At the last of his nine town hall meetings on the Georgia coast last night, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter drew “jeers and boos” when he defended his use of a colloquial threat against certain Republicans in the opposite chamber, according to the Savannah Morning News.
“Somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass,” Carter had said last month – on MSNBC – after the collapse of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s attempt to keep alive the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Said Carter on Thursday, according to the newspaper:
“That is a phrase that was used in our neighborhood that meant, get your act together,” Carter said to jeers and boos. “That’s exactly what those senators need to do. They need to get their act together because, right now, they’re holding up health care.”
But in Georgia’s LGBT community, Carter may take more heat for remarks made a day earlier about President Donald Trump’s Twitter-issued ban on transgender troops. “I don’t want ’em serving in the military. I’m sorry,” the Pooler Republican said according to a Twitter report from a Washington Post reporter that is only now circulating.
According to the Georgia Voice, Carter and U.S. Sen. David Perdue are two of only a handful of congressional Republicans who have endorsed Trump’s move.
Two of the most sobering paragraphs you’re likely to read today come from the Washington Post:
A December 2016 assessment by the Congressional Research Service stated that the president “does not need the concurrence of either his military advisors or the U.S. Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons.” Additionally, the assessment said, “neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders.”
The reason is simple: The system is set up for the United States to launch an attack within minutes, so that if the United States is under a nuclear attack, it can respond almost instantly, said Bruce Blair, a former nuclear watch officer. Trump would presumably meet with Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, before launching a preemptive attack, but it would “really be uncharted territory” if they sought to stall or slow down an order from the president, Blair said.
And yes, we have a morning Twitter message from the White House: “Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
Veteran Republican activist Jason Anavitarte, a big booster of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is considering a bid to become the Republican National Committeeman from Georgia. It’s a gig that’s being vacated by GOP attorney Randy Evans, who is said to be in line to become the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.
At the state Capitol, House Democrats plan to push for changes to the state’s voting rules, spurred by the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to back Ohio’s legal fight over purging of infrequent voters from its election rolls.
The federal government’s decision is a reversal of the position under the Obama administration. It supports an Ohio process that mails warnings to voters who have sat out elections for two years. Those who don’t cast ballots in the next two federal elections, or otherwise contact officials, are then purged from the rolls.
Georgia has a “no contact” rule of three years that House Minority Leader Bob Trammell said the caucus will target as “simply undemocratic.”
“We should strive for laws that seek to encourage participation, not disqualify people based simply on their failure to vote within three years,” said Trammell. “We should be suspect any time the government imposes burdens on an individual’s right to vote.”
A new analysis from the Wharton School, President Donald Trump’s alma mater, estimates that a bill co-authored by U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, intended to cut legal immigration by half, would lower the nation’s GDP by 0.7 percent and lead to 1.3 million fewer jobs in a decade.
“You don’t need a model, especially a flawed model like this one, to understand the benefits of a merit-based immigration system that prioritizes nuclear families,” a Perdue spokesperson said in an email, which pointed to polling data from the limited immigration advocacy group NumbersUSA.
Could this be seen as Tom Price pivoting on Obamacare? The Los Angeles Times points to a comment the health secretary made on Fox News Wednesday, in which he urged Congress to act on health care:
“Both folks in the House and the Senate, on both sides of the aisle frankly, have said that Obamacare doesn’t work, and it needs to be either repealed or fixed,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends.” “So the onus is on Congress,” he said.
If he is indeed talking about fixing the Affordable Care Act rather than just repealing it, that would constitute a major policy shift for Price himself and the Trump administration more broadly.
Speaking of Tom Price, the Washington Examiner and several other news outlets reported last night that the former Georgia congressman was booed Wednesday evening when he threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game against the Marlins. The assessment from Raw Story:
Alan Dershowitz was right about one thing: Washingtonians really don’t like President Donald Trump or his administration.
If you’re a TV news director, this is where you’re sending your satellite truck tonight: At the Elliott Street Pub in Atlanta, the Fulton County sheriff’s office is teaming up with Atlanta Metal Arts to “artistically destroy” weapons collected during a June gun buy-back program.
Liquid iron, heated to 5,000 degrees, will be poured over the disabled weapons.