Georgia Politics, Campaign, and Elections for May 16, 2012

Weston is a two-year old, 33# lab mix, who is said to be very sweet, knows to sit and stay and walks nicely on a leash. He will be neutered, tested for heart worms and micro-chipped when adopted. He is in run 800 and his ID# is 542763.

To adopt these or any other animal from Cobb County, call Cobb County Animal Shelter, at (770) 499-4136 for more information or visit at 1060 Al Bishop Drive Marietta, Georgia 30008, and be sure to have the animal’s number available.

We will be featuring animals from Cobb County all week as they prepare for their adopt-a-thon on Saturday, May 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Visit Friends of Shelter Animals for Cobb County on Facebook for more adoptable dogs.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Lawyers for Kevin Kenerly have moved to quash the second indictment that accuses the former Republican Gwinnett County Commissioner of bribery in connection with a sale of land to the county. The motion argues that the grand jury that indicted Kenerly while the earlier indictment was under appeal did not have jurisdiction. Kenerly maintains that he is innocent.

Also in Gwinnett County courts is the lawsuit by former Republican Commission Chair Charles Bannister against Sheriff Butch Conway, alleging that Bannister’s 2010 arrest for DUI was motivated by Conway’s desire to drive Bannister from office. The Gwinnett Daily Post has placed the entire complaint online and it’s compelling reading as it lays out allegations of a widespread net of political corruption involving law enforcement, Republican candidates and officeholders, judges, political consultants, and developers. Make sure to have plenty of popcorn.

Newt Gingrich heads the Forbes list nobody wants to be on, “Most Indebted Politicians,” with $4.3 million in debt from his Presidential campaign. (Hat tip to Jim Galloway.)

The Carter Center in Atlanta will send election observers to Egypt to encourage fair elections. Perhaps one day they’ll send observers to South Georgia.

With the GOP Presidential nomination decided, SuperPACs are turning toward Congressional races, such as Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, where $3 out of every $4 is being spent by a SuperPAC.

Let’s hope the Ron Paul campaign’s new focus on civility in state conventions leads to fewer arguments and rules challenges at this weekend’s Georgia Republican State Convention in Columbus.

Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee, who faces significant opposition in the Republican Primary, apologized to voters he called “spoiled brats” because of their opposition to light rail coming to Cobb County under the T-SPLOST.

Beginning in June, Georgia Power customers will see reduced electric rates under a plan to reduce rates approved by the Public Service Commission. Republican Commissioner Chuck Eaton moved that the rate reduction be accelerated so that consumers could reap the benefit of lower fuel prices as summer air conditioning season kicks in.

Rumor has it that Republican PSC member Stan Wise will face a primary challenge.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens addressed Police Officers Memorial Day at the Gainesville Kiwanis Club and presented awards to law enforcement officers.

Candidates for the Ninth Congressional District met in a forum sponsored by the South Hall Republican Club. Apparently gay marriage is a more important topic than job creation and economic recovery.

Candidates for Bibb County Board of Education will qualify for this year’s elections under the old maps, rather than maps approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Deal this year.

“There’s no way in that close period of time they could be cleared” by the Justice Department,” [ Board of Elections supervisor Elaine] Carr said.

The Georgia Latino Vote 2012 Campaign will attempt to register Latino voters in order to mobilize Latinos to vote in this year’s elections.

Hayden Collins of Armuchee, GA joined the Republican race for Senate District 52, in which David Doss and Chuck Hufstetler have previously announced their campaigns.

Republican State Representative Jay Neal (Chickamauga) kicked off his reelection campaign Monday with the help of Congressman Tom Graves, former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon, and former Atlanta Falcons running back Gerald Riggs.

Scott Chitwood will run for reelection as Whitfield County Sheriff in the Democratic Primary.

Andre Cooper is running for Newton County Commission District 3 as a Democrat.

White County Commission Chair Travis Turner is seeking reelection as a Republican.

Cherokee County Superior Court Chief Judge Frank C. Mills, who announced his reelection campaign earlier this year has changed his mind and will not seek an eighth term. Juvenile Court Judge M. Anthony “Tony” Baker announced he will run to succeed Mills.

Sumter County Commissioner Al J. Hurley was indicted in a federal prosecution for alleged attempted extortion, bribery and false statements.

Former Upson County Commissioner Sandra Trice ended her political career with a guilty plea to a felony charge of giving a false statement arising from the sale of pre-need funeral plans. Christopher E. Biggs was named interim Commissioner after Trice’s plea.

April Parker resigned her at-large seat on the Coweta County Board of Education; remaining members will appoint a new board member to serve the remainder of the term.

The White County Commission relieved County Attorney David Syfan of his duties, appointing William “ Bill” House as interim county attorney. A member of the Commission stated that Syfan had done a good job.

DeKalb Young Republicans Happy Hour tonight will feature Greg Pallen, tilting at windmills candidate for the Fourth Congressional District.

Social Media and Politics

NPR has a story on whether Facebook advertising is effective, and followed a New Orleans pizzeria’s first Facebook advertising campaign:

The campaign cost them $240 — almost $1 for each new Facebook fan they got from the campaign.

“Is that feeling of exhilaration worth 240 dollars?” Michael said. “I don’t know— hopefully, that translates into new business.”

It didn’t.

After a long night of asking every single customer where they found out about Pizza Delicious, not one said it was through Facebook.

Inc. magazine has tips on what to tweet so that you don’t seem quite so self-absorbed.  I thought that was was the point of Twitter.

Ends & Pieces

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of Rome will once again shell Tennessee fire a Noble brass cannon produced in the city during the Civil War. Firings will take place to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the cannon on Thursday, May 17th at 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 5:30, and 7 PM at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center.

Panelists at a workforce development forum said that a mismatch of job skills between current job-seekers and available jobs is Georgia’s biggest economic problem.

Sustainable Fellwood, a senior residence in Savannah, hosts one of the largest solar arrays in Georgia, generating about $1000 worth of electricity per month.

Lafayette, Georgia will receive an historic railcar formerly used on the Central of Georgia, as soon as the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum can find the wheels.

4 Comments

  1. A job skills mismatch is the problem, not a shortage of jobs, eh? So again: why are we subsidizing all these companies to come to Georgia and open for business, when they apparently have to turn around and hire most of their workforce from outside the state? That doesn’t help Georgians that need jobs. How about, in exchange for all the spiffy tax breaks we give these companies to come here, we ask them to do some apprenticeship programs in order to, I don’t know, TRAIN Georgians to do these jobs, instead of stamping their feet and saying “we can’t find anyone around here with the specific skills to do this job, so we’re hiring a bunch of people from California and moving them here.”

    The Germans have the right idea. They have a well-organized, national apprentice program that places people in programs with numerous companies where these people can acquire skills that can be utilized with a full-time position with that company, or another company in the industry. The companies in turn don’t complain that they can’t find workers with the right “skills” because they take the time to train people in those skills. They invest in their workers.

    In America, it seems more and more companies prefer to simply selectively hire for the skills they want instead of spending money on training someone in the exact job they need done, or funding an apprenticeship program that would produce employees trained to their exact specifications. Hey, that’s money the CEO could be using in Bermuda, right?

    Apprentice programs are the only way I can see to produce the kinds of workers these people are complaining they can’t find.

  2. I’d note that most of the recent job announcements from the Governor’s office include workforce training programs as part of the sweetener to lure the companies here. It’s not fixing the problem on a macro scale, but rather creating local pools of trained talent, but it’s a start in the right direction.

    • Yes but trained in what? I’ve had the unique and unwanted experience of seeing some of the programs on offer to the un-employed from the GA Dept of Labor up close. They do not instill one with a sense of confidence that the results will be useful.

      This needs to be an effort led by the companies, not the government.

      • My understanding is that those deals have generally involved training programs near the proposed new business sites that are tailored to providing the training that will be needed for the new facility, and that these programs are generally through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and other similar programs, rather than through the Department of Labor.

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