Hints at the roles that U.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Athens and Tom Price of Roswell might play in U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ future surface in a Politico.com piece today:
One Georgia-based GOP consultant [said] he expects the fiercely conservative Broun to launch a Senate campaign as soon as January. A spokeswoman for Broun said he hasn’t decided.
“I feel very confident that Paul Broun’s running for U.S. Senate,” said Republican strategist Joel McElhannon, who is already feeling out recruits to run in Broun’s Athens-based 10th District. “You have senior staff quietly calling around for jobs, that’s why I think it’s legitimate.”
…But [state GOP chairman Sue] Everhart said Price poses the biggest threat to Chambliss.
“Tom told me a good while back that he wouldn’t run against Saxby if Saxby ran again. But he said if a whole bunch of people jumped in, that he would think about it,” Everhart said in an interview. “Saxby would have his work cut out against him against Price, that’s for sure.”
Click here for an account of Chambliss’ appearance before the Cobb County GOP on Saturday morning.
In January, the state House will convene with 119 Republicans – and will stay one shy of a super-majority. From the Macon Telegraph:
State Rep. Rusty Kidd, a Milledgeville independent, won’t be switching to the Republican Party any time soon.
Kidd [said] Friday that he’d become a Republican if it would help bring jobs to Baldwin and Putnam counties, which he represents.
“For 5,000 jobs, hell yeah I would change parties,” he said.
Kidd said none of the Republican leadership called him in wake of the election that left their party just a single seat shy of a supermajority in the state House.
While Kidd’s phone may not have rung on Nov. 7, House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, told me last week that the two have talked since then:
”Rusty and I have chatted. We didn’t talk about any realignment. Rusty’s working to serve his district down there, and he’ll vote the way he votes. I don’t think there’s anything magic about what he does or does not do. Rusty’s all about representing Baldwin County and the surrounding areas.”
Another state lawmaker appears to be straightening out his finances. Also from the Macon Telegraph:
Under an agreement announced Friday, radio stations belonging to a company run by state Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, will again broadcast Georgia Southern University sports and will pay only a fraction of fees that were under dispute from previous years.
Georgia Eagle Media must pay $15,000 of more than $53,000 that GSU said it was due for the rights to broadcast the university’s sports in the 2010-2011 athletic year.
Apparently, becoming the sheriff is a bigger deal in some places than in others. From Sylvia Cooper and the Augusta Chronicle:
In addition to becoming Richmond County’s first black sheriff, [Richard] Roundtree just might be Georgia’s first sheriff to hold a black-tie inaugural ball – or any ball at all. Someone suggested he might even be the first sheriff in the United States to do so.
Terry Norris, the executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said he’d not heard of a sheriff having an inaugural ball.
“There may have been some, but I don’t know about them,” he said. “We’ve had over 200 elected sheriffs go through our training. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but generally speaking, the sheriffs aren’t so ceremonial. They are truly the blue-collar workers of the state.”
Roundtree raised a lot of eyebrows when he arrived to announce his run for sheriff in a stretch limousine with a driver wearing white gloves. Now he’s alienated some of his supporters by charging $125 per single ticket or $250 a couple to attend his ball.
The New York Times has a flattering piece on a Georgia town that has successfully sold itself as a background for movies and TV series:
With film crews bringing in money and publicity, Senoia (pronounced sen-OY) has avoided the empty downtowns and shrinking tax bases that plague many rural towns. The population has nearly doubled since 2000. Property tax revenues have risen even though the city has lowered its tax rate and the fact that Georgia, over all, has among the nation’s highest foreclosure rate.
“It has been like turning on a fire hose of cash,” said Scott Tigchelaar, the president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta, a division of an international production company.
Last night, Brookhaven mayoral candidate Sandy Murray sent out an email that that targeted her rival in Tuesday’s runoff election. It included this:
My campaign recently uncovered documents indicate that J. Max Davis is a serial tax delinquent. County records show that Davis has been habitually late in paying taxes on his business property and authorities have put Davis under lien due to unpaid taxes in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Davis is also currently late paying his 2012 taxes – the first installment was due on October 1 and the second installment was due on November 15.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, a Davis ally, quickly responded with an email blast of his own:
Today a canvasser for Sandy Murray approached me and my wife in our driveway. He handed us an orange flyer that said the following: “J. Max Davis is a serial tax delinquent. He paid his taxes late in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012.”
I looked up this claim in the real estate and lien indexes of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA). Here is what I found:
The tax liens DO NOT belong to J. Max Davis, the candidate for Mayor of Brookhaven. The tax liens belong to his deceased father’s estate. J. Max and his father happen to share a name.
I then called J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, and asked him about it.
J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, is not the administrator of his father’s estate. J. Max Davis, the mayoral candidate, is not responsible for the estate in any way whatsoever.
All of the tax liens happened because DeKalb County was sending tax notices to the wrong address for the estate. DeKalb has continued to send the notices to the wrong address year after year, despite having been notified of the problem.
Finally, all of the liens were marked “cancelled” when the mistake was pointed out and the estate’s property taxes were paid.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider