Morning Reads – Thursday, March 30, 2017

On this date in the 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by Congress.
 
Today is also the worst day of the legislative year: Sine Die. One of the most pressing issues not yet decided: the adoption law update

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gcp
gcp

State Senator Hunter Hill is considering a run for governor. Hill would be an interesting candidate. He is not a longtime politician nor is he a kid that has no life experience.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/03/29/hunter-hill-kicks-the-tires-on-a-gop-run-for-governor/#comments

GregB
GregB

I think he’s wise to start looking for his next job. The gerrymander of District 6 enabled him to defeat Doug Stoner 52.87% to 47.13% in 2012, but his victory over Jaha Howard in 2016 slipped to 51.6-48.4. The district’s growth is occurring predominately in the blue-leaning areas of Cobb. It’s a good idea to start working on an exit strategy.

gcp
gcp

Hill has a life story that would appeal to Georgia voters. I like his position on taxes and state employee pension reform.

His problem would be money. Candidates such as Ralston and Cagle can raise a lot of campaign money quickly for a statewide run. I doubt Hill can do the same.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Update on the wildfire in the southeast corner of the state.

http://www.wtoc.com/story/35032115/crews-say-southeast-georgia-wildfire-85-percent-contained

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Update on the Dumpster Fire in DC:
Senate Hearings to focus on American’s Gullibility.
https://apnews.com/3aa5e6ab89f84bcbb01722f04810354f/Senate-hearing-to-focus-on-Russian-disinformation-tactics

davidmac
davidmac

Frontpagers, please repost this for Morning Reads tomorrow. A long, but worthwhile read about disability in rural Alabama (with data from across the country, including Georgia counties.)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2017/03/30/disabled-or-just-desperate/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Interested in y’alls opinion on the traffic re- routing after I-85 fire tonight!

Charlie
Charlie

1) it’s gonna suck
2) it’s not going to be for as long as people would initially think
3) it will be the excuse du jour for everyone’s favorite ax to grind
4) even given 3, it probably will be a good catalyst to get an actual responsible conversation for MARTA rail expansion further into N Fulton AND into Gwinnett.