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In a surprise to nearly everyone, the unknown candidate Homer Pyles has claimed a spot in the two-person runoff for DeKalb Commissioner District 1. His opponent is Dunwoody’s Nancy Jester. Many are asking, ‘how did this happen’? Wendy Butler ran a good campaign in Brookhaven and had the support of local media. Larry Danese was backed by SaveDunwoody and had signs all over Dunwoody and came in last place.

A simple word was placed under each candidate’s name on the ballot.. Four of the five had ‘Republican’ listed and one had ‘Independent’ listed.

The runoff of Jester and Pyles will take place next month and will be the only item on the ballot. The Dems won’t be back as the Republican vote is much bigger. Jester will not have three opponents competing for the Republican votes. We all know now that it is possible for a Democrat to make the runoff in District 1, but the chances of a Democrat winning the spot is low. Jester will need a strong turnout for the runoff. Jester owned the high-turnout, Conservative precincts of Austin, Dunwoody library, and Mount Vernon East. The fact that Brookhaven had two candidates and Dunwoody had one played a major role in this election.

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Starved of white voters, Tuesday night was 2010 redux for… | www.myajc.com

For Democrats in Georgia, the most disturbing facet of Tuesday night was – despite the millions of dollars poured into the effort, despite the recruitment of talented well-spoken candidates – how much the end result seemed to resemble the Roy Barnes race of 2010.

Barnes won 43 percent of the vote four years ago. Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter each took 45 percent. Victory margins for senator-to-be David Perdue and second-term Gov. Nathan Deal were an identical 53 percent.

At the root of the Democratic problem is the party’s lack of appeal among white voters, or – some Democrats might argue – the ease with which Republicans can take advantage of Georgia’s racially polarized politics.

DuBose Porter, the chairman of the state Democratic party, was clearly baffled last night. “I can’t think of one. When you have great candidates that offer a better path, I don’t know how we could’ve said it any clearer, “ he told the AJC’s Katie Leslie last night.

In his march to victory, Senator-elect Perdue, had his best showing (84 percent of the vote) in Pierce County, which has a white voting population of 83 percent. He did worst (15 percent) in Clayton County, which has a white voting population of 14 percent.

Consider these two paragraphs from an Associated Press exit poll assessment of Georgia:

RACE: The racial split remains one of the starkest divides in Georgia politics. Early exit poll results showed Perdue won about 70 percent of the white electorate. Nunn appeared to win the overwhelming majority of black voters.

OBAMA: A voter’s view on President Obama was a good indicator of how he or she voted in the Senate race. Nunn won more than nine out of 10 voters who approved of Obama’s job performance. Perdue did almost as well among voters who disapproved.

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 Republican Woods built big lead in superintendent race | www.myajc.com

Richard Woods, a South Georgia Republican with a dislike of federal education programming and student testing, defeated Democrat Valarie Wilson on Tuesday in the race for state school superintendent.

Woods spent a quiet evening at his South Georgia home with family and a few friends watching election results.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I am looking forward to putting into practice what we’ve been talking about.”

Unofficial votes show Woods winning the race with 1,388,255 votes to Wilson’s 1,128,163 votes. Woods succeeds Republican Superintendent John Barge, who ran unsuccessfully for governor and endorsed Wilson in the race. Provisional ballots were not included, the Secretary of State’s website said early Wednesday.

Wilson conceded after midnight as the final votes were being counted. “We have gone to work and gone to bat for the 1.7 million children in this state,” she said.

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Runoff will decide DeKalb Commission seat | www.ajc.com

The race to replace a disgraced DeKalb County commissioner is heading for a runoff.

Holmes Pyles, a retired state government employee, will face Nancy Jester, an actuarial consultant who previously served on the DeKalb Board of Education.

Pyles, who is 86 years old and has never previously run for office, won the most votes of any of the five candidates in the race.

Pyles and Jester meet in a runoff election Dec. 2 after none of the candidates received a majority of the vote.

The winner will represent more than 140,000 residents in north DeKalb, including Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody and Tucker.

The seat had been held by Commissioner Elaine Boyer for 22 years before she resigned and pleaded guilty in September to a $93,000 fraud scheme.

via Runoff will decide DeKalb Commission seat | www.ajc.com.

Sen. David Shafer’s Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Increase in State Income Tax Receives Widespread Voter Approval

ATLANTA (November 5, 2014)  |  Georgians statewide voted to approve Constitutional Amendment A by a wide margin on Tuesday, November 4; effectively prohibiting the Georgia General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate. The measure was proposed through Senate Resolution 415 by Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R – Duluth), a longtime supporter of tax reform, during the 2014 legislative session.

“Georgians voted overwhelmingly to keep Georgia’s taxes low,” said Sen. Shafer. “Georgia is now the only state in the Southeast that constitutionally caps its maximum income tax rate.” (more…)

Senator Johnny Isakson: Senator – Elect David Perdue Will Make Georgia Proud

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From Senator Johnny Isakson 

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Isakson on Senator-elect Perdue: ‘He Will Make Georgia Proud’

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued the following statement regarding businessman David Perdue’s election on November 4, 2014, to serve Georgia in the U.S. Senate:

“I congratulate Senator-elect David Perdue on his decisive win in Georgia. I welcome the opportunity to have another businessman from the private sector serving in the United States Senate with me, and I look forward to working together in a new Senate majority on behalf of Georgians. I know that what Senator-elect Perdue said in his victory speech last night is true — he will make Georgia proud.”


Gov. Nathan Deal: Announces Inaugural Leadership

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Governor announces inaugural leadership

After being re-elected to his second term, Gov. Nathan Deal today tapped the leadership of his inaugural team to plan and execute the inauguration ceremony and other related events. Banks and Missy Burgess, parents of the late Deal campaign field staffer Mack Burgess, will serve as honorary chairs.

Tom Willis, executive director

Willis served as the 2014 Deal for Governor campaign manager for the last two years. Prior to that, he worked in the governor’s office in various capacities and as his personal assistant on the 2010 campaign. A Gainesville native, Willis is a graduate of Sewanee University of the South and Gainesville High School.

Tricia Pridemore, co-chair

Pridemore is a Marietta-based businesswoman with a background in technology companies. She served as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. During her tenure at GOWD, she launched Go Build Georgia, Operation: Workforce and a host of successful programs helping Georgians re-enter the workforce. Most recently, Pridemore was a candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 11th District. She and her husband, Michael, live in Marietta.

Edens Davis, co-chair

Davis holds a decade of experience in Georgia politics, having served as a staff member for the Republican Governors Association and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia Senate Pro Tempore Eric Johnson and most recently Gov. Nathan Deal. For Deal, Davis served on his transition team, inaugural committee, local government liaison and then as a policy adviser in the areas of natural resources, transportation, economic development and agriculture. Currently, he is the director of Government Relations for Connect South. Davis graduated from Emory University with a bachelor of arts in Political Science. He and his wife, Kirsten, are active at Capital City Club, Peachtree Presbyterian Church and several other charitable organizations in Atlanta.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Celebrates Victory, Vows To Keep Georgia No. 1

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From Governor Nathan Deal

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Celebrating his re-election victory, Gov. Nathan Deal thanked supporters and vowed to keep building upon his first-term successes during the next four years.

“Sandra and I are humbled and honored by the support we’ve received from every corner of this state,” Deal said. “It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your governor. We thank the voters who have shown their faith in us, and we thank the Deal for Governor grass-roots network that worked hard behind the scenes to make this possible.

“In my first term, I’ve worked every day to make Georgia the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business and create jobs, and together, we accomplished that goal. We’ve received top rankings from CNBC, Area Development magazine and Site Selection magazine in the past year. We’ve helped create nearly 300,000 private-sector jobs, lowered taxes for all Georgians, and maintained our AAA bond rating. We’ve invested in education, transportation, workforce development, and implemented criminal justice reforms that are already paying dividends.


Porsche Cayman GT4 on track for February debut? | New and Used Car Reviews, Research & Automotive-Industry News & LeftLaneNews

Porsche is allegedly on track to reveal its rumored Cayman GT4 in production form early next year.

The track-focused Cayman will be built at Porsche’s Weissach plant, with production likely to begin by summer 2015, an unnamed source has told Top Gear, citing information from a dealer.

The latest information suggests the GT4 will provide 380-400 horsepower, likely from Porsche’s 3.4- or 3.8-liter flat six. The details appear to contradict the claim of 450 ponies that accompanied the earlier leak, which pointed to a twin-turbocharged mill.

If the dealer specs prove accurate, Porsche may be leaving more of a gap between the Cayman GT4 and the 911 GT3, which squeezes 475 horsepower from its 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated engine.

via Porsche Cayman GT4 on track for February debut? | New and Used Car Reviews, Research & Automotive-Industry News & LeftLaneNews.