Georgia GOP Senate runoff: Kingston banks on experience in Congress |

ATLANTA — Voters in the Republican Senate runoff who want an experienced hand who came up through the party ranks have that option in Jack Kingston.

His career is the life’s dream of teenaged political junkies. The volunteering he and his wife were doing at a fundraiser as members of the Savannah Young Republicans led to the chance to meet one of his heroes, Ronald Reagan, then a former governor running for president.

Kingston’s hard work and connections led to winning a seat in the state House of Representatives for Savannah in 1984. Six years later he became the first Republican to hold the First District congressional seat since Reconstruction, and he’s been in Washington ever since, rising in seniority and power over those 22 years.

Although he never had serious opposition after his first legislative race, he says he still likes campaigning. These days, he frequently runs into questions about his years in Congress spawned by negative television ads from runoff opponent David Perdue attacking him primarily for his votes on spending.

“One of the constant concerns you have is that people are too polite when they come up to you. I’d rather have them ask me head on,” he said.

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Georgia GOP Senate runoff: Perdue embraces role of outsider |

Tapping into widespread disapproval of Congress, David Perdue campaigns as a candidate from the outside with fresh ideas and perspective.

It marks a stark contrast between him and his GOP Senate runoff opponent, Jack Kingston, a 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives from Savannah. Since Perdue spent his career in the executive suites of major corporations rather than politics, he’s not a stranger to the inner sanctums of power.

He headed corporations such as Reebok and Dollar General and sat on the boards of influential trade groups such as the National Retail Association. His cousin, Georgia’s first modern-times Republican governor, appointed him to the board of the Georgia Ports Authority.

The important thing, he says, is that he hasn’t been in Congress like Kingston and three other primary opponents.

“If they were going to make a difference, wouldn’t they have done it by now?” he asks, adding that the founding fathers envisioned citizen-legislators rather than career politicians.

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Cobb residents seek to block Braves stadium bonds today |

At least two Cobb County residents will seek to block the public financing plan for the new Braves stadium when a court hearing is held this afternoon on the county’s intention to issue up to $397 million in bonds for the project.

The bond validation hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard, who was assigned the case after another judge recused himself last week. Under Georgia law, court validation is required before the bonds can be issued.

Cobb residents T. Tucker Hobgood and Rich Pellegrino have filed separate motions to intervene in the case, both objecting to the issuance of the bonds on a variety of legal grounds.

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Editorial: Proposed Fort Stewart cuts go too far |

COASTAL GEORGIANS know the importance of Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield to their communities. But more importantly, they recognize the importance of this U.S. Army installation to America’s security.

That’s why the latest report from Washington about the Army’s proposed realignment for 2020 is alarming.

If leaders in Washington want to make America less secure as the world is becoming more unstable, they’re doing a bang-up job.

The Army’s the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment shows as many as 16,000 soldiers and Defense Department civilians could be slashed from Fort Stewart if drastic spending cuts are required by further sequestration. That’s not reducing fat. That’s cutting muscle and bone.

About 20,000 soldiers are stationed at the Southeast Georgia base. About 3,000 military civilians support what the soldiers do. This worst-case reduction in force — if it happens — would be devastating.

And Fort Stewart isn’t being singled out either. Nine other major Army installations face similar deep cuts.

No area of federal spending should consider it immune from spending cuts. Government must live within its means — and that includes the military.

At the same time, our nation’s budget shouldn’t be balanced on the back of the military either.

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Editorial: Go with Kingston in GOP Senate runoff |

JACK KINGSTON and David Perdue have been beating each other up as the July 22 runoff for the Republican Senate nomination gets closer.

If you didn’t know it, you might think they belonged to opposing parties.

Such is the sad nature of today’s politics. Don’t promote your own ideas and qualifications. Just rip the other guy.

That’s unfortunate, because Mr. Kingston and Mr. Perdue have solid resumés. They don’t need to be heaving mud balls.

That said, we believe Mr. Kingston deserves the GOP nomination for this statewide seat. He has shown what he can do in the U.S. House, representing Georgia’s First Congressional District. He’s ready to step up to the next level as the GOP nominee and face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in the November general election.

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Why Republicans Are Lining Up Behind Jack Kingston In Georgia Senate Race

MACON, Ga.  —  In politics, nothing succeeds like success. And when a party primary leads to a run-off, the losers generally line up behind the candidate who got the most votes in round one.

Not so in the race for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat.

On the GOP side, losing candidates like Phil Gingrey and Karen Handel, establishment Republican figures like Newt Gingrich, and even Tea Partyers are backing Congressman Jack Kingston, even though he came in five points behind businessman David Perdue in the May 20 primary.

The winner of the July 22 runoff will face Democrat Michelle Nunn.

Widespread Republican support for Kingston is likely the result of familiarity with the 11-term U.S. House member, said Chris Grant, a political science professor at Mercer University.

“They know him, they have a trust level with him,” Grant said of the politicians who have served with Kingston in congress and before that in Georgia’s General Assembly. “I think a lot of these folks have seen Kingston as a reliable ally, someone they owe some favors to, and right now he’s cashing in on them.”

A counterintuitive advantage that Kingston has over Perdue, Grant said, is that Kingston’s use of favors to get endorsements and contributions means that he will owe supporters favors if he makes it to the Senate.

David Perdue, in contrast, is independently wealthy and is largely self-financing his campaign. “When you’re a self-funded candidate, you don’t necessarily owe any favors, and that can scare people,” Grant said.

Grant thinks the results of the May 20 primary, in which Perdue won 30.64 percent of votes to Kingston’s 25.8 percent, may be deceiving.

“In the first round of the primary, everyone who wanted to go outside of the establishment rallied around David Perdue, leaving everyone, in essence, voting for inside the establishment candidates,” Grant said.

Whereas that “insider” vote was split between several familiar candidates in May, it could go squarely for Kingston on the 22nd, Grant said, thus overpowering Perdue’s minority “outsider” support.

As always, the result will hinge on turnout.

“I think Kingston has the organizational ability to turnout votes,” Grant said, “but enthusiasm may be on Perdue’s side, so the run-off could go a different way.”

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Briarside? Lakecliff? And What About Tucker? | WABE 90.1 FM

The proponents for two proposed new cities in DeKalb County are joining forces. Advocates for potential cities called Briarcliff and Lakeside have agreed to try to agree on a map for a single city.

As Mary Kay Woodworth, head of the group now called “Lakeside-YES,” put it: “We’re dating. We’re not engaged” We’re not married. But we’re getting along well.”

They are getting along well enough to agree central DeKalb can accommodate two new cities but likely not three. According to Briarcliff proponent Allen Venet, “There just is not enough tax base to do that very easily. He added, “You could potentially create one mega-city, but that would I think would be difficult to govern. So in between those two, clearly you can create two cities, and so that is the goal I think that everybody has. The question is exactly where exactly should the lines be.”

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for July 7, 2013

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On July 7, 1942, General James Oglethorpe was victorious over the Spanish at the Battle of Bloody Marsh and the Battle of Gully Hole Creek; a week later Gov. Montiano would call off the invasion of Georgia from Florida, leaving Georgia to develop as a British colony.

Union cavalry under Gen. Kenner Garrard reached Roswell, Georgia on July 5, 1864, setting the town alight.

On July 4, 1868, the Georgia General Assembly convened for the first time after passage of the Constitution of 1868 with a legislature comprising 186 members, of whom 36 were African-American.

On July 4, 1889, the Georgia State Capitol was dedicated, then housing all three branches of the state government.

The Clash played their first live show on July 4, 1976 at The Black Swan in Sheffield, England.

The first female cadets enrolled at West Point on July 7, 1976.

Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan on July 7, 1981.

How You Can Help a Veteran

Marine Corporal Todd Love received a new “smart home” designed around his use of a wheelchair after losing his legs to an IED in Afghanistan.

Love, a 2008 Kell High School grad, joined the Marines because his father did. He wanted to be in Marine Recon because they were bad ass. He’s still bad ass, all 100 pounds of him. You can see it in the jut of his chin, his buzz cut, from his wry smile and the flash of mischief in his eyes.

Life changed for Love on Oct. 25, 2010, when an IED in Afghanistan pulverized his legs to the groin and turned his left arm into a mangled mess later to be amputated. His comrades thought he was dead but worked feverishly to save what was left of him.

The funding for the home came from the Gary Sinise Foundation, founded by the actor who played a war-wounded double amputee in “Forrest Gump”; the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, founded by the brother of a fireman who died on 9/11; and Home Depot. He’ll live there with his brother, Brandon.

Click here to watch the video of the home unveiling. Grab some tissues.

You can donate online to the Gary Sinise Foundation to make more gifts like this possible.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for July 7, 2014


Peach is about 4-5 months old, she is a shepherd/carolina dog. Peach is current on vaccinations and scheduled to be spayed soon. Peach is a goofy little girl with lots of personality. She gets along with dogs and cats. Peach is available for adoption from ACT Animal Rescue of Valdosta/Lowndes in Naylor, GA.


Chester is a 2 year old Australian Shepherd mix, around 60 lbs. This boy is so sweet, but very shy when you first meet him. Once you gain his trust, he’s a different dog and will love you forever. His start in life is sad as he was caught living as a stray as a small puppy with his mom on the streets. He had never been touched by or around people, until we caught him at 3 months old. He was extremely shy and has come a long way. He’s shy in new situations, but comes out of his shell once he feels comfortable. He feels most comfortable around other dogs, especially playful dogs. He must have another dog in his home, preferably a playful dog and must have a tall fence.

Chester is available for adoption from Canine Crusaders of Atlanta, in Acworth, GA.


Meet Sophia! Sophia is one of the newest additions to Helping Paws. She came to us from the Gwinnett County Animal Control and she is about the sweetest, most fun loving little girl we’ve met. Sophia is a Corgi mix who we estimate to be about 2 years old.

Sophia is a great little dog who does well with kids, dogs, and all people she meets! She loves to play with tennis balls and is getting really good at fetch! She loves to cuddle and she will sleep all day next to you, if you let her. She loves to be pet and will crawl right into your lap and offer you her belly to be rubbed. Sophia is about as affectionate as they come. She has a great temperament around everyone and will be a perfect family pet.  Sophia is heartworm positive; adoption applications are being accepted during her treatment.

Sophia is available for adoption from Helping Paws Rescue in Bogart, GA.

In honor of Chester, the dog:

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