Is that the sound of 'political hell' freezing over at the state capitol?

7:49 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- If you drove by Georgia's State Capitol today you might have heard the sound of ice cracking.

That's because for the first time many can remember, political hell froze over.

"Sometimes we should follow a little bit of Republican advice," said former Atlanta City Councilman Derrick Boazman.

That comment from a liberal Democratic activist.

And Boazman went even further.

"Nancy Reagan once coined the term, 'just say no'. In this instance, we should just say what? No!" he added.

A conservative Tea Party activist joined in the bi-partisan blast.

"One thing that this referendum, T-SPLOST, has brought out is the hypocrisy of some of the, some of the Republican elected officials," said Debbie Dooley.

It was a unique sight.

Liberal Democrats, conservative Republicans, the NAACP, labor leaders, environmentalists and Tea Party activists all blasted the July 31st transportation sales tax referendum.

They may have had different reasons, but all criticized the list of projects that would benefit from the multi-million dollar tax.

"Vote this disgraceful referendum down!" Dooley said.

After several days of flying around the state, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) told reporters at Kennesaw's McCollum Airport that he's heard an earful on the T-SPLOST issue.

Ralston isn't saying how people should vote, but he admits it's not a done deal.

"I think there are gonna be regions where it's approved and regions where it's not approved and then I think there's still a region or two that may be too close to call at this point in time," he added.

One of the 12 geographic regions that Ralston admits is up for grabs is metro Atlanta.

The metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce agrees, which is one reason they have helped raise millions of dollars to try and convince voters to support it.

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