Morning Reads — Swearing In Edition

Happy Monday, everyone! Congressman-elect Handel will be sworn in today. That’s exciting!

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xdog
xdog

I bought some peaches Saturday from Fort Valley, ground zero of Georgia peaches. It’s in Peach County, if you don’t know. The peach guy told me the state crop is off about 85 percent from normal, with equal blame going to the mild winter, a certain number of cold hours being needed to set the fruit, and the late frost, which zapped a lot of blossoms. He mentioned some large number of billions of dollars loss but I was busy checking out the peaches. The fruit itself is smaller than last year and the flesh is harder than normal to… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I understand the brown Kens are in the box with their arms up.

in_atl
in_atl

That Washington Post article did its level best to avoid the elephant in the room: social and cultural issues. Amazingly, the AJC did too. In short, it was absolutely nuts to run a candidate in the suburban deep south who is a DNC party platform guy on social issues. Even some southern Congressional Black Caucus members – like Georgia’s own Sanford Bishop and David Scott – take pains to portray themselves as social moderates – or at least to the right of the DNC on social issues. When Ossoff declared that he was going to use the Komen/Planned Parenthood thing… Read more »

alpha male
alpha male

Pretty surprised myself that the dems thought that because CD 6 was affluent and educated they would be supportive of the execrable planned parenthood. Wrong hill to die on dems.

So King Roy has picked his Stacey. Thinking we are gonna need more popcorn watching the dem gubernatorial primary play out.

augusta52
augusta52

In Atl: There may indeed be lots of college-educated voters in CD 6 who attend evangelical churches, but there are also lots of college-educated voters in the district who are Catholic or Jewish (almost half of Georgia’s Jewish population is estimated to live in that district). And those voters doubtless are not as conservative as the evangelicals in the district…and of course there probably tens of thousands of voters in the district last week who don’t attend worship on a regular basis—probably even some “nones.” If Handel’s team was indeed falling over laughing on Ossoff mentioning Planned Parenthood, then they… Read more »

in_atl
in_atl

@augusta52: Just as black Americans vote 95% Democrat, Jewish Americans vote more than 80% Democrat. So long as the Republican in question isn’t an old time Pat Buchanan/George H. W. Bush or a modern alt-right sort to make the Jewish vote go from 80% to 95% there was never anything to worry about. Especially since the 20% in question – generally Orthodox Jews – agree with evangelicals and conservative Catholics on social issues and are well represented themselves on the religious right, and have been since the days of William Safire and Irving Kristol. And Karen Handel in particular has… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

Somebody here said that while my text is questionable, the historic photographs are fun to look at. Here is a look at Midtown, with lots of pictures from the GSU library. As always, you can skip over the text and look at the pictures.
https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/midtown-5/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, looks like the Travel Ban is back on. Unanimously. Don’t the Dems get tired of losing? And Bernie and his bride are BOTH under invetigation! LOL! And Loe-retta, too. They’re gonna need a whole prison WING for all of these folks. Let’s see – Hilly, Bill, Chelsea, Comey, Bernie, Bride of Bernie, Loe-retta!! Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!! And, And, And Trump’s smelling like the proverbial rose!!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

GaPol’s attorney-at-large checking in for the benefit of ol’ Noway… The travel ban is not “back on.” The injunction has been lifted, in part. If you have a “relationship” in the United States (i.e., a family member, a job offer, admission to a university, etc.) you can still come to the U.S. For those without connections to the United States, the ban is in effect. It should also be noted that this is not the end of the road. SCOUTS has agreed to hear the travel ban cases this fall and I think the Administration is facing an uphill battle.… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

How was DC?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Fantastic as usual. I never realize how much I miss it until I touch down at Reagan.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I prefer to think infamous attorney but congratulate you on expressing your positions lately using reasoning, however flawed 😎 over personal insults. Ribbing accepted.

Trump is having some very positive influences particularly with law enforcement. That changes behavior. The flow of refugees has dropped substantially with vetting and the flow of illegals has dropped but severe damage is done.

Congress’ failure to have a rational immigration program and the general failure to enforce our laws while having our institutions looted is nuts.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Re: refugee programs… you’re correct that the rate of refugee resettlement has dropped significantly, but I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. First, these are individuals fleeing war, natural disaster, religious persecution, etc. and we’re shutting the door in their face. Second, the drop off isn’t limited to refugees included in the travel ban, it’s impacting Christian and Jewish refugees as well. Moreover, the Administration has not announced any new substantive vetting procedures, so attributing the drop to “vetting,” is incorrect. Refugee applicants are already the most heavily vetted class of immigrants to the United States, I’m not really… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

With big money from the likes of Koch brothers threatening moderate Republicans, I’m beginning to wonder if money from Democrats wouldn’t be better spent -at least in the short term- propping up the moderates. But would accepting that money actually be more detrimental to the moderate candidate? What if the donors of the money are – as can be arranged- not disclosed?

augusta52
augusta52

In Atl: Ossoff did move right—on economic and foreign policy issues. He talked about cutting spending (not that it was necessarily believable—it wasn’t) and going after terrorists. In fact, a lot of the so-called “progressives” have criticized him for not being liberal enough, for being too mushy moderate—not adopting a Bernie Sanders platform of attacking corporations and single-payer national health care. Ossoff knew that adopting such stances would lessen his chances. Isakson would not vote against a Supreme Court nominee of Trump’s—whatever gave you that idea anyway? And with his health issues, he is likely in his last term anyway—so… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Fakers Fired! Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it!? Next step: ban CNN from the WH briefing room…MAGA!!!!
http://www.thewrap.com/three-cnn-employees-resign-retracted-story-russia-ties/