GA GOP: Vote & Volunteer

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Vote and Volunteer

As you know, Advance Voting for the November 4th midterm election begins today.  For the next several weeks, hundreds of thousands of voters from throughout Georgia will head to their local elections office or designated polling location and cast a ballot for various candidates they believe will best represent their values.
With the popularity of Early Voting continuing to grow, it’s more important than ever to engage with Georgia voters before Election Day.  At our seventeen victory offices around the state, grassroots conservatives are connecting with targeted voters on the phone and in person to encourage them to support the Republican ticket.  The feedback we are receiving is tremendous, but we need more volunteers to meet our lofty engagement goals.

Will you join us? Every call and every door knock matters.  (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: Be it resolved: Carter Bats .000 As A Legislator

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From Governor Nathan Deal 

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Be it resolved: Carter bats .000 as a legislator

 According to Sen. Jason Carter’s rhetoric, there is no problem facing Georgia that can’t be solved by an obvious-to-everybody-but-Gov.-Deal liberal cliché. Yet despite his endless supply of easy answers and his assertion that he can work with Republican legislators, Carter has never passed a bill through the General Assembly in his four years of service. Never. The entirety of his legislative accomplishments are the following resolutions – which are not bills, do not carry the force of law and do not cross over to the House:

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David Perdue: Raises $4.82 Million In Third Quarter

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From David Perdue U.S. Senate 

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David Perdue Raises $4.82 Million In Third Quarter

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue’s campaign announced it raised $4.82 million in a massive third quarter haul. In the last full quarter before the November election, Perdue raised more than his Democratic opponent, despite her fundraising network of liberal politicians, celebrities, and outside groups across the country.

Commenting on Perdue’s impressive fundraising, spokeswoman Megan Whittemore said, “This surge of support shows that Georgians are united behind David Perdue and excited to elect him to the United States Senate. They are giving generously to the campaign because they know that David is the right person to grow our economy and tackle our debt crisis. (more…)

Democrats Winning Big Money, GOP Winning Big Secret Money : It’s All Politics : NPR

Democrats this election have done a good job attracting a lot of big donors, but Republicans appear to have the big advantage when it comes to big secret donors.

The strength of Democratic House and Senate fundraising committees — and their supporting superPACs — has been a surprise development this cycle, even as the Senate seems poised to flip to Republican control and the House is almost certain to remain under GOP leadership.

Now Republicans will get even more help from their big guns from the past two elections: the tax-exempt nonprofit groups Americans for Prosperity and Crossroads GPS.

Americans for Prosperity, founded by the industrialist billionaire Koch brothers, has already been running tens of millions worth of ads attacking Democratic senators in key states. Now it says it will also run ads specifically telling voters to defeat those Democrats on Nov. 4. It will not reveal how much it intends to spend, but earlier media reports suggest the group’s total outlays this election could be near $300 million, although that figure includes voter registration and turnout efforts.

Crossroads GPS, co-founded by GOP operative Karl Rove, is on track to raise some $75 million this election, according to spokesman Paul Lindsay, and will spend at least $23 million of that in the final two months of the campaign in six states, including $9.5 million in Colorado alone.

Democrats and liberals, in contrast, have focused on superPACs that disclose the name of every donor who gives more than $200. Tom Steyer, the San Francisco investor and climate change activist, has given $40.9 million to his NextGen Climate Action Committee and $5 million to Senate Majority PAC, according to an NPR review of Federal Election Commission records. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $6.9 million to his pro-gun control Independence USA PAC and $2 million to Emily’s List’s Women Vote superPAC.

How much these politically oriented nonprofit groups will actually raise and spend won’t be known until next spring, when their annual filings to the Internal Revenue Service come due. But while those documents show how much was raised and how it was spent, the names of the donors will likely remain secret forever.

via Democrats Winning Big Money, GOP Winning Big Secret Money : It’s All Politics : NPR.

Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears – NYTimes.com

According to data from the Georgia secretary of state, the 2010 electorate was 66.3 percent white and 28.2 percent black. Since then, the white share of registered voters has fallen, to 58 percent from 62.6 percent. White voters turn out at somewhat higher rates than other voters in midterm election, so we should expect the white share of the actual vote to be a little higher. Combining the data on registered voters with census data on the voter-eligible population, I expect the 2014 electorate to be about 64.2 percent white and 28.8 percent black. (Ms. Nunn is expected to win at least 90 percent of the black vote.)

Yet the last four nonpartisan polls that released demographic data showed an electorate that’s 65.7 percent white and 25.7 percent black. Those polls show Mr. Perdue ahead by 3.3 points, but they would show something closer to a dead heat if the likely electorate matched my estimates.

Why do the polls show an electorate that’s no more diverse than 2010, even though there has been considerable demographic change?

The exact targets for demographic weighting don’t usually make a discernible difference in the polls. Neither does the age of the product, which is invariably a year or even a few years out of date. But Georgia is perhaps the single state where it would make a noticeable difference, because of the degree of racial polarization and the pace of demographic change.

How far behind are the estimates? Over the last five years, the white share of adults declined by about half a point a year. That starts to add up if a poll is weighting to the 2010 census, as SurveyUSA or NBC/Marist do. The white share of Georgia adults has probably dropped by about two points since.

Of course, the black share of the electorate might not stay as high in 2014 as the 28.2 percent share in 2010. Black turnout, for instance, might well go up, but white turnout might go up even more. But we can safely dismiss the possibility that the black share of the electorate will crash into the mid-20s — and that’s where several of the most recent polls put it.

None of this should be interpreted to mean that Ms. Nunn is the favorite, nor should it be interpreted to mean that she’s assured to do better than the polls suggest. Changes in voter sentiment, or the possibility that the polls aren’t accurately measuring voter sentiment in the first place, could easily cancel out any benefits that Ms. Nunn might accrue from a more diverse electorate.

via Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears – NYTimes.com.

Jimmy Carter steps on to the campaign stage for his grandson —… | www.myajc.com

ALBANY — Former President Jimmy Carter, hoping to increase the black turnout his grandson will need to win Georgia’s governor’s race, jumped directly into the political fray Sunday.

And he did it by going to church.

The 90-year-old former governor already has helped Jason Carter raise millions of dollars and provided him counsel. But the Georgia native’s appearance Sunday morning at an African-American church in Albany marked his official debut on the campaign trail for his grandson’s bid to oust Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The elder Carter urged congregants to cast their ballots – early voting starts Monday – and accused Republicans of trying to deny them the right to vote.

“Twelve years ago in Georgia, we had a change in governmental attitude toward the Voting Rights Act, and the right of all people to vote,” said Carter, who said Republicans have “been determined to put every obstacle in the way” for blacks, the mentally disabled and the elderly to vote.

The elder Carter was referring efforts by Republicans to support voter ID requirements and oppose a decades-old law that required Georgia to clear voting changes with federal authorities. Deal and supporters say the voter ID rules prevent fraud and that the 1965 law outlived its usefulness. Opponents worry the moves could lead to disenfranchisement.

Until now Jimmy Carter has played a largely behind-the-scenes role in Jason Carter’s gubernatorial bid. At Sunday’s event at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a short trip from the former president’s hometown of Plains, the two shared the same stage, and reflected Carter’s hope that he can help his grandson appeal to black voters in the Nov. 4 election.

Carter’s campaign hopes to push black turnout to roughly 30 percent of the electorate to unseat Deal.

via Jimmy Carter steps on to the campaign stage for his grandson —… | www.myajc.com.

Superintendent candidates spar in GPB debate | www.myajc.com

Sunday’s debate between state school superintendent candidates Richard L. Woods and Valarie Wilson touched on all of the typical topics: high-stakes testing, the national set of academic standards known as Common Core and state funding for school districts.

But Woods, a retired Irwin County teacher and administrator, also tossed out an idea that would fundamentally change what Georgia students need to do to get a high school diploma.

Currently, Georgia students are required to take four years of math to get a diploma. Woods said Sunday that students should be given the option of taking a course like accounting or journalism and have it count as the fourth math course.

Woods proposed that idea after being asked what he’d do to help improve Georgia’s graduation rate, which is below the national average.

“Instead of every student taking the same four courses, you allow for flexibility,” Woods said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the debate.

Woods said students could get what he described as flexibility on that math course as they choose a “pathway,” a set of courses they take to prepare for college or careers.

Wilson, the former chairwoman of the City Schools of Decatur school board, said the idea is a poor one.

“In a state where we are lagging behind in math, one of the last things we ought to do is take that fourth math away,” Wilson said. “I don’t even know what that would look like.”

via Superintendent candidates spar in GPB debate | www.myajc.com.

Challenger Patrick Garner makes push for Dougherty Commission seat | Albany Herald

LBANY — As he’s navigated the long, drawn-out election process that started with qualifying in March and is set to end with the Nov. 4 general election, District 4 Dougherty County Commission candidate Patrick Garner has stuck to his guns when it comes to his platform.

“The three issues that I based my candidacy on the day I qualified — opposition to the Sabal Trail pipeline, better management of drainage ditches and the county’s mosquito population, and higher pay for first responders — are still the primary focus of my campaign today,” Garner, an assistant professor at Darton State College, said. “These are issues, I’ll remind you and voters, that go beyond party. These are local issues, not party issues. They’re community and economic development issues.

“I guess the one thing that’s changed most since I started campaigning is that the natural gas pipeline is probably the No. 1 issue in Dougherty County now. It’s exploded.”

Garner, a Democratic political newcomer who is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Ewell Lyle, said a lot of Johnny-come-latelys have jumped on the anti-Sabal Trail bandwagon in recent weeks as opposition to the 465-mile natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station has grown. He lists Lyle among them.

“My opponent in the election has basically rolled over for Spectra Energy,” Garner said. “Mr. Lyle has talked about bringing the issue up to the County Commission first, but he hasn’t done anything to oppose the pipeline. If I were in Mr. Lyle’s position, I would at the very least push an ordinance that would make it tougher for the company that wants to build the pipeline. What’s the point of having a local government if you’re just going to always defer to the federal government?

“Plus, I was stunned to look in The Albany Herald and see Mr. Lyle climbing aboard a Nathan Deal cheerleading bus a few days after the paper published an article talking about how the governor had accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the company that wants to build the pipeline.”

Garner made his way to the general election showdown with Lyle by scoring a convincing (767-420 vote) victory over Tracy Taylor in the May 30 Democratic Primary. The Democratic candidate said he’s taken the same campaign approach as he’s worked to unseat Lyle.

via Challenger Patrick Garner makes push for Dougherty Commission seat | Albany Herald.

Incumbent Ewell Lyle proud of first term on Dougherty County Commission | Albany Herald

ALBANY — While the process leading to the Nov. 4 general election has “seemed endless” for incumbent Republican District 4 Dougherty County Commissioner Ewell Lyle, Lyle warns his opponent — Democrat Patrick Garner — that Garner shouldn’t count on Lyle’s lack of campaign experience as a weakness.

“I’ve had to kind of sit back and wait a long time since qualifying in March since no one challenged me in the Republican primary,” said Lyle, a retired Department of Natural Resources manager who was unopposed four years ago when he qualified for his first term in office. “But that doesn’t mean I’ve done nothing. I attended all of the forums, and I’ve gone out and knocked on doors.

“I took my campaign signs down after the primaries (May 20) because there was an almost six-month period before the general election. People were getting jaded about the election. But now I’ve got my signs back out and I’m out campaigning, going door to door and talking to the people of District 4. One of the things that (former District 4 Commissioner) Chuck Lingle told me is that personal contact is the most important part of campaigning.”

Lyle finds himself facing the challenge of a Democrat who’s taken shots at his record in office. And the incumbent admits he’s grown increasingly frustrated with his opponent’s campaign strategy.

“He (Garner) tends to wait until an article appears in the paper and then tries to flip around what I say,” Lyle said. “That’s gotten frustrating. He’s got this so-called ‘three-pronged’ plan that he’s come up with that offers nothing new. He says he wants the people he calls ‘first responders’ to get a raise. Well, we all want that. But when you’ve been a part of the process, you know that this is a time of austere budgets on the national, state and local level.

via Incumbent Ewell Lyle proud of first term on Dougherty County Commission | Albany Herald.