Macon’s Erick Erickson had a nice score this week when he got Texas Gov. Rick Perry to talk about his indictment. Erickson wrote on his RedState blog that “Perry compared what is happening to him, accurately I think, to what would happen with show trials in the Soviet Union.”
A website of The Dallas Morning News, however, dinged Erickson for being inaccurate. Perry is accused of using his office to try to oust a district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, by cutting funding after Democrat Lehmberg refused to quit after a drunken-driving arrest. Perry was indicted through a special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, who was appointed by a Republican judge.
It’s a bit confusing, but Erickson is trained as an attorney and Perry knows the material. The Dallas website reported that “Lehmberg’s office recused itself from the case, and when Erickson incorrectly said twice that it was Lehmberg who indicted Perry, the governor did not correct him.”
ISAKSON TO HOLD TOWN HALL
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has scheduled a town hall meeting from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Saturday in the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, 68 N. Lee St., Forsyth. Isakson plans to give a brief update on the goings-on in Washington before taking questions from constituents.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN
The Washington Post has a fascinating breakdown, shot-by-shot, of how similar Michelle Nunn’s latest ad attacking David Perdue is to a Democratic organization’s ad that attacked Mitt Romney. Find it at tinyurl.com/nunnromney online.
WHAT SCREAMS AND GOES IN CIRCLES?
Two Maconites filmed a horror-filled screamfest for unwary drivers.
“ROUNDABOUTAPOCALYPSE,” a production of Phillip Banze and Scot Mann, is taglined on YouTube as “The struggle continues to be real.” The 2-minute film highlights the travails of a pair of purportedly confused drivers trying to make their way through Macon’s new roundabout on College Street.
Though the video is dark, it strongly suggests Banze and Mann made their way out of the roundabout without driving through the center of it -- unlike one driver in Macon last weekend.
CRAWFORD GOVERNMENT BY THE NUMBERS
Crawford County commissioners are in a court battle with Crawford County Coroner Allen O’Neal, who has requested a car, a home fax line and other amenities that commissioners have resisted. When it came time to review the proposed budget for the office, Paul Chapman, the commission’s vice chairman, suggested that commissioners go line by line, according to draft minutes of the meeting. But interestingly, Chapman first moved to spend $23,729.14 to cover a 1-percent increase in the coroner’s salary and the full pay for two deputy coroners. That was unanimously approved. Then $9,000 of medical insurance; also unanimously approved. Then Medicare, telephone and postage and office supplies and others. In all, there were 10 separate line items, 10 motions by Chapman, 10 motions seconded by John Thomas and 10 unanimous votes by commissioners.
90 CANDLES FOR CARTER
Former President Jimmy Carter is about to turn 90, and Georgia Southwestern State University is having a birthday celebration concert for him at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Jackson Performance Hall. Carter’s birthday is Oct. 1. The public is invited to the event, which will feature pianist David Osborne. The cost is $30 per person, and seats should be reserved by Sept. 24 by calling 229-931-2014.
Both President Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are Georgia Southwestern alumni. Proceeds from the event will be used for the Georgia Southwestern Foundation Scholarship program.
Peach County commissioners were struggling with a troublesome contract this week. One commissioner asked about an odd paragraph involving gender and word choice.
County Attorney Jeff Liipfert offered up his summary: “That’s boilerplate so we lawyers can charge you another $10 to draw up the contract.” He urged commissioners not to be concerned about that paragraph, or the boilerplate paragraph after that, or the boilerplate paragraph after that.
Writers Oby Brown and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.