April 20, 2017 7:12 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, April 20, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, April 20, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 27 Comments On this date in 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon. Peaches Chickens in Georgia are safe again Kirby Smart instates new media policy Speaker Paul Ryan will campaign in the 6th What Montana is doing thanks to Georgia’s special election Georgia’s unemployment rate for March inches down again Jimmy Carter 89% of the media is negative toward President Trump The continued quest for the Wikileaks leaker now includes the CIA No nude selfies allowed in the US armed forces City of San Francisco to assist in “eco-friendly” pot party for 4/20 Sweat Tea More Americans millennials live with parents than spouses Bill Gates uses fear to talk bioterrorism Not Bill Gates: 65% percent of Americans lose sleep over money issues 730,000 elephants are missing Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 27 Comments Andrew C. Pope Saying this as a proud UGA alumnus and fan… maybe Kirby should actually win something before acting like a petty tyrant. April 20, 2017 7:36 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal C’mon. He only needs to open the home slate with wins over Appy State and Samford to get back to a better winning % at Sanford than Paul Johnson. April 20, 2017 8:52 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Sweat Tea. Hmm. Is that a South Georgia thing? April 20, 2017 8:04 AM Log in to Reply drjay oh come on, you are not one of those folks that actually thinks we landed on the moon are you? April 20, 2017 8:52 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal Apollo 16, commanded by the greatest astronaut of all time (and still the only one to smuggle a corned beef sandwich into space). April 20, 2017 9:07 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse So will Handel receive Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement? April 20, 2017 9:20 AM Log in to Reply xdog Quick, check the membership rolls. April 20, 2017 10:46 AM Log in to Reply David C Not sure that having Paul Ryan of 30-50 National Approval with you on the stump is an asset for you: http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/paul-ryan-favorable-rating Beyond the toxicity with swing voters, I would guess that the non-Handel supporting parts of the 6th that she needs to bring into the fold are also not Ryan supporters. And bringing Ryan with you on the stump binds you to his healthcare bill that everybody, Dems, Indies, and GOPers alike hated. April 20, 2017 11:26 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Are you kidding, David? Everyone loves noted policy wonk Paul Ryan! Having Paul Ryan on the stump is a great way to remind folks about how the GOP majority is accomplishing all the things they campaigned on with efficiency, focus, and teamwork. I mean, if I saw Paul Ryan campaign for Karen Handel, I’d go “hmm, that Karen Handel is a problem-solver, just like Paul Ryan! I bet Karen Handel will keep her promises, just like Paul Ryan! I bet Karen Handel is smart and actually knows policy, just like Paul Ryan! I bet Karen Handel will kick millions and millions of hardworking people off of health insurance just so wealthy folks can get a tax break, just like Paul Ryan!” April 20, 2017 12:51 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger I’ll remind my liberal friend that your team governed so well that they lost to Donald Trump. That’s going to be my go to talking point with you. Paul Ryan is going to the 6th to raise money for Karen. You don’t turn that down. April 20, 2017 12:57 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope That talking point is going to get weaker and weaker the more Paul Ryan tries his hand at “governing.” But hey, hope you have a great weekend. April 20, 2017 1:13 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger I will and next week will be great when the AHCA passes. April 20, 2017 1:20 PM Ellynn https://www.axios.com/moderates-conservatives-have-a-new-trumpcare-plan-2370130250.html When I saw this headline this morning my first thought was ” oh #&%$#*& – the guys will be at each other again next week… I don’t even get a few days before yousto start… Sigh. April 20, 2017 1:56 PM The Eiger We have already hammered out our differences so there is no need to go through it again. We will never agree on this. The article doesn’t mention community rating, but I believe there will be changes to that as well. April 20, 2017 2:08 PM Andrew C. Pope If your friend tells you he’s gonna get a face tattoo, you try your best to explain how face tattoos are a horrible idea. But, after a while, the only solution is to let your friend go ahead with the face tattoo and suffer the consequences. If Eiger & Co. want face tattoos that badly, there’s no point in continuing to argue with ’em. April 20, 2017 2:10 PM The Eiger We tried your way. It clearly did not work. Now we are going to try face tattoos. That’s fine by me. April 20, 2017 2:27 PM Ellynn Update…. The face tattoo, I mean AHCA plot thickens…. https://www.axios.com/house-leadership-to-white-house-there-wont-be-a-healthcare-vote-on-wed-2370680830.html April 20, 2017 2:42 PM The Eiger I may not be next week, but it will happen. They really need to pass a CR first then do the AHCA. They could try to tie them together, but I think that would be a terrible idea. April 20, 2017 2:51 PM David C He doesn’t have to be in the 6th to raise money for her, especially as his SuperPAC has already been napalming Ossoff for a month. You don’t have to ‘turn down’ the money but you also don’t have to bring him to town to get it unless you want to show him off. But with AHCA disliked and getting worse, bringing him around for a dog and pony show isn’t great politics. April 20, 2017 2:12 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger Paul Ryan actually polls relatively well in the 6th. He does not hurt her. You think he does, because you don’t like him or her. Paul Ryan going to the 6th is not to get David C to vote for Karen Handel. It’s to help energize the base (a base that actually likes Paul) April 20, 2017 2:33 PM Benevolus Paul Ryan to energize the base? He doesn’t strike me as the “base energizing” kind of guy. I think if the GOP wants to energize the base they should bring Pelosi! April 20, 2017 3:21 PM The Eiger Taking advice from a democrat on what energizes the republican base probably isn’t smart, but you are correct that if Ossoff brings Pelosi, Bernie or Warren to the 6th he will be killing his campaign. He’s a smart campaigner and unfortunately won’t make that mistake. April 20, 2017 3:27 PM Benevolus No I think Handel should dare Pelosi to come! Why am I saying this? Shut up B! April 20, 2017 4:20 PM Dave Bearse Speaking of endorsements, don’t forget that Trump is coming to town to speak to the NRA next week. Trump, given his childlike impulse control, very likely will speak and/or tweet his support of Handel while he’s in town, even if the Handel campaign would rather he not. The high GA-6 level of education probably correlates with relatively low support for the NRA within the GA-6 GOP—I figure GA-6 to be the least supportive of NRA of all GOP CDs in Georgia. GA-6 Republicans and independents are likely notably cooler on other issues commonly used to drive GOP turnout, such as Planned Parenthood. It’s going to be an interesting campaign. April 20, 2017 8:41 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Ryan can hang out in the GA -6, but can’t hold a town hall in his own district… Granted, a gun stealing manifesto writing Ryan hating psychopath was roaming around Janesville the first 4 days of the House recess, but he could have gone to Kenosha with the President last Thursday, or held an event in Racine. April 20, 2017 11:29 AM Log in to Reply blakeage80 So what’s up with Georgia Gwinnett College and that student sharing the Gospel? I skimmed the filing and it sounds like something from the USSR. April 20, 2017 3:13 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I think I can say with about 99% certainty there will be no healthcare bill. It blows my mind that they are stupid enough to keep trying and keep it in the news cycle. People woke up to the fact that it wasn’t about healthcare but about the tax cuts so they could cut them further with tax “reform” (reform being the most over used word in DC these days because the term cuts doesnt play so well). The more they try the more the push up the positives for the ACA. Its not so easy when the Obama boogy man isnt there anymore. April 22, 2017 12:45 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.