AFSCME), an auto-worker (UAW) or a steel-worker (USW). These unions supported Obama unconditionally in 2008. Will all of that support be there in 2012? Just wondering………….

(The Old South) turn the page and leave history in the past

September 6th, 2012
3:15 pm

Racism, School Desegregation Laws and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ACS4PgDFA

Fan

September 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

So funny. He didn’t do anything the first 4 years to help America or the economy but bring us more debt. So by all means, let him have 4 more years to do nothing helpful. It’s the blind leading the blind. What’s even sadder is the fact that the people who voted for Obama the first time will thing about voting for him again even though he kept no promises and did nothing.

Road Scholar

September 6th, 2012
3:43 pm

cc: And the legislature has ethics????!

Raquel Morris

September 6th, 2012
3:48 pm

Someone remind me please, what exactly did Joe Lowery say or do about the thousands of Atlanta school children who were robbed of an education by Beverly Hall? Oh, that’s right. Nothing.

td

September 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

I hate to agree with the libs but we elect a person to handle education on a statewide level. His department audits the local school systems now so either we do not need the SDOE or the legislature needs to but the heck out and let them do their jobs.

td

September 6th, 2012
3:55 pm

This is one of the reasons I think the polling this year is wrong.

“internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization, obtained by The Daily Caller, show senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod attempting to subtly intimidate the respected polling firm when its numbers were unfavorable to the president.

After Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, Obama’s Department of Justice hit it with an unrelated lawsuit that appears damning on its face.

TheDC is withholding the identities of the Gallup officials to protect them from potential retaliation from Obama’s campaign and his administration.

In April, Axelrod tweeted that a poll showing Mitt Romney with a 48-43 percent lead over Obama was “saddled with some methodological problems,” directing his Twitter followers to read a National Journal story criticizing Gallup polls showing a Romney lead”.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/06/justice-dept-gallup-lawsuit-came-after-axelrod-criticized-pollsters/#ixzz25imKtiww

Auntie Christ

September 6th, 2012
4:14 pm

td
September 6th, 2012
3:55 pm
Once again our intrepid cub reporter has handed us a scoop hot off the presses to prove the utter corruption engulfing the Obama DOJ, from an unimpeachable source, tucker carlson:

Here is the REAL story as reported by hotair.com: So says the Daily Caller,(tucker carlson’s web site–which we know is totally unbiased) which questions the timing of a lawsuit brought against Gallup by Eric Holder and the Department of Justice over claims of overbilling for services.

This exchange (between Axelrod and Gallup) took place in the spring of this year. The problem with the “retaliation” theory is that the dispute between Gallup and the DoJ goes back to 2009. In fact, the DoJ served subpoenas on Gallup in early 2010, although it took another 18 months to the fall of 2011 to get a meeting between Gallup and the DoJ. The whistleblower filed the initial lawsuit, which the DoJ joined last month, four months after Axelrod’s public complaint about modeling in the electoral polls.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/09/06/is-doj-suit-against-gallup-retaliation-for-bad-obama-poll-numbers/

Auntie Christ

September 6th, 2012
4:19 pm

Fan
September 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

So funny. He didn’t do anything the first 4 years to help America or the economy but bring us more debt. So by all means, let him have 4 more years to do nothing helpful.
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You’re about eight years too late with that comment. If you had posted it in Sept 2004, you would have been praised for your keen political insight.

Fan

September 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

@Auntie Christ – Another blind voter. If you think that the past 4 years have been a successful presidency, then you need to open your eyes. The recent comment was correct, we haven’t had this bad 4 years since Carter. Here are some facts and they are undisputed. Unemployment 2009 – 7.8% 2012 – 8.3% Gas 2009 – $1.84 2012 – $3.82 National Debt 2009 – $10.6 Trillion 2012 – $16 Trillion. The House and the Senate were controlled by the Democrats in 2007 and then the White House in 2009. WAKE UP!

Bernie

September 6th, 2012
4:50 pm

Charter Schools is just the preview of what the republicans plan for America’s Educational system. The Goal as in the issue of ABORTION is to remove the separation of church & State pretty much like the TALIBAN.

This is nothing but a move of the Southern CHRISTIAN Community supporters to implement THEIR version of SHARIA LAW. Segregate the Races in education, return prayer in school, allow religious churches to act as schools to receive public state dollars for educating OUR children.

Pastor BOB cannot wait for the following move A STATE Wide SCHOOL VOUCHER Payment SYSTEM. they will collect thousands of dollars and educate none.

Give the parents a check from the STATE to choose the school of their choice is the final GOAL! Over time if that tuition exceeds the State allowed amount, parents will be responsible for paying the difference. This means All the POOR kids will stay HOME!

No more FREE Public Education in America!

You don't say

September 6th, 2012
4:57 pm

td

As usual you lie for the sake of being a liar. I hope that is only your blogging persona and not your true core.

“We have not been served with the complaint,” a senior Gallup official told The Daily Caller. “I think they are drafting an amended complaint, but we cannot file an answer or motion to dismiss until we’ve been officially served. We obviously have a copy that has been distributed online, but until it is served, it is not official.”

James Fannin

September 6th, 2012
5:25 pm

Do Lowery a favor and keep him away from microphones. My Chinese born daughter never knew her skin color was considered “yellow” until Reverend Lowery’s racist ditty “til the yellow man is mellow man” at Obama’s inaugural. Within a few days she came home from school and asked “why do they call people from China yellow, my skin isn’t yellow? I explained that there are ignorant people like Reverend Lowery who sometimes say stupid racist things about people who aren’t Black because they don’t know any better. . .

Bernie

September 6th, 2012
5:40 pm

James Fannin @ 5:25 pm – you and your daughter will be added in my prayers as well. every night!

That description did start with Rev. Lowery. Obviously you failed in your instruction of your daughters heritage. its still not to late. I suggest that you become an expert on the subject. For when she becomes a pre-teen and teenager you will have more questions to answer for. Sadly you are not aware, you should be Thanking Him! in time you will see the wisdom of this comment and give Thanks as well.

honested

September 6th, 2012
5:43 pm

You don’t say,

Well after all, td got his scoop (regardless of what his scoop was full of) from an almost universally non-respected mudslinging site (not to be confused with respected journalism).

In short, blogging persona or not, td isn’t above spreading a lie, even if he/she/it didn’t make it up.

honested

September 6th, 2012
5:44 pm

Some people think Reverend Lowery is irrelevant…….especially when what he has to say is so CLEARLY ON TARGET!

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Going Right

September 6th, 2012
6:54 pm

Mike @ 1.36p; What’s even more hilarious is the notes typed on the “stage teleprompter” that had the final answer from the Mexican Mayor of LA in front of him. Betcha didn’t see that on any other media. I saw it plain as could be on FOX NEWS (they had a stage-side camera down there and took the live picture) – you know that channel that lies all the time, yak, yak, yak, yak, ad nauseum

Going Right

September 6th, 2012
6:57 pm

(dis)honested…You agree, then, that the towns of Milton, Johns Creek, et al., are “too white?” That’s Bro Lowery’s remarks along with his “Bitching and Whining” group du jure.

Going Right

September 6th, 2012
7:00 pm

Bernie – you keep mentioning prayers, God, etc. I asked you a point blank question in one of my blogs that either you read and could not truthfully answer, or you read it and chose not to answer it as you had no answer. If you need a refreshment, let me know and I will re-post it. This is the SECOND TIME I have offered to do this. I want to know how you thin you can believe in God and also believe in abortion.

Edmund Ruffin

September 7th, 2012
7:15 am

The last time the country saw a meeting that was as big a mess as the democrat convention was the lame duck and brain dead session of Congress in Dec. 2010. And who cares what Lowry says about charter schools, all he wants is stone cold dumb government subjects that the standard government school produces.

Skipper

September 7th, 2012
8:22 am

We see how well the APS board, Dekalb, etc. have handled the education system. Bernie says it is about vouchers and segregation. These people have screwed up the education system to the point something has to be done. I know I will get a few negative posts from the crusader types, but there is not anybody that would move to Atlanta and put their kides in the rat-hole system that is the APS. Sure, some of the schools may be a little better off, but either they would move to those areas or move out and commute. Thats the way it is. Call it what you will, but the right to vote does not mean the intelligence to do so. Talk about the old days, etc. all you want, but the crowd running the show now has screwed up the system more than an atomic bomb could have. And, if one says anything about it….they are racist because they dare quaesion the ability to actually EDUCATE the kids!! Rain on me if you want to, but check back with this cluster of a system in a few years….w/o intervention it will be worse (if that is possible) than it already is!