Posted: 10:57 am Monday, January 20th, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal pledges to put MLK’s name on statehouse grounds 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal pledged on Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by putting his name on the statehouse grounds, in a move that was wrapped in political symbolism and a nod toward the state’s changing demographics.

“Not many states can boast a native son who has merited a national holiday. But we Georgians can,” Deal said at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor.  “That’s why this year working with the General Assembly I’m committed to finding an appropriate way to honor Dr. King on our Capitol Hill.”

King’s physical presence at the statehouse is now limited to an oil portrait that’s flanked by a biographical display. Deal did not say how King would be honored, but aides say he is considering options that include putting the Nobel Prize winner’s name on a statue at the statehouse or a park to be built across the street.Capitol Quiz14

The governor’s decision comes amid a growing clamor to put King’s visage on the statehouse grounds. After Deal signed an order last year to remove a statue of Tom Watson, a segregationist U.S. Senator known for his attacks on blacks, several Democratic leaders pushed him to replace it with a statue of King.

The Republican governor is in a heated re-election campaign against two fellow Republicans and Democrat Jason Carter, whose bid relies on support from minorities who make up the brunt of his party’s strength here.

Before and after he took the podium, several impassioned speakers took not-so-subtle digs at his administration’s conservative policies. And after the service, state Sen. Vincent Fort and other Democrats scoffed at Deal’s announcement as a transparent election-year ploy.

“With all due respect, if the governor really wanted to do a tribute to Dr. King’s memory, he would expand Medicaid,” Fort said, invoking the governor’s opposition to a key tenet of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul. “A statue can’t take you to the emergency room.”

Deal has supported new immigration restrictions and voting requirements that are unpopular with minority groups. He’s also chided his party to roll out the welcome mat to newcomers –  “shame on us,” if not, he has said – mindful that the growing numbers of minority voters could end the GOP’s reign in Georgia.

The backbone of this appeal centers on a pivot toward some of his hallmark legislative achievements. He told the hundreds gathered at Ebenezer on Monday of the criminal justice overhaul he championed that aims to keep more low-level offenders out of prisons, which lock up a disproportionate number of blacks.

“These reforms aren’t just good for former inmates and their families. It’s good for everyone in this beautiful church, everyone in this city, everyone in this state,” Deal said. “We are not only saving lives, we are also saving tax dollars.”

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the final plan to honor King is yet to be determined.

“There will be many legislators with opinions on how best to honor Dr. King,” he said. “We want people to have their say.”

57 comments
Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

Politicians--Our Governor, for instance---are inclined to pander to the wind. Senator Watson's likeness graced the Capitol grounds most all my life for his own "pandering to the wind". Today the political rhetoric reflects a disdain for illegal alliens--Er, "Undocumented workers". Senator Watson and his co-horts did not want to resolve the perceived problems of their day. And Governor Deal and his 'Band of Angels' have very little desire to solve ours. 

JaperJones1918
JaperJones1918

Uh... FREE food, FREE housing, FREE education! I'm TIRED of working 3 jobs, that I enjoy btw, just to support these FREE loaders. I commend governor Deal for not giving out more FREE stuff! Geez! These sorry a55 people work so hard at cheating the system and not having to work they could make a lot of money if they would just find a JOB!

Justineisu
Justineisu

So Gov. Deal has hinted he will allow a statue of Dr. King to be placed on the Capitol Grounds.  What about the thousands of working poor, black, white, hispanic, Asians and others who do not have medical insurance.  

Jke
Jke

Does Sen. Fort feel the same way about the statute of Rev. Dr. King's statue in DC ?

AvailableName
AvailableName

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966 Chicago speech.

"'I think that more than just saying kind thoughts about him we ought to take action ourselves,' said Deal, a Republican. 'That's how we embed truth into our words. I think it's time for Georgia's leaders to follow in Dr. King's footsteps and take action, too.'" 

Governor Deal today at Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

The Governor is running this fall for re-election, perhaps explaining his visit to a famous black church on Auburn Avenue and praise of a man whose footsteps he has no intention of following:

"[T]he Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable and is costing our state $327 million dollars this year....Expansion would add 620,000 people to our taxpayer funded health plan, costing us even more.... [W]e will not allow ourselves to be coerced into expansion. Be assured, I am prepared to fight any intrusion into our rights as a state." 

Governor Nathan Deal. 2014 State of the State speech.

jaggar1
jaggar1

Amazing! Taking a chapter from Obama's book to make promises in an election year pandering to the black population! Nice Deal! It won't work with the 650,000 state workers you have ruined, so let's see if the blacks can be taken. I sure hope not!

PappyHappy
PappyHappy

I have to applaud Gov Deal.  At least he has committed to doing something!  Folks, Jimmy Carter, Roy Barnes, and even Zell Miller did not take such a step. 


We have a tendency to forget that had it not been for the 1960's vintage GOP, the Great Society laws would have never been passed.  While we may not want to hear it, there were individuals like Sen William Fulbright (Ark, and Bill Clinton's mentor) Al Gore's father-- then Senator from Tn, and many others from the southern states, who were vehemently opposed.  It was the GOP at the time who stood with LBJ. 

digdeep
digdeep

SHAZAM  !!...and the Gov. appeared at Ebenezer...Must be close to election time. 

ScottJacobs
ScottJacobs

Hijack alert! The Republicans in Georgia are trying to hijack the name of MLK Jr to "demonstrate" to Georgians that they actually like diversity. Their strategy: to claim that the proposal for MLK Jr recognition in the State capitol is actually a Republican initiative. Ironic that every state-wide office in Georgia is held by a middle aged white man - not a single black, Asian, Hispanic, or woman is represented by the Republican Party. Not exactly the party of MLK Jr.

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

As noted in a previous e-mail, MLK, a son of Georgia, certainly deserves a statue, not just a photo or portrait - but a statue -  on the Capitol grounds. The location once occupied by the Tom Watson statue would be ideal. 


King was a great American and great leader with a moral and just cause, who led a moral and just movement that forced America to live up to its founding creed, ideals, and principles - and he gave his life for it.  And without him, it might have never happened, or it may have happened in a much uglier, violent, and far more divisive way than it did.


However, there should be no licensing fee for using King's image paid to the King children. And this should be part of the planning now - right from the start - or no image.  While King's family may be more than happy and ready to transform one of America's great men, and one of its greatest modern leaders -  a leader recognized and respected world wide -  into a marketable, cash cow and income producing commodity, the citizens and State of Georgia should show more respect and never agree to be part of such an avaricious and shameful arrangement. 


Imagine if the Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, etc. descendants, and the descendants of other great Americans were demanding such a thing.  The mind boggles at what just  the Lincoln descendants might be able to scrounge up by marketing and selling Old Abe's image, papers, and words. It would be a totally unacceptable cheapening and denigration of what these leaders did and what they stood for and risked their lives for. 


This part of King's legacy is shameful, and frankly, how and why and how it is deemed acceptable is really incomprehensible. Did any speakers at Ebeneezer quote King today? If so, did they pay the licensing fee to the family allowing them to do that?  It is not an unreasonable question. 




MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

"In the House that King Built The Reverend Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph.D. Senior Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia. 

Just Spoke on the issue of Governor Deals refusal to Expand Medicaid for Georgia as being WRONG,INSENSITIVE and INHUMANE to the Citizens of Georgia and America.

To a Rousing and STANDING OVATION!"

====================================================


Please join me, and many other Georgians of all races and ages, at the Capitol on Moral Mondays for a rally to try to persuade Gov. Deal to expand Medicaid as part of the ACA. The lives of 650,000 lower income Georgians are adversely affected by their not being able to be a part of regular Medicaid (because their incomes are too high), nor being able to qualify for subsidies with the ACA (because their incomes are too low). They are part of that group of Georgians who fall between the cracks of having their medical insurance costs affordable unless Medicaid is expanded. That is why the ACA originally specified for Medicaid to be expanded in each state, with the federal government footing 100% to 90% of the bill. Gov. Deal had said, in his State of the State address, that he will not expand Medicaid because he does not want the federal government telling this state what to do. That sounds simply like a political consideration, left over from a long-standing Civil War mindset in Georgia, imho, and not a human consideration.

The next Moral Monday rally at Georgia's Capitol will be January 27th, 4 - 6 p.m. Over 200 people came, in the pouring rain under umbrellas, for the first rally held last Monday.  I was one of them holding an umbrella. Please join us next Monday.

http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2014/01/15/moral-monday-georgia-undaunted-by-rain-kicks-off-outside-gold-dome

Chazwootem
Chazwootem

Bunch of bullsht from our so called Gov. Havnt seen this cat in the hood since well never. But with a growing minority population fed up with right wing domination of this state and with Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson on his heels he feels he must do something for MLK.

Honesty I could care less about a statue or park for MLK. I want equal parity in economic contracts to minorities, minority appointments to all the significant committees and state boards. A rollback of right wing policies that stifles the access to healthcare, employment, and economic investment. Do that then your coy visits to the hood would mean something. I'm also tired of Reed and his back room deals with Deal. Reed has done a lot of good, but he's doing so at a political cost for himself down the road.

Chazwootem
Chazwootem

Bunch of bullsht from our so called Gov. Havnt seen this cat in the hood since well never. But with a growing minority population fed up with right wing domination of this state and with Former Jimmy Carter's grandson on his heels he feels he must do something for MLK.

Honesty I could care less about a statue or park for MLK. I want equal parity in economic contracts to minorities, minority appointments to all the significant committees and state boards. A rollback of right wing policies that stifles the access to healthcare, employment, and economic investment. Do that then your coy visits to the hood would mean something. I'm also tired of Reed and his back room deals with Deal. Reed has done a lot of good, but he's doing so at a political cost for himself down the road.

The_SAWB
The_SAWB

So, will the King Family charge a licensing fee for the use of  MLK's name and/or image at the Capitol?

Bernie31
Bernie31

In the House that King Built The Reverend Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ph.D. Senior Pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia. 

Just Spoke on the issue of Governor Deals refusal to Expand Medicaid for Georgia as being WRONG,INSENSITIVE and INHUMANE to the Citizens of Georgia and America.

To a Rousing and STANDING OVATION!

The Third Born Archangel, Raphael ...

uh..huh

Kamchak
Kamchak

Do emoticons work here?


:lol:

ChristianMcNeal
ChristianMcNeal

It must be Election season. First and ONLY time a Regressive shows up at a Black Church.Where was Gov. Deal last year?  

notagain
notagain

No surprise here.Anything for a vote.The people know better.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

The poster below is a disgusting sockpuppet using my screen name.  He is a consistent left wing hypocrite.  I wonder how proud he makes other liberals here with such tactics.  It says a LOT about him, and any defenders he has. 

DS
DS

I applaud Governor Deal for going down to Ebenezer Baptist Church and extending this gesture. I especially like his use of the word "we" in talking about Georgians. We've had way too much "us versus them" in politics.


Of course, it will be up to voters to weigh symbolic gestures versus more meaningful ones, but this is a nice start.

Bernie31
Bernie31

It seems that after Governor DEAL Spoke at the HOUSE that KING BUILT that he could not STAY.

The Heat in the Kitchen was too HOT.

Martin's Angels were Chasing Nathan's Dark SOUL so much that NATHAN had to LEAVE!

LEAVE ASAP!

Good ole Johhny isakkson stayed to enjoy the remaining service but NOT ole NATHAN from Rural South Georgia.  To many PEOPLE of COLOR in his presence makes NATHAN uncomfortable unless they are serving HIM.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

Bernie, your healthcare views are SHAMEFUL and TRULY DISGUSTING for working people of any color.

Kamchak
Kamchak

He will be overwhelmingly reelected by a large landslide. 

Bookmarked for later reference.

Calel
Calel

They can purchase it from the Federal Exchange and get a subsidy. The premium probably won't kill 'em; the deductible will.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@jaggar1Today's Action was not a Play from OBAMA. But one out of the Playbook of the Consummate Two Faced politician Mayor Kasim REED.

Kasim has ALL of YOU HOODWINKED and BAMBOOZLED. You ALL are being played like 

a BASE DRUM during a Thanksgiving Parade down Peachtree Street. 

Kasim and Deal are both political connivers made from the same cloth. By any Means Necessary...By HOOK or Crook.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Classic- Classic FEAR MONGERING of the Worst KIND.....

uh...HUH

The response from those who are behind such FEAR MONGERING is TURN everything over to them and they will Make America RIGHT and Better..

If any of you Believe any of this BS...I have a vey cheap Bridge you should see.

uh...huh


Nothing more than Senseless HAPPY TALK for the uninformed Masses. Why trade one known TERRORIST for another that is UNKNOWN?


uh..huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@PappyHappy YOU POORLY informed too! ALL of these Politicians have made it a point to Honor Dr. King on his Holiday. The difference with DEAL he is finally doing it for the first time in an Election CYCLE.


To be honest with You, all KNOW if were NOT for Jason Carter's STRONG showing, Deal would have been a NO SHOW to day as well. As he has been the past 3years and BEFORE!


No SUPPORT AT ALL for Dr.KING and his LEGACY.


Southern Politicians like Deal from South Georgia have a different opinion and mindset on such a CELEBRATION.  One they have Fought against ALL of their Political Lives, just as Deal is doing presently on the expansion of Georgia's Medicaid Refusal.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ScottJacobsThis Jack alert by the Republican Party is in concert with the actions one Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed. Kasim is playing up this hand on Governor Deal's behalf to get a return favor of support from the Georgia Republican Party when Kasim runs for Governor in 2018.


All know Johnny REB will Never VOTE for the Likes of KASIM REED for Governor of Georgia.


Just more political calculations from Kasim to reach this Long held Goal of Becoming Georgia's First Black Governor. Nothing more!


uh...huh.


moe1up
moe1up

@Ficklefan  The King family is deserved of compensation simply because unlike Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, etc. Dr. King was not an official of the government, but yet simply an outstanding citizen. The officials you mentioned all benefited financially from their duties with their positions. Dr. King had no position other than as a minister, which does not compare with the fore mentioned. 

Calel
Calel

What is so moral in asking Deal to take more money from the tax payer to give to the poor? I'm all for helping people, and I think most Americans are. But at some point, some people have to stand up on their own or be made to. We can't keep using the unlimited force of the government to help the poor and gain votes and political power. We do need social safety nets in this country. I get that. But after this demand for a more Medicaid due to a lower requirement bar, people are next going to ask for government-paid pre-k for all children. We have to put limits on what the government's responsibilities are going to be. Back in 2007 when Hillary first announced she wanted to run, she proposed a $5,000 baby bond given to every baby born in this country. (of course we know just which babies she was going to get this bond for, and which parents were going to foot the bill.) Do you believe there are any situations where the government should not be responsible for the individual? Should there be a limit as to how much the tax payer will have to pay to take care of others?

Calel
Calel

@Chazwootem 


When you say you want "equal parity in economic contracts to minorities" and "minority appoinments to all significant committees and state boards," are you advocating for preference based on racial identity? For instance, if two companies--one minority-owned, one not--apply for the same government contract, do you believe the minority company should be awarded the contract? I want to make sure I understand you because I posted a comment about this in an earlier blog.


Also, can you explain how "right wing policies" stifle "access to healthcare, employment, and economic investment"?


Bernie31
Bernie31

@The_SAWB - A Fair question to be asked and ONE that is certainly in NEED of Addressing , in light of their most recent and past Legal entanglements on that subject.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ChristianMcNeal - AMEN....No where Near or thinking of Dr. Martin luther King, JR.

Today's presence comes by the insistence of one MAYOR KASIM REED.

One whose NO Praise should be Given or acknowledged for his calculating Political Correctness.

Without Kasim's very Vocal request an appearance by DEAR LEADER would have NEVER HAPPENED!


fer sure....

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DS   -  Such Backwards Thinking as YOURS and Governor Deal is what has contributed to the wholesale Backward operation and Thinking of the People of Georgia.

A DAY whose TIME is FAST approaching its END. The Injection of YOUTH and Wisdom by the Likes of Jason Carter is Georgia's FUTURE.

Not NATHAN DEAL and his SMALL TOWN MINDSET.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DS - Such Meaningless Plattitudes have been PAID in TRIBUTE to DR. King since his egregious MURDER in 1968 (46) FORTY-six years AGO.

Such words from this Governor mean Nothing for the Hundreds of Thousands of POOR  & NEEDY Georgians. Many whom are overwhelmingly, CHILDREN, SENIORS,DISABLED, MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ,VETERANS and MOTHERS.


All who by a single stroke of the PEN from Governor DEAL would bring millions of Smiles,Joy,Happiness and Good Health.

But this Governor says NO...I do not CARE about these Georgians at ALL. But if you are a Billionaire business MAN, I will help you to find and obtain 1.2. BILLION DOLLARS in FUNDING so that WE can Build Your NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM and then give it to YOU for FREE.


WE AS A NATION ARE LIGHT YEARS FROM A "NICE START". It's TIME to PUT those Beautiful Words of NOTHING in to ACTION and get something DONE!


Governor DEAL is far too Late and He DOES NOT CARE...for anyone but NATHAN. DEAL's presence was PURELY OF SELF ABSORBED Political Nature for his oWN personal well being and Benefit.


Not, Dr. KING'S


uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Kamchak -  ME Too....This ONE is unaware of the many Thousands of PRAYERS that are beig said This very moment that such a reality does NOT come to PASS.


God WILLING....

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Calel I suppose spending  (2) TWO MILLION DOLLARS a WEEK for (12) TWELVE LONG YEARS in Afghanistan is OK with YOU as well?

If America can afford such an expense for a People who are NOT her CITIZENS then surely she can AFFORD Healthcare for her OWN?

Now calculate how much America has spent and plans to spend in that Hell Hole of a Nation. The Place where Empires go to DIE.

Chazwootem
Chazwootem

If you have to ask what parity means for economic investment, healthcare, and appointments, you just wasted another one of those brain cells. You should stop one more thought and you will be on empty for brains. Also, parity does not mean you choose one over the other, it means you have equal representation of all. Really!!!!!!

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Kam my doppelganger, the fake centrist, has a long and painful history on these blogs of making wildly inaccurate predictions.  Hearing his prediction of a Deal landslide is good news for Jason, since he's always ALWAYS wrong.

Calel
Calel

@Bernie31


No, I was not in favor of war spending either.


So now that we got the whole war issue and Bush out the way,  maybe you can answer the question I asked of the original poster. 



The-Centrist
The-Centrist

<smile>

My bad, Danny, I should have included a comma after "Kam"...

DannyX
DannyX

@Kamchak


I must pay attention!  I love the doppelganger, spot on.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DannyX  

Kamchak is "ALWAYS wrong"? 

The reference was to The_Centrist, and not me.

DannyX
DannyX

@The-Centrist, 

Kamchak is "ALWAYS wrong"?  Hardly.  


You on the other hand recently predicted the government shutdown was not going to happen and was just a dreamed up fantasy created by the liberal media!  That was the worst prediction ever made on these blogs.  Well, maybe not quite the worst ,your bff td's prediction of a Romney landslide probably edges it out, but not by much.  LOL



Kamchak
Kamchak

@The-Centrist 

I wouldn't be at all surprised with a Deal reelection, but a landslide? We will see.

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