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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.

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The momentum for David Perdue’s campaign continues to build across the state. Georgians are truly excited to send Perdue to the U.S. Senate to lead Washington in a new direction. Perdue will continue to take his message directly to Georgians during a final fly around with Governor Nathan Deal and the Republican ticket on Monday, November 3, before election day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Macon
9:00 AM
Middle Georgia Regional Airport
1000 Terminal Dr, Macon, GA

Columbus
10:00 AM
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3250 W Britt David Rd, Columbus, GA

Albany
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1001 Davidson Drive, Suite 150, Savannah, GA

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1775 Highland Ave, Augusta, GA

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Perdue Holds Strong Lead in Another New Poll

Yet another new poll, released today, highlights David Perdue’s growing lead against his liberal opponent Michelle Nunn. The results show Perdue ahead of Nunn 48-43, led by Perdue’s “strength with Independents and female voters.” This is one of several recent polls showing Perdue’s surging momentum ahead of the November 4th election.

In reaction to the new poll, Perdue spokesman Mark Bednar said: “This poll is further proof that Georgians want to send David Perdue to the U.S. Senate to lead Washington in a new direction. David Perdue continues to gain momentum because his message of fiscal responsibility and new leadership is resonating across he state. Too many Georgians are struggling under economic policies championed by President Obama and Michelle Nunn. David Perdue will work every day in the Senate to create good jobs, repeal the disaster that is Obamacare, reduce our massive national debt, and expand opportunities for middle-class Georgia families.”

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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.

Tax Reform - In 2012, the Governor’s tax reform plan was signed into law, eliminating the “birthday” tax on cars, the marriage tax penalty, and the sales tax for energy in manufacturing. Georgia has consistently ranked as one of the lowest states in taxes per capita, and we plan to keep it that way.

Rainy Day Fund - During the Great Recession, our rainy day fund dropped from $1.5 billion to just $100 million to help balance our state budget. Gov. Deal knows the importance of Fiscal responsibility. Today the fund has over $700 million as Gov. Deal dedicated more money to the Rainy Day fund every year. This wise decision has helped Georgia keep our AAA bond rating, giving us lower interests rates and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Values - I’m also supporting Gov. Nathan Deal because he has a longproven conservative record as a champion for traditional American and Georgia values, including protecting life. Furthermore, Governor Deal will advance responsible solutions for transportation, tax simplification and education.

Shelly and I trust Nathan Deal to stand firm for our values at the Capitol, and to represent all Georgians with honor and integrity. We hope you will too.

All the best,
Judson 

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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:

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Savannah Morning News: “If elected, Mr. Perdue will be one of only a dozen members of the Senate with practical, real-world, top-level business experience…his years as a Fortune 500 exec have taught him lessons that Washington still hasn’t learned: Don’t spend more than you take in; don’t keep doing the same things year after year and expecting different results; define your goals before making decisions. …There’s much to like about someone who goes into politics to get things done, as opposed to making it a career.” (“Editorial: David Perdue for Senate,” 10/31/14)

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The Augusta Chronicle: “Georgians can’t afford to vote for more of the same. This state needs representation in the Senate to help turn our nation forward toward commonsense conservative ideas. This state needs David Perdue.” (“Editorial: David Perdue Stands Solidly for Change,” 10/12/14)

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Marietta Daily Journal: “Perdue favors a strong national defense, tax reforms to invigorate the economy and opposes amnesty. He’s also pledged to work to undo Obamacare. He and Georgia’s senior Senator Johnny Isakson of east Cobb would make a solid one-two punch for Georgia on Capitol Hill.” (“Editorial: Perdue the Better Choice for Georgia in Washington,” 10/05/14)

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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

This year’s race for Georgia governor pits an incumbent with a mixed but largely favorable record against an energetic challenger with essentially no record.

Our recommendation is to stick with the guy who has gotten things done.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal took office four years ago after handily defeating Roy Barnes, a former Democratic governor who said he got into the race because no other recognizable Democrat would run. That’s not the case in the Nov. 4 general election.

According to various polls, Mr. Deal, 72, is in a tough re-election fight with Jason Carter, 39, a two-term Democratic state senator from the metro Atlanta area and the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. In fact, there may be a runoff if Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt snags enough votes to prevent someone from capturing 50 percent of the total.

The challenger has benefitted from missteps from the incumbent, especially on ethics. And while Georgia may be one of the best states in which to do business, and its population continues to grow, the latest unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. That’s the highest rate among the 50 states.

But 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.

When he took office four years ago, Mr. Deal had grand plans to cut taxes by $1.6 billion. But reality intruded. State revenues and federal funds slumped. Pressures on the popular HOPE scholarship increased. Since Georgia must have a balanced budget every year, the governor worked with lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to deliver balanced spending plans for every one of his four years – and, without a tax hike.

Port champion

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.

Earlier this month, this legwork paid off when federal and state agencies signed an agreement that allows the project to finally go forward. Thanks to Mr. Deal, Georgia doesn’t have to wait on the feds to pony up money. Work can begin now.

On education, the state has consistently failed to fund public schools at the level spelled out by the state’s complex funding formula, which means local district’s like Chatham County’s must make up the difference with local funds. But it’s tough to come up with extra state funds when state government has been on an austerity budget. Still, credit the governor for backing a $7.95 billion funding plan for the 2015 fiscal year that will pump an additional $574 million for public schools. He also supports recalculating the Quality Basic Education formula to increase education funding in the future, which is a smart and overdue move.

Similarly, Mr. Deal has supported reforms to the HOPE program to insure its long-term viability and preserve it as a merit-based scholarship, as opposed to a needs-based entitlement. He rightly understands that students who earn scholarships by excelling in school shouldn’t be penalized.

Bucking trends

The governor took hits for refusing more federal funds to expand Georgia’s Medicaid program. On the surface, it looked like Mr. Deal was foolish to turn down “free” federal money. But he correctly worried that it might be a sucker’s bet to tether Georgia to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which is likely to require big infusions of state cash in the future that can’t be sustained. It continues to look like the right decision.

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.

On the downside, Mr. Deal’s administration has been tainted by an ethics complaint that goes back to his election in 2010. While he’s technically correct that the state ethics commission dismissed the most serious complaints against him regarding his personal financial and campaign finance reports, questions still swirl about what happened. That’s especially true since an Atlanta jury awarded $700,000 to a former ethics commission director who alleged retaliation in a whistleblower case.

Equally troubling is the cavalier attitude the state Environmental Protection Division, which is part of the executive branch, has taken towards protecting marshland and the Ogeechee River.

Regarding Jason Carter, he has run a spirited campaign. But his record of achievement while in public office is thin.

True, he’s part of the minority party. But even when Democrats controlled the legislature, Republican state lawmakers like Johnny Isakson and Paul Coverdell (both became U.S. senators) had influence on legislation. It’s hard to determine whether Mr. Carter influenced anything.

Mr. Carter is a Democrat to watch. But for now, he’s not governor material. Mr. Deal has proven that he is. We support his candidacy next Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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