Gov. Nathan Deal: Endorsed by Karen Handel

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Handel endorses Deal for re-election

Former secretary of state says governor has ‘earned’ second term

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Speaking at a Women for Deal rally today at the state Capitol, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel endorsed Gov. Nathan Deal for re-election, citing his strong record of accomplishments and the need for his future leadership.

 “I’m supporting Governor Deal because there is far too much at stake in this election for Georgia,” said Handel. “There’s just too much at stake to let the past take priority over the future of our state. Governor Deal has done a good job and, as a result, has earned my support for a second term as governor of this great state.”

Handel pointed out that, under Gov. Deal, Georgia has created nearly 300,000 private sector jobs and is ranked No. 1 by three different entities as the best place to do business.

“Governor Deal brings the experience, maturity and track record to ensure that Georgia continues to be a great place to live and work and raise a family,” Handel said. “In the next four years, I know he’ll continue to keep taxes low, (more…)

Buddy Carter Congress: To Fee Or Not To Fee

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To Fee Or Not To Fee

 Last week, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) approved allocating up to $3 million for maintenance of the shipping channel to the Port of Brunswick marking the second straight year GPA has had to supplement federal funds for this project.

     While the decision by the GPA board to dedicate funds for maintaining the waterway to the nation’s second busiest seaport in terms of shipping automobiles was certainly the right one, it is said to have been made with some reluctance.

     That’s because the Port of Brunswick receives back from the federal government only a portion of the fees that it generates for the maintenance of the shipping channel through the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT).

     The HMT, a tax (or fee as it is referred to as in the law), was created by the Water Resource Act of 1986 and (more…)

Gov. Nathan Deal: PolyTech Fibers to Create 114 Jobs in Murray County

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Deal: PolyTech Fibers to create 114 jobs in Murray County

Georgia-based business to open its first manufacturing facility in Chatsworth, investing $12 million

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that PolyTech Fibers LLC, a Georgia-based polyester fiber manufacturer, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $12 million into its first manufacturing facility over the next three years in Murray County.

“PolyTech Fibers is an excellent addition to our state’s manufacturing sector, an industry that employs more than 360,000 Georgians,” said Deal. “Our No. 1 business climate, which includes a top-ranked technical workforce and solid logistics system, makes Georgia an ideal location for this company. I am confident that our state will continue to foster growth in manufacturing firms across Georgia.”

The new 80,000-square-foot facility will be located at 2017 Highway 411 North in Chatsworth. With this new facility, the company plans to manufacture and distribute several kinds of regenerated/recycled polyester staple fibers for the automotive industry, as well as the filter sector, nonwoven sector and commercial/residential and high-end furnishing fillers. The jobs created will be in the areas of textile manufacturing and extrusion. Hiring will be done through TiDra staffing. (more…)

The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep Price speaks about Ebola election to Cobb GOP

MARIETTA — A day after an Ebola scare at the Cobb County jail, U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell told about 135 of his fellow Republicans the U.S. needs to be “transparent” about the virus.

He spoke about Ebola at the Cobb GOP’s monthly breakfast at its Roswell Street headquarters Saturday morning.

“This is real. The disease is real. The challenge to the world is real. But some of the ideas about how to combat this are naive and not helpful,” Price said. “I don’t believe that stopping flights from western Africa is a reasonable plan. The world is very small.”

Price said Saturday flights into the U.S. need to be monitored with “real interviews” to determine if anyone has been exposed to the virus.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep Price speaks about Ebola election to Cobb GOP.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 6, 2014

The first Mennonites arrived in America on October 6, 1683 aboard the Concord.

Cy Young threw his last professional baseball game as a member of the Boston Braves on October 6, 1911.

On October 6, 1953, WTVM-TV began broadcasting in  Columbus, Georgia.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience held its first rehearsal on October 6, 1966.

The second Presidential debate between Republican incumbent Gerald Ford and Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter took place on October 6, 1976. During the debate, Ford said, there was “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”.

Pope John Paul II became the first Pope to visit the White House on October 6, 1979. Carter’s notes from the meeting are at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta.

The last four B-52 bombers stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Warner-Robins left the base for the last time on October 6, 1983.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th General Election.

How to Register to Vote:

1. Click this link, print and fill out the state voter registration application and mail it today, or deliver in person to your local voter registration office. If it were me, I’d deliver it in person today.

2. Click here if you have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and register to vote online.

3. You can register to vote in-person at Georgia Department of Driver Services when you apply for a Georgia Driver’s License or renew your license.

4. Download the Georgia Votes app from the Apple iTunes Store to your iPhone and you can register to vote with a valid Georgia Driver’s License. There is also a version for Android you can download and use to register with a valid Georgia Driver’s License.

Hillary Clinton comes to town

On August 19th, I wrote:

The 2014 United States Senate election in Georgia is not about Michelle Nunn or even about control of the United States Senate: it’s about Hillary Clinton.

I’d be willing to bet we’ll see [Clinton] in Georgia this year in support of Michelle Nunn, unless Nunn’s political consultants tell her it would be a political liability.

And now we know that she’ll be coming to Georgia to aid her fellow Democrat Michelle Nunn. From Politico: (more…)

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for October 6, 2014



An out-of-state rescue will take these five puppies, but they’ll need a foster home for 3-4 weeks before they can be transported. If you’re interested in fostering, please fill out the online application here and note that it’s for the Black Lab puppies from Barrow County.

Gwinnett Urgent

The dogs in the collage above are EXTREMELY URGENT and must have rescue by noon today. The Gwinnett Shelter is overcrowded and will euthanize dogs for space if none are rescued.

Aussie Family

The family who owned this little Australian Shepherd family moved away and left them. They need rescue no later than Wednesday at 10 AM from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Mom and Puppies

This little mama dog and her 6 puppies are urgent and need rescue or foster no later than Friday at 10 AM from Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Majestic Black Lab

This majestic-looking Black Lab mix will be available for adoption beginning Thursday at Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 3, 2014

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be observed on November 26, 1863 and on the fourth Thursday in November every succeeding year.

This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory “day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington’s suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.

Thomas Jefferson, the third president, felt that public demonstrations of piety to a higher power, like that celebrated at Thanksgiving, were inappropriate in a nation based in part on the separation of church and state. Subsequent presidents agreed with him. In fact, no official Thanksgiving proclamation was issued by any president between 1815 and the day Lincoln took the opportunity to thank the Union Army and God for a shift in the country’s fortunes on this day in 1863.

On October 5, 1864, the Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought in Bartow County, Georgia.

Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, opened on October 4, 1870.

On October 4, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegram to the Georgia Democratic Party Convention delegates in appreciation for their support of his admininstration.

On October 3, 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton was appointed to the United States Senate from Georgia following the death of Senator Tom Watson. After initially being rebuffed by the Senate, Felton was sworn-in on late in November, becoming the first woman to serve in the United States Senate.

The Savannah River Bridge opened on October 4, 1925.

The first televised Presidential address from the White House was broadcast on October 5, 1947.

Beverly Hills, 90210 debuted on October 4, 1990.

It’s okay to binge watch the entire series this weekend.

The Georgia Supreme Court outlawed use of the electric chair as “cruel and unusual punishment” on October 5, 2001.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Former Dalton Mayor and unsuccessful candidate for Governor David Pennington will take his ball and go home endorse Libertarian Andrew Hunt for Governor.

Polls routinely give Hunt between three and seven points of support, which could be enough to deprive Deal and Democrat Jason Carter of a majority and force the governor’s race into a December runoff. Both major party campaigns are quietly confident that Hunt’s support will wane as attention focuses on the race.

National media are portraying Libertarian Amanda Swafford, the only candidate for Senate with experience serving in elected office, as a possible spoiler who could send the Senate election into a runoff.

Georgia’s runoff election [for Senate] would be held Jan. 6—a day after the new Congress convenes. Polling shows libertarian Amanda Swafford capturing a small percentage of the vote—but an amount that could prevent Republican nominee David Perdue or Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn from reaching 50%.

If those races go to runoffs, the uncertainty would shadow Congress when it returns on Nov. 12 for a postelection lame-duck session to handle unfinished legislative business. Already, senior Senate aides say that their ability to plan for the lame-duck session has been frozen until after the election.

“If you have two outstanding races, everything slows to a crawl,” a senior Senate Democratic aide said.

The two parties’ willingness to compromise could be affected by their expectations of controlling the chamber in January as they address must-pass legislative items, such as a bill extending funding for the government after a stopgap measure expires on Dec. 11.

Senate Democrats, who now control the chamber, have been expected to advance legislation to extend funding through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year. But Republicans, if they expect to take the majority, might push for a shorter extension so they could have more say in spending priorities early next year.

Here’s the interesting thing: it’s not just Libertarian voters who hold the power to send the Senate and Gubernatorial races into a runoff – it’s also Republican voters who fail to fill out their entire ballot.

Let’s look back to the 2008 General Election in which Republican John McCain carried 52.2% of the vote against Democrat Barack Obama with 47.0%.

Candidate Votes Cast Percentage
McCain 2048759 52.2%
Obama 1844123 47.0%
Others 31604 0.8%
Total 3924486

The next item on the ballot was the Senate race: here, Senator Chambliss carried only 49.8% of the vote and Democrat Jim Martin, with 46.8% joined him in the runoff election.

Senate Votes Cast Percentage
Chambliss 1867097 49.8%
Martin 1757393 46.8%
Others 127995 3.4%
Total 3752485

What’s notable to me is the amount of voter dropoff between the Presidential and Senate elections. Republican Saxby Chambliss took 91.1% of the votes cast for GOP Presidential candidate McCain, while Martin took 95.3% of votes cast for Democratic candidate Obama.

That 4.2% net loss in downballot voting for the Republican translates to roughly 85,307 voters who clicked next to John McCain but did not vote at all in the Senate race. If Republicans had simply voted for the Senate candidate at the same rate Democrats did, Chambliss would have escaped a runoff election.

This year, the State School Superintendent’s race lacks a Libertarian candidate, and will thus be decided in the General Election. During the Republican Primary Runoff, 85,206 Republican voters voted in the Senate race but did not cast a ballot in the State School Superintendent’s race.

If the top of the ticket races for Governor and Senate are close enough this year to go into a runoff, those 85,000 odd Republicans who do not bother to vote all the way down the ticket could cost us the State School Superintendent’s race and elect a Democrat.

Here’s why that’s important: the Georgia Department of Education spends more than 50% of the tax dollars you pay to the state. Having a Democratic candidates freely spending your money without accountability means Georgia will continue to underperform in education. Combined with the constant Democratic drumbeat for more dollars for education rather than doing a better job of spending the money we already spend will cause upward pressure on the state budget and on taxes.