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Your morning jolt: GOP tries to paint John Barrow with Solyndra debacle

The National Republican Congressional Committee has taken aim at 51 House Democrats – including Savannah’s John Barrow – for their support of a loan program included in the stimulus package that made the Solyndra solar debacle possible.

As Barrow pointed out in this space last week, the New York Times notes that the Georgia congressman is blaming the GOP abandonment of earmarks:

“Congress has not been as good a custodian of the people’s money in the past and as a result of past abuses of the earmarking process, with highly placed members of Congress abusing their incredible influence at the closing stages of the appropriations process,” Barrow said. “The political repercussions of that have been to forswear all earmarks, which is basically Congress abandoning its responsibility to decide how the people’s money gets spent.”

One other argument you’re likely to hear Barrow make: The loan program that allowed Solyndra is the same one that is guaranteeing $8 billion for the …

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Herman Cain’s comments on Rick Perry prompt a Rush Limbaugh slap-down

Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, who wields significant influence among the Republican grassroots, laid into GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain on Monday afternoon – accusing the presidential candidate from Georgia of participating in a “mainstream media” conspiracy to destroy the prospects of his rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Limbaugh also criticized Cain for admitting that he should have said something at a recent Republican debate in Florida when members of the audience booed a gay soldier.

Cain is already attempting to detach himself from the Perry story:

“I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue,” Cain said.

You know about the Washington Post piece:

In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its …

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Rick Perry takes up Coke CEO’s complaint — but not by name

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday pointed to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent’s assertion that the United States is becoming a tougher place to do business than China.

Without citing Kent by name, Perry said:

”When a communist country has less bureaucratic red tape than America, we might just be on the wrong track.”

Perry’s Cobb County speech before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was his first as a presidential candidate in Georgia.

The Texas governor only cited a portion of the Coke executive’s complaint. Perry did not address Washington gridlock, which – along with an antiquated tax code – was offered by Kent as a reason for business uncertainty in the U.S.

With many Mitt Romney supporters in the room, the Texas governor also took aim at his rival, the former Massachusetts governor.

“I knew when I got into this race that I would have my hands full fighting President Obama’s big government agenda. I just didn’t think it would be in the Republican primary,” Perry said.

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Your morning jolt: What Rick Perry will say this morning in Cobb

Texas Gov. Rick Perry heads for Cobb County this morning, where he’ll deliver what’s being billed as his first domestic policy speech as a presidential candidate — and accuse rival Mitt Romney of governing Massachusetts the same way President Barack Obama has governed the nation.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Atlanta today. AP/Joe Burbank

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Atlanta today. AP/Joe Burbank

Shannon McCaffery of the Associated Press has been slipped some highlights of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 10 a.m. address before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation:

“As Republican voters decide who is best suited to lead this country in a new direction by stopping the spending spree and scrapping Obamacare, I am confident they will choose a nominee who has governed on conservative principles, not one whose health care policies paved the way for Obamacare,” Perry says, according to prepared remarks….

Perry contrasts Romney’s plan with the medical malpractice reform he signed as governor of Texas, and argues that both Romney and Obama have …

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Rick Perry schedules a Friday speech to Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has scheduled his first appearance in Georgia as a presidential candidate – a 10:15 a.m. Friday speech on his state’s economic success before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Click here to register for the event, which will be at the Cobb Energy Centre. The title of the address: “Taxes ,Torts and Texas: The Key Policies Supporting the Growing Texas Economy.”

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Perry’s highest-ranking supporter in the state, is already scheduled to be there. But we’re told that Kelly McCutchen, president and CEO of the GPPF, will do the honors.

“We’ll introduce him to the Southeastern Conference,” McCutchen said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: Fla. win no guarantee, says Herman Cain

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses delegates at the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain addresses delegates at the Republican Party of Florida Presidency 5 Convention and Straw Poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT

Herman Cain spent Monday morning relishing his startling Saturday victory in Florida’s GOP presidential straw poll, but stopped short of citing his 37 percent showing as a guarantee of future success.

Cain won 37.1 percent of more than 2,500 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at the tail end of a three-day convention of activists in Orlando. Conducted off-and-on since 1979, the winner of the Florida straw poll has gone on to win the Republican nomination.

“I think it means we have picked up some substantial momentum,” Cain said in an interview with Scott Slade on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB – where Cain once served as a night-time talk show host.

“I don’t think that the past is necessarily a predictor of the future, although I like the fact that this has …

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Rick Perry schedules a first Georgia appearance

Even before GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney touched the ground in Atlanta on Monday, his chief rival for the nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, let it be known that he’ll be challenging Romney for Georgia’s cash – and votes.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has a fundraiser ($1,000 minimum, $2,500 for a photo) this evening at the home of Equifax CEO Rick Smith.

We’ve just received notice that Perry will be in Atlanta on Sept. 30 to kick off his Georgia campaign with a fundraiser at 103 West in Buckhead. Entrance fee is roughly the same as Romney’s. See the invite here.

It would be Perry’s first Georgia appearance as a presidential candidate.

Calling the shots for Perry in Georgia and the rest of the campaign will be Dave Carney, the New Hampshire-based strategist who served as chief adviser to Newt Gingrich — until he abandoned the campaign with many other Gingrich staffers in June. Longtime GOP activist Jay Morgan of Atlanta will be pulling the Georgia …

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Behind the red carpet treatment of Jon Huntsman

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, a man so reasonable that Gallup has placed him dead last in its latest poll, won a standing ovation from a chamber full of lawmakers at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

In part, merely because he showed up.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (left) addresses House members Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker David Ralston. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (left) addresses House members Wednesday at the invitation of Speaker David Ralston. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

In the high-drama Republican sweepstakes for the right to face down President Barack Obama, Georgia again is playing the role of the loyal and reliable ATM. We are an open wallet for the candidate who needs money to spend — in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.

Huntsman was the first Republican in the field to visit the state Capitol since then-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty last November.

This, of course, doesn’t count Newt Gingrich, who at one point was supposed to be running a Georgia-centric, favorite-son campaign. Not even Herman Cain, whose headquarters is in Stockbridge, …

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