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Georgia’s insane gun bill becomes law

Via the AJC:

House Bill 60, which passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session, allows Georgians to legally carry firearms in a wide range of new places, including schools, bars, churches and government buildings. A recent analysis also said it could let felons use the state’s “stand your ground” rules to claim self-defense if they feel threatened.

Demonstrating how cowardly the Democrats have become on gun control, the party’s likely nominee for governor, Jason Carter, voted for the bill.

The bill, which takes effect July 1, also legalizes the use of silencers for hunting, clears the way for school staffers to carry guns in school zones and lets leaders of religious congregations choose whether to allow licensed gun holders inside. And it allows permitted gun owners to carry their weapons in government buildings – including parts of courthouses – where there is no security at the entrance.

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Paul squared spells embarrassment for Georgia

I have a bad feeling that Paul Broun is going to come away with the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2014. That may be good news for presumptive Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, but potentially bad news for Georgia,

Democrats think a Broun win could catapult them to an upset, noting how voters in Missouri and Indiana rejected GOP wingnuts. I’d love to think Georgians would reject Broun but I wouldn’t bet money on it.

If Broun gets as far as I fear, blame Ron Paul’s endorsement of the Athens doctor who “believes that global warming is a hoax, the Earth is 9,000 years old and evolution, embryology and the big-bang theory are ‘lies straight from the Pit of Hell’.” If he gets Ted Cruz’ backing, this race is over.

Our next senator?

Actually, Paul Broun would be even worse. Regardless, our next senator is likely to be an embarrassment.

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) told colleagues on the House floor on Tuesday that young boys and girls should take classes on traditional gender roles in a marriage because there are some things fathers do “maybe a little bit better” than mothers.

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Ga. a global punchline, thanks to Cobb Republicans

The Economist reports on the moronic conspiracy theories who are driving GOP opposition to the one-cent sales tax for the next ten years to fund transportation projects.

It also raises an insane question: are Atlanta’s Democratic mayor, Kasim Reed, and Republican attorney-general, Sam Olens, both agents of the United Nations determined to advance the cause of one-world government and outlaw private property? Before you laugh (well, okay, after you finish laughing), this is not a joke.

Such concerns come not from the LaRouchey fringe, but from mainstream Georgia Republicans. Bill Heath, a Georgia state senator, warned earlier this month that advocates of Agenda 21—a turgid, vapid, self-satisfied and of course non-binding statement of principles on development adopted 20 years ago at the Rio Conference—want to “essentially conquer the world through limiting everything we do, incrementally taking our liberties away from us.”

Agenda 21 was rousingly condemned at the state Republican conference last month as “an encroachment on our sovereignty” (which it might be if it were enforceable, binding, or actually did anything). And a former candidate for governor now running for commissioner of Cobb County, just north of Atlanta, condemned plans to build a jogging and biking trail alongside a highway because, “That’s Agenda 21. Bicycles and pedestrian traffic as an alternative form of transportation to the automobile.”

Hear that, hippies? Every time you walk or bike somewhere instead of driving your car, U Thant wins.

Ga. last in ethics; pols blame the messenger

A new report measuring states on the strength of their laws on public corruption and government openness ranks Georgia last in the nation, a grade state officials dismissed as a biased hit job.

The report, released today, scored states on 330 “corruption risk indicators” including open records law, campaign finance rules, and auditing and budgeting procedures. Georgia received an overall grade of 49 out of 100, an F. …

House Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, said the report blindsided him, and he criticized the choice of author for Georgia’s report card. Jim Walls, a former Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor and owner of the website Atlanta Unfiltered, gathered, wrote and provided an initial score on the information on Georgia for the report.

“To have Georgia’s laws judged by a blogger instead of a regulatory official, as has been done in the past, is of great concern,” he said.

Wallis guided watchdog reporting while an editor at the AJC. His blog is a public service — something many in the General Assembly know nothing about.

If you don’t believe Wallis about Georgia’s loose ethical standards, look at all the crap Sonny Perdue got away with as governor.

Thou shalt not waste time w/ symbolic legislation

A copy of the Ten Commandments could be posted in all Georgia government buildings and schools under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by House lawmakers.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, is seeking to expand a 2006 law that already permits the passage from the Old Testament to be displayed in judicial buildings and courthouses when accompanied by other historical documents deemed to have influenced the U.S. legal system.

So what else has Georgia’s General Assembly been up to?

*Car owners could get “In God We Trust” stickers free of charge under a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate, which adopted the measure after initial plans to make the motto mandatory on all Georgia license plates fell short in committee.

*A bill to limit mass picketing outside private residences has garnered vocal opposition from community leaders, who issued a call Thursday to organize and defeat it.

That last bill was drafted by Sen. Chamber of Commerce.