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South Carolina governor is not so ‘furious’ at Nathan Deal any more

  • 2:33 pm Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has cooled her seething anger over our Snowjam.

We told you this week that the Republican from next door said she was

Well, Columbia’s The State newspaper reported that Haley has called Deal to apologize for the remarks:

“This was not me being furious at Georgia,” she said. “This was me being furious as a sister not being able to get to her brother. I don’t want this to be a state-to-state issue. Gov. Deal did what he thought was best.”

Robinson characterized the two as good friends who don’t hold grudges. It’s quite a contrast from [More]

Nathan Deal tries to turn tables on teacher pay

  • 1:17 pm Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

If you’ve followed this blog, you know of some Republican unrest in Cobb County and other parts of suburban Atlanta over school funding.

“Governor Deal needs to feel uncomfortable,” one Cobb school board member told parents in December. Board chairman Randy Scamihorn declared his school system “broke.”

The idea has been to put some heat on a governor seeking re-election. Now the Nathan Deal campaign is attempting to turn back some of that criticism – with this online petition that points dissatisfied parents to local school boards. From the website:

Every child deserves the opportunity to receive a world class education. [More]

Nathan Deal, Jason Carter report fundraising totals ahead of session

  • 11:44 am Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter had a busy few weeks before the start of this year’s legislative session.

Deal’s campaign said he raised $319,000 in cash and another $3,000 in in-kind contributions between New Year’s Day and Jan. 13, when the General Assembly gaveled itself in. Those two weeks are crucial, as Deal is banned from raising campaign funds during the session. The governor now has about $4.3 million cash on hand.

Carter, who is also restricted from raising money during the session, said he raised about $150,000 in the last two weeks before the session and has amassed [More]

Sonny Perdue: Common Core damaged by the touch of Barack Obama

  • 9:39 am Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

When it comes to Common Core, former Gov. Sonny Perdue has been reluctant to talk about his baby – for he did, in fact, act as midwife to the push for higher, multi-state educational standards in public schools.

“From a partisan point of view, the endorsement of Common Core by the federal secretary of education and President Obama have done more to damage Common Core than anything else. I never heard any opposition or suspicion of Common Core until there was support from the president and his administration.”

His advice for his successor, Nathan Deal:

“I would urge the governor and his education [More]

Legislative tip sheet: Putting probationers on pause

  • 8:51 am Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The House and Senate convene at 9 a.m. today – an early assembly designed for a quick weekend getaway.

The Senate is set to pass the midyear budget.

The House intends to dabble in territory that would be familiar to Charles Dickens. Maybe you saw this recent piece by our AJC colleague Rhonda Cook:

Private probation companies are responsible for monitoring and collecting fines from Georgians who commit misdemeanor crimes, such as traffic offenses and public intoxication, but who cannot pay upfront. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation last month found that such companies have pocketed large fees while, in at least some cases, [More]