The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control – US News

6. GEORGIA – If Republicans wake up Nov. 5 just short of a majority, the primary race that’s percolating in the Peach State now could be the reason.

A seven-way scrum for the nomination – including three congressmen, former Susan G. Komen executive Karen Handel and Fortune 500 CEO David Perdue – will likely last through the end of July with a runoff.

And there’s really no clear leader.

The Republican establishment nightmare? If Rep. Paul Broun – the most unapologetically ideological and sharp-tongued of the lot – is one of the last two standing.

“I think the one who has the clearest path, the best chance of making a runoff is Paul Broun,” says Todd Rehm, an unaffiliated Georgia-based GOP consultant who runs the Georgia Pundit website.

The donor class, on the other hand, appear to be gravitating to Rep. Jack Kingston, whose fundraising prowess has allowed him to get on television already with a bio spot.

But the biggest impact of the muddled primary has been allowing Democrat Michelle Nunn to garner favorable press, stockpile millions and tact to the center.

“She is going to be a competitive candidate,” says GOP strategist Joel McElhannon, who is not working on any of the campaigns.

via The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control – US News.

Results in Survey of 10th Congressional District

I’m trying a few new things in our polling system that should not change the results but make the workflow smoother. In order to test everthing, I ran a survey in the Tenth Congressional District last night, using the announced candidate. As of the time I write this, all but one of the announced candidates have qualified for the election, and no new candidates have appeared. We surveyed likely Republican Primary voters, sample size is 824 respondents. We weighted for age range and gender.

So, here are the results.

First, I asked a question about the ballot for Governor

 

If the Republican Primary for Governor of Georgia were held today and the candidates were John Barge, Nathan Deal, the incumbent, and David Pennington, for whom would you vote?

 

John Barge…………………7.05%

Nathan Deal……………..57.47%

David Pennington………4.25%

Undecided………………..31.23%

 

Second question was the Congressional Ballot:

 

If the Republican Primary for Congress were held today and the candidate were Mike Collins, Gary Gerrard, Jody Hice, Donna Sheldon, Stephen Simpson, Brian Slowinski, and Mitchell Swann, for whom would you vote?

 

Mike Collins…………….22.48%

Gary Gerrard…………….3.77%

Jody Hice………………..19.68%

Donna Sheldon………….7.41%

Stephen Simpson……….4.25%

Brian Slowinski………..0.49%

Mitchell Swann………..0.97%

Undecided………………40.95%

 

I’m looking at the crosstabs now and will publish more data if there’s anything interesting in there.

Gov. Nathan Deal: Report Will Play A Key Role In Future Winter Storm Response

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Deal: Report will play a key role in future winter storm response

Gov. Nathan Deal today received the internal review and action plan he ordered from state agency heads involved in emergency response during the winter storm of Jan. 26-30.

“Our state experienced two severe winter storms in two weeks, events that tested the resilience and preparedness of all Georgians,” Deal said. “Following the first storm, I implemented immediate action items as well as initiated an internal review by state agency heads. The action items paid off. Our state for the second storm was more informed and prepared through the cellphones alerts, emails to school superintendents and consultations with local meteorologists. Continue reading

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 4, 2014

On March 4, 1762, legislation was passed by the Georgia General Assembly requiring church attendance on Sundays.

On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as President of the United States.

In his inaugural address, Lincoln promised not to interfere with the institution of slavery where it existed, and pledged to suspend the activities of the federal government temporarily in areas of hostility. However, he also took a firm stance against secession and the seizure of federal property. The government, insisted Lincoln, would “hold, occupy, and possess” its property and collect its taxes. He closed his remarks with an eloquent reminder of the nation’s common heritage:

“In your hand, my fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Also on March 4, 1861, the Confederate Congress adopted a first national flag.

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This flag is depicted with varying numbers of stars – originally adopted with seven stars, by December 1861, a version with thirteen stars was flying. Below is the current Georgia flag.

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AV Club

The GaPundit AV Club had a busy day yesterday, compiling audio interviews on legislation and from candidates qualifying for office.

Sen. Judson Hill: On Passage of SB 98

Mike Griffin of GA Right To Life: On Senator Judson Hill and Passage of SB 98

Rep Allen Peake: On Passage of HB 885 – The Medical Cannabis Bill

Parents Supporting Rep. Allen Peake & The Medical Cannabis Bill

Gov. Nathan Deal – On Qualifying And The 2014 Campaign

Rep. Jack Kingston: On Qualifying for US Senate

Rep. Paul Broun: On Qualifying for US Senate

Rep. Phil Gingrey: On Qualifying for US Senate

Karen Handel: On Qualifying for US Senate

Rep. Tom Price: On GA 12 and The GOP vs. Rep. John Barrow

GA GOP Chair John Padgett on The 2014 Elections and Strong Qualifying

Speaker David Ralston on The Strong GOP Bench for 2014 Elections

Donna Sheldon: On Qualifying for GA 10

Bob Barr: On Qualifying for GA 11

Tricia Pridemore: On Qualifying for GA 11

Rick Allen: On Qualifying for GA 12

Under the Gold Dome Today

SENATE MEETING CALENDAR

TBD RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
8:00 AM APPROPRIATIONS 341 CAP
1:00 PM BANKING & FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS – CANCELLED
1:00 PM NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT 450 CAP
2:00 PM EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB
2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY – CANCELLED
3:00 PM FINANCE – CANCELLED
3:00 PM JUDICIARY 310 CLOB
4:00 PM RETIREMENT 307 CLOB

 

SENATE RULES CALENDAR

HB 135 Municipalities; ante litem notice; the amount of damages sought; provide (As Passed House) (JUDY-29th) Welch-110th

HB 176 Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Leads to Development (BILD) Act; enact (As Passed House) (RI&U-49th) Parsons-44th

HB 375 Insurance; cancellations under certain circumstances relating to policy terms that permit an audit or rate investigation and noncompliance by insured; provide (As Passed House) (Substitute) (I&L-25th) Williamson-115th

HB 719 Sales and use tax; continuation of joint county municipal tax; provide (As Passed House) (FIN-51st) Tanner-9th

 

HOUSE MEETING CALENDAR

1 PM FLOOR SESSION (LD 31) HOUSE
12:30 PM RULES 341 CAP
2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY 415 CLOB
3:00 PM Alcohol & Tobacco Subcommttee of Regulated Industries 415 CLOB
3:00 PM Academic Achievement Subcommittee of Education 341 CAP
3:00 PM SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 515 CLOB
4:00 PM Welch Subcommittee of Juvenile Justice 506 CLOB
4:30 PM JUVENILE JUSTICE 506 CLOB

HOUSE RULES CALENDAR

Modified Open Rule
SB 23 “Stacey Nicole English Act”; aid in the location of missing persons; incapacitated due to medical conditions; establish (PS&HS-Taylor-173rd) Davenport-44th

SB 128 Professional Counselors; revise definitions relating to marriage and family therapy (RegI-Maxwell-17th) Millar-40th

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 4, 2014

MamaHoundDog

Note, this is a hound dog, not a Rottweiler or Doberman. This mama dog will be giving birth to a litter of puppies any day and is in desperate need of a home in which to have her litter and raise them safely. A shelter is a bad place for puppies as they can get sick easily, which leads to euthanasia often. Mama dog is available for adoption from the Bartow County Animal Shelter in Winder, Ga.

Honey

Honey is an eight-month old Yellow Lab mix female who was found wandering stray on the road that leads to the annual Walton County Republican Party barbecue – seriously. She’s loving and gets along well with other dogs. Honey is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.LilRed

Lil Red is said to be an eight-month old female Doberman mix, but I’d say she’s more like a hound dog. She is sweet, quiet and shy, and is available for adoption from the Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.