Introducing the next leader of the state Senate

You’ll recall that last Sunday’s column focused on the behind-the-scenes GOP struggle over leadership of the state Senate.

With Tommie Williams bowing out of the No. 1 spot of president pro tem, a slate has been fashioned by those who led the 2010 coup against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that would have Bill Cowsert of Athens replace Williams. Chip Rogers would retain his position as majority leader.

But the column included this:

[F]orces in the state Capitol [are] lining up behind two alternative candidates for the top Senate slots: David Shafer of Duluth for president pro tem and Ronnie Chance of Tyrone for majority leader. Chance is currently the governor’s floor leader….

The 35 to 38 Republican senators expected to be elected Nov. 6 will make the final leadership decisions in the days or weeks that follow.

We now have one additional tidbit to offer: Republicans held a fundraiser for state Sen. Tim Golden of Valdosta last night. The event was held in nearby Lakeland.

Shafer traveled to the event all the way from Duluth – a fact that Golden noted when he introduced his colleague to the crowd. Golden also referred to Shafer as the next president pro tem of the Senate.

“I was just having fun with him,” a reluctant Golden explained this afternoon.

But it was an interesting jest – given that Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle were in the room.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Peanut Farmer

October 2nd, 2012
4:54 pm

Tommie Williams should just pack up and head for the gnat line.

Just Nasty & Mean

October 2nd, 2012
4:57 pm

Aw com’on Jim. You never seem to pass up a chance to “stick it” to Chip Rogers.
Chip has been an outstanding majority leader, a superb spokesperson, with natural leadership skills. The LAST thing the state needs is the governor driving the Senate through his henchmen (Chance).

There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON Rogers shouldn’t continue on as Majority Leader and no benefit to having the governor pulling the puppet strings in the Senate.


October 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

Maybe Tommie’s plan would have been better received if it didn’t include a shady DUI lawyer as Pro Tem and Chip/Will the Winner Rogers as the #2.

R U Kidding Me?

October 2nd, 2012
5:09 pm

Just Natsy & Retarded:

I can think of $2.4 million reasons for Chips Rogers to be kicked out of the Senate and sent to Federal Prison. It’s called mortgage fraud. and I can think of another $140,000 reasons and its called violating campaign laws.

And Peanut Farmer, as for Tommie Boy, he should switch to the Democratic party which has a more favorable stance on Gay Marriage.


October 2nd, 2012
5:11 pm

Just nasty, you clearly aren’t in Rogers’ district. He’s an arrogant moron, out only to line his own pockets and those of his cronies. He’s worked hard to trash the outstanding Cherokee Schools, he’s behind the weird Agenda 21 hysteria, and he’s a bilious hypocrite, sitting proudly in the pews of the local Baptist Church, while lining his pockets with money from the public trough (and prior money from gambling interests.)

There are tons of reasons he needs to be deposed…


October 2nd, 2012
5:20 pm

If David Shafer is pro tem I hope they have an elevator close to that office….or strong stairs.

Just Nasty & Mean

October 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Indeed, I am not in Roger’s district, but if he was all the things you say–WHY DID THE PEOPLE OF CHEROKEE JUST REELECT HIM IN A LANDSLIDE? Are you saying the people of Cherokee/N. Fulton are (your favorite term) morons?

Explain to me why anybody would want to trash the schools where he lives? That doesn’t make sense and you don’t make any sense? And if you don’t think Agenda 21 isn’t legitimate, perhaps you should learn to Google and go get some real information instead of your perceived conspiracies. As far as being a “moron”, I guess that explains Roger’s his Ga. Tech degree and MBA and leadership position he has now. Finally, the man earned a living as an announcer, and you want to criticism because he used that self taught skill to advertise for legal gambling interest.

Cherokee, I’ve just defeated all your arguments. Now who is the moron?

David Shafer is THE PPP for GA!

October 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Reality Check

October 2nd, 2012
6:00 pm

Jim – everyone knows Shafer is your biggest source of info in the senate but don’t carry his water for him. If 38 Republican Senators elect shafer to anything I will have lost faith in the Senate. Even with your in fighting over the last 2 years you were clearly the only legislative body in Georgia that resembled anything close to being true conservatives.


October 2nd, 2012
6:16 pm

Ah yes, let’s put old Senator Chance up for leadership – a guy who was one of the more influential lobbyists in the state before he got elected – so he can immediately sell us all down the river to his former clients. Awesome. When are voters going to realize none of these guys – Ronnie Chance especially – is in this to ’serve the people.’ They’re in this to make as much money and as many business connections as they can until they either retire or their constituents finally wise up.

I still say we need 10-12 year term limits in the General Assembly. I think spending over a decade in the House or Senate is long enough, don’t you?

Disgusted with our reps and senators

October 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Nasty and Mean, I’d hardly call it a landslide. 60-40%, and Beach only campaigned for 2 months? I believe that if t-splost hadn’t been on the ballot, Beach would have taken it. And he should have. Georgia has earned an “F” in ethics, and Rogers is Exhibit A. I am a Cherokee resident and cannot WAIT for Rogers to be indicted, convicted, and in jail where he belongs.


October 2nd, 2012
6:22 pm

I’m not sure I’d call Chip’s win in Cherokee a landslide; without his flip-flop on the T-Splost he would probably be back distributing sports books – something he’s refused to comment about, since he knows it’s not a good thing to do in Georgia.


October 2nd, 2012
6:53 pm

Question for Rogers or Graves, where can I get a loan for 1.2 million. You know the kind you do not have to pay back? Just give me a call 404 777 ——–(pick 4)

Years ago many politicians served for a dollar a year. Don’t have men like that today

Nut jobs of a feather flock together…. Just sayin.

Recall Rogers and his cronies.

Re-elect President OBAMA


October 2nd, 2012
6:57 pm

Chip is

October 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

Chip won because he is a decent campaigner and picks his issues well for being in Cherokee.

That does not mean he is not also, “Will the Winner Rogers”, a sports tout, a roach motel owner, a guy who does seedy real estate business, and breaks campaign laws.


October 2nd, 2012
7:15 pm

It appears that the October surprise is going to be released tonight on Hannity. Obama showing the country his true community organizing self.

‘My pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country’..
‘We don’t need to build more highways out in the suburbs. We should be investing in minority-owned businesses, in our neighborhoods’… ”

Keep the Majority Leader!

October 2nd, 2012
7:43 pm

This column is incorrect with respect to Ronnie Chance and Chip Rogers. Ronnie is strongly in the camp of the Senate Majority Leader. He recognizes what Chip brings to the table in terms of communications skills and strategy. In fact, these two gentlemen would make an excellent ticket for President Pro Tem and Majority Leader.

Chip has been unfairly tagged with the mistakes of Bill Cowsert and Tommie Williams. Chip has never agreed to be on the Williams-Cowsert slate. They used Chip’s name because of his universal popularity within the Senate GOP Caucus.


October 2nd, 2012
7:45 pm

I met Chip when he was shilling for the City of Dawsonville at a public meeting. No one but the Elliotts, and a few hundred citizens in Dawsonville want a new Regional Airport. Everyone else who lives up there, lives there because of the beauty and the peaceful existence. The plans were dropped in response to the public outrage, and it now looks like Lake Lanier may get one of the first casinos in the state. Good for them, they have the infrastructure in place to handle it and other recreational developments, as well.


October 2nd, 2012
7:58 pm

“And Peanut Farmer, as for Tommie Boy, he should switch to the Democratic party which has a more favorable stance on Gay Marriage”

The new motto for the GA libs: We are great on gay marriage but suck at everything else.


October 2nd, 2012
8:34 pm

Just Nasty, several other folks answered you pretty thoroughly.

I love it up here, but as long as Rogers hates him some gays and Mexicans, he’ll do okay. Plus, of course, the fact that he sits in the church pew every Sunday.

And as to Agenda 21, you think I should google it? Yeah, that’s the ticket, since we all know everything on the internet is truly factual…

Look before I leap...

October 2nd, 2012
8:35 pm

And the GOP which has had a death grip on GA politics for 10 years has gotten us what?
48th in education – as measured my SAT performance rankings
Highest bank failure rate in the last 4 years
Persistently higher than national average in unemployment rates

Oh, we do have that lovely $300M fish farm in Perdue’s backyard – yippee.


October 2nd, 2012
9:24 pm


You mean that October surprise that Jake Tapper reported on in 2008. Yeah game changer…

Auntie Christ

October 2nd, 2012
10:02 pm

October 2nd, 2012
9:24 pm


You mean that October surprise that Jake Tapper reported on in 2008. Yeah game changer…

The old saying about what’s insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. It is not insanity, it is just stupidity. The white wing thought this “issue” was a game changer 4 years ago and they got their @sses handed to them, and they’ve been trying since then to make it an issue, only to have their @sses handed to them again this cycle. I would never suggest that hannity or drudge are stupid, they are anything but. It’s people like td with their small minds and wishful fantasies that hannity, drudge and limbaugh count on for their bread and butter. They make $millions feeding td and friends road kill and convincing them it’s filet mignon.


October 2nd, 2012
10:30 pm

Lots of great stuff to night.
@Look…Well said only a dirty DEAL could be proud of the education standing, so proud he wants to build a parallel system just like it. That’s a good deal. IF your name is DEAL. Head master IDIOT DEAL. good ring to it.
Fish farm…that’s good to feed the legislators fish next season.

Thanks to people like rogers/graves bank failure rate and unemployment.

And I could go on…but will leave with this thought …

Whats the difference between a crook and a Georgia politician. The crooks is in JAIL

Recall Rogers…Impeach DEAL.

Classic Conservative

October 3rd, 2012
12:01 am

“Explain to me why anybody would want to trash the schools where he lives? That doesn’t make sense…”

The majority leader has been instrumental in stripping local schools of millions in state money, ignores local school board requests, has actively sought to oust board members and redistricted the board chair out of his district all in the county with the highest SAT scores in the state. You are right. It doesn’t make sense.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
12:34 am

“It doesn’t make sense.”

There are only 3 possible reasons a politician makes a decision to blatantly screw over his constituents:

A. Mental incapacity: Stupid to begin with, blew a gasket, substance abuse
B. To gain long term political capital
C. Personal financial gain

Personally, I don’t think Chip Rogers is smart enough for “B”. That leaves “A” and “C” and when looking into such things it is always wise to look at the money.


October 3rd, 2012
12:42 am

Regardless of which party controls the House and/or Senate, I’d like to see some new “leadership” — the current “leadership” has not “led” — at least not very well. On important issues, Congress appears to be stuck spinning its wheels.


October 3rd, 2012
12:44 am

That change in both houses needs to be in both Georgia’s state house and the US Congress.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
12:44 am


If that is Obama’s “October surprise” then Romney is in a lot of trouble.
You are better off with the “birther” thing. Or you can keep harping on the college transcripts.
I seem to recall you were hoping SCOTUS made a ruling on citizenship – want to start braying about that again?

Now when you are ready to talk about actual issues, let me know.

Karl Marx

October 3rd, 2012
6:05 am

“Look before I leap… ” (but leap anyway)
“And the GOP which has had a death grip on GA politics for 10 years has gotten us what?
48th in education – as measured my SAT performance rankings
Highest bank failure rate in the last 4 years
Persistently higher than national average in unemployment rates”

For the 100 years before that under Democrat control we were 49th in education, consistently could not attract industry to the state and enacted policies that harmed banks. BTW that was a 30 million dollar go fish museum not a 300 million and the dummycrats were the ones to open the most now bankrupt museums. Thank you try again and better luck next time.

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October 3rd, 2012
7:44 am

Look before I leap…

The rank acc to SAT averages is all but meaningless. This newspaper yelled GEORGIA RANKS 48!!!! every Sept for so many years that people who don’t look further believed it. Look further. The College Board itself explains why the state averages should not be used as a measure of the quality of states’ educations systems.

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Bob Loblaw

October 3rd, 2012
8:18 am

Tommie’s arrogance, here, is amazing. Quit your leadership post and then, without election before the full caucus, name a slate.

While Tommie’s “caucus” meets, Casey draws more Senators to a meeting with him. Do the math.

Stability will return to the Senate after Tommie takes up in his new digs in the CLOB along with his freshman that he sold out to for their support. Imagine making a Senator with more seniority go sit in front of a freshman and “request” committee assignments. How pathetic.

Tommie should have gone home in 2008 when he promised everyone under the Dome that he was retiring.

The race for Majority Leader will be the toughest choice. Someone needs to step up.

Anyone But Chip

October 3rd, 2012
9:10 am

Just Nasty -

You are correct, my neighbors are Morons. Either that or lazy and uninvolved..take your choice. There is little doubt that the Chipster will continue to be elected even without the illegal “Incumbent Protection Program” and campaign contributions that are mysteriously repaid (after the election).

The fact that Cherokee County continues to elect a corrupt politician to represent us is OUR problem. The fact that the crook gets to run the senate and set the agenda for the state is EVERY Georgian’s problem.

Classic Conservative

October 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

Karl says things were worse before 2002.
Tom Crawford blogged last year: “It is interesting to note that during the period from 1994 to 2001, Georgia’s average SAT score increased by a few points each year under governors – Zell Miller and Roy Barnes – who supported more funding for public education. During Perdue’s final term in office, as those cutbacks in state funding began to sink in, the average SAT score declined each year”

Since the expansion of the then Hartsfield Airport in 1980 and for 20 years thereafter, Georgia was in the top of the states experiencing economic expansion. The prosperity under Busbee, Miller (and later Barnes) brought international attention to our capitol city and the state. In 96 the Olympics were staged here.

Also, employment was at an all time high.

Classic Conservative

October 3rd, 2012
9:13 am

Correction. Should have included Harris (Joe Frank) in the last paragraph above.

Look before I leap...

October 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

Apologies for the typo – 30 million is the correct cost for the fish boondoggle.
Guess that makes it better huh?

And you miss my point son, which was the GOP has done little if anything to move the dial in a positive direction. Your argument that the Dems held control for 100 years and therefore the cause of Georgia’s issues today is bogus for two reasons:
1. Many of those “Dems” are now card carrying members of the GOP
2. If the policies were so bad, why has the GOP controlled legislature not done something about it?

Now GB points out that state rankings for SAT scores need to be taken with a very large grain of salt and there are a multitude of studies that make strong cases against doing so.
There is much discussion that achievement measurements are a better indicator for educational efficacy. So be it. In that regard, GA tends to rank on average 22nd amongst the states – just slightly above average. That needle has also not moved in the past 10 years so the conclusion that the educational system is satisfied with GA being average is not unreasonable.

Keep the Majority Leader!

October 3rd, 2012
12:00 pm

Chip Rogers is not, repeat NOT, a member of the Williams-Cowsert slate. Chip is a unifying figure within the Senate GOP Caucus, respected by all sides. Cowsert wants to run on a slate with him because he believes that Chip’s popularity will help him in his race for President Pro Tem. So does Ronnie Chance.

Personally, I favor the team of Ronnie Chance for President Pro Tem and Chip Rogers for Majority Leader. But Chip is not supporting anyone for President Pro Tem. He is focused on his own unanimous, unopposed re-election campaign and keeping the Caucus unified.

Seriously now

October 3rd, 2012
12:28 pm

Chip won’t run. He does not want to go out a LOSER. Look for announcement by Chip to pursue other opportunities. Ronnie and David will lead the Senate come 2013.

Poor Rogers

October 3rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Wait until all the unreported transactions between Rogers and the DOT come out. He’s only a few steps away from indictment now. He and the Tommie slate need to go for the sake of the senate. Chip is not a unifier and if he runs he will not be unopposed.


October 3rd, 2012
5:14 pm

@ Keep the Majority Leader!

Chip is apart of the Williams/Cowsert slate. And who exactly is Chip popular with?