February 25, 2016 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, February 25, 2016 Morning Reads – Thursday, February 25, 2016 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 16 Comments On this date in 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Peaches An underwater wedding at the Georgia Aquarium Senate subcommittee addresses eminent domain for pipelines in Georgia More on the pending Pastor Protection Act Georgia job growth expected to slip in 2016 Firework sales taxes to go to trauma centers? Atlanta Zoo getting huuuuuuuuuuge upgrades. Robins AFB contractors overpaid by millions, audit says. Jimmy Carter Apparently China is upset about Trump taking Nevada. The latest report on those who don’t pay income taxes. Bloomberg: Abortion clinics closing at a record rate. Politico: Trump’s running mate A headline for the ages Sweet Tea When all political things are awful, there are dogs. Jamie Foxx tells black actors to #actbetter Americans struggling to top the Billboard charts Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 16 Comments Saltycracker “On average, those in the bottom 40 percent of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20 percent of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87 percent of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam.” Looks like it is time to eliminate payouts below zero income taxes and maybe schedule A deductions, we’ve about milked the top 20 percent (except for some exceptional loopholes). Income tax, the 45 % area of Representation without taxation February 25, 2016 7:17 AM Log in to Reply gcp Agree and top one percent pay 43 percent of all income tax. I like some of Rubio’s tax plan but his additional child credit is not good. Also per Wall St Journal, Trumpet’s plan takes more individuals off the tax rolls which would leave us with over 60 percent paying no income taxes. February 25, 2016 9:12 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus So Sen. Jeff Flake was in Africa to learn about poaching? Really? Did we pay for that? February 25, 2016 7:26 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Maybe he just misunderstood, it was about rhinos. February 25, 2016 9:41 AM Log in to Reply Calypso +1 February 25, 2016 3:03 PM Log in to Reply xdog Re Trump’s VP choices, I found an Irish betting site last night whose top goper VP selections were Kasich (2-1), Haley (3-1), and Rubio (7-2). I would have picked Haley after last year’s negotiation to remove the rebel battle flag from prominence but now I think Kasich is more likely because Ohio. http://www.paddypower.com/bet/politics/other-politics/us-politics?ev_oc_grp_ids=539710 February 25, 2016 8:03 AM Log in to Reply drjay sad to see that state rep bob bryant has passed away…he was a good guy and a good representative for garden city. February 25, 2016 8:44 AM Log in to Reply Three Jack GOP establishment rolls out failed candidate (twice) Mitt Romney who was the first to give us ObamaCare as the mouthpiece to attack Trump about his tax returns? Any wonder the GOP has become irrelevant this election cycle. February 25, 2016 10:09 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal Scathing analysis of HB757 “FADA” from fomer federal prosecutor and DoJ official (Reagan/Bush admins), Joe Whitley. h/t Jim Galloway @politicalinsidr February 25, 2016 1:15 PM Log in to Reply chefdavid The Barrett .50 is named the official rifle in Tennessee. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2016/feb/24/tennessee-names-barrett-50-cal-states-official-rifle/351788/ Glad this didn’t come up in Georgia this year they would have made it the water pistol. Official dog the adoptable dog. Grow a pair legislature put on your big girl panties. The official dog should be the bull dog. February 25, 2016 1:47 PM Log in to Reply Calypso You’re not going to give up on this topic, are you? You are not going to let go of it, as you’ve got quite a tenacious grip on it. As tenacious as an adoptable dog. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. February 25, 2016 1:54 PM Log in to Reply gcp Glock is an Austrian company but some are assembled in Smyrna so maybe we could name a Glock as the official pistol of Georgia. February 25, 2016 2:45 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Why would one of the original British colony’s name the English Bulldog their state dog…? February 25, 2016 2:53 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker If you’d like to get serious about a state dog, bred in America, especially Georgia, there is only one choice; Southern Charmer: Redbone Coonhound The beautiful Redbone Coonhound is known for his dark, rich, mahogany-red coat. Colonial settlers from Scotland and Ireland brought red hounds with them to the United States, and those dogs are the ancestors of the Redbone. George E.L. Birdsong, a famous foxhunter and dog breeder from Georgia, did the most to develop the breed, which was just recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009. February 25, 2016 2:11 PM Log in to Reply Yuppie Pundit We’re lucky The Varsity hasn’t stepped in to make the official state dog the hot dog. “What’ll ya have…” February 25, 2016 2:45 PM Log in to Reply Yuppie Pundit re: Abortion Clinics closing. As we learned from Freakonomics less abortions will mean more crime about 13-18 years from now when today’s newborns are entering their rookie seasons of criminal activity. Good for the private prison industry, bad for those that prefer not to be a victim. If you haven’t seen the connection from Freakonomics, check out the text, or watch the film. http://freakonomics.com/2005/05/15/abortion-and-crime-who-should-you-believe/ February 25, 2016 2:47 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.