General Assembly

Ga. last in ethics; pols blame the messenger

March 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

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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 [...]

No refunds for the subsidisers

July 8, 2011 // 6 Comments

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Let’s say 10 years from now — long after the Georgia General Assembly approves public funding for a new Falcons stadium (shouldn’t that be put to a statewide referendum?) — NFL owners preside over another lockout. A prolonged [...]

Asshole state rep. strikes again

May 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Already this year Bobby Franklin, a state representative from Marietta, has compared gays to “unrepentant drug dealers” and tried to criminalize miscarriages. Now he’s badmouthing tornado survivors. At least 340 people were killed [...]

What $400 mil would buy

March 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

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Excellent column by the AJC’s Kyle Wingfield detailing what the money earmarked for an unnecessary football stadium could go toward instead:  For example, it could go to cutting property taxes. Atlanta takes in $18 million to $20 million [...]

Man cannot live on $900 million alone

March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Forbes lists Arthur Blank’s net worth at $1.3 billion. Taxpayers are being asked to provide $400 million toward a new stadium (to replace one barely two decades old) for Blank’s Falcons. Glad to see Georgia’s General Assembly [...]

The Ga. General Assembly is a joke

February 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

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The Sunday sales bill is dead. But there’s still time to save the American light bulb The new GOP priority? SB 61 would defend Georgia’s right – under the Tenth Amendment, Ninth Amendment and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution — to [...]

Looks like the Baptists win again

February 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Our last governor was a crook. His replacement has, at the very least, been cordial with impropriety. The new speaker of the house might as well be fornicating with lobbyists. And now, thanks to pressure from Christian conservatives who should have [...]

Georgia: The new Mississippi

April 14, 2010 // 8 Comments

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Atlanta’s downtown connector is about to get another coat of asphalt. Why? The resurfacing of the northbound lanes should correct the problem of water seeping through the roadway that led to patches of black ice this past winter. “Crews [...]

Georgia praises Scientology

February 18, 2010 // 1 Comment

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This may come as a surprise to some, but your Republican-controlled state Senate – usually known for catering to the concerns of conservative Christians – last week issued a sincere commendation to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps. SR [...]