April 1, 2021 8:43 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, April 1, 2021 Morning Reads – Thursday, April 1, 2021 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 10 Comments Peaches To God be the glory, it’s over.But Hollywood isn’t done telling us they’re done with us.Biden endorses moving MLB All-Star Game out of GeorgiaRep. Cannon recalls the event differently than it appears on video.And her colleagues refute the 13-page report.There’s a lot of anxiety about what Trump plans to do in the peach state.The Fight to Unionize Georgia’s Hospitality Industry Is Underway.Allen to run for state’s No. 2 job. Jimmy Carter Vaccine passports giving it a go in Las Vegas.Private New Mexico camp preps to house migrant childrenInfrastructure push sets off feeding frenzy in WashingtonBiden’s economic plan calls for much bigger government role. Will it work?Some of America’s wealthiest hospital systems ended up even richer, thanks to federal bailouts“We don’t need to hear both sides to define truth” Sweet Tea As US newspapers slide toward abyss, a bidding war breaks out.How many friends is the right amount of friends?The digital dollar research effortControversial test flight aimed at cooling the planet cancelled. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 10 Comments bethebalance After watching a legislator knocking on a door with average force, the officer who stated, in an official report, that he had fears of an insurrection —should be investigated. What’s the over-under that someone has already been screenshotting his past Facebook posts, and that there’s something supporting the Big Lie, and/or something discriminatory? I honestly hope not, but even if not, it shows a need for more education and better protocol. As an alternative to arrest, he could literally have put himself physically in front of the door. Or he could have sought assistance from someone in the Gov’s office. Let someone come out of the office and say anyone who is knocking will be arrested- that at least puts some blame where it belongs. But perhaps- regardless to what degree it is related to this incident- there should also be more stringent rules and laws about writing anything misleading in police reports. I’m sure outright misrepresentations would already be punished- is there sufficient penalty? But while the officer’s feelings are important and should be captured in reports, perhaps there needs to be more reported– like mandating reporting of what de-escalation techniques were used. More detail, transparency, and accountability, regardless. April 1, 2021 10:55 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 Here are the official charges against Park Elizabeth Cannon : “EW-0324353 Willful Obstruction Of Law Enforcement Officers By Use Of Threats Or Violence – Felony … EW-0324354 Preventing Or Disrupting General Assembly Sessions Or Other Meetings Of Members; Etc. (3Rd Offense)” What was Offense #1 and #2? April 1, 2021 11:07 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance ETA until the time the charges are dropped- 3 days. April 1, 2021 11:15 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance And to rant on the voting law…I would have been OK with some of the changes, and still am- but it’s like the GOP had no regard for either optics, or substance, or process. OK, so the provision eliminating Sunday voting didn’t make it through to the final bill– why was it ever even allowed out of committee? Why wasn’t it denounced for what it was? As for water to people in line– OK, so maybe you don’t want interaction with people who are electioneering. Well, then, be more clear. Also- do more. You don’t want random people passing out water? Then go ahead and distribute funds to every county to have a proportionate amount of water available and provided by poll workers. See? Now you’re not denying water to people in lines for hours, and maybe actually helping them. The ballot boxes? Do more. Don’t just eliminate options- provide options for being inside any county or municipal facility, or for partnering with facilities provided they are inside or being monitored. Post offices, hospitals, pharmacies… all potential partners with geographic diversity, some 24-hour availability, and security. Reducing time for absentee ballots is just nonsensical. This will be the first provision to be struck down by the judiciary. Fwiw, a short while ago, it took ten days for a certified letter to go from Decatur to Peachtree City. What is the harm in allowing more time? Oh-none. More time actually means less intensive burden on poll workers- and wasn’t that a partial justification for the law? April 1, 2021 11:13 AM Log in to Reply blue Totally botched from beginning to end. They legislation starts with the big lie about the 2020 election as to why this legislation is needed. Well, Kemp and Raffensperger just spent last November and December claiming the 2020 election was the “most secure ever”. So you have to deduce that they were lying then to believe this is needed. Bottom line I am really tired of Georgia being a national laughingstock. But you know elect a clown expect a circus. April 2, 2021 7:15 PM Log in to Reply John Vestal And we have an opinion on Ga v Fl water wars…. From Scotusblog April 1, 2021 11:35 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I wonder if Site Selection magazine will interview the Officers and Directors of Delta, Coke, and Microsoft when they consider whether GA is still #1 state to do business. Question #1: “How do you like ongoing political retaliation for expressing your opinion?” ; Question #2: “Do you like being called a dog, or being treated like a dog?” https://www.ajc.com/news/business/delta-ceo-calls-georgia-voting-legislation-unacceptable/HZYG2CTB3RH5JBD5EDWVE52KDM/ April 1, 2021 2:41 PM Log in to Reply armanidog Well , no MLB All-Star game in Georgia, it got moved due to the new election law. See if you have a sports league and a lot of your players are not white, when the state officially makes it harder for them to vote they kinda get pissed. I hope Ralston, et al are happy with what they have wrought. The best Kemp could do was say, ““Major League Baseball caved to fear, political opportunism and liberal lies,” Kemp said in a statement. “Georgians – and all Americans – should fully understand what MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included.” Well ,Brian if you all didn’t try to make it hard for folks to vote you might actually not lose stuff like this. April 2, 2021 7:20 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant The Georgia Republican Party caved to fear, political opportunism and Trump’s lies in their knee -jerk reaction to pass this new election law. There, I fixed that for ya Guv’na. April 3, 2021 4:59 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Truth. Also textbook projection in the statement. Proof that it is projection? : MLB can not significantly engage in political opportunism– and certainly nowhere near the 100% level that legislators do– because the players/owners/staff of MLB do not get elected by voters. Politics is, after all, about elections. So MLB has a market interest. And note that their past political interests/contributions typically lean a touch Republican, although they suspended political contributions after January 6th. https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-sports-mlb-fbcdc982cd6d30381013cb7209d7c7a9 So, no real political opportunism- but perhaps market opportunism. (Side note: market opportunism = capitalism) . Perhaps you could argue that they were being politically opportunistic by using their move as a way to lobby, but what are they taking advantage of there? Their ability to make a statement? Which btw carries significant market risk- even if the potential market rewards outweigh the risks… Almost every brand in today’s socio-market structure needs to weigh market risks regarding any public statement or advertisement. What concerns me most is that in the statement, our leadership just put Georgia versus all of sports. Now that’s a potential mess or more. For every major franchise located in Atlanta. Although, Arthur Blank spoke out days ago (without much rebuke, I believe.) https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/statement-from-arthur-blank-on-georgia-voting-rights But what if there’s now a “War on Sports”? (trademarked?) What impact on the franchises and players? Fans? Communities? As I was trying to figure out some tangents of the implications of the statement, one thing I couldn’t find- and please post if anyone does find- was an example of the Governor rebuking a UGA team for taking a knee before games. I did find pics of players taking a knee. Why that tangent? Because if there’s a War on Sports, and anyone affiliated with the Univ. System of GA dares make a statement, the declaration of war may compel a response- administratively. Which means, of course, that free speech in the state-sponsored sports system may be chilled more than it already is… and free speech in professional leagues may lead to market impacts and community suffering. So thank you, Georgia, for a War on Sports. April 3, 2021 4:46 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.