Georgia Political News for February 15, 2012

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Georgia Political News for February 15, 2012

Gwinnett County Magistrate Court continued its tradition of offering free marriage ceremonies on Valentine’s Day. Dozens of grooms made their lives easier by combining Valentine’s Day and their wedding anniversary.

Newt Gingrich has analyzed his successes and failures in the Presidential primary season and “says he’s retooled his pitch to be more positive and solutions-oriented, a move away from his sometimes-caustic attacks on Romney’s record at the investment firm Bain Capital. But he relished a chance to knock Santorum, who suggested last week that women should not serve in military combat.” Long-time Gingrich advisor Randy Evans lays out elements that should be helpful for Gingrich in upcoming states. Pollster and longtime Gingrich friend Matt Towery talked to WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer about the upcoming primary.

The Newnan-based Times-Herald is urging Gov. Deal to negotiate with Alabama and Georgia to settle the long-simmering tri-state water dispute, now in its third decade. Yesterday, we noted that Alabama and Georgia have petitioned the United States Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari to decide the case under the Court’s original jurisdiction over cases between two or more states.

DeKalb County School Board districts continue to be the excuse cause for in-fighting among legislators and school board members. Last year, the legislature reduced the number of school board members from nine to seven or fewer. It’s an epic game of musical chairs in which those who find a seat when the music ends will control the second-largest employer in DeKalb County, a $775 million annual budget and $475 million over the next five years in sales tax proceeds for capital spending.

Speaking of SPLOSTs and sewage, the City of Atlanta will be asking voters to approve the extension of a $400 million sewer tax on March 6th, the date when Georgia voters will vote in both the Presidential Preference Primary and TSPLOSTs unless the latter measure is changed. In this economy, that cannot bode well for TSPLOST or toilets.

Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash will deliver her State of the County speech today at 11:30 am.

State Rep. Ron Stephens has added a local control component to his legislation to urge the addition of video games as part of the Georgia lottery. The Georgia Lottery Corp. already has authority to add video games, but Stephens’s measure would urge the lottery to deploy video games, but only where requested by the local government. This comes as lawmakers struggle to ensure the ongoing financial viability of the popular HOPE scholarship.

State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Not as crazy as Mark Hatfield) has proposed a bill to repeal restrictions that prevent boat owners from living onboard long-term.

The City of Sugar Hill will pay a consultant $5000 to study the feasibility of converting the municipal vehicle fleet to run on natural gas.

Ringling Brothers circus will open in Atlanta with all of its elephants as part of its show due to a temporary restraining order issued to prevent Fulton County from enforcing its prohibition on the use of bullhooks within the City of Atlanta.

Herman Cain has turned down a chance to appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” As a long-time competitive ballroom dancer, I enjoy the show and would like to have seen Cain on it.

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