And yes, he said, he did cry. Even before he heard Martin Luther King’s granddaughter speak at the Washington rally. Here’s the MSNBC video:
Add this to the list of conservative grievances aimed at Delta Air Lines.
The New York Times reported Atlanta-based company donated three round-trip charter flights that allowed hundreds of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to participate in the protest against gun violence in Washington.
The company said earlier this year it severed ties with the National Rifle Association to stay “neutral” in the debate over gun control. That led Georgia lawmakers to deny the airline a lucrative tax break on jet fuel.
In this case, the company said the charter flight donation was "part of our commitment to supporting the communities we serve." That prompted some blowback on social media.
"I'm looking forward to Delta chartering three planes to fly conservatives to D.C. for March for Life!" wrote Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor. "Glad they're remaining 'neutral.'"
The first of three memorial services for former Gov. Zell Miller will be held at Young Harris College this morning. McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming, Ga., will be handling all the details.
That is not an advertisement, but a political footnote. The elder figure in “McDonald and Son” is Lauren “Bubba” McDonald. He is now a member of the state Public Service Commission, but in 1990, he was an unwanted rival to Lt. Gov. Zell Miller, who was in search of a promotion to governor.
Worse than that, McDonald was backed by Miller’s arch-nemesis, House Speaker Tom Murphy. McDonald finished fourth in the Democratic primary, but he (6 percent) and a state senator named Roy Barnes (21 percent) drew enough votes to force a runoff between Miller and the aforementioned Andrew Young.
Miller and McDonald made up years ago. It was Miller who, as governor, first appointed McDonald to a vacant seat on the PSC.
Today is a committee day at the state Capitol, where lawmakers are preparing for the 39th (Tuesday) and 40th day (Thursday) of the 2018 session. Our AJC colleagues Mark Niesse and Maya Prabhu have an excellent wrap-up here on what to watch.
One bill that has already cleared both chambers and awaits a signature from Gov. Nathan Deal is House Bill 876, which would prohibit counties and cities from restricting the use of wood in the construction of multi-story buildings.
The measure was aimed at Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, which require non-flammable construction materials to be used for structures taller than three-stories. But Savannah is now raising its eyebrows, too. But not with fire in mind. City officials there are thinking hurricanes.
Among those who were lobbying against the measure was Eric Johnson, a Republican and former president pro tem of the state Senate. From the Savannah Morning News:
Georgia is a home rule state that prides itself on the sanctity of local government. But "government isn't without its hypocrisy," noted former state senator Eric Johnson, an architect with Hussey Gay Bell who also consults with government affairs firm McGuire Woods Consulting. "We're all for local control until we're not."
… "Savannah has been battered by flooding and high winds the last couple years – first from Hurricane Matthew then Hurricane Irma – bringing along mold and costly cleanups," Johnson is quoted as saying in the coalition's press release. "If it's decided that stronger local codes would help prevent high reconstruction costs, we should be allowed to put them in place."