Many grassroots Republicans are still rubbing their eyes in disbelief that the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives passed a gasoline excise tax hike contained in a $1 billion transportation package. Seventy-two Republicans stuck with Speaker David Ralston, who supports HB 170. Forty-three Republicans voted no, including the majority leader and majority whip. Most Democrats voted “aye.”

The measure is now before the state Senate, where several GOP senators (supporters and opponents) tell this writer that the votes are not there for passage of H.B. 170 in its present form— or at all.

Some House Republicans even admit—off the record—that they didn’t realize (since it is rarely mentioned in the mainstream media) that they voted for a “self-rising” gasoline tax.

What does that mean? Radio host Michael Graham of Atlanta’s News Talk 106.7FM says it best in a Paul Revere-like blog warning: 

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