State receives mixed review on election improvements

Common Cause, a nonprofit liberal advocacy group, analyzed the performance of 10 states with hotly contested local and national races and found none has fully embraced the commission’s advice.

In Georgia, polling shows tight races between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democratic challenger Jason Carter, as well as between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue in the state’s U.S. Senate contest.

Common Cause evaluated how well poll workers are trained, the quality of voting machines, access to polls and the language of election materials, among other things.

Georgia received satisfactory grades for its adoption of online voter registration, the use of schools as polling centers, the use of electronic voting machines, its early voting schedule and for providing ballots and registration materials online for military personnel and other citizens stationed abroad.

However, Georgia received an unsatisfactory grade because it does not require audits of voting equipment after each election to ensure it was functioning correctly and can be used again.

The report also gives Georgia an unsatisfactory grade because state law does not require bilingual poll workers at certain sites where large numbers of Hispanic and Latino voters cast ballots.

via State receives mixed review on election improvements.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 30, 2014

King Henry VII of England was crowned on October 30, 1485.

King Charles I of England granted a charter for a new colony called Carolana that included much of present-day Georgia, along with the current states of North and South Carolina, on October 30, 1629.

Stephen Douglas of Illinois campaigned in Atlanta for President of the United States on October 30, 1860. Douglas had defeated Abraham Lincoln for United States Senate in 1858, giving rise to the Lincoln-Douglas style of debate.

On October 30, 1871, Republican Benjamin Conley became acting Governor of Georgia after Republican Governor Rufus Bullock resigned; Conley served as President of the state Senate before taking office as Governor.

Conley took the oath of office on Oct. 30, 1871. Two days later, the new General Assembly convened and elected a new Democratic president of the Senate, but Conley refused to give up the office. The General Assembly then passed a law over Conley’s veto to hold a special election for governor on the third Tuesday in December. In that election, Democratic House speaker James M. Smith defeated Conley and assumed office Jan. 12, 1872.

On October 30, 1938, a science fiction drama called War of the Worlds was broadcast nationwide in the form of a series of simulated radio broadcasts.

Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 30, 1945, becoming the first African-American professional baseball player in the major leagues.

On October 30, 1970, a fastball from Nolan Ryan was timed at 100.9 miles per hour, putting him in the record books. On the same day, Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced to six months in prison and a $500 fine for allegedly exposing himself during a Miami concert. Morrision died before the case was heard on appeal.

Polls and Turnout

This is the time of year when you can play campaign strategist like you play fantasy football. Simply pick the poll you like and then figure out what your candidate needs to make it happen. I’m over public polling for the rest of the election and will instead be watching turnout figures.

That said, here’s my ten-cent analysis. (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 30, 2014

Phoebe

Phoebe is a small female Terrier mix who was abandoned with her best friend Ziggie when their owners moved away. While she started out frightened, she is now a sweet, social dog. Phoebe is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

Brighton

Brighton is a young male Labrador Retriever mix with a huge smile who was found in a Publix shopping yard. He is friendly, loves to play, and would love an active family. Brighton is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

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Nellie is a young female Terrier mix who was found in a dumpster with four puppies who weren’t hers. She loves her wading pool. Nellie is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

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Randy Travis of Fox 5 Atlanta brings us the next dog, a pit bull female named Delilah who is currently fostered by his daughter.

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Here’s Delilah’s story:

I found Delilah at Paulding County Animal Control in May in extremely bad shape. She was extremely underweight, no hair on her paws, and with a bad case of kennel cough. The second I walked into her kennel she came right up to me and rolled over with her tail wagging like crazy. After crying like a baby for a half hour, I called Jason from Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue. He agreed to take her on in his rescue and pay for all her veterinary care if I agreed to foster her. Of course I said yes. With two other dogs at home and three cats I felt I could give her a resting place to get her back on her paws and see what she was like in a home setting.

A few months after bringing her home and posting her on any site I could think of to find her forever home, I was contacted by someone who recognized her and knew about her past life. This woman lived next to the man who abused her for the first 4-6 years of her life. She said Delilah was constantly outside, rain or shine, crammed in a crate that was half the size of her. She had six litters by the time she was rescued and completely and totally neglected. The police were called and it was discovered that this man had not only been neglecting her, he’d been raising her puppies for fighting. Thankfully, he was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail.

I’ve loved every single second of having Delilah. But it’s time she go to her forever home. Knowing Delilah’s past, she understandably does not get along well with other dogs. Surprisingly enough though, Delilah adores cats. She’s about six years old. Besides having occasional issues with her joints she is healthy as a horse. Completely vaccinated and spayed (never having puppies again!) And she’s potty trained!The only issue we’ve had with her is her fear of storms.

Delilah would be a wonderful dog for any family that doesn’t currently have dogs. She’s wonderful with children, does not need a lot of room, can go on short walks but doesn’t require tons of exercise to be calm. After five minutes of playing she’s tired for four days! She’d be great for a busy family or a retired couple looking for a companion to hang out with during the day. Please consider adding Delilah to your family!

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Click here to apply to become Delilah’s forever home.

Click here to donate to Friends of the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue.

October 29, 2014 – Fall 2014 Survey | The Institute of Politics at Harvard University

A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds slightly more than half (51%) of young Americans who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47 percent favoring Democrat control – a significant departure from IOP polling findings before the last midterm elections (Sept. 2010 – 55%: prefer Democrat control; 43%: prefer Republican control).

The cohort – 26% of whom report they will “definitely” vote in the midterms – appear up-for-grabs to both political parties and could be a critical swing vote in many races in November.

“The IOP’s fall polling shows that young Americans care deeply about their country and are politically up-for-grabs,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams.  “Millennials could be a critical swing vote. Candidates for office: ignore millennial voters at your peril.”

via October 29, 2014 – Fall 2014 Survey | The Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

President George W. Bush: 41- The Book

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Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes “41,” his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

George W. Bush’s interview with CBS newsman Bob Schieffer will air in two parts on Sunday, Nov. 9: the first on “Sunday Morning,” the second on “Face the Nation.”

An interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie airs on the “Today” show on Nov. 10. For publication day, Nov. 11, both former presidents will be on “Today” for a discussion with George W. Bush’s daughter and “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. (more…)

Election 2014: Georgia Governor – Rasmussen Reports™

Republican Governor Nathan Deal is holding on to a six-point lead over Democratic challenger Jason Carter in the final week of his reelection campaign in Georgia and leads by the same margin in a hypothetical runoff contest.

Deal now picks up 49% of the vote to Carter’s 43% in the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Georgia Voters. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate in the race, while six percent (6%) are undecided.

via Election 2014: Georgia Governor – Rasmussen Reports™.

Campaigning like it’s 2004: Outsourcing re-emerges as election-year issue | Al Jazeera America

Todd Rehm, a Georgia-based Republican political consultant, said the line of attacks fits neatly into Democrats’ messaging that the GOP is out of touch with voters’ needs and favors corporations profiting off of the woes of Americans workers. Rehm noted that Republican candidates around the country could do a better job of communicating their economic policies in a way that resonates with the middle class.

“You can talk about how when a company is faced with low cost imports decimating its market, how outsourcing can be a way to keep some of the jobs,” Rehm said. “That is absolutely a weak spot among a lot of Republicans that come from a business background — they speak about creating a favorable business environment in a way that doesn’t connect with the likes of a lot of people, especially wage workers.”

via Campaigning like it’s 2004: Outsourcing re-emerges as election-year issue | Al Jazeera America.