Black, nonwhite voters on the rise in Georgia, AJC analysis shows | www.myajc.com

A rising tide of African-Americans and other minorities has swelled voting rolls, shrinking whites’ share of Georgia’s electorate to historic lows.

The question now is whether they will show up at the polls, as Democrats challenge the state’s dominant Republicans in tight races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

Black voters in Georgia now make up more than 30 percent of the more than 5.1 million active voters in Georgia, according to a new analysis of the state’s registration database by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That’s almost 67,000 more black voters than were on the active rolls for the state’s previous midterm election in 2010, when voter interest historically dips because it is a nonpresidential election year.

It also comes as the number of Georgia voters overall has also increased from four years ago, when only half of the state’s active black voters cast ballots.

White voters, meanwhile, continued to decline to less than 58 percent — down from 61.6 percent in 2010. The percentage of active white voters in Georgia slipped under 60 percent for the first time in state history two years ago.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 22, 2014

James Oglethorpe of Georgia signed a treaty with Florida’s Spanish government on October 22, 1736 that is commemorated each year with a very large cocktail party.

On October 22, 1832, the Cherokee Land Lottery began in which the Georgia state government gave away millions of acres of land in 160-acre and 40-acre parcels.

Governor John B. Gordon signed legislation changing the number of Georgia Supreme Court Justices from three to five on October 22, 1887

President Grover Cleveland arrived in Atlanta aboard the Southern Railway to tour the Cotton States and International Expo on October 22, 1895.

Grover Cleveland Atlanta

Four-hundred thirty-three Atlantans were poisoned by bad moonshine on October 21, 1951.

President John F. Kennedy announced the American naval blockade of Cuba after spy planes photographed Soviet missiles on the island 90 miles off the coast of the United States.

The third and final debate between Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford was held on October 22, 1976 at Williamsburg, Virginia.

The Atlanta Braves won the first World Series baseball game played outside the United States on October 22, 1992, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 with pitcher John Smoltz starting for the Braves.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Democratic Race-Baiting

Ferguson Mailer

The Georgia Democratic Party is engaged in vicious race-baiting in a divide and conquer strategy to drive African-American voters to the polls. The above photo originated, I believe, from an AJC scan, but has been traveling across the internet for 24 hours. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 22, 2014

Gwinnett42394

42394 is a small female Terrier mix puppy who is a little scared but also friendly. She is available for adoption from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Gwinnett42398

42398 is a sweet, medium-sized female Lab or Terrier mix who is friendly and playful, and has a big silly grin. She is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter. Click here to see a video of her.

Gwinnett42391

42391 is a female Lab mix puppy who is friendly and playful. She is available for adoption from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

David Perdue: Blasts Nunn & Obama’s Political Ebola Czar

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From David Perdue US Senate 

19 Oct  Agenda-Petition

Perdue Blasts Nunn & Obama’s Political Ebola Czar

The White House recently announced that on Wednesday, President Obama will appoint Washington lobbyist and former chief of staff to Vice President Biden, Ron Klain, as the “Ebola Czar.” Republican Senate candidate, David Perdue, released the following statement on this partisan appointment:

“The American people are concerned about Ebola, but President Obama is more concerned about doling out favors to his political allies. It is this sort of insider behavior that Georgians are fed up with in Washington, and it makes us less safe as a nation. Instead of selecting someone with a medical background and the right experience, the President hand-picked a partisan lobbyist serving as Michelle Nunn’s senior advisor. The fact that Michelle Nunn believes a partisan Washington lobbyist is the right choice for this position only further demonstrates her deference to the President’s judgment on such important issues. (more…)

Sen. Johnny Isakson: Calls on IRS to Take Decisive Action to Tackle Tax Refund Fraud

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 

Johnny

Isakson Calls on IRS to Take Decisive Action to Tackle Tax Refund Fraud

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges Agency to Make Fraud Prevention Top Priority

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., this week joined a bipartisan group of 15 senators, including seven members of the Senate Finance Committee, in calling on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen to update Congress on the agency’s efforts to prevent tax refund fraud using stolen identities.

“Tax fraud costs hardworking Americans billions of dollars and further undermines taxpayers’ confidence in our tax system,” said Isakson, a member of the Senate Finance Committee. “Targeted action by the IRS to stop the flood of identity theft-related fraudulent refunds is critically important. I look forward to Commissioner Koskinen’s response on what steps are being taken to combat this serious problem.”

As Georgia ranks second highest in the country in the number of fraudulent tax refund claims, Isakson has continually pressed the IRS on the critical need to combat identity theft-related fraudulent refunds. Tax fraud puts innocent taxpayers at risk for audits, multiple layers of bureaucracy and refund delays averaging 18 months. (more…)

via Gov. Nathan Deal: Yarbrough: Deal’s Plans For Education Should Be Taken Seriously

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From Governor Nathan Deal

 

Deal Leadership

In his syndicated column today, Dick Yarbrough says Gov. Nathan Deal’s reform and for his second term “could change the face of public education for decades to come.” In the interview, Deal outlined his vision for education reforms in his second term. Building off the success of the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform, Deal will form a special education task force, including educators, school superintendents, administrators and other stakeholders, to study and offer solutions for public education reforms, including:

  • Updating our current funding formula to meet student needs and the demands of a 21st century classroom
  • Exploring ways to save students from failing schools
  • Advancing efforts to ensure students read at grade level
  • Keeping our best educators in the classroom

Yarbrough, a one-time adviser to Gov. Joe Frank Harris, helped craft the 1984 Quality Basic Education formula.

Read more below or click here. (more…)

David Perdue: Obama Confirms Michelle Nunn’s Support For His Failed Policies

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From David Perdue US Senate

20 Oct Nunn Obama

Obama Confirms Michelle Nunn’s Support For His Failed Policies

President Obama recently admitted that Michelle Nunn is fully on board with his agenda, when he told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that Democrat candidates in states that he lost (like Georgia) “are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, you know what, you do what you need to do to win.

This statement comes on the heels of Obama reminding the country that his “policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” That includes Georgia.

Michelle Nunn’s own campaign plan exposed that she was “too liberal,” for Georgia, and her recent support for Obama’s agenda proves her plan was accurate. (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Badcock To Locate New Distribution Center To LaGrange

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal Leadership

Deal: Badcock to locate new distribution center to LaGrange

Furniture retailer will employ more than 100 at new Troup County facility, invest $22 million

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that W.S. Badcock Corp., one of the largest privately held furniture retailers in the United States, will construct a new regional distribution center in LaGrange, investing $22 million and employing more than 100.

“Badcock’s new regional distribution center is an excellent addition to Troup County,” said Deal. “This expansion is a testament our state’s top-ranked business climate, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s skilled workforce and globally recognized logistics infrastructure will support future growth and success.”

The 535,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Callaway South Industrial Park in LaGrange and is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015. The project will include enhanced energy efficiency technologies and is designed for expansion to 700,000 square feet. This facility will replace two existing facilities in Thomson and Cullman, Ala. (more…)