News of the Morning, 11.11.16

The Georgia Wonk’s Thought of the Day:

I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch,
And love is not a victory march.
It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah.

Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”

Education Trump says he doesn’t like Common Core. Would his impulse to give states more control over their educations embolden Nathan Deal, who was handed a defeat after his attempt to exert more control over his state’s education? And, this constant refrain–does Trump actually know what Common Core is? (National Public Radio)

Courts Appointees! Nathan deal appoints Michael Boggs, Britt Grant, and Nels Peterson to the Georgia Supreme Court. Boggs received some attention for, among other things, a flyer for his 2000 election stating he opposed “homosexual Boy Scout leaders.” On the Georgia Court of Appeals, Deal appointed Charlie Bethel and Tillman Self. State senator Bethel has “voted for anti-gay legislation as a state lawmaker…voted for a sweeping anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill that was later vetoed…Bethel also voted for the anti-LGBT ‘Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ that later stalled in the House.” (Project Q Atlanta via Creative Loafing)//The Daily Mail has a rundown of Donald Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees now that poor, sad Merrick Garland isn’t going to get the job. Of local interest? Georgia Supreme Court Justice Keith Blackwell. (Daily Mail)

Justice A Georgia Supreme Court ruling has something interesting to say about expert testimony–if I’m reading this right (seriously, there are so many statutes in there), it says that testimony from an expert has to be treated as expert testimony, regardless of whether or not it’s entered into evidence that way. Cool? (

Water I’d hate to be a Water Authority employee in Dekalb right now. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Collaborators Erick Erickson, famed Georgia conservative firebrand, “accepts” Donald Trump as president, but warns that “Conservatives should realize they won a battle, but are losing a war for ideas.” (The New York Times)


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