PHOTOS – On The Georgia Campaign Trail 14 October, 2014

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To our teammate and friend we tragically lost today, you will be deeply missed. It was an honor to know you and work with you. Your passion for life was evident in everything you did. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Mack Burgess, 1989-2014. Rest In Peace.


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St. Simons Island group weighs incorporation – The Brunswick News: Local News

A band of St. Simons Island residents is resurrecting the idea of forming a second city in Glynn County.

The group met Saturday to talk about the possibility of creating an island municipality. Glynn County Commissioners Clyde Taylor and Dale Provenzano, residents of St. Simons Island, attended the meeting.

A proposal to turn unincorporated St. Simons Island into a municipality failed in two nonbinding votes in the past, once in 1996 and again in 2004. Voters on St. Simons and Sea islands were asked if they favored forming their own city.

About 40 interested citizens gathered to hear about the idea over the weekend, said St. Simons resident Ivan Figueroa, a former Johns Creek, Ga., councilman who helped establish the Atlanta suburb in 2006.

Figueroa said the group gathered to learn more about incorporation.

“Everybody’s positive about the potential of incorporating,” Figueroa said Monday. “(But) a lot of things have to happen. Next would be doing some type of advertising, gauging if there is a desire to incorporate.”

He said at the root of the renewed desire to incorporate is a need to improve the quality of life on the island. Concerns about planning and development, the environment and the protection of valuable live oak trees are at the forefront of the movement.

Glynn County would continue to provide court services, health and human services and library services, but a new city could be more cognizant of preserving the way of life on St. Simons Island, Figueroa said.

via St. Simons Island group weighs incorporation – The Brunswick News: Local News.

Pundits Dissect Upcoming Elections | Georgia Municipal Association


Savannah Mayor and GMA Third Vice President Edna Jackson, left, talks with political strategists Todd Rehm, standing, and Tharon Johnson, right, after they spoke to GMA’s Legislative Policy Council on October 8.

The key to victory for the gubernatorial and senate candidates will be women, said political strategists Tharon Johnson and Todd Rehm. At the GMA’s Legislative Policy Council (LPC) meeting this week, Johnson and Rehm discussed the upcoming elections for governor and Georgia’s next U.S. senator.

“Independents, especially women, are going to be the key for election for both the governor’s race and the senate,” said Rehm, a Republican political consultant and blogger.

Johnson, a Democrat political consultant, said he’d advise Senate candidate Michelle Nunn to run commercials featuring her father, former Senator Sam Nunn. “Knowing that [David] Perdue is going to get more old white guys, put your dad on TV to get the older voters who remember and liked him.”

Both agreed that the outcome of this election could make Georgia a true battleground in the future. Carter and Nunn have shown that Democrats stand a chance this year which will bring more national attention to the state in the 2016 presidential election.

Johnson noted that if the gubernatorial and senate races go into runoffs, “the state is going to explode” with outside money for the candidates. Republicans traditionally have the edge in runoffs, but a Democratic upset is not unheard of, he said.

During the moderated discussion, Rehm noted that the GOP has difficulty expressing how its positions benefit individuals. Georgia is doing well with attracting jobs, said Rehm, but “we have not figured out how to say that without sounding like we’re condescending” to the people who are still struggling.

via Pundits Dissect Upcoming Elections.

1 killed in wreck on Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs |

The 25-year-old man killed Tuesday afternoon in a wreck on Ga. 400 worked as a field staffer for the Georgia Republican Party, Governor Nathan Deal said.

Maret “Mack” Burgess died in the rollover wreck that temporarily blocked all northbound lanes of Ga. 400 near I-285 Tuesday afternoon, according to Sandy Springs police.

The wreck happened shortly after 1:20 p.m. and involved two cars, according to investigators. Burgess was transported to a hospital, but did not survive.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Deal’s campaign office released an emailed statement on Burgess’ death.

“Mack was an incredible young man, smart, hard-working, with a bright future ahead of him,” Deal said. “This is a terrible loss for everyone in our organization and for anyone who knew him. We are going to take some time to grieve and pay our respects to Mack and to the Burgess family. I ask that everyone bear with us as we take a break from the campaign to mourn a life ended much too soon.”

via 1 killed in wreck on Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs |

Undecided votes key to Georgia’s tight races |

In Georgia the races for the top offices, particularly governor and U.S. Senate, are neck and neck. That has far-reaching implications and has placed the Peach State in the national spotlight.

A mix of local polls on the Georgia races show between 3 percent and 9 percent of likely voters surveyed as being undecided. With early voting underway and Election Day less than three weeks away, candidates are targeting these voters, spending millions of dollars on advertising.

“This is the group the commercial ads are directed to. This group tends to wait until the last minute to make up their minds, or don’t have enough information to make a decision,” said Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University. “You try to appeal to them based on their perceived preferences and issues that are likely to grab their attention.”

There is always a portion of the voting population who are late to choose a candidate. But they are playing an integral role this year in places, like Georgia, with competitive Senate races, Gillespie said. As the election gets closer, she expects the number of undecided voters to shrink.

The thing to remember, she said, “by Nov. 4, they are not undecided anymore.”

via Undecided votes key to Georgia’s tight races |

Gov. Nathan Deal: Jason Carter Changes Position on HOPE

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From Governor Nathan Deal

Carter changes position on HOPE

Democrat could no longer defend plan that would cut off middle class

On Monday, Carter for Governor denounced as a “shameful lie” Republican assertions that his HOPE income cap plan would cut off many middle-class families. Sen. Jason Carter clarified later in the day that it wasn’t true because he’d changed his position without telling anyone.

After claiming for three years that income caps are a moral imperative, Carter now says, three weeks before the election, that income caps are “too blunt an instrument.”

In comments to the AJC,Carter accidentally came close to admitting there’s no painless answer: “I think we do need to consider, at some point, need. Because you cannot pay for everybody. We want to maximize the number of people. I don’t think anyone is talking anymore about a solid cap. It’s probably too blunt an instrument. (more…)

GA Ports Authority: Port of Brunswick Achieves Double-digit Growth

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From The Georgia Ports Authority

Colonel's Island Terminal

Port of Brunswick achieves double-digit growth

GPA moves record Ro/Ro, grows all business sectors

At the Brunswick State of the Port address Tuesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported double-digit growth in total tonnage and a record number of auto and machinery units moved over Brunswick docks in fiscal year 2014.

“Our deepwater terminals in Brunswick achieved broad growth in all business sectors, including forest and farm products as well as breakbulk cargo, auto and machinery units,” Foltz said. “Total tonnage was up by 11.6 percent, at more than 3.4 million tons of cargo.”

For the third year in a row, the GPA achieved a record total for auto and machinery units with a 10 percent improvement in FY2014. Moving 700,702 roll-on/roll-off units constituted an increase of 63,760. Most of that business, or 674,327 units, moved over Colonel’s Island terminal in Brunswick. Taken individually, Colonel’s Island Ro/Ro increased by 8.3 percent, or 51,625 units, compared to the previous fiscal year.

“Georgia’s ports provide an important link to overseas markets for U.S. manufacturing and farm production,” said GPA Board Chairman James Walters. “Georgia’s business-friendly tax structure and targeted training programs make our state an attractive home for industries hoping to expand their global reach.” (more…)

On the passing of Mack Burgess

Georgia lost a good man today when Mack Burgess died in an automobile accident on 400.

I first met Mack when he was managing Stan Wise’s 2012 reelection campaign to the Public Service Commission. One of Stan’s colleagues recalled Mack being asked to speak on Stan’s behalf at an event and doing so much more professionally than would be expected his age – at the time, Mack was literally weeks or months past his college graduation.

This year he saw increasing responsibility at the helm of a Congressional campaign and after that as a member of the Georgia Republican Party’s staff supporting Governor Deal.

May God bring peace to our friend, Mack Burgess, and all who called him friend, brother, or family.

David Perdue: Celebrates Georgia’s Farming Community At Sunbelt Ag Expo

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From David Perdue U.S. Senate 

Perdue Celebrates Georgia’s Farming Community At Sunbelt Ag Expo

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, David Perdue, today visited the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition to meet with Georgia’s farmers and agricultural community.

The Sunbelt Ag Expo is the nation’s largest farm show featuring agriculture’s newest ideas, technologies, and products. This year’s state spotlight, “Georgia Agriculture, Always in Season,” highlights the state’s diversity in agriculture.

“Georgia’s proud agricultural heritage was on full display at the Sunbelt Ag Expo from testing the latest farming technologies to cooking with Georgia grown products. I want to help Georgia’s farmers continue to produce and sell products that are Georgia grown and ensure that we remain an agricultural leader in the future,” said David Perdue.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black added, “While Michelle Nunn ranked rural issues dead last in her list of policy priorities, David is taking every opportunity to listen directly to the issues concerning local farmers. We need David fighting for Georgia’s farmers in the U.S. Senate.” (more…)