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Political Vine: The Insider's Source on Georgia Politics

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Archive for January, 2006

Mike Byrd: “I love Tom Price more than I love my own wife.”

politicalvine, Monday, January 30th, 2006

Rumors have it that Cherokee County Commission Chairman Mike Byrd is telling constituents in Cherokee County that “John Konop will be elected Congressman over my dead body.”

Chuck Eaton to Enter PSC Race…

politicalvine, Monday, January 30th, 2006

Chuck Eaton (R) of Atlanta has decided to throw his hat in the race for PSC.  He faces fellow Republican Drew Evangelista in the primary.  If he wins the July primary, he will face incumbent commissioner David Burgess (D) in the November general election.

Bush Appointees Revolt in Justice Department

Bill Simon, Monday, January 30th, 2006

In an upcoming story to be published in Newsweek, details of an internal revolt by some lawyers in the Justice Department are revealed in regards to the president’s war on terror and, specifically, the illegal wiretapping activities.

Newt Gingrich and Ralph Reed: Holding Hands…Making All Kinds of Plans…

politicalvine, Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Now, the IRONY to all of this is that we have a serial liar like Ralph Reed (“I didn’t know my money came from Indian casinos”…”I am not a lobbyist, so I don’t have to register”…”I was duped just like all of the other Christians were by my friends Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist”…) being highly praised by an adulterer/liar like Newt Gingrich (who apparently thinks Ralph will help him get elected President), all on the same day a bill that promotes the posting of the Ten Commandments on government buildings in Georgia gets dropped. The irony is just too sweet.

Ralph Reed and Tim Phillips: The Divorce Was Bound to Happen

politicalvine, Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Rumors have it that Ralph Reed‘s longtime business associate, Tim Phillips, is departing Century Strategies and moving to D.C. to accept a position as Exec. Director of Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax group. This rumor, if accurate, deals a very big blow to the Reed campaign for Lt. Governor.  Phillips has  been the one largely […]

More Rumors in The Labor Commissioner Race

Bill Simon, Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Rumors have it that if Michael Thurmond jumps to the Lt. Governor’s race, a Republican free-for-all will likely ensue with other candidates joining Brent Brown in the melee. Two other names have surfaced as possibilities: former state senator Robert Lamutt and current state representative Clay Cox.

Brent Brown Looking At 2006 Race for Labor Commissioner

politicalvine, Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Rumors have it that Republican Brent Brown is laying the groundwork to enter the race to become Georgia’s first Republican Labor Commissioner for Georgia.

Report from Today’s Georgia House of Representatives

Bill Simon, Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Today’s press release from Georgia’s House of Representatives has news about some of the bills that are being studied in this year’s Session: HB 713: A bill to designate February 6 as Ronald Reagan Day; Sponsored by Bobby Franklin HB 18: A bill to require the use of seat belts in all trucks except those […]

Ralph Reed To Casey Cagle: I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka!

politicalvine, Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Rumors have it that the Ralph Reed Campaign for Lt. Governor is laying the groundwork for an all out offensive against Casey Cagle, his primary opponent. According to an AP story, Reed stated “his campaign will soon turn to defining the differences between him and Cagle.” There are also rumors that the Reed campaign has […]

Will Tom Price Run Straight Into The Hatch Act?

politicalvine, Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Rumors have it that Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) has his reelection campaign humming right along…straight out of his Cobb County (federal) district office.

Rumors abound about how his district personnel, upon waking-up to a challenge-candidate out of Cherokee County, have spent the last several months shaking-down businesses and associations and encouraging them that if they don’t block John Konop from making any headway, they will be “cut-off” from any help from (and, we quote) “The Congressman.”

The Fall of The House of Ralph (Reed)

politicalvine, Friday, January 20th, 2006

Rumors have it that 9 members of Lt. Governor candidate Ralph Reed’s Steering Committee recently flipped sides in the race.

The nine were listed on Reed’s big list released last spring. However, they recently sent this letter to the Reed campaign:

“As you are aware, our names were listed as members of the Reed for Lt. Governor Steering Committee released by your campaign to the news media. We write today to request our names be removed from that list. Please know that our decision to support Senator Casey Cagle’s campaign is in no way an attempt to undermine or criticize you. Rather, we believe that Casey’s combination of experience, electability, dedication

Pat Robertson & Ray Nagin: Twin Sons of Different Mothers

Bill Simon, Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

First, it was Pat Robertson proclaiming that Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke two weeks ago was caused by (and, I quote) “God’s punishment for Sharon trying to divide the land of Israel.” Now, it’s Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans proclaiming that God sent the hurricanes to his city and the Gulf Coast because […]







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