House ethics bill would require Grover Norquist to register as lobbyist?

House Speaker David Ralston has dropped his bill that contains a total ban on gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers:

Ralston said his bill, introduced Tuesday, also restores the state ethics commission’s ability to create new regulations and provides a specific ban on tickets to nearly all sporting events and concerts.

Along the way, my AJC colleague Chris Joyner talked to House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta, who said the broader definition of lobbyists contained in the measure should capture “fly-in lobbyists, those corporate folks who come in and aren’t captured by anyone’s rules.”

That also would include some specific people who work for non-profit pressure groups, she said. Abrams had someone specific in mind:

“I think Grover Norquist has had an outsized influence on the way we discuss and debate issues here at the Capitol. I think anyone who can change the direction of a state should be considered a lobbyist and should be captured by our rules and responsibilities. The fact that he has never been paid to do so in the state of Georgia should not exclude or exempt him from responsibility for the work that he does.”

Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform. The anti-tax organization has condemned the “bed tax” deal crafted by Gov. Nathan Deal to patch a hole in the state’s method of Medicaid financing. The measure passed the Senate two weeks ago, and now is working its way through the House.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
2:42 pm

The only gift Norquist has to give is a booming US economy.

I guess that would be over the limit, huh?

Marlboro Man

January 29th, 2013
2:49 pm

Grover is a goober.

Kris

January 29th, 2013
2:51 pm

Norquist, Criiked shady DEAL and reed, put them in the GOP clown car and ride them off the facial trolly…

All too often we confuse facts with rhetoric and conspiracy
Ralston show the loop holes…I’m sure here pretty wide open.

If anyone drops their wallet in near the Gold Dome, I’d suggest they kick it to B.F. Egypt before bending over to pick it up.

Take your Meds

January 29th, 2013
2:51 pm

Aesop, you really should take your medication as prescribed.

Don't Tread

January 29th, 2013
3:23 pm

Norquist isn’t directly lobbying anyone or giving them gifts.

Of course, the Democrats, who believe firmly that the end justifies the means, are constantly concocting plans to restrict the rights of people they don’t like, and to hell with the Constitution.

Just Wait

January 29th, 2013
3:37 pm

It’s people like Norquist that are holding Congress hostage and not letting them do the work for the people. Maybe the IRS should do an audit of his books!

Carol

January 29th, 2013
3:39 pm

Don’t Tread
Of course, the Democrats, who believe firmly that the end justifies the means, are constantly concocting plans to restrict the rights of people they don’t like, and to hell with the Constitution.

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I bet you were laughing yourself when you wrote that pile of rubbish. You can’t believe that and not think about all of the many laws that RED states have put into place trying to disenfranchise voters. You do remember the BILLION dollars the Repubs spent trying to buy, er win the election a couple of months ago don’t you. And let us not forget all of the laws sponsored by ALEC.

Newt is nuts

January 29th, 2013
3:46 pm

Jim, why do you and others bother even reporting on ethics reform? Any new legislation would be a sham. The folks who want to influence lawmakers will find a way to do it, and spending time in the General Assembly is just a means to accumulating wealth. The Chip Rogers fiasco is just the latest example.

I doubt that many people have faith in the General Assembly to do anything right, and God knows we have an ethically-challenged governor. Ethics be damned.

Road Scholar

January 29th, 2013
3:49 pm

Don’t tread: At least you not as out of touch with reality that Aesop is! Norquist is responsible for our economy? Really? Surely you jest!?!

Road Scholar

January 29th, 2013
3:51 pm

Newt: I’ll take the ethics bill with some tweaks restricting gifts to wives and family members. Are you suggesting the death penalty for “thieves” that take bribes, er, gifts?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
4:00 pm

road – The Reagan tax cuts set in motion the greatest expansion of the US economy in history. Pretty close to what Grover advocates for.

Uh oh, cue the Reagan deficit screeching, he did not hollering, that was carter’s economy yelling, david brooks is a conservative, blah, blah, blah.

spare me.

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
4:12 pm

Aesop: You are so dumb, you probably think that the “Scopes Monkey Trial” was when they used laboratory animals to test the efficacy of mouthwash.

Cherokee

January 29th, 2013
4:21 pm

You do kind of wonder why the crazies keep bringing up Reagan – the guy who raised taxes 11 times during his Presidency, and supported gay rights, and supported higher marginal tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.

Reagan would never survive in today’s Republican lala land.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
4:24 pm

joe – I do not dispute that you are most likely a monkey.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
4:35 pm

Grover opposes increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses.

And liberals think he is a goober or holding Congress hostage for wanting less taxes and less government spending? Unreal.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
4:35 pm

When Reagan entered office the income tax rate was 75%, when he left office it was 28%. This is what the libs call “raising taxes.” Up in their world, obozo cut spending by 4!!! Trillion!!!! Dollars!!!!! Everything is iced over because of global warming. obozo created and/or saved 4 million jobs, even though the unemployment rate is the exact same as when he came in office but 8 million have left the workforce.

They babble, therefore they are.

The lights are on but nobody’s home.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
4:36 pm

@Cherokee – “You do kind of wonder why the crazies keep bringing up Reagan – the guy who raised taxes 11 times during his Presidency,”

He also cut government spending and cut government jobs. He believed in America and capitalism.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
4:41 pm

@Aesop – Good one.

Also did you hear the latest on Global Warming numbers? It looks like they have been feeding the media and everyone a bunch of bull. New report contains fresh evidence of 20 years of overstated global warming numbers to better their cause.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
4:41 pm

If you hear a liberal say something sensible, just remember, they have no intention of following it through.

If you hear a liberal say something disgusting, rest assured, they will move mountains, leave no stone unturned in their efforts to make it happen.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
4:45 pm

@Aesop – “If you hear a liberal say something sensible, just remember, they have no intention of following it through.

If you hear a liberal say something disgusting, rest assured, they will move mountains, leave no stone unturned in their efforts to make it happen.”

Well said. Not to mention, calling every name in the book, hostile, bigot, racist, idiot, hillbilly, redneck, hater,stupid, etc.etc.etc.

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
4:48 pm

Aesop: You are so dumb, you think that “A Streetcar Named Desire” was written by a guy named “Tennessee William.”

Newt is nuts

January 29th, 2013
4:50 pm

Lord, I hope that Aesop’s Fables and Voter don’t carry guns in public but I’m also guessing that they don’t get out much anyway.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
4:55 pm

joe – I do not dispute that you were probably struck stupid by a streetcar.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
5:06 pm

@Newt is nuts – “Lord, I hope that Aesop’s Fables and Voter don’t carry guns in public but I’m also guessing that they don’t get out much anyway.”

That’s just rude. I’m hurt. sniff sniff. I’m going to call my mommie on you. :)

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
5:08 pm

Aesop: You are so dumb, you think Tennessee Williams is two guys.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
5:09 pm

@Newt is nuts – “Lord, I hope that Aesop’s Fables and Voter don’t carry guns in public but I’m also guessing that they don’t get out much anyway.”

Actually, I went out to check the mail today. So there.

Voter

January 29th, 2013
5:10 pm

@HOBO JOE – “Aesop: You are so dumb, you think Tennessee Williams is two guys.”

It’s so true, when confronted with real facts and truth, the name calling begins.

honested

January 29th, 2013
5:25 pm

I want to see grover’s Birth Certificate before he is allowed into the Capitol.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
5:25 pm

joe – I do not dispute that you would probably do the nasty with two, maybe even three guys.

HOBO JOE

January 29th, 2013
5:28 pm

I am happy to deal in facts when they are provided. As for Aesop, he or she is cut from the same cloth as Anne Coulter, an attention-starved troll who revels in shallowness and insults. He or she calls liberals “animals” and constantly uses terms like “Dummycrat,” “Dim-o-crap,” etc. And you want me to be nice and try to talk “facts” to this fool. Just because we liberals seem to have a monopoly on patience and tolerance, that doesn’t mean that we have an infinite supply of these qualities.

honested

January 29th, 2013
5:49 pm

Hobo,

You left out ‘and intelligence’.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 29th, 2013
5:54 pm

joe – I do not dispute the fact that you are unable to debate with me.

So Sad

January 29th, 2013
7:34 pm

Aesop and Voter:

Your are both shining examples of why education is so important – because you both obviously lack the fundamentals of deductive reasoning and even the most basic problem solving skills.

Aesop, your posts are the source of great laughs here at work every morning. People can’t wait to hear what dumba$$ thing you’ve said. Maybe you should take the show on the road and spare the rest of us.

Voter – I don’t know what else to say but, Bless your stupid little heart. I don’t know if mommy dropped you (many times) as a child or what, but goodness does the ignorance abound.

Grover Norquist is a buffoon! If he wants to have such a say in policy, perhaps he should run for elected office. Wonder why he hasn’t…. Anyone? I’ll tell you for those like Aesop and Voter who couldn’t connect the dots if they came with instructions – he would never win!!! No one (except the two of you) would vote for him! He would lose by a landslide and why – because no one agrees with his policy.

Do us all a favor and try to educate yourself on something a bit more than Fox news. I know that reality and science and the like are so much less fascinating than the shiny objects over Hannity’s head, but try…

And Voter, just so you know – global warning is not a myth,or a fantasy, or something from the pit of hell or whatever other backwater jibberish they fed you this morning. It’s real, it’s happening now and it is something that we or our descendents will have to deal with.

Aesop – keep that stupidity coming buddy – my friends at work can’t get enough. BTW – ever thought about getting a job? You seem to have way too much free time on your hands.

Buymadeinusjobs

January 29th, 2013
8:34 pm

After 35 years of Reagan Republican policy of supply side -trickle down, give tax breaks to wealthy and they will trickle down a few jobs , they did but in China for workers $1. [unfair trade agree[large trade deficits over 30 yrs.] destroyed good paying manufacturing jobs, tax base and middle class.
Norquist did work for Reagan”he wanted to shrink government to drown in bathtub”. Why should all of these non-profit political foundations like Norquist’s, De mint’s Heritage/heritage action, American Enterprise,super pacs be tax exempt /non-profit org. We should limit non-profits to charity which gives 85% of donations to needy. we have to make up for tax not paid by political org.

Over 30 yrs. Income wealthy up 251%, workers 12%, inflation adjusted.
Disparity between have and have-nots largest since 1920/30’s. Reagan policy has not worked even his budget guy Richard Stockman said it did not work. You can google this info. and more.

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