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The Perennial Candidate Returns To The Lt. Governor's Race...

Monday, January 02, 2006
Rumors have it that Al Bartell has made an official foray into the 2006 Lt. Governor's race, this time hoping to get on the ballot as an independent.

In order to do that, Bartell would have to secure 40,000 valid signatures. Which means, for those of us who pounded the pavement back in 2000 to get former state senator Ginger Collins on the ballot as an independent, Bartell will really need about 25% more, or 50,000 signatures to cover all of his bases.

When You Hear Car Horns Blaring, You Will Know A Lobbyist Got His Wings...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Rumors have it that the upcoming vote by the State Board of Transportation to approve a Letter of Intent this Thursday on a $1.2 Billion transportation project in part of Cobb and Cherokee will be the result of the finagling of one self-proclaimed "most powerful lobbyist in Georgia" who has a direct connection with the Governor's office.

No Fundraiser in Athens...The truth About Bill Simon...
Sunday, December 04, 2005 - By Bill Simon - Editor
Update About Athens' Chamber of Commerce Event

Last week I reported that the Athens Chamber of Commerce was going to have Ralph Reed as their headliner for $150 a ticket.

And, I reported that Tom Wyatt was the "VP of Government Affairs" for that Chamber and that he gushed over the prospect of having Ralph Reed speak at the event.

Mr. Wyatt sent me an e-mail correcting the record that 1) he did not "gush" over the possibility of Ralph speaking at the fundraiser, 2) he was "Director of Community Development and Government Affairs" and not "VP of Government Affairs", and, 3) the event has been canceled due to a lack of membership interest.

I apologize to Mr. Wyatt for misquoting him and for mis-identifying his role at the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

I am, however, rather surprised that the event got canceled due to "lack of interest." The question we should all ask is: Was it due to the intended speaker (i.e., Ralph Reed) or the price of the admission ticket ($150) that caused the event to have no interest? Hmmm...
The Truth About Bill Simon

There is a rumor going around that I, Bill Simon, dislike and distrust Ralph Reed because I am "anti-Christian." Nothing could be further from the truth, but before I get to the truth about Ralph and I, I will tell you some things that are true about some of my writings in the past.


It Came From The Blog...Athens To Get A Casino...The Farce of David Greenspan's Candidacy...Tom Price is A Sellout
Sunday, November 27, 2005 - By Bill Simon - Editor
The PV Is Turning Into A Blog...

Just so you folks will know the Internet lingo, the Political Vine has not been a "blog", but a newsletter.

A "blog" is the short-form of Web Log...take off the "We" in "Web" and you are left with "blog." (Of course, if you happen to be a lawyer who works for any number of Georgia's state agencies, you probably don't know what a "log" is, much less a "blog." But, fear not, because you probably won't be able to navigate the Web without someone filing an Open Records Request with your agency that informs you what a "log" is and how to "surf" the Web.)

So, over the next few weeks, I am working on changing the format over to a Blog-format.

Casey Cagle vs. Ralph Reed This Saturday!...Ralph Reed Is About To Be Exposed...Anthony-Scott Hobbs and His $140,000 Claim...
Thursday, October 27, 2005
>For Whom Does The Bell Toll? It Tolls For Ralph Reed

Rumors have it that some of the documents that will be dumped on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Website on November 2 will be copies of bills that were sent from Century Strategies (or, any number of other Ralph Reed-connected companies) to the Coushatta Tribe via now-indicted Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon in Louisiana. The bills will refer to "Louisiana Project Mgmt. Fee." for the project name that Ralph was hired to work on.



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