Polls/News | Vox Populi Polling

A new Vox Populi survey,  sponsored by Ending Spending Action Fund, in Georgia shows that Republicans lead in both the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Governor Nathan Deal is leading Democrat Jason Carter 49 to 42, with Libertarian Andrew Hunt getting 3 percent of the vote and 7 percent undecided. In the Senate race, Republican David Perdue leads Democrat Michelle Nunn 48 to 43. Libertarian Amanda Swafford receives 3 percent support and another 6 percent remain undecided in this race.

Both Republican candidates receive strong support among Independents, with Governor Deal winning Independents 51 to 38 and Perdue leading 51 to 41. Deal and Perdue are also leading with women voters. If the election were held today, women would vote for Nathan Deal by a margin of 46 to 42 and for David Perdue by a margin of 45 to 43.

The sample size for the survey is 602 active voters taken from a listed sample of registered voters who voted in the 2010 or 2012 general election or registered since the 2012 general election. The margin of error is +/- 4.0%. All interviews were completed using automated telephone technology and were conducted October 28, 2014 by Vox Populi Polling. The total percentages for responses may not equal 100% due to rounding.

via Polls/News | Vox Populi Polling.

Augusta Chronicle endorses Deal

‘Our state needs a strong, conservative chief executive’

The Augusta Chronicle today endorsed Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election, citing his strong record of accomplishment in boosting Georgia’s economy and bringing jobs to the state. The paper notes the alternative is an inexperienced state senator. “If you’d like another example of what happens when a liberal candidate with little Senate experience ascends to the position of a chief executive, look at the White House today and what its occupant’s past six years have wrought,” the editorial stated. “Georgia simply doesn’t need liberal leadership, under any name or wrapped in any moderate-looking sheep’s clothing.”

“I’m honored to have the support of my friends in Augusta,” Deal said.

“Augusta has been special to Sandra and me since I was stationed at Fort Gordon, where we had our first child. Together, we’re going to springboard off of the new Cyber Command at Fort Gordon to bring many private sector jobs to Georgians while enhancing the security of all Americans, and we’re going to build our medical school there into one of the top 50 in the nation.”

The editorial follows:

Re-elect Deal
Governor’s chair needs experience, not name recognition

By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff

The biggest complaint among voters this election season is that there isn’t enough concentration on actual issues and accomplishments. So if we’re going to talk about why Nathan Deal should remain Georgia’s governor, by all means let’s stick to the facts.

Let’s talk about how Georgia’s unemployment has dropped from 10.9 percent to 7.7 percent while Deal has been governor.

Let’s talk about the estimated 295,000 jobs that have poured into the state’s economy under Deal’s watch.

Let’s talk about Georgia’s per-capita state taxes that are among the nation’s lowest.
Let’s talk about balanced budgets. Georgia has had three under Deal, all without raising taxes.

Businesses and industries are swarming to Georgia, and Deal is committed in his second term to make it even easier for people to do business in and with our state.

All that points to the type of fiscal sanity Georgians must keep.

And what happens if Deal isn’t elected? The Democratic candidate for governor is Jason Carter, who brings to the table all of four years’ worth of political experience as a state senator, representing a small portion of DeKalb County in metro Atlanta. He graduated law school 10 years ago.

Carter essentially is asking Georgians to pay very close attention to his last name. He is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. A full accounting of his failings as president would require a supply of newsprint our warehouse is ill-equipped to handle. Suffice it to say that the older Carter’s liberal policies that failed America in the 1970s likely would be reflected vividly in how the younger, inexperienced Carter would attempt to handle Georgia’s governorship.

If you’d like another example of what happens when a liberal candidate with little Senate experience ascends to the position of a chief executive, look at the White House today and what its occupant’s past six years have wrought.

Georgia simply doesn’t need liberal leadership, under any name or wrapped in any moderate-looking sheep’s clothing.

In a nation where so many aspects of our federal government are failing Americans, our state needs a strong, conservative chief executive to protect Georgians’ interests.
Please re-elect Nathan Deal.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 31, 2014

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg.

On November 1, 1732, the Georgia Trustees met in London and chose the name and location of a new colony to be called Savannah.

Georgia and the Creeks Indians signed a treaty on November 1, 1783 giving Georgia control of all land between the Ogeechee and Oconee Rivers.

The United States Congress admitted Nevada as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Kind of fitting, in a way.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. was born in Winder, Georgia on November 2, 1897.

In 1927, at age 29, Russell was named Speaker of the House – the youngest in Georgia history. In 1930, Russell easily won election as Georgia governor on his platform of reorganizing state government for economy and efficiency. Five months shy of his 34th birthday, Russell took the oath of office from his father, Georgia chief justice Richard B. Russell Sr. He became the youngest governor in Georgia history – a record that still stands. After Georgia U.S. Senator William Harris died in 1932, Gov. Russell named an interim replacement until the next general election, in which Russell himself became a candidate. Georgia voters elected their young governor to fill Harris’ unexpired term. When he arrived in Washington in January 1933, he was the nation’s youngest senator.

Russell had a long and storied career in the United States Senate, during which he served for many years as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, unofficial leader of the conservative Southern wing of the Democratic party and a chief architect of resistance to civil rights legislation. He also ran for President in 1952, winning the Florida primary.

The carving on Mount Rushmore was completed on October 31, 1941.

Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States on November 2, 1976.

The current Georgia Constitution was ratified on November 2, 1982 by the state’s voters.

President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail to help his wife, Hillary Clinton, in her race for United States Senate from New York on October 31, 2000. Bill will be in Atlanta today, campaigning to elect Hillary Clinton President in 2016 Democrat Michelle Nunn to the United States Senate. The AJC Political Insider crew tells us the details and some of the history:

Want to see former President Bill Clinton campaign for Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, in Atlanta on Friday? Then be at Paschal’s Fine Southern Cuisine, 180 Northside Drive S.W., at 12:30 p.m.

This is a ticketed, but public event, the Nunn campaign tells us. To get a ticket, call 404-445-6709.

Paschal’s is famous as the restaurant at which Atlanta’s civil rights leadership, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., plotted their strategy — though it was at a different location at the time. But the new site has some resonance for the Clintons. Seven years ago, Paschal’s was the site of a Hillary Clinton presidential rally, which featured an endorsement by U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The congressman was eventually pressured to switch his support to another candidate — Barack Obama.

Maybe someone at Paschal’s will ask Michelle Nunn if she shares her father’s opinion as he wrote in 1998,

It is now clear that President Clinton is primarily responsible for dragging this nation through seven months of preoccupation with the Monica Lewinsky story. The national interest required that he correct any false statements and apologize to the nation months ago.

Even for those who accept President Clinton’s definition of his behavior as “not appropriate,” rather than deplorable and accept his previous testimony under oath as “legally accurate,” not perjury, it must be clear that for the past seven months he has placed his own personal interests far above the national interest.

In the weeks ahead, the president must lead by putting the country’s interest first. This means a voluntary and complete disclosure of all relevant matters concerning alleged acts of illegality to the independent counsel, to the congressional leadership and to the American people.

This will require personal sacrifice and may even require his resignation, but it would fulfill the president’s most important oath — to preserve and protect our nation.

On November 2, 2010, voters elected Republican Nathan Deal as Governor, and the GOP swept all of the statewide offices on the ballot.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Mark Rountree of Landmark Communications brings us an update on early voting numbers:

Georgia early voting and absentee ballot numbers as of Wednesday morning:

32.2% African-American/black voters
63.3% White voters

2012 Obama year early voting/absentee ballot voting was 33% African American/black voters.

So there are fewer total voters than 2012, but as of Wednesday morning was almost exactly the same percentage.

Note that despite this, Romney still won 53% of the overall vote in 2012.


Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 31, 2014

Black Friday

Fridays are “Black Friday” at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, where the adoption fee is waived for any black dog or cat (or those that have some black fur on them). All that remains is a $60 vetting fee for dogs; cats are $30 or 2 for $40. As a reminder, this close to Halloween, please keep black cats safe inside.


Several dogs at Gwinnett are in danger, having been potentially exposed to parvo from another dog in their pod. This happened with our Dolly, and she was scheduled to be put down the day we adopted her. Dog parvovirus is not contagious to humans, so they pose no threat to your two-legged family. When Dolly was possibly exposed, she had to be quarantined for two weeks, but she never came down with it. These dogs are available directly to rescues only, but if you’re interested in helping one of them, I could probably recommend a rescue that will work with you.

These dogs need rescue no later than Sunday. The shelter is open 11 AM – 4 PM today and tomorrow.


This is the coolest dog in the world (Animal ID 42474). He looks to be a Basset Hound/Pointer mix. Dignified yet goofy-looking. Friendly and playful. Fully vetted, but possibly exposed to parvo.


ID # 42461 is a male Dachshund/Basset Hound mix, small, friendly and playful.

Gwinnett Terrier

ID # 42590 is a small female Terrier mix who is friendly and calm. One of the volunteers says that the picture doesn’t do her justice and that she’s very sweet and calm.

Jack Basset Mix

This girl was not exposed, I just think she looks nice, so she’s a bonus dog today. ID # 42442 is a middle-aged or senior Basset Hound mix, small, friendly and calm. I wonder if she’s not part Jack Russell?


Study: Georgia ranks 27th in political engagement | Online Athens

With the general election just a week away, and the eyes of the nation focused partly on Georgia and its pick-’em contests for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office, research by the financial website WalletHub has Georgia’s voters ranked just 27th in the nation in terms of engagement with the political process.

WalletHub’s rankings were based on a number of metrics, including the percentages of citizens in each of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C., who voted in the 2010 midterm election and the 2012 presidential election; the change in the percentage of citizens who voted in 2012 as compared to the previous presidential election year of 2008, and the total political contributions per members of the adult population in each state and in D.C.

via Study: Georgia ranks 27th in political engagement | Online Athens.