Morning Reads for Elimination Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Good morning! It’s dark, my children are a little grumpy, and I need another cup of coffee. This is day two of the bad time change (the good one is in the fall). Let the Marine drummer in this clip drop a beat that will get your morning going. Meanwhile, the great world spins:

Author: Teri

Teri Anulewicz is Mayor Pro Tem on the Smyrna City Council, where she has represented Ward 3 since 2009. A native New Orleanian, Teri graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1998. She's been a front page contributor since 2015, and she compiles each Tuesday's Morning Reads.

15 thoughts on “Morning Reads for Elimination Tuesday, March 15, 2016”

  1. Yesterday, Governor Deal issued veto threat about the campus carry bill because anti-gun provisions were not included in the bill, such as adding campus day centers to the off-limits list and something about dual enrolled students.

    http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/03/14/nathan-deal-suggests-hell-veto-campus-carry-measure-unless-changes-are-made/

    Here is a video of Senator Elena Parent (D – Decatur) speaking about the gun bill and includes her demand that day care centers on campuses be added to the off-limits list, a position Gov. Deal indicates he supports https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QDMSwIP1h8

    Presently, day care centers are not off-limits to Carry Licensees anywhere in the state so this is adding to gun-control in Georgia. If the Deal/Parent compromise is enacted, murderers will now know where there are undefended and unprotected children to murder.

    At one point early last night, the article indicated Gov. Deal demanded that the General Assembly delegate its Constitutional powers to regulate gun carrying to the university presidents and empower the “Kampus Kangaroo Kourts”* to prosecute and expel gun-totting Georgia Weapons Licensees.

    I’m not sure what his point is about dual enrolled students. If Gov. Deal is suggesting that Licensees are going to use their guns to rob 12th Graders of their lunch money, then ……. his position is so detached from any reality that I’m worried he may not be mentally competent anymore.

    The Governor’s press office should correct their template to read: Governor Deal is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, BUT strongly opposes background checked, licensed, adults carrying guns in public, especially the ones who are irresponsibly enrolled in Georgia’s colleges and technical schools. As a lifetime defender of violent criminals, Gov. Deal will use the power of the government to disarm the law abiding so that no wannabe murderer feels the pain of a bullet in the chest.

    * the Regents call these disciplinary hearings

  2. Sen. Unterman seems only “committed” to making sure this bill does not pass. We already know she has conflict of interest with working for Amerigroup, who has a massive contract with our state. I wonder if she has other conflicts of interest and or wants to be the nanny of Georgia, deciding what is the best medicine for all, regardless to any other medical opinion?

    ………Senate Health and Human Services Chairwoman Renee Unterman, R-Buford, said Monday that she will not schedule a hearing on it before the Legislature ends work March 24………..

    …..“I met with some of the families and I’ve committed to continue working on it with them, and that’s what I told them,” Unterman said. When asked if she expected to schedule a hearing, she said: “No, it’s not coming up.”

    The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, expressed disappointment but said he was not giving up. “Hurting Georgia citizens are worth fighting for,” Peake said……..

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/push-to-expand-georgias-medical-marijuana-law-has-/nqkPM/

    …… Georgia State Senator Renee Unterman (R – 45th District, Sugar Hill/Buford) is chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. She is also an executive with a health insurer that has a billion dollar a year state Medicaid contract, according to state financial records.

    The 11Alive Investigators discovered the senator’s dual role while attempting to examine the state’s most expensive agreements with for-profit companies. The state of Georgia adopted a managed care program for Medicaid in 2005, the same year Sen. Unterman took a job with one of the winning bidders, Amerigroup…….

  3. Here’s the obligatory Ides of March quote in full, because I like the dig at the press and the dismissal of dreamers. Some things don’t change at all.

    Soothsayer. Caesar!
    Caesar. Ha! who calls?
    Casca. Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!
    Caesar. Who is it in the press that calls on me?
    I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
    Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
    Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
    Caesar. What man is that?
    Brutus. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
    Caesar. Set him before me; let me see his face.
    Cassius. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
    Caesar. What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
    Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
    Caesar. He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.

  4. When the WH live feed of the Hamilton performance cut off, I knew exactly how Aaron Burr felt. I wanted to be in the room where it happened. Only two songs? I will never be satisfied… and no, President Obama, telling me to look at where I am and where we started does not make me feel any more appreciative of only getting to see two songs.

  5. Despite Gov. Deal’s many, many critics he is one of the best Executives I can recall. Many of those same critics live here and I think the man is doing a superlative job sticking to his core beliefs, while keeping Georgia competitive and relevant.

    The two biggest attention getting Bills from our General Assembly are a sad testimony to pandering.

    I want to be pandered, dammit.

    1. I’m baking my Easter Ham in mine. And then I’m making ham stock with the bone and turning it and the leftover ham and bone for black been soup. Mine is creole spiced, but with no tomatoes added.

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