I realize the Republican guys beat me to the punch on “Dr. Rad” and a Mr. John F. Coyne, III.
First up, Dr. Rad “says he won’t have any ties to the “machine” that is the Democratic Party of Georgia, which he thinks could allow him to better address the needs of the people, not just those of the party”
What I like so very much about the good doctor is that he doesn’t know us at all, machine?
Most days we can’t agree on if we need to turn purple before we turn blue. Not to mention for the next 60 days, 300+ of us will be inundated by appeals from potential “new” chair of the party candidates spouting all sorts of promises, plans and illusions of greatness. I could completely understand if he said he was rejecting the DSCC money-becuase that’s a horse of a different color. They in fact have a machine. Bless his heart.
Second contestant, John F. Coyne, III… well he sounds very senatorial already! I’m going to call him “Trip” for short or maybe FEC S4GA11202.
Third Contestant is “thinking about it” and currently training for an Ironman competition. As soon as we can reveal her name, I’ll be a day late and a dollar short. Again.
You’ve got questions? Creative Loafing has answers.
Amsterdam sounds like fun. But Vermont is closer.
Maybe Jeopardy wins should be a Senatorial requirement?
Oops, I was all excited about curtains and lampshades.
Time is running out. Vote today!
What’s on the docket for your weekend?
So here goes…
The White House has a Proclamation.
The Secretary of State has a Proclamation.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed weighs in on the Supreme Court and Marriage.
Here’s a handy list of things you can do in the Metro area.
The LBGT Caucus of the Democratic Party will be volunteering at four different Pride Events. Augusta, Savannah, Black Gay Pride and Atlanta Pride. These are scheduled over the course of several months, so if you miss us in Augusta, join us later at the others. ALL are welcome. Special thanks to the kind folks in Richmond County for sponsoring the Augusta Pride booth, the fine folks in Chatham county for sponsoring and planning the Savannah events and in Atlanta we can only do Black Pride and AtlPride with the support of the Young Democrats of Atlanta, Young Democrats of Georgia, the Fulton County Democratic Party and the many volunteers who work the booths and march in the Parades.
Personal point of privilege, I’m very proud of the LBGT & Ally activists and volunteers all around the state. Unlike many other places we are fortunate to work and play well with all the groups. It makes me so happy that all the organizations support the work of the community regardless of your group identity. I can’t tell you how sad it makes me to hear of groups viewing others as rivals and poachers. If ever there was a time to band together now would be it. We’ve made progress but not as much as is needed.
Happy Pride all y’all.
News Alert: File under old white Southern Senator says something hateful. This just in from our friends from the Young Democrats of Georgia. Sen. Chambliss also same guy wouldn’t sign Violence Against Women Act, or Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal. So there’s that. He consistent, consistently bad, and I’ll give him that.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Golden, President
June 4, 2013
Senior US Senator from GA Chalks Up Rise in Military Sexual Assault to Youthful Exuberance
Sen. Saxby Chambliss Claims US Troops Too Frisky to Be Tamed
(Atlanta, GA) During today’s hearing in our nation’s capital regarding the dramatic uptick in sexual assault cases reported in the US military, Senator Saxby Chambliss, Georgia’s senior Senator, dismissed this problem as potentially too daunting to tackle. With his observation that in regard to assault committed by young recruits and soldiers, “the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur”, Chambliss demonstrated his belief that this problem is no more than just boys being boys. Despite his half-hearted attempt at sympathy for these victims later in his comments, Senator Chambliss shoulder shrug to the severity of sexual assaults in the military calls into immediate question his sincerity in finding a solution.
“Senator Chambliss should be ashamed of himself for his remarks today” said Steve Golden, President of the Young Democrats of Georgia. “These victims risk their lives every day to ensure that Americans like Senator Chambliss are safe and secure. The fact that he is choosing to begin this investigation with such a flippant attitude toward finding a solution is deplorable. Senator Chambliss should absolutely issue an apology to our men and women in uniform who have endured this tragic and needless trauma, and work tirelessly to create a culture within the military that punishes such behavior in a manner that curbs this trend”.
Senator Chambliss sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014, and has yet to endorse a successor among the increasingly crowded field of declared candidates.
To be ignorant of rape and violence in the US Armed Services it to have your head pretty far up your ass. There is a new report, and a movie for starters. Maybe he should check out this handy .MIL website and the many support groups inside the military, they’re not ignorant of the problem.
So the troops are 30% more “frisky” than two years ago? No assclown they’re just getting away with the violence and abuse over and over again.
Do not get me started on the ongoing idiocy that is the comments about “sex”. Rape is not sex, it’s a brutal violent act by one or more to assert their power over their victim. Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or out right stupid.
Can I just say how much I’m loving YDG’s new President Steve Golden’s reply.
Mornin’ y’all. It seems that the DPG will be onto next steps very soon. Soon-to-be Interim Chair, Nikema Williams, is going to need the support from Georgia’s Democrats. I am hopeful that the “Berlon Era” will forever serve as a reminder to Democrats that serving on the State Committee, in whatever capacity, obligates one to be engaged and pay attention to the activities of the party.
Anyone who called Cheney a “chicken hawk” will be missed.
Who knew bicycles were such a threat?
Tradition isn’t working. Time for a change.
Atlanta to Charlotte Rail? More info and the opportunity to comment.
Steer clear of Mississippi & Michigan if you’ve just graduated from law school.
Am I the last to know that Brad Pitt is the latest zombie hunter?
What’s on your mind today? Do tell.
Berlon Steps Down This Week
Ga Dem Party Chair’s resignation effective June 9
Atlanta, Ga. - June 3, 2013 - Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon announced today that he is resigning from the state party effective midnight on June 9, 2013.
“Our party bylaws provide the First Vice Chair assumes the chairmanship position in the event of a vacancy. Our First Chair is out of the country until this weekend. In addition, our General Counsel will also be out of the country. Therefore, this is the most appropriate way to proceed,” Berlon said.
Berlon said the day-to-day operations of the party will continue through staff and his role for the coming week will be primarily oversight of those day to day operations. Berlon will not be attending the DNC Executive Committee meeting this weekend in Chicago.
“I am concerned only about the continuity of our party and ensuring Democrats get back to the business of demonstrating why we are best positioned to lead this state into the future,” said Berlon. “We have a great opportunity to win a US Senate seat here in 2014. We also have good shot at the governor’s race with the right candidate.”
Berlon said any decisions regarding the election of a new party chairperson would fall to his First Vice Chair and the party’s executive committee after she takes the reigns.
“It has been a great honor for me to serve Democrats in Georgia for so many years. I have made lifelong friends, and I will cherish the memories I have. Georgia has many rising stars within our Democratic ranks and I look forward to seeing our state get back on a strong financial footing with strong public schools, jobs that pay well, and an economy that supports our small business community,” Berlon said.
I wish Ms. Williams well, it’s not going to be easy to put humpty dumpty back together again.
Maybe now Batgurl can give it a rest, looks like he got the break up letter.
I know this comes at a difficult time for you what with your serious health and professional troubles, but it can’t be avoided any longer. We stayed as long as we could, through thick and thin, but this week we realized that we fundamentally want different things. Perhaps we didn’t know who you really were and you’ve stayed the same, and we’re the ones who’ve changed.
We’ve been together a couple years now and our problems have been mounting up.
You want to travel to exotic places and we want to stay home work in our garden tending to our seed corn.
You want to hold splashy media events and theme parties, we think it’s wasteful and silly.
You want entertain strangers, and we’d rather have a quiet beer with our friends.
You want to spend our money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, we’d rather save our money and pay our bills.
You’ve been ignoring your friends and listening to some very unusual people.
So, Mike you see, this can’t work we’ve grown apart.
Take care of yourself and just as soon as you feel better, drop us a line.
Let’s try to be friends and remember pursuing us again in the public forum would be unseemly.
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