Karen Handel endorses Jack Kingston for U.S. Senate | Online Athens

ATLANTA | Jack Kingston and Karen Handel announced Wednesday that they are putting the criticism of recent months behind them and are now on the same side in working to defeat Democrat Michelle Nunn and take Republican control of the U.S. Senate.

Handel’s endorsement of Kingston for U.S. Senate came the same day the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced it is airing television ads on his behalf featuring University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker.

Handel, who came in third behind Kingston and frontrunner David Perdue, said she didn’t know Kingston well before the campaign, but had grown to admire him for his integrity and fighting spirit. Plus, she was impressed that the First District he has represented for 22 years in Congress turned out heavily to give him 74 percent of the May 20 vote ‑ a margin most observers say cost Handel a spot in the Republican runoff for Senate.

“That is one outstanding job-approval rating,” she said.

via Karen Handel endorses Jack Kingston for U.S. Senate | Online Athens.

RECOUNT: Putnal beats Snell with 3 votes after recount | The Post-Searchlight

While all primary election results for the May 2014 Primary were certified as official Friday, one race hung in the balance awaiting a recount until Tuesday.

In the race for Decatur County Commissioner District Four on the Republican ballot, Decatur County election officials held a recount Tuesday at 11 a.m. The recount confirmed the initial results last Tuesday to be valid.

In last week’s results, Republican candidate Joe Putnal beat Ted Snell by three votes. With a 19 percent voter turnout, Putnal got 192 votes compared to Snell’s 189.

Snell filed for a recount, as Georgia law allows them when there is less than one percent difference in results.

The results Tuesday during the recount showed identical results with Putnal winning the Republican ticket by three votes. Putnal will campaign against Democrat Rusty Davis for the District 4 seat during the general election in November.

“The outcome was the same as I expected it would be but I did ask for a recount,” Snell said after Tuesday’s new results. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the process. It’s just a shame that only 19 percent of the people who were eligible to vote in Decatur County took that privilege.”

Snell said he felt there was apathy galore in Decatur County, but said he thinks that will never change.

“I think we are on a downward turn in the United States as (apathy) is concerned and it’s a shame,” Snell said.

via RECOUNT: Putnal beats Snell with 3 votes after recount | The Post-Searchlight.

How the Asians became white | WashingtonPost.com

Google on Wednesday released statistics on the makeup of its work force, providing numbers that offer a stark glance at how Silicon Valley remains a white man’s world.

But wait — just a few paragraphs down, the post notes that non-Hispanic whites are 61 percent of the Google work force, slightly below the national average. (That average, according to 2006-10 numbers, is 67 percent.) Google is thus less white than the typical American company. White men are probably slightly overrepresented; assuming that the 30 percent number it gives for women Google employees worldwide carries over to the U.S. (the article gives no separate number for U.S. women Google employees), white men are 42 percent of the Google work force, and 35 percent of the U.S. work force — not a vast disparity. Indeed, if the goal is “reflecting the demographics of the country” as to race –

Google’s disclosures come amid an escalating debate over the lack of diversity in the tech industry. Although tech is a key driver of the economy and makes products that many Americans use everyday, it does not come close to reflecting the demographics of the country — in terms of sex, age or race.

– Google can only accomplish that by firing well over three-quarters of its Asian employees, and replacing them with blacks and Hispanics (and a few whites, to bring white numbers up from 61 percent to 67 percent).

Of course, it would be appalling for Google to fire Asians in order to have some sort of demographic match-up with the country, or even stop hiring Asians or hire fewer Asians for that reason. I think it would be equally appalling for it to fire, stop hiring, or hire fewer whites as well. My point is simply that, if one thinks that the problem is lack of “reflecti[on of] the demographics of the country,” “white[s]” aren’t the problem.

This is part of a phenomenon I have long observed, under the label of “how the Asians became white.” It’s not just that Asians are being treated like whites for purposes of race preferences, with some institutions deliberately setting lower standards (or creating a “plus factor,” which is the same thing) for black and Hispanic applicants than for Asian and white applicants — instead, people sometimes actually call Asians white (mostly unconsciously, I suspect). For more examples, see this post and this op-ed, though I haven’t been systematically tracking such things.

via How the Asians became white.

What goes around comes around in politics: Georgia Senate edition

What goes around comes around on the campaign trail. Just ask businessman David Perdue (R).

Former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel (R) on Wednesday endorsed Perdue’s GOP runoff opponent, Rep. Jack Kingston (R), eight days after the primary election in which she finished third and was eliminated from competition.

That’s the same Handel who butted heads with Perdue after he took a dig at her education during the campaign.

“I mean, there’s a high school graduate in this race, okay. I’m sorry, these issues are so much broader, so complex,” Perdue said in January.

Handel (surprise!) did not respond to the comment warmly. Neither did Sarah Palin, who backed her.

Handel’s Wednesday statement was all about Kingston. She praised his record and his conservative bona fides.

“What I’ve seen in Jack is a man of integrity who is devoted to his family. A man who is fiercely dedicated to the conservative principles that are the foundation of the Republican Party. A man who has represented the people of the 1st Congressional District honorably and effectively for more than 20 years,” Handel said.

via What goes around comes around in politics: Georgia Senate edition.

Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats? | FiveThirtyEight

The comments made by Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling this month demonstrate that the U.S. is far from a colorblind society. And the reaction to their comments has drawn further attention to the fraught relationship between racism and partisan politics. When racist statements by high-profile figures are made public, some news commentators become preoccupied with trying to discern the speaker’s political affiliation.

We were curious about the long-term trends in racial attitudes as expressed by Americans in polls. Are Republicans more likely to give arguably racist responses in surveys than Democrats? Have the patterns changed since President Obama took office in 2009?

Like The New York Times’ Amanda Cox, we looked at a variety of questions on racial attitudes in the General Social Survey, which has been conducted periodically since 1972. The difference is that we looked at the numbers for white Democrats and white Republicans specifically, based on the way Americans identified themselves in the survey.1 Our focus was only on racial attitudes as expressed by white Americans toward black Americans (of course, racism can also exist between and among other racial groups).

via Are White Republicans More Racist Than White Democrats? | FiveThirtyEight.

Gwinnett commissioners debate ethics as a priority for government | Gwinnett Daily Post

Two years removed from the imprisonment of a county commissioner, Gwinnett officials debated whether the culture of leadership in the county government has improved.

“You can’t achieve leadership in a year,” Commissioner Lynette Howard said Friday during the second day of a strategic planning session for the county government . “You have to make sure that we send a message … that leadership is important and its still at the top of our priorities.”

The issue was No. 1 on a priority list devised by commissioners during a planning session a year ago. On Friday, though, one commissioner said the item could be removed from the list of action items and be placed into a “maintenance” state.

“I think we’ve worked that up pretty good. I think we need to maintain,” Commissioner Tommy Hunter said of the attempts to gain public trust in the wake of the county’s corruption scandals. “Last year it was an issue because it wasn’t there.”

via Gwinnett commissioners debate ethics as a priority for government | Gwinnett Daily Post.

Fulton ethics board dismisses Ferdinand complaint | www.myajc.com

The Fulton County Board of Ethics on Friday dismissed the latest in a series of complaints against tax commissioner Arthur Ferdinand.

The complaint accused Ferdinand of breaking the law by waiving the property taxes on more than a dozen Atlanta properties without first seeking permission from the Atlanta Board of Education. Ferdinand did not attend Friday’s Board of Ethics meeting. In the past, he has said he did what he was required to do by law, and that it was the responsibility of a nonprofit land bank to seek the school board’s permission.

The ethics board dismissed the complaint, noting that state law did not require Ferdinand to ensure that permission was obtained before waiving the taxes.

Friday’s decision is the latest in a series of ethics victories for Ferdinand. The board recently dismissed two other complaints the tax commissioner had abused his authority.

via Fulton ethics board dismisses Ferdinand complaint | www.myajc.com.

Gun lovers savor a day on the firing line

HOSCHTON — Some gun enthusiasts go their entire lives not being able to fire some of history’s most iconic weapons.

Saturday, the echoes of some of those powerful weapons could be heard when Dixie Ammo Dump of Hoschton held its second annual Great Dixie Ammo Dump Machine Gun Shoot.

An ammo dump refers to an ammunition depot in the military.

The event allowed participants the opportunity to fire full-auto machine guns such as the MG-74, Russian RPD and AK-47 they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. They learned about the weapons, how they were operated, their safety and their history.

via Gun lovers savor a day on the firing line.

State parole board names Carter to head Gainesville office

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has promoted Victoria Carter to chief parole officer in Gainesville.

Carter was promoted from the position of assistant chief parole officer in the Ellijay Parole Office, which she has held since 2013. Carter began her career with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles in 2006 as a parole officer in the Gainesville Parole Office.

via State parole board names Carter to head Gainesville office.

Haley Barbour to tea party: ‘Reagan compromised on everything’

NEW ORLEANS — Former Mississippi governor and national GOP chairman Haley Barbour on Friday delivered an impassioned defense of Republican pragmatism — even as the tea party attempts to take out his longtime home-state ally, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

Barbour didn’t mention Cochran or his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, in his speech at the Republican Leadership Conference, but the primary this coming Tuesday was clearly on his mind.

“In a two-party system, purity is the enemy of victory,” Barbour said, repeating a construct he has used before.
Barbour also noted that, when faced with a split Congress, Ronald Reagan worked with Democrats.

“Reagan compromised on everything,” Barbour said, adding:
“It’s idiocy to think 60 million (Republican voters) can agree on everything.”

via Haley Barbour to tea party: ‘Reagan compromised on everything’.