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Your morning jolt: Hall County commission chairman proposes a tax increase

When you’re home to a governor and a lieutenant governor, something like this becomes a little more important. From the Gainesville Times:

Facing an $11.5 million gap in next year’s budget, Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver recommended a tax increase Thursday night.

County residents must choose between that or a “massive reduction in services,” he said, making his announcement before adjourning the meeting.

“Of my seven years on the commission, our next meeting will be one of the toughest decisions I’ll ever make as a chairman,” he said.
Oliver proposed a 1.41 mill increase in total, with a 0.6 mill roll up to account for the loss in property values and an additional 0.81 mill increase. The current millage rate is 7.77 mill…..

“I have a $180,000 house, and this increase would cost me 28 cents a day or $101.50,” he said. “Let me tell you what the other side is if we don’t participate: shutting down parks, libraries, two ambulances and taking away …

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Channel 2/InsiderAdvantage poll: Herman Cain ties for second in fluid GOP contest

The hoopla surrounding Herman Cain’s entry into the Republican presidential race has pushed him into a virtual three-way tie for second place, according to a new national poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage for Channel 2 Action News.

The automated poll of 770 likely Republican voters has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.5 percentage points – and shows the damage done to Newt Gingrich as a result of his poor start:

– Mitt Romney, 16.2%;

– Michele Bachmann, 11.8%;

– Sarah Palin, 11%;

– Herman Cain, 10.9%;

– Tim Pawlenty, 7.4%;

– Newt Gingrich, 6.4%;

– Ron Paul, 5%;

– Other, 5.3%;

– Undecided, 25.5%.

Crosstabs were not immediately available, but the Channel 2 report includes this:

The poll showed Romney with an edge among women voters, but Bachmann received the highest percentage of votes from men.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Roger Ailes, Sarah Palin and the Fox News presidential machine

Using the departure of Glenn Beck as a starting point, Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine has a terrific look at Roger Ailes and Fox News’ (allegedly) faltering plans to groom the next Republican presidential candidate. It includes this:

All the 2012 candidates know that Ailes is a crucial constituency. “You can’t run for the Republican nomination without talking to Roger,” one GOPer told me. “Every single candidate has consulted with Roger.” But he hasn’t found any of them, including the adults in the room—Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney—compelling. “He finds flaws in every one,” says a person familiar with his thinking.

“He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the …

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‘Newt’ on SNL: ‘I love the ’90s!’

Just in case you missed it – SNL’s plan for the 2012 presidential season:

From the guy tapped to play Newt Gingrich: “I love the ’90s!”

The quip isn’t off target. Larry Sabato, he of the University of Virginia’s Crystal Ball, just sent out this Tweet:

Gingrich’s main challenge: Not substantial baggage and prickly personality, but image as yesterday’s man.

And there’s last week’s statement from Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina — who said that Gingrich will have to prove that he’s still relevant.

Gingrich understands this. No doubt, he’ll try to flip the argument on Saturday with an address to graduates at President Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Gingrich is 67. Reagan was 68 in 1979.

Then it’s on to NBC’s “Meet the Press” for his first network interview on Sunday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Poll: Herman Cain eats into Newt Gingrich’s Georgia support

Public Policy Polling, reworking some of its Republican numbers from a presidential survey first published last week, declares that former radio talk show host Herman Cain is taking a significant bite out of Newt Gingrich’s GOP support in Georgia.

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain at a 2010 rally in Duluth. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain at a 2010 rally in Duluth. Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Mike Huckabee and Gingrich are in a statistical tie, with 23 and 22 percent, respectively, in a poll that carries a +/- MOE 3.5%.

The rest:

– Cain, 16 percent;

– Sarah Palin, 10 percent;

– Mitt Romney, 8 percent;

– Michele Bachmann, 4 percent;

– Ron Paul, 3 percent;

– and Tim Pawlenty, 3 percent.

See the crosstabs here. Says PPP:

Cain’s 16% standing is pretty impressive for several reasons. His third place finish comes despite having 15% less name recognition than the rest of the quartet. And even though he’s competing with a second home state candidate he still does better in Georgia than Sarah Palin does in Alaska (15%), Gary …

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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: 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 …

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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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Your morning jolt: Five lawmakers join ethics push

Since January, the question for the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform – that cross-ideological coalition of tea partyers, Common Cause of Georgia, and such – has been what kind of legislative support it can muster in the state Capitol.

An answer could come this morning as the group begins a day of lobbying for tighter ethics laws – including a $100 cap on gifts for lawmakers.

The lawmakers expected to appear with GAER this morning:

– Sen, Joshua McKoon, R-Columbus, a freshman;

– Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, grandson of the former president;

– Rep. Wendall Willard, R-Sandy Springs, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and an advocate of gift caps;

– Rep. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, a freshman who defeated Republican Jill Chambers in November;

– Rep. “Rusty” Kidd, I-Milledgeville.

Note the perfect partisan symmetry, right down to the independent.

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HB 216, a measure sponsored by state Rep. Roger Williams, R-Dalton, comes up for a hearing this afternoon. The bill …

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Saxby Chambliss’ new role in the ‘12 GOP race for president

The revolution in Egypt may have just revealed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ new role in the coming GOP race for president.

On matters of foreign policy and national security, Chambliss could become the man who serves as a reality check for the likes of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin — reining in those who cast chunks of red meat over the line.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., arrives for a  recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Associated Press.

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., arrives for a recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Associated Press.

Last month, Chambliss was named the ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, responsible for oversight of the CIA and such. Should the GOP seize control of the Senate in ‘12, he could very well be the committee’s next chairman.

That makes Chambliss an official member of secret Washington, privy to the unspoken details behind every crisis of note. Much of his business will now be conducted over secure phones — which have just been installed in …

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