The Quotable Independent: State Rep. Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville

From Macon.com, the topic was whether Kidd would switch to the Republican Party.

Kidd told The Telegraph on Friday that he’d become a Republican if it would help bring jobs to Baldwin and Putnam counties, which he represents.

“For 5,000 jobs, hell yeah I would change parties,” he said.

Kidd agreed with a different kind of majority, saying both the Republican and Democratic parties have a number of “weirdos” but most are mainstream.

Georgia Political News for February 14, 2012

Elizabelle is an adoptable Flat-Coated Retriever mix, who weighs in at about 40#. The Flat Coat is widely known for being “just like a Golden Retriever but black.” Elizabelle will be spayed shortly, and after a short convalescence in her foster home, will be available to a loving home.

The agency that rescued her said this about Elizabelle:

Once in blue moon we save a perfect dog! Here she is. Comes when called, great calm manners, house trained etc etc. This Flatcoat will be available after her spay. You can email [email protected] She is looking for someone who is home and not crating for many hours. She loves other dogs and like all flatcoats love life!!!

Today is St. Valentine’s Day. Make of it what you will.

Former Governor Roy Barnes is complaining that the redistricing of county commission districts in Cobb County, which splits the City of Mableton between two districts is “petty politics.”

The tri-state water dispute between Georgia, Alabama and Florida may be headed to the Supreme Court as the other two states have petitioned for certiorari for the Court to decide the decades-long dispute.

Meanwhile, the Athens Banner-Herald opines that Georgia should give up its recent border dispute with Tennessee. The Banner-Herald editorial board believes that the long acceptance of the current border should trump the law that holds that borders are decided by the legislatures of both states, and approved by Congress.

Last week, Gov. Deal met quietly with SC Gov. Nikki Haley to discuss differences in opinion between the SC legislature and the rest of the civilized world about deepening the Savannah River channel to allow New Panamax container ships to reach the Port of Savannah.

President Obama’s FY 2013 budget includes an additional $2.8 million for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, in addition to $180 million committed by the State of Georgia.

The Times-Free Press is encouraged by NRC approval of units 3 and 4 at Georgia’s Plant Vogtle, stating that “we have every confidence it will safely generate power for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.”

The Marietta Daily Journal has an editorial calling for limits on lobbyist gifts to elected officials.

Savannah’s annual legislative reception cost nearly $88,000, representing the largest single lobbying event disclosed this year. Over the weekend, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran an investigatory piece in which it said that lobbyists failed to properly disclose part of the expenses for the 2012 Wild Hog Supper.

This week marks the halfway point for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. I predict it will last at least until April 1.

The Times-Herald detects a Santorum surge from behind in recent polls released on the Presidential race in Georgia.

Twelve hippies from the Occupy Atlanta cluster movement were arrested at AT&T yesterday, protesting the telecom giant’s layoffs.

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