Ah, the corporate expense report – the bane of every professional traveler’s end of trip paperwork. You need (and are owed) the reimbursement, but man, what a PITA. Don’t you think you deserve just a little more than the policy allows because you give so much of your personal time to the company? It’s not dinner, golf, a sports outing. When you’re trying to close a deal, it’s WORK. Those are extra hours you’re putting in – practically for free. You could be spending the time with your family. You always go above and beyond what’s required of your job. A little extra here and there is only fair. Dare I say – it’s only right.
So, do you do it? If you can submit up to $25 without a receipt and you only had a $3.79 cup of coffee, how much do you put in the expense report box? Does the company policy and threat of being fired influence the amount you put in the box?
Ladies, you might find this free conference call interesting to dial into…
Pocketbook Politics is geared toward “professional women watching their dollars and making sense of public policy.” The last conference call was a legislative update from Rep. Lynne Riley. What I like about the calls is that a lot of information is relayed in a short amount of time. We’re all busy professional women – Mama’s got work to do.
The thing I’ve found true of every political situation is that if you pull and follow the tiniest thread, you realize it stretches across a lot of tapestries. That’s Cobb – everything’s connected.
There’s a LOT going on in my little slice of heaven. One of them happens to be the race for Chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners. It’s fitting that the vote is on the same day as the TSPLOST vote because that’s largely what the chairman’s race centers around.
There are four candidates running: Tim Lee, Bill Byrne, Mike Boyce, and Larry Savage. Another way to say it: a Pro-TSPLOST incumbent and the three men with roughly the same message trying to defeat him. As a Cobb resident, my taxes were raised three times last year, and I will say I could support any candidate who’s committed to keeping Cobb fiscally conservative.
My name is Bridget. You might recognize me as a commenter, and I’m very excited to be a new front page poster. I enjoy politics, travel, and all things geek or psychology. It’s always easiest to write lines and lines about yourself, but I’ll keep it brief and hit the some of the highlights that will probably influence my posts:
have lived in Cobb County my entire life…even went to college here. I grew up in Smyrna and have owned a home in Marietta for about nine years. My interest in both Cobb County politics and the Board of Regents is not haphazard.
put myself through school with no debt after I graduated although neither of my parents had a high school education. It can be done. I wish 99% of the 99% would take an honest look in the mirror. It’s YOUR responsibility to upgrade yourself.
happen to know first hand that green technology can consistently offer a 3yr or less simple payback if designed correctly. Prior to my current gig, the last twelve years of my career was centered around building automation and energy management. I like to check in on the PSC.
can most closely be defined as a fiscal conservative.
served as an officer for the Atlanta YRs, then Cobb YRs, and now sit on a committee for the Cobb GOP. As the AYR Women Director, my goal was to recruit more young women to the conservative cause – you’re welcome, gentlemen.
have a CWP and keep up with 2nd Amendment and human trafficking issues.
read a lot, and I’m always looking for good books if you have any recommendations. My two favorite quotes are “When you know better, you do better.” and “People try to teach what they most need to know.”
try not to get overly worked up over things. Hardly anything is ever a true checkmate; there’s always a next move.
If you’d like to contact me about a post, you can reach me at bridget.cantrell[at]gmail.com. Don’t spam me, or I’ll simply filter you to the Trash.
I’ve learned that being loud isn’t the same as being effective. With that being said… is this thing on?
For those who follow Georgia politics, you might already know that I debuted as a front page poster for the Peach Pundit this week. I’ll be posting there a couple of times a week now and will cross post the articles here.
I met up with two former legislators and a former aide tonight. No formal agenda – just chit chatting. I heard all sorts of stories about lobbyists and legislators that simply disgusted me. I won’t go into details, but it was just sad. They shared with complete sincerity to not go into lobbying (yes, it crossed my mind) unless I was willing to sleep with people for votes. I did not in any way get the feeling they were being dramatic or funny – it simply sounded like a fact.
I was told that THIS legislator would indeed give you his vote if you slept with him. Ladies, if I told you who to Google Image, you’d gag a little.
I was told THESE legislators shared a condo with a mistress. And THIS lobbyist is “well-known”.
I was told THIS lobbyist didn’t have to bother going to House meetings when the bill would just get shut down in the Senate…over “dinner.”
Wowzer – what a week…how is it only Wednesday?? Lots of good stuff happening. I was out of town this past weekend, so no posts, website updates, etc. I won’t bore you with my schedule except to say – it’s been pleasantly packed.
Tonight was the Cobb GOP Mass Precinct training. The officers, precinct captains, and registration team met at HQ to do fire drills for Saturday’s main event.
Last year’s annual Fourth of July BBQ marked the first year attendees could buy tickets to the event online. In that vein, the upcoming Mass Precincts mark the first year Cobb voters can pre-register online.
The 2010 Mass Precincts were of particular interest to those in the Cobb GOP because two Cobb Countians were running for State Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. For those unfamiliar with the process, there are four sequential steps to be taken in order to attend the Georgia State Convention; Mass Precincts being the first. Because of our support of the candidates in a very close race, Cobb Mass Precincts were well-attended and well – a little chaotic to say the least.
I know, I know – it’s been awhile. I can say my priorities are straight if that makes it better. I skipped town with my family this past weekend and descended upon Pigeon Forge. I didn’t turn on my computer even once. My middle niece turned fifteen, my 4yo niece rode her first go cart, my oldest niece enjoyed a much needed sanity break from college, my sister beat me at board games (sighhh), and Ma got all her babies in one place from Friday night through Sunday – good times indeed.
It’s Tuesday, and the week is off to a solid start. The non-profit I do volunteer marketing for issued its first press release yesterday. It’s A) a cool milestone that my alma mater is the first school in Georgia to get a student organization centered around sustainability & green design and B) a personal milestone to write my first press release. The VP of PR at SPSU kindly allowed me to use training wheels and coached me through the final edit. My goal is to write at lease one press release a month on behalf of the IKRC.
While I don’t have the same view as Rep Riley on all issues, I do think it’s fantastic when a legislator makes herself so accessible to questions and shares what’s going on around the Capitol.
I took a lot of notes during the conference call hosted by Pocketbook Politics. Given that my background is in the geek world and not journalism, I’m not ready to transfer my thoughts from bulleted note form to op-eds quite yet. I’m clearly in an information gathering mindset and will share highlights in layman form as comfortable. My intent is to give readers insight into Georgia Politics from a grassroots view without ticking off legislators by not getting their words quite right.
Luckily, Pocketbook Politics will be posting a recording of the call on their website at some point. Here are the bulleted items Rep Lynne Riley addressed in her call: