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Your morning jolt: Bill Clinton rejects criticism of Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capitol

On CNN last night, former President Bill Clinton very purposely undercut President Barack Obama’s strategy of criticizing Republican rival Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital:

The former president referred to Romney’s private equity career as “sterling,” and added this:

“I think the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other?”

Business Week is quoting unnamed Democratic donors who say President Barack Obama has told them that he may have to tackle health care reform again during a second term:

As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments. Guests at the $35,800-a-plate …

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Your morning jolt: A last-minute slap at criminal justice reform

Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform bill, which should win final approval on this last day of the legislative session, has been widely applauded for its attempt to reduce the size of Georgia’s prison population.

So a critical editorial in the Macon Telegraph came as something of a surprise. A few paragraphs:

Now the state returns with another schizophrenic proposal to lower the number of felony offenses its responsible for adjudicating. In other words, they want to lower the number of inmates in state prisons. How can it do that? Change the definition of a felony from a $500 to a $1,000 offense. It’s not that a thief stopped stealing, it just means instead of being a state felony it would be a local misdemeanor, and local taxpayers would have to foot the bill.

The state only pays 40 percent of the actual costs of feeding and housing state prisoners. And it leaves them languishing in our jail and others across the state for days and weeks. The carrot lawmakers have …

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Your morning jolt: CBS poll has Herman Cain on top, Newt Gingrich rising

On the day before a South Carolina debate that it will broadcast, CBS News is out with a GOP presidential poll that puts Herman Cain in the top spot, and Newt Gingrich tied with Mitt Romney:

[Sixty-one] percent of Republican primary voters say the sexual harassment accusations against Cain won’t make any difference in their vote, but 30 percent say the charges make them less likely to back him, and that rises to 38 percent among women. Cain has lost support among women since last month – from 28 percent in October to 15 percent now. He has lost ground with conservatives and Tea Party supporters as well.

Some crosstabs can be found here. The news outlet notes that Gingrich is the only candidate whose support has increased over the last month, albeit slowly.

Perhaps most important, Cain’s tea party support has drained significantly — while Gingrich’s support from that quarter has increased. The pair are virtually tied among tea-partyers — though Gingrich now has a slim numeric …

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Your morning jolt: Before his announcement, Newt Gingrich gives a nod to S.C. voters

In anticipation of a Wednesday presidential announcement from former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich, the following paragraph from the Washington Times is driving most of the chatter:

Soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich

Soon-to-be Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich/Associated Press

Mr. Gingrich has recruited some of his party’s most sought-after campaign strategists and advisers and will conduct a unique 50-state “10th Amendment campaign” that throws out the old model of regional political directors. The campaign will rely instead, he said, on leadership and direction in each state from people who live in the state and understand the nuances of local politics.

In Georgia, that leadership presumably come from Gov. Nathan Deal – which gives more weight to this weekend’s vote for state GOP chairman in Macon. Deal is backing Tricia Pridemore, but incumbent chairman Sue Everhart is seeking a third term.

Also this morning, in a pre-announcement e-mail, Gingrich made a pitch to South …

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Casey Cagle: Senate ‘experiment’ is against tradition

We have talked about the difficult position Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams and Majority Leader Chip Rogers are in when it comes to the power struggle in that chamber.

But Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is in a tight spot, too. He can’t be perceived as having any personal ambition to have his powers over the chamber restored.

Below is how Cagle responded, in an interview with Nwandi Lawson of Georgia Public Broadcasting, to House Speaker David Ralston’s call for the Senate to end its “little experiment” with alternative leadership. We believe this is the only sitdown interview the lieutenant governor has given:

Said Cagle:

”Clearly the [House] speaker was very frustrated yesterday, and I think he made a very valid point. It’s been an experiment that really is against tradition within the state Senate.

“You’ve always had the lieutenant governor not only as the presiding officer but as the real leader of the Senate. And the rules changes took some of those powers …

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The split GOP take on public broadcasting: What happens in D.C., stays there

It is peculiar how certain red-meat issues among Republicans travel poorly between Washington and Georgia.

Last year’s health care overhaul obviously incited GOP angst in both D.C. and the state Capitol. Abortion continues to prompt near-universal condemnation from Republicans. Gay marriage, too — though that may be slowly changing.

But it is the Republican attack on public broadcasting that has landed with something of a dull thud in Georgia.

Two weeks ago, the GOP-controlled U.S. House voted 228-192 to block federal funding of National Public Radio. Among many tea partyers, public broadcasting — including Big Bird — has become one of the most glaring symbols of government excess.

“In an age when there are almost limitless outlets from which Americans can get the news, even bordering on information overload, there is no reason for taxpayers to be subsidizing NPR,” declared U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell.

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, the Republican from Ranger, made the …

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Your morning jolt: In debate, Johnny Isakson says GOP won’t shut down government

We will get to the quarrel over the Hawaiian shirt soon enough.

The three candidates for U.S. Senate had their one and only debate Sunday night. Given the current political climate, exchanges between Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson and Democrat Michael Thurmond were remarkably civil.

The only harsh notes of discord in the Atlanta Press Club debate were struck by Chuck Donovan, the Libertarian who steadfastly attacked Isakson as something other than conservative.

The Insider was on the panel of questioners, which curtailed note-taking. But there was actual news in the statewide, 60-minute session on Georgia Public Broadcasting:

– Chances are that Republicans will take control of the U.S. House next week – which is certain to set up a confrontation over federal spending with President Barack Obama. But Isakson said that – with troops still in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in need of civilian government support – he didn’t expect GOP leaders to pursue a …

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Your morning jolt: Was there a runoff agreement between Nathan Deal and Eric Johnson?

Over the weekend, a robo-call from Eric Johnson, who finished third in the July 20 Republican primary, hit the homes of GOP voters, urging unity after Tuesday’s vote in the Republican runoff for governor.

One of the recipients was Chip Lake, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a fervent supporter of Nathan Deal. Westmoreland was among those who jumped in when Deal’s campaign hit the doldrums this spring.

After receiving the robo-call from Johnson, Lake posted the following on his Facebook page:


Former state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah

[Lake] is disappointed in a man that I used to have [a lot] of respect for. Instead of holding up his end of a deal Eric Johnson instead decides that he needs to record a robo call calling for “unity”. I mean really, Eric?? I, and many others that received such a call could have done without the sanctimonious lecture.

So was there an agreement between Deal and Johnson, that one would support the other in a runoff? Brian Robinson, …

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Brain fried. TV debate looms. Send questions. Quick.

The brain is fried, and a Republican runoff debate between Karen Handel and Nathan Deal looms — live at 10 a.m. Saturday on Channel 2 Action News.

You’ve come up with questions before. This is how we know that Nathan Deal would sign legislation to permit the Sunday sales of beer and wine in grocery stores. (Handel didn’t attend that particular fracas.)

You can come through again. Post yours in the comment area below.

Journalists from the AJC and other outlets – composing lines of inquiry in other debates — may also be checking this post for inspiration, so don’t limit yourself to the governor’s race.

In fact, here’s the schedule for the Atlanta Press Club/GPB debates through the weekend:

– Public Service Commission, District 2, Republicans: Friday, August 6 from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Invited candidates include John Douglas and Tim Echols. This debate will tape and be posted online at

– Secretary of State, Democrats: Friday, August 6 from 7:00 – 7:30 …

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Your morning jolt: GOP lawmakers near decision to cut governor out of transit negotiations

Republican lawmakers in the state Capitol are closing in on a decision to cut Gov. Sonny Perdue out of negotiations on a statewide transportation funding bill.

Signs have been pointing in this direction for weeks. Last month, the House declined to move the governor’s plan, introduced with much hoopla in February as HB 1218 – even though Speaker David Ralston’s name was attached.

At issue was Perdue’s insistence that a statewide system of regional tax districts include no provision that would allow counties to “opt out” of such districts.

Allowing one or two counties to do so could frustrate cross-country transportation projects, the governor argued.

Republican lawmakers, in both the House and Senate, have balked at the idea of subverting the independence of their home counties.

But the governor wields a veto. So a final-days move is afoot to return to plans that stalled last year – and the year before that. A coalition of GOP and Democratic lawmakers would back a proposed …

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