Monthly Archives: March 2006

Newsflash!!! Lobbyists write legislation!

The AJC continues their superior and, non-pulitzer prize winning, quality reporting of the Georgia General Assembly with the following story:

Legislature 2006: Lobbyists craft much legislation

And it took 2 reporters to provde that insight…

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Day 40 – Day of Reckoning (or as they say in South Ga – recknin)

The Constitution of the State of Georgia says:

The General Assembly shall meet in regular session on the second Monday in January of each year, or otherwise as provided by law, and may continue in session for a period of no longer than 40 days in the aggregate each year.

This hold over from the days when most legislators were farmers is held out as the lone hope of those who fear what actions this body of representatives may take.  Well, today is it, #40 — you can't go past midnight, cannot go past go, you must stop.

But, in Days 40 of past years, lots does happen.  Stay tuned.

For a warm up, here are some MSP (Main Stream Press) items on Day 40

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Down the rabbit hole

The White Rabbit, one of my favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland, cautioned Alice on not believing what she saw – "Things are not always as they seem," says the Rabbit.

Well, word in the hall Under the Dome is that the "battle", as described by Brandon Larrabee of Morris News, was all a ruse, contrived to evoke memories of "Miller vs. Murphy" thus institutionalizing the new GOP powerhouse in the memories of voters.

Associate Press, AJC, Morris – they all fell for it.  Everyone in the press bought the ruse, accept for Dick Pettys of Insider Advantage. Can't point you to the article though — it is subscription only.

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Perverting the Knowledge Economy: Patents

A Wall Street Journal column on what's wrong with patents makes this cogent observation:

The Constitution grants Congress the power to protect the rights of patent and copyright holders, but only "for limited times" and to "promote the progress of science and useful arts." It does not, by contrast, grant Congress the power to confer the right to real or personal property "to promote the cultivation of land" or "the accumulation of wealth."

If we don't return to that basis of intellectual property, we'll be nothing but a manufacturing station for Asian companies in very short time.

(If you ask nicely, I will email a copy of the article to you.  Otherwise, you need to purchase access)

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SB 425 – Questions being asked

A heated exchange took place between the lobbyist for Unspam and the chair of the subcommittee hearing SB 425.  The conversation can be summed up by stating that the lobbyist accused the chair of being beholden to big business and the pornography industry.

The lobbyist is a member of the Christian Coalition.  SB 425 is a bill being promoted in multiple states across the country.  If you are against the bill, you are for pornographers.  Funny thing, if you limit the bill to controlling access to pornography, which is what the subcommittee chair was attempting to do, then the supporters don't want the bill.  Could it be that the business supporting SB 425 is more interested in increasing profits than protecting children?  That question was precisely the charge the subcommittee chair returned to the lobbyist.

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Oft used phrase

From the AJC article today on the passage of the Bible Bill (BTW — AJC should tell you the bill number so you can read it yourself… it is  SB 79)

 "We cannot live in fear of possible lawsuits every time we pass a piece of legislation." Senate Majority Leader Tommy Williams

That phrase has been repeated in almost word for word fashion in hearings on the Immigration bill, email filtering, regulation of Internet content, etc.

More on this later.  An important essay topic here

But, if newspaper editors feel that "Tailgating" is more important than "good legislation", why bother?

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21st Century Imperatives

Some sage words from Wlawdawsky-Berger (Always On) on why innovation is critical:

Consequently, a business or institution of any kind—whether in government, healthcare, academia or any other area of human endeavor—needs to think about innovation as a principle, a pervasive set of behaviors and skills that underlies every aspect of its operations, its strategy and its relationships. In historically dynamic times like these—the inflection points of really big shifts from one era to another—simply innovating aspects of an organization in one or two areas will not be sufficient. The winners—not just of the current competitive battles, but those who aspire to shape the future of commerce and society—need to reimagine and reinvent a lot more than products, services or even processes. They need to rethink basic business models, management systems, organizational relationships and broader policies.

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