Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Creative Loafing hosts Political Party, Wednesday, February 8th 2006

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2006 at 9:52 PM

Our School of Hard Knocks

Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed a 4 percent raise for Georgia teachers. But he also wants to cut the state's classroom funding formula. Are Georgia's schools getting better or worse under this governor? Hear top education
leaders debate and get them to answer your questions.

Guests include:

  • Georgia PTA Chairperson, Donna Kosicki
  • DeKalb County School Teacher, Jackie Henry
  • Former President of Atlanta Board of Education, Joe Martin
  • State Representative, Jill Chambers

If you are an educator or a parent, you will not want to miss this event!

Join us Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Political Party is held at Dad's Garage.
(280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C-101, Atlanta, GA 30307) (link to directions)
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
As always, itÕs free, so show up early for seats.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

What have GeorgiaÕs politicians done for you lately?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 8:14 PM

In case you missed Ôem, they headed back to Atlanta for reprise of the General Assembly session! Tax cuts, school bucks, sex offenders, church-and-state, illegal immigrants and more election-year headline grabbing are on the agenda. On January 11th, we grabbed headlines of our own with a smart and lively free-for-all featuring leading lawmakers and other important folks.

Political Party January 11th

Our panelists were, from left:

  • Radio talk show host Martha Zoller
  • Georgia Watch Legislative Coordinator Danny Orrock
  • Host, CL editor, Ken Edelstein
  • State Representative Nan Orrock
  • State Senator Sam Zamarippa
  • State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (not shown in this picture)

How'd it go? What do you think?

Have any ideas on how we can improve the next version of Political Party?

Sound off!

Use the comment forums below to say it.

Listen to the show, click here.

Photos: Sonia Clark

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Listen to the January Show

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 5:43 PM


Listen to the January 11th Political Party podcast, "What have GeorgiaÕs politicians done for you lately?," with guests State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan, State Representative Nan Orrock, State Senator Sam Zamarippa, Radio talk show host Martha Zoller, Georgia Watch Legislative Coordinator Danny Orrock (above left), and your host, CL editor, Ken Edelstein (above right). 


Photo by Sonia Clark

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

What have GeorgiaÕs politicians done for you lately?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 3:45 PM

With host Ken Edelstein. In case youÕve missed Ôem, theyÕre headed back to Atlanta for reprise of the General Assembly session! Tax cuts, school bucks, sex offenders, church-and-state, illegal immigrants and more election-year headline grabbing are on the agenda. WeÕll grab headlines of our own with a smart and lively free-for-all featuring leading lawmakers. Meet them. Ask them questions. Give Ôem a piece of your mind.

Panel Guests include:

  • State Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan
  • State Representative Nan Orrock
  • State Representative Sam Zamarippa
  • Radio talk show host Martha Zoller
  • Georgia Watch Legislative Coordinator Danny Orrock

Listen to the show! Click on the Podcasts link on the column to the right.

Political Party is held at DadÕs Garage.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

As always, itÕs free (though the beer and wine will cost you), so show up early for seats.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2006

The War At Home: Reactions

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2006 at 6:29 PM

A couple of weeks ago I was a panelist on Political Party, Creative LoafingÕs live

Political Talk Show.

IÕd done the show twice before. I enjoy it, but this time I was

apprehensive. In general, IÕm pretty jokey in those sort of public

situations. Normally thatÕs fine. This time, however, wasnÕt sure if

and how it would be appropriate. ThatÕs because one of the other guests

was Patricia Roberts, the mother Spc. Jamaal Addison, the first soldier

from Georgia to die in Iraq.

As it turned out, it wasnÕt a problem. Roberts did indeed tell the

heartbreaking story of how her son died and how she found out. But

sheÕs not all Roberts was there to talk about. SheÕs very interested in

talking about the politics and (lack of) leadership of the war. SheÕs

critical of the Bush administration, both for starting the war for its

incompetence in executing it. Once the conversation got political (as

opposed to personal), it became the usual Political Party,

free-wheeling discussion.

In no particular order, here are some of the things about the show

that have stuck in my head:

1. RobertsÕ son died nearly three years ago, but she still hasnÕt

received a satisfactory, comprehensive explanation from the Army about

the circumstances that led to his death.

Why is the Army unforthcoming about her sonÕs death? I donÕt know. ItÕs

probably safe to guess, however, that the Army is covering up something

that makes someone powerful look bad. As we all learned after the death

of Pat Tillman, the Army is perfectly willing to lie about the

circumstances of soldiersÕ deaths for the sake of PR.

2. One of the other panelists was a young Iraq war veteran. He asked us

not to publish his name, so weÕre calling him Spc. Smith.


ÒSmithÓ contends that support for the war is quite low among the

soldiers who are fighting it, but that their professionalism and sense

of duty keep them from voicing their grievances too loudly.


I asked him if, to his knowledge, public debates about the war have a

negative effect on morale. He doesnÕt believe so.

3. The showÕs other guest was Dr. Dan Reiter, Political Science

Professor at Emory University. I really liked him. HeÕs not only very

smart, but a very clear and sensible explainers-of-things. Reiter was

opposed to the war before it began, but he does not think that we

should pullout until IraqÕs security forces are able to fight. By and

large, I agree.

4. At one point, a woman in the audience stood up and indicated that

she was dissatisfied by what she characterized as the overly

dispassionate and detached tone with which we were all discussing the

war. We should be expressing outrage, she contended, because the war is

outrageous.

I think thatÕs a perfectly okay thing to say to me and the professor

(although, frankly, I donÕt know why a stranger would be interested in

hearing about my feelings for an hour). But to tell a woman who lost

her son in the war and a soldier who fought in it that their public

emotional response is insufficient, thatÕs a bit rich.

That night, I intended to, but never got around to making the following

point/prediction:

Republicans (the politicians and their mouthpieces in the

press/blogosphere) like to attack anyone who suggests that we should

start pulling American soldiers out of Iraq. Their attitude is summed

up by that billboard on I-85 just South of Clairmont Rd that says

something like ÒDemocrats cut and run, Marines never do.Ó

But pulling out/cuttin-n-runnin/declaring victory and getting out is

exactly what weÕre going to do. The Bush Administration will claim that

yesterdayÕs Iraqi election made a pullout possible, but really, itÕs

our Novembe 2006 Congressional election thatÕs making the pullout not

only possible, but mandatory.

We wonÕt be out completely, but enough soldiers will be out (some

brought home, some redeployed to nearby bases) so that Republican

candidates and incumbents can tell voters that there is progress being

made and that U.S. forces wonÕt be there indefinitely.

-- Andisheh Nouraee

Listen to the show, click here

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Listen to the December Show

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2006 at 5:34 PM

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Listen to the December 14, 2005 Political Party with guests Patricia Roberts, the first Georgia mother to lose her son to the war in Iraq; CL columnist Andisheh Nouraee; Army Spc. "Smith", an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom; Dr. Dan Reiter, Political Science Professor at Emory University; and host, CL editor, Ken Edelstein.

Click here to read Andisheh's post-show blog entry.

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