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Your morning jolt: The ATL school board candidate with the booty-shaking Facebook page

Here’s a handy to-do list for would-be politicians embarking on a campaign:

1) Order business cards with campaign web site address;

2) File proper fund-raising paperwork;

3) Buy new wardrobe and dentures for adoring spouse;

4) Scrub the Facebook page of all videos showing booty-shaking women and rappers spouting foul language or inhaling cannabis.

So far as we know, Atlanta school board candidate Byron Amos did all right with Nos.1 and 2. We’re not sure that No. 3 applies. But Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News says Amos, vice president of a rap music label called UGK Records, definitely failed to grasp the importance of No. 4:

Amos says he didn’t post the videos on his Facebook page, thanked Geary for bringing them to his attention, and promised to remove them.

But CBS Atlanta has also come across a YouTube clip “with Amos giving a birthday wish to a rapper.” The video includes a rap with misogynistic lyrics.

On the bright side, if Amos is elected, a teacher …

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Your morning jolt: Jon Huntsman, Christine O’Donnell headed to state Capitol

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced via Twitter on Thursday that he’s a thoroughly modern man when it comes to Darwin and climate change – unlike a certain Texas governor.

From the Associated Press:

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Huntsman tweeted.

Although Huntsman didn’t mention Perry by name, the tweet was sent within hours of a campaign stop by Perry in New Hampshire where was asked by the crowd about both topics.

While Perry dodged a question about climate change, he has previously said the theory is unproven. On Thursday, he defended the teaching of creationism in schools because evolution “has some gaps to it.”

Why is this worth a mention? Because on Wednesday, Huntsman will be at the state Capitol in Atlanta to meet Gov. Nathan Deal and as many state legislators as possible.

Perry already has a firm contingent of supporters in the Capitol, and Deal is still formally tied to Gingrich …

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Newt Gingrich heads to Hawaii – to campaign. Really.

No, it’s not a vacation. GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has belatedly joined the search for Beverly Hall. From the NYT’s The Caucus blog:

Mr. Gingrich’s presidential schedule shows him campaigning in Hawaii on Saturday and Monday, thousands of miles — and a big ocean — away from Iowa and New Hampshire….

Mr. Gingrich’s official campaign schedule says that he will “join the Maui G.O.P. for a meeting with local activists at the Door of Faith Church” on Saturday. On Monday, he will “discuss the American founding with the students at Seabury Hall preparatory school” in Makawao, also on Maui.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: A Buckhead revolt over Democratic future?

You’re reading the blowback edition of the Morning Jolt.

In a Thursday column, we posited what we thought was a well-thought-out theory of why the Legislature, during the upcoming redistricting session, won’t make the Buckhead portion of Atlanta part of the 6th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, the Republican from Roswell:

[B]y allowing Buckhead to remain in the hands of a Democrat, every Republican member of Congress in the state will consider Georgia’s largest cache of wealthy voters to be fair game for campaign cash. Buckhead, in essence, would remain an open city for fund-raising.

This admittedly cynical assessment resonated poorly with state Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, who represents what many in the GOP believe to be sacred ground. In an e-mail sent last night, he counseled his constituents to burn a few miles of telephone cable:

I have heard both political and policy reasons from many of you for putting Buckhead in a Republican Congressional District. …

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Your morning jolt: Andrew Young says APS needs an honor code

Andrew Young, the former mayor and U.N. ambassador, thinks the Atlanta Public Schools system needs an honor code – and not just for students. From Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News:

From the Channel 2 web site:

“The cheating speaks to the character, and that’s where the failure is,” Young says. “This is a time for us to decide what we want to do with our school system.”

Young told Winne he was casual friends with [former APS school superintendent Beverly] Hall, but never close to her. Young says Hall was too isolated in her position as superintendent, “but we’re the ones who isolated her.”

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Early this week, Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News popped up on the island of Maui to interrupt former school superintendent Beverly Hall’s Hawaiian vacation. On Wednesday, it was the turn of 11Alive’s Karyn Greer. She didn’t get much, either. From the 11 Alive web site:

Greer: I want to ask you, people are very, very upset back home. People were saying …

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A last word from Beverly Hall, via the U.S. Postal Service

The temptation to write one’s own obituary is universal. But very few of us actually get the chance to do it – and at taxpayer expense, too.

Georgia’s political elite report receiving a manila envelope postmarked July 1 – prior to the release of the CRCT report — from Beverly Hall, written on Atlanta Public Schools stationery.

It was attached to an 11-page, glossy account of her years as Atlanta school chief, compiled by the APS communications department. Click here to see it.

From the cover letter:

“There are dark clouds and some storms surround us, but I am convinced that those matters will be dealt with appropriately.

“You can take pride in the fact that on the preliminary results of the 2011 CRCT, APS showed progress in 4/5 core subject areas; Mathematics, Reading, English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Science remained the same as in 2010.

Overall, the growth from 2000-2011 on these more rigorous assessments, given under the strictest security possible are …

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Casually running into Beverly Hall on Maui

Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News tracks down former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall on the Hawaiian island of Maui:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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