Your daily jolt: Paul Broun, Saxby Chambliss trade jabs on spending

You have to wonder if the first salvo in the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate, between Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss and presumed primary challenger Paul Broun, has just been fired. Roll Call, the D.C. newspaper, has these paragraphs from an interview with the Athens congressman:

Asked whether Chambliss understands the big issues of debt and deficit the country is facing as he does, Broun paused for a moment.

“Doesn’t seem so,” Broun said. “He seems to want to raise taxes on people, and he also wants to continue spending. So I don’t know if he does or not, you’ll have to ask him.”

But pressed whether he was interested in challenging Chambliss in next year’s primary, Broun took a pass on answering. “Right now I’m focusing on trying to get our country to be responsible financially as a nation,” he said. “It’s not time to even think about that.”

In the same article, Chambliss denies that the fiscal cliff deal that came out of the Senate amounted to a tax increase. Then he went further:

“Not only do I understand our debt and deficit problem, I have gotten off the sidelines to try and find a solution,” Chambliss added. “Those who vote ‘no’ on everything obviously don’t care about solving the country’s problems.”

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Clearly, freshman state Rep. Charles Gregory, R-Kennesaw, doesn’t intend to spend much time at the state Capitol watching from a back bench. In December, Gregory pre-filed a series of bills intended to remove all restrictions on firearms in Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal has strongly hinted that he’s not interested. On Wednesday, Deal identified HB 35, the bill that would allow the arming of local school administrators, as the only gun legislation likely to enjoy any success this year.

Nonetheless, an undeterred Gregory has a plan. Last week, before he was even sworn in, Gregory sent out a two-page letter on what looked like official stationery, but wasn’t, on behalf of a group called Georgia Gun Owners. You can read it here and here.

Gregory first addressed the outrage of Georgia’s concealed carry law:

– You’ll have to pay a government tax when applying for a Georgia Weapons License before receiving it.

– Submit to government fingerprinting – like criminals do when they are booked into your county jail.
In one South Georgia County, it’s been reported that those who apply for a permit must first ride on a bus – sometimes riding along with inmates on their way to the county jail – to get fingerprinted.

– Georgia gun owners must also wait days if not weeks to receive their permit while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation runs a full background check on even law-abiding individuals.

Gregory declared that he intended to shower the General Assembly with petitions, and then:

When the fight really begins to heat up, my hope is to run targeted newspaper and radio ads to help us get the votes to put us over the top.

Finally, the soon-to-be-sworn-in lawmaker got down to business:

None of these tactics will be cheap. So must ask for your generous financial support as well.

Gregory will do very well here.

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We may be about to engage in some history. State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, has given intriguing notice that he will hold a 2:30 p.m. session with reporters today “announce a resolution regarding Georgia’s previous practice of slavery.”

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My AJC colleague Ariel Hart was at Thursday’s meeting of the state Board of Tranportation when – in a moment of idle chatter — the unrelated topic of Medicaid and the hospital assessment tax/fee came up.

DOT board member Jim Cole recounted how, back in 2010, he was a member of the House and one of Gov. Sonny Perdue’s floor leaders. The governor had given him the legislation calling for a “bed tax” to plug a deep hole in Medicaid funding. Cole consulted his House colleagues, who urged him to hold off filing the bill while they searched for a fiscal miracle.

“Three weeks went by, and one day [Perdue] called me and he said, ‘I want that bill in the hopper by 3 o’clock.’ I couldn’t find one person to sign it,” Cole remembered.

Which makes Gov. Nathan Deal’s effort to bring the same issue to a vote on the fourth day of the session more than impressive, Cole concluded.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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24 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 17th, 2013
9:55 am

Chambliss denies that the fiscal cliff deal that came out of the Senate amounted to a tax increase.

chambliss must have a lib accountant.

Marlboro Man

January 17th, 2013
10:07 am

The GA leaders have nothing to brag about, they only care for themselves.

Tom

January 17th, 2013
10:07 am

Barry Loudermilk = David Barton Light

teaching taxpayer

January 17th, 2013
10:11 am

We have to buy a license and give our fingerprints if we want a Concealed Carry Permit. Where’s the outrage in that?

mike

January 17th, 2013
10:50 am

This is great. Let’s have school administrators running around with guns protecting a school system rated pretty low compared to other states. Poor education but at least we will have a lot of guns to boast about. What is Loudermilk’s news about. Is he going to declare that slaves were actually volunteers who helped the farmers of the south? Or was slavery just another urban myth. This ought to be good.

10th District constituent

January 17th, 2013
10:50 am

I’m a firm believer in equal opportunity. So I say let’s make Paul Broun a senator. Then the entire state can be embarrassed by this wingnut, not just those of us in the 10th District.

curious

January 17th, 2013
11:01 am

Can’t wait for the debates and Broun has the opportunity to explain how anyone believing the world is more than 10,000 years old is spouting a lie straight from the pit of hell.

Mike

January 17th, 2013
11:04 am

Paul Broun: leader of the tin foil hat brigade. You guys realize the earth is only some 6000 years old, Right?…Right?
As long as we have these M0R0NS as leaders, we are in deep trouble.

No Longer Republican

January 17th, 2013
11:06 am

The only good thing about Broun running against Chambliss is that he won’t be able to run for re-election at the same the time. That means after Chambliss whips his butt we will have one less whacko in Congress, that is unless, the 10th district elects somebody just as crazy.

Road Scholar

January 17th, 2013
11:17 am

Where do I start?:

– You’ll have to pay a government tax when applying for a Georgia Weapons License before receiving it.

In keeping with the repub mantra: HOW DO YOU PAY FOR THIS NECESSARY FUNCTION? Not all will partake!

– Submit to government fingerprinting – like criminals do when they are booked into your county jail.

Do you want the license? How does the public confirm you are who you say you are (repub mantra on immigration)? How do we track your butt down IF you illegally use the weapon?

In one South Georgia County, it’s been reported that those who apply for a permit must first ride on a bus – sometimes riding along with inmates on their way to the county jail – to get fingerprinted.

Poor babies! Maybe this would burn that memory into your mind if you break the law…doing anything illegal! Scared straight?

– Georgia gun owners must also wait days if not weeks to receive their permit while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation runs a full background check on even law-abiding individuals.

A background check takes time; you paid your money- do you expect shoddy work? What is the hurry in buying a gun? Must you have emotions running rampant to buy a gun? Taking a page from Saint Sonny….practice time management! If you wanted the gun for your hunting trip tomorrow, you should have thought about it earlier.

And then Gregory puts his foot with shoe attached in his mouth….

“None of these tactics will be cheap. So must ask for your generous financial support as well.” Can you say “DUH”!!!

As for Broun, why don’t we make him the poster child for needing improvement for mental health! How did he know about guns…ya’ know the technology thingie! He’s still looking for the safety on his sling shot!

nathan's political arsonist

January 17th, 2013
11:24 am

broun the scientist as a senator. that’s funny. he should never be elected to any public office again

Jon Lester

January 17th, 2013
11:38 am

Road – well said.

I plan to apply for a permit in a few months, but I don’t intend to actually buy a handgun to go with it; I just want to have that extra evidence of my good citizenship, and to know I won’t have to worry about it if I want any kind of available gun in the future. Seems to me that most permit holders would take it seriously enough to consistently conduct themselves in a lawful manner in all circumstances, and to avoid associating with people who might cause problems. Also, Georgia is a “shall issue” state, so if you pass the background check, they have to give you the permit.

Rawmilkdrinker

January 17th, 2013
12:23 pm

Rep Gregory, as the nice lady from the Ga Sate Patrol told me when I didn’t want to give my fingerprint to get my driver’s license,”I don’t get your fingerprint you don’t get your driver’s license!”

Hank

January 17th, 2013
12:35 pm

All hope is not lost in Georgia: Saxby is showing he has to actually solve problems. Deal knows that Medicaid pays quite a bit for nursing homes. And Gregory’s gun nuttery has already gotten national weird news attention. But can someone, anyone at AJC or elsewhere keep track of all that money that Gregory’s about to get?

Buymadeinusjobs

January 17th, 2013
12:36 pm

Broun is on of 17o red state Repub. Tea Party, who threaten to destroy our economy by holding debt ceiling hostage. They were told in Dec, it needed to be increased to pay for bills congress incurred already.

Republicans make me sick because they run their big mouths 0on spending cuts. But they are ones who took surplus in 2001/2003 and did not pay back social security trust fund but gave tax cuts or say a word about cutting it, medicare , medicaid, veterans benefits, until now when they want to pay for wars/overseas adventures[16 trillion debt] out of hide
of children, veterans, seniors, disabled, low paid workers, unemployed.

Republican tea party controls what is put on floor to be voted on and constitution gives them the power to increase revenues to pat their bills as they go along. The time they should make the spending cuts /increase taxes is when they do the appropriations/spending bills. for example , they just appropriated 633 billion which is 1/2 of 1.2 trillion yearly deficit . They did not pay for it by putting a war tax[wealth tax or transaction tax on wall street/commodities etc or tax on money in tax havens]

Buymadeinusjobs

January 17th, 2013
1:05 pm

forgot to proof: on=one, pat=pay 633 billion was what Repubs told President to spend for defense and what to spend it on. The president can only spend what congress appropriates.

R U Kidding Me?

January 17th, 2013
2:47 pm

Now that Chip Rogers has left the Senate in disgrace, and Bobby Franklin has gone to the big nut house in the sky, Barry Loudermilk is now Head Wacko In Charge down at the Georgia Legislature. Can’t wait to hear the wisdom coming from his press conference today.

Newt is nuts

January 17th, 2013
3:15 pm

Maybe I need to change my blog name to Broun is nuts. And did you ever wonder what kind of people would ever use Broun as their doctor?

honested

January 17th, 2013
5:27 pm

I am no fan of saxby and would never vote for him, but there is merit in a primary where broun, price, gingrey, westmoreland and woodall are all in a primary against him.
Seems like a good way to clear out the chaff.

DennisQ

January 17th, 2013
7:28 pm

I appreciate what Saxby said. Just saying no does not, in my opinion, equal leadership. Nor does pulling “stunts” like bypassing the State of the Union to send out Tweets signify Statesmanship, in my opinion. Does Mr. Broun plan to attend the inauguration?

DennisQ

January 17th, 2013
7:38 pm

BTW… as I understand it, Tea Party here in GA has already targeted Mr. Chambliss.

red herring

January 17th, 2013
9:17 pm

Mr. Chambliss put a big target on his back when he went along with big government and big spending both under bush and then again under obama. we need a smaller federal government, much less federal government spending, and a balanced budget—-call it tea party—call it common sense–it is one and the same. those people not interested in acheiving those goals should be out of washington d.c.—regardless if they are democrat or republican. big spending/big government should be a thing of the past and once we are bankrupt as greece is then it will be—the pain will be much worse then though……broun for senate—we have more limited govt/tea party folks waiting to run for his house seat.

honested

January 18th, 2013
8:02 am

rh,
I see there are still plenty of Georgians who did not get the message in November.
You might want to re-read the election results!

Jessica

January 18th, 2013
1:17 pm

I’ve been frustrated with Saxby’s lies for years now. If Broun continues in a fiscally responsible manner, this Republican will be his new biggest supporter for Senate 2014. Either way, I want actions, not words.

P.S. Saxby, votes against unconstitutional spending are EXACTLY the kinds of votes Republicans want.