February 1, 2021 6:26 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Monday, February 1, 2021 Morning Reads for Monday, February 1, 2021 By Theresa Garcia Robertson Politics 7 Comments We did it, y’all. We made it through January. It was a pretty 2020 January for 2021, but it’s over. Here’s to a fresh start. It’s week four of the legislative session and we are in Monday-Thursday. You can watch it all here. Accumulating snow likely in parts of north Georgia, flurries possible in metro Atlanta – y’all leave some milk and bread for the rest of us. ‘She is weighing us down’: Georgia GOP cringes at Marjorie Taylor Greene spectacleGeorgia’s groundhog | What happened to Gen. Beauregard Lee and what is the Groundhog Day forecast?Poll: Republicans in dicey political territory in GeorgiaGeorgia city removes police chief, officer for racist comments uncovered in body camera footageGeorgia lawmaker questions how state colleges teach American historyOfficial: System in deadly Georgia nitrogen leak recently installed32 fired Georgia state troopers cleared after yearlong cheating investigationFight over Georgia Power’s coal ash residue returns to Gold DomeGeorgia’s redistricting schedule derailed by Census delays in reporting population Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Theresa Garcia Robertson Wife. Mama. Foodie. Political Junkie. Southern Enthusiast. Taco Lover. 7 Comments armanidog We are using armadillos here in NE Georgia instead of groundhogs. The way to do it is go outside at night, find an armadillo digging up worms, and see if the moon casts a shadow of the armadillo. February 1, 2021 8:08 AM Log in to Reply xdog Regarding Brian Robinson’s final question from the Greene article, it is possible to be a moron and a cynic at the same time. February 1, 2021 8:30 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 This is a generic monday morning reader. February 1, 2021 9:59 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant We didn’t have a wish list thread this year, what with all the Covid, post-post-election folderol, insurrection, Jewish space lasers and such, but since the legislature is still in session I thought perhaps some legislation might be order. I know the budget is at the top of everyone’s mind all the way to the bottom of their hearts in most cases but that will never change. However, outside of the budget the legislature usually excels at really stupid and futile gestures, like the heartbeat bill. Now while I realize there is a perceived need to make sure Ralph Reed gains access to white protestant pulpits and therefore their pockets some of the rest of us would like to see something substantive. Now IANAL and have no idea on actual wording/implementation but here are a few of my own wishes thrown up against the proverbial Teflon wall: • Citizen’s arrest code. I know there is some momentum going on this one but it needs to happen. We’ve seen the power of arrest abused by sworn peace officers in the past but there is legal recourse there already on the books. Unless it is protecting life and limb an ordinary citizen should not be able to detain another. • Policing for profit. I bring it up every year. It’s still going on. This is one that has received a few of those futile gestures in Georgia and the problem still exists. Civil forfeitures should not be allowed without a criminal conviction. Reporting and accounting for forfeitures should be enforced with failures to do so resulting in criminal penalties. Forfeitures should not be a slush fund for Sheriff’s luxury vehicles. Even the state Department of Revenue abused over $3 million of forfeiture money in a slush fund last year with only token punishment. • This is part of the above and has a snowball’s chance but I would have all traffic fine money and restitutions not going back to victims returned to the state treasury to be doled out on a per capita basis to the counties. Citations should be issued to promote safety not additional direct revenue for local coffers. • Theresa noted the redistricting delays so this year in particular might be a good one for Republicans to take the long view and give the citizens an opportunity to vote for a nonpartisan commission for reapportionment in the form of a constitutional amendment. I know the nonpartisan part of that is a bit of a unicorn but perhaps it would help to tie their options up with a mandated algorithm baked into the amendment. My youth was spent seeing the majority Democratic Party marginalizing Republicans and minorities. Now the Republicans have had some payback but it might be prudent while still in power to make it nonpartisan. Or just because it is just the right way to govern. • Lastly, and this has also been one of my perennials, get rid of taxpayer funded party primaries. Jungle primaries may not eliminate the MTGs in the state but they would at least help. I still don’t understand how the taxpayer funded primaries are constitutional even with the stupid and futile gesture of a nonpartisan ballot. We still have crossover voting trying to sabotage the opposing party’s chances and frequently they backfire. That contributed in my youth to getting Lester Maddox. It contributed 5 years ago in giving us Donald Trump. The State, like justice should be blind when it comes to party affiliations of candidates. A primary or semi-final if you will, followed by a general or final. No runoffs required. February 1, 2021 11:22 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant Forgot one. No knock warrants should require the signatures of 3 judges and none of them from the county wanting to serve them. February 1, 2021 7:54 PM Log in to Reply armanidog He could run for governor! Republicans are in trouble entering the 2022 election season. That’s the straightforward takeaway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll published over the weekend. Consider the fact that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s 47% statewide approval rating topped that of Gov. Brian Kemp, former president Donald Trump, or even the statewide GOP, despite (or maybe because of) Raffensperger’s months-long cage match with Trump over Georgia’s election results. The big rub for the number-crunching conservative: He’s more popular with Democrats, who give him a 60% approval rating, than he is with his own Republicans. Just 45% of GOP voters say they’re happy with the job Raff has done. https://www.ajc.com/politics/politics-blog/the-jolt-the-most-popular-republican-in-georgia-brad-raffensperger/WZBZWLJG2BHM5DQQ7BPAIZ2RCU/ February 1, 2021 12:14 PM Log in to Reply blue I am not surprised to see Raffensperger’s numbers with Republicans. However you can’t win with just Republican voters in GA. He is not going to have to worry about having Marjorie Taylor Greene as his running mate in 2022. Kemp is in trouble for a whole host of reasons. Mostly the fact that many of his policies have been unpopular outside of the GOP base and then the GOP base is mad at him for not breaking the law for Trump. How much this drags down Duncan and some other statewide candidates will be interesting to see. The days of the GOP getting 60% statewide appear to be over. 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