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Opponents bring war against Rush Limbaugh to Georgia

On one hand, comic Bill Maher has an op-ed in today’s New York Times calling for an end to the clichéd cycle of insult and apology:

Let’s have an amnesty — from the left and the right — on every made-up, fake, totally insincere, playacted hurt, insult, slight and affront. Let’s make this Sunday the National Day of No Outrage. One day a year when you will not find some tiny thing someone did or said and pretend you can barely continue functioning until they apologize.

On the other, Rush Limbaugh’s critics have stepped up their war on his radio program. Note that Macon is a targeted city. From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh’s opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star’s attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they’re …

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Your morning jolt: Does Rick Santorum threaten Newt Gingrich’s hold on Georgia?

Ever since the Florida primary, Super Tuesday has been make or break for Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential contest.

Georgia, one of 10 states voting on March 6, is the former U.S. House speaker’s ace-in-the-hole. Just as, in Michigan on Feb. 28, Romney will be relying on his favorite-son status.

But Rick Santorum may be making a mess out of both sure things. The latest Public Policy Polling survey has Santorum with a national lead in the GOP presidential contest:

Santorum is now completely dominating with several key segments of the electorate, especially the most right leaning parts of the party. With those describing themselves as ‘very conservative,’ he’s now winning a majority of voters at 53% to 20% for Gingrich and 15% for Romney.

Santorum gets a majority with Tea Party voters as well at 51% to 24% for Gingrich and 12% for Romney. And with Evangelicals he falls just short of a majority with 45% to 21% for Gingrich and 18% for Romney.

For Santorum, …

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Your morning jolt: Austin Scott and a fight over foreign labor

Given this year’s debate over H.B. 87, we know that south Georgia is conflicted when it comes to the use of foreign labor.

This may include U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, who this morning is the subject of a Washington Post piece by Dana Milbank. The topic is the freshman congressman’s first piece of legislation:

His draftsmanship should please the people who chant “read the bill” at political rallies, because H.R. 2774 is only one sentence long. In its entirety: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Legal Services Corporation Act is repealed.”

This one sentence says a great deal about Scott, because it is a transparent attempt by the young lawmaker to defend a company in his district that discriminates against U.S. citizens in favor of Mexican migrant workers.

Scott introduced the bill abolishing Legal Services exactly three days after it became public that Legal Services had …

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Mike Huckabee and a cartoon history of America

A sign that Mike Huckabee may not be interested in the 2012 GOP nomination: He’s co-founded a company to take history to American kids – with cartoons.

“When it comes to American history, our nation is facing an epidemic. Schools across the country have turned their backs on our children by distorting facts, imposing political biases, and changing the messages behind the important lessons of our history,” Huckabee says in the on-line pitch.

Here’s a promo on

In a way, Huckabee is spot on. This isn’t a history you’re likely to see in public schools. There’s not a textbook in the country that depicts the moral decline of America with a black man waving a knife and saying, “Gimme yo’ money!”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: David Ralston criticizes Democratic stones thrown at tax overhaul

In an interview posted Tuesday evening by Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM), House Speaker David Ralston hinted strongly that he would prefer to keep pushing on a tax overhaul – and take up when lawmakers reassemble to draw new political boundaries in August or September.

Said Ralston:

”I’m not going to put odds on whether it’s going to be in the summer or next January. Obviously we have an opportunity to – while we’re here in the summer – to deal with it. And I think it’s important enough that it would be something Georgians would expect us to deal with.”

Ralston repeated his dissatisfaction with GSU numbers, but also took a crack at Democrats, who have gleefully taken credit for tossing out the data that brought the effort to a halt:

”With all due respect, I’m not sure my friends in the Democratic party have ever seen a tax cut they’re going to be pleased with. We just have a basic disagreement with them. They believe we need to keep more money in the …

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Barack Obama’s campaign takes a serious look at Georgia

Five months after Republicans swept every statewide seat in sight, 151 days after Democrat Roy Barnes was given that ungentle push back to the courtroom, the manager of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign this weekend expressed what many would dismiss as a fantasy.

“If you look at the new census numbers, you would think that Georgia would be in play,” Jim Messina told The New York Times. “You would definitely think that Arizona would be in play — as I think it is. Those are states where we didn’t play in last time.”

Sunstroke is one possible explanation for the young man’s remarks, except that temperatures in Chicago haven’t yet escaped the 50s.

An easy diagnosis was further complicated on Tuesday by a survey of Georgia voters conducted by Public Policy Polling — a respectable North Carolina outfit. It declared that former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich, who has not yet formally announced his Atlanta-based GOP candidacy, could lose the state in a match-up …

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PPP poll: Newt Gingrich could lose Georgia to Barack Obama

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich would struggle to win his former home state of Georgia, and – even if he does – could lose it to President Barack Obama, according to the first significant poll of the state in the ’12 primary season.

And this only five months after a lopsided drumming of Democrats in the race for governor. And everything else.

The survey by Public Policy Polling of North Carolina says Gingrich’s favorables in Georgia stand at 39 percent. Forty-seven percent of voters polled have an unfavorable view of the potential candidate.

Thirty-one percent say Gingrich should take a shot at the White House, but 50 percent say he shouldn’t. And in a match-up with Obama, the president leads Gingrich, 46 to 45 percent – a statistically insignificant margin, so call it a tie.

The stats: 790 Georgia voters surveyed from March 31st to April 3rd. MOE is +/-3.5%.

Gingrich has said that, should he enter the race, he would base his campaign in Atlanta.

The …

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Your morning jolt: ‘Not time to shut down’ nuclear power, says Phil Gingrey

This week, Republicans in Washington were prepared to highlight the need for more nuclear energy in the United States.

Given the events still unfolding in Japan, they intend to stick with the topic. But the tone will be different. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Marietta Republican and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was on Fox News on Sunday, cautioning against overreaction:

Said Gingrey:

”I think we should go forward. This nuclear reactor withstood a 9.1 Richter scale earthquake and a tsunami, and although there was a hydrogen explosion in the outer containment, the inner containment building is secure. Of course, it remains to be seen – we’ve got to watch this evolve….

“But this is not the time for us to shut down our ability to generate nuclear power. We’re only doing 20 percent. We probably need to be doing 30 percent.

The situation has indeed evolved. A Japanese official is now saying that fuel rods were exposed at one plant. The fallout in …

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George Will is not moved by Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich

In Sunday’s Washington Post, conservative columnist George Will is unimpressed with certain members of the Repbulican presidential field:

…Republicans should understand that when self-described conservatives such as [Steve] Malzberg voice question-rants like the one above and Republicans do not recoil from them, the conservative party is indirectly injured. As it is directly when Newt Gingrich, who seems to be theatrically tiptoeing toward a presidential candidacy, speculates about Obama having a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” mentality.

A magazine article containing what Gingrich calls a “stunning insight” is “the most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama.” Gingrich begins with a faux question: “What if he is so outside our comprehension” that he can be understood “only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior?” Then Gingrich says this is not just a question, it is “the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

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Jack Kingston: Sarah Palin should ‘butt out’ of state races

On the nationally syndicated “America’s Morning News” – an FM/AM talk show – U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston was drawn into a Wednesday morning discussion of Georgia’s Republican runoff for governor.

Would you have preferred that Sarah Palin butt out of it, Kingston was asked? “I wish she will,” Kingston said. But never mind the grammar – it was live radio. He continued:

“Because what’s she’s doing is dividing the Republican party at a time when we don’t need to be divided.

“Because in a case like this, really what people were saying – ‘Well, she’s endorsing Karen Handel because she’s a woman.’ [Palin] got up on stage on Monday and said, ‘I’m not doing it because she’s a woman – although she is a sister.’ You know — wink, wink.

“And I understand that. But what it does is, it makes Republicans say, well, maybe we do need to rethink Karen Han – I mean, Sarah Palin, as somebody who does shoot from the hip a little bit too much. Because I think Karen Handel is a very …

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