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Your daily jolt: GPB’s Teya Ryan can stay ‘as long as she wants,’ says Nathan Deal

Teya Ryan can breathe a little easier this morning.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, having been forced out of his leadership position, would resign his Senate seat and take a new, full-time job with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Rogers’ assignment, as outlined by the man who created it, is to make GPB part of the state’s economic development, job-recruitment operation. Rogers will report directly to Ryan, who is GPB’s president and executive director.

After a tree-lighting ceremony in the state Capitol on Thursday, Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) caught up with Gov. Nathan Deal, who helped engineer Rogers’ exit:

O’Hayer: Are you envisioning him to eventually run that organization?

Deal: No, the only vision we have at this point is to use what we had been trying to do for a long time, is use Georgia Public Broadcasting as an economic development tool to a greater extent than we’re currently doing. That’s the role that …

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Your daily jolt: Fiscal cliff talks begin – between Saxby Chambliss and Grover Norquist

Crucial negotiations over the fiscal cliff are finally underway in Washington. So far, they only include Republicans.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss told my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy that he and anti-tax maven Grover Norquist had a long chat on Monday and that they are still buddies, despite continuing differences over what constitutes a tax hike.

“Grover and I are friends, and as we said we were friends before last weekend and we’re going to be friends after my comments because he understands we have a disagreement on this issue of what you do with revenue generated from the elimination of loopholes and tax credits,” Chambliss said this morning. “We’re going to continue to dialogue with him, and if we have issues we’ll work through them. We had a very good conversation.”

At issue is Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which has been signed by Chambliss and nearly every Republican in Congress, promising not to increase tax revenue to the federal government …

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CNN retracts story on hormonal female voters

From the website of The Atlantic:

In a matter of hours, CNN [on Wednesday] published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.”

The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275 women at various stages of their menstrual cycle.

Among the more withering critics was Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post:

This is just more ammunition for my elderly great-aunts to shake at me, demanding that I find myself a man before I go to the polls. “We wouldn’t want you to vote while single!” they shout. “What if the election falls on the wrong Tuesday?”

Here’all that’s left on the CNN website:

A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been …

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CNN’s Candy Crowley: Mitt Romney ‘right in the main’ about Libya

The most dramatic moment in Tuesday night’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney came during a heated discussion of Libya, when moderator Candy Crowley of CNN intervened and became a third voice in the contest.

Here’s the transcript, courtesy of

ROMNEY: I — I think interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.

It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?

OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…


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An endorsement of Joe Biden from an Atlanta TV pioneer

A testimonial on behalf of Vice President Joe Biden arrived from Marietta this afternoon – a little late for last week’s debate, but well-written and compelling.

It wasn’t until I got to the bottom of the note that I realized that, after more than four decades, I’d finally received my own letter from Mr. Pix. In the ‘60s, he hosted the local children’s show for WAGA-TV. He drew pictures – hence the name.

Dave Michaels would go on to anchor the news at WXIA, then finished his career as a pioneer on CNN. Michaels is now 78 and mostly retired. Here’s his letter:

On the afternoon before the ’92 Super Bowl my son Michael suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage – what was called an AVM – while working out at a local health spa. He was 27 years old. That night he went through six hours of brain surgery. He was in a coma for weeks following that surgery.

I was working at CNN at the time and had to take weeks off.

As you can imagine, my wife, daughter and I spent most …

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Your morning jolt: Lynyrd Skynyrd rethinks Confederate flag retreat

As of this weekend, Chick-fil-A is no longer the latest commercial interest roiled by an attempt to disengage from the culture wars.

That honor has shifted to Lynyrd Skynyrd, now in its 42 year as the South’s premier rock band.

From left, Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant (cq) of the group Lynyrd Skynyrd during their 2007 induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. AJC file

From left, Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant (cq) of the group Lynyrd Skynyrd during their 2007 induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. AJC file

Earlier this month, in a CNN interview touting the band’s latest album, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed,” guitarist Gary Rossington – the group’s sole original member – explained why band members had distanced themselves from the Confederate battle emblem that had once been so identified with their performances. Said Rossington:

”It became such an issue, you know, about race and stuff, where – we just had it in the beginning as we were Southern, and that was our image back in the ‘70s, late ‘60s. They branded us as being from the South, so we showed that.

“But I think …

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Fox News: ‘Bitter’ Newt Gingrich trolling for CNN gig

The feud between Fox News and Newt Gingrich has become a very real, two-sided affair.

On Wednesday, Gingrich told a group of tea party leaders in Delaware – it was unclear whether he thought the meeting was private, but a reporter was present – that he considered Fox News in the pocket of Mitt Romney.

“In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year,” Gingrich said.

On Thursday, Fox retaliated with an unusually personal attack on a personality that, until last year, it was paying for his on-air analysis. From The Guardian in London:

”This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN – that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention that he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.” takes note today of an extreme measure to which Gingrich has resorted in order to keep his presidential campaign afloat:

Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the …

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Your morning jolt: Debate leaves Newt Gingrich moonstruck

Yes, the big hit that Mitt Romney leveled at Newt Gingrich in last night’s GOP presidential debate was about immigration.

But the ridicule of Gingrich’s dreams of establishing a permanent colony on the moon may have been a greater shock to the former U.S. House speaker’s image as a man of grandiose ideas:

From Romney, ridiculing Gingrich’s plan to privatize a lunar settlement: “I spent 25 years in business. If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired.’”

The problem is that Gingrich points to John F. Kennedy’s vow in 1961 to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade as a mark of American optimism and its instinct for exploration.

But in truth, the race to the moon was a Cold War competition. We spent billions of dollars to beat the space-minded Soviets. That was the source of our political will — though we may now prefer to believe otherwise. The question …

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FYI for tonight’s 19th GOP debate: Steel doesn’t sharpen steel

AJC file

AJC file

Tonight, from Florida, CNN will air the 19th debate of the Republican presidential candidates. Somebody, as they always do, will mutter a defense of the protracted contest.

“Steel sharpens steel,” they will say. But here’s the thing: It sounds good, but steel doesn’t sharpen steel — as any candidate chasing the blue-collar vote ought to know.

Jim Dillon is an cabinet-maker and writer who teaches the occasional class on tool-sharpening at Highland Hardware in Atlanta. He knows his stuff, and – at my request — sent this note last night:

When [Rick] Santorum, [Sarah] Palin et al. talk about “steel sharpening steel,” they seem to be referring to Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpeneth iron: so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

The implication is that the longer the remaining Republican candidates butt heads or countenances in the primaries, the “sharper” the eventual nominee will become, possibly even to the point of becoming …

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Your morning jolt: Never mind the allegations, Post/ABC poll puts Herman Cain on top

Despite a bad week in Washington, the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain doesn’t appear to be sinking. From the Washington Post:

Businessman Herman Cain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows, with most Republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled Cain’s campaign.

Seven in 10 Republicans say reports that Cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s–allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by Cain’s campaign–do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.

But the same poll says Cain’s support among Republican women appears to be dicey.

The National Restaurant Association will say today whether it will allow one of the women, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment while he headed the lobbying group, to …

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