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Mornings unPHILtered - Attorney general candidate likes freedom of position
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Rob Teilhet
    Monday's first guest on the “Mornings unPHILtered” show was Rob Teilhet, a candidate for Georgia's attorney general. Teilhet has represented Smyrna and Marietta in the Georgia House of Representatives since his election in 2002 at the age of 28.
    Teilhet told host Phil Boyum that the attorney general's office has an unusual ability to take action without seeking the approval of the governor or Legislature, and that is why he is seeking the job. He agreed with Boyum that it is too early to know who his opponents will be.
    Teilhet spoke of how House Speak Glenn Richardson's resignation under fire has opened up the whole idea of ethics reform. Teilhet earned the “Smack Down of the Year Award” from the Young Democrats in 2008 for taking the Democratic leadership to task.
    Teilhet has begun using the Internet, specifically You Tube, on which he is posting videos. He said he is one of the first to use this immediate interactive means of communicating what's going on. The last bill that the Legislature voted on was “Pay Day Lending”.
    Teilhet used the video to notify everyone what was going to happen, and recommended that voters contact their representative. The attention this video garnered help defeat the lending changes.
    Another video concerned the Georgia Power Bill that allowed was before the legislature. The proposed changes would allow Georgia Power to begin charging customers for the power they would eventually supply even before the plant was even built.
    Teilhet said generations of Georgians would pay for the construction but never enjoy the benefits. Unfortunately, Teilhet said despite his opposition the bill still managed to pass.
    In 1993, he helped to establish and operate a pre-school program for disadvantaged youth while a student at the University of Georgia, where earned both his undergraduate and law degrees. While at the UGA School of Law, he worked with the Consumer Law Center of the South as an advocate fighting consumer fraud.
     The second guest was show regular Ron Shiffler. Shiffler is the dean of GSU's College of Business Administration and interim dean of the College of Information Technology.
    Shiffler said COBA graduated some 295 students and 45 graduate students, and IT graduated 45 students during Friday's Fall Commencement ceremonies.
    Shiffler said the economy has made the prospect of getting out of school more difficult. However, he said the marketing industry is very strong right now.
    The graduation speaker was Jenny Lind Gentry. Gentry is a GSU alumnus, who works as senior vice president and market president for the Wells Fargo Banks in the Savannah District.
    As market president at Wells Fargo, Gentry oversees the operation of 18 banks. She spoke of how in this financial climate you have to work very hard to get ahead. She ended her speech with an admonition to the graduates that the time had come for them to leave the roost, which caused much applause from the parents in the stands.
    Schiffler spoke of how the MBA students have been involved working on developing marketing programs with local businesses. Long-time professor Dr. Jim Randall had four student plans underway. One of these was a student group working with Jason Lanier at Heritage Bank; and another one was Bubba Hunt at Car City, who wanted some help with his marketing in Statesboro.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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