Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is no longer out there by himself. For the first time, Gov. Nathan Deal has indicated his support for a new $1 billion stadium that would serve as a home to the Atlanta Falcons.
From Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News:
”I think that, overall, if we get a new facility that’s upgraded and meets the current demands and needs of the future, then being on the hook for less than a third – that is repaid from money that comes from outsiders – I think that’s probably a pretty good deal.”
That deal would require the Georgia World Congress Authority’s bonding capacity to be increased from $200 million to $300 million – which would require legislation passed by the General Assembly. Geary reports that the governor now says he’s “open” to the idea.
We’re picking up word that state Sen. Doug Stoner, the Smyrna Democrat who was successfully targeted by Republicans this month, is quietly campaigning for the 13th District spot on the state Department of Transportation board now held by Dana Lemon – the board’s only African-American female. Lemon has held the seat since 2003. Her current term expires next April.
Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, declared in this space that he has no interest in a 2014 challenge to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss or Gov. Nathan Deal.
As a matter of fact, Barrow has already begun recruiting for his 2014 House re-election bid. A reader has sent us a link to an advertisement that contains this description:
Responsibilities include: Traveling and working directly with the Candidate. Organizing and coordinating events, compiling and analyzing data, research, and developing and implementing strategic plans.
The campaign staff member would be working in both Atlanta and Augusta.
In an interview for the Thursday print column, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ chief strategist, Tom Perdue, told us that he suspects that most of the names that are being floated as potential opponents are simply engaging in a bit of advertising. “That doesn’t bother me a bit,” he said.
Perdue said Chambliss, who is already sitting on $1.5 million, will probably resume fund-raising in earnest by February. But the campaigning will begin much, much earlier.
Chambliss will be the keynote speaker of a Dec. 9 gathering of new state lawmakers in Athens.
Speaking of Athens, reader Steven Schaffer passes on this prayer for Saturday’s SEC championship from Rabbi Michael Bernstein of the Congregation Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta:
”May the One who guided Vince, Herschel, and Buck Belue grant victory to their descendants and joy to those who follow them. Give counsel to Mark Richt, accuracy to Aaron Murray, strength to Gurshall and ferocity to the Defense.
“Halt the momentum of our adversaries. Say to them as you related to your servant Job, ‘The Tide shall come to here and no further.’ And as for the Irish… Well let’s deal with that when the time comes…. So may it be inscribed in the Book of Chronicles and Statistics (the BCS) and the records of the House of Dawg.”
Amen and amen.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider