Posted: 10:06 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Atlanta Braves tighten gun policy at Turner Field 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Sure, they can do this in Atlanta. The question is whether it will fly in Cobb County. From Channel 2 Action News:

Here’s the quick recap from the Associated Press:

The Atlanta Braves will no longer allow some off-duty police officers to carry guns at Turner Field, which has prompted objections.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogUnder the team’s new policy, off-duty officers from jurisdictions that don’t include Turner Field will no longer be allowed to bring firearms into the stadium.

Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins tells WSB-TV that the policy change will make the ball games less safe, adding that “armed good guys stop armed bad guys.”

Jerry Henry, of the gun owner advocacy group Georgiacarry.org, called the new policy ridiculous.

The Braves said off-duty officers from departments in the stadium’s jurisdiction, such as Atlanta police officers and Fulton County sheriff’s deputies, may still bring weapons to games if they register them first with Atlanta police.

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Jack Kingston and his beat-up station wagon are out with a new TV ad this morning, highlighting his demand that able-bodied welfare recipients get a job. No mention of the Republican Senate candidate’s corollary that school kids should push brooms in order to earn their free lunches:

Kingston, in the script:

 “Hard work built our economy but today too many choose a hand out rather than a hand up.

“That’s why my plan requires able-bodied adults on welfare and food stamps to work for their benefits. It’s good for them and for taxpayers.”

***

It’s clear now that despite Gov. Nathan Deal’s support for an overhaul of the ethics commission, no help for the agency he called “broken” is on the way until next year.

We asked him why he took executive action on a range of other issues after the legislative session but chose not to intervene in the dysfunctional commission. His response:

“There is a separation here that you have to respect. The campaign finance commission is a separate and independent agency and I think people should understand that, even though appointments are made by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker … they’re not subject to the direction and the control of the legislative or executive or judicial branch of government.

“To arbitrarily and unilaterally intervene by the executive branch and try to tell them what to do would be inappropriate. It goes too far and it fails to respect their independence. And everyone who is talking about wanting ethics reform, they want them to be even more independent. And the proposal I have made will make them more independent. It’s a balance you have to reach. But if you try to overstep your authority into an independent agency, that is just cause for criticism. And I have tried to avoid that.”

In other words, never mind what that Fulton County jury verdict suggested.

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The data miners at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight are up with an interesting analysis of what President Obama’s approval rating means for Democratic candidates in key Senate races across the country. The answer: Not as much as early polling suggested.

Michelle Nunn, they reckon, right now has a 44 percent chance of winning, with or without Obama’s overt backing.

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Our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon dug deeper into the campaign finance reports of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, and former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, who are locked in a competitive Democratic primary in the Fourth Congressional District.

He found that most of Johnson’s money came from political committees. He received contributions from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and PACs for Home Depot, United Parcel Service and Wal-Mart.

All of Brown’s money came from individuals, including the Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church; former Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman, now a government consultant; and Billy Dahlberg, former CEO of the Southern Company, the Atlanta-based parent company for Georgia Power. Dahlberg has donated in the past to Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Charlie Norwood.

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Washington-based Roll Call visited Marietta the other night for a look at the Georgia Senate race and, like seemingly every national publication, focused on Rep. Paul Broun. Reporter Kyle Trygstad found a subdued firebrand:

Broun, known widely for his controversial comments on evolution and other topics, sat stoic and expressionless on the dais as four other Georgia Republican hopefuls professed their conservative credentials. Each time the moderator called on him, Broun took a slow, deep breath before calmly — though sometimes haltingly — laying out his views and record on a range of issues.

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Alan Abramowitz, the Emory University political scientist, in a post at a blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science, writes that national politics on this side of the water has entered a period of extreme stability. Summarizing the future of presidential elections:

The national popular vote margin is likely to be close but the large majority of states will be won by a decisive margin and voting patterns will be very stable from election to election.

The nonwhite share of the electorate, and especially the Latino share of the electorate, will continue to grow. States with large and/or rapidly growing Latino populations will show continued movement in a Democratic direction as Latinos gain citizenship and are mobilized into the electorate.

Unless the Republican Party finds a way to substantially increase its share of the nonwhite vote, Republican candidates will be at an increasing disadvantage in future presidential elections. This means that Republican candidates will only be able to win these elections if short-term factors tilt strongly in their favor.

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Both the Republican and Democratic state parties have settled on next Thursday, April 24, as a day for massive fundraising dinners.

Republicans will hold their Georgia Victory 2014 bash, featuring Gov. Nathan Deal, GOP chairman John Padgett and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, at 103 West in Atlanta. Entry will cost a minimum of $1,000.

Democrats will be housed at the Georgia World Congress Center. But they’re moving to a bigger room. From an email sent Wednesday:

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve received for our Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, we’ve outgrown our original room (for the second fundraiser in a row!) and will now expand the ballroom to include a number of new tables.
Since we have the extra space, we are selling a limited number of general admission tickets for $150.

64 comments
BigHat
BigHat

When everybody has a gun, we won't need cops; at Turner Field or anywhere else.  

bsarah1
bsarah1

THEY'RE moving to a bigger room --- Not "their."

PSWallace
PSWallace

I think the esteemed Emory professsor might be quite possibly correct, and I am sure there will be more than enough voices on the left delighted at the functional vote dispossession/dilution of descendents of those who founded the nation--they of the Left will think it just, karma to be paid by the living for what they consider ancestor crimes--but the fact is a majority based upon fruits of illegal immigration will be and is illegitimate.

NightWatcher
NightWatcher

With so many law agencies covering the area of Turner field, what does this actually accomplish?   Take a gander at just how many agencies have legal authority to enforce laws in that area: City of Atlanta PD. Fulton County PD.  Fulton County Sheriff. Fulton County Marshals, Capitol Police, State Patrol, MARTA PD, Georgia State University PD, Georgia Tech PD, Military Police, US Postal Service Police, and probably others like FBI, GBI, CSX and NS Railroad Police, 


All of these agencies are allowed to do things like traffic stops at Turner Field, if they want to.  Excepting perhaps the MPs and *BI, but most of them don't bother with that.  They can, though.  If they can enforce one law, they can choose to enforce any.  And by the same token, they can be "off duty" at the ballpark if they want. 


The real story here is that we have too many overlapping agencies in Atlanta.   Good luck to anyone ever managing to condense this into a more logical arrangement.  


JaySly
JaySly

the blue wall will not be happy with this rule---they'll do what they want

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

"In other words, never mind what that Fulton County jury verdict suggested."  Exactly.  A jury in most other counties would have made very different suggestions.

Michelle Nunn's much smaller chance of winning (56 - 44) reflects about the margin of her expected loss.  Once a GOP candidate has been chosen, her Nate Silver chances will probably drop.

Abramowitz and liberals ignore Latino politicians like Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and Latinos raising their SES and moving into Republican ranks.


MiltonMan
MiltonMan

"WHY Fear any Middle EAST TERRORIST  when Georgia has its own Home Grown in Jack Kingston who is doing the JOB on behalf of those would LOVE to SEE Americans SUFFER and Do WITHOUT...RICH OR POOR."

Liberal Moonbat alert.  Leave it to a uber-lib to compare more favorably to a terrorist than to a fairly elected american politician.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

The uber-Liberal Nate has Michelle's change of winning at 44%????  That coorelates to the reality of her actually winning at 20%.

Poor liberal moonbats in the Ga 4th - Either have to re-elect the loser Hank (so he can save Guam from tipping over) or the loser Brown.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Unfortunately Oregon doesn't have a baseball team...so I will still pull for the Braves.


I am actually glad they are moving. For two reasons: 1) with their take from the night life the team is creating around the ballpark (which currently does not exist) they will be have those $200million budgets many of their fans lament. 2) And more importantly, the conservative residents of the NorthArc will see first hand how their wealthy-business interest ideology screws over the People.


This will be a boon for the team, and a bust for Cobb County residents.

DHJohnson
DHJohnson

I see the racists are out in full force again. Do I agree with either parties policies all the time? Heck no!!! Do I agree that all abled body people on government assistance should work? Yes!!!!

Bernie31
Bernie31

My question  for Jack when is he going to start EARNING that ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND Dollar plus Salary with another (1) One Hundred Thousand plus in associated Benefits of Taxpayer money he is getting MONTH end and MONTH out?


Jack is an EVIL MAN whose EYES are FOCUSED on the FURTHER Destruction of The Poor & Needy Of America and Georgia. It was Jacks's legislation to CUT Benefits to Needy Americans by the largest amount ever requested by a sitting Congressman.


WHY Fear any Middle EAST TERRORIST  when Georgia has its own Home Grown in Jack Kingston who is doing the JOB on behalf of those would LOVE to SEE Americans SUFFER and Do WITHOUT...RICH OR POOR. 


Surely they LOVE and Support Jack for he is ALWAYS going AFTER AMERICA 'S POOR KIDS. Just like the many SMART BOMBS always seem to find the KIDS in The Middle EAST and does untold destruction. Jack is America's Smart BOMB for America's Poor & NEEDY!!


Drop another ONE JACK!  You missed a FEW more Million American KIDS in making sure they are without FOOD & Healthcare.

They all NEED to be Taught a lesson...All of them! isn't that right Jack?


USA! USA! USA!

Timber64
Timber64

It wont matter what they change as the Braves are moving from the mismanaged city of Atlanta. Soon Turner Field will be a ghost town and they can have their stadium....................

Timber64
Timber64

Don't worry, Turner Field will be a has been once the new stadium is built and leaves the mismanaged city of Atlanta!!!!!!! Soon it will be a ghost town....................

zekeI
zekeI

The policy we should have for anyone that receives welfare, food stamps, adc, wic, snap and all other 'NON CONTRIBUTORY ENTITLEMENTS' should be;


TWO GOOD HANDS AND TWO GOOD FEET- YOU DON'T WORK YOU DON'T EAT!!!!!

TheCarnivore
TheCarnivore

It isn't going to fly in Atlanta or Cobb County.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

“That’s why my plan requires able-bodied adults on welfare and food stamps to work for their benefits. It’s good for them and for taxpayers.”

It would also be good for taxpayers if able bodied congress critters worked for their benefits, instead of campaigning for re-election 6 months out of the year, And 'work' means actually doing something like passing immigration legislation, fixing the conglomeration of loop holes known as the tax code, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure, instead of taking 50 useless votes to repeal Obamacare.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@bsarah1 - Somebody at the AJC is reading these comments, because they quickly fixed their spelling/grammatical error once you pointed it out.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@PSWallace  


When did your ancestors come over? Did they have papers?


Mine didn't.  They just boarded a ship, crossed the Atlantic and moved into a Dutch ethnic neighborhood in Chicago. All they were asked upon arrival was for their names and country of origin.


Of course that is completely different story...isn't it. Because they were white people.  

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@PSWallace   "descendents of those who founded the nation"

Yep, Washington and Jefferson built those plantations, cultivated those crops, picked that cotton til their hands bled, establishing this country.  They had no one to help them at all. Same with those railroad barons, having to lay that track across the country, while lazy shiftless Chinese basked leisurely in the sun all day. Only white folks did any work establishing this country

Kamchak
Kamchak

...but the fact is a majority based upon fruits of illegal immigration will be and is illegitimate.

Ronaldo Reaganendez' 1986 amnesty says, "What?"

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MiltonMan - Jack Kinston Fairly ELECTED? I Think someone needs to go LOOK at the Facts around good ole Jack's Winning Election. It had a smell of a DEAD RAT!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MiltonMan And leave it to good 'patriotic' teatards to praise putin while condemning their own president.

Manman
Manman

@MiltonMan only partisan hacks think Nate Silver isn't a consummate professional statistician. He's probably not far off the mark. Or did the past two presidential elections mean nothing?

Williebkind
Williebkind

@Baumer_1 It must be a hard life to be a socialist/communist in the state of GA.  LMAO

Bernie31
Bernie31

@DHJohnson -
The Majority of those who receive government assistance looks like yer Wife. They already have Full time jobs that do not PAY CRAP, so Becky must get a Part time CRAP JOB and it is still not enough for Healthcare for her and DEM (2) Two kids, John Boy walked OFF and LEFT in the LURCH!


All (30) Thirty Million of them ALL over America. Sounds to me You and Jack should Be LOVERS!


uh.huh.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DHJohnson The 'job creators' have had 12 years of tax giveaway to create jobs. When they start investing that largesse in the US, all able bodied will go to work. In stead of that, though, that money has gone to off-shore accounts,or into precious metals, which does not create jobs.

cc423
cc423

@Timber64 I think Atlanta does an amazing job of managing this City while Republicans from the sticks do all they can to tear it down. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Timber64


I was unaware that Atlanta was mismanaged. The last I looked there is more money and business there than anywhere else in the state.


CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Timber64  Talk about mismanagement and back door politicians?  The City of Marietta and Cobb and Gwinnett Counties are not only the woest in metro Atlanta but probably the Southeast.


The most corrupt and crazy politicians in Fulton County were Republicans.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@zekeI


That is so humane of you to want to starve the children of people on welfare.  I am assuming you are aware that something like 3/4s of all welfare funding goes to children. 


That's fine though, right? Let those children starve, let that starvation cause health issues and keep them from excelling in school.  As a country we must make sure the poor stay poor (heavy sarcasm).


After all, this is a country where you are supposed to be able to pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Where economic status is achieved rather than inherited.  Logically, then, it makes sense that these children aren't given the boots they need to pull themselves up from by their respective bootstraps.


Zekel is just another constitution burning conservative who wraps herself in the flag.  Why do you hate America so much, zekel? 

Williebkind
Williebkind

@AuntieChrist No one like congress!  But who has been incharge for the last 6yrs?  Just another liberal incantation.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

So, "passing immigration legislation, fixing the conglomeration of loop holes known as the tax code, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure" is a liberal agenda?  Aren't you just a little embarrassed to show such ignorance in public?  BTW, that's rhetorical, we all know that teatards love to put ignorance on dispaly every chance they get.

Andy123
Andy123

@AuntieChrist

Oh, so working to you means only passing the liberal agenda?  We see.  Keep being a liberal hack.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@AuntieChrist @MiltonMan - Yep! you gotta love Today's so- called Patriotic Republicans and theIr TEA KOOK supporters who are just in LOVE with The KGB Leader of COMMUNIST RUSSIA. 

Who would have ever guessed that the LAW & ORDER protect America At All cost PARTY, would join in the support of America's MOST Notorious FOE!

The same Communist Nation who has Given Safe Haven and Cover for America's Most TREASONOUS Citizen who Shared some America's most 

Sensitive Secrets with this KGB Leader.

Are we Living in the Twilight Zone or what?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Manman - He made a believer out of me.  His former affiliation with the left biased NYT caused a lot of skepticism, though.

He uses current data for his projections and not what he thinks will trend.  Hence his current 44% for Nunn.  Once Republican drags like Broun and Handel are eliminated from a runoff possibility next month, Nunn's odds will drop.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Williebkind @Baumer_1  


Either you were making a joke or you don't know that those two ideologies are not really compatible.  


Also, I am a 1%er. Even after retirement, I make enough annually from unearned income (aka capital gains) to call myself a 1%er.


Perhaps I just love my country more than you.  Perhaps I love my country so much that I want the law to work for everyone and not just myself.  I love my country and it's People so much that I believe any reform should have the effect of benefiting only the least advantaged.  I love my country so much that I am willing to try dispelling myths about the upper-class (like trickle-down econ and market fundamentalism).


Heck, I don't even believe in god and I act like a better christian than the evangelical fascists in this country.

DannyX
DannyX

@Baumer_1.  Yep, and Atlanta is in the middle of another building boom.  Cranes are everywhere again building new condos, hotels and offices, several more getting ready to start.  The Ponce City Market is one of the largest private construction projects in the US right now.  They are building the new College Football Hall of Fame and Civil Rights Museum downtown, and a brand new stadium that will host Super Bowls, NCAA football and bowl games, basketball finals and a new pro soccer team.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Williebkind @AuntieChrist  OK...Who?  Boehner has been Speaker since 2010, and Reid let the GOP filibuster since then too.  The Koch's admitted spending $60 million on defaming Pelosi, who got things passed for working Americans and women.  Think about it,  Congress' approval dropped like a rock with only one change in leadership...Boehner..

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Williebkind Sad that you never finished high school, else you would have learned that we have 3 branches of government, with a bicameral legislature. When one house of congress just votes to repeal the same bill everyday, and does nothing else, not much gets accomplished.

Williebkind
Williebkind

@AuntieChrist So typical liberal hogwash, who said not to pass immigration reform?  You dont like the reform that is asked to become law so you deny the existance of any effort.  What a joke your are.  Conservatives have offered flat tax rates but who has ignored it.  C'mon you can guess it.  If you were only as intelligent as the members of tea party you would have an argument.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Andy123


The so called 'liberal agenda' is the only one I have seen crop up in the U.S. that embodies the spirit of liberty and justice. 


Your precious conservative agenda is the greatest threat to America since the birth of fascism. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Williebkind @AuntieChrist@DHJohnson How can anyone not have heard about Obamacare, when the teatards obsess over it and post 300 comments a day condemning it. It must be hard to live with such an obsession, thinking of nothing else but Obama and Obamacare 24/7/365. Any psychiatrist will tell you it is a sign of insanity.


BTW, where in my comment did I mention anything remotely related to Obamacare? Your obsession/compulsion is showing.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Williebkind @Baumer_1 @zekeI  


Putting your head in the sand and ignoring reality doesn't make it go away. 


There are nearly 16 million American children who do not have a secure source of food. If you get your way that number will increase rather dramatically.


Why don't you leave your cookie-cutter suburban home and volunteer at a soup kitchen some day?  Your supposed to be some christian person, right (I am assuming)?  Where is the charity you are charged with providing your fellow humans?

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Williebkind @AuntieChrist  Why are you pretending that liberals haven't passed bills on immigration.  The Senate did, and the Senate wanted to pass tax reform but got filibustered.  


Put the blame where it belongs.  Boehner passed 55 bills repealing Obamacare, but conservatives have not passed one immigration reform bill or one approving a flat tax.  

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Bosstone @Williebkind  Facts, smacts. willie b don't need no stinkin' facts when he has pox news to give him 'truthiness.'

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Williebkind


Ok...I am seeing a pattern here, Willie. You don't know what your talking about. That explains a lot.


Low-information?  Perhaps you should look that term up before throwing it around.  It is very clear that you are operating on low-information considering the fact that you are unaware that one can not be a socialist and a communist simultaneously.  You are just parroting the crap you hear on the radio and from other low-information morons like Ben Carson.


Same goes for your Hitler comments. My family fled that conservative country's influence for the liberal bastions of the United States.


Also, communism is anti-liberal.  Look-it up...if you can read at that level.

Williebkind
Williebkind

@Baumer_1 @Andy123 If the liberal agenda is really exposed to the low information people that you continue to feed and house liberalism might experience the same "enactment act" that Hilter pushed onto the German people.  It will be sad days for liberals/communists.