The Republican contest for president hones in on its most conservative activists today, with three of the four candidates making appearances before CPAC.
Newt Gingrich will try something different. He’ll be introduced by his wife, Callista – a sign that she’s about to assume a more prominent role in the campaign. From Politico.com:
The speech she’s supposed to give is intended to be light-hearted and descriptive about the man she’s married to, the source [said]. Her decision to introduce her husband is intended as the first step in what will be a broader rollout of Callista going forward – introducing the candidate at rallies, meeting with women’s groups and granting press requests that the campaign had turned down for most of the cycle.
Over at the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan wonders how hard Mitt Romney will go after the rising Rick Santorum this afternoon:
Nobody in the conservative base hates Rick. Newt is hated by many and Mitt by some. Mr. Santorum is liked. He has real indignation about what’s happened to America, and he brings passion to his ideas about reform. He’s got little money, little organization—there’s no broad assumption he can pull it off. And by the time the Romney campaign is done dismantling him, he may have some people who hate him. But this will only underscore the Romney campaign’s reputation for destroying, not creating. And nobody loves a Death Star.
The Newt Gingrich campaign has already announced it will bring the candidate to Georgia next week. Last night, the Forsyth County Republican party offered up a first specific event:
Gingrich will address 300-400 attendees at the Forsyth County GOP Mass Precinct Meeting in preparation for Super Tuesday. Forsyth County, one of the most conservative counties in the country, will be the first stop of four during Gingrich’s Saturday visit to Georgia.
The event is scheduled to begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18th at South Forsyth High School, the doors will open at 9:00 a.m., and no entry will be granted after 10:00 a.m.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Mitt Romney’s claim, made this week in Atlanta, that “25 or 24 million” people are “out of work or stopped looking for work.”
This week, state Sens. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus; David Shafer, R-Duluth; and a handful of other Republicans introduced SR 828, a resolution in opposition to the Barack Obama administration’s new mandate that hospitals and other large institutions operated by churches must include contraceptive prescriptions in their health insurance plans for employees.
A few of the whereases:
Whereas, the Catholic belief is that an unborn child is a fully-corporate, living human being; and
Whereas, the Church states that abortion, kinetic or chemical, terminates the life of a human being and violates the Sixth Commandment, making the Church morally culpable for every abortion taking place under the insurance plan; and
Whereas, the American Catholic Church is reaching out in an attempt to hold onto their First Amendment rights, as well as their belief and religion…
But over at Georgia Politico, Dustin Baker notes the irony that Georgia already has long had an insurance mandate almost identical to the one on the federal level. Specifically, Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 33-24-59.6:
(c) Every health benefit policy that is delivered, issued, executed, or renewed in this state or approved for issuance or renewal in this state by the Commissioner on or after July 1, 1999, which provides coverage for prescription drugs on an outpatient basis shall provide coverage for any prescribed drug or device approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive.
We are headed toward St. Patrick’s Day. Down on the coast, that means public officials are trying to stay ahead of the latest trend among drunken revelers. From the Savannah Morning News:
Savannah city officials at Thursday’s City Council meeting announced they are drawing the line at public displays of snakes, lizards or any other creepy-crawly.
“If it has scales and is cold-blooded, you cannot bring it,” explained Marty Johnston, the city’s acting assistant city manager for management services.
Though there were brief sidebar discussions about whether banning a reptile from a public street is legal, council as a whole didn’t discuss that aspect, and judging by the shivers shared over a photo of a hefty Burmese python, most supported the idea.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider