Senator Saxby Chambliss announced his retirement Friday and that begins the race to see who replaces him. Rep. John Barrow wants non-partisan redistricting, I wonder why? Pres. Obama and Hillary Clinton sit down for an interview on Sunday. What does it mean? And I spent some time at the Bulldog 100--Best Bulldog Businesses.
We carried the State of the University Address on WGAU yesterday and we'll update what Mike Adams had to say. This is the final address to the university from President Mike Adams. Then, what's with all the hoopla about Chip Rogers and GPB. There was a seismic shift in the Department of Ed for Georgia budget, was it payback or something else? And, the Har-Bowl, did a regular guy get the shaft from the NFL.
Mike Adams is a dear friend of mine--in the real sense of the word. He's giving his final State of the University address today and we'll talk about it. Our crack reporter, Jamie Dupree, was on the hill yesterday for the debt ceiling deal and for Hillary unplugged. Did you hear her outburst. We'll talk about it here. Finally, we'll look at Hillary Clinton's testimony from yesterday. How'd she do. I think she played the members and her righteous indignation may have worked for her run for president in 2016. To finish the progressive takeover of out country for the next 30 years, the next president must be a Democrat. Just like the election of the first George Bush solidified the era of Reagan.
Paul Broun came out strongly against the Debt Ceiling and Lynn Westmoreland has an explanation as to why this deal is a good one. I've reached out to all the members and we'll talk about it. Then, Phil Mickleson states the obvious. If he has to continue paying 63% of his income to live in California, he might be considering a move. He gets a backlash from the likes of blogging college professors on his work ethic and then preemptively apologizes. Should he have done that? No! He's worked hard to be one of 125 exempt tour players. He practices every day, probably since he was 12 years old and he travels every week from January to November. It's a great way to make a living but it's hard staying at the top. Phil, we'll take you in Georgia and we've got great golf courses. Maybe the legislature will get ...
What did you think of the Inaugural. It's the moment we celebrate our Republic. It hurts if you're the loser and feels great if your are the winner. Beyonce' stole the show and was more popular than the President. Now we shift gears to governing. Georgia is working on it's economy. There are some good and bad indicators. There's black mold in the theater building at UGA. And with all the building of new buildings, is there enough money to maintain what we have. Especially the historical buildings. The Fine Arts building got a new theater and loft space, but the rest of the building was untouched. And Tim Bryant is back and gets to weigh in on the Falcons.
It's a short one today. Al Gainey sits in with me and we'll talk about the sad end to the Falcons, the President's second inaugural, what's happening under the Gold Dome and we'll talk to Ron Hart and Governor Nathan Deal. Come by tomorrow for a more detailed blog on the issues of the day... Have a great Martin Luther King Day!
As a kid who went to years of Falcons games with my dad (because no one else would go with him), I am so pumped about this game. I am a much bigger college football fan, but I love the Falcons. What are your fondest memories of the Falcons? Then the Governor gives his State of the State address and gets one of the biggest and most controversial issues off the table--the Hospital Bed Tax or the Provider Fee, depending on what side you are on. DC Republicans take their winter retreat and try to find a path back out of the wilderness as DC prepares for a lackluster inaugural. Low Key is the word of the weekend. Did you watch Lance Armstrong, I didn't. I'm just sorry I ever spent any time on this guy and I think it will be too good for him to lose everything. He's ...
First, the unbelievable story or fib around Manti Te'o. Turns out, the story about the grandmother and the girlfriend dying within hours of each other was a hoax. At least regarding the girlfriend. We'll try to untangle it. Then we'll recap the Eggs and Issues Breakfast, the Speaker's faux pas and the legislative session http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2013/01/16/your-daily-jolt-bloody-marys-stogies-dropped-from-senate-lunch-menu/ Speaker Ralston made a comment about "activists prowling that halls without name tags" He's sent a edict out that members should only speak to constituents of their district and lobbyists--not activists...we'll talk about it and I'll have a preview of the State of the State. What does the President's gun proposals mean? Michelle Rhee on Students First will be at 8:30 for the final segment. She's the great superintendent that tried to save DC schools. What does she think about the state of public education?
They all will be big legislative days from today until about the middle of April. Governor Deal says the Hotel/Motel tax is Atlanta's money, they can do with it what they want. But is he right? Also, Democrats may be in a "Constitutional Minority," but are they going to roll over? And the reports of the demise of the Tea Party are over rated. What is the future of the Republican Party, even though we have these "constitutional" majorities, can we keep them? Freedomworks--Tea Party Group formerly headed by Dick Armey--now in flux in leadership--is starting a movement to take state parties over from the inside... Finally, Gun policy will be unveiled today. As we go out, the "All My Babies' Mamas" officially cancelled.
The State Legislature started with the usual bang. The first controversy had to do with ethics reform. Then the President had a press conference where he said he'd cut $2.5 trillion dollars in spending and added revenue that would reduce the deficit--and, he said, that's not counting the $400 billion a year he's saving on the wars. I'm thinking, "fuzzy math." He's spent that war savings in at least 3 other places including Obamacare. Finally, talked with Jenny Beth Martin on Tea Party fame about what next.
On Zoller and Bryant this morning we'll talk about that amazing Falcons playoff game. I hate the Seattle Seahawks, let me be clearer, I think Pete Carroll is a cheater. He was a cheater at USC and he's a cheater in the NFL. I will always root against him. The Georgia Legislature is in session beginning today and we'll see what they will do. The Governor's office wants about 6 pieces of legislation and no drama, but with 236+ folks trying to make their way in the world, not a chance. The legislature will be taking up some gun legislation. Do you notice the increased reporting of "gun violence?" Wonder if there are other violent crimes being committed. And the Flu hit my house this weekend. And doctors are terrible patients. Finally the Golden Globes. I loved Skyfall and the song by Adele. I know James Bond will never get ...
"Lock up your wives and daughter's the legislature is back in session." That used to be the battle cry for the first week of the Georgia Legislative Session. In today's PC world, some folks don't like that. I am not offended at all. And if you've spent any time at the State Capitol in the legislative session, you might ought to "lock up your wives and daughters!" The first issue is ethics and we'll talk about it. Then we'll look at the two controversial issues that might face the session. We'll recap the gun meetings held at the White House. Finally, we'll take a "trip" to Dahlonega and take a look at a people who are gathering there to look for Big Foot.
Looks like the Flu is hitting this area with a vengeance but at least we don't have triage tents like they do in Pennsylvania. I talked to the folks at Northeast Georgia Medical Center yesterday as well as some docs in Hall, Clarke and Jackson County. They are seeing an increase, but is this just another made up crisis. What do you think. Then we'll talk about the growth in television and movies in the Atlanta area. With that comes some reality shows that, shall we say. leave us in a bad light. Now I love reality shows and sappy Hallmark Channel movies, I'll admit it, but how far is too far. Finally, the Vice President is meeting about guns at the White House and the President is reshaping his cabinet with new appointments for Defense, Treasury and CIA. What do these appointees face.
I've always been amazed at how seemingly simple changes in "school rules" cause lots of angst. My children were in high school a total of 14 years. During that time we changed from a 6 period schedule, to block scheduling, to modified block scheduling back to a 7 period day. I think sometimes it was change for change sake. I like the idea of flexibility. A history class might need an hour, but you might need a 90 minute class for languages or math or science lab--there ought to be flexibility including online classes and working from home, as long as the work is getting done and the students earn their freedom. Today, we talked about schools--rules and the changing of names, looked at the "out of school" way that Congress and the President are looking at spending and debt and we'll get schooled on some good and bad stories ...
Today on the program we'll talk about the BCS game, it was all Alabama all the time. What does this mean for the Bulldog Nation? and Can you wait until next fall? I know I can't. Then we'll talk about guns and protecting schools. Finally, we'll talk about the Special Elections in Georgia and what it means for the State Senate and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
It was great to be back on the air today with Tim Bryant from 6 to 9 am on WGAU. We're going to do a bold, different kind of morning talk on your way into work. Today, we talked a little BCS prep and wondered why Congress couldn't get along as well as most college football fans.
Women have comprised a majority of eligible voters in the United States since 1964. In 1980, the number of women who actually voted comprised a majority in the Presidential Election for the first time. And, while women do not, like some groups, vote as a monolith, gender gaps among women can, and often do decide elections.
Friday, May 11 9:07 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on his speech today about alternative fuels in Hall County School Buses, TSPLOST and a look back on his career with me. 9:30 St. Sec. Chip Rogers on his opposition in the primary and on HOPE Scholarship and School Vouchers 10:15 Speaker David Ralston 10:30 Sen. Tom Coburn on the Debt Bomb 11:15 Cong. Lynn Westmoreland 11:30 Maitland McDonaugh, Miss Flick Chick on Movies
Thurs, May 10 9:30 AM EST - John Gizzi in the impact of the Indiana Primary, is Orrin Hatch next? 10:15 Pajamas Media Guest... 10:30 How can you make money at home? Michael David McGuire. Michael is a former actor and PR guru. He helped pioneer the work from home freelance lifestyle more than 40 years ago, and can show stay at home moms (and dads) how to use their existing skills to create their own full time jobs, all while living a stay at home lifestyle. 11:15 What do moms think about school choice? Leslie Hiner, a Mom, and VP of Milton Friedman's Foundation for Educational Choice will ring in at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. Here is her bio. 11:30 Roger G. Charles on corruption in Federal investigations focusing on the Oklahoma City bombing with a book, "Oklahoma City."
Thurs, May 10 - The Martha Zoller Show 9:30 AM EST - John Gizzi in the impact of the Indiana Primary, is Orrin Hatch next? 10:15 Pajamas Media Guest... 10:30 How can you make money at home? Michael David McGuire. Michael is a former actor and PR guru. He helped pioneer the work from home freelance lifestyle more than 40 years ago, and can show stay at home moms (and dads) how to use their existing skills to create their own full time jobs, all while living a stay at home lifestyle. 11:15 What do moms think about school choice? Leslie Hiner, a Mom, and VP of Milton Friedman's Foundation for Educational Choice will ring in at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. Here is her bio. 11:30 Roger G. Charles on corruption in Federal investigations focusing on the Oklahoma City bombing with a book, "Oklahoma City."