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As a transplanted Ohioan, one of the difficulties I have is dealing with the transparently corrupt and buffoonish behavior of many elected officials in Georgia.  Not that corruption is unheard of, or even rare, in Ohio, but at least they try to hide it.  Not so, our dear Governor, Nathan Deal.  For the fascinating details, follow me below the fold.

Nathan Deal chose to run for Governor in 2010 in part to dodge an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives.  He actually was chosen as the most corrupt member of the House by Business Insider.  Once out of the intense media spotlight of Washington, he became moreso.

His most recent foray, appointing Chip Rogers, a recalcitrant member of the Republican caucus in the State Senate to a $150,000 a year sinecure at Georgia Public Broadcasting.  Better Georgia has been all over this story.  Given the Republican party's oft-stated desire to kill public broadcasting, this is a particularly ironic move.

Chip Rogers is a notable wing-nut.  After last fall's election he sponsored a meeting of the Republican caucus regarding Agenda 21  This was supposedly an attempt by the UN and Barack Obama to employ Jedi mind tricks on the citizens of this fair land.   Really amazing!

Originally posted to DrJohnB on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:03 PM PST.

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  •  Yep. Chip Rogers' salary is brought to him (6+ / 0-)

    by viewers like us. While at GPB he can keep an eye out for black helicopters and other nefarious UN plots, all while pulling down a salary provided by supporters of Public Television.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:44:40 PM PST

  •  Teya Ryan (8+ / 0-)

    Executive Producer hired by Sonny Perdue unconcerned about hiring someone with a shady past, on the taxpayers dollar:

    “I have to be responsive”

    In considering Rogers’ new role, Ryan isn’t concerned about the circumstances that brought him to GPB. “I’m going to judge Chip on how he behaves going forward in my company,” she said. “The past is the past. I’d like people to wait and see what the work is, and judge him from that.”

    Despite Gov. Deal’s role in the hiring, Ryan asserts that GPB operates with editorial integrity and independence from government influence.

    “We get state funding and I have to be responsive, and we balance all that,” she said. “But I feel very independent. Maybe even more independent than a lot of g.m.’s with university licenses. They should be very careful about pointing fingers just because we’re a state network.”

    I think "They" should point as many fingers as necessary because it is a state network.

  •  It was not always this way (5+ / 0-)

    What has separated Georgia over the years from its neighbors SC, AL, MS and TN is not geography, which is pretty much the same, but fairly decent political leadership.   Governors like Carl Sanders, Jimmy Carter, Zell Miller (before he went nuts) and many in-between moved the state forward into the 20th century.   They worked to overcome the issues that divided the citizens here. Georgia produced many of the leaders of the civil rights era (MLK, Andrew Young, John Lewis for example).  Spending on infrastructure, higher education and services was the expected (remember we are comparing to the surrounding states, not New England). But that ended with Sonny Purdue in 2002, the first GOP governor since reconstruction.  Now we seem to be in a rush to remake the state so that it looks like Mississippi.  The same thing is happening in North Carolina, which has paralleled Georgia in many regards over the years.  If the states are the laboratories of democracy then Georgia is the experiment in what happens if the GOP has its way nationally.  It is not pretty.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:20:54 PM PST

  •  I was living in Atlanta (1+ / 0-)
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    during the Lester Maddox era. My Dad took us to Lester's cafeteria to eat. He was selling ax handles.

    This nut was later elected governor. I also remember when the legislature refused to seat Julian Bond, the first black person ever elected.

    It's almost as if Georgia is returning to its roots.

    •  My mom voted GOP twice in her life... (1+ / 0-)
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      The first time was against Lester Maddox, the Democratic nominee, in 1966.

      The other time was for Nixon over McGovern. She's regretted that ever since, and never again voted GOP.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:26:12 PM PST

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    •  Lester was elected by the legislature (1+ / 0-)
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      There was a 3 way race that year (1966) with former governor Ellis Arnall running as a write-in.  No one got 50% so it went to the House which was dominated by Democrats. They had to choose between the two highest finishers.  The other was a Republican, so Maddox won.  By law, he could only serve one term and was succeeded by Jimmy Carter.  He tried to run again in 1974, but lost the primary.

      The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

      by Do Something on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:30:02 PM PST

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