May 18, 2016 8:18 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for May 18, 2016 Morning Reads for May 18, 2016 By edatlanta Morning Reads 18 Comments Here’s the Morning Reads for today. “She Loves to Ride Horses” by Guy Clark (RIP). Geek creates visually interactive way to explore the 640-page Atlanta budget. MARTA chairman to Cherokee County: Y’all are paranoid. Chill. Deal says Obama bathroom directive is “overreach”. Jimmy Carter bestows honorary degree to Gregg Allman. Wait, did I read that right? Carter plans five-day visit to Annapolis. Don DeLillo talks! To the press! Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 18 Comments Teri The Atlanta Budget Explorer is VERY cool (even if they don’t know the different between “its” and “it’s”). May 18, 2016 8:24 AM Log in to Reply xdog New PAC targets Amish vote for Trump. May 18, 2016 9:19 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Clinton would be wise to put Bernie on the ticket. No divisions, no drama. Smart politics. Trump would be wise to put a Washington mandarin, somebody who knows that place like the back of his hand. That would be Newt. Like Cheney, he’s the smartest guy in the room. May 18, 2016 11:18 AM Log in to Reply xdog I’m thinking Clinton picks Tim Kaine. Possibly Sherrod Brown, but that would give Kasich and gopers another Senate seat, and they’re in demand. I don’t know what’s funnier, the idea of Gingrich as ‘a high-ranking official whose powers are extensive and thought to be outside political control’ or thinking he’s the smartest guy in the room. Let’s put it this way, that’s one small room you’re talking about. Gingrich was smart enough as propagandist and bomb-thrower to gain power but not smart enough to make a go of it. And when it all collapsed he went home. If you want someone like Cheney, why not pick Cheney? My swag is Trump goes with Rick Scott or Joni Ernst. May 18, 2016 12:17 PM Log in to Reply John Konop The problem with this election is when party leaders from both sides talk about ground game, rules, blah, blah….it only make the voters more upset. Bottom line voters thought when they voted in a primary, it was a real vote not just a suggestion to party leaders. On The Dem side it was clear Debbie Wassermann Schultz was not an objective chair, but was openly working for Hillary. Do not get more wrong the GOP had issues as well, but the chair of the GOP did not go anywhere near what Schultz did. The Sanders and Trump is beyond a campaign it is a movement, centered around an America first message, focusing on declining real wages. Many party leaders still have not got the memo from the American people. ……Nevada Democratic Convention: Stories of Voter Suppression Rachel Avery, who was at the Convention, told Heavy that before there was a chance for the motions to be voted on, Lange came on stage and voted herself into power to overrule the motions. “She made a motion, someone on her staff seconded it, called a vote final without hearing any nays,” Avery said. Jason Llanes, who was also livestreaming the Convention all day, confirmed this on his video. “She (Lange) put in a new motion of her own, had someone second it, called for yays and nays and passed it before the nays even spoke,” he reported. The Convention is not reconvening tomorrow, it was announced. Instead, protestors will have to pursue legal avenues. “It was politically heartbreaking to see,” one person told Llanes on his livestream feed. “This is supposed to be about … bringing us together… We didn’t get any voice… Nothing… There were a chunk of Bernie supporters who would have supported Hillary. Would have. But when you divide the room the way they did…” The Controversies Started When a Rule Change Was Adopted in the Morning, Despite Not Having a Vocal Majority…….. http://heavy.com/news/2016/05/nevada-democratic-convention-what-happened-roberta-lange-delegates-election-fraud-videos-recount-denied/ May 18, 2016 11:20 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh Alright, it’s no secret I’m not a fan of Senator Brandon Beach but on this one small point he was right. His MARTA funding bill has nothing to do with Cherokee County. But respectfully to Robbie Ashe. There has been discussion(s) about Cherokee County joining the MARTA system. I remember at least on 2 occasions they brought a MARTA bus up to Canton to promote the idea. AND yes of course the laws would have to changed to allow Cherokee into the system. It’s been done before. As a Cherokee County Citizen I will go against the local prevailing thought (A real surprise there) and say having MARTA is preferable to the expensive Cherokee County Bus system we have now. Plus it would be more efficient. Yes I know I’m in the extreme minority and maybe the only 1 there but each county having their own bus system is a huge waste. What needs to happen is MARTA must become a bigger regional system. That means all the county bus systems should be folded into MARTA and the governance should become more regional than Atlanta centric. If those talks ever start those will be some of the most entertaining meetings. Just think of all of the fiefdoms that will “need” to be protected. BTW saving revenue and being more efficient is a fiscal conservative position. May 18, 2016 12:00 PM Log in to Reply John Konop ………..His MARTA funding bill has nothing to do with Cherokee County…….. As you know I have asked Barlow on numerous occasions to clarify his positions and he not only refuses, he takes the questions down. Why would you trust anything Barlow says? BTW I agree with you on the bus issue, very good point. Questions Barlow refuses to answer: 1) Mr.Barlow, why do you want to play “scientist”, and have the authority over parents working with doctors, making medical decisions for their family? 2) Mr.Barlow can you clarify the math behind your transportation proposal that claims we had a billion dollar surplus? 3) Mr. Barlow can you give us a timeline for your residency in the last 5 years? 4) Mr. Barlow can you please tell us how you qualified for a home exemption on rental property? Why did you claim Chicago as your home in the eviction notice? 5) Mr Barlow in China they have slave labor conditions, steal intellectual property and manipulate currency. You claim you have a business in China because you like laws, and rules like the above. You claim you want to use rules like this to help create jobs, please help us understand why you think this would work? May 18, 2016 12:18 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh John, while your getting clarifications ask Senator Beach if he is still trying to set up another huge state bureaucracy with SB 141 or his so called Patient (NON emphasis mine) Compensation Act. Beach saying he’s for lower taxes and smaller government is like saying the cookie monster does not like cookies. Anyway that’s not what this thread is about. May 18, 2016 12:47 PM Log in to Reply John Konop Raleigh, ……..while your getting clarifications ask Senator Beach…… We have known each other for years, and many times we have fought the hard fight on the same side ie the BoBo saga. At the end of the day you have always had the integrity to make your point, and not hide, popular or not via the issue. We have always maintained friendly exchanges on issues through the years. And we both have a reputation in our community of not following the heard. The biggest issue I have with Barlow is he hides. I have no idea about the issue you are talking about, but I am sure Beach will not avoid you on going over the issue. I have not 100 percent agreed with Beach, for example RFRA. Yet Brandon is not scared to have the debate, and go over the facts. I do not know anyone I agree 100 percent of the time with on issues. Barlow I have lost all respect, for not even willing to answer questions. May 18, 2016 2:21 PM Log in to Reply John Konop Raleigh, ……..while your getting clarifications ask Senator Beach…… We have known each other for years, and many times we have fought the hard fight on the same side ie the BoBo saga. At the end of the day you have always had the integrity to make your point, and not hide, popular or not via the issue. We have always maintained friendly exchanges on issues through the years. And we both have a reputation in our community of not following the heard. The biggest issue I have with Barlow is he hides. I have no idea about the issue you are talking about, but I am sure Beach will not avoid you on going over the issue. I have not 100 percent agreed with Beach, for example RFRA. Yet Brandon is not scared to have the debate, and go over the facts. I do not know anyone I agree 100 percent of the time with on issues. Barlow I have lost all respect, for not even willing to answer questions. May 18, 2016 2:21 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker John, Getting Marta in front of voters is in the minds of plenty of Cherokee politicians. Even after the TSPLOST rejection. That isn’t my top concern, nor is Barlow. My concern is the county’s priorities to continue being one of the fastest growing counties in the south, spending money and adding activities to attract businesses, approving thousands of new residential units while having no real plan or sense of emergency on the roads. The county has no real plan and looks to the state or minor improvements by developers. Neither state candidate has a plan or even mentions the problem while watching citizen outcrys everywhere. As you posted on the below and Charlie mentioned you – tell us what Beach is up to for Cherokee, I have asked him directly and got sympathy. I can read Barlows and see he will do nothing so lets leave him out and focus on Beach or even the house reps who also give us the we feel your pain. https://www.georgiapol.com/2016/05/17/aaron-barlow-wants-furlough-cherokee-county-teachers/#comments May 18, 2016 3:36 PM Log in to Reply John Konop I had a great conversation with former Rep. Sean Jurgenson and Nate Cochran. The three of us agreed on few solutions that we think would work: 1) We should increase impact fees ASAP with a real road plan especially in Holly Springs. We need revenue to fix the problem. Rep. Scot Turner idea of just stop building, puts us in a massive traffic problem with no money to fix it. 2) We should set up staggered hours with county workers to lessen impact of drive time traffic. 3) Use emission shops to collect taxes for roads so it is associated with miles used verse getting it at the pump. 4) Create staggered hours for large trucks away from drive time. Your idea about buses was very smart! Most of this can be done at the county level. Just my 2 cents…. What do you think? 2) May 18, 2016 4:10 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Holly Springs big selling point to developers is no impact fees. Thus the annexations over the small impact fee the county has. I think every new residential home in the control ought to Have a hell of an impact fee, I don’t believe those guys, the city or the county would do it. We are not going to stop building. In Florida in a lot of areas the new connector roads go in before the occupancy permits are cut. Staggered hours at schools might help too but they are bs end arounds to the problem. Charge for miles ? No. Sounds like an email I have (and will not disclose) when challenging the business focus telling me my griping over roads like 140 to the Fulton line will go away if we move jobs to Cherokee ! Congestion solved. I’m serious. Staggered hours for trucks ? The problem is the 2 lane roads. So we disrupt logistical deliveries in lieu of building adequate roads ? Buses ? The one about using uber in lieu of ? We have cats. The only buses of interest to the committees I was on were commuter ones to the airport. You answer tells me Beach has no clue and is not championing the state road problems in Cherokee. May 18, 2016 4:31 PM John Konop I have not disused this with Beach, because this is county level solutions. 1) …….Holly Springs big selling point to developers is no impact fees…. DUH? That is why the traffic problem is out of control! 2) …Charge for miles ? …….. Should not the people doing the most damage pay the most? 3) ……….The problem is the 2 lane roads. So we disrupt logistical deliveries in lieu of building adequate roads ?…….. Would not the above first 2 solutions, help with more revenue? The truck solution is not a silver bullet but it would help. 4) ……Buses ?…… That was my bad, it was the Raleigh plan you can read it about above. May 18, 2016 4:54 PM Benevolus How would Donald handle his business interests? Don’t Presidents usually put their stuff in a blind trust or something? May 18, 2016 12:14 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Blind trust managed by his kids! May 18, 2016 3:37 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope For your typical executive branch employee, you generally have to disqualify yourself from taking any official action or making any recommendations concerning any particular matter in which you have a personal interest or which your spouse, your dependent, your partner, or a business they’re associated with has an interest. This does not apply to the President or Vice President. High level federal officials must publicly disclose the identity and categories of amounts of their assets, ownership interests, and properties upon entering government and every year thereafter. The President is not required to use a blind trust, but they usually do so to avoid the appearance of impropriety or favoritism. I would imagine Trump would take a similar approach, but he’s bucking a whole lot of trends right now when it comes to disclosing his tax returns and other financial documents that candidates generally make available. May 18, 2016 7:17 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I guess it’s a double-edged sword. I mean, his NAME is on something like 400 buildings/properties. It wouldn’t be hard for someone to figure out how to influence his fiefdom… for good or bad. May 19, 2016 12:02 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.