WARNER ROBINS — Even with an election recount in the offing, Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite aren’t just marking time.
“We’re moving on,” Musselwhite replied to the question of whether he’d wait on Friday’s recount results before continuing to campaign.
They were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s mayor’s race. Toms took 24.6 percent of the vote, and Musselwhite captured 22.9 percent. Continue reading
WARNER ROBINS — Mike Brashear, who landed fifth in the Warner Robins mayoral race, said he will support Randy Toms in the Dec. 3 runoff against Joe Musselwhite.
“I’ve known Randy Toms for about 15 years now, and he’s become a very close friend of mine,” Brashear said, adding he met Toms through church.
Still, a recount of the votes could change everything. Councilman Daron Lee, who received just 45 fewer votes than Musselwhite on Tuesday, said Wednesday he would seek a recount of votes after finding discrepancies in the reported results. Election Superintendent Kathy Cummings called a recount out of an “abundance of caution,” noting no errors were suspected or found.
If it results in a runoff between Toms and Lee, Brash-ear said he’ll have to review his options.
“I like a lot of (Lee’s) experience: his interactions with other agencies around the midstate region and so forth,” Brashear said. “So, if that became the case, I would have to really, seriously think.”
Chuck Chalk, who landed fourth in the mayoral race, said almost immediately after the race was called he would back Toms. Contacted Wednesday about the possible change in runoff contenders, Chalk said he will discuss whether his endorsement could be affected if that happens.
Lee also said he will hold off an endorsement discussion until after the recount.
Commissioners-elect of the new Macon-Bibb County government are getting ready for work. They’re not yet sworn into office and can’t make any decisions for a government that doesn’t exist yet, but they’re starting to get oriented on how the new government is supposed to work and what’s already been recommended.
Macon Mayor and Macon-Bibb County Mayor-elect Robert Reichert asked for the meetings. Continue reading
WARNER ROBINS — Some numbers changed in a Friday recount of the city election tallies, but the end results were the same.
The recount had the same winners and the same people in the Dec. 3 runoff.
The only discrepancy found was in the vote totals for Daron Lee, who narrowly finished third and out of the runoff for the mayoral election. Election Superintendent Kathy Cummings said the actual number of individual votes for Lee was correct, but there was an error in calculating a total.
Lee actually had 546 votes from absentees and early voting, but it was incorrectly totaled at 646, Cummings said.
With the corrected number, Chuck Chalk moved up to third and Lee dropped to fourth, but Chalk was still the same number of votes out of the runoff, which was 138.
Republican Doug Woodruff’s campaign for election as State Representative in Georgia’s House District 2 officially launched this week. House District 2 includes key portions of Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield Counties.
Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, is stepping down as the District 2 representative after receiving an appointment from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as executive director of the state’s Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry.
A special election will be held to fill the post.
Mr. Woodruff enters the race “with a longstanding commitment to serving his community and its citizens.”
Your Washington Desk:
A strong message from Texas Governor Rick Perry.
The real message is not the script but about his position as a serious contender in 2016. Notice the states he talks about – Nevada, Florida and Tennessee (OK – he should have said Georgia instead of Tennessee) but Nevada and Florida are key early primary states.
Tonight, Sean Hannity will host a special on Obamacare on the Fox News Channel at 10 p.m. EST. This hour-long feature will focus on doctors’ reactions to this disastrous law.
I will be on the program to discuss a physician lawmaker’s perspective on Obamacare. I hope you can tune in and tell a friend!
Price Welcomes HHS Secretary Sebelius to Georgia
Your Washington Desk:
Atlanta, GA – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), welcomed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the metro Atlanta area today, saying:
“Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius is in Georgia today as the Obama Administration is desperately attempting to convince the American people that their takeover of health care is not the full-fledged train wreck so many predicted.
“They wish to distract from the President’s repeated attempts to mislead the American people by telling them that if liked their health care plan they could keep it. Meanwhile, millions of our fellow Americans are receiving cancellation letters of their insurance plans. They don’t want us to know that the vast majority of Obamacare enrollments have been in Medicaid, not in private insurance. They wish we’d forget about their exchange website debacle that has compromised the privacy of applicants while enrolling only a handful of individuals. And, they don’t want us to concern ourselves with how this law will severely harm the doctor-patient relationship.
“Perhaps while she’s here, Secretary Sebelius could also explain to Georgians why the average cost of their health care premiums has skyrocketed: by 21.4 percent for a family of four; by 70.6 percent for a 50-year-old; and by a stunning 168.3 percent for a 27-year-old, the third highest rate increase in the nation.
“No wonder Democrats are turning on this administration and its signature law, Obamacare. Dozens of them have publicly expressed concern that President Obama made promises he just couldn’t keep and millions of Americans are suffering because of it. For our part, we will continue to fight for a total repeal of Obamacare. We will also continue to advance positive, patient-centered solutions that empower individuals, families and doctors to make medical decisions, not Washington, D.C.”
Congressman Tom Price, M.D., is vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients in the metro Atlanta area. For three consecutive congresses, he has proposed an alternative to Obamacare, the Empowering Patients First Act.
Governor Deal’s campaign sent the following email:
Yesterday, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson announced his intent to run against us. If experience has taught us anything, another Carter at the helm is not what Georgia needs.
And this is just the beginning. I have no doubt in my mind, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and their big government allies will do everything in their power to turn Georgia blue in attempts to further their overreaching liberal agenda.
During Governor Deal’s administration, Georgia has become the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business and create jobs. We have also seen upwards of 180,000 private sector jobs created, and we’ve lowered taxes and balanced budgets. Despite the proven success of his conservative leadership, our opponents are dead set on destroying everything we have worked so hard for.
That’s why we need your help. A substantial primary victory is the only way to show these out-of-touch organizations that Georgia is not up for grabs.
Governor Deal has spent his first term moving our state forward. By reverting to their 1970′s ticket, the Democrats are looking to recycle their same failed policies.
With your support, we will continue to move Georgia in the right direction.
Deal for Governor
MARIETTA, Ga. – A forum and rally were held Monday in response to the planned merger of two universities in Cobb County. The proposal calls for Southern Polytechnic State University to be merged with Kennesaw State University.
School officials have tried to reassure students about the proposed consolidation, saying that cost savings from the merger would be directed to the classroom.
“Any savings associated with the consolidation will be reinvested in the academic programs,” said Southern Polytechnic President Lisa Rossbacher. “This is not meant to be cost savings in order to cut the institutional budgets, individually or combined.”