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Your morning jolt: Andy Young finds wiretap from the old days

Last night’s ABC special on recently released interviews with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy sent many local outlets to the Atlanta home of former mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young.

In a 15-minute interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Young addressed the young widow’s characterization of Martin Luther King Jr. as a “terrible” man – and rumors spread by the slain president’s brother, Robert Kennedy, that the civil rights leader had joked about JFK during the president’s funeral.

Young declared the latter to be “a blatant lie:”

”Stop and reason a minute. The four little girls had been killed in a church bombing in Birmingham just a couple of months before. That was probably the biggest emotional blow we’d had in the movement.

Then before [King] recovers from that, the president’s assassinated. All I can remember him saying was, ‘If they can’t protect the president, you know our days are numbered.’ It was as though it was his assassination and not the president’s. It would …

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Your morning jolt: 47 years later, cop who saved Andrew Young identified

Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young has a DVD out, “Crossing St. Augustine,” documenting the civil rights marches he led in 1964 Florida.

The first part of the documentary ends with Young attempting to negotiate passage through a white mob. Black-and-white footage shows the young lieutenant to Martin Luther King curled on the ground, as a pair of young white men brutally kicked him.

Ultimately, a man whom Young identified as a “trooper” stepped in to save him:

Said Young, now 79:

”I wish I could find the guy who said, ‘That’s enough, let him through.’ Because I’m grateful to him. Because if he had not done that, all of those other people would have been beaten up, and they might not have been as fortunate as me.”

Over the weekend, and 47 years later, the St. Augustine Record announced that it had found the man:

That ‘trooper’ was really St. Augustine Police Department motorcycle patrolman Jimmy Petroglou, now 80.

Petroglou retired in 1982 after 30 years in law …

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Georgia voters narrowly approve outcome of the Civil War

State offices are closed today in observance of Confederate Memorial Day.

According to a three-state survey by Public Policy Polling, Georgia voters – by a slim margin – have come to approve of the way the Civil War turned out. North Carolinians are slightly less satisfied. But Mississippi – here we must invoke that famous Nina Simone tune.

The largest portion of Mississippi voters remain undecided when it comes to the outcome.

From PPP, an N.C. firm:

Except in Mississippi, most voters in these states are glad the Union won the “War Between the States” instead of the South. 53% say that in Georgia, 48% in North Carolina, and 34% in Mississippi. But still fewer in Mississippi (27%) would prefer that General Lee’s troops had prevailed; a 39% plurality are not sure. Similarly, only 21% in North Carolina and 23% in Georgia wish the South had won.

When hostilities broke out, Republicans were the party of Abraham Lincoln and unionism, and Democrats, by and large, were not. But …

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Your morning jolt: A call for Casey Cagle to resign, from a Tommie Williams aide

On her Facebook page Monday, Republican activist Pat Tippett commented on an unsourced – and so far, unverified – report that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is colluding with Democrats to regain his authority in the state Senate.

Cagle has denied any Democratic involvement, but that didn’t convince Tippett:

”Lt. Gov. YOU NEED TO RESIGN! Why do you think we spend our valuable time, money, and energy for our party? It is not to see the democrats in control! RESIGN!”

None of this would be worth noting, except that Tippett is also a part-time staffer for Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, the lieutenant governor’s rival for leadership of the chamber. Tippett works out of Williams’ office in Lyons, Ga., and is paid from the ranking Senate Republican’s campaign account.

Tippett and her friend Kay Godwin are perhaps the most influential GOP volunteers in south Georgia. They are co-founders of Georgia Conservatives in Action, a group that received $2,000 from Williams in 2010, according …

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Your morning jolt: U.S. Justice Department looking into Lilburn denial of mosque expansion

The civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into the circumstances surrounding the city of Lilburn’s decision to block the expansion of a local mosque, Mark Winne of Channel 2 Action News reports.

Members of the Dar-e Abbas congregation begin to arrive at the Lilburn  in January. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Members of the Dar-e Abbas congregation begin to arrive at the Lilburn in January. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

A federal official confirmed the probe, but declined further comment. Richard Carothers, attorney for the city, said the local government is cooperating.

“We think that we are being discriminated against. We think they don’t want the Muslims to continue to worship in the city,” said Doug Dillard, attorney for the Dar-e Abbas Shia Islamic Center.

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Joe McCutchen, the sage of Jasper, sends word that U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, broke his foot on Thursday during a game of basketball. He’ll be on crutches for a while.

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On Thursday, live camera trucks from both CNN and Fox News parked themselves in front of the state Capitol to hear former …

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Andrew Young on the SCLC: ‘I’m not interested in organizations. None of them. Except the NAACP.’

Former Atlanta mayor/congressman/U.N. ambassador Andrew Young hung around the apron of the state Capitol on Tuesday after endorsing former Gov. Roy Barnes.

The man who once served as top lieutenant to Dr. Martin Luther King was asked about the nasty legal fight for control of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

A court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Truth be told, Young sounded more than a little bit like the AJC’s Cynthia Tucker, who has argued that it’s past time to shut the organization down.

Said Young:

“I have said that the SCLC that I worked with was a movement. And that movement ended somewhere — a little after the early ’70s. Dr. King always resisted forming an organization and selling memberships.

“They are fighting over an organization. I didn’t have any interest in an organization when I was working for SCLC. I have an interest in a movement.

“If anybody is doing anything that is a movement, or the possibility of a movement, I would be glad to …

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Your morning jolt: Democrat Carol Porter goes unendorsed by abortion-rights group

Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee aimed at supporting Democratic women, published its list of endorsed candidates for 2010.

A state version of Emily’s List, one of the Georgia PAC’s criteria is support for “reproductive freedom.” In other words, abortion rights.

We’ll list the recipients below, but most important is who the WIN List did not endorse: Carol Porter of Dublin, who as a candidate for lieutenant governor will be be the highest-ranking woman on the Democratic ballot in the July 20 primary.

Porter, wife of the Democratic candidate for governor, did not apply for consideration by the group, said Amy Morton of Macon, chairman of the group. (Morton says she is personally supporting Porter.

Morton says she is personally supporting Porter, who is attempting to chart an unusual middle ground on the abortion issue, refusing to describe herself as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Her husband, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter, describes himself as …

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Your morning jolt: Hank Johnson and a ‘capsizing’ Guam

Let’s be clear: The video below is not an April Fool’s Day prank.

Last Thursday morning, at a House Armed Services Committee meeting, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Decatur) was questioning Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. fleet in the Pacific, about the impact of more American troops on the tiny, tiny island of Guam.

Johnson went into tortuous detail about just how tiny Guam is.

And then he said this:

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Johnson’s office said the boss is simply a tremendous deadpan — and that he was using a facetious metaphor. (More on that below) But the admiral didn’t know that, and played it straight:

“We don’t anticipate that. The Guam population, I think, currently about 175,000, and again, with 8,000 marines and their families, it’s an addition of about 25,000 more into the population.”

Either way, talk radio is having a field day with this today:

Just in case you still think you may be a …

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Your morning jolt: ‘I might not agree with repeal and start over’ on health care, says Phil Gingrey

At least a few Republicans have begun parsing what they mean when they call for the repeal of the new health care law.

On Tuesday, in a CNN interview, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) admitted there were portions of the legislation he likes – including the provision that would allow parents to carry their offspring on their insurance until age 26.

Said Gingrey:

“When we say start over, we don’t mean throw everything out – throw out the baby with the bath water. We mean, take the best of this bill and combine it with our ideas like buying insurance across state lines and equalizing the tax treatment and creating high-risk pools.

“Of course, all of the language regarding electronic medical records I’m in favor of. So I might not fully agree with completely repealing and starting over.”

Here’s the clip, posted on YouTube by the liberal group ThinkProgress:

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich and Gov. Sonny Perdue will have a joint press conference on health care at 10:30 …

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Roy Barnes: MLK wouldn’t like high-living lawmakers

DuBose Porter was in the audience, but Roy Barnes was the Democratic candidate for governor with stage presence this morning at the annual Martin Luther King memorial services at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The former governor was the first speaker of note, and appropriately extolled King’s legacy. But Barnes was not about to let the chance pass, and also took a crack at the boys and girls in the state Capitol:

I suggest to you that [King would] be demanding of his politicians – why they let campaign contributions and expensive dinners allow predatory lenders to run free and take advantage of an entire generation of our people. Georgia has one of the highest – is always in the top five – of foreclosures in this nation. In fact it has been as high as No. 3, falling only behind California and some of these large states.

But yet I read in the newspaper yesterday that the politicians who have gathered in that Gold Dome say that we don’t need any more regulation about …

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