Morning Reads for May 18, 2016

Here’s the Morning Reads for today.

“She Loves to Ride Horses” by Guy Clark (RIP). 

  1. Geek creates visually interactive way to explore the 640-page Atlanta budget. 
  2. MARTA chairman to Cherokee County: Y’all are paranoid. Chill. 
  3. Deal says Obama bathroom directive is “overreach”. 
  4. Jimmy Carter bestows honorary degree to Gregg Allman. Wait, did I read that right? 
  5. Carter plans five-day visit to Annapolis. 
  6. Don DeLillo talks! To the press! 

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Teri
Teri

The Atlanta Budget Explorer is VERY cool (even if they don’t know the different between “its” and “it’s”).

xdog
xdog

New PAC targets Amish vote for Trump.

Noway2016
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.

xdog
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… Read more »

John Konop
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… Read more »

Raleigh
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… Read more »

John Konop
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… Read more »

Raleigh
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.

John Konop
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… Read more »

John Konop
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… Read more »

Saltycracker
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… Read more »

John Konop
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… Read more »

Saltycracker
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.… Read more »

John Konop
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… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

How would Donald handle his business interests? Don’t Presidents usually put their stuff in a blind trust or something?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Blind trust managed by his kids!

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Benevolus
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.