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Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

@TeeWee: She was technically correct, but that's about as far as it goes. Any reasonable person would admit it was a stupid way to prove some kind of international experience. That said, I think it's great she has her own subscription-based network. Best of luck. It seems to have worked, more or less, for Glenn Beck. In Beck's case, he'd become too kooky for Fox. For Palin, it seems more a case of revenue control.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 13:02

Towery: Republicans could face serious challenges this year

The odds still favor Republicans capturing control of the U.S. Senate, but I admit to surprise at how North Carolina and Louisiana are trending.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 16:24

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

This will be a very interesting race, one that has earned national attention. The polls at the moment lean in Nunn's favor, but that's probably due to Perdue and Kingston bashing on one another for months, deflating the GOP nominee's numbers. I expect it to tighten within the margin of error in a month or so.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 08:31

Yarbrough: Ethics case has cost taxpayers millions of dollars

@snarkydude: True. Deal is more of a traditional "country club" Republican and certainly was never a darling of the Tea Party. Handel (definitely a Tea Party darling) actually beat Deal in the 2010 GOP primary but he edged her in the runoff. I would guess most Tea Party types voted for Deal over Barnes in the general election.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:09

Republican Jody Hice overtakes Mike Collins for 10th Congressional District nomination

Broun, and now (likely) Hice. The Georgia 10th, gerrymandered for our embarrassment.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:45

Perdue takes the GOP Senate runoff

I suspect Kingston will land in a cushy lobbyist job. Now, ABH, will you please stop running stories based on InsiderAdvantage robo-polls that predicted Kingston winning by 5 percentage points?

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:05

Perdue holds tiny lead in GOP Senate runoff

If Perdue holds on to win, can we please declare a moratorium on stories based on InsiderAdvantage robo-polls, the last of which breathlessly reported how Kingston had widened his lead by 5 percentage points?

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 22:27

Man who allegedly struck Athens parking enforcement officer with SUV indicted

@TeeWee: I've never known a grand jury to "indite" a ham sandwich, or even indict one, but it's true a grand jury is more or less a creature of the district attorney. An indictment (or "true bill") merely means there's enough evidence to have a trial, nothing more. The level of proof is quite low. God forbid we allowed people to lawyer up and argue before a grand jury. Nothing would ever get done.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:07

The Editor's Desk: No 'thuggery' in gaming electoral system

I voted this morning. No sign of Debbie. Maybe she's Doolittle, not Dooley.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:55

Trial for admitted cop killer Jamie Hood to be held in Athens

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: That's a good question, whether Nancy Grace will, um, grace us with her wacky presence. Given it's not so very far from Atlanta, I figure the program will be here, though perhaps not her in person. You can do a lot of magic with satellite trucks and the like as she runs a show from a studio and they have someone else in the courtroom and later offering semi-pseudo-expert opinion.

With him defending himself, I'd park a camera to record the action. Well, I assume there'll be a single courtroom camera and a pool feed.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:51

Florida town stunned by news of police KKK ties

Surprised it's not in the Panhandle. And yet, not so surprising to find it in the Orlando area.

(lived in Florida for several years)

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:45

Trial for admitted cop killer Jamie Hood to be held in Athens

@marshalld: You miss the point. It's the jury, not the location, that matters in terms of appeal. Most judges hate moving a trial, so this is the next-best solution so there isn't a successful appeal. If you think his 15 minutes were up that night he was arrested on TV, then you don't know much about publicity and trials. Hell, I expect HLN or Court TV to be here for some of this one, especially if Hood acts up.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:27

Kingston, Perdue push for votes ahead of Sen. race

I'll be glad for this runoff to be over just so the phone calls will stop. And, of course, there's still the general election -- though the Dem in this race has little chance in district that would elect, of all people, Paul Broun.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:49

NeSmith: If you snooze, you lose track of the celebrities

Some of these, yeah, a bit obscure. But a lot of them, you'd have to be culturally brain dead to not know their names.

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:27

Hice, Collins campaign heats up with reports of sign thefts, 'shenanigans'

I love it. How often do you get to use the word "shenanigans" in a story?

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:25

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

As the more Broun-ish of the two, Hice would be more entertaining. And, like Broun, the more embarrassing. Based on calls to my house, I'd pick Collins (and Kingston) to win. Not that calls to my house are a valid measure of public opinion, but they're not much worse than the robo-call polls the ABH likes to breathlessly report on.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 13:59

Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

@likethegame: Sorry, was slow to get back to this. The polling firm tends to lean right, with Tea Party sympathies, but I dunno this makes much difference in the reported results -- except that robo-polls tend to have an older, more conservative sample.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:47

Poll: Kingston edging ahead of Perdue

Sigh, another robo-poll. See: http://bit.ly/1pfay9e

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:26

Sweet Peppers Deli to close Athens location

Land value: $820,150. Building value: $606,760. With other odds and ends stuff, just under $1.5 million total.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:21

Senate GOP runoff tied, poll shows

InsiderAdvantage has done most of the polling on this race and it'll be interesting to see whether it's as good as 2012 and President Romney. Lots of polling outfits that rely on mostly landlines got that one wrong -- famously Gallup. But in its May 16 poll, InsiderAdvantage seriously underestimated Kingston's actual vote, far more than the other candidates. All get underestimated to some degree as poll undecideds have to cast an actual vote, but Kingston was the most under-represented.

Does that mean Kingston wins? Not at all. It's just hard to say whether this is true momentum on Perdue's part, or just measurement error.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:16

Sweet Peppers Deli to close Athens location

Yeah, I ate there only once and it was good, just not so good that I'd go out of my way to eat there again.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 14:18

Polman: Satirical Obama 'news' story brings out the trolls

Sadly, the truly oddball conspiracy theories floating around -- mostly by email -- are about Obama. We all know about the usual ones (is a Muslim, born outside U.S.) but the really weird ones are shared by wingnuts via email, where they're less likely to be seen by sane people, or corrected. When they do bubble up, or when someone is punk'd like this, we actually get to see them.

And sadly II -- research suggests that even correcting someone's crazy conspiracy theory, with facts, doesn't work. They're own ego becomes so involved in nutso beliefs that they actually become even more extreme when a belief is clearly factually wrong.

Some of the better Obama email-based theories: http://bit.ly/1kEIjhb

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:28

Athens man says dog left in hot car in Oconee was accident

It's too easy to pick on this guy, so I'm not going to. But I am a bit baffled by this line in the story:

“As for the publicity, I’m not a dog killer,” the bachelor said ...

Why do we need to know he's a bachelor? I thought maybe I missed something earlier in the story that set that up as being important. Seems an unnecessary attribution. Just kinda jumped out at me.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:22

UGA details academic mishap, coach involvement in Bauerle case

The AJC provides a lot more details, naming the prof and the Psychology 4800 class: http://on-ajc.com/1qOuZ1j (scroll down a bit)

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:44

Three-county road works planning continues as federal funding remains in question

Anyone know exactly what they're going to do at the Whit Davis/Cedar Shoals intersection?

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 18:45

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