Morning Reads for Friday, December 30, 2016


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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Education needs more money for the generous early retirement life, what to tap next, property taxes or casinos?

The teacher’s pension funds are coming up shorter and shorter as time goes by. That 7.5% forecasted return might need tweaking too.

http://news.wabe.org/post/ga-s-pension-funds-had-bad-year-are-deeper-debt

xdog
xdog

War? Disaster? Just hold on a bit and Trump can officially make nice to Bibi and PuPu and then we’ll all be safe and happy.

David C
David C

If they think diplomatic and intelligence sanctions are going to start a war, wait until they find out what Ronnie Reagan was up to from 1981-83…

xdog
xdog

How about one of you pros explain the ins and outs of this story about the Senate Republican Caucus agreeing to merge two Judiciary committees, thereby squeezing out Josh McKoon.

Done deal? Is this being cast as an efficiency move or is it a direct effort to neuter McKoon? How does Jesse Stone get precedence over McKoon as committee head when they have equal seniority?

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/12/29/sponsor-of-religious-liberty-bill-could-lose-his-senate-chairmanship/

Will Durant
Will Durant

Certainly not a pro but I would speculate that it has to do with the balance of power in Georgia being the opposite of North Carolina’s new configuration. To paraphrase Emerson because the original is a bit too harsh; when you strike at a king make sure you get him.

xdog
xdog

Yeah, I get that people are reacting to what happened in NC and IN but I was hoping for some details about the process. That’s more Galloway’s job I suppose. All those involved have to eat from the same table.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Not a pro, either, but it is a most efficient way of sidelining McKoon and reducing or eliminating all the hype, distraction, political gamesmanship, and lost productivity associated with a religious lib bill. the split between two judiciary committees, i believe, was made because of the volume of work, and perhaps the volume and specificity of professional opinions brought by the lawyers who tend to gravitate toward judiciary matters. putting them back together is gonna be a lot of volume to handle.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Once again: The DNC leaked emails have never had their voracity questioned. The content was the truth. The hacking was known about a year and a half earlier. Presumably, it would have been dealt with by Prez Hillary but she turned out to have been a bad candidate. Oops! Now President Fife sends a handful home to placate his base of sniveling losers. Trump’s right, January 20th will be here soon and we’ll see the adults in charge.

CoastalCat
CoastalCat

Trump is treading very close to treason. Coupled with self-dealing shouldn’t be too hard to arrange an impeachment.
Pence is next and he can go too. At least with feckless Ryan, an adult will be in charge.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You’re post is absurd on its face but to take your fantasy further you’ll have to prove “intent.” Remember “intent” CC? Y’all screeched about it enough with regard to Hillary ‘s situation. Applies here, too. Sorry…

David C
David C

No you don’t. Impeachment means whatever 50%+1 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate say it is. It’s not (and has never been) a pure court of law, with the various agreed upon elements of criminal liability, standards of evidence, and burdens of proof. He could be tried separately in Federal Court (or, if he commits a state crime, whichever one has jurisdiction) after he’s removed from office (hence Nixon’s Pardon) where all that would matter. But for impeachment, none of that does. The substance of the illegality and procedures matter for legitimacy (not least of which because any… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Never gonna happen, but David, to quote the great Steve Perry, “Don’t Stop Believin’. LMAO!

David C
David C

?…I wasn’t endorsing or predicting it one way or the other. Just pointing out how Impeachment (which is fundamentally Constitutional Law at its most basic form) doesn’t work like whatever you’re talking about. There’s not some grand jury or judicial review here. Just the Congress. If anything, by (accurately) pointing out that any successful impeachment would require both the Dems and GOP to agree on it, I was implicitly arguing that it was highly unlikely.