Latino vote may be deciding factor in tight Georgia Senate race | Fox News Latino

“The poll is garbage,” said Barreto, a professor of political science at the University of Washington and co-founder of the polling and research firm Latino Decisions.

Barreto told Fox News Latino that Survey USA’s sample size of Hispanic voters is only 7 percent, which equals about 38 Latino voters out of the entire 550 likely voters in the survey.

Barreto said Georgia’s Latino population is over 900,000, and a sample size of only 38 people is “not appropriate for estimating Latino vote preference in Georgia.

The margin of error for the Hispanic sub-sample group in the Survey USA poll is plus or minus 16 percent, according to Barreto.

But Georgia Republican strategist Todd Rehm defended the poll.

“When you start looking at sub-groups, you got to keep an eye on the fact that as the number of respondents goes down, your margin of error goes up,” said Rehm said.

But the political parties say they are not worried about polling data, they are just focusing on making sure they adequately reach out to minority groups.

“Regardless of what one poll may show—just as they have in previous elections—Latinos will play a key role in this election in helping to spread the word of the shared priorities between the Democratic Party and their community,” said Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Republican Party officials say they have 17 field offices in the state, over 40 full-time staffers, and nearly a thousand grassroots leaders organizing in neighborhoods and communities around the state. But, they said, they are not concentrating on one group.

“Every people group – no matter how large or small – will impact the results of this election,” said Ryan Matthew Mahoney, a spokesman for the Georgia Republican Party. “For that reason, the Georgia Republican Party continues to engage with traditional Republican voters as well as African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Asian voters in Georgia.”

The increasing Latino and Hispanic population numbers does not necessarily mean more of them will show up at the polls on Election Day.

“Despite the fact that the Census data reports the Hispanic population growing pretty quickly, that hasn’t necessarily translated into strong showing at the polls as far as we can tell, Rehm said. “If you look at the Secretary of State’s numbers, it has hovered around 2 percent of the electorate in the last several general elections.”

via Latino vote may be deciding factor in tight Georgia Senate race | Fox News Latino.

Three ‘yes’ votes | The Augusta Chronicle

Proposed Constitutional Amendment “A” would prohibit the General Assembly from raising the maximum state income tax rate.

Vote “yes.” Two of our neighbors, Florida and Tennessee, have no state income tax. North Carolina recently lowered its state tax. That makes those states more attractive to business and industry looking to relocate. Preventing an increase in Georgia sends the positive message that our state is committed to low taxes.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment “B” would add reckless-driving fees to the state’s brain and spinal injury trust fund, which helps pay for care and rehab for victims of such injuries.

Vote “yes.” Those types of injuries often are sustained in vehicle crashes. The logic is obvious.

Proposed Statewide Referendum 1 would give tax-exempt status to University System of Georgia property that’s privately managed and operated – mostly dorms and parking decks.

Vote “yes.” It will make student-housing management more efficient, and it will extend much-needed financial relief to the University System. This is part of a larger privatization plan that could rid the system of $4 billion in debt.

via Three ‘yes’ votes | The Augusta Chronicle.

David Perdue stands solidly for change | The Augusta Chronicle

In the race to replace outgoing U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgians have a unique opportunity to make the right decision on all counts: David Perdue.

His message is clear, though you might not have appreciated it fully. It’s been difficult to see while spattered with mud, weakly flung by the campaign of Democratic challenger Michelle Nunn.

David Perdue’s platform is solid. His ideas are clear. His vision is a plan Georgians can rally behind.

Do you want secure U.S. borders? So does David Perdue. He wants current immigration laws vigorously enforced, and wants future laws to focus on genuine border security.

Do you want a sensible domestic energy policy? So does David Perdue. He realizes America isn’t fully developing all its energy resources, and that too much of our energy fate is being placed in the hands of overseas interests – and not all of those interests want our country to prosper.

Do you want more local control of education? So does David Perdue. Local innovation needs to be encouraged, not choked to death by federal red tape. Common Core isn’t the answer. Common sense is. His views on education were forged throughout his closest personal relationships – his wife and his parents were teachers.

Do you want to see the United States as an economic powerhouse again? So does David Perdue – and here is arguably his greatest area of expertise. His many years as a Fortune 500 executive give him vast experience from which to draw the best ideas to invigorate sagging U.S. manufacturing and to boost U.S. exports.

via David Perdue stands solidly for change | The Augusta Chronicle.

Rick Allen represents the real deal | The Augusta Chronicle

In fact, he’s sometimes contradicted himself to keep up that façade: As exposed in 2010 by the Savannah Morning News – which actually had endorsed Barrow – Barrow unbelievably and shamelessly assured urban audiences he was working “hand in glove” with President Obama, and even featured an ad of Obama endorsing him; meanwhile, a Barrow mailer sent to more rural constituents bragged that he “stood up to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington.”

Not only did he want it both ways, he got it.

In contrast, voters this election have the chance to vote for someone who really does resemble the district – in his life story, his authenticity, his work ethic, his values and his deeply held views on the issues of the day.

Rick Allen, in short, is the real deal.

He’s a wildly successful businessman whose dealings are rife with integrity. He’s a family man of abiding faith – and wears it on his sleeve. He has roots here as deep as an oak, and his reputation stands as tall as a Georgia pine.

Most importantly, Rick Allen will vote the way the vast majority of the district wants – against big government and its takeover of your health care; for fiscal sanity and a balanced budget; for a strong and unmistakable defense of this country; for your individual rights, including the Second Amendment; in the interests of American agriculture; for energy independence; for a secure border and a vibrant immigration system that is legal and lawful; for local control and freedom of education, and more.

This also is a man who not only has built things, but created untold jobs and economic vitality in the process. Maybe he could show Washington how it’s done: in spite of them!

Yes, Rick Allen, you built that.

via Rick Allen represents the real deal | The Augusta Chronicle.

Can Georgia sue Gurley’s accuser?

Last week, news that Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely amid allegations of violating the rules of amateurism caused many Georgia fans extreme consternation. Shortly after the word broke, the alleged accuser retained legal counsel. And the next day an interesting notion started popping up: could UGA sue Gurley’s accuser?

Apparently, in 2003, the General Assembly passed a law designed to allow universities to recover damages from situations like this. While this law has been on the books for over a decade, it does not appear to have ever been used. But O.C.G.A. 20-2-317 and O.C.G.A. 20-2-318 are finally getting some press. At first blush, it may seem like 20-2-318 may give UGA a cause of action against Gurley’s accuser.

Subsection (b) provides:

Each public and private institution of postsecondary education located in this state that participates or engages in intercollegiate athletics shall have a right of action against any person who engages in any activity concerning student-athletes that results in the institution being penalized, disqualified, or suspended from participation in intercollegiate athletics by a national association for the promotion and regulation of intercollegiate athletics, by an athletic conference or other sanctioning body, or by reasonable self-imposed disciplinary action taken by such institution to mitigate sanctions likely to be imposed by such organizations as a result of such activity. The institution shall be entitled to recover all damages which are directly related to or which flow from and are reasonably related to such improper activity and to such penalties, disqualifications, and suspensions. Damages shall include, but not be limited to, loss of scholarships, loss of television revenue, loss of bowl revenue, and legal and other fees associated with the investigation of the activity and the representation of the institution before the sanctioning organizations in connection with the investigation and resolution of such activity. If the institution is the prevailing party in its cause of action, it shall be entitled to an award of court costs, costs of litigation, and reasonable attorney’s fees. The institution may also request and the court may enter an injunction against any person found liable from having any further contact with the institution, its student-athletes, and student-athletes who have expressed or might express an interest in attending the institution and from attending athletic contests, exhibitions, games, or other such events in which one or more of the institution’s student-athletes is participating. The right of action and remedies under this Code section are in addition to all other rights of action which may be available to the institution.

(Emphasis supplied).

In the words of one ESPN commentator, “[n]ot so fast my friend.” 2-20-318 is an obvious example of “feel good” legislation. But in the rush to pass such legislation, it appears a possible loop-hole may exist for any potential defendants. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 14, 2014

Winnie Lab Mix
Winnie is a female Yellow Lab/German Shepherd mix who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Terrell County in Dawson, GA.

Winnie is one of a family of dogs that was rescued by one of our foster homes from an elderly woman whose kids were using her home to sell drugs. Despite their auspicious beginnings, Winnie and her family are very sweet, good dogs-it is a true testament that most canines can live in the moment and over come most anything with a little TLC. She looks like a small yellow lab mixed with a little shepherd/weighs around 30-35 pounds.

Winnie loves all people and is great with kids but she can be a bit bossy with other dogs (she either needs to be an only dog or go to a home with another submissive dog that will allow her to be in charge). Winnie is active and likes to play-she is outgoing and just all around fun loving. Winnie absolutely adores to play fetch-she will retrieve as many times as you want to throw a tennis ball to her-she is a great dog and will be a great pet in the right home.

Tigger
Tigger is a young male Plott Hound and Lab mix who is available for adoption from Special Touch Animal Rescue in Ellijay, GA.

Tigger is absolutely beautiful, with his chiseled facial features and deep orange brindle stripes, looks like tiger stripes. He got his name partly for his tiger stripes but also because he reminds me of the character Tigger in Winnie the poo stories in that he bounced around when he first came. Tigger has a strong lean body and he is only around 1 year. I think he would be a good hiking, lake dog, probably could do agility trials. He is very affectionate, and would be a great addition to your family.

Kanga1

Kanga (above and below) is a little female Beagle/Shepherd mix puppy who is available for adoption from Companion Animal Rescue Inc. in Madison, GA.

She has been fostered in a busy, active family with lots of kids, other dogs and cats, neighbor kids and anyone else that wants to come and play! Kanga is crate trained, house trained and has some great puppy manners and basic obedience skills.

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Roo

Roo is a young female Cattle Dog & Labrador Retriever Mix who is available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, GA.

She has the most adorable ears and knub tail and can jump around like a little kangaroo when she’s excited. She is about 5 months old and will probably be 40 lbs or less full grown.

Sebastian

Sebastian is a large American Bulldog or Terrier mix, but I just like the google-eyed look on his face in this photo. He came to DeKalb County Animal Services at 35 pounds, emaciated, and part of an animal cruelty case. He’s now a healthy 70-pounder who is friendly and sweet. Because of his size and looks, he needs a new home very soon or he may be euthanized.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 14, 2014

On October 14, 1735, John and Charles Wesley sailed with James Oglethorpe from Gravesend, England, for Georgia and John Wesley wrote the first entry in his journal that would eventually cover 55 years. On that date, John Wesley wrote,

Our end in leaving our native country, was not to avoid want, (God having given us plenty of temporal blessings,) nor to gain the dung or dross of riches or honour; but singly this, to save our souls; to live wholly to the glory of God.

The First Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 14, 1774.

Then-former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912.

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.

A.A. Milne published Winnie-the-Pooh on October 14, 1926. E. H. Shepard illustrated the Pooh books.

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The War Department renamed Wellston Air Depot to Warner Robins Air Force Depot to honor Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins on October 14, 1942.

On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming Georgia’s first native-born winner. Today’s Atlanta Journal Constitution has a story on how King’s Nobel Prize effected Atlanta.

The honor wasn’t just a watershed for King and the civil rights movement but also for Atlanta. It set off a series of events that some say fundamentally changed the city’s business, religious and racial cultures by bringing blacks and whites together for the first time to share a meal in public.

That simple act, holding a multi-racial banquet in the new Nobel laureate’s honor, tested the will and even the nerves of those determined to make Atlanta a more just and inclusive place.

“It was a defining moment in the history of the city, and it should go down in the city’s documented memory,” said Janice R. Blumberg, the widow of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who was instrumental in organizing the event.

King’s three surviving children are due in court in December to determine if the 23-karat gold medal — along with a Bible their father once owned — should be sold at auction. Brothers Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, representing the King Estate, plan to sell the items. Sister Bernice King has opposed the sale.

Mayor Allen and J. Paul Austin, chairman of Coca-Cola, gathered the business elite at the Piedmont Driving Club. Allen warned then he would be taking notes on who did not attend the dinner. But Austin delivered the crushing blow.

According to Young’s written account, Austin said: “It is embarrassing for Coca-Cola to be located in a city that refuses to honor its Nobel Prize winner. We are an international business. The Coca-Cola Company does not need Atlanta. You all have to decide whether Atlanta needs the Coca-Cola Company.”

On October 14, 1980, Republican candidate for President Ronald Reagan announced he would name a woman to the Supreme Court if elected.

To achieve those ends, we need the best people possible at the highest levels of Government regardless of sex, race or religion. I am also acutely aware, however, that within the guidelines of excellence, appointments can carry enormous symbolic significance. This permits us to guide by example, to show how deep our commitment is and to give meaning to what we profess.

One way I intend to live up to that commitment is to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. I am announcing today that one of the first Supreme Court vacancies in my administration will be filled by the most qualified woman I can find, one who meets the high standards I will demand for all my appointments.

It is time for a woman to sit among our highest jurists. I will also seek out women to appoint to other Federal courts in an effort to bring about a better balance on the Federal bench.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Can UGA sue?

Ron Daniels, an actual lawyer, raises the issue of whether the University of Georgia could sue the sports memorabilia dealer who allegedly paid Todd Gurley for autographed merchandise.

Apparently, in 2003, the General Assembly passed a law designed to allow universities to recover damages from situations like this. While this law has been on the books for over a decade, it does not appear to have ever been used. But O.C.G.A. 20-2-317 and O.C.G.A. 20-2-318 are finally getting some press. At first blush, it may seem like 20-2-318 may give UGA a cause of action against Gurley’s accuser.

In the words of one ESPN commentator, “[n]ot so fast my friend.” 2-20-318 is an obvious example of “feel good” legislation. But in the rush to pass such legislation, it appears a possible loop-hole may exist for any potential defendants.

(more…)