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Gov. Deal takes blame for Atlanta 'snow jam'

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 2:32 PM
Last updated 7:23 PM
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ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for the poor storm preparations that led to an epic traffic jam in Atlanta and forced drivers to abandon their cars or sleep in them overnight when a storm dumped a couple of inches of snow.

Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have found themselves on the defensive ever since the snow started falling and commuters rushed home at the same time schools let out, causing gridlock.

“We did not make preparations early enough,” Deal said at a news conference. “I’m not going to look for a scapegoat. I am the governor. The buck stops with me.”

As Deal said his agencies would undergo reviews and make new plans, police and the National Guard helped people reunite with their abandoned cars, two days after a winter storm hit the Deep South.

The cleanup could take all day. At the peak of the storm, thousands of cars littered the interstates in Georgia and in Alabama. Some people ran out of gas, some were involved in accidents and others simply left their car on the side of the road so they could walk home or to someplace warm.

On Thursday, though, the sun was out across much of the South, temperatures were rising and snow was beginning to melt.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/30/14 - 03:01 pm
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Not at fault imo

From the on start of this storm we were told the brunt of it would hit the lower portion of Ga...I was getting ready to drive to Fulton cty Ga for an appt....I was really watching the news & weather because of the drive...within 35 minutes the weather CHANGED drastically....cars were sliding & running off roads & snow came down in Gwinnett in a 20 minutes or so..

They need to have a system to route big tractor trailers around Atlanta (when weather is bad like this)..once they slide & block the interstates it is impossible for cars to navigate....I think the Gov & Mayor did the best they could under the current system.. Thank goodness I stayed at home...woot woot.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/30/14 - 03:09 pm
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Refreshing To See...

....a politician standing up and taking the blame.

willie7
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willie7 01/30/14 - 04:24 pm
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It is his election year. He
Unpublished

It is his election year. He is going to saw a lot of good things to return
to his office!!!!!

Darby
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Darby 01/30/14 - 04:34 pm
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"Refreshing To See...

....a politician standing up and taking the blame."

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Now, if we could just get someone to take responsibility/blame for Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the ObamaCare debacle etc., we might just be on our way to some sort of responsible government.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 01/30/14 - 05:24 pm
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Was this the first time Atlanta got snow??

I can appreciate Deal taking the heat for this - but I'd have thought that the local school districts and businesses would have their eye on the weather reports (I mean, we knew last week that there was the possibility of a winter storm coming this week) and have had a plan in place. Traffic is gnarly around there on a sunny day, much less when there's a winter storm coming. Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, but I'm not going to wait for the government to tell me when it's a good idea to head on home. I'd expect the state DOT to be prepared to take care of the roadways, but as far as dismissing people from their jobs and school in time to beat the storm and avoid traffic issues falls on someone other than the Governor - like the employers and school systems. It's kind of like knowing there's a hurricane coming, and waiting until the last minute to leave...

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/30/14 - 05:37 pm
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Thanks seenit for your support of the Governor!

Sad that Walter Jones and Morris News Service decided to take a poll of folks to see 'who' was to blame. Not even worthy of publishing!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/30/14 - 05:40 pm
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A lot of the problem too was

A lot of the problem too was with the sudden change in forecast; they all closed up shop at the same time and sent people home. That by itself would cause major problems, without the added issues of ice/snow.

Darby
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Darby 01/30/14 - 10:21 pm
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"It's kind of like knowing there's a hurricane coming,

and waiting until the last minute to leave..."

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You mean sort of like mayor "school bus" Nagin in New Orleans?

Thug passion
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Thug passion 01/31/14 - 05:05 am
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The 'snow jam' is the governor least problem.

Here's the thing:

Refusing Medicaid funding could prove to be a big political liability for Governor Deal. Medicaid expansion is a very popular idea nationwide, and not just in blue states. Recent polls have repeated shown that a majority of voters nationwide - not just voters in Georgia but also voters throughout the Deep South want Medicaid to be expanded. Commission polling that shows that governors who refuse to expand Medicaid will pay a political price in November.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/31/14 - 08:14 am
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"Republican governors and

"Republican governors and legislators argue that the policy will ultimately drain state coffers by increasing Medicaid rolls, and fear that the federal government won’t keep its funding promise, leaving them on the hook."

Seems there's a little bit of a trust issue with our government. Can anyone wonder why?

john
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john 01/31/14 - 08:48 am
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well

thank goodness Gov Deal had the foresight to make Richmond County close their schools.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/31/14 - 09:26 am
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"Recent polls have repeated

"Recent polls have repeated shown that a majority of voters nationwide - not just voters in Georgia but also voters throughout the Deep South want Medicaid to be expanded. "

I'm sure they do, most of them won't be paying for it. When an average of 49% of individuals in each state of Alabama, Georgia, Louisana, Mississippi, and South Carolina, are adults between 19 and 64 who fall under 100% FPL and do not have health insurance coverage, it isn't a surprise that they would be for it. The question is, what kind of financial impact will it have on each state after the government backs off the support in a few years or decides they can't support each state and renege of the deal completely?

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 01/31/14 - 12:15 pm
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Planning

Early weather patterns said it would be 50 miles south of Atlanta. They weren't notified until 3:38 am on Tuesday that it had changed. Why wasn't there a contingency plan in place? Agencies all around the country do what if mock ups of disasters. My Dad was in the military and he always told me "prior planning prevents poor performance". Hopefully they will be better prepared next time.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 01/31/14 - 08:12 pm
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And a thought that needs to be added

Had it been that the Governor would have cried :"wolf" and the system would have passed 50 miles south of Atlanta and nothing would have taken place - I wonder what the comments would have been then???

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