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Your morning jolt: Fox News is biased – against me, says Newt Gingrich

We’ve new evidence that Newt Gingrich may not be interested in returning to Fox News as a contributor once his presidential campaign is done.

Real Clear Politics snared this quote from Gingrich during a meeting with 18 tea party leaders in Dover, Del., on Wednesday:

“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during the private meeting…at Wesley College. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”

Gingrich also had this assessment of his party’s reaction to the tea party movement:

“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was …

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Your morning jolt: A Mitt Romney-Ron Paul alliance against Rick Santorum?

Before he clocked out early this morning, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy e-mailed a few spin-room notes from last night’s CNN debate of the GOP presidential candidates in Arizona:

– Rick Santorum was on the defensive much of the night, enduring assaults from a well-prepared Mitt Romney and a biting Ron Paul. While expressing regret for his vote for the federal No Child Left Behind law as a senator from Pennsylvania, Santorum in essence accused Romney and Paul of teaming up to take him down. His long-time media strategist John Brabender elaborated later.

“For all I know Mitt Romney might be considering Ron Paul as his running mate,” he said. “Clearly there is some allegiance or alliance between those two and you saw that certainly in the debates.” Here’s a Paul-on-Santorum clip:

There has been anecdotal evidence of a Paul-Romney alliance, proffered here by the most elite of media, the New York Times, but the same argument could be made about Santorum and Gingrich. The former …

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The coming clash between tea partyers and ‘infrastructure’ Republicans

Before they abandoned Atlanta on Wednesday, members of the Legislature dropped a valuable gift into the lap of the Georgia Republican party.

Not the new set of political boundaries that lawmakers completed – designed to keep the GOP in power for the next 10 years. Although that will indeed be worth a hand-written thank-you note.

No, the Legislature’s true offering to Republicans was a gift of omission, a gift of tough love. Last week, lawmakers bobbled what was supposed to be an easy task – Gov. Nathan Deal’s request to move the date of next year’s transportation sales tax referendum to the November general election.

In essence, GOP lawmakers bowed to tea party criticism that moving the date amounted to shopping for Democrats rousted to the polls by the 2012 Barack Obama campaign. At least for now, the vote on a new regional tax for transportation remains attached to next July’s primary – which is likely to be chockfull of passionate tea partyers.

This is where the gift comes …

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Your morning jolt: Gingrich-Tiffany’s tale may be growing legs

The tale of Gingrich patronage of Tiffany’s may be growing something like a set of legs. From the blog SpyTalk:

At the same time Tiffany & Co. was extending Callista (Bisek) Gingrich a virtual interest-free loan of tens of thousands of dollars, the diamond and silverware firm was spending big bucks to influence mining policy in Congress and in agencies over which the House Agriculture Committee–where she worked–had jurisdiction, official records show.

Republican presidential hopeful, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia speaks to guests during a private house party in Manchester, N.H. AP/Jim Cole

Republican presidential hopeful, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia speaks to guests during a private house party in Manchester, N.H. AP/Jim Cole

Filings by Tiffany’s lobbyist, Cassidy & Co., and other government records show that the firm’s spending on “mining law and mine permitting-related issues” in Congress, as well as the Forest Service, the Interior Department, and Interior’s Bureau of Land Management shot up sharply between during the period when Callista Gingrich was chief clerk at the House …

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KSU choice for provost withdraws after ‘Marxist’ criticism

Criticized for a 1998 research paper that included allusions to Karl Marx, and stung by a local newspaper’s musing over whether he was a “Red,” Kennesaw State University’s choice for a new provost has decided he won’t leave Ohio.

Here’s the press release that just arrived:

After thoughtful consideration, Dr. Timothy J.L. Chandler has withdrawn his acceptance of the position of Kennesaw State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“I have decided it is in the best interest of Kennesaw State University for me to withdraw at this time. I feel strongly about the commitment that I made to elevating Kennesaw State University’s academic stature. However, I have now come to believe that the recent distractions caused by external forces would interfere with my effectiveness as provost,” stated Dr. Chandler.

Dr. Chandler has decided to remain in his position as Senior Associate Provost at Kent State University. “I appreciate the opportunity that the Kennesaw State …

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Your morning jolt: The anti-abortion bill that will move

With first and second choices sidetracked, anti-abortion forces will be putting their remaining efforts for the session behind SB 210, a bill to permit physicians who perform abortions to be sued – by the women undergoing the procedures – if they don’t follow all state restrictions now in place.

That includes requirements such as parental notification for women under the age of 18. And in this instance, Republicans don’t appear to believe in tort reform — no liability caps are included.

SB 210 was remanded directly to the Senate Rules Committee – usually a sign of greased tracks. The measure is sponsored by state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville. Another anti-abortion bill by Loudermilk suddenly morphed last week into a measure that would have restricted abortions to hospitals – which by and large do not perform abortions.

It was tabled after being judged too fraught with legal issues.

A House measure to bar abortions after 20 weeks, citing the pain that anti-abortion …

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Your morning jolt: Kennesaw State and a ‘Red scare’

It very much feels like we should be having this discussion in black-and-white, with a smoldering cigarette between the fingers and a fedora tilted slightly down and to the right.

Last Saturday, an editorial column in the Marietta Daily Journal – carrying the triple byline of Otis Brumby, Bill Kinney, and Joe Kirby – unloaded on a new hire announced by Kennesaw State University.

Kennesaw State University President Dan Papp. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Kennesaw State University President Dan Papp. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Timothy Chandler, a British-born academic from Kent State University in Ohio, was recently named as KSU’s new $228,000-a-year provost, the university’s No. 2 administrator.

The MDJ trio had discovered a 1998 research paper co-authored by Chandler that cites Karl Marx, five times over 22 very dense pages. The column accused Chandler of having an “obvious fondness for Marx and vehement dislike of capitalism.”

Late last night, KSU issued a statement from Dan Papp, the university president and former Sovietologist:

”Over the course …

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