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I was pretty critical of Gov. Nathan Deal's harsh letter last week to President Obama, in which he expressed shock that 1,156 unaccompanied minors from Central America had been sent to Georgia over the last six months and then complained about the possible impact of their presence on state taxpayers.

So it’s only fair to note the following press release from the governor’s office, which just came across in my email and takes a notably different tone:

Gov. Nathan Deal today met with a diverse group from the state’s Latino community to discuss how the nation’s unaccompanied minor crisis is affecting Georgia and how we can find humanitarian solutions. 

“Today’s productive meeting served as a follow up to last week’s letter to the Obama administration,” said Deal. “In Georgia, we’re trying to find out who’s here, where are they staying and what their federal status is. I asked the group for information they are gathering in the community, and I asked them for guidance and advice on how they think the state should respond. The group reported that there’s strong evidence that these children are staying with family members and foster families through placement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They pointed out that the families must agree to cover the child’s financial needs, and the group discussed the unique needs and challenges some of the children would bring to a school district in Georgia. Certainly, we all want these children to stay in homes where they are safe and provided for while they are awaiting their immigration hearings before a federal judge.

 “That federal process will result in many of these children returning to their families in their home countries, while others may receive refugee status. I was particularly touched by one example discussed today where such an action seems appropriate. One member of the group told me of a 2-year-old from Central America whose parents were killed in gang violence. The child’s grandparents, who are legal residents of the United States, brought the child immediately to their home – as any loving grandparents would. We’re hopeful the process will work efficiently and the courts can quickly decide who needs to stay and who needs to be returned to their families in their home countries.”

 “In order for the state to safeguard these children who are here now, we still need moreinformation about their federal status and where they’re staying. It goes without saying, these situations involve our public education, public health and public safety resources, and I’m concerned about additional burdens being placed on local taxpayers in Georgia. But I made this pledge to the group: As a state we will let the federal process work. And during the time it takes to accomplish that, I’m sure Georgians will show their compassion toward these children who have undergone harrowing circumstances.”

 Thank you, governor. We’ve got a lot of differences to work out, but we can agree that those kids shouldn’t be put in the middle of an adult argument.

Source: Jay Bookman for AJC

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Give the state of Georgia a round of applause.

For the first time ever, it will have five African-American women on its statewide ballot come November.

Democratic state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler said of the historic moment, “We did not want to miss the opportunity to get out and announce this to everyone in the state of Georgia and tell everyone how important this election will be,” the Savannah Morning News reports. 

The candidates are Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent, according to the news site.

Shipp said she didn’t realize when she qualified on March 7 that she would be part of history; it was just a perfectly timed coincidence. “I was just trying to serve,” she said.

Vice President and Executive Director of Rainbow PUSH Janice Mathis praised the women for their commitment to public service, according to the Morning News. “It is so consistent with the way African-American women treat their institutions,” she said. “Whether it’s our churches or families or sororities, you won’t find women more devoted to causes than African-American women.”

The candidates will travel in a bus touring the state in August, targeting cities with a high number of registered black female voters to solicit votes. They’ll begin in metro Atlanta.

“What you find is women are just energized,” said Helen Butler, executive director of the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, according to the news site. “They understand that collectively they have the power.”

Read more at the Savannah Morning News.

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Man Fired From Language School For Promoting Gay Agenda By Writing Blog Post About ‘Homophones’

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A man whose job it was to write blog posts about grammar for a language school says he was fired when his boss thought “homophone” was too similar to “homosexuality.”

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Remember When All Right Wingers Cared About Was Shrinking The Deficit?
After June’s $70 billion budget surplus, you’d think that the right would be ecstatic that the deficit has been reduced so much.

YOU WOULD THINK. From the article: “the CBO says the entire deficit for 2014 will “only” be $492 billion. That’s down from the over the $1.4 trillion deficit Bush left when Obama took office in 2009.”
I think it’s time for us to collectively admit that Obama could reduce the deficit by two thirds, set new record highs for the Dow and the S&P, and facilitate 52 straight months of job growth (to the tune of nearly 10 million private-sector jobs) and Republicans STILL wouldn’t be happy.
And we know that, because he did all of those things, and they still aren’t happy.

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Remember When All Right Wingers Cared About Was Shrinking The Deficit?

After June’s $70 billion budget surplus, you’d think that the right would be ecstatic that the deficit has been reduced so much.

YOU WOULD THINK. From the article: “the CBO says the entire deficit for 2014 will “only” be $492 billion. That’s down from the over the $1.4 trillion deficit Bush left when Obama took office in 2009.”

I think it’s time for us to collectively admit that Obama could reduce the deficit by two thirds, set new record highs for the Dow and the S&P, and facilitate 52 straight months of job growth (to the tune of nearly 10 million private-sector jobs) and Republicans STILL wouldn’t be happy.

And we know that, because he did all of those things, and they still aren’t happy.

“I’m Gil Fulbright and, for the right price, I’ll support any message.”

An organization in Kentucky called ‘Represent Us’ is releasing satirical fake-campaign ads starring a fictional politician. Gil Fulbright, the fictional politician, is hilariously honest and open about his true intentions. “People of Kentucky,” he begins in one of his advertisements, “you deserve complete honesty, so here it is. I don’t care about you.” Gil Fulbright’s ads are funny, surprising, and educational. We all secretly know that politicians are scumbags, but Gil Fulbright has the courage to say it out loud on TV. 

“My daughter is a girl in her heart. She knows it. God knows it. And that’s good enough for me,” says Debi Jackson in a touching speech about her transgender daughter. Jackson, a self-identified Christian Conservative, never expected to have a transgender child, yet she sets an amazing example for parents whose children might be trans.
 Transgender actress Laverne Cox launched a national discussion on transgender rights. Transgender people are not confused, not perverts, and their status as trans is not shameful. As we fight for LGBT rights, we must not forget the T at the end. 

Wyoming Republican Is Crazy Enough to be a Movie Villain

Above: Actual image of Wyoming Republican Taylor Hayes

That’s it – Republicans are officially the villains from James Cameron’s Avatar.

In Avatar, the corporate bad guys were willing to destroy the environment and thousands of lives just to get the rare metal in Pandora’s core. In real life, Wyoming Republican Taylor Hayes, who is currently running for governor, wants to open Yellowstone park to drilling at the risk of activating the supervolcano inside the park.

It’s clear that Republicans no longer respect the symbols of America – the Statue of Liberty and now Old Faithful. But this is more than disrespecting an American landmark. Yellowstone Park is home to a massive caldera which, if it exploded, would cover the entire United States in ash. Fracking in Yellowstone could cause the magma to expand and explode, potentially killing millions.

Is this what Republicans are willing to do just to get a little extra energy? These people have gone from crazy to outright super villain levels of homicidal.

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Wyoming Republican Wants To Open Yellowstone Park, Home Of America’s Super Volcano, To Drilling

Gasbohrung, Gasfackel, Söhlingen-Ost Z4, ExxonMobil, photo by Battenbrook

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In a country full of crazy anti-science oil obsessed conservatives, this Wyoming Republican might be the craziest…