Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Lots of Politics Today

Which is why we're glad that your crack editorial staff is no longer ill, and ready to operate at our customary level of snarkiness.

McCarter is out of the mayor's race, more on that in another post.

Madison County residents talk too much, according to at least one commissioner. Also loquacious, Oconee County residents, Clarke County residents, and the Athens-Clarke County Commission. (As if we didn't already know that, and yes, we're looking at you, Carl Jordan)

Illegal immigrants are being targeted in the State Legislature, at least if Eric Johnson and his GOP cohorts have their way. Johnson and the Good Ol' Boys 'neath the Dome of Gold want to pass a law that will cut illegal immigrants off from pretty much all state benefits, because the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast would want it that way. The problem is that there may not even be much of a problem. Observe how the spin is quicker than the eye.
"But no one knows precisely how many undocumented immigrants there are in Georgia or what state services, if any, they are draining. [our emphasis]" Also, most of the stuff that actually costs taxpayers money is either federal (and thus not affected by this law), or already closed off to illegals anyway (such as Medicaid and PeachCare). So, we're forced to agree with DuBose Porter that this thing is just an excuse for Republicans to score some cheap points by not-so-subtly playing the race card. (Oh, he didn't say that? Well, he should have.)

Bill Shipp says the Gubner may be showing some flashes of ambition. We'll be honest. Gubner Sonny never really struck us as being, shall we say, a national caliber politician. And, despite Bill Shipp's postulating to the contrary, Sonny hasn't really paid his dues on a national level. We wouldn't start printing up the Perdue for Prez signs just yet. Of course, that's not to say that there isn't a national job of some kind open for the Gubner, just that it won't be an elected job. We hear that there's an opening of some kind at FEMA.

There's one thing more important than money to political candidates: Pandering! (second item, if you're checking the link) And just when we were starting to get behind Cathy Cox, too. With Mark Taylor looking less and less electable every day, is it too much to ask that a candidate be proud of their friends?

Tips, gossip, rumors.

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