Your daily jolt: Nathan Deal gets comfortable with a new Falcons stadium

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:

Said Deal:

”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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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44 comments Add your comment

Kris

November 29th, 2012
9:42 am

Got to be proud.another Quality SHADY done DEAL at the taxpayers expense.

We need a stadium why?

Highest in foreclosures rates .
Highest in unemployment.
47th in high school graduation.
Almost dead last in education.
1st (FIRST) in state corruption.
Last in political Ethics

And the list goes on.

Hmmmmmm ...

November 29th, 2012
9:44 am

It’s interesting that Saxby’s chief strategist supported a “Republicans for Barnes” campaign a few years ago . . . Saxby is going to need Deal to win if he is challenged . . . and Deal does not forget such transgressions.

(IMO – good for Tom. He is a throw back wild card and i wish there were more like him)

Mr. Snarky

November 29th, 2012
9:53 am

Somebody must’ve slipped him a twenty.

Danny O

November 29th, 2012
9:57 am

I wouldn’t mind hitting the pause button on the talk of a new stadium before committing to higher hotel taxes and bond debt. Let’s see where we are economically in five years.

Shar

November 29th, 2012
10:00 am

No wonder he’s comfortable with the idea. They’ve saved him a nice, wide, plushy seat.

Just a taxpayer

November 29th, 2012
10:01 am

In other news, Artie Blank donates a stadium box and lifetime tickets for the Falcons to Nathan Deal.

red herring

November 29th, 2012
10:05 am

saxby should run as a democrat next time. for sure he is a big spender at a time when we need budget cuts. if it is actually true that the taxpayers of georgia don’t have to pitch in then i would agree that’s a pretty good deal on the stadium however time will tell if that is true or not.

Why not have a referendum on the new stadium?

November 29th, 2012
10:07 am

If it’s such a great deal as Governor “Let’s make a deal” claims, then it should be passed by voters in a landslide.

yuzeyurbrane

November 29th, 2012
10:11 am

My, how quickly Nathan was convinced after a week earlier saying the burden of proving need was on Arthur Blank. Now, what could bring one around in just 1 week?

Don Coyote

November 29th, 2012
10:15 am

No brainer that this would be the result of his considerations. There is plenty to go around for everyone in a Billion Dollar Deal. The hotel/motel tax should be used to build a facility that truly would bring conventions back to Atlanta year round and consequently bring in more jobs than a replacement stadium for one that already services the current events just fine. The ROI on a casino would be a much better alternative but has the proverbial snowball’s chance unless we could just resign ourselves to giving the Guvna’ and the other pols a better Deal than Blank is offering.

Just Wait

November 29th, 2012
10:17 am

I don’t like Saxby, never have. But I do give him credit for standing up to Grover and using the word “compromise” at a time when this country sorely needs it.

Road Scholar

November 29th, 2012
10:29 am

So, a new stadium versus a healthcare exchange. I hope the Deal does not allow ticket prices to be raised? Kris add healthcare to your list. Next thing, Deal will use the billions from the cigarette settlement for the stadium!

Kris

November 29th, 2012
10:42 am

Road Scholar….Done DEAL!

We need a stadium why?

Highest in foreclosures rates .
Highest in unemployment.
47th in high school graduation.
Almost dead last in education.
1st (FIRST) in state corruption.
Last in political Ethics

Health care

Wonder how many more deposits in off shore banks will make Corrupt Deal really comfortable with a new Falcons stadium
And the list goes on.

Kris

November 29th, 2012
10:45 am

Look for legislation to relax the immigration LAWS to allow cheap labor to come in and build this DIRTY deal Stadium.

Angry Voter

November 29th, 2012
10:45 am

I am so confused…. If we can tax hotel rooms to pay for things, why can’t we use that tax to pay for roads and infrastructure? Visitors use our roads, our public transportation, our water pipes, our police, etc. It’s nonsense that the stadium would be “free” when we are taking dollars that could be used for necessary purposes and, instead, earmark them for this boondoggle.

It’s as though our City “leaders” (or should we call them business-puppets?) have never heard of Detroit. Tax visitors too much, and the visitors will leave. Screw things up, and Atlanta will turn into the carcass that is now Detroit.

Wanting something and having the mature judgement to realize its not a wise idea are two different skills. We need leaders who have the second, instead of elected officials who act like teens with a stolen credit card. (Lots of spend, no realization of the consequences.)

And no, one Super Bowl does not justify this expensive undertaking. The last time the big game was hear, it was a huge, icy bust.

Angry Voter

November 29th, 2012
10:48 am

One more thing… never thought much of Saxby either, but he’s my new hero. We need more like him – willing to do what he thinks is right.

GaBlue

November 29th, 2012
11:15 am

Geebus. There’s just no end to the bottomless pit of bad decisions in this state.

NoMoreRawDeal

November 29th, 2012
11:20 am

Go for it, Governor Make a Deal.

But just remember we’re adding it to the list with T-SPLOST. We’re going to ask you to talk about these again in 2014, when you’re asking us to re-elect you. Please don’t get irritated when you are rightly criticized.

HeyMikey

November 29th, 2012
11:28 am

Stadiums don’t create jobs–they just shift entertainment spending from other kinds of entertainment to sports. I thought Republicans were supposed to be against government picking winners and losers?

And even if stadiums result in some small net jobs increase, it’s doubtful they increase jobs more than spending the same money on education or infrastructure. We’re increasing class sizes in K-12. We’re cutting the HOPE scholarship. Our SAT scores are significantly below even Alabama’s and Mississippi’s:http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-08-28-sat-table_N.htm

But hey, I guess our citizens don’t need to be educated for careers selling Falcons T-shirts on the sidewalk.

Kris

November 29th, 2012
11:32 am

NoMoreRawDeaL….add this to the list of things SHADY deal needs to explain.

“” We’re going to ask you to talk about these again in 2014, when you’re asking us to re-elect you. Please don’t get irritated when you are rightly criticized.”"

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State legislators and Gov. Nathan Deal (term loosely used) will spend $104 million of the $815 million banks are paying Georgia to settle foreclosure fraud claims, but if past indications hold true, much of that money won’t be going to distressed homeowners.
The discretionary cash will likely be spent on other areas of the state budget, as is money from Georgia’s settlement with tobacco companies and millions of dollars in directed fees that Georgians pay yearly.
Read more:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/funds-for-defrauded-homeowners-diverted-by-state/nQR6p

Aquagirl

November 29th, 2012
11:36 am

The Gov. cites “needed upgrades” (which are only needed to increase Arthur Blank’s profit) and taxes from “outsiders” as reasons for this boondoggle. Wow, I am amazed at this sudden reversal.

If you voted for Deal ask someone to baby-proof your house so you don’t stick a fork in an electrical socket on a whim.

GaBlue

November 29th, 2012
11:37 am

Can you imagine the outcry if we wanted to rebuild Grady Hospital? It’s about three times older than the Georgia Dome. Christ, the voters of this state are morons to elect the likes of Gov. Shady. There is simply no defense. Stupid is as stupid does, Georgia.

Stupid.

MoreSo

November 29th, 2012
11:38 am

Just jack up local taxes to pay for the billion $ stadium, require personal seat licenses and increase prices of tickets, parking and concessions to get even more money for Arthur and the connected parties involved. It’s easy money—local chumps will pay whatever it takes to see the falcons heroes.

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
11:39 am

Wow…it’s amazing.

Deal can somehow find the money to help fund a new stadium but tells GA state citizens GA can’t afford to increase Medicare for the poor…

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

MANGLER

November 29th, 2012
11:42 am

Let me toss this wrench in: Build the stadium, but …
Only use locally sourced Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Surveyors and Construction firms with local offices and local employees. Where possible, use locally sourced construction materials. Even go as far as to offer free public transportation to and from any local Atlanta hotel or the airport for anyone who attends an event or game or even a marginal discount on in town hotels (Why? Well, if they stay in Dunwoody or Cumberland or Stockbridge there is no hotel tax going to the city for the stadium).
Set it up so that as much money stays in the city as possible initially and long term.

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
11:43 am

@GaBlue…you need to change your name to GaRED… Repubs are running thangs now and you’re right.

How stupid we are to vote for a party that only cares for the rich…. the majority of GA citizens are not rich and yet we vote for party who in principle don’t care about us and the less fortunate.

STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

curious

November 29th, 2012
11:49 am

Why shouldn’t Gov Deal support the stadium?

All the trash will be going to his buddies’ landfill in Hall County and Deal will get some royalties.

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
11:52 am

@curious

BINGO……..what’s in it for me and my buddies…..

Somethings change with time and yet somethings will never change…..

CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah

November 29th, 2012
11:56 am

I totally can’t think of like 8 billion things this time and money would better be spent on. Un-believable. Forget the poor! Forget the economy! Forget our transportation gridlock! Publicly funded stadiums are the biggest boondogle in the history of urban development and our stupid politicians keep playing along. We need new highways and we get a stadium and street cars.

dtbspan@gmail.com

November 29th, 2012
11:57 am

I agree with Deal on this one big time. Who cares what you poor people think? I sure don’t!

dtbspam@gmail.com

November 29th, 2012
11:58 am

I really don’t care what you poor people think. Deal is the best governor we ever had..

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
12:02 pm

@Yeah……you nailed it…

1. How many of our GA residents are on wellfare?
2. How many of our GA residents have lost their homes (jobs)?
3. How many of our GA residents don’t have healt insurance?
4. How many of our GA residents don’t have a College or HS degrees?

These are some of the problems we have facing our state..and for a party that has claimed a corner on Moral Values it amazes me that their fix is (I got mine you get yours)…..

See below……from the BIBLE…

“Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” Leviticus 19:15
“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 23:22

Maude

November 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

I wonder how long it will take Georgia to recover from all the damage Gov. Deal will manage to do before he leaves office?

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
12:05 pm

@dstbspam@gamil.com

Of course you don’t you’re not poor….YET!!!!!

And you better hope and pray you don’t become poor…. Oh maybe that should happen…then you will change your tune……

LOL!!!!

honested

November 29th, 2012
12:06 pm

All this to play a kids game.

We must have forgotten that the real product of professional football when properly played, is nothing.

Yet we will commit precious taxpayer funds to play a game and produce nothing.

It is obvious why we are holding down last place in so many areas of intellectual accomplishment.

Georgia

November 29th, 2012
12:06 pm

Falcons tonight

Here We Go!

November 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

Does anybody else see the hypocracy of building a football stadium when we have children with no health care? Where is the moral compass of Ga’s elected leaders?

roughrider

November 29th, 2012
12:21 pm

With the economy as bad as it is, now is not the time for a new stadium.

Kris

November 29th, 2012
12:21 pm

@dstbspam@gamil.com So how are you related to Natie (shady ) Double deal….and which high paying entitlement job will you get. In this reed/deal stadium.

Norris T.

November 29th, 2012
12:49 pm

Deal does not deal unless there is a payday for him in it…

Kris

November 29th, 2012
12:59 pm

Any one for starting a RECALL petition for DEAL?

Miss J

November 29th, 2012
1:42 pm

I am in but he just BUY is way out of it…. LOL

Church of the painful Truth

November 29th, 2012
2:08 pm

I would like to see the current lease agreement the GWCC has with the Falcons for current Stadium. What are the terms for the new lease agreement?Does the State or City receive revenue from profits from the Falcons each year.It’s a business, so let’s collect revenue or royalties from the falcons.All this talk about how it will increase local business is OK ,BUT SHOW ME THE MONEY! I want a piece of the action!!!!

Baltimore Spent $200 million of taxpayer money on a stadium...what did they get?

November 29th, 2012
2:31 pm

Is Atlanta going to be the next Baltimore? I lived in Baltimore in the late 1990’s, and they had just finished building a new football stadium (named PSINet Stadium after a start-up that almost immediately went bankrupt). At this time, 1 in 9 persons living in the city of Baltimore was addicted to either heroin or crack cocaine, the schools were among the worst in the country, and the city’s infrastructure was crumbling.

Yet, they used $200 million in public money to build a nice, shiny, brand new football stadium because OMG football! The Ravens! Yay!!!

Twelve years later, Baltimore is filled with failing schools, is experiencing severe levels of violent crime (”the city that bleeds”), and it is the heroin capital of the United States.

Great allocation of resources there, guys. Nice work.

Also, I completely do not understand the repeated references to “it’s going to be paid for by out-of-towners”. What, so that means the money isn’t real? Seems to me like money is money – it can be spent on any number of different things…including repaving the roads. Doesn’t pretty much every single visitor to Atlanta use the roads?

We are turning into the next Baltimore, and it is depressing to see.