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Your morning jolt: John Boehner comes to Georgia to pry loose House seats

U.S. House-speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, is to dip into at least two Georgia congressional races this week, in an attempt to flip two Democratic House seats into the Republican column.

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. AP

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. AP

On Tuesday, the House minority leader holds a fund-raiser in Perry for state Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.

We have fewer details about a Wednesday appearance that Boehner is to make for state Rep. Mike Keown, R-Coolidge, who is mounting a surprisingly strong contest against U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.

And we have no word yet on whether Boehner will make an appearance on behalf of Ray McKinney, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah.

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In the 8th District congressional race, Marshall gave an account of himself – and his new opposition to U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — on Fox News Sunday:

Marshall said he would like to see someone like U.S. Rep. …

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Head games: Roy Barnes sits in on a GOP debate for governor

Jekyll Island – The Republican debate among the Republican candidates for governor, sponsored by the Georgia Press Association, has begun.

No great news has been made yet, but an interesting head game may be occurring.

Georgia Governor

Just before the five candidates sat down – Jeff Chapman, Nathan Deal, Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry, and John Oxendine – former Gov. Roy Barnes entered the room and began shaking hands with top-ranking editors and publishers throughout the state.

The Democratic debate doesn’t start until 2:30 p.m. Barnes has arrived 90 minutes early – a large chunk of time in campaign terms.

Barnes is now sitting in the sixth row, listening to the candidates.

(Update: “It was a little dry, to be quite frank with you,” Barnes said afterwards.)

Other points:

– Chapman, a Brunswick state senator, says Georgia has more illegal immigrants than Arizona. All agreed that we need to see legislation like that state has introduced;

– Johnson has said the state needs an immediate …

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Your morning jolt: Glenn Richardson’s overseas phone call to Sonny Perdue

House Speaker Glenn Richardson informed Gov. Sonny Perdue of his attempted suicide last week, before the matter became public.

“I talked to him in a very personal, emotional conversation. I told him I wanted to visit with him as soon as I got back, because we all want to help him be successful – not just politically, but to be successful personally,” Perdue said in a WSB-TV interview conducted in Dubai, where the governor is attending an air show.

WSB’s Lori Geary, who is traveling with the governor, said Perdue talked to Richardson during a flight between Afghanistan – where the governor was visiting U.S. troops – to Germany.

“I told him there are a lot more important things out there than this other job that we do, which is public service,” Perdue said. “He and his family and his health is more important than any other political decision there. I know that while he is currently broken, he has a great ability to bounce back.”

Details of the incident from Paulding County …

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Your morning jolt: Emory president hints at new, less charitable relationship with Grady

A state-of-the-university speech isn’t normally a source for political news, but in his address this week, Emory president Jim Wagner dropped several hints this week that his institution’s relationship with Grady Memorial Hospital is about to change.

The 46-minute YouTube clip can be seen here:

But if you don’t have that kind of time, at the 13-minute mark, Wagner a warning, and it wasn’t just for about-to-be furloughed employees. The Grady references are marked in bold:

”Spending from our endowment is entirely a short-term fix. In fact, it is an entirely unacceptable strategy for the long term. Instead, our strategy must be to come to a new financial level as soon as possible, that will allow us to go forward spending only a portion of the interest earned on that endowment…

“By developing new revenue, and reducing expenses, we must go forward on a financial base that is at least $60 million smaller annually than we had planned for from the endowment and our …

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