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Why Chip Rogers’ new GPB job fails the cronyism test

(Left to right) State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, hosts a July 2012  press conference -- along with Sen. John Albers, Rep. Sean Jerguson, and Rep. Ed Setzler – to voice opposition to TSPLOST. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

(Left to right) State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, hosts a July 2012 press conference — along with Sen. John Albers, Rep. Sean Jerguson, and Rep. Ed Setzler – to voice opposition to TSPLOST. Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com

Years ago at the state Capitol, if you truly wanted to do a friend a favor, you fired him.

Under a quirk in state law, laid-off workers received an immediate, life-time pension. Many well-connected state employees, some in their forties, waltzed into early retirement in this manner.

There are those who point to former state Senate majority leader Chip Rogers, now Georgia Public Broadcasting’s most famous employee, as yet another example of this kind of cronyism. But that is like mistaking a bream for a large-mouth bass.

Right genus — and still fishy — but wrong species.

In fact, the Rogers affair is the mirror image of the state’s old “involuntary separation” law. Instead of firing a friend, Gov. Nathan Deal has arranged …

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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 …

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Your daily jolt: Brandon Beach to replace Chip Rogers in Senate

Two months and change after a harsh defeat at the hands of Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock, north Fulton chamber executive Brandon Beach on Tuesday took Rogers’ seat, putting a quick end to a lightning fast campaign.

Results in two other contests — even though one remains unfinished — guarantee Republicans 38 seats in the 56-member Senate. That’s an official super-majority, though it won’t be achieved until one runoff, for the District 11 seat in south Georgia, is held on Feb. 5.

In the hottest contest of the evening, Beach beat former state Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Holly Springs, a gun shop owner, with nearly 58 percent of all ballots cast in a special election that followed Rogers’ December decision to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Beach apparently benefitted from a 2012 campaign that never really ended. One edge: a 3-to-1 ratio in advanced, in-person ballots that were cast, according to the secretary of state’s website. Beach narrowly beat …

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Four legislative races today, and each one is ’special’

An earlier version of the following was posted Monday:

Today brings four special elections for legislative seats in metro Atlanta and south Georgia – just in time for next Monday’s opening of the January session of the General Assembly.

Of the quartet, the hottest is the contest to fill the Senate seat vacated by Chip Rogers of Woodstock, who left to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting after losing a fight to retain his position as majority leader. From the Woodstock Patch:

The race, hotly contested between Holly Springs resident Sean Jerguson and North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brandon Beach, is the source of nearly $50,000 in contributions made in its short life span of one month.

Over at Atlanta Unfiltered, Jim Walls has dinged both Senate candidates. First one:

When Brandon Beach ran for the Senate in 2010, he raised $13,600 to be spent on the general election once he became the Republican nominee. He didn’t make it that far, though, losing a …

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Your Daily Jolt: Deal tells legislators money is tight

Closing out the biennial pre-session meeting of state lawmakers in Athens, Gov. Nathan Deal laid out the not-so-pretty picture for state finances. From Walter C. Jones at Morris News Service:

In years past, governors have used their luncheon speech to outline ambitious agendas.

Deal, though, used the occasion to dampen expectations.

“I must tell you it is a rather daunting budget this year. We have some challenges,” he said.

The looming federal budget cuts would offer another blow to Georgia’s budget-writers, and there is little sign of progress toward altering or averting them in any way. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner apparently traded offers Tuesday that did little to move the ball.

The Wall Street Journal reports that there is one new aspect to the closed-door negotiations: Corporate tax reform.

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The key excerpt from the dead tree version of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s announcement that he backs gay marriage:

Reed is running for re-election …

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Brandon Beach qualifies for special, says $30K raised

Brandon Beach, the North Fulton chamber executive, sends word this afternoon that he has qualified for the Jan. 8 special election to replace Republican state Sen. Chip Rogers, has raised $30,000 since Friday and has the new backing of state Sen. Appropriations Chair Jack Hill and Transportation Chair Jeff Mullis. State Rep. Sean Jerguson of Woodstock is also running for Senate district 21.

The full release is below the jump.

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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Chip Rogers: ‘I’ll be reporting directly to Teya Ryan’

A state lawmaker needs a quick exit from the Legislature, and a position at Georgia Public Broadcasting appears. Life can be magical that way.

We have excerpts from an interview with Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers below, but here’s the official press release from GPB:

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media) announced today that it is creating a new programming initiative designed to facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs in Georgia. GPB will use its statewide reach and multiple platforms to create programming that will aggregate job opportunities, job growth areas and career counseling.

State Sen. Chip Rogers of Woodstock has announced that he is resigning his Senate seat to accept a position at GPB spearheading this initiative beginning with a statewide weekly radio program examining current economic development trends and highlighting companies that are growing and creating jobs.

“GPB has a long history of serving Georgians with programming that is …

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Behind two days of shotgunnin’ and golf coursin’

Last week, a number of lobbyists — those willing to part with up to $10,000 — were invited up to Adairsville for two days of fun with shooting irons and five irons in the company of Republican state senators.

It’s fair to ask why a group of golf coursin’, shotgunnin’ lawmakers might be important to you and yours. The explanation is complicated, very insiderish — and might require a second cup of coffee.

Got it? Good. Let’s begin.

November will answer two important political questions in Georgia. Neither has to do with the presidential contest. Mitt Romney is an all-but-sure bet to carry this state. The Republican candidate’s problems lie elsewhere.

Control of the charter school movement in Georgia is one piece of the Nov. 6 puzzle — a topic for another day. Control of one-half of the Legislature is the other.

Two years ago, Senate Republicans celebrated Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s re-election by stripping him of most of his authority over the chamber — in part …

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A four-hour, state Capitol seminar on Agenda 21

Republican members of the state Senate have received an invitation from Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock to attend a four-hour, Oct. 11 seminar at the state Capitol on Agenda 21 – what some conservatives believe to be a United Nations-driven conspiracy to erase American property rights.

Zoning as a socialist plot, in other words.

Read the entire memo here. A taste:

agenda21

One of the most interesting things about the memo — aside from the prospect of watching state lawmakers discuss the Hegelian dialectic — is the wary reference to “public-private partnerships,” which have long been touted in the state Capitol as the solution to the state’s transportation funding problem. Toll roads, for instance.

Here’s some background: Agenda 21 came up as a topic during the TSPLOST debate.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Casey Cagle says he’ll skip Senate GOP fundraiser: ‘We do not have to cheat to win’

The invitation to a two-day golf and shotgunning fund-raiser in Adairsville.

The invitation to a two-day golf and shotgunning fund-raiser in Adairsville.

Members of the state Senate Republican Caucus and some of their very best friends will spend two days in Adairsville this week to play golf and display their expertise with shotguns.

One can pay $500 for a dinner-time chat, but the main events on Wednesday and Thursday are open only to those willing to give $2,500 to $10,000 to the caucus’ campaign arm, the Georgia Republican Senatorial Trust.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has sent an email to Republicans to inform them, in very strong language, that he’s not going.

He has problems with the way $140,000 of caucus money was handed to an allegedly independent committee – based in North Carolina – to defend GOP senators from primary challengers this summer.

Read the entire Sept. 10 letter from Cagle here. In part:

The Trust is so named because its funds are to be raised, held and spent IN TRUST. The management of the trust reflects on the reputation of …

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