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Emory backtracks: DeKalb never threatened sewer cutoff over Ebola virus

  • 9:54 am Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

Updated at 2:30 p.m.: Emory University just issued a statement backtracking on a claim made in today’s New York Times, that DeKalb County had threatened to cut off sewer lines if it wasn’t satisfied over the disposal of waste from two patients being treated for the Ebola virus.

From Vincent Dollard, Emory’s associate vice president of health science communications:

“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols [More]

Legislative tip sheet: Protecting dead people, then lunch with Chris Christie

  • 8:11 am Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The House and Senate gavel in at 9 a.m.

The calendars are light in both chambers to make a quick exit possible. The Senate has scheduled no committee meetings.

A House subcommittee will take up SB 383, a measure that says coroners can’t keep items found with people who die. We assume this involves completely dead people, rather than mostly dead people.

Qualifying for elected office ends at noon. Elsewhere on the political calendar, Govs. Chris Christie and Nathan Deal host a luncheon at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, to benefit the Republican Governors Association. Entrance fee is $10,000 and upwards.

State Democratic [More]

Paul Broun, Democrats demand other Republicans join impeachment conversation

  • 9:06 am Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

We have an odd convergence this morning. Both U.S. Rep. Paul Broun and Georgia Democrats are demanding that other GOP candidates for U.S. Senate join a conversation about the need to impeach President Barack Obama.

Apparently, both see it as a path to Broun’s Senate nomination.

This episode began at a tea party-infused Gilmer County GOP forum for Republican Senate candidates in Ellijay on Saturday, with this question from the audience: “Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented with a vote?”

Broun, Eugene Yu and Derrick Grayson all raised their hands. Karen Handel and Art Gardner [More]

Already a poll question: Did Nathan Deal pass the snow test?

  • 10:12 am Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

One measure of the political importance of Snowjam ’14: On Tuesday night, voters nestled all snug in their Snuggies were already being asked by a pollster to pass judgment on Gov. Nathan Deal.

The outfit, we’re told, called itself Georgia Press Services. The most important questions (paraphrased):

– How do you think Governor Nathan Deal and he Georgia Department of Transportation handled the recent snow storm?

– After the 2011 ice storm, Governor Deal said we failed the test, and said that he would correct the problems made. Did he pass the test?

– Were you affected by the traffic delays?

– How long? Eight [More]

Unlike New Jersey, Georgia’s traffic scandal involved gunfire

  • 6:00 pm Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Washington crowd is still mulling over the impact of a manufactured traffic jam on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s potential as a 2016 GOP presidential candidate.

The Post today is skeptical, saying polling isn’t showing any abrupt decrease in the big guy’s popularity.

It would be tempting to say that only in the New York-New Jersey corridor could such things happen. But an AJC colleague has reminded me that we had something similar erupt a few years ago.

But, this being the South, gunfire was involved. Deer slugs, more specifically. A traffic signal died under mysterious circumstances. The piece below dates [More]