Ed Lindsey on Transportation Funding

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Two thousand years ago there was a thriving commercial center and port on the coast of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) called Ephesus. In order to maintain its viability, the port had to be regularly dredged of silt deposits washed in by the Cayster River. Over time, however, the Ephesian government lost the will to maintain its port’s infrastructure, and, as it turned to marshland, the once mighty commercial center withered into ancient ruins.

Transportation has been at the heart of Atlanta’s progress since its creation. In the 19th Century, that meant railroads. In the 20th Century it meant the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The question before us now is how to upgrade our transportation infrastructure to meet our growing needs created by our earlier successes, because urban areas – even historically great ones like Ephesus or Metro Atlanta – are perpetually either in a period of growth and greater prosperity or steady decline. There is no standing still. Either we meet the infrastructure needs of our community or we slowly wither and die. (more…)

Georgia Politics, Campaign, and Elections for August 13, 2014

On August 13, 1909, Georgia Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation designating February 12 as Georgia Day to commemorate Oglethorpe’s landing near Savannah in 1733.

One year later, Brown signed the first legislation regulating automobiles in Georgia on August 13, 1910. The act included a minimum driving age of 16, prohibited driving while intoxicated, and required a car tag, headlight, and red taillight.

President Jimmy Carter was nominated for reelection as President by the Democratic National Convention in New York City on August 13, 1980.

President Ronald Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act on August 13, 1981.

The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.

Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released on August 13, 1982.

Brian Kemp – There’s an App for that!


The Republican National Committee doesn’t like the Common Core framework for teaching AP US History – Marietta Daily Journal.

The RNC passed a resolution Friday describing how an estimated 500,000 students take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History course each year, a course it says is traditionally designed to present a balanced view of American history to prepare students for college-level history courses.

Yet the College Board, the RNC resolution states, has released a new framework for the course “that reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing the positive aspects.”


“In Cobb, we’ve got this covered because we would not be satisfied with only this broad framework, without identifying the historical components that kids should have exposure to.”

For example, for students enrolled in the AP History course, in addition to taking the AP exam, they also take the state’s End of Course Test.

“That is much more closely focused on more of the facts and historical characters,” [Cobb County Schools' chief academic officer] Davis said.

Georgia has seen the highest jump in Medicaid enrollment among states that rejected the expansion of eligibility under Obamacare – Athens Banner-Herald.

The Georgia State Ethics Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has hired Bethany Whetzel and Robert Lane as staff lawyers – Fulton Daily Report.

Jeff Bridges unlikely to run for Senate from Montana – Washington Post. [Language alert on the following clip.]

Michelle Nunn and Sam Nunn visit Second Harvest of South Georgia warehouse in Albany on campaign stop – Albany Herald.

Robin Williams gave money primarily to Democrats while playing Republicans in movies, and was great-great-grandson of former Mississippi governor and senator Anselm J. McLaurin – Washington Post.

Tea Party failed to beat any incumbent Republican Senators, but still made mark, keeping a number under 50 percent in multi-candidate primaries and half of incumbents under 60 percent – normally only 5 percent of incumbents come in under 60 percent – Washington Post.

Georgia’s Republican National Committeewoman Linda Herren says it doesn’t make any sense to not require voter registration by party for primary voting, citing the specter of strategic crossover voting by Democrats – Washington Times.

A poll commissioned by the National Taxpayers Union found 57 percent of Georgia voters opposed to national legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

As efficient as they normally are, the Clayton County Commission has been granted a 30-day extension to adopt a millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015 – Clayton News Daily.

Ringgold City Council will hold hearings on a proposed 3-percent increase in the property tax rate at Ringgold City Hall, 150 Tennessee St., on Monday, Aug. 25, at 11 AM and 6 PM and on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6 PM – NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.

The Catoosa County Commission will hold hearings on an increase in the county property tax rate on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9 AM and 6 PM and Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 AM the county administrative building meeting room, 800 LaFayette St., Ringgold – NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.

In Macon-Bibb County, consolidation of city and county government makes property taxes complex, but here’s the bottom line – no net increase in the millage rate for property owners, but those with higher assessments will pay more – 41NBC.com.

Here’s an issue where the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party activists probably agree – the Chamber is urging the federal government to allow the ban on offshore drilling to expire at the end of 2016 – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

A citizen has filed an ethics complaint against Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews over a nastygram sent by the City Attorney – Marietta Daily Journal.

Polk County voters will decide whether to create a fire district for unincorporated parts of the county on the November General Election ballot – NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com.

The City of Emerson will keep the same millage rate – The Daily Tribune News.

The Marietta Board of Education is considering paying $11 million to replace some of its aging bus fleet – Marietta Daily Journal.

University of Georgia researchers are studying the sand on Georgia beaches as part of a project to replenish the beaches at Tybee Island – Savannah Morning News.

Macon-Bibb County will study blighted properties and funding to clean them up – Macon Telegraph.

Singer-songwriter-attorney Allen Levi and retired game warden Randy Hackley qualified for an open seat on Harris County Probate Court and qualifying ends at noon today – Ledger-Enquirer.

A wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors over defective ignition switches that led to 54 recalls of 29 million cars and trucks will go to trial in April 2016 – WJCL.com.

Tomorrow night in Marietta

Georgia Tea Party Inc Solar

On Thursday, I’ll be speaking to The Georgia Tea Party during their meeting from 7-9 PM at the Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the big chicken at 900 Roswell Street, Marietta, Ga.

I’ll be discussing “Five things I learned in the 2014 Primary Elections.”

Is Twitter ruining young press flaks?

An article in Campaigns & Elections suggests that Twitter is spoiling many young campaign press operatives.

Nothing has done more to ruin young press operatives than Twitter. The basic blocking and tackling of press has been lost to the instantaneous food fight of the social media site famous for its 140-character delivery.

Snark, substance-less witticisms, and gotcha moments on social media have replaced the hard spade work of pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters, and the basics of an efficient press operation.

Social media has become the hot commodity for campaigns and like the snake oil salesman of the past, people are saying it will cure every political ill. But in the rush to rightfully develop a strong social media presence, too many young campaign operatives have lost sight of what actually moves persuadable voters.

Here’s some hard, foul tasting medicine: As all encompassing as Twitter seems in the Beltway Bubble, many voters, especially older voters who are your most reliable voting demographic, don’t use it. Some have no idea what Twitter is. And those who do are probably tweeting about the score of the latest baseball game, not the negative attack ad on TV.

Campaign communication plans need to be balanced with both traditional and new media, which means we need operatives who are balanced, and most importantly, know how to filter out the noise. As operatives we have to remember that Twitter is not a representative sample. One or two Twitter loudmouths can make minor issues seem tremendously important when they are, in fact, completely irrelevant.

Join Georgia CRs and Governor Deal at Braves Game

Braves Gov

Join the Georgia Association of College Republicans,  Governor Nathan Deal, and Republican candidate for United States Senate David Perdue at the Braves game Saturday, starting at 4 PM, with a game start time of 7 PM.

You can click here to purchase tickets and parking.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 13, 2014


Butterscotch is a 2-year old male, about 25 pounds, a happy guy with a great personality. His little nub tail is always wagging! He came in as a stray on 8/6/14 and no owner has come looking for him. He looks to be in good health. His eyes, ears, coat and skin all look good. He tested heartworm negative on 8/11/14 and was vaccinated (distemper/parvo) and dewormed on 8/7/14. He did very well interacting with another dog his size. He did the normal greeting, sniffing and wagging, and then showed play response when the other dog wanted to play. No aggression was seen. He’s got an excited personality, and is full of loves and kisses.

Butterscotch is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.


Mimi is about 9-10 months old, weighs 25 pounds, and is a little self-conscious of her underbite. But she doesn’t realize is that is what makes her so cute!  She compensates her shyness with a gentle submission and just wants lovin’ and petting. She is very sweet and rolls over for belly rubs. She is on the submissive side with other dogs, but wags her tail and likes to play when she knows the other dog is a willing participant. She is only about 10 months old and is still a medium to small sized girl. She won’t be very big. She seems like a very good natured pup and will probably do very well with children. She was picked up as a stray on 8/11/14 and was vaccinated and dewormed here at the shelter the same day.

Mimi is available for adoption beginning August 14 from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.


Barney is a one-year old, 35-pound Basset Hound/Dachshund mix.

Barney is available for adoption beginning August 14 from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.

Poll finds Georgians against online sales tax bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Most Georgia voters oppose legislation pending in Congress that would let states collect sales taxes from online purchases made by out-of-state customers, according to a new poll.

The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last year and is now before the House of Representatives, would do away with a current law that limits states to collecting sales taxes only on purchases from businesses with a physical presence inside the state.

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been pushing for the bill for years as a way to give them a fair chance to compete with businesses that sell online.

But according to a poll of 400 likely Georgia voters released Tuesday by the National Taxpayers Union, 57 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose the legislation, while 33 percent strongly or somewhat favor the bill. Ten percent were undecided.

“This is the biggest anti-taxpayer proposal that has a chance of passing Congress,” said Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union.

via Poll finds Georgians against online sales tax bill – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Former Effingham County Administrator takes job in McDuffie County | savannahnow.com

Former Effingham County Administrator David Crawley has taken a job with McDuffie County.

Crawley will serve as county manager.

Crawley has been working as Springfield’s Public Works Director since he left his position with the county.

He was forced out of his Effingham County job in May of 2013 by three commissioners amid controversy over the county audit.

via Former Effingham County Administrator takes job in McDuffie County | savannahnow.com.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 12, 2014

Georgia and American History

Next week, we’ll be starting a new historical feature highlighting sites across the state. I’m excited to bring it to you and hope you’ll enjoy it.

On August 12, 1492 by the current calendar, Christopher Columbus set sail from the port of Palos de la Frontera in southern Spain with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Other accounts date his arrival at the Canary Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa on August 12, 1492.

Juan Ponce de Leon invaded Puerto Rico on August 12, 1508 and declared himself Governor.

On August 12, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood prohibited Confederate soldier from seizing civilian property.

The first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line on August 12, 1904.

On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.

“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.

Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.

But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”

On August 12, 1910, Georgia Governor Joseph M. Brown signed legislation prohibiting the carrying of a pistol or revolver without a license.

East Germany began building the Berlin Wall on August 12, 1961.

[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.

Three churches in Albany, Georgia first allowed African-Americans to attend their services on August 12, 1962.

On August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time.

The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first flight in the earth’s atmosphere on August 12, 1977.


Joanie and Chachi – the female pit bull found carrying her injured Chihuahua friend in her mouth in Savannah – have found a home in Florida – Savannah Morning News.

Gas prices are down an average of nearly 3 cents to $3.30 per gallon in Savannah, bringing them to 12 cents lower than a year ago and 19 cents lower than last month – Savannah Morning News.

New state hunting regulations are available online and in printed versions from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Forsyth County News. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 12, 2014

The following dogs and other are urgent and on the Euthanasia list at Barrow County Animal Shelter.


Beulah, also known as ID#2014-07-162 is a Female Hound mix, approximately 2years, friendly, and weighing 57lbs. Kind of makes me thinkg of a Great Dane with those jowls. She is urgent and available for adoption at Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


Durango is a favorite among the shelter volunteers. This poor boy was brought in to AC after someone witnessed him being dumped on the side of the road. He was seen chasing the car that had just dumped him as hard as he tried he just couldn’t catch them or make them stop. Let’s find him someone to love him FOREVER!

He is urgent and available for adoption at Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.


Wynonna is another volunteer favorite. About 28 pounds, she might be part Beagle or part Hound. She is such a happy, loving, enthusiastic dog. Gets along well with other dogs, very very good girl.

She is urgent and available for adoption at Barrow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.