February 14, 2019 6:15 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads – Thursday, February 14, 2019 Morning Reads – Thursday, February 14, 2019 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 21 Comments Happy Valentine’s Day! Peaches Alleged victims say Speaker Ralston repeatedly delays casesFight over Cheez-Its leads to Georgia house arson: reportKemp unveils plan seeking health care waiversGeorgia congressman scolded for Confederate book displayed in officeHolcomb proposes storing rape kits for at least 50 years7 Georgia hospitals make America Best list Jimmy Carter Cory Booker crosses the line and talks meatNo federal income taxes for AmazonHouse set to vote on a bill few have actually read Dead mayor advances to runoff Americans continue to move to low tax states Equifax data relating to 143 million people never found Sweet Tea Motown 60 with no Jackson 5El Chapo jurors still anonymous, warned not to speak to the press 500k adults could “avoid mental-health disorder” had they turned down potThe privacy problems of ‘smart sneakers’Tinder for cows Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi Subscribe Login Notify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments Please login to comment 21 Comments Oldest Newest Inline Feedbacks View all comments chilidawg1971 1 year ago Howard Schultz is the embodiment of the American Dream. Came from nothing. And made himself into a billionaire. Why the rancor surrounding his potential candidacy? He should be an example to be emulated. Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to chilidawg1971 Rancor from whom? Grindelwald 1 year ago Reply to chilidawg1971 Schultz is, purportedly, a Democrat. Despite this, he’s not running in the Democratic primary. Instead, he’s running around on a book tour and appearing for CNN “town halls” where he criticizes Democrats while offering absolutely no specifics as to what he stands for other than “coming together.” In essence, Schultz is trying to buy his way into the general election. Entering the Democratic primary would mean having to debate folks like Warren, Booker, and Biden about marginal tax rates, healthcare policy, and a whole host of other issues he doesn’t have actual policy proposals for. Entering the Democratic primary would… Read more » xdog 1 year ago NASA says goodbye to Mars mission. Designed to last three months, the six-wheeled rover Opportunity managed to explore for 15 years before shutting down after its solar panels were buried in a sandstorm. “It is, therefore, that I am standing here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude that I declare the Opportunity mission as complete.” Just a bot but a damn good one. Lea Thrace 1 year ago Reply to xdog Listened to a radio piece about this as I was driving in this morning. I got a little choked up when they played the last communication: Billie Holiday’s “I’ll be seeing you”. Who knew a robot’s story could be so meaningful. John Vestal 1 year ago Cow Tinder: Tripe Left Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to John Vestal Sweet. Loofah instead of a bell? Gold hooves? Michael 1 year ago Lady justice wears a blindfold as she balances the scales. Really, she ought to be staring directly at cash money and tipping her scale in the direction of the green stuff. chamblee54 1 year ago The Obama era tea party is now a the answer to a trivia question. The 1775 Boston affair is still remembered. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2019/02/14/the-boston-tea-party-story-5/ Lea Thrace 1 year ago Ralston is a scumbag. He is doing this on purpose. And it is clear that it is a selling point to the people he represents. They know it will buy them time they dont deserve and delay justice. Its gross and should not be tolerated. Gregs 1 year ago Reply to Lea Thrace Yes he is. Both men who have served as speaker since the republicans took control of Georgia were cut from the same cloth. Glenn Richardson and David Ralston are both men who abuse power and have no respect for the will of the people they’re elected to govern. Ralston has real live crime victims for whom he has thwarted justice. He’s abused his office to collect money in a corrupt scheme to obstruct justice. He has appointed a known Ku Klux klan sympathizer as a committee chairman. He maybe auditioning for a cabinet appointment in the Trump administration. He claims… Read more » Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to Lea Thrace It seems to be use of office for personal enrichment. Waiting it out is often effective. It’s how Shady Deal rode out ethics complaints. And he was so good at it they’re naming the most expensive government building in the state after him. chefdavid 1 year ago So SB 6. Correctional Institutions of the State and Counties; use of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver or attempt to deliver contraband to a place of incarceration; prohibit. Is this an unneeded law? Or is it only a felony if you take a picture from a drone but it is ok from a helicopter or airplane? Is it only a misdemeanor if you sneak in contraband in person or by helicopter but from a drone it is a felony? Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to chefdavid Good point. I can see what they are doing though. It looks like the previous law leaves a gap. They are essentially adding ‘intent’, which was missing in the current code: (b) It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain for, to procure for, or to give to an inmate a gun, pistol, or any other weapon; any intoxicating liquor; amphetamines, biphetamines, or any other hallucinogenic drugs or other drugs, regardless of the amount; any telecommunications device; or any other article or item without the authorization of the warden or superintendent or his or her designee. chefdavid 1 year ago TN/GA Boundary. Here comes the latest from Georgia. http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/…/display/20192020/HR/51 I am sure those folks that live in Marion County don’t want to be put in Dade. Higher property taxes, state income taxes. Is this Commission actually going to do something or is this just one of those commissions the legislature makes up so they can pad their wallets by getting 15 days of pay? You get appointed to 5 or six do nothing commissions pretty soon you are making full time pay. bethebalance 1 year ago I imagine most here have come across the story of the book that Drew Ferguson read for his favorite book report. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/14/confederate-book-was-open-racist-passage-gop-congressmans-office-he-blamed-his-staff/?utm_term=.a8498e0f0f13 What I’m wondering is if there’s anyone here who has visited him in his DC office, and noticed the book, or if anyone has any stories or info that supports or opposes his apparent support for Confederate values. Grindelwald 1 year ago Reply to bethebalance I can understand why he has the book. I don’t understand why it’s in his Congressional office (last I checked, Lee wasn’t from Ferguson’s district and he kinda waged war against the United States). I really don’t understand why it’s intentionally left open on a page that says: “The blacks are immeasurably better off here in Africa, morally, socially, and physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing is necessary for their instruction as a race, and, I hope, will prepare and lead them to better things.” I’ll don’t think I need to remind folks of the horrors of slavery, particularly… Read more » Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to Grindelwald With the respect given Lee after the war despite his personal treatment of slaves, it’s easy to see why lost cause mythology was developed and spread. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Grindelwald 1 year ago So the White House has no clue what it’s doing. That’s comforting. xdog 1 year ago Reply to Grindelwald That’s what you get when a stable genius oversees policy big-brains such as Miller and Kushner. xdog 1 year ago Reply to xdog Also, cue the lawyers.