Posted: 8:51 am Friday, August 15th, 2014

The local push to hold the Democratic National Convention next door 

By Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein

Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young still plays an

Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young still plays an outsized role in Democratic politics. AJC file photo.

Now that Republicans have picked Cleveland as the site for their 2016 national convention, the sweepstakes is on for the Democratic bash. And one prominent Georgia Democrat wants the event to be held next door.

From AL.com comes word that former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young endorses Birmingham’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention in two years. The former Atlanta mayor said the South’s changing demographics make it a prime spot for the party gala.

From the story:

The former mayor has experience with the Democratic National Convention. Atlanta hosted the 1988 convention at the end of Young’s tenure.

The convention was a turning point for the city, Young said. Hosting the Democratic National Convention also led to other opportunities for Atlanta, most notably the 1996 Olympic Games, Young said.

The national attention on and mass of visitors in Birmingham the week of the 2016 Democratic National Convention could draw massive investments to the city, Young said. Following Atlanta’s 1988 convention, Atlanta received similar financial benefits, he added.

“After the convention, the money just began to flow in, and jobs, investment and we’re still struggling to contain it,” Young said. “Our schools got better.”

Young remembered that 50 years ago, when Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Johnson had commented that, “We probably lost the South for 50 years.”

“Well 50 years are up. It’s time we come back and reclaim the South,” Young said.

The Alabama city, and its struggles with the civil rights movement, holds symbolic significance for the party. But if faces stiff competition from New York; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia and Phoenix.

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Former President Jimmy Carter this week referred to those who deny global warming as “nutcases.” Gov. Nathan Deal, who is tying everything the ex-president says to his gubernatorial challenger, had an interesting response. Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political Insider BlogHere’s what he told WABE:

“It is a dangerous policy and if people are subscribing to a cap and trade policy that President Carter is advocating than they should think very hard about having a governor who supports that,” said Deal.

He added no one should be referred to as nutcases.

“If he wants to use that classification than I guess I fit,” said Deal.

When asked to clarify, Deal said he believes in global warming but doesn’t know whether or not it’s man-made.

“It is an argument and a debate that will continue in this country and I have no reason to become engaged in it other than to say I’m the governor of this state. I’ll try to protect the ratepayers on their utility bills and I’ll try to make sure we remain competitive,” said Deal.

Jason Carter’s campaign manager, Matt McGrath, quickly poked fun at the governor’s response:

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Republicans have unleashed another brutal attack ad targeting Rep. John Barrow of Augusta, the perpetually threatened Democrat. It features a local resident, Amy Parris, connecting Barrow’s votes to President Barack Obama’s administration.

See for yourself above. Katie Prill of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is boosting GOP businessman Rick Allen, sent us over this addendum:

“John Barrow has spent his political career in Washington voting with Barack Obama for more government spending and that has left the taxpayers footing the bill. Georgia families deserve a representative who is looking out for their bottom line and not someone like John Barrow who has only furthered the spending addiction of Congress.”

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State Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican who sits on the House’s budget-writing committee, sent us a snappy response to Democrat Jason Carter’s education funding plan. The gubernatorial candidate said he can start reversing billions of dollars in austerity cuts to Georgia’s education funding formula by finding a “giant amount of waste” to cut in the state budget.

Said Rynders:

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, we made the tough decisions over the last few years to cut spending instead of raising taxes, despite cries from Georgia Democrats. Now the Democratic nominee for governor has taken a new approach. What he lacks in specifics, he makes up for in rhetoric. Since he has pledged new revenue to transportation and education spending, one can only assume he has already identified his ‘giant amount of waste’ by cutting spending or even eliminating entire programs in healthcare, public safety and rural economic development. I look forward to seeing his detailed spending proposal.”

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Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, snagged some attention Thursday for promoting his Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act as the nation’s eyes turned to Ferguson, Mo., and the police actions there. But Johnson was not simply riding a news wave. He wrote an op-ed on the issue in March.

You can read his full bill here, which a spokesman said Johnson will introduce in September. Here’s what your local P.D. would no longer be able to get from the Pentagon:

(A) Automatic weapons not generally recognized as particularly suitable for law enforcement purposes, including those that are .50 caliber or greater.
(B) Tactical vehicles, including highly mobile multi-wheeled vehicles, armored vehicles, and mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles.

(C) Armored drones.

(D) Aircraft.
(E) Flash-bang or stun grenades.
(F) Silencers.

But Ferguson would have to change a lot of minds in order for this to have a shot.

When the House passed a Pentagon funding bill in June, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., introduced an amendment that would ban transfers of “aircraft (including unmanned aerial vehicles), armored vehicles, grenade launchers, silencers, toxicological agents, launch vehicles, guided missiles, ballistic missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, or nuclear weapons.” The vote failed, 62-355.

It did attract an interesting mix of Georgians in favor, though: Johnson; John Lewis, D-Atlanta; John Barrow, D-Augusta; Paul Broun, R-Athens; and Jack Kingston, R-Savannah all voted yes.

63 comments
StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Mean while Texas governor Rick Perry (R) has been indicted on corruption and abuse of power charges, soon Nathan Deal soon.  Tick tock tick tock.

Astropig
Astropig

As Mr. Spock would say...Fascinating.

Reading these comments it is apparent that this is just a bunch liberal oddballs talking to one another all day. No real give and take-just a group of bitter,perpetually unhappy fringers clinging to their hate of Republicans.This could be a clue as to why they hold no statewide offices in Georgia. Hate will only take you so far, I guess.

Rhettbutler
Rhettbutler

Smart a......ss white boy here.....the demorats are in minority status here in Georgia....serves em right...took down our flag......paid the price...oh I'm a good ole rebel...

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

 But, the Governor did demonstrate that President Carter's characterization was incomplete; although I am not suggesting that willful ignorance and "nutcase" are necessarily mutually exclusive.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Andrew Young should be right at home in Birmingham, they have a broken sewer and water system, high crime rate' City Administration corruption, all the things he left Atlanta with when he left the Mayors office here.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

First Jimmy " Peanut " Carter sat in the White House back in the 70's telling us we should all put on more clothes to keep warm and save energy, now he must be thinking about having another press conference telling us to take off out clothes due to global warming. Sure hope he don't take his clothes off his wrinkled butt because anyone looking would throw up.

notagain
notagain

I don't see how the cows sleep with all the fluctuation going on.If hot air is the cause then I would think TD would be some to blame...

Bernie31
Bernie31

Rick...Oh Rick Perry....looks like the Dreams of the Oval Office will always be a Dream....

Bwahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Look who de Abuser Of Power Now!

God don't Like Ugly...and Dem Republicans is some Very Mean, Nasty and Hateful Folks!

uh...huh

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

I've previously thought of Nathan Deal as a nutcase--global warming notwithstanding. Meanwhile, NYC, Philly, Columbus and Phoenix, as opposed to Birmingham? None of these places offer much appeal. Hotel rates will be astronomical in all of those places and Birmingham is...well, its Birmingham. That about says it all. Nothing to see, nothing to do there.

How come there aren't any other alternatives? If not, I think I'd rather have what's behind Door Number 3.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Andy ain't NO SAINT! Andy has misled the People of Georgia on many Subjects and many Times. De last time we heard de Lies of Andy Young was dat SPlost DOT Vote Lying Game  by Andy,Governor Yella Teeth and de Baby makin Mayor, Darkness of Atlanta.

Dey all was trying ta sell a BILL of GOODS nobody was BUYIN.  No Body but DEM! and all de Friends and Family Program dey is Members of and you can bet dey belongs ta quite a FEW!  De Biggest one is called de Cascade Road Mafia. Dem folks done got stealin down ta a ART FORM. Dey is alwways smilin when dey is stickin ta Ya!  always dem Big Grins!  I gets scared when I sees dem, cause I knows dere is sumpin dey gittin and none of ya'll know, Bout it but DEM! dis is how dey operate. In de weeds, in de dark, in de back rooms. Away from Ya'll Prying and nosey EYES. dis is DEY world dey Say. de rest of you is jest squirrels ta dem tryin ta get a NUT! You is Nuthin ta dem but de next paycheck! and dey plan ta Git it too! even if dey have ta run over all of yous ta do it.


De last one we know BOUT is de $800K paid to dat former Mayor Shirley. She wouldn't out de office foe (4) Years fore She gots a Piece of dat Atlanta Trolly Boondoggle, ya'all gots ta Pay fer til de end of time. When did Shirley get hur Trolly Track layin certificate ta do DAT?

She was de Mayor fer (8) eight Years! when did she Train fer Track layin? Ya'll don't know do ya? Me either but she de Trolly track Layer ya'll paid her ta do....How bout dat?


None of Ya still dunno if it work and how much it goin cost all of YER!  It ain't goin be CHEAP either! its goin cost a HEAP a MONEY!  A Pile of it! meybe as high as dat Gold Dome where King Yella Teeth rule from. Ya cant trust dese folks!  Ya jest can't. 

Dey is My peoples but dey is different...dey be fer dem selves all de time...and fer dey Friends, Church members, Frat Brothers, Sorority Sisters, Associates known and unknown. Bizness folks too! they gots de hot line ta DEM. None of you stand a Chence wit dis crowd. Dey know MO way fore YOU, Always!


So Andy called on Jim ta get his MUG plastered wit de Children, so dat you can Believe sum MO lies from Andy.


Andy got his Pockest Stuffed ta de Brim long time ago, so don't worry Bout HIM. He jest now keepin his hand out for MO, whereever he kin GIt it!


and Dats de Truf.

Starik
Starik

Two points; Deal is dependent on the nutcase vote, at least the right-wing nutcases, and certainly isn't going to alienate them.


Second, does Birmingham have enough decent hotel space?  Atlanta was marginal in 1988.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

The DNC convention should be held in Philadelphia.  It provides a backdrop for an amazing theme: resisting tyranny.


People often forget what colonies were: they were corporations designed to raise money for the crown and its conquests.  The parallels between then and now are frightening.  Conservatives everywhere in America have been working to push everyone into a box wherein their labor and toil is for the benefit of the few aristocrats. Even more degrading is their work to establish an Evangelical Christian state at the expense of individual liberties from religion.  

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

Well, the Guv finally admitted he fits Jimmy's description of "nutcase" as someone who doesn't know whether global-warming is caused by man. I'd like to think he's smarter than that and is just pandering, but that's still an incredible and awfully irresponsible thing to say. Guess he's willing to buy votes like this rather than think about his children's and grandchildren's future.

honested
honested

"global warming is happening, but I don't know why. If taxes will be necessary to make it stop, Georgians would rather die" former governor 'shady' deal.


Is there a medical diagnosis for individuals and groups who would rather eliminate the resources necessary to live than to accept the fallacy of their ideology?


I do believe President Carter again hit the nail on the head!

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Frankly, I am a little surprised the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act  failed by such a large margin.


Further proof that conservatives don't really believe in small government and that they, too, love unnecessary pork.


It is also proof that many of the Democrats in Congress have lost sight of some of the more important progressive values...like understanding the nature of escalation and the danger of empowering local leos with guns rather than education.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

"Deal said he believes in global warming but doesn’t know whether or not it’s man-made." OK Gov. Deal, forget cap-and-trade, tell us what you plan to do in either case.  


We can agree that "no one should be referred to as nutcases, but neither should they be called socialist-communist.

DS
DS

"Deal said he believes in global warming but doesn’t know whether or not it’s man-made."

Clueless. Absolutely clueless. Deal would rather bend over and bury his head in the sand than face problems head-on.

The other day, Deal bragged that he was decisive, not "wishy washy." Obviously that was a lie.

In earlier times, politicians from both parties were able to face problems head-on, make difficult choices and come up with workable solutions. That's how acid rain and ozone depletion problems were solved, without harming the economy either.

Reducing carbon pollution requires similar decisiveness and no-nonsense straight talk. Deal doesn't have it.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Now that Republicans have picked Cleveland as the site for their 2016 national Convention

 “Now, when you die and get to the, get to the, uh, to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor,” Kasich said. “Better have a good answer.” John Kasich (R) Ohio Governor On why he expanded Medicaid in Ohio.  

Ohio is already in the Dem column so the only thing that will come out of this is John Boehner (R) Ohio the next day with another hangover crying.

honested
honested

Why would anyone even want to drive through Birmingham much less stay there for anything?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Astropig

...just a bunch liberal oddballs talking to one another all day.

Self described El Rushbo ditto-heads say, "What?"

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

I don't hate Republicans...or anybody else. They, and their conservative bretheren, are haters, and that I can not respect.

You need look no further than the conservative position on civil rights to understand the position held by progressives. We believe liberty is for all, conservatives only believe liberty belongs to them. So they do things like ban the right of contract, free exercise, and due process to those who they dislike.

Hating a people and not respecting them are qualitatively different.

honested
honested

@Infraredguy 

Which party is it that provided Birmingham and it's surrounding county with those gifts?

Charles50
Charles50

@Infraredguy I don't know, but maybe if we had put on more clothes when he told us to we wouldn't have to take off more now.  You must enjoy your winter time gas bills,  

td1234
td1234

@SouthGeorgiareader Cow fluctuation causes more global warming than driving cars so how can you say it is all man made?  

honested
honested

@DS 

I believe the 'economic damage' argument is directly traceable to the current campaign contributors. The argument relies on believing that the viability of the world rests on ensuring that those with a solid revenue stream for energy generation today maintain a solid revenue stream forever. It ignores the simple and obvious fact that NEW technologies have become cost effective and competitive but shift who receives the revenue.

Close examination of Campaign Contributions from those engaged in coal production and transportation as well as those engaged in centralized energy production help explain why politicians are able to believe that darkness is light.

MoFaux
MoFaux

@honested I actually like it and have enjoyed myself there many times.  I've usually gone there to see musicians perform at a few different venues, but I kind of dig the small (and fairly clean) city vibe.  If you enjoy art, I guarantee you will not be disappointed in their art museum.  I've driven there solely to visit the art museum (although, to your point, it was a day trip, not an overnight stay).  Oh, almost forgot...if you happen to remember the old Cuban sandwich shop (Kool Korner) that used to be near Georgia Tech (best Cuban sandwich EVER), they packed up and moved to Birmingham several years ago.  I have not visited them since they moved, but I've actually heard of people making a trip over there just to eat at Kool Korner.

DS
DS

@td1234

You're right, cattle herds release methane into the atmosphere, and it accounts for some global warming. Scientists argue over how much, and they're working on ways to reduce it by changing what cattle are fed.

But fossil fuel power plants contribute a lot more greenhouse gases than livestock herds. A cap and trade program could be used to gradually reduce power plant emissions without spiking energy costs or killing our economy.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Cow fluctuation[sic] causes more global warming than driving cars so how can you say it is all man made? 

Got proof?

td1234
td1234

@MoFaux They also have the countries largest gun show every year. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@MoFaux @honested They do have a good museum which includes a solid selection of contemporary art in their temporary galleries.

honested
honested

@MoFaux @honested 

Oh well, learn something every day.

But I'm still not likely to make the trip anytime soon.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @SouthGeorgiareader  ...and anyone who thinks there would be as many cows on earth if we didn't raise them for burgers and steaks has never ever worked around them, Trust me, td, few of them would survive without our fences and barns and pastures....

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak UN report states it so if you choose not to believe them then it is on you. Google is your friend. 

td1234
td1234

@Baumer_1 @td1234 Who is to say there would not be as many cows if man was not here are earth? 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@td1234


the population of cows didn't just up and decide to reproduce at such a rate, eat anti-biotics and corn, and establish mcdonalds restaurants everywhere.


that is all caused by man.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

TD1234

"Google is your friend"


Do you have even ONE original thought under that tin foil hat?

Kamchak
Kamchak

UN report states it so if you choose not to believe them then it is on you. Google is your friend.

(shrug)

Your assertion, you provide proof, sport.

Had you merely posted no you had no proof, you could've saved yourself about 20 words.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

Td1234

By gosh, you are a freak...never cease to amaze (like the old covers of Madd magazine).

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JohnBoy10 

Do you have even ONE original thought under that tin foil hat?

Seeing that he has bragged repeatedly about starting a Let's All Get Together And Listen To Rush Limbaugh On The Radio Club at Kennesaw State, I'm gonna go with "no".

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak "In a 2006 United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization report, it claims that the livestock sector, most of which are cows, "generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport."

NWGAL
NWGAL

@Baumer_1 @td1234 There's your clue. Reasonable mind. As Plato said (and Shakespeare repeated), "Empty vessels make the loudest sound."

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@td1234


and yes, that is me saying you are not reasonable.


to spell it out: you are incapable of using the faculties of reason.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

Must have been ages ago...I thought TD was an old man. I guess it is simply his mindset that is decrepit...

Kamchak
Kamchak

...it claims that the livestock sector...

Now you've moved the goalposts from "cow fluctuation"[sic] to livestock and you've offered no data comparing gases released from "cow fluctuation"[sic] or livestock to gases released from "driving cars". 

I may have been born at night sport, but it wasn't last night.

The_Real_Centrist
The_Real_Centrist

@Baumer_1 @td1234   Remember, td1234 is a self-admitted Repubturd and birther.  Despite evidence to the contrary, he does not believe that Obama was born in the U.S.  He also believes that Obama is a Muslim and not a Christian.  Well, I guess he can believe whatever he wants to, but that certainly doesn't mean that it is the truth.