Category: Water


Governor Nathan Deal reacts to US Supreme Court actions

From the press release:

Gov. Nathan Deal today claimed victory on behalf of the state of Georgia upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on the tri-state water case and on Arizona’s immigration law.

“By denying a hearing of the decision of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the tri-state water case, the nation’s highest court has affirmed that drinking water was always an authorized use of Lake Lanier,” Deal said. “We felt confident in the firm grounding of the Eleventh Circuit ruling. We can now move forward with this issue behind us, have the governors work together and come to a long-term agreement that will provide for the water needs of all three states.

“We’ll have to wait to see how the ruling on the Arizona immigration law will affect our state’s enforcement reforms because Georgia’s law is not identical to Arizona’s. That said, it appears the court has upheld the major thrust of our state’s statute: That states have the right to assist in enforcing federal immigration law.”


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.


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 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.