Georgia Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn wants to be a soldier’s candidate, often appearing at military bases and vowing to fight the Obama administration on proposed defense spending cuts.
With no personal military experience, the ninth-generation Georgian no doubt rides the coattails of her father, former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn – a Democrat who served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and in the U.S. Coast Guard.
But the elder Nunn admits the military experience that launched his career in politics often weaves its way into the butt of a joke.
Before the award presentation, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel recounted the most brutal battle of Nunn’s military career: an attack by mosquitoes while on active duty in Cape May, New Jersey.
“As he often says, ‘It was the only blood I shed for the nation,’” Michel said.
“I was a non-heroic, but very proud, enlisted man in the U.S. Coast Guard,” Nunn added sheepishly. “The only downside after six months in New Jersey: My friends all say I have a Yankee accent.”
While he may not be a war hero, Nunn is actively engaged in saving his daughter’s campaign, hoping to use his 24-year Senate tenure to cement her status as heir.
Paper absentee ballots are now available in advance of the Nov. 4 general election.
The voter registration deadline for the election is Oct. 6, and in-person early voting begins Oct. 13.
If you have a valid Georgia driver’s license or state ID card, you can register to vote online at sos.ga.gov. There is also the GA Votes App, a free smart phone app.
You can also get a paper registration form at the Coweta Voter Registration Office, located at 22 East Broad St., Newnan, and at local libraries. You can also fill out your form online if you don’t have a valid Georgia ID.
Coweta Voter Registrar Joan Hamilton said that her office hasn’t received any more questionable registration forms submitted by The New Georgia Project, which is currently being investigated by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office for voter registration fraud. She said she has received a few forms this week from the group, but all were acceptable and were processed.
Hamilton said last week that her office received about 11 forms from the group in late August that were clearly fraudulent. Some had nonexistent cities listed as addressees, and other forms had different names but the same addresses and birth dates. All the other forms from the group were processed.
The New Georgia Project was founded by Georgia House Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams. She is a member of Nunn’s so-called “kitchen cabinet,” advising the candidate. Abrams told Fox News she maintains a clear wall of separation between her work with the Nunn campaign and what she insists is a “nonpartisan” effort to get more minorities out to the polls in November.
Kemp has slapped the New Georgia Project with a subpoena, demanding any and all documents and communications related to the voter registration drive by next Friday. The NGP fired back on Wednesday proclaiming its innocence and says it is strictly following the law. Abrams complains that the subpoena is “overly burdensome and an abuse of power,” and is taking valuable time away from the group’s voter registration drive.
“I was very disappointed in a lot of the reverend’s comments,” Kemp told Fox News. “I think anybody that knows me knows that I’m not a racist and some of the things that they’ve said and accused me of are just flat wrong.”
Kemp insists his job is exactly what he is doing — and that reports of fraud and forgery were brought to his attention by several counties and that it is simply his duty to investigate them. He told Fox News that with what is at stake in November, it’s not a surprise the matter has become so politicized.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s gotten political, but we’re in the silly season, if you will right now, and have some big races in Georgia.”
[T]he Conservation Use Value Assessment program, created more than two decades ago. Property owners pledge to use the land for agricultural or forestry purposes for 10 years. The program is available for parcels from 10 to 2,000 acres, Kelly said.
Some 83,000 acres of Crawford County’s roughly 205,000 acres are in the program, and the county gets no state help to offset the lower tax base. In contrast, a newer program for properties larger than 2,000 acres known as the Forest Land Protection Act offsets the initial costs of the program, and then limits costs to no more than 3 percent of the tax base. The state pays half the costs up to 3 percent, then covers anything over that.
State Rep. Robert Dickey, whose family started Dickey Farms in Crawford County early in the 20th century, said he’s interested in talking with Kelly about possible changes to the Conservation Use Value Assessment program.
But while the conservation agreements limit how much tax money comes in, they also don’t require much government services, Dickey said.
Such conservation agreements block farmland from being turned into cheap housing that would have high demands for services and limited tax payments, he said.
Election officials in Fulton and Muscogee counties — the two Georgia counties with the biggest number of pending voter applications — said Thursday they are working to clear thousands of registration forms turned in by the New Georgia Project ahead of the state’s Oct. 6 deadline.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, meanwhile, has begun to spot-check more than 51,000 applications the Democratic-backed group claims have languished in the system. It says dozens of those forms have been properly recorded and added to voter rolls.
Others, however, appear to be caught up in the state’s verification process — which in Georgia is handled by local elections officials in each county. Some of those officials said they are working hard to catch up with a “significant” increase in new voter applications before this year’s midterm elections.
That work will be front and-center in the remaining three weeks Georgians have to register, as a rare investigation launched last week by Secretary of State Brian Kemp continues.