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Lanoue named finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

As someone who recently had two kids graduate from the system, I can speak with (at best) modest authority, plus I've chatted with him a couple of times over the years. Give him credit for the technology updates and trying to find creative ways to help a struggling system, but also note he's very unpopular among teachers. I'm not sure exactly what the criteria are for superintendent of the year, but given he won the state and is a finalist for national, I suppose he's doing the kinds of things they look for in such an award.

If you don't like him, hope he wins. That'll make him an attractive candidate elsewhere. If you do like him, congratulate him and be happy for the publicity he brings to ACC. If you're indifferent ... well, then I wonder why you're even reading this.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 16:40

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

"The words strike me as more nearly a rant meant to indoctrinate."

The author has clearly not spent much time in a college classroom. The last thing a rant will do is indoctrinate anyone, especially not a roomful of 20 year olds who already think they know everything.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 13:30

CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

While I'm rarely up to watch the late-night shows, or at least likely to have the TV on, it'll be interesting to see whether Colbert is successful not playing the blow-hard fake Colbert but instead is just himself. He's so funny, it seems likely it'll work, at least with the Letterman audience.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 16:28

Georgia man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues

It reads like a weak case for election officials. Yes, NRA gives money to candidates and campaigns, but so do banks, and I'm certain I could wear a SunTrust hat into a polling place without a hassle. That said, NRA is overtly political and keep in mind there are few, if any, First Amendment rights within a polling place. That's why you can't campaign inside one, and that's why politicians or sign-holders have to stay a certain distance away. I'm no First Amendment scholar, so my guess is as good or bad as anyone else's (okay, it's perhaps somewhat better informed than some of the scholars here) but I suspect in the long run this will quietly be dropped as an instance of "passive campaigning." The ACLU in other states has fought this on First Amendment grounds in other places.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 15:19

UGA student arrested for DUI hit-and-run, drug and firearm charges

@OconeeJoe: Looks like 10 charges, total of $12,500 bond.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:40

Clarke Schools Superintendent Phil Lanoue named Georgia Superintendent of the Year

Very nice. Congrats.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 - 14:04

Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated, beat Coppin State 49-29

I believe in basketball Coppin State is in the same division as UGA and pretty much everyone else. It's men's team is often in March Madness, usually as the sacrificial lamb to Duke or someone like that. But if it helps, Landers' SEC record (if that's "D-1" enough) is .666 (267 wins, 134 losses) and (I think) about 17 or so "Sweet 16" or better finishes in the NCAA tourney.

And they did beat THE Ohio State on their court a few days ago. The Michigan State game will be interesting in a few days too.

posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:04

Stanford: To boost turnout, make election day a national holiday

I sympathize with the idea, but as far as I know there's no data to suggest it would help. Instead, just make voting mandatory, like Australia.

In reality, low-turnout elections tend to help the Republican candidate while high-turnout elections tend to help the Democratic candidate, so I'm fairly certain the GOP is not going to go out of its way to support anything like this. Lip service, of course, but it'd be against the party's best interest to support more people actually voting.

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 15:24

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

@TeeWee: This is what happens when you let partisan hackery take over your brain. It's a complicated subject, but essentially do you want cable/internet companies to take over complete control and set rates for streaming services or not? Odds are, if we see a "fast lane" surcharge this will decrease innovation. It'll be hard for startups to be treated equally on the Internet, in terms of speed of delivery. Plus we'll spend a hell of a lot more for Netflix and related services, if net neutrality goes away, and in the U.S. we already pay far more than other countries in terms of Internet access.

In fairness to Verizon, AT&T, Time-Warner, Charter, etc., they do see Netflix taking up a huge portion of the bandwidth. But if ya love your cable/Internet/phone companies, by all means side with them against the net neutrality folks who want all content treated the same.

Smarter political folks than me suggest Obama made a mistake by speaking out. Lots of people will take their partisan cues from this (if Obama is fer it, I'm agin it). Case in point, Sen. Ted Cruz who, in an amazing example of apples-oranges comparison, called it Obamacare for the Internet. I'm not sure Cruz even knows what the Internet is.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 16:57

Auburn’s No. 1 rushing offense poses a challenge for a recently exposed UGA defense

@ponsoldt: Yeah, one analyst I read today figured this for a scorefest and predicted UGA would have one or two more big plays that resulted in a win. UGA is only a 2.5-point favorite, so maybe it'll be 65-62.5.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 17:16

Sen. Isakson to formally announce re-election bid

Be interesting to see if he gets a challenge from the right for the nomination. I can't imagine it being wise, or successful, but ya never know. It's not like there's a lot of room to his right.

posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:30

Stanford: 'Herding' was problem with 2014 election polling

Not to get too argumentative, but the polls did correctly predict the GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate correctly, they just (in most cases) overestimated how close some of the individual state races would be. As a hardcore polling nerd I'm not gonna get too far into the methodological weeds on a post here, but Obama's lousy approval ratings were the best single predictor of how poorly the Democratic candidates did.

posted @ Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 13:30

Shooting of dog by off-duty Oconee deputy leads to controversy

@Auntylib: Wow, I completely missed that connection.

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 13:04

UGA police: Student threatened mass violence on campus with assault rifle

The right to be forgotten does not apply in the U.S., though I'm fairly certain all of my old girlfriends insist on their right to forget me. In the case of Arias, the Internet is forever. Plus he's not a minor, so it's difficult to be "forgotten" by the system. His best bet is to somehow negotiate it down to from a felony to a misdemeanor so a stupid social media post doesn't ruin his life.

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 14:05

UGA police: Student threatened mass violence on campus with assault rifle

I'm impressed by how quickly and efficiently the police handled this incident. As to what happens to Arias, assuming no actual weapons were found in his apartment or car, odds are the charges will either be reduced or the sentence moderated to reflect a stupid 19-year-old prank. If there's evidence it was more than a stupid social media prank, then all bets are off.

posted @ Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 08:59

Perdue wants to bring a CEO's perspective to the Senate

In the Senate you're one of 100, and a junior one of 100. It's not at all like being a CEO. There are a lot of reasons to vote for Perdue, but this ain't one of them. It's the friggin legislative branch, not executive.

posted @ Monday, November 3, 2014 - 14:10

Early votes exceed 15 million — but who benefits?

Early voting probably washes out, as many of those who bother to vote early are likely voters anyway on election day. Some analyses suggest there may be a Dem vote or two more than usual, but not enough to affect the outcome of even a close race like, say, Nunn vs Perdue.

posted @ Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 11:04

Perdue campaigns in "New Direction" away from Athens

@snarkydude: The city/county may vote Democratic, but I assume there are some Republican votes here. Over 4,000 voted in the Perdue/Kingston runoff and while some of 'em may have been Democrats slumming in a runoff, odds are most were not.

It's not like he has to worry about "losing" Clarke County, like a prez candidate will avoid states, due to the electoral college, that are not worth the effort. As Athens is one of the bigger cities in Georgia, you'd think he would at least swing by once to ensure the faithful turn out, such as they are, because he'll want all those votes come Tuesday regardless of where they come from.

Smart money is on a runoff, and in the last five statewide runoffs the GOP candidate has won.

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:17

In ethics probe, Broun says consultant volunteered for campaign work

I've always been a fan of the Sgt. Schultz defense: "I see nothing. Nothing." Well played, Rep. Broun. Well played indeed.

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:06

Lions rally to beat Falcons 22-21 in London

Bah. The real football game over there this weekend was ManU vs Chelsea. And even better, ManU came back to tie it against a much stronger Chelsea.

posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 16:13

Athens officials to consider fines for bad downtown parking

I've long wondered about the brainiacs who couldn't read "compact" on those parking spaces and forced us into the next lane to get by, sometimes dangerously so. Glad to see something is going to be done. Any I've never had a problem parking downtown. There are decks everywhere. I get that some folks are baffled by the idea of a deck. Or electricity. Otherwise, not a problem.

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:34

AT&T U-Verse TV customers report receiving emergency message from White House

Followed by black helicopters?

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:55

Poll: Nunn ahead in Senate race, governor’s race tied

If it's a statistical tie, the hed shouldn't say Nunn is ahead. This is a robo-poll, so consume at your own risk. Nate Silver, the guru of this stuff, gave InsiderAdvantage a "D" for its efforts: http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/

A "gold standard" poll will be released late Thursday or Friday by the AJC, one in which humans call survey respondents both on landline and cell phones. That'll tell us more about the races.

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:50

Knox: Athens traffic light photo-enforcement flawed

I think, John, the ACC is instead trying to bring back disco dancing at that intersection.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 13:48

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

Actually, while Nunn is gettling lots of money, including outside-the-state money, Perdue is getting more "secret" money that can't be identified. But that's not really important. A new poll this week had Nunn ahead three percentage points and the same poll, using the same skewed methodology, had Perdue ahead one percentage point earlier in the month. Whether that's real movement or a statistical blip, I'd go with the latter. Both results are within the margin of error and movement in a robo-poll from one time to another doesn't mean all that much.

Still, it's an interesting race and depending on turnout, could keep us up election night to see the result -- which may be a runoff.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 07:59

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