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Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:30:28 +0000


Thank You, I Must Be Going.

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:30:28 +0000

As much fun as I’ve had, the time has finally come for me to sign off here at Peach Pundit. I’ve enjoyed my time here as participant in Georgia’s best political conversation for at least a decade, and especially enjoyed serving as an editor for the last five years.  Whether getting lessons in libel laws from …

A Pause In The Action

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 01:25:01 +0000

Howdy all – No doubt you’re wondering, given what happened last week, what’s to become of Peach Pundit. That’s a great question, and one I’ll be trying to answer over the next little bit. Friday’s walkout was unexpected but not surprising. I wish Charlie and the contributors all the best with their new venture, and …

Why Georgia Beer Laws Need Reform

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 20:40:36 +0000

This is going to be a fight in the legislature and it should be. Lobbyists and beer wholesalers, having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy off legislators, have stymied reforms that all but three states have. The only kickstarter program I have ever funded was the Synek Beer system. Take a look at …

And just like that…

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:45:57 +0000

He was gone. I came from parts unknown, and I depart for a similar destination. It’s been not a job, but not a vacation, And I’ve enjoyed it more than a smidge, from the Cheesecake Factory Bridge, to explainers on campaign finance and Lifeline, It’s been greatly rewarding getting up off the pine. My time …

We’re Taking the Fork With Charlie

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 16:30:25 +0000

At the noon hour on WGST, Charlie will be making an announcement about a project that ultimately led him to leave Peach Pundit. You can listen online or via radio waves at 640 AM in the appropriate listening area. Prior to his announcement, we would like to share that the undersigned have also chosen to leave Peach …

When You Come To A Fork In The Road, Take It

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:30:45 +0000

Late on the evening of February 13th 2007 I got a little wild hair to create a name – Icarus – and make a somewhat smart assed comment on a blog I had been reading for months. Almost 9 years later and after switching to my real name I find that I’ve been Editor In …

Morning Reads for Friday, January 8, 2016

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:00:03 +0000

Here: – Is the War of Northern Aggression still making us sick? – The list. Either it’s a boycott list, or a list of your new favorite places to shop. – Oh look. More yellow signs around town. – Gird your loins. 51 days ’til the primary. There:– – NY miners rescued from stuck elevator. …

Speaker Ralston Discusses the Upcoming Legislative Session

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 01:11:25 +0000

In a wide ranging discussion with members of the Capitol Hill press corps, House Speaker David Ralston covered several issues that are expected to come up during the 2016 legislative session, which begins on Monday. Among the topics the Speaker addressed were medical marijuana legislation, MARTA legislation, and funding for the Hope scholarship. The Speaker …

Rest in Peace Mike Egan

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 23:33:02 +0000

Growing up in the leafy Brookwood Hills neighborhood in Atlanta, all of us knew Mike Egan. He was our state representative and one of the few Republicans in the Georgia State House in the 1960’s. Everyone respected his integrity. He was one of the few legislators of either party to vote against the move to …

Rep. Westmoreland Won’t Seek Another Term. Who Will Replace Him?

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:59:27 +0000

In a move that some in Georgia’s third congressional district had been suspecting, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland announced today that he will be retiring from Congress at the end of the current term. His statement: After a busy fall in Congress, I finally had the opportunity for quiet reflection over the Christmas break. I spent time …

Navy Honors John Lewis, Congress’ Most Outspoken Pacifist, by Naming New Fleet Class After Him

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:01:37 +0000

Atlanta Congressman John Lewis said as recently as July 2012 “war is not the answer. War is obsolete. It cannot be used as a tool of our foreign policy. It’s barbaric.”  So then it makes perfect sense to put his name on the newest class of ships in the United States Naval fleet…right? Because that’s exactly what …

Congress Passes Measure Repealing Much of Obamacare

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:04:56 +0000

On a virtual party line vote of 240-181, the U.S. House voted to approve H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The bill contains several measures popular with Republicans and conservatives, including a repeal of portions of the Affordable Care Act and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Because the bill was passed under …

Morning Reads – Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:17:25 +0000

On this date in 1959, the US government recognized Fidel Castro’s new government in Cuba Peaches Georgia town teaches ‘Fight Back’ tactic in mass shootings. More medical cannabis dog & pony. Anti-religious freedom propaganda. A school for one of a kind students. Garnishment law to change. Jimmy Carter Biden regrets not running for President. Rick Scott …

State Rep. plans to file bill halting executive appointments of legislators

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:15:06 +0000

Representative David Stover has announced his plans to file legislation that would prohibit members of the Georgia General Assembly from being appointed by the Governor to any position as a state employee while they are serving in the legislature – and for the one year following their departure from the General Assembly. The bill seeks …

Morning Reads in the New Year

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:23:40 +0000

I want a refund on 2016 already. “The Provider” by Angels of Light. Reviewing 2015: the Year of the Panther.  Truly that is how the history books will record that epoch. Al Jazeera report: Atlanta’s AIDS epidemic reminiscent of 1980s New York City. Really? Sam Olens is Georgia Trend‘s man of the year?  Sidenote: guess how …

Allen Peake Releases Details of Proposed Medical Marijuana Legislation

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:15:04 +0000

State Rep. Allen Peake of Macon will file legislation that both expands the list of conditions under which patients can obtain medical marijuana and permits for the first time the cultivation of the plant for medical purposes in the state of Georgia. Details of the legislator’s plans were first reported by Atlanta’s 11 Alive. From …

Let The Budget Games Begin

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 15:25:22 +0000

Appropriations Chairman Terry England put together a primer on the workings of the Georgia budget, based on some popular (?) television shows. Scroll through — you just might learn something. 

Bill Would Prohibit Legislative Conference Committee Members from State Employment for Two Years

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:40:44 +0000

You might call it the “No More Jay Roberts Promotions” bill. Roberts was chairman of the House Transportation Committee during the 2015 session, and managed to shepherd House Bill 170 through both House and Senate, and fulfilling a goal expressed by Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, and Speaker Ralston during the early days of the …

Athens-Clarke County Commission Will Consider an Anti-Discrimination Resolution at Tonight’s Meeting

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:35:18 +0000

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution designed to combat discrimination in the county’s bars at its meeting tonight. The resolution, which is expected to pass, comes after reports of discrimination against racial and sexual minorities in bars serving the University of Georgia population, as a story in the Athens Banner Herald …

Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 12:40:39 +0000

Good morning! School is back in session, so now the break is really over. Or it’s just beginning, depending on who you ask. Reads! Earlier this month, the Washington Post political team sat down with Donald Trump and Ben Carson at each candidate’s DC-area home: Trump: Interviewers described it as, “A nearly 90-minute one-man channel …