August 26, 2019 6:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Monday, August 26, 2019 Morning Reads for Monday, August 26, 2019 By Theresa Garcia Robertson Politics 7 Comments Yesterday was pretty nice, depending on which part of the State you live in. I am choosing to believe that fall is on the way…y’all let a girl dream. Georgia attorney killed man after golf ball hit Mercedes, DA says.Yesterday in Dunwoody, a State Senator made the comment of the GOP push for conservative measures “You know what a cockroach does when it gets on its back – it kicks a lot … The cockroach is on its back.” Was she referring to the GOP or the Democrats? You decide. A 12-year-old boy has been wounded in a shooting at an elementary school in Georgia and another child is in custody.AT&T employees are on strike across 9 states, including Georgia. Opioid-related overdose deaths of Georgia residents dropped by 12 percent between 2017 and 2018, falling from 996 to 873.Brothers saved two people drowning on Lake Olympia this weekend. Georgia State University’s president has been meeting with faculty, administrators and students to chart the institution’s course for the future.Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping.Cancer Fears Over Ethylene Oxide In GeorgiaThe Great Georgia Pollinator Census will take place Aug. 23-24. To participate in the count, find more info here.Pinewood Studios has sold its share of the Georgia facility. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Theresa Garcia Robertson Wife. Geege. Foodie. Political Junkie. Southern Enthusiast. Taco Lover. 7 Comments drjay the pinewood thing is troubling…our son was looking at ga state specifically because their film program had internships at pinewood… August 26, 2019 9:00 AM Log in to Reply NoParty4Me The GA film Academy and certificate programs should be active in that area with the same college programs. It was not, as I understand it, Pinewood dependent. Locals did push for the training when Pinewood was announced, so residents would not be left out of the job market.. I think the local ownership will want to keep those programs alive. August 26, 2019 5:06 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant “The two groups involved in this sale said this is a business decision not connected to Georgia’s new stricter “Heartbeat” abortion law…” Pure Grade A bull excrement. Given that Pinewood is selling their part of the business to the Cathys who supported passage of the law. While their stance which hurt this particular business may be admirable to some, it obviously was not one in which their business partners wanted to be a part of. August 26, 2019 7:55 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse https://newsfns.com/2019/08/24/american-carnage-exposes-the-republican-slide-into-trumpism/ The first three paragraph’s put a point on the pervasive hypocrisy at the core of the GOP…. In the summer of 2016, Mick Mulvaney promised an experiment of sorts to resolve just what had motivated the Republican Party’s fanatical opposition to Barack Obama. Mulvaney proposed that the answer was not partisanship or racism, but instead principled adherence to the Constitution . The test would come when the president — a man Mulvaney acknowledged to have dangerous instincts and contempt for governing norms — was a Republican. “We’ve been fighting against an imperial presidency for five and a half years,” he said in June 2016, after Trump had captured the nomination. “Every time we go to the floor and push back against an overreaching president, we get accused of being partisan at best and racist at worst. When we do it against a Republican president, maybe people will see that it was a principled objection in the first place. So we actually welcome that opportunity. It might actually be fun, being a strict-constitutionalist congressman doing battle with a non-strict-constitutionalist Republican president.” The result of Mulvaney’s experiment could not be more clear. Under Trump, the entire party has abandoned its putative constitutional scruples. Indeed, Mulvaney himself has gone to work for the president whose authoritarian tendencies he once loathed and sat silently by as Trump has abused his power to lash out against his enemies and enrich himself and his family. August 26, 2019 9:45 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Paul Krugman below. There’s no explanation so ridiculous it won’t be used by the GOP establishment to delude themselves. “My favorite until now came from Art Laffer, the original voodoo economist and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Why did George W. Bush’s tax-cutting presidency end not with a boom, but with the worst economic slump since the Great Depression? According to Laffer, blame rests with Barack Obama, even though the recession began more than a year before Obama took office. You see, according to Laffer, everyone lost confidence upon realizing that Obama might win the 2008 election.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/from-voodoo-economics-to-evil-eye-economics/ar-AAGbLkq That’ll be the GOP’s explanation for a tariff-caused recession, but with Obama gone it’ll be everyone but Republicans at fault. “We would have won the tariff war had it not been for Jay Powell and traitor Dems at home, and our allies traitors abroad.” [snark] August 26, 2019 10:04 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid She’s gonna ride that sleigh ride. She’s going to keep getting rich off this voter suppression thing. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/458562-stacey-abrams-benefits-from-a-voter-suppression-tale August 26, 2019 11:57 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance That linked article is just a re-run, half-cut and pasted (plagiarized?), and without any of the analysis (minimal tho it was) of the original: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/20/stacey-abrams-nonprofit-fair-fight-actions-politic/ So one wonders if the FEC is nearing action on the complaint. But just from the articles, there were 4 specified instances of alleged improper spending. Of those, 2 of them seem totes fine (the Facebook ad spending and the highlight video) because they don’t invoke any campaign-related issue. The thank you-tour is on the fence, and depends on, believe it or not, whether the former campaign spent any resources for the tour, because if it did, that would have made the spending “coordinated”, which is against 501c4 requirements for “independent” expenditures. The ad for a “Stacey Abrams” fundraiser may be the most questionable, but would depend on whether the money raised went towards campaign spending-eventually. If the money stays in the 501c4 account, then it’s all good, even if she draws a salary. IRS rules don’t allow nonprofits to give “excessive compensation” for executives, so whether she broke that rule depends on her salary and the market rate for CEO’s of comparably-budgeted nonprofits. None of that may matter to ppl who just say- look she’s drawing a big salary- gotta be wrong! Well, no, political capital is worth money in the political world and the universe of nonprofits that inhabit it. It’s the equilibrium of the political marketplace. I thought Newt selling books during campaign stops was more convoluted, but when you wear 2 or 3 different hats, all you have to do is align the revenue and spending properly, even if the same staff has to wear different uniforms, if you will. August 26, 2019 6:53 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.