Georgia Republican Political News for May 10, 2012


“23934” (left) and “23938” (right) are adoptable retriever puppies who are available Sunday and Monday, respectively, from Gwinnett County Animal Control. The Gwinnett County Shelter currently has a large number of dogs, including a pair of beagles, and some chihuahua puppies.

Also in Gwinnett County, State Court Judge Carla Brown’s Canine Pet Rescue adopted out 85 German Shepherds last year and assisted in transportation and transfer of almost as many.

Local politicians react to Obama’s gay marriage statement

Mayor Kasim Reed, who opposed gay marriage in his 2009 campaign had no comment, while Ralph Reed said, ““At a time of high unemployment and severe economic distress, President Obama chose the week he launched his re-election campaign to flip-flop on same-sex marriage. It is certain to fuel a record turnout of voters of faith to the polls this November.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, & Elections

Governor Nathan Deal will address the graduation ceremony for University of Georgia undergraduates on Friday.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens told the New York Times that he recognizes that even if Georgia prevails in the Obamacare lawsuit, the state will likely have to set up an insurance exchange, saying “Whether the mandate is struck down or not, Georgia is under the edict to establish an exchange,”

The Cobb County Commission asked a federal court for changes to the court’s proposed map for new district lines. The Marietta Daily Journal suggests that the court’s redrawing, which was required by the legislature’s failure to pass new maps, might delay elections for Commission.

The federal court hearing the lawsuit over Augusta Commission and Richmond School Board districts has set an expedited hearing schedule “to avoid unduly prejudicing the citizens and elected officials of Richmond County.”

Bibb County Board of Education elections may also be in peril of delay after new maps were not correctly submitted to the US Department of Justice until April 30th. State Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) told the Macon Telegraph, ““I’m disappointed that the maps have been delayed. It means there’s a good chance that they may not be approved in time for qualifying.” Patrick Millsaps of Hall Booth Slover & Smith represents the school system.

Fayette County school board districts are also subject to a lawsuit over district maps.

Woodstock lawyer Mark Shriver will challenge Cherokee County Superior Court Judge Frank C. Mills.

Muscogee County Probate Judge Julia W. Lumpkin is retiring from the bench and will not run for reelection.

Republican Mike Babb will run for reelection as Whitfield County Commission Chair.

Louise Radloff, first elected in 1972 as a Republican, will seek reelection to the Gwinnett County School Board as a Democrat. This is likely to be the top gain by Georgia Democrats in 2012.

Gwinnett County Elections Director Lynn Ledford and Republican lawyer Anne Lewis will serve on a committee appointed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp to review state election laws.

Kevin McMurry, who is running for Superior Court Judge in the Coweta Judicial Circuit has the motto “seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God” on his campaign signs.

Cobb County Commissioner JoAnn Birrell’s town hall meeting became an opportunity to sound off for voters who oppose the T-SPLOST.

“I don’t like the way it was created from the state. I don’t like the fact that there’s no opt-out. I’ve said that all along,” Birrell said of the Transportation Investment Act, which voters in a 10-county metro Atlanta area will consider on July 31. “And I don’t want another tax. Who does?”

It’s not libel if it’s true

Eugene Volokh, a law school professor at UCLA, writes about Rashad Richey’s lawsuit against Georgia bloggers and Democratic activists in which Richey argues that spreading the truth about his criminal background constitutes actionable libel.

If you value free speech, you may wish to donate to the GeorgiaUnfiltered legal defense fund.

Ends & Pieces

United States Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican reportedly in the running for the VP nomination, is a genuinely interesting person and might humanize the GOP ticket by being the Chuck Norris of politics this year.

Property tax assessments in Dunwoody dropped 5% from last year, while in unincorporated DeKalb the drop was 8%.

The feds are considering whether the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake should join the list of endangered animals.

Gwinnett County libraries will not carry “mommy porn” because “[w]e do not collect erotica at Gwinnett County Public Library. That’s part of our materials management collection policy. So, E L James’ three books in the trilogy fit that description,” said Deborah George, the county library’s director of materials management.

Gas prices are likely to be lower this summer because of lower oil prices.

Gasoline will likely become less of a campaign issue. Republican presidential candidates hammered at President Obama as prices jumped this year, even though presidents have little sway over pump prices. If gasoline gets even cheaper, experts think it will likely get knocked from the top tier of campaign issues.

A proposed historic marker in Marietta that refers to “Negro students” is being called offensive by a school board member.

U.S. News and World Report has released its ranking of high schools, including its ranking of Georgia High Schools, which includes at least one charter high school in its top ten. Gwinnett County is home to nearly a third of the top-twenty ranked high schools.

The tall ship Roseway will make Savannah a permanent port of call for six weeks at a time, twice a year.

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