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Georgia GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves

Okay, if they're going to "separate themselves," do they start with the arms and legs? For one of them -- our local guy -- the head is already separated.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 19:10

Police curious about motive behind man seeking tours of UGA sorority houses

Whoever thinks this is due to "political correctness" probably needs some time looking up the phrase because, sorry, you don't get it, instead you just paste it randomly on stuff and hope it sticks. This is a case of being foolishly trusting or maybe just not clear exactly what to do and how to handle it.

As to the creepy guy, I don't see he actually broke a law -- though his fitting the description of an area burglar is more than enough to warrant police checking him out.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 16:19

Professor: 'Game of Thrones' pic got me suspended

I suppose that's a little worse than "Winter is coming," but c'mon.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 08:12

The Editor's Desk: Looking at Athens' mayoral race

Even Karl Rove could call this race correctly.

posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:15

Poll shows Perdue, Deal still leading

Handel has been running her Palin TV ads, giving her a boost. Broun is running in place. His best shot is a small GOP nomination turnout dominated by the faithful. And even then, it's not much of a shot.

Nate Silver, the uber-predictor of political campaigns, puts Carter at 44 percent likely to win the general election, or, in other words, Deal at 56 percent likely to win.

posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:10

Gov. Deal to skip televised debate

You skip a debate when you have nothing to gain, or a lot to lose, by being on the stage with other candidates. For Deal, given recent news, it's both. I fully expect him to debate in the general election.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:10

Farmer ships Vidalia onions ahead of start date

Most disconcerting is there are two stories out of Valdosta today -- onions, and rains causing sewage overflow. In other words, I'll skip the early onions, thank you very much.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:33

Defense cries foul over prosecutor's motion in Athens death penalty case

I'm not a lawyer, but the defense is reaching here. A vague description of something under seal is usually allowed, especially at this phase of proceedings. In a trial, that'd get ya in trouble.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:23

Mayor says Prince Avenue study has become 'political football'

I don't have strong feelings on this issue, but the idea of why Prince when there are other issues? is just lazy thinking. By that logic we'd never address any problem because there are other problems, or deal with traffic on any street because there are other streets, and so on. Plus it's a major thoroughfare into town that's also, to some degree, a neighborhood street -- certainly more so than any other highway entrance.

As an aside, the worst spot on Prince (to me) is at the McDonald's with people coming out of the joint, or turning off that sidestreet, or turning into McDona'd's from Prince via either direction. What a mess. Otherwise I drive it enough to know to slow down and pay special attention at those crosswalks.

The only people who hate crosswalks are those who, thanks to being behind a 2-ton vehicle, believe with certainty it's all about them.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:19

Students show off Rube Goldberg machines at UGA

In a completely and shamelessly biased fashion, I pulled for the third-place team.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25

Jones: Watching political ads can be fun

@cyou299: Hey, I still have (somewhere) an 8-track player. I always figured the kids could take it to show-and-tell, but it never happened.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:02

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Oh, and also congrats to Grady grad Todd South, a Pulitzer finalist for local reporting.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 18:50

Jones: Watching political ads can be fun

And often there's an invisible campaign that goes on via AM radio that many miss, caught up as they are in the local TV ads we can't seem to avoid. By local, this often includes local slots on national programming, even cable news. I'd expect to see a lot of GOP candidates vying for that local slot on Fox News, hoping to reach the faithful.

I'm not sure an off-year election is tougher to forecast. No evidence is presented to support that claim. The site 538 did pretty darn well in the 2010 off-year forecasts of 49 states.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:21

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

And congrats to an old reporting friend of mine, Dan Fagin, who won the Pulitzer for non-fiction book for his brilliant Toms River. http://amzn.to/1gWZOGH

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 16:59

Hood files first motions as own attorney, asking cop-killing and drug murder cases be tried separately

@mpd0.59: I think he's consulting with lawyers, just not being formally represented by them. Because, yeah, he would not have come up with this on via Google or Wikipedia.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 15:52

Hood files first motions as own attorney, asking cop-killing and drug murder cases be tried separately

As much as I hate to say it, it's a reasonable motion. Doesn't mean the judge will grant it, but it's not something I've ever come across before, so I can't say much more than that and it's just another way for him to slow the process.

posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:16

Social issues fade in GOP campaigns

It'd be foolish to play up social issues if you actually want to do more than win the primary only to lose the election. Some elections it works -- hence putting lots of kooky ballot initiatives for a vote -- but 2014 is not that kind of year. In 2016? Maybe.

posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 16:50

UGA professors' pay ranks last among peers

Some of the "peer" schools include large medical and engineering programs (I.e., UF) that can skew salary comparison data. One way would be to choose a few departments present in all peer schools -- business and history, for example -- and see how UGA stacks up.

posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:28

UGA full prof pay last among peers

@Humbucker bob: No, not all professors are "teachers" in the traditional sense, but it's hardly worth my time to explain all the nuances.

posted @ Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 10:55

UGA profs' pay ranks last among peers

@TMKvetch: A reasonable response. My point is before you run it, you ask. And if they don't answer, you say why (didn't return call before story ran, was unavailable for comment, etc.).

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:58

UGA profs' pay ranks last among peers

Where is the administrative response in this story? Given the subject matter, you're obligated to call and if they don't get back to you in time, you're obligated to say as much. Plus, unless I'm mistaken, the provost sits on the council executive committee.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 08:56

UGA profs' pay ranks last among peers

The answer is simple -- just draw up a different list of "peer" universities and we won't look so bad, such as Joe's Bait Shop and Beauty College. How the hell we're falling behind even fellow state universities also under the thumb of the same mediocre legislature, that is an interesting (and damning) question for UGA leadership.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 08:15

UGA full prof pay last among peers

I don't even make the UGA average, much less the peer and aspirational average? Pfffft.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 08:03

Sarah Palin to appear in Senate ad for Karen Handel

It'll help Handel with some GOP primary voters, and for her that's what matters, but it's hard to take Palin seriously.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 17:22

Jack Kingston to report $1.1M haul in Georgia Senate bid

Hey, plus he got the endorsement of Sean Hannity, which raises the question of why the hell a "news" host is endorsing anyone.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 16:30

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