Morning Reads — February 1st, 2016

Happy February, everyone! Happy Black History Month, everyone! Happy Iowa Caucus, everyone! Happy second month of georgiapol.com, everyone!

Morning Riddle: A horse is on a 24 foot chain and wants an apple 26 feet away. How does the horse get the apple?

Jawja

  • The voter registration deadline for the March 1st primary is TODAY.
  • Caterpillar is closing its Thomasville plant and cutting 250 jobs.
  • Atlanta’s hottest neighborhoods are hot.
  • Forsyth County principal put on leave after anti-Muslim Facebook posts.
  • Why have one religious liberty bill when you can have seven?

‘Murica

Important

  • Trumplings is now a thing. Spend hours creating Donald Trump dumplings and having Sarah Palin endorse them.

Here’s to a great week! Go get ’em, tiger.

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xdog
xdog

Microsoft donates software to tally Iowa vote. GOP hopes to ID correct winner this time, Sanders questions MS’s motivations. What could go wrong?

Both Sanders and Clinton will trust but verify, running their own counts.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/267586-microsoft-on-the-hot-seat-in-iowa
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-01-27/microsoft-puts-name-on-line-with-iowa-caucuses-tabulation

John Vestal
John Vestal

The horse walks over to the apple and eats it.

(You didn’t say the other end of the chain was attached to anything)

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Depends on what you mean by “on a chain”.
Kremer is picking up on poli-speak most excellently. ?

Teri
Teri

I’m glad you posted that NYT list of Trump insultees. Whenever I hear the press interview a Trump supporter who says that they like Trump because he says the kinds of things they also say, I think,”Oh, so you’re an a-hole, too? Good to know!”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok, predictions for today. Trump and Bernie win.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’ll revise my previous prediction to this.
Trump – 28%
Cruz – 23%
Rubio – 20%
No one else breaks 12%

If this happens it would be a win for Rubio and somewhat of a failure for Cruz. Rubio still needs to have a strong second or win in New Hampshire to become the nominee.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Who had you picked to win earlier?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Cruz by a small margin then Trump and Rubio. I Think Cruz has the best ground game in Iowa I just don’t know if it’s going to be enough. I hope it is. I do think that the three of them are going to be bunched closer together than most people think.

Bart
Bart

My prediction, Trump easily takes GOP. Lawyers dominate dem race with legal action taken by both sides due to the convoluted dem caucus calculations combined with the tightness of the race. Ultimately Sanders ekes out a small delegate advantage after a few weeks of lawyering up.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Democrats:
Clinton – 48%
Sanders – 47%
O’Malley – 5%

Republicans:
Trump – 29%
Cruz – 21%
Rubio – 15%
Carson – 12%
Bush – 7%
Paul – 5%
Kasich – 3%
Huckabee – 3%
Christie – 3%
Santorum – 1%
Fiorina – 1%
Gilmore – 0%

gcp
gcp

And how long do Republican “clutter” candidates hang around? Huckster likely leaves after Iowa, but how about Carson, Kasich and the others. The sooner they leave, the better it is for Republican Party.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I would think that Santorum and Huckabee get out after Iowa and the rest get out after New Hampshire. People like Kasich and Christie have invested too much in NH to get out before the primary.

Noway2016
Noway2016

After New Hampshire a big thinning of the herd.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Fiorina, Santorum, Huckabee, and Gilmore are likely gone after tonight. For Huckabee and Santorum, getting under 5% in Iowa sets the narrative of “their time has passed.” Carly’s campaign has been circling the drain for a while now, I don’t think there is a way for her to spin hope out of what will likely be very bad numbers. I guess Gilmore could keep going. It’s not like anyone knows or cares that he’s running. The “mainstream lane” is going to stay crowded until after New Hampshire. Kasich, Christie, and Bush all have invested heavily there. Bush, of course, has… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Rubio in third is fine in Iowa to the angry and fundamentalists but the fun is the demo run, will they pick a social democrat or an amoral pirate ? It matters like being the first born of 2016.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Say good bye to that electric surcharge? Electricity bills One of the legislators on Thursday’s panel discussion, Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Decatur, announced plans to reintroduce a bill to lower electricity bills for Georgia Power customers. Her measure would require the company to stop in March 2017 its collecting of a surcharge to cover some financing costs of the construction of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. The General Assembly authorized the surcharge ahead of the new reactors’ planned operating date of March 2017, but now that construction is 39 months behind schedule, Drenner doesn’t think it’s appropriate to keep collecting… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Or flip things and have large electricity consumers replace small consumers in pre-paying for the reactors. Corporations are people too.

We’re closing in on households each having pre-paid $500 to Southern Company. Some householders will be dead before the new reactors are on-line. Unlike for real people, death and taxes aren’t corporate certainties.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

It is time for the legislature to pass term limits and meet every other year.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Term limits tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Better to go with a top two nonpartisan primary and a ballot that doesn’t identify the incumbent.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Old, silly arguments: Collateral damage of what 2 % ? And if they are worth it they can be elected to another office. How’s that approval rating working ?

Will Durant
Will Durant

You really can’t use the numbers from the current system as it is a rigged game fully intent on reelecting incumbents. In Georgia you must be a part of one of the two parties (yeah it is possible for an independent to qualify and run much as it is for that proverbial camel to get through the eye of a needle). Well if you want to remain a member in good standing in that party then you cannot run against an incumbent of that same party in a primary unless they are considered damaged goods. Even if they are an… Read more »

TheManUndertheBridge
TheManUndertheBridge

WE have term limits, we need a more informed class of voters.

If they meet every other year, Bills could take up to four years to pass, based on the current system of a Bill needing two years to become law. The cost of a ‘decision in process’ would be inexorably high.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Thanks for the chuckle.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Flag issues aren’t all Southern: the Muslims are heating back up to get the cross removed from the Swiss flag……insensitive and christian signs must be separated from govt.

Pete Gibbons
Pete Gibbons

Term limits only mean you will get someone else, not necessarily someone better.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

?Fair point if you are an apologist for a group with an approval rating approaching zero. Odds are we will be better for trying someone else.