From Georgia Politico:

Of the five properties we have records for, Cagle’s disclosure values them at $1,210,000. Tax Records value them at approximately $745,100. It APPEARS Cagle has over-estimated his property values by nearly half a million dollars.

The reason I bring this up is twofold.

First, property value has become a big deal in these races. Nathan Deal is manipulating his for obvious reasons – Why is Cagle significantly overestimating his?

Second, I am by no means an expert of property taxes, but it seems like the school system could use that money. In Gainesville, Cagle paid roughly 1% of his property’s value in tax. If his property is actually worth the extra $500,000, he should pay 1% ($5,000) to his local school board. I am sure they could use the money.

When will Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle answer questions?

He’s been silent on the Deal’s secret meetings with his office regarding the no-bid state monopoly on his salvage business. He’s been silent about his role on the bank board of directors that shoveled $500K to Deal in the failed sporting goods store.

Can he remain silent during this debacle?

The Gainesville Times details the way that our county commission will change next year:

Three votes on the five-member board is considered a majority needed to pass motions, making the addition of two commissioners in January certain to change the dynamic of the board.

Just five meetings remain before incumbent commissioners Bobby Banks and Steve Gailey leave at the end of the year…

…Commission Chairman Tom Oliver said there likely will be some disruption in the beginning for the new commission.

“There definitely will be some differences,” Oliver said. “I think interaction will change, more so to start with for the first several months than after we’ve been there and worked together. You’ll find the chemistry will tend to blend and everybody will do what they think is best for the county as a whole and for their constituents.”

As said before, we’ll have Gailey, Banks and Lee Hawkins waiting around idly on the sidelines. Perhaps Nathan Deal and/or Casey Cagle as well.

The addition of two new commissioners will cause a lot of structural change, but the fact that Hall county will have 3-5 politicians looking for a job will be a more powerful influence than the two new folks on the commission will be.

If Deal loses- a real possibility- than Hall County will have lost a good bit of influence around the state. And, the Tamanny-Hall-County GOP folks will not go quietly into that good night.

Incumbents, enjoy your election season. There’ll be hell to pay in the primary come 2012.

An unintentionally hilarious post from the Peach Pundit archives:

Of the many things that can be said about the Tour de Georgia this year, one thing is for certain, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle ensured an excellent start to the Tour in Savannah, GA and a great finish of the first leg at the Civic Center.

Staffed by loyal Cagle aide Elizabeth Dewberry as Executive Director, Cagle transformed what was already a great event into one that is even better and surely will become one of the crown jewel events of cycling in North America.

What gets lost in the story is that prior to Cagle and Dewberry’s involvement, the Tour cost the state $1 million to put on.  They turned that around and this year, have had an even better and more successful event so far, that has only cost the state $250K.  The return on that investment in local tourism dollars far exceeds that in Savannah alone on the first leg.

Cyclists throughout Georgia are learning that they have a very strong supporter and someone who “gets it” in Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Hundreds turned out today in sunny Savannah to enjoy the Tour and festivities whereas when the Tour was last in Savannah a few years back, it was said that all the supporters could have fit onto a bus.

Not only did Casey and Elizabeth take on this task, they “rode” what they preached too, both competing in the Ride for Research.  Most elected officials simply sign their name onto something and just show up at the end to take the glory.  Not Casey Cagle.  He’s hands on, effective, and genuine in his approach to every project and cause that he takes on and the difference is in the results and the experience of those involved.

Video from Cagle’s visit to the UGA Young Republicans, in which he defends big money kingmakers that make lawmakers do their bidding.

And “they’re perfectly okay” (said with a smile).

(H/T Ga Politico)

The implosion of the Hall County GOP is quickening to such a degree that now there are outward signs of the fracture.

Let’s look back only a few years ago. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and sitting Congressman Nathan Deal lived within miles of one another, comfortably nestled in the valleys of Hall County. Between the two of them, they controlled a large portion of this state’s governing. Conventional wisdom said that Cagle would be our next Governor, and Deal would be the 9th district voice in DC for as many years as he could stand.

Now, Deal is in a Governor’s run-off that he can’t win. Cagle is hobbled by poor health and can’t run for larger office- although many think his bad back is from toting the weight of his own unproven scandalous issues.

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From Access North GA:

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says Georgia is hoping Congress will soon authorize needed dollars for Medicaid assistance. Cagle spoke at Tuesday’s Gainesville Kiwanis Club meeting.

…Georgia is counting on the money to help balance the $17.7 billion state budget that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law earlier this month…“If it does not come through it will be a significant hit to the state budget, about $400-million,” Cagle said.

Meanwhile, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson in the AJC:

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is among those who oppose providing the extra money for Medicaid unless Congress pays for it.

“You just can’t spend people’s money into oblivion, ” said Isakson, who faces re-election this fall.

Just to be clear- Senate Republicans have blocked the additional funding. It eliminates $350 million that Georgia is counting on to balance the books, and threatens an additional $700+ million in additional federal funds. Johnny Isakson’s vote against the Medicaid money could translate into a $1 billion shortfall for the budget year.