Monday, February 9, 2009

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Editor's note: Hello, Georgia. Kris Jensen, one member of the Georgia Online News Service team covering the General Assembly, has two stories about sin today. More precisely, one of the stories is about particularly vile sin – child prostitution – while the other concerns the more venial transgression of Sunday liquor sales.

About three years ago, I learned that Atlanta was considered one of the child prostitution capitals of the world, and I've written about it several times since. Jensen's report looks into State Sen. Renee Unterman's effort to combat child exploitation.

On the Sunday liquor sales – opposing letting the beer flow is that noted apostle, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Now, would anyone believe he'd grandstand the issue in his campaign for gubner? Nah, of course not.

We also have two Soapbox features today. On the Right is Randy Evans, who says of the peanut crisis: "Georgia's leaders will either be George Bush after Katrina, or true leaders focused on helping Georgia get out of this mess."

And, on the Left, State Rep. Stacey Abrams tells Georgia to get real about taxes: "Every penny represents a payment for a healthy, well-educated work force able to get to good jobs on time, without fear of rampant crime or unsafe drinking water."

As always, we'd like to hear from you. Send your comments and any story ideas to executive editor John Sugg at john.sugg@georgiaonlinenews.org. You can also call us at 800-891-3459.


Today's GONSO

Legislators prep bills to tackle Georgia's sex trade 'underworld'

by K. Patrick Jensen
Legislators are talking now and preparing to act on a package of three bills designed to help stem the tide of filth that robs girls and boys of innocence.
Full Story

Set 'em up Joe for another round on Sunday alcohol sales

by K. Patrick Jensen
The issue of selling alcohol on Sundays is reviving itself for another round of debate in the Georgia Legislature and Statehouse.
Full Story

SOAPBOX

Peanut catastrophe shows Georgia must be aggressive in protecting consumers from food contamination

by J. Randolph Evans
It is clear that Georgia's reputation continues to suffer horribly and confidence in Georgia products continues to plummet. Yet, Georgia leaders seem content to watch as a cornerstone of the Georgia economy suffers the same fate as eight people who consumed Georgia's peanut butter.
Full Story

SOAPBOX

Time for Georgians to get real about taxes

by Rep. Stacey Abrams
Taxes are not fun. But they are necessary. Every penny represents a payment for a healthy, well-educated work force able to get to good jobs on time, without fear of rampant crime or unsafe drinking water. And tax reform is needed. We must fix a broken assessment process that treats a McMansion and a modest 30-year old bungalow the same.
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
The New Federalism is Old News
by Tom Baxter
Governor's Allies Propose Legal Immunity for Drug Makers
by Maggie Lee
Tax breaks: The state should quit playing favorites
by Alan Essig and Sarah Beth Gehl

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