Could 3rd party candidates tip key Senate races? | AccessNorthGa

Most third-party candidates have no chance of being elected themselves. But in a handful of extremely tight races, including North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia and Kentucky, third-party candidates could help decide who wins and which party controls the Senate in the final two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Third-party candidates are chiefly a worry for Republicans. Many of these long-shot hopefuls are libertarians who tend to appeal to conservative voters, who otherwise might lean GOP.

Established Republicans are quick to note that most third-party candidates become nonfactors, winning minuscule portions of the vote.


Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue want the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Nunn hopes Libertarian nominee Amada Swafford will pull some votes from Perdue.

Swafford, a paralegal, supports the “fair tax,” which would replace all federal income taxes, including those earmarked for Social Security and Medicare, with a broad sales tax.

via Could 3rd party candidates tip key Senate races? | AccessNorthGa.

Ga. among 32 states asking Supreme Court to settle gay marriage | AccessNorthGa

BOSTON (AP) Thirty-two states that either allow gay marriage or have banned it asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to settle the issue once and for all.

Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans. And 17 other states, led by Colorado, that have banned the practice asked the court to hear cases from Utah and Oklahoma to clear up a “morass” of lawsuits, but didn’t urge the court to rule one way or another.

Colorado was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

via Ga. among 32 states asking Supreme Court to settle gay marriage | AccessNorthGa.

SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Gwinnett County | AccessNorthGa

LAWRENCEVILLE – A SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County ended peacefully Thursday night when authorities were able to convince a murder suspect barricaded inside a Lawrenceville home to surrender himself to police custody.

According to a media release posted on social media, Devon Jenkins was previously wanted by Gwinnett County authorities in the August 6th murder of Adam Schrier, as well as the alleged shootings of an unnamed woman and small child. The release says Jenkins had barricaded himself inside a Bedford Bay Lane home with 4 children and an adult female, and repeatedly refused to surrender to the authorities.

via SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Gwinnett County | AccessNorthGa.

Citizens hear from experts at marijuana forum | AccessNorthGa

GAINESVILLE – About 45 people attended a forum on marijuana at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Thursday evening.

Sue Rusche, President and CEO of National Families in Action, led off the event with a presentation about the FDA’s drug approval process and a request for people to start referring to potential drugs by a different name, other than “medical marijuana.”

She also cautioned the crowd about legalizing the drug for recreational use.

“Availability drives use,” she said, indicating that the more readily available a drug is, the more it will get used, citing tobacco and alcohol as examples.

According to stats Rusche provided, 17.2% of Hall County 12th graders in 2013 reported using marijuana within the last 30 days of taking the survey.

Senator Butch Miller of Gainesville introduced Sgt. Chris Clark with the Atlanta Police Department.

via Citizens hear from experts at marijuana forum | AccessNorthGa.

Drought returns to more than half of Ga.; closing in on Hall Co. | AccessNorthGa

Drought conditions have returned to more than half of Georgia and are closing in on Hall County and others in the immediate Gainesville area.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the affected counties are in central and South Georgia. Some in southern part of the state are experiencing a “severe drought.” For most of the state, though, including parts of north Georgia conditions are considered “abnormally dry.”

The counties in north Georgia where drought conditions exist include all or parts of Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Gilmer, Cherokee, Stephens. Franklin and Elbert.

via Drought returns to more than half of Ga.; closing in on Hall Co. | AccessNorthGa.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Launches Innovation in Teaching Online Resources

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Governor launches Innovation in Teaching online resources

Georgia Public Broadcasting-produced videos will serve as a model for teachers statewide

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Office of Student Achievement today launched a series of online videos, unit plans and supplementary materials featuring this year’s winners of the Innovation in Teaching competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies for the Georgia standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.

“The classroom teacher has the single biggest impact on learning, and these online resources will give teachers statewide access to award-winning techniques and practices,” Deal said. “This is yet another opportunity for us to increase the quality and quantity of our digital learning resources and to ensure that our students are college or career ready.”

Georgia Public Broadcasting filmed Innovation in Teaching award-winning teachers in their classroom environments while they presented lesson plans designed to help other teachers and students across the state.  (more…)

SOS Brian Kemp: Reminds Georgians of Options for Reporting Suspected Voter Registration Fraud

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From Secretary of State Brian Kemp

Secretary Kemp Reminds Georgians of Options for Reporting Suspected Voter Registration Fraud

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians many options exist when it comes to voter registration.  We have received reports of voter registration drives where personal data is obtained that could possibly be used for identity theft.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Never give personal information to anyone over the phone who claims to be running a voter registration drive.
  • You do not have to provide an email address in order to register to vote.
  • You do not have to provide a phone number in order to register to vote.
  • You do not have to provide a full social security number in order to register to vote.

Georgians with an ID issued by the Department of Driver Services now have the ability to register to vote or update their information online through the Online Voter Registration System (OLVR) at  The process is safe and secure. (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: American Textile To Create More Than 100 Jobs In Tifton

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Deal: American Textile to create more than 100 jobs in Tifton

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that American Textile Company (ATC), a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions, will expand operations in Tifton, creating more than 100 new jobs and investing $10 million over the next three years.

“It comes as no surprise that American Textile Company would choose Georgia to expand its operations,” said Deal. “Our state’s No.1 business climate and strong network of textile manufacturing companies make it easy for industry leaders to grow. In a relatively short time, American Textile has proven to be a true team player for economic development in Tifton, and we look forward to its continued success.”

The expanded 418,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility currently employs 200 Georgians. With its newest expansion, ATC will grow employment and sales with a strategy to manufacture and ship most items from four strategically located sites in the United States. (more…)

David Perdue U.S. Senate: More About Michelle Nunn’s So-Called “Jobs Plan”

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From David Perdue U.S. Senate 

More About Michelle Nunn’s So-Called “Jobs Plan”

After reading Michelle Nunn’s so-called “jobs plan” it’s clear her campaign will stop at nothing to deceive Georgians about who she really is and what she stands for. This confusing attempt to describe her vision for job creation is full of contradictions. Michelle Nunn mimics many of David’s ideas and then immediately undercuts them by advocating some of the same failed liberal approaches that caused the economic problems in the first place.

Missing from the “jobs plan” are obvious solutions to address the economic crisis President Obama and Democrats in Washington have created. For example, Michelle Nunn claims she is for reducing the regulatory burdens on small businesses, but completely ignores the negative impacts of Obamacare, which is cutting back workers hours and increasing costs for families. Similarly, she claims she supports energy independence, but refuses to address how burdensome regulations on the coal industry will raise energy prices and destroy jobs.

By talking out of both sides of her mouth on specific policies, Michelle Nunn is simply trying to cover up how she will support Obama and Reid’s liberal policies for bigger government, the disaster that is Obamacare, amnesty and open borders. Georgians want a leader in the U.S. Senate who will deliver real results, not someone who will say one thing to get elected and then do another. (more…)

GA GOP: Jason Carter: “Can’t Have it Both Ways” With His GrandDaddy’s Money

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From The Georgia Republican Party

Jason Carter: “Can’t Have it Both Ways” With His GrandDaddy’s Money

carter head down

When Jason Carter announced his candidacy for the State Senate, everyone wanted to know what role his grandfather, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, would have in his grandson’s political career.

Carter made numerous statements tying himself to his grandfather’s legacy; saying, “the fact that Jimmy Carter is my grandfather…gives me a profile and it gives me an opportunity.

But that was when he was running to represent one of the most liberal Senate districts in Georgia.  Now, as he runs for governor, Carter’s admiration of the former president varies by audience. (more…)