50 Shades of Bob Gray

Congressional candidate Bob Gray is a great actor. I’ve never seen a candidate slip from one character into another with such flexibility and apparent sincerity. He’s a successful businessman who champions the working class. He’s a wealthy MBA who disdains the “elites.” He’s a city councilman who’s also not a politician. He believes all these things at the same time, and hopes voters in the 6th will too.  Continue reading “50 Shades of Bob Gray”

New Entrant For Secretary Of State

With last weekend’s announcement from Brian Kemp that he would abandon his quest to become a competent Secretary of State and instead run for Governor in 2018, speculation swirled at Republican gatherings over who would compete with State Rep. Buzz Brockway for the SOS post. One of those rumors has proven true with the announcement today of Republican State Rep. Brad Raffensberger, (R-Johns Creek).

“As an engineer, a general contractor and as the owner of a manufacturing business, I’ve worked and built projects in more than 30 states across the country. I have seen first-hand just how easy some states make it to do business, while other states make it hard,” said Raffensperger.  “As Secretary of State, I will work to ensure Georgia is a friendly place to bring new business.”

There are now two state Reps. seeking the nerdiest statewide public office in Georgia. There are sure to be others.

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GDOT Announces Suburban Tourism Program, I-85 To Be Renamed

Publisher’s note: The following was published on April 1, 2017. Not coincidentally, this date is also commonly known as “April Fool’s Day”. The following piece is pure satire/fiction. No actual GDOT employees (or, more specifically their quotes) appear in this piece. We regret that we live in a world where this disclaimer is necessary, and as is our tradition, blame others.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced “Suburban Tourism For U,” a new local program for commuters in the Atlanta region effective immediately. GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale, a former Auburn Cheerleader and Georgia’s reigning Brine Queen, gave details to reporters in front of a still smoldering section of I-85.

“Why try the same old freeways to go to and form work every single day?” Dale asked a gaggle of reporters in a presentation that was either spawned from a highly scripted, heavily focus-grouped campaign kickoff, or was something she and and GDOT Chief Engineer Meg Pickle made up on the fly to calm Atlanta’s panicking commuters after realizing that there really is no substitute for a 350′ span of elevated concrete used to support 250,000 cars per day. “We know that Atlanta commuters have a lot of questions about the highways they travel on, and we’re here to tell them about STFU!”

To jumpstart the marketing effort, GDOT will rename I-85 “The William T. Sherman Commemorative Highway,” with one section memorialized as “Winecoff Bridge.” GDOT’s plan will steer commuters away from their traditional routes to offices in Midtown and Buckhead, and instead guide them through different, more varied areas of the Atlanta region.

Dale, with a brave face similar to the one she donned during the 4th quarter of the 2008 Alabama-Auburn game, suggested motorists would enjoy new parts of often overlooked Georgia on their ways to and from work every day.

“GA 400 from Cumming to Midtown is really kind of monotonous when you think about it.” Dale said. “Why not just exit at Abernathy Road for a breakfast latte at Le Madeline on Perimeter Center West, then continue on down Ashford Dunwoody Road and begin that morning exercise program you’ve been meaning to take up at the Cowart YMCA. After a vigorous workout, head on down to Brookhaven for a tour of historic Oglethorpe College before arriving to your Buckhead office caffeinated, invigorated, and educated. And, maybe only 4-7 hours later than usual.

Learning about Atlanta’s history could make education a part of every metro Atlantan’s daily commute, Dale said. “The southern portion of DeKalb County has for too long been overlooked by Georgians who want to avoid pawn shops, weave stores and State Rep. Vernon Jones,” Dale said. “But DeKalb has changed so much and there’s lots and lots to see and learn about. Lots!” Continue reading “GDOT Announces Suburban Tourism Program, I-85 To Be Renamed”

Seen In the Sixth District

There are probably only four candidates running to fill the vacated Congressional seat in Georgia’s 6th District that you’ve heard of. Allow a fifth to introduce himself:

That’s a bus wrapped for Kurt Wilson, who’s running a campaign based on term limits.

That image was sent by a longtime reader who asked “Seriously?” Wrapping an entire bus with an ad can run you north of $10,000, so Wilson’s campaign is at least that serious.

Wilson’s working hard to break out of the undistinguished pack, and become one of the four you remember instead of one of the 14 you don’t. Whether or not this particular advertising method is the right vehicle to do that, I’ll leave to the wisdom of the commenters.

Politics Never Sleeps – Open Season on Jon Ossoff

A brief note: As sad I am about the passing of Editor in Chief Jon Richards, I couldn’t add anything worth reading to the eloquent and moving tributes written by so many others. He was a good man, one who I respected and admired, and I will miss him. I am pretty certain, though, that he would not want me or any of the other contributors to let up in covering Georgia’s special grade of political shenanigans. Politics never sleeps. May God keep him close while we carry on.

It’s Open Season on Jon Ossoff, and Judson Hill has fired the latest shot, accusing him of being an “Anti-Gun Liberal™” in a mailer.

There’s also a report out of the Washington Free Beacon that Ossoff may have padded his resume a wee bit:  Continue reading “Politics Never Sleeps – Open Season on Jon Ossoff”

Welcome To Reality Politics

Way back in 1988, the Writers Guild of America went on strike for 155 days -the longest strike in that organization’s history. The work stoppage screwed up what used to be called “the fall lineup” and forced television networks to rely on a mix of re-runs, specials, sports programming and unscripted original series such as COPS. Whether or not the strike led directly to the creation of the “reality” TV genre is disputed, but with the election to the presidency of Donald Trump, a reality TV star for 11 seasons on “The Apprentice,” there’s no doubt that an outsized personality combined with an extraordinary (or weird) concept and constant exposure on television can be combined to create a powerful political force.

Which explains a remarkable press release from State Senator Michael Williams, R-Forsyth, who’s looking to seek statewide office next year. (Exactly which office is unknown, although there is persistent and deliberate speculation that he may try to skip a few rungs on Georgia’s traditional political ambition ladder and seek the keys to the mansion on West Paces Ferry Road right out of the block.) Williams has won the support of Duane Chapman, a five-time married felony convict who’s most famous as the star of the A&E television series “Dog The Bounty Hunter.” Given Chapman’s tumultuous past, and, err… striking appearance, it’s a type of alliance not to be found among traditional political tactics. But tradition and precedent are so 2014. Welcome to the age of reality politics.

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A Little Perspective on the Storm

As much of the metro Atlanta region resets the clocks on their microwaves and coffeemakers this morning, and suffers through the inconveniences of internet outages and tree limbs on our lawns, it’s worth noting that while we may be late to work, we still have jobs to go to, and none of us is worried that this years’ earnings are at risk. But last weeks hard freeze has pretty much killed off Georgia’s blueberry crop for the year, eliminating between 80 and 90 percent of the entire harvest worth by some estimates more than $200 million.

“Economically speaking, that’s gonna translate to, in Appling County alone, about $20 to $25 million,” said [blueberry grower Allen] Miles.

It will likely hurt not only growers, but anybody that does business with them.

“We’re down to 50 people doing what 400 were doing. So, we’re down 350 employees,” said Miles.

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia House Agricultural Committee Chairman Tom McCall toured south Georgia to assess the damage earlier this week, as reported in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  Continue reading “A Little Perspective on the Storm”

Update on Advertising In GA 6th

UPDATE:: Apparently there’s a thing in browsers called a cache, and if you have an out-of-date one, it can lead you to false errors on various websites, such as DanMoody.com which is working fine, as now reflected in this post. In keeping with our long-established editorial policy, we regret the error and blame others.

We posted a compare and contrast of the first round of TV ads in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District last week, and there have been some updates. As noted by 11Alive News, Karen Handel is out with a minute-plus web ad, describing Jon Ossoff as a “lightweight liberal.”

Entitled “Lightweight Liberal,” the ad takes aim at the Democratic frontrunner in the race, Democrat Jon Ossoff. Handel campaign spokesman John Porter also said the ad is designed highlight the “tax-and-spend agenda behind Jon Ossoff’s chief supporters, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.”

 

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Is Georgia Voter Data Secure?

Way back last December, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain an apparent “…attempted breach of the state’s computer systems that house its voter registration database by someone in the federal government.”  As crazy as that may sound, there are similar and separate allegations about attempted data breaches of the voter databases in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Idaho.

Data security isn’t a brand new issue for Secretary Kemp, whose office accidentally released over 6 million complete voter records, including Social Security numbers and other personal data in October 2015. Kemp fired a staffer and claimed to have recovered the discs containing the information, but nobody’s ever really sure about that sort of stuff.

The Democrats are now playing politics with the most recent allegation, that somebody at Homeland Security attempted to penetrate the voter database in the Elections center at Kennesaw State University. According to Greg Bluestein in the AJC:   Continue reading “Is Georgia Voter Data Secure?”

Is It Art Or Obscenity?

The line between what’s artistic and what’s prurient has always been a bit fuzzy, though not hard to find. As Justice Potter Stewart pointed out, one may not not be able to define obscene material, but can still “…know it when [he sees] it.”  And former State Representative Jill Chambers is adamant that her efforts on behalf of the Oasis Goodtime Emporium are clearly art. As noted by the venerable art critics at the AJC’s Political Insider and the Georgia Report, Chambers is the artistic director for Oasis, and under that direction the emporium offers acts of “serious artistic value.”  Body painting. Headdresses. Aerial acts. And we are reliably informed of the occasional poetry reading, which surely must confound the lunch-bucket regulars.

Former  State Rep. Jill Chambers, R-DeKalb, in the Georgia State House, an emporium noted for its lack of good times. (2009 AJC)

Chambers says the club has at least two burlesque shows per day, and also has on its bill performance artists who appear at mainstream venues like 7 Stages, The Tabernacle, or Red Light Cafe.”

Of course they do. And of course this fight is not over freedom of expression or even the First Amendment right to shake one’s money maker at strangers. It’s about selling booze.  Continue reading “Is It Art Or Obscenity?”