Your daily jolt: GPB producer resigns over hiring of Chip Rogers

News that former state Sen. Chip Rogers has been given an executive position at Georgia Public Broadcasting with a hefty starting salary of $150,000 has prompted the resignation of a longtime executive producer at the network.

Click here to read the resignation letter from Ashlie Wilson Pendley to GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan, sent to us this morning by Bryan Long of Better Georgia. Here’s the meat:

I know that you have faced a variety of challenges and difficult decisions in the last four years since you assumed leadership of GPB. I’ve witnessed four rounds of layoffs. I’ve watched the outsourcing of the sales staff, the IT helpdesk and most recently, Master Control operations. I have loyally accepted stagnant wages for the last five years, even while the cost of my benefits has increased- even in the times when furloughed- because I believed GPB was an organization that was worth the sacrifice and the hard work.

In December, it became public that GPB was hiring former Senator Chip Rogers to spearhead a new job growth and community development effort. I was shocked and curious about the sudden decision. Having been involved with coverage of 15 legislative sessions with the Lawmakers program, I followed the situation with interest. But interest turned to disgust this weekend after the AJC published Senator Rogers’ salary of $150,000. More than any other Executive Producer, more than many of the Vice Presidents- and all in a time when budget cuts are deep and the rank-and-file have been told there is no money.

I think it is unconscionable to create a position and compensate any individual in this manner during these difficult times. I am quite certain that considerable political pressure was brought to bear to make this a reality. I am disappointed that you felt this was GPB’s best course of action. While I might understand it to some extent, I cannot condone it and I cannot continue to stand idly by.

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Up in Washington, during a conversation Tuesday afternoon about the debt ceiling and the ongoing budget battles, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy asked U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, an Athens Republican, if his role in Congress is to pull the House Republican leadership to the right – given that he is often voting against their wishes and pushing a more conservative course.

Broun said his cause is far bigger, and tied the conversation to President Barack Obama’s inauguration Monday.

“I think my role is to uphold support and defend our Constitution,” he said. “… The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution. I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one. He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer.”

The most recent constitution for the now-defunct United Soviet Socialist Republic was ratified in 1977. Malloy notes. They don’t sound much like Obama’s inaugural address, but here are a few lines from the preamble :

The Great October Socialist Revolution, made by the workers and peasants of Russia under the leadership of the Communist Party headed by Lenin, overthrew capitalist and landowner rule, broke the fetters of oppression, established the dictatorship of the proletariat, and created the Soviet state, a new type of state, the basic instrument for defending the gains of the revolution and for building socialism and communism. Humanity thereby began the epoch-making turn from capitalist to socialism.

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11Alive continues to draw on an automated statewide poll conducted on its behalf by SurveyUSA — this time on new gun legislation. Here’s a link to the video. The stats can be found here. MOE is +/- 4.3 percentage points. To sum up:

– Georgians would favor an a ban on assault weapons and limits on magazine capacity: 56 percent approve, 38 percent oppose, 6 percent undecided;

– They favor background check on all gun purchases, even private ones: 75-20-5

– They oppose state legislation to allow concealed weapons to be carried without permit: 80-17-3;

– They oppose legislation to allow guns to be carried into churches: 64-26-10;

– And they would oppose any legislation to allow guns to be carried on college campuses: 65-29-7.

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Speaking of guns. This message from the state Senate Press Office was waiting on Twitter this morning:

We apologize for inappropriate tweets. Our account has been compromised & we’re working hard to solve the problem #hacked

What was the inappropriate message? This endorsement of a state with very few gun laws:

If I’m ever forced to move to New England, Vermont is the only acceptable state.

Here’s the link the tweet included.

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The final leg of a special election to fill the vacancy left by state Rep. Sean Jerguson of Cherokee County is heating up. Republicans Scott Turner and Brian Laurens are headed for a runoff. This morning, a video surfaced on Facebook in which Laurens is stopped by a Holly Springs police officer for running a stop sign. Laurens can be heard saying – while the cop was writing the ticket – that he had been on the phone with Mayor Tim Downing to have the citation overturned.

Apparently things got testy, and the officer summoned his supervisor. From a second video:

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The Gwinnett Post this morning reports that Bob Barr, the former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president, will represent DragonCon co-founder Ed Kramer on child molestation charges that were first filed in 2000:

Kramer, accused of having sexual contact with three teenage boys, was re-booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Saturday after being extradited from Connecticut, where he violated conditions of his bond. Barr was out of the country and was unavailable for comment, but an administrative assistant confirmed that he was now representing Kramer.

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The Washington Post has awarded three Pinocchios to an anti-gun violence group that attacked U.S. Rep. John Barrow for displaying his firearms in a 2012 campaign ad.

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Also on the fact-checking front, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at a claim that “wind powers nearly 13 million homes across the country.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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100 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
10:47 am

A lib whining about patronage?

JayD

January 23rd, 2013
10:52 am

The Chip Rogers hire is pretty disgusting

Fenton Hardy

January 23rd, 2013
10:53 am

No Fable Boy – a peron with convictions.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
10:53 am

Uh, some more results of the poll, purposefully excluded above^^ -

Party Affiliation
Republic Democrat Independ
29% 42% 27%

Just Saying..

January 23rd, 2013
10:56 am

Fables; You wake up this happy every day?

Just Saying..

January 23rd, 2013
10:56 am

Fables: You wake up this happy every day?

Michelle Smith

January 23rd, 2013
10:56 am

Regarding GPB, trust me, it’s not the only organization where politicians and their friends and family members have been given plush jobs while state employees haven’t seen a raise in many years or have been laid off. Everything she said is true.

Lynn43

January 23rd, 2013
10:56 am

When GPB starts their fundraising campaign, please do not pledge. Whoever is responsible for this situation needs to be made aware that actions have consequences.

Hide-n-seek

January 23rd, 2013
10:57 am

When one resigns, they should just say: “I resign effective ____.” Everything else is noise and if they wanted your opinion, they would have asked first. This is not the way to facilitate change.

North resident

January 23rd, 2013
10:58 am

Why even mention politifact? They are CLEARLY liberally biased horse dung. Their “lie of the year” last year, attributed to Mitt Romney, has turned out to be TRUE. Politifact is, in fact, the liar! So much for their unbiased proclamation.

Marlboro Man

January 23rd, 2013
10:59 am

He is a thief, ask BARTOW CO BANK . Now he steals from the state, is Deal in his pictures ?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
10:59 am

js- Just because I use bigger words than you can comprehend does not mean I am angry with you.

North resident

January 23rd, 2013
11:03 am

11Alive continues to draw on an automated statewide poll conducted on its behalf by SurveyUSA — this time on new gun legislation

Looks to me like they surveyed Atlanta. Try surveying…. Lumpkin County (or some other north GA county outside of metro Atlanta) or Burke county (or some other south ga county outside of any major metro area). If your survey looks like this:

Party Affiliation
Republic Democrat Independ
29% 42% 27%

you failed.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
11:04 am

So, anyway, if you adjust the numbers for and against the “assault” rifle ban based on party affiliation percentages, it shows that even some pinkos are against the ban.

DJ Sniper

January 23rd, 2013
11:07 am

Georgia politics at its finest. Gotta love it.

GoldDomeGirl

January 23rd, 2013
11:07 am

Ashlie’s resignation is a huge loss for GPB…she brought experience, wisdom and integrity to that show for 15 legislative sessions.

Lars

January 23rd, 2013
11:08 am

The wrong person resigned.

Alphare

January 23rd, 2013
11:12 am

If I am Chip Rogers, I’d quit my job right away.

There are tons of ways to feed your family other than getting money from GPB, a semi-tax funded, money-poor organization, which, according to Rogers’ conservative friends, should be shut down for the good of Georgia tax payers.

Fenton Hardy

January 23rd, 2013
11:17 am

Alphare – He could always get another loan. North resident – facts please? Romney’s lie still stands.

voter

January 23rd, 2013
11:17 am

because of hiring rogers i will never again donate a dime to ga public television

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
11:19 am

Guess who just disqualified herself from any presidential aspirations -

“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

To identify and prevent future attacks? And while we are on the subject of patronage, how do you think this ugly bimbo bruno got her job?

Village Idiot

January 23rd, 2013
11:22 am

I’m sorry this lady resigned. Creating a job for Chip Rogers just because he is politically connected is just wrong in light of the financial problems GPB has been struggling with over the last few years. I agree with the poster who suggested refusing to donate during their pledge drive. It takes a lot of nerve to ask for donations after creating an unnecessary expenditure of $150k anyway. I never thought I’d say this but BOYCOTT GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING NOW!

ann coulter's adams apple

January 23rd, 2013
11:26 am

Ashlie Wilson Pendley is the only person of character associated with Will the sports bookie/ calhoun motel financier. Teya Ryan is as gutless and morally bankrupt as the governor and his other old white dude racist bigoted sociopathic buddies. She should go down with the rest of them when Karma strikes on this one.

Paul Broun is an absolute idiot, quacko, wing nut. Please challenge saxby so we can be shed of your ignorant paranoid little mind.

td

January 23rd, 2013
11:30 am

Ashlie Wilson Pendley resigns. From her letter it is clear that she is a far left lib, so the appointing of Chip is going very well in getting rid of the left out of the bureaucracy. Thank you Governor Deal for finally listening to my recommendation to you in cleaning up state government by getting rid of the progressives.

Now the Governor can appoint another good Conservative into this open position or maybe he should just promote Chip.

Synonymous

January 23rd, 2013
11:32 am

Another casualty of political patronage in Georgia. I know the feeling from personal experience.

ann coulter's adams apple

January 23rd, 2013
11:32 am

aesop, calm down dude. no one is coming to get your guns. and yes, hillary will be our first female commander in chief in 2016. there’s not enough angry racist old white dudes left to overcome the progressive diversity that will guide this nation. but you can keep your guns, so chill dude. aloha

Jbill

January 23rd, 2013
11:38 am

11 alive poll is not State wide..what a joke!

Elias Denny

January 23rd, 2013
11:38 am

I am a rural older white native Georgian and I own guns and I am very much against all assault rfles in civilian hands as well as clips that hold more than a dozen shells.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 23rd, 2013
11:48 am

I am a rural older white native Georgian and I own guns and I am very much against all assault rfles in civilian hands as well as clips that hold more than a dozen shells.

Shells are used in shotguns, libby, remember that the next time you try to pawn yourself off as a faux Conservative, as though we won’t notice. Learn the lingo, bullets are what goes in duh assault rifle.

muddy waters

January 23rd, 2013
11:49 am

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, says, “…. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one.”

HOW CRAZY is Paul Broun?! The sky’s the limit, I guess. Does anyone take this guy seriously?

Paul From Milton

January 23rd, 2013
11:53 am

If you are funded by taxpayer money then you are subject to the politics that go along with that. That hasn’t changed in 200 years regardless of which party is in power. She may have covered 15 legislative sessions but she didn’t learn very much. Regardless, I doubt the real reason for her resignation is in that letter.

UPGRAYEDD

January 23rd, 2013
11:55 am

Another small government Republican, engorging himself from the public trough.

“Do as I say, not as I do”

Uncle Leroy

January 23rd, 2013
12:01 pm

Listen to Brian Laurens try to pull rank of those officers. Incredible. If he thinks he’s above the law now, what would happen if he was actually elected?

All anyone in that district needs to look at is his past two bosses. John “crooked as the day is long” Oxendine and Chip “will the winner” Rogers. He’s learned from two of the most shady guys around.

Hopper

January 23rd, 2013
12:01 pm

Paul Broun is a disgrace — a shameless name-caller puffed up on self-importance — and so is the decision to hire ethically challenged Chip Rogers at an extraordinarily inflated salary for an agency whose employees get no raises only furloughs.

Just Saying..

January 23rd, 2013
12:02 pm

Fables: “js- Just because I use bigger words than you can comprehend…”

Fables: Then I guess you know what supercilious means…

Wowzer

January 23rd, 2013
12:02 pm

Sounds like a bunch of you are ok with the sham over at GPB. If you are then please stop bitching about ANY government waste …you just neutered yourself. Sheep.

Edward

January 23rd, 2013
12:04 pm

I think Broun’s idiocy is running neck and neck with that of td here.

DJ Sniper

January 23rd, 2013
12:05 pm

It’s funny how people like td use the term “progressive” as if it’s a bad thing. People like him would prefer that Georgia and the rest of the country remain stuck in the 19th century.

When did Paul Broun make that statement about Obama and the Constitution? Jesus, this guy is really off his rocker.

Reality Check

January 23rd, 2013
12:12 pm

Look I’m not a huge fan of Chip but Chip is not just some average legislator. He maybe the best communicator in the state and I’m not sure it’s even that close. My guess is that after all the smoke clears GPB will bring in a good bit more money and if Chip has much control at GPB the programming will be a whole lot better.

I’m glad the Governor shook things up. If nothing else it gets another prospective down there that isn’t a flaming lib.

Wondering

January 23rd, 2013
12:13 pm

What value does Rogers bring?

td

January 23rd, 2013
12:15 pm

DJ Sniper

January 23rd, 2013
12:05 pm

I use the word progressive now because so many of you on the left get so offended when I would use the word lib or socialist. All three words have the same meaning and I am attempting to be nice.

curious

January 23rd, 2013
12:20 pm

Paul Broun posts under the name of td and Aesop.

joe smart

January 23rd, 2013
12:23 pm

Dont let the door hit you on the way out. When will people learn that EVERYONE is replaceable…EVERYONE. This state, like every stae, patronage is a way of life and if you have a problem with politics playing a role in the public sector than she should have quit. That “courageous” stand wont serve her well if her next boss gets a hold of her resignation letter. Private sector or public sector patronage and favors have been handed out since the beginning of time. Her “courageous” stance wont loo too “courageous” when February’s bills are due. If she was such a martyr why didnt she quit the same day Rogers was hired? I would assume she wanted to make sure she had some type of gig lined up before she made a statement. Thats the equivelent of stepping in front of a bullet to protect someone but first asking what the caliber of the bullet is and asking the shooter to aim for the meaty part of the thigh.

Church of the painful Truth

January 23rd, 2013
12:25 pm

@TD–I guess you have not gone down to the Twin Towers;this is where most of the State offices are located.Hate to bust your bubble on the total operations of state government,but it is at a level where services and efficency has left the building. You can cut and cut state budgets to the bone but sooner than later the affect of the actions will cause a total loss of services and employees who care.What you have now running government operations are staff(Managment) not knowing what to do or where to go to get the job done. In four years,the people in this state will be complining about all services and lack of customer service. It is happing now(driver services, SOS-business license)but at a smaller scale. Looking forward to the next few.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

January 23rd, 2013
12:26 pm

Here’s a formula that – LOVE IT OR HATE IT – has been working non-stop for oh, about 236 years now….

Step 1 – Get elected to Congress or State House

Step 2 – Stay awhile

Step 3 – Enjoy your Golden Parachute to another lucrative position

The Chipster is only the latest in a line of folks 236 years strong….

Have we learned anything new today class? I think not.

Junior Samples

January 23rd, 2013
12:27 pm

Now I’ve heard everything.

In order to ‘clean up state government”, the ‘good idea’ is to take someone who’s disgraced himself literally out of public office, defaults on a huge loan with another ethically bankrupt state politician, and provide him with a job in, get this, public television. You know, the folks that need pledge drives to raise money.

But wait, there’s more. Not just any job. Needs to be an executive position. How about Executive Producer! What was his previous salary, $17.3k (on the books, at least)?
Oh dear no, that won’t do. How about $150k. That’s got a nice ring to it.

All of this, and more, from our fiscally responsible, spend thrift, budget balancing republican leadership. Because as we all know you gotta start somewhere, so why not start with a local non-profit.

AmericanBadOZ

January 23rd, 2013
12:27 pm

Thank you for exposing what an utter, raving lunatic Rep. Broun is!

curious

January 23rd, 2013
12:28 pm

For all the Liberals that will stop giving to GPB, at least twice that number of Conservatives will begin giving.

If we’re lucky, Paul Broun will have a show explaining that the world is no more than 10,000 years old.

Win-Win.

Matt321

January 23rd, 2013
12:36 pm

Some of you folks don’t understand how polls work. First, you get your sample, which SurveyUSA did. That sample may not accurately reflect the population, so you then adjust your poll results so that your sample matches your estimate of what the population actually did. However, that introduces some subjective biases into the equation. Rather than do that, SurveyUSA apparently just stopped at the raw numbers. Honestly, not sure what it would change – a 42% dem number is below the usual Dem ceiling in the state, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of Republicans are currently self-identifying as independents (both Tea Party types and moderate Republicans have reason to do so).

A deeper look at the numbers, though, shows that EVEN CONSERVATIVE AND REPUBLICAN Georgians support the gun control measures being discussed. Universal background checks? 65% of Republicans and Conservatives support. 4 in 10 of Republicans and conservatives also support “ammunition limits” to use the survey wording. Overwhelming R’s and C’s support continue to require permits for concealed weapons, and half of that group is against letting guns into churches and onto college campuses.

Big picture? Statewide, these are popular programs – and even enjoy popular support among the right wing (The R’s still hate an assault weapon ban, though).

Just Saying..

January 23rd, 2013
12:40 pm

Broun carry any case law, along with that Constitution?

Is it the one with 3/5ths in it?
Or the sanitized version the Republicans read aloud in the House?