Morning Reads for Friday, March 24, 2017

Please continue to remember Jon in your prayers.

Morning Reads – Thursday, March 23, 2017

On this date in 1880, John Stevens patented the grain crushing mill. The mill increased flour production by 70 percent.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea


Morning Reads for Tuesday, March 21

Good morning! It’s election day in many parts of Georgia, including Cobb County, where voters will determine if there will be another E-SPLOST.

(Fun fact! It’s not pronounced “SPLOSH!” Know it, live it, stitch it on a pillow. Please!)

Morning Reads for Tuesday, March 14

Happy Pi Day! And to think we thought that was yesterday. Many thanks to Nathan for holding down Tuesday morning last week while I was on vacation.

Here’s what’s on the Senate floor today:

  • HB 58 – Motor vehicles; reference date to federal regulations regarding the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles and carriers; update (PUB SAF-7th) Rogers-10th
  • HB 86 – Domestic relations; definition of sexual abuse; expand (JUDY-45th) Oliver-82nd
  • HB 157 – Medical advertising; certain certifying organizations; revise certain criteria (H&HS-45th) Kelley- 16th
  • HB 174 – Insurance; insurer’s medium of payment of policy or contractual obligations; expand (I&L-14th) Lumsden – 12th
  • HB 265 – Income tax; credit for establishing or relocating quality jobs; revise provisions (Substitute) (FIN-49th) Efstration-104th

Morning Reads for Friday, March 10, 2017

House agenda for today.

Senate Bills scheduled:
HB 183 – Dept of Community Affairs; Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council; recreate (NR&E-28th) Dickey- 140th
HB 264 – Georgia World Congress Center Authority; revenue bond capacity; increase (FIN-9th) Efstration-104th

Morning Reads – Thursday, March 9, 2017

On this date in 1859 the National Association of Baseball Players adopted the rule that limited the size of bats to no more than 2-1/2 inches in diameter. It is this regulatory model that the Georgia legislature used over the next few decades to help morph it into the body it is today.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Today in the Senate: Term limits (SR 195), firefighter insurance mandates (HB 146), and IRS tax code (HB 283)
Today in the House: Resolutions and Senate companion bills


Morning Reads for Tuesday, March 7th

Teri and her family are experiencing Paris (at least, that’s what her Instagram photos say), so you get me as a substitute.  So, here we go!


Waffle House co-founder Joe Rogers, Sr. passed away at age 97. Enjoy a waffle and some scattered, smothered, covered hash browns in his memory.

Your new Honda minivan might have a 10-speed transmission built in Tallapoosa, GA.

The FBI is investigating an alleged breach of a server kept by the Center of Election Systems at Kennesaw State University.

The Dalton Kiwanis Club heard about the ESPLOST facing voters.


It’s here! The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

GM is laying off 1100 people in Michigan as jobs are shifted down south to Tennessee.

Senator John McCain asks President Donald Trump to back up claims of wiretapping by the Obama administration.

President Trump signed a new executive order that revises limitations on travel visas for a number of countries with ties to terrorism.


Have you taken a look at the 2017-2018 NASA software catalog that you can use and download for free?

IBM is building a commercially-available “universal” quantum computer to be released later this year.

Opening Day is almost here! Have you seen the gorgeous new field at SunTrust Park??

Morning Reads for March 6, 2017


  • Girls like demolition too. Missed the Georgia Archives Building implosion? Join me in watching it at least 10 times too many.
  • Not sure what survived Crossover Day? Check it out here. 
  • A&E has a series “60 Days In…” and apparently, they came to Atlanta to experience Fulton County’s Jail.
  • The State Botanical Garden housed in Athens has a new director.
  • The Northern Mississippi White Knights of the KKK no showed in Douglas County over the weekend. I wish there was an eye-rolling emoji on this site.
  • I’ll have a happy kid. Only 17 people voted ‘NO’ on a mandatory 30 minute recess for K-5 students in Georgia schools.



Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 28

Happy Mardi Gras! Here’s the history of my favorite Mardi Gras song, “Indian Red.” Dr. John and The Wild Tchoupitoulas (along with the Meters  and several Nevilles) each have terrific versions of this song, but my favorite is by Danny Barker:

You can should stream WWOZ all day.

Here’s what’s on the Senate floor today:

  • SB 5 – Lottery for Education; net proceeds transferred to the state treasury for credit to the Lottery for Education Account; establish the percentage (Substitute) (H ED-46th)  
  • SB 166 – “Nurse Licensure Compact”; Georgia Board of Nursing exercise certain powers with respect to compact; authorize (H&HS-45th)
  • SB 168 – Child Abuse; permitted to access child abuse records by department, or county, or other state or local agency; extend; Central Child Abuse Registry; permit access (H&HS-49th)
  • SB 103 – ‘The Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act’; pharmacy benefits managers; Commissioner of Insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations; authorize (Substitute) (I&L- 53rd
  • SB 130 – Right To An Attorney; waiver of the right to counsel; provisions; clarify (Substitute) (JUDY- 19th)
  • SB 183 – State Road and Tollway Authority; definition; powers of the authority; provide (TRANS- 21st)
  • SB 202 – Medical Assistance; increase in the personal needs allowance to be deducted from a nursing home resident’s income; provide (Substitute) (H&HS- 33rd)
  • SR 104 – State Ad Valorem Taxes; prohibit levy –CA (FIN- 31st)

Morning Reads – Thursday, February 23, 2017

On this date in 1874 Walter Winfield patented a game called “sphairistike.” More widely known as lawn tennis.


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum