Posted: 6:00 am Friday, August 8th, 2014

Georgia Democrats hope to ratchet up ethics pressure on Nathan Deal 

By Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gives his victory speech as first lady Sandra Deal stands by his side at his election night party at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta last week. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal celebrates his primary victory as his wife Sandra stands by his side. Kent Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com

Georgia’s Democrats are poised to put even more emphasis on the ethics questions trailing Gov. Nathan Deal.

The party’s top leaders will gather in Dublin over the weekend, and among their duties will be a quartet of resolutions aimed at solidifying the party’s message. The wording is still under wraps, but the most significant proposal calls on Deal to dip into his own wallet to pay nearly $3 million the state agreed to spend to settle whistleblower lawsuits from former ethics staffers.Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political Insider Blog

The resolutions are largely symbolic, but they offer a glimpse of the party’s platform. You’ll recall that Georgia Republicans carved out their own priorities at a meeting last year, including a unanimous decision to urge state leaders to withdraw from Common Core.

The other resolutions would urge the lifting of finance regulations seen as limiting the party’s growth, promote the importance of education and celebrate women’s engagement in politics.

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Open government advocates can rejoice. Sort of.

As promised, Gov. Nathan Deal’s aides restored dozens of executive orders to his website that were taken offline months ago for “administrative” reasons. The plan was in the works since last week, we’re told, but seem to have been hastened by a wave of negative publicity about the move.

Yet it’s still a work in process. A check late Thursday revealed gaps of a few months where executive orders weren’t displayed.

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More TV air cover for the summer doldrums is on the way for David Perdue in the Senate race. The American Chemistry Council has launched a roughly $700,000 buy promoting Georgia’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

The Washington-based trade association for chemical companies is going on the air in Macon and Savannah, and on cable in Atlanta, said president and CEO Cal Dooley.

The group has weighed in on several other races around the country, and not always for the GOP. The group backed Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, this year because they are friendly to the oil and gas industry, and ran ads for Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, last year.

Dooley told us Thursday he has not met Perdue and only knows him by reputation.

“Usually what we find is people that have that business background are really problem solvers, and that’s what certainly our member companies in our industry want to see more of in the U.S. Senate,” Dooley said.

Add this to the $2.5 million over the next five weeks from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and $750,000 spent since mid-July by Ending Spending Action Fund bashing Democrat Michelle Nunn.

We haven’t seen the ad yet, but ACC’s other work has been positive spots about the group’s champions for job creation, kind of like what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce did for Jack Kingston. And we’re not expecting the Chamber to embrace Perdue anytime soon.

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The head of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control testified on Capitol Hill about the Ebola outbreak on Thursday. Our premium/dead tree piece looks at the experimental ZMapp serum the two patients at Emory University Hospital have received.

In a Q-and-A with the press after he testified, Dr. Tom Frieden was asked about the assertion by “some lawmakers” — including Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta — that the Central American children crossing the Mexican border could be bringing Ebola with them. Frieden was unable to suppress a smirk. He replied:

“That is not happening. As far as we know, the two patients flown in from Liberia are the first two patients ever in this hemisphere to have Ebola.”

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The latest fundraising pitch for Gov. Nathan Deal zeroes in on Democrat Jason Carter’s missed votes in the state Senate as a sign he’s “afraid” to make tough decisions. But it also debuted a new line of attack against his gubernatorial challenger.

“When DeKalb County nearly lost its accreditation, Jason Carter was nowhere to be found,” said the fundraising letter, penned by Deal campaign manager Tom Willis.

We’ll let Politifact debate the merits of this line, but during those heady times we reported that Carter, who represents a chunk of DeKalb, met privately with Deal to help smooth over the governor’s decision.

Here’s a few paragraphs from a story we wrote at the height of that 2013 political battle:

Even as the legal fight thickens, some lawmakers are pressing Deal to back a compromise that would avoid a court battle. Under their plan, the governor’s office would monitor the school board’s progress in a “tightly controlled agreement” if the legal challenges were abandoned.

“There are options other than removal,” said Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter of Decatur, who favors the compromise. “Otherwise, the problem he faces is that there’s fallout in both directions. If he doesn’t remove the board, there’s criticism from people who want them removed. And if he does, you’re removing people who are duly elected.”

Several high-ranking members of DeKalb’s legislative delegation have called for the suspension of several school board members, but others are torn. Carter said he put forth his compromise because although he believes the board’s credibility is shot, he’s troubled at the prospect that elected officials can be ousted.

“The governor and I may have policy differences, but I believe in my heart that he would take very seriously the constitutional questions about this law,” Carter said. “It’s a very tough task to ask the governor to remove people who are duly elected.”

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We’re not sure how they’re going to pull this off, but an off-Broadway show to debut this month features former President Jimmy Carter as a time-traveling peacenik who ventures back more than 40 years to prove his UFO sighting was real.

Yep.

Atlanta Magazine reports that a UGA junior named Isaac Hopkins wrote “Jimmy! A Musical Fable with Almost No Historical Basis” after reading a Wikipedia entry about the UFO sighting.

From the story:

Hopkins plans to extend an invitation to Carter for the premiere, but he isn’t counting on the former commander in chief taking a spot in the audience.

270 comments
Observant1
Observant1

Are there no grownups on this site? Some of the posts sound like middle school playground conversations. 

gwmac
gwmac

Nathan Deal is absolutely sickening. He has been corrupt long before he was governor. How did this crook ever get elected to any office higher than dog catcher? Check this link out for a list of what shady Deal has been up to for over a decade.


http://wp.me/p4Mtol-o6

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

Folks, don't pick on poor td1234.  He's a tired old man with tired and old beliefs. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

What Ya'all don't understand about TD. TD was sent here to Talk Trash and POST! His job is to push down all the Neagtive comments about ole Governor Yella Teeth so when someone comes to visit here all you will see is TD being BEAT UP on!  The goobers see dis and then say I am with with the SHADY,Corrupt, Criminal one cause, he is Like ME!


Take a look below and you will see what I mean.


uh....huh

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

I guess we know that td1234 has a job that depends on Deal getting re-elected and that he does not have to put in much time at the office.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

Totally off any present subject but is this the same woman that Jim called "cute as a button"? Perhaps if the button was attached to The Crypt Keeper.

Deal's wife looks like Grandma Moses.

Charles50
Charles50

Hmmm how convenient that an off-Broadway play featuring the story of Former Carter would be hitting Atlanta right now.  Yeah, sometimes I am a conspiracy theorist.  


As for the issue of J. Carter not doing anything about the School Board, I guess the Guv is WRONG again.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Has anyone seen td1234 or is he still on his soap box cherry picking what post he wants to address?  I am just wondering because I posted the link he wanted with proof of Nathan Deal talking about ghetto grandmothers.  I guess God told Nathan to say that too.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4zfxnSKI3Y

honested
honested

@The_Real_Centrist 

Ain't that the truth.

I do feel sorry for his wife, she must equate Americans with wrong-wing a-holes.

Point
Point

He's stated before he works for DFCS.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Ralph-43 TD is a Nail Shop Owner....The only Goober in Georgia that's got a Nail shop with lots of BOAT People in his employ. You know they all might NOT be on the up and up!

Might have to make that ICE call to check TD's operation out. TD jest maybe running one of them SLAVE RINGS!  making em do Nails for FOOD knowing how cheap TD is.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Ralph-43 td1234 has proven by his post that he is a natural born liar never with any substantiating proof to back up what he claims so that should tell you how much he has posted below about his personal life is true.  How the hell can you have an IT business when you barely know how to use any type of search engine?  I majored in IT and we live and die by search engines that is how we stay in the know about what's going on in the technology world.  Do tell?   It's all a pipe dream

td1234
td1234

@Ralph-43 I guess you do not read my post often. I am self employed and own several companies. It is the middle of the month so 20 plus rental houses need little attention right now. My IT business is in the monitoring systems and answering HD type calls mode at the moment and the lawn business is run by a very good manager. 


The lawn business was put forth by a very progressive blogger a few years ago that kept attempting to state that my job was cutting grass. I wish I could remember who it was so that I could thank him/her for giving me the idea that is paying my monthly house note and will pay for the cruise I will be going on in a few weeks from now. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@SouthernDem - You can't trust what JIM says! Jim Always Gushed over that SHORT,DUMPY MOLE like looking Karen Handel! Jim thought she was the Cat's meow!


She is If you are STINKIN Drunk and Blind! you may want to PUT a Bag over yer HEAD to keep from being offended.


One thing fer sure Ms.Clairol Hair coloring ain't going out of Business anytime SOON!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@SouthernDem - Look at DEM EARS! DEY is HUGE! She can hear ole Yella Teeth Farting a Mile Away! That is the rumor around the Governor's mansion. When SATAN ...I mean Nathan walks around the mansion He FARTS...LOUDLY! and Laughs!


The wait STAFF, jest gets DISGUSTED!  Truly!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@SouthernDem I was thinking More along the lines of CRUELLA! for any WOman who lets her HUSBAND  Deny CHILDREN, Old People, Disabled , Mentally handicapped, Mothers and Veterans is not your Average Mamma Grizzly Bear!  Most Women even the ones with Mean ole Goobers usually say, DAT ain't Riiittte!  Ya Gotta do something for them! 


But Not this one...She just wants another Four Years as the QUEEN and FURST LADY! 

People Bow down to her the First in her Life and she jest Loves every Bit of it!


SO, if  Satan...I mean Nathan wants to Stick to em! why should I get in the way...is her THANKING!


uh..huh.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Southern

Remember that episode of Andy Griffith when Barney dressed up like a bride to throw off Ernest T. Bass? Looks just like Mrs. Deal.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan - Moses cannot Help if a Former CIA MAN is in Charge and screws things UP! Besides Moses would have stayed but the Former CIA man President said If American SOLDIERS get Drunk and Rape our women and tear up something....They going to IRAQI COURT to be Hung or have DEY Head Cut OFF!

President Obama says Ok if that is how ya Feel, we Gotta GO! Cause we all know we gots the RAPING and Abusing Kind in the ranks of the Army and Marines. When they GET DRUNK they may DO one of the MULES standing around! God forbid if there is a (12) Twelve year old is around. Some of em may want to get MARRIED! so we gotta GO!....I cannot  explain to MaryBETH why hur son John Boy go his Head cutoff for Raping a 12 year old in IRAQ!


Thanks for the FINE Leadership And MESS George and the Republican Congressional Leadership got us into!


uh...huh.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MichaelHannigan We had one first...... Lets call this the shrub who screwed us over.


Bush: "Mission Accomplished

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzrJwzYBUkU

JAWJA
JAWJA

@honested @The_Real_Centrist We only have td's word that he has a wife. I kind of doubt he does. I picture him a 45 yr old, no job, living in his mama's basement. 

td1234
td1234

@Point Worked for as in first job out of college. Wife still works for. 

Point
Point

And don't call women sweaty. It's rude.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser @Ralph-43  I seriously doubt you majored in IT. You my friend are a government worker, more than likely for the city of Atl or maybe at Grady since you have been so fast at throwing out those Grady numbers as examples. 


If you graduated with a degree in IT then tell us what category of wiring would you run from a data port to a switch if the office main function was to produce video games? What does Mbps stand for? What does MPLS mean? 


You need to get packed up from your government job and head to the house. LOL

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

@ td1234

Translation: The old boy td1234 id unemployed....

td1234
td1234

@PoliticalOutsider At least Ms. Deal has the excuse of being old. Mary-Michelle-Martin-Nunn is just plain butt ugly just like her idols Hillary & Michelle Obama

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@StraightNoChaser @MichaelHannigan 

SNC- I had thought some good, in-tune, liberal would post the Bush video.  You, sir are right.  Bush was a fool for saying that as well as the Imperial Leader was even more foolish to say what he said.  Neither proved to be right on the matter but that doesn't mean we should have interfered with Saddam Hussein in the first place.  Enough good young men and women have died needlessly for both POTUS's.

Charles50
Charles50

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Ahh can't deal with the truth huh.  At first you wanted to deny that Shady Deal even said it although it's been reported SEVERAL times and now that someone has provided you with actual proof it's not a big deal.  Had this been a Dem you'd be all over it.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Had to listen to it again and he was talking about the Ghetto grandmothers that complained about not having the BC's to be able to register to vote. Well my question is how in the heck did they get welfare then because you have to prove citizenship for that one as well. 

JAWJA
JAWJA

@Point Everybody but td knows; horses sweat, men perspire, and, ladies glow.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser @Ralph-43 You know how to hook up a game so that makes you smarter than my Bachelor of Science in Computer Information System.  When was the last time you took a class or received any new certification?  You do know that technology changes every day so what you learned say five or ten years ago is old and outdated.  I graduated in 2013, now in school for my Masters Computer Information Technology.  Don't even go there td1234 I will eat your a$$ alive.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser @Ralph-43 It took you that long to search for some IT terminology?  I majored in Computer Information System Megabytes per second  (Mbps) is what I have been wasting arguing with you all day.  Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) has nothing to do with what I went to school for which is Object Oriented Programming (JAVA, C++, Visual Basic) but if it make you feel better I did touch on it in my Computer Networking class.  I am a thinker td1234 that is why I am able to pick apart your BS.  What you have listed is typical acronyms that any novice can access on the net this still does not prove you know a damn thing about IT.  IT does not just comprise of what you listed it covers a lot of areas and fields.  Grady is not a government job Mr. Know It All, it is run by a private board of rich people who do use a different bible than you do, with no pension plan so the employees do not mooch off tax payers like a lot of your friends do, including you. Just saying.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @PoliticalOutsider - Being old is NO excuse? This woman has been a MONSTER, since she fell on the floor and hit her Big head at Birth of that SHOT GUN SHACK, she was born in in South Georgia!


She was picked up by her EARS dat is why dey be so BIG!


StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@MichaelHannigan @StraightNoChaser It's mame not sir.  I love the way my name @StraightNoChaser throws posters off.  Love it!!!!  You get no argument from me on that one.  I have been following very closely what the President's response is going to be about Iraq and I was relieved to learn this morning that boots on the ground is not option.  My best friend's brother was the first soldier to die from Georgia, Jamal Anderson.  I talked to her just yesterday on the phone and the pain is still as great today as it was on the day that her family found out.  We may be liberal but we sacrificed too.  Believe that.  That pain never goes away.  It was and still is a useless war for profit.  We never had any business going there.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser 0 for 2 when I just asked for proof? Bed wetting Ed answered a question and then I actually went and found out about the facts. 


What am I 0-2 about? asking questions and asking for proof? 


Now was that white woman plaintiff in the voter id case against the state the "ghetto GM" that Deal was speaking of being an agitator for a common sense law? 

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 Meltdown!!!!!! LOL


Being an A$$ would be correct but then again what politician is not? Ignorant not so much. Racist only in the minds of people that see color behind every bush

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser You just don't get it do you td1234? You answered your own question   "how in the heck did they get welfare" What he did was paint a broad brush over people to appease the people he was talking to because if they were on welfare they would not need an id. As head of this state his comment was very out of line and it is not acceptable.  You can't dress up that garbage can it still stinks.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@StraightNoChaser @td1234 @Ralph-43 - TD can do Nails!  Do you want yer Nails DID? Bring that suitcase TD with all of Dat Nail stuff and show'em what you can do!

TD don't need No Stinkin License either! He don't believe in em.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser I do not even have a degree is IT. My degree is in Education but I worked in the industry before they started even offering it at most colleges. 


Yep it changes everyday but dang those small businesses do not need the best and most up to date platform on their servers (ASP works well) and a basic Cisco router, switch, some cat 5 or cat 6 wiring and a little HTML language training to solve basic problems on the website and a little knowledge of windows sure will make one a good living.  

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser So you work for Grady. LMFAO. Most of the money coming into the Hospital comes into it from government so it is just like a government job and by as much time as you have spent on this site today it is clear they wasted a days pay today because it takes concentration to be an effective programmer. 


The Indians and Chinese do a much better job at programming than you will so I am surprised Grady has not outsourced your job yet. Do not worry Obama, in his comprehensive immigration reform bill, will have your replaced with one of the additional million of H1B visas in the bill.   

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@StraightNoChaser 

 @MichaelHannigan @StraightNoChaser It's mame (sic) not sir.  I love the way my name @StraightNoChaser throws posters off.

It's "ma'am."  We're on both sides of some fences but, it seems, on the same side as this.  As a 26-yr. former Marine, I, nonetheless am anti-war. There is no way any president needs to throw young men and women into combat, with the exception of defending our country.  The towel-heads have been fighting each other for centuries and we will never make a difference.  I can still shoot an M-1 rifle, and with a few alterations, I can don my old uniform and bravely go into battle...that is, if the battle is to protect THIS COUNTRY...not some one else's.


Believe me, I know what pain is.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser I am tired of doing the work for you, I am not on your payroll so this time you provide proof with story and link to this white woman.  You already know I have no problem with using google on your a$$.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Not a meltdown just my Northern roots rearing its head (straight out of Washington DC born and raised) I am what the south calls an outside agitator. Was he talking about your grandmother?  What color should I see when a white man (Nathan Deal) makes such a comment to a room full of other white men (Cherokee County GOP)?  I am sure that when he made the comment he meant it in a loving non racial way.  Yea sure....

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Tell that to a bank when you walk in their with a business proposal.  It might work in your world but in the world of a minority twice (female and black) it's not the case.  We have to have alphabets behind our name and some to even get through the door.  Also, people who have graduated in my field work as project managers so we need to know more than what you posted for that reason as well.  What fortune 500 company or any company for that matter is going to trust their million plus project in the hands of someone with very little knowledge.  That would not be a very smart business decision and if that's what you are doing you are heading down a road of disaster with a big D.  It does not work like that td1234.    

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser I don't work at Grady I just have an interest in the state of Grady because they saved my life when I was in a serious accident.  I am like one of those people you have seen on tv that say "Atlanta can't live without Grady". I am not like the moochers who fly into Grady from rural GA when their ladder breaks or they catch on fire mowing their lawns and then when it's time to vote they vote for a governor like Nathan Deal who is doing everything that he can to hurt Grady.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Got you back on topic which is Nathan Deal and his ethics.  Call it what you want but you are supporting a unethical racist for governor, your modern day Robert Byrd.  LOL

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser You can agitate all you want but it does not matter on the outcome of the race. 


"Was he talking about your grandmother?" 


I do not and you do not know because he did not say "Black ghetto grandmother" he said "Ghetto grandmother". If my GM lived in the "Ghetto" and was complaining then yes he would have been speaking about her as well. 


Matter of fact if I am not mistaken, wasn't one of the plaintiffs in the case brought by the NAACP and the ACLU against GA white woman? Was this the "Ghetto GM" he was referring too?  

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Calm down sweaty and take a breath. You are a victim of your age and not of race or gender. When I went into the business there was no such thing as a degree in IT so when you walked into a bank and sat down with the loan department all you had to do is to show them that you were attempting to give the neighborhood Dr's office the same capability as they have with their mainframe system. . Remember this is back in the day before all the bank mergers and you went to church with many members on the banks board of directors. Yes, I have one of those Microsoft PMP certifications from way back in the day and it did not teach me very much in a practical sense but it did allow me to use a more techie vocabulary and I have seen and hired many, many kids with all the new tech degrees some good and some bad but most of those degrees do not train the person in what I do. Give me one of those kid hackers that has built their own computer, server and wired their own house most any day and I will show you someone that can make some money running their own business.  


As for fortune 500 companies I decided a long time ago that dealing with them was not my cup of tea. I would much rather deal with my local Dr's, local restaurants and flower shops .  



Point
Point

How's that discrimination lawsuit coming along for the young lady who defended deals grandmother comment?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser - Td All know how DIS Yella Teeth Governor is. He Hates dem women Folk! especially the Black ones wit lots of Chilren! He hates DEY stinkin GUTS! 

He thanks dey ALL need to be Back in da FIELD! Ain't dat riiiite BOSS Man?

Jest axe Kasim he will tell you. Cause the ones as DARK as Kasim, he HATES DE MOST!


uh.huh.