Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Gold Dome, Day 1, Part 1

So the 2006 Legislative Session kicked off in Atlanta yesterday, and by all accounts we’ve been seeing and hearing over the last few months, it’s going to be a relatively quiet session.  For what it’s worth, the GOP seems to want to get the dirty work over with as soon as possible, so that the voters don’t notice, and so that the legislators of both parties can get back home to raise money for re-election.  
There are two big issues that you’ll be hearing about that we wanted to briefly address today.  The first is the Voter ID law.  As you’ll see from reading in just about any newspaper of record in the state, the GOP hustled a bill through committee to make some changes to the Voter ID law, including authorizing county Boards of Elections to issue the mandatory IDs, and – in a shocking development for the GOP – actually appropriating money to buy the necessary equipment for the local BOEs.  
Here at AthPo, we’ve been opposed to this law from Day 1, but we’ll be the first to admit that this is a good change.  Still, we have to wonder why the GOP are still beating this particular dead horse, given the major Constitutional issues involved.  Face it, the law is going to be thrown out in the Courts.  (Read here for more information about our problems with the law, including the Constitutional issues.)  In any event, while we’re about 95% sure that no self-respecting court would uphold the law, even with the changes just submitted, we’re glad that the GOP has made those changes.  
The other bill you’ll be hearing about is the so-called 65% Solution.  The ABH disses it today, but frankly we’re not completely decided on the whole thing.  We did a post on it sometime ago – find it here.  If you’re too wrapped up in reading our rambling to check on the background, here’s the gist of the thing.  The Gubner wants to pass a bill that requires all of Georgia’s 180 school districts to spend at least 65% of all of their income in the classroom.  We’ll get into the 65% Solution in a later post that we’re typing up now.  


Dawg Corleone said...

Why beat this dead horse?

'Cause it's a long way from dead.

Frankly, as I've said before, Reps would rather have the issue than have the ID cards.

By keeping this front-and-center, they get to keep portraying the Dems as the party that wants voter fraud. I'm not saying that's necessarily accurate or at all fair (it is fair, but only in the love and war sense). But it's damned good politics. Polls show 80% of Georgia voters think photo IDs are just plain, good common sense. The Dems--for whatever reason--think there's a political upside to aligning themselves with the 20 percent.

They'll learn otherwise come November.

Publius said...

"The Dems--for whatever reason--think there's a political upside to aligning themselves with the 20 percent. "

Yeah, we've always tended to side with the folks that big GOP government was trying to jerk around.

New Deal in the hizzy, bitches!

Dawg Corleone said...

How's it working for you so far?

By my scorecard, you've elected one majority President (Jimmy Carter) since 1970, and the voters unelected him the first chance they got. The GOP, on the other hand, has won 7 of the last 10 Presidential elections, and 4 times since 1980, have given majorities (Reagan twice, once each to the elder and younger Bushes) victories to their nominees.

If you want the 20 percent, you can have them. But I'm just sayin'...

hillary said...

Yes! Fuck principle! There is no point to supporting things because they are decent and right.

Dawg Corleone said...

Ah, the moral high ground...with absolutely no consequences attached. Guess that helps ease the pain of getting your butts kicked every two years.

If it were me, though, I'd want to win. Probably so badly that I, too, would want my voters to cast their ballots using utility bills, lottery tickets, liquor store receipts, welfare check stubs, anything they could get their hands on...

Publius said...


If I were you, I'd want to win so badly that I would want my campaign staff circulating fliers in minority districts that told voters they couldn't vote unless they had paid all of their child support, car payments, income taxes, you name it.

Oh wait, you kind of did.

And the co-sponsor of your bill is a racist d-bag.

Dawg Corleone said...

We did it to offset the free booze and cigarettes your side was handing out.

hillary said...

Better than the moral low ground, jackass.

Publius said...

Really? Where did that happen, and which campaign were you working when you saw it?

Dawg Corleone said...

The cigs and booze were in Wisconsin in '00, well-documented. The homeless "voters" were even choosing which brands they wanted.

I don't know how you folks get the derelicts to the polls in this state. It appears that mostly you don't, which is good. I hate to think of some welfare wagon-rider cancelling my wagon-pulling vote. I know it happens, but I don't like to think about it.

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

More like being drug underneath the wagon in this state. And I hate to think of the back-room, cigar smoking, whiskey drinking meetings that take place behind closed doors to cancel all of their votes. I know they happen, but I don't like to think about them.

Anonymous said...

I attended Eggs and Issues this a.m., and heard Richardson talk about this.

In this case, I think his political antenna is on target. Most Georgians genuinely agree that a photo ID -- especially one anyone can now get for free -- is not too much to ask to vote.

The thing that resonates with most Georgians is that you have to use a picture ID for so many functions in normal life, why can't you when you vote? Even folks WITHOUT bank accounts have to show an ID at the bank the check was drawn on to cash a check. Unless you have no income, or you cash your check at the corner store, there is no way to make it through life without a picture ID. And the "it hasn't happened yet/no one has been caught yet" claim about voter fraud in Georgia is a terrible argument.

I hate to tell it to the dems, but the republicans are going to win on this issue, especially now that you will be able to get free id's in the county seat of all counties.


hillary said...

Unless you have no income, or you cash your check at the corner store

Yes. God knows no poor people are in either of these situations.