Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for March 18, 2013


Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for March 18, 2013

Ethics Bills in Senate

At 9 AM Tuesday, March 19th in Room 450 of the Capitol, a Senate Rules Committee Subcommitee will hold a hearing only on House Bill 142 and HB 143 by Speaker David Ralston.

Members of the Rules Subcommittee include Senators Gloria Butler, Steve Gooch, Bill Jackson, Fran Millar, Jack Murphy, Cecil Staton and Chairman Jeff Mullis.

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee County is the center of the universe in Georgia Republican politics this week.

Barry Loudermilk (1)This weekend, state Senator Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) told a Republican meeting in Cherokee County that while he will not make an announcement until after Congressman Phil Gingrey announces whether he’s running for United States Senate next year, he intends to run for the 11th District if Gingrey is not seeking reelection.

Add to that Bob Barr’s similar non-announcement preannouncement, and we’ve got politicians stacked up and waiting for word from Rep. Gingrey.

Are State Rep. Edward Lindsey and former candidate for Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party Tricia Pridemore also considering runs if Gingrey decides to go for an upgrade, or did I just make that up?

Showdown in Cherokee County

Tonight at 5:30, the Cherokee County Republican Party, under the new leadership of Chairman Rick Davies, will host a cage death match forum for the announced candidates for Chairman of the GAGOP. No word on whether AlexVanHarp, the schizophrenic twitter alter egos for three of the Chairman candidates will be there. In any case, the actual candidates will all be there.

Alex Johnson (Confirmed)
Seth Harp (Confirmed)
John Padgett (Confirmed)
BJ Van Gundy (Confirmed)

Click here for an event listing with a Google map if you’re planning on going. Also, leave early, traffic is horrible up there.

Another Non-Announcement Preannouncement

On Facebook this weekend, the Fulton County GOP wrote, “Watching Dr. Benjamin Carson at CPAC? Stay tuned for details on him coming to ATL just for Fulton County Republicans in April. Did he just announce his candidacy?”

So, no announcement yet, but we’ll probably see something in the next couple of days.In the meantime, here is Dr. Benjamin Carson speaking at CPAC this past weekend. For, you know, no particular reason whatsoever.

Georgia and National Politics

By 2020, Georgia may have no majority race.

A historic decline in the number of U.S. whites and the fast growth of Latinos are blurring traditional black-white color lines, testing the limits of civil rights laws and reshaping political alliances as “whiteness” begins to lose its numerical dominance.

Long in coming, the demographic shift was most vividly illustrated in last November’s re-election of President Barack Obama, the first black president, despite a historically low percentage of white supporters.

It’s now a potent backdrop to the immigration issue being debated in Congress that could offer a path to citizenship for 11 million mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants. Also, the Supreme Court is deciding cases this term on affirmative action and voting rights that could redefine race and equality in the U.S.

The latest census data and polling from The Associated Press highlight the historic change in a nation in which non-Hispanic whites will lose their majority in the next generation, somewhere around the year 2043.

-The District of Columbia, Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Texas have minority populations greater than 50 percent. By 2020, eight more states are projected to join the list: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and New York. Latinos already outnumber whites in New Mexico; California will tip to a Latino plurality next year.

The Republican National Committee will release a post-mortem report on the 2012 elections today. Among the issues will likely be the Presidential Primary schedule and the number of debates among GOP candidates.
The Republican Party hurt itself in the 2012 presidential contest by staging a protracted primary competition that allowed too many debates and too little time to forge ties with voters, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday.

Mr. Priebus said he would like the GOP to compress its primary season, so that the nominating convention is held in June or July.

In 2012 the Republicans held their convention at the end of August. That proved a handicap for Mr. Romney, Mr. Priebus said. Under campaign finance laws, Mr. Romney was barred from using money he had already raised for the general election until he formally received the nomination at the convention. Holding the convention earlier in the year will give the party’s next nominee access to the money at an earlier point.

Mr. Priebus said he wanted to see a condensed primary season with fewer debates. In the 2012 cycle, the GOP candidates took part in repeated debates that did the party few favors, he said.

As part of addressing the GOP’s gap among non-white voters, the RNC will spend $10 million.

Reeling from back-to-back presidential losses and struggling to cope with the country’s changing racial and ethnic makeup, the Republican National Committee plans to spend $10 million this year to send hundreds of party workers into Hispanic, black and Asian communities to promote its brand among voters who overwhelmingly supported Democrats in 2012.

Exit polls indicated Obama carried female, black, Hispanic and Asian voting blocs. He also won among voters under the age of 45 and those who lived in mid- to large-sized cities.

That spells troubles for the GOP in a nation that is increasingly diverse. The latest census data and polling from The Associated Press suggest non-Hispanic whites will lose their majority in the next generation, somewhere around the year 2043.

In 2010’s elections, Republicans enjoyed the biggest midterm gains since 1938 and became the majority party in the U.S. House. Yet two years later, Democrats captured the biggest prize in American politics, the presidency, and picked up seats in both of Congress’ chambers. Despite solid fundraising from the party and quick work from Romney after he won the nomination, the GOP couldn’t overcome Obama’s four-year head start and on-the-ground organization.

“We have become a party that parachutes into communities four months before an election,” Priebus said. “The Obama campaign lived in these communities for years.”

Events this Week, M-W


Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta Meeting at 7 PM at Magnolia Cafe, 5175 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, 30045.

DeKalb Young Republicans Meeting with Senator Judson Hill at 7 PM at Marlow’s Tavern, 4156 La Vista Road, Tucker, GA, 30084.

Citizen Georgia Business and Politics Meeting at 7 PM at The Varsity Town Center, 2790 Town Center Dr , Kennesaw, GA, 30144.

Barrow County GOP March Meeting at 7:30 PM at the Winder Women’s Club, 15 W Midland Ave, Winder, 30680.

Tuesday, March 19

Georgia Public Policy Foundation: ‘Morality and The Marketplace With Ayn Rand Institute Executive Director Yaron Brook at 8 AM at the Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30339. Online registration is closed, but maybe if you call and beg, they’ll find an open seat for you.

Walker County GOP: Meet and Greet at 6:30 PM at Lee & Gordon’s Mills, 71 Red Belt Road, Chickamauga, GA, 30307.

Buckhead Young Republicans Meeting with Mary Norwood and Shelley Wynter at 7 PM at Taco Mac, 573 Main St NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324.

Cobb Regional Republican Women Meeting at 7 PM at Cobb GOP HQ, 799 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA, 30060.

Town Meeting with Cobb County BOC Chairman Tim Lee at 7 PM at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA, 30080.

Gwinnett Teen Republicans Meeting at 7:30 PM at the Gwinnett GOP HQ, 46 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, 30045.

Supercar Sunday: Ferrari FF and California

Ferrari California and FF 1Because it wouldn’t be a sunny weekend in Buckhead without a couple of supercars.

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