Friday, June 30, 2006

 

Babies against Ralph Reed


Ralph reed has coerced endorsements from a few conservative leaders, babies, and two Georgia State Senators. The babies are now fighting back demanding that their families vote for Casey Cagle. With the loss of Baby support Ralph's grassroots supporters have dropped from 5614 to 124.







When asked about the future of Georgia if Ralph Reed were elected, Baby H, who wishes to remain anonymous, replied "When even babies who like the big guy now hate the little guy, then you know its serious"

 



BABIES HATE RALPH REED!!!!

Story developing.............


Friday, June 23, 2006

 

Report Links Ralph Reed To Abramoff



Indian Gambling Interests Sent Millions To Christian Coalition Founder
ATLANTA, June 23, 2006

(CBS/AP) Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed was paid more than $4 million by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's influence peddling operation on behalf of Indian gambling interests, a Senate report released Thursday said. The money was sent through intermediaries to satisfy Reed's "political concerns," according to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee report (.pdf). "Ralph Reed did not want to be paid directly by a tribe with gaming interests," Nell Rogers, a Mississippi Choctaw official, told the Senate panel. "It was our understanding that the structure was recommended by Jack Abramoff to accommodate Mr. Reed's political concerns." Reed reportedly received more than $4 million from the Choctaws and the Louisiana Coushattas to direct campaigns against efforts to expand gambling. The report said tax-cut advocate Grover Norquist served as a buffer between Abramoff's casino gambling money and Reed. Norquist's Americans for Tax Relief served as a conduit for the payments from the Choctaws to Reed's operation, while Norquist, a close White House ally, took a cut, the panel said.

Read the rest of the story

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/23/politics/main1746140.shtml

Thursday, June 22, 2006

 

Report: Ralph Reed's 'political concerns' diverted payments


Candidate for lt. governor worked with Indian tribes to protect gambling interests



The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has just released their report entitled Gimme Five - Investigation of Tribal Lobbying Matters.

Open report and do search for Ralph Reed to narrow down document.

AJC article.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/0622abramoff.html

Houston Chronicle


Here is the summarized facts and Reed’s spin all in 4 paragraphs.
Houston Chroniclehttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/3993675.html
“”The report also highlighted the work of former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed on behalf of Indian gambling interests. Reed, seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in Georgia, was paid more than $4 million by two tribes between March 2001 and February 2002, the report said. The money was sent through intermediaries to satisfy Reed’s concern that he not be linked to Indian casinos, the report said.
Reed, a longtime friend of Abramoff, received the bulk of the credit for shutting down the Tigua’s casino, a campaign carried out to benefit another Abramoff client’s gambling operations.
In a statement, Reed said, “The report confirms that I have not been accused of any wrongdoing.”
Reed said he was assured he would not be paid with money derived from gambling. “While I believed at the time that those assurances were sufficient, it is now clear with the benefit of hindsight that this is a piece of business I should have declined,” Reed said.”"

Monday, June 19, 2006

 

Power of 'lite gov' depends on its occupant


By Brandon Larrabee Morris News Service
Monday, June 19, 2006

ATLANTA - Calling the office of lieutenant governor "lite gov" is becoming less of an inside joke at the Gold Dome and more a description of the office.
The Georgia Constitution spells out two duties for the office, created in the mid-20th century: The lieutenant governor serves as governor should something happen to the state's highest elected official, and presides over the Senate.
"The powers of it in the constitution are almost zero," said Mike Digby, a political science professor at Georgia College and State University.
The fact is not insignificant for the seven men and women currently running for the office in their party primaries. How much they are able to move their own agenda - if they are able to do so at all - could come down to the strength of the office.
the power of the office has ebbed and flowed, depending on who held the position and the political circumstances of the day. After ceding some power initially, then-Lt. Gov. Zell Miller eventually gained quite a bit of sway over the Senate when he held the office in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Until Zell Miller, it was pretty much seen as a part-time job," said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. But something not anticipated by those who added the office of lieutenant governor decades ago happened in 2002. Through electoral victories and party switches, the GOP took control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.
Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a Democrat, won re-election.
Something had to give.
Mr. Taylor was stripped of some of his most significant duties. The ability to appoint, and fire, committee chairmen was transferred to a three-member Committee on Assignments, which also included the Senate president pro tem and the Senate majority leader, both of whom were Republicans. The administration of the chamber went to President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah.
BUT MR. JOHNSON SAID a lieutenant governor of his party might see at least some of that authority returned.
"I anticipate it being a Republican, and I anticipate there being a cooperative agreement in the Republican caucus that gives the lieutenant governor most, if not all, of the powers back," said Mr. Johnson, noting that the rules spell out additional duties of the lieutenant governor.
Because they run the chamber, the majority party essentially dictates the rules for either chamber. Republicans and many Democrats believe that the Senate is almost certain to remain in GOP hands after this year's elections.
"I would expect that the powers would probably go up," Mr. Digby said.
The plum, of course, is the ability to appoint committee chairmen, because those lawmakers have enormous influence over which bills make it to the floor.
"I'd be surprised to see (the next lieutenant governor) regain all of it," Mr. Bullock said.
Part of that is because the entire Senate will control which powers the lieutenant governor gets. And, especially if Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed gets the job, there could be a perception that the lieutenant governor is something of an outsider.
"It may also be that senators, by and large, would prefer to have it administered by this committee of three, two of whom are colleagues," Mr. Bullock said.
MOST OF THOSE RUNNING for the job seem undeterred.
When he officially qualified in April to run for lieutenant governor, Mr. Reed said he believed that the problems with powers could be solved simply by getting the right person in the job.
"I think the people of Georgia desire and deserve an effective ... lieutenant governor," Mr. Reed said. "I think part of that is changing the occupant."
Sen. Casey Cagle, R-Chestnut Mountain and Mr. Reed's opponent in the GOP primary, says he has an edge because a vast majority of his colleagues in the upper chamber have endorsed him.
For his part, Mr. Taylor has been able to get bills passed despite his diminished sway. Those cracking down on online predators and creating new benefits for National Guardsmen passed to bipartisan acclaim.
From the Monday, June 19, 2006 edition of the Augusta Chronicle

Friday, June 16, 2006

 

Ralph Reed supported amnesty to all illegal aliens


Reed submits to illegal aliens and then flip flops.


In January of 2004, Reed told a national talk show audience that granting a blanket amnesty to all illegal aliens in the U.S. was a responsible policy because "we have got eight to 12 million illegal aliens in our country right now and we need to know who these folks are."(Ralph Reed, MSNBC, January 21, 2004).

Now that lobbyist Ralph Reed is running for Lt. Governor he has jumped on the band wagon and has changed his views.

Friday, June 02, 2006

 

Photo of Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff lobbying on Scotland golf trip.

Rep. Bob Ney and several other participants in an August 2002 golf trip to Scotland pause during play at one of the courses within the historic St. Andrews links. They are (from left) convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, golf organizer Jason Murdoch, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, former Bush administration official David Safavian and Ney, R-Heath.



















In the group photo above, Abramoff's Champions are shown prior to boarding the Gulf Stream jet. Neil Volz, pictured on the far left, was chief of staff to Bob Ney. He is considered a star witness for the prosecution. Standing next to Volz is Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition. Congressman Bob Ney is 4th from the left. He is the short guy wearing the grey shirt. Jack Abramoff is on the far right.

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