In his syndicated column today, Dick Yarbrough says Gov. Nathan Deal’s reform and for his second term “could change the face of public education for decades to come.” In the interview, Deal outlined his vision for education reforms in his second term. Building off the success of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, Deal will form a special education task force, including educators, school superintendents, administrators and other stakeholders, to study and offer solutions for public education reforms, including:
Updating our current funding formula to meet student needs and the demands of a 21st century classroom
Exploring ways to save students from failing schools
Advancing efforts to ensure students read at grade level
Keeping our best educators in the classroom
Yarbrough, a one-time adviser to Gov. Joe Frank Harris, helped craft the 1984 Quality Basic Education formula.
Deal: Badcock to locate new distribution center to LaGrange
Furniture retailer will employ more than 100 at new Troup County facility, invest $22 million
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100.
“Badcock’s new regional distribution center is an excellent addition to Troup County,” said Deal. “This expansion is a testament our state’s top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s skilled workforce and globally recognized logistics infrastructure will support future growth and success.”
The 535,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. The project will include enhanced energy efficiency technologies and is designed for expansion to 700,000 square feet. This facility will replace two existing facilities in Thomson and Cullman, Ala. (more…)
Just saw a white van drop 6 people off at the Gwinnett voter registration office where early voting is and the driver told all the passengers to remember to vote for Carter and Nunn as 5-6 other people who were waiting to be picked up climbed in the van.
Late Friday, the campaign of Democrat Greg Hecht rolled out a false press release claiming 37 Georgia sheriffs had “switched” from backing Attorney General Sam Olens. After multiple news outlets ran the story, listed sheriffs began contacting both campaigns to complain. As the sheriffs have called the Hecht campaign to demand their name be taken off, the number he claims continues to change daily.
“I’m proud to support Sam Olens and I am shocked that his opponent claimed to have my endorsement,” said Lanier County Sheriff Nick Norton. “Sam is a friend and has done a tremendous job as Attorney General helping my office of Sheriff here in South Georgia with many criminal cases. Sam has always had my full support and my endorsement.”
Mike Dewey, Sheriff, Brooks County, said “I don’t know why Attorney General Sam Olens’ opponent would falsely list my name as switching my endorsement. Sam Olens has proven himself as a friend and supporter of Georgia’s law enforcement efforts and has always had my full support.”
Sheriffs confirming to the Olens’ campaign that Hecht fabricated their endorsement to date, include: Sheriff Nick Norton, Lanier County; Sheriff Mike Dewey, Brooks County; Sheriff Josh Hilton, Calhoun County; Floyd County; Sheriff Neal Walden, White County; Sheriff Thomas, Pike County; Sheriff Young, Grady County; Sheriff Kight, Toombs County; Sheriff Peterson, Clinch County; Sheriff Thomas, Franklin County and Sheriff Nobles, Long County. One of the “switchers” listed was not on the Olens’ list to begin with.
Additional names listed on the original press release have also been redacted from the current list on the website.
“It is shameful that someone this fundamentally dishonest could run for the state’s top legal office. In his failed lieutenant governor’s campaign eight years ago, Hecht’s tactics were so deceptive and corrupt; one Atlanta newspaper actually revoked its endorsement,” said campaign spokesperson Sheri Kell.
Big Ben is a gorgeous chocolate lab/Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix. His foster mom reports that he’s a sweetheart who’s energetic and patient in equal measure. Pawnation.com says the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is “…used to facing harsh winds and long, cold swims, this canine still maintains a happy disposition. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a protective and affectionate nature and is best suited for an active family. The breed also enjoys close proximity to water.”
Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn once again has used former President George H.W. Bush’s image to push her own Senate bid, despite repeatedly being asked by the 41st president not to do that.
Bush already endorsed Nunn’s Republican opponent, David Perdue, and his office is not happy about Nunn defying his wishes again.
Nunn’s new ad is meant to respond to Perdue’s narrative that she is a President Obama lackey. The ad, which began airing Saturday, tries to explain a photo the Perdue camp has used of her standing next to the sitting president. The picture was taken at an Oct. 16, 2009, event that Nunn and Obama attended.
Nunn’s new 30-second ad starts off with the same picture that Perdue uses in his ads. In the ad, Nunn asks, “Have you seen this picture? It’s the one David Perdue has used to try and attack me in this campaign. But what he doesn’t tell you is that it was taken at an event honoring President [H.W.] Bush, who I worked for as CEO of his Points of Life Foundation.”
The ad then shows an image of Nunn next to the 41st president.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath made clear that the former president did not approve that message.
“Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign,” McGrath said in an email to FoxNews.com. “Apparently, the Nunn team feels they can repeatedly disregard the former president’s wishes, which is very disappointing because it’s so disrespectful.”
During the War of 1812, the Constitution won its enduring nickname “Old Ironsides” after defeating the British warship Guerriére in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shots merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. The success of the Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous morale boost for the young American republic.
Harding was a progressive Republican politician who advocated full civil rights for African Americans and suffrage for women. He supported the Dyer Anti-lynching Bill in 1920. As a presidential candidate that year, he gained support for his views on women’s suffrage, but faced intense opposition on civil rights for blacks. The 1920s was a period of intense racism in the American South, characterized by frequent lynchings. In fact, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) reported that, in 1920, lynching claimed, on average, the lives of two African Americans every week.
On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale – “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.”
I was listening to GPB’s “Political Rewind” on the radio on Friday (3-4 PM on 88.5 FM in Atlanta), when Beth Schapiro said about one or another of the current crop of ads, “if you’re going to do an ad that doesn’t match the actual facts, do it late in the campaign.” I’m paraphrasing, and I don’t think she was condoning it, rather pointing out something that happens regularly in the terminal stage of campaigns.