Morning Reads for September 30, 2019

It’s Election Eve if you live in House District 71. Be sure to get out and vote tomorrow.

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Will Durant
Will Durant

From the Twitty Pulpit: Sep 29, 2019 08:11:53 PM “Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats can’t put down the Impeachment match. They know they couldn’t beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and they’re increasingly aware of the fact that they won’t win against him in 2020, and Impeachment is the only tool they have to get…. Sep 29, 2019 08:11:54 PM ….rid of Donald J. Trump – And the Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy this nation in the process. I have never seen the Evangelical Christians more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately… Read more »

xdog
xdog

I wonder what inspired that lament? It couldn’t be the Twit in Chief himself could it? “The Democrats want to take away your guns, they want to take away your health care, they want to take away your vote, they want to take away your freedom, they want to take away your judges. It’s all very simple: They’re trying to stop me, because I’m fighting for you.” “How do you impeach a President who has created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country, entirely rebuilt our Military into the most powerful it has ever been, Cut Record Taxes… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie

Going to be blunt here, but post this as a comment before it becomes a Publisher’s directive. The comments here most days are junk. They’re junk because it’s generally the same people who are holding their “I hate ____” du jour article that have nothing to do with Georgia politics, and are instead reaffirming their view of the DC echo chamber. You have plenty of places to air your grievances about what you don’t like in DC. GeorgiaPol.com isn’t it. I remind you this site is dedicated to State and Local politics, and Georgia specific topics. Despite removing some of… Read more »

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

A police detective friend once noted that many of their suspects are guilty, and one quick way to determine if they were guilty is that they just can’t shut up. The officer and suspect would be sitting at a desk while the officer was writing up a report, and the suspect would just continue continuously talking. At one point, Bob looked over at a particularly guilty suspect and stated: “You have the right to remain silent, and I would appreciate it if you took advantage of that right.”

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Charlie: Thanks for the reminder, definitely needed. Unfortunately I think there is a fine line between what is relevant to state v. national politics especially when we have posts about and quotes by our House and Senate representatives in DC. I, and others, feel the need to correct ‘facts’, refute lies and call out ridiculous campaign slogans and hypocrisy made by our elected and campaigning aspirants. Some of the congressional topics are in the morning reads, others posted as single topics. I’ll admit to have taken the bait when something is just too absurd not to correct. Guilty. I also… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Your board, your rules. I’ll try harder to restrain myself.

Just to clarify, where are the lines drawn? Can one respond to the latest offerings of Doug Collins or Tom Graves, to pick two, or is that off-limits too?

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

They are fine, BUT they cannot be used as a springboard to bash someone else at the federal level. People get creative here to draw in federal issues by piggybacking a local/state official.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Perhaps your future posts may reduce campaign PR releases of federal senators that are of questionable facts? Sorry but those just beg for a reality check.

chamblee54
chamblee54

The way the Falcons are going, being a monday morning quarterback is a tall order. You can always be a monday morning reader. This guide to last week’s internet will help.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Danny Merritt’s “key motivation” in challenging Buddy Carter that “representatives are using their positions to enrich themselves, to improve their own lives or the lives of their family members” and federal overreach what is to be expected of “a strong supporter of President Trump.”

Ellynn
Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

This is a reminder that the railroad business has changed significantly in the last 25 years. In the earlier era, “loose car” railroading dominated the business, where trains made up of individual cars arrived at terminals, were broken up, switched to various tracks, then joined back together into trains that continued on to their destinations. The giant girder pictured above is part of the long-term move toward “intermodal” trains, where the individual containers move as part of a larger block of cargo items that have been quickly unloaded from ships, and containers that ultimately will be transferred to trucks for… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie

Reply to NoParty & XDog: First, as stated, this is a general guideline, not an absolute rule. The ones that couldn’t help themselves on round one were removed. Hopefully there won’t need to be a round two. As for how to separate the two, the suggestion I make to new contributors is that any topic should be Georgia-centric/specific. If the post they are contemplating is “here’s an issue in Congress and Georgia’s delegation is going to have to vote on it one day”, that falls short. Is a Georgia member sponsoring or actively involved in the debate (with their quote… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Duly noted. Glad to see a focus narrow to state and local issues. I guess I missed the most recent purge. I may miss some commenters, others not so much.

Jean
Jean

Anyone know if there is an oversight organization / watchdog group / support group for Gwinnett based law enforcement? I don’t have an immediate topic but I do have an interest in helping us have top-notch services both from a well-trained/supplied/supported perspective as well as a ensure-we-have-appropriate-policies/get-rid-of-the-bad-apples perspective.

George Chidi
George Chidi

The short answer is … not one I would consider gold standard. The ideal would be the equivalent of a Gwinnett chapter of the ACLU — legitimately nonpartisan with a national footprint. The ACLU is probably your best bet, but its a statewide organization with a limited footprint in Gwinnett. The Gwinnett chapter of the NAACP was a train wreck up until Penny Poole took over late last year. She’s solid, but the organization itself is still fairly weak — a serious problem across the state, frankly. Younger people aren’t interested in its hierarchy. I say this as a strong… Read more »

Jean
Jean

Thanks. I appreciate the info. That helps. (This part isn’t directed specifically at you but more in general – per Charlie’s suggestion that we address local/state things more.) I don’t have a specific issue right now except that I would like to have a degree of confidence that the Gwinnett Police department did an internal review after the McDonald/Bongiovanni incident to determine whether or not Bongiovanni’s attitudes were held by others in the department. The combination of his claiming this was appropriate behavior together with his stature within the department rang some warning bells with me. I emailed at the… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Finding balance is increasingly difficult. I displayed both “Black Lives Matter” and “Back the Blue” in windows at home in the lead up to 2016. The Chip Olsen trial underway in DeKalb has been interesting. Certainly mistakes made, but it has highlighted the difficulty in determining culpability and what should be done as concerns Olsen.