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From Senator Judson Hill
HERE’S WHY – Nathan Deal has Earned Georgians’ Vote
I am proud to endorse our Gov. Nathan Deal and hope you will join me in sending him back as Georgia’s Governor for 4 more years.
Governor Deal has led Georgia in important ways:
Job Creation - Some point out that according to recent polls that Georgia’s unemployment rate is only slowly improving. The best indicator, however, is the national job creation statistic that statesGeorgia is 4th best in the country for job creation, and more and more people are getting back to work daily with fairly high paying jobs. In fact, over the past 4 years over 300,000 new jobs have been created in our state making Georgia one of the highest job creation states in the country.
Business Climate - Without an exceptional business environment people and companies will choose other states. Georgia continues to lead attracting both large and small employers to start companies and re-locate here. Why? Because business professionals and company owners know that Georgia is #1 for business as stated by CNBC and other independent analysts. Much of this credit goes to Gov.’s Deal’s focus of creating the nation’s best environment to work and grow a business.
Education - Year over year Gov. Deal has funded more and more money for public education. Even during the toughest recession times children’s’ education was protected and has been his top priority. Improvements have been made. Recently the passage of the Charter School Amendment helped expand school choice and provided inner-city students with alternative learning options. Furthermore, at a time when the sustainability of the Hope Scholarship was in question, Gov.Deal revamped Hope to insure it’s financial survival to help fund education for our Pre-K Program, Technical Colleges and higher education for years to come. (more…)
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From David Perdue US Senate
Georgia Newspapers Endorse Perdue for U.S. Senate
With just four days to go until Election Day, it’s clear that David Perdue’s campaign has the momentum to win on November 4th. As he shares his vision for how we can achieve different results in Washington, his message is resonating with voters, and newspapers across the state are endorsing Perdue as the best choice for Georgians.
In case you missed it, The Savannah Morning News, The Augusta Chronicle, and Marietta Daily Journal announced their support for David Perdue for U.S. Senate. Georgians see that Perdue’s proven experience and vision make him the type of leader we need in Washington to put our country and economy on the right track, while Michelle Nunn will only work to advance the same failed policies of Barack Obama and Harry Reid.
Here’s just a look at what they’re saying about why David Perdue is the right choice for Georgia’s next U.S. Senator: (more…)
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via The Savannah Morning News
Savannah Morning News endorses Deal
Governor ‘has passed the leadership test in key areas that matter to Georgians’
The Savannah Morning News has endorsed Gov. Nathan Deal for re-election, saying that even during hard times he prioritized the Port of Savannah and balanced the state budget without raising taxes.
- “Unlike Mr. Carter, Mr. Deal has passed the leadership test in key areas that matter to Georgians: The economy, education, health care, fiscal responsibility and criminal justice reform. And he has done it by working with Democratic leaders like Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and showing a bipartisan streak that has rankled some rock-rib Republicans.”
- “On a key economic issue, Mr. Deal consistently made the deepening of Savannah’s port one of his top priorities. Even when money was tight, he found ways to make sure that $266 million in state funds would be set aside when it became time to move some dirt on the $706 million project. In fact, every budget he submitted and signed into law include port funds.”
- “Another area in which the governor has bucked the trend is criminal justice reform. Many Republicans reflexively take the lock-’em-up, throw-away-the-key approach to law enforcement. While a good case can be made for being tough, an equally good case can be made for being smart. That describes Mr. Deal’s efforts to steer non-violent, first-time offenders into programs that help turn them into productive citizens, as opposed to packing them into prisons at a huge public cost.”
“I greatly appreciate the support that I’ve received from southeast Georgia,” said Deal. “We’ve had a tremendous team effort when it comes to deepening the Port and improving infrastructure around it so we can move goods quickly and efficiently. Our work has paid off and all of Georgia will reap the benefits for many years to come.”
The full editorial follows:
Keep Nathan Deal as governor
‘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:
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.
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.
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