Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 29, 2014


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for October 29, 2014

Sir Walter Raleigh, founder of the first permanent English settlement in America, was beheaded on October 29, 1618 for conspiring against King James I.

Georgia’s first Royal Governor, John Reynolds, arrived at Savannah on October 29, 1754.

John Hancock resigned as President of the Continental Congress on October 29, 1777.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Georgia on October 29, 1971.

The New York Stock Exchange crashed on October 29, 1929, beginning the spiral to the Great Depression.

The first ballpoint pen went on sale at Gimbel’s Department Store on October 29, 1945.

On October 29, 1998, at 77 years of age, John Glenn became the oldest human to travel in space, on the shuttle Discovery.

More on Democratic GOTV efforts

Dexter Sharper is a Democratic State Representative from Valdosta, and he offered his thoughts via Facebook on why you should vote.

Dexter Sharper Facebook

Hat tip to GaUnfiltered, who noted that:

According to the federal government, more than 46 million Americans receive food stamps as of June 2014. 43% of those getting food stamps are white, 33% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Native American.

Section 8 is a federal rent assistance program administer by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As of 30 September 2014, 49% of [Section 8 recipients are] white and 46% [are] black….


Democratic turnout efforts also look like this:

Nunn Hillary SM

The AJC Political Insider notes that we’ll be seeing Hillary Clinton’s husband in town campaigning too.

The closing act for Democrats in Georgia will include a Friday rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton in downtown Atlanta, we’re told. A location is still being scoped out. Both Michelle Nunn, the U.S. Senate candidate, and Jason Carter, who is challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, are expected to be on hand.

Hillary Clinton, who is expected to make a White House run in 2016, was in Atlanta on Saturday for a Michelle Nunn fundraiser, but that appearance was a private affair, kept out of sight of the media.

Gov. Nathan Deal, Carter’s opponent, said the wrong president is coming to town.

“Well, that’s fine with me. You would think he would want the current president, since he’s the face of the Democratic Party,” said Deal at a campaign stop in Cornelia. “I would think he would want President Obama to come and be his spokesperson, since he embraces Obamacare.”

So hide your daughters and your interns.

Here’s what it looks like when Democrat Jason Carter outsources his campaign bus with Florida tags.

Carter Outsourcing

And then covers up the embarrassing truth:

Carter Coverup

This is what it looks like when you have a Georgia-based campaign tour bus:

Deal Bus

Voter Fraud?

Former Georgian and Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky writes in the Wall Street Journal that voter fraud is an actual problem.

“Many states run a rickety election process, lacking rules to deter people who are looking to take advantage of the system’s porous security,” he writes. “And too many groups and individuals — including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — are doing everything they can to prevent states from improving the integrity of the election process.”

Von Spakovsky, co-author of “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department,” points to recent instances in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Connecticut and Tennessee where people have been charged with, or pleaded guilty to, voter fraud.

And in North Carolina, “more than 100 illegal aliens, still in the country thanks to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, registered to vote,” he writes.

With tight races in many places across the country where elections are determined by a single vote or by breaking a tie, it’s important to ferret out voter fraud, according to von Spakovsky, who notes 16 local races in Ohio that were decided by one vote or through a tie-breaker in 2014 and another 35 the year before.

“Voting by noncitizens alone could swing such races,” he says.

“A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, found that 6.4 percent of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterms.

“Since 80 percent of noncitizens vote Democratic, according to the survey, the authors concluded that these illegal votes were ‘large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections.’

“Those that might have been skewed by noncitizen votes included Al Franken ’s 312-vote win in the Minnesota race for the U.S. Senate. As a senator, Mr. Franken would cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.”

Political Notes

By now, you should know that surveillance cameras are everywhere. This is the second time I know of in Georgia where nighttime beautification technicians political goofballs have been caught on camera stealing signs.

Governor Deal announced that Georgia will award $36.7 million to help build out highspeed broadband internet access to Georgia schools that are not currently online with fast-enough connections.

“It’s imperative that Georgia’s students have access to new, state-of-the-art technology in order to learn necessary 21st century skills and succeed in our economy,” said Deal. “In 2012, I created and charged my Digital Learning Task Force with developing a cohesive strategy to improve student achievement through digital learning implementation across the state. A key portion of its recommendations was to build out the technology infrastructure necessary for effective digital learning, and these funds will go a long way toward helping us achieve that goal and bridge the digital divide in our school.”

Connections for Classrooms is part of a broader statewide effort to expand classroom high-speed broadband access in response to Gov. Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force recommendations as well as the state’s efforts to enable personalized learning for Georgia students.

The Georgia judge overseeing the lawsuit by the New Georgia Project declined to take action on the basis of alleged “missing” voter registration applications.

Judge Christopher S. Brasher, of the Fulton County Superior Court, said in a 14-page ruling that he believed state and county officials were complying with the Georgia elections standards that govern voter registration.

Judge Brasher, who sits in Atlanta, issued his decision four days after he heard oral arguments in the litigation filed by the NAACP and the New Georgia Project, an officially nonpartisan group founded by the state House’s Democratic leader, Stacey Abrams.

Judge Brasher wrote: “Not only is there no proof that the respondents have failed to fulfill their duties, but there is also affirmative proof to the contrary. The secretary of state and the county registrars have supplied evidence in their responsive pleadings, in their motions to dismiss and at the hearing on this matter that they have fulfilled, and that they are continuing to fulfill, their mandatory statutory duties regarding newly registered voters.”

Mr. Kemp, a Republican, hailed Judge Brasher’s decision in a lawsuit he condemned as “frivolous” and “ridiculous.”

An investigator for the Clayton County District Attorney is resigning after posting on Facebook,

“Violence with guns is unfortunately a part of the black culture and will never get better until the government stops supporting them and they are taught to work for what they get and not take from others.”

Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said she was offended by the comment.

“My instant reaction was the employee could no longer work in our office,” Lawson said.

Lawson gave Daniel a disciplinary notice advising him that he was suspended and she planned to fire him.

“We are going to tender to Mrs. Lawson a letter of resignation,” Daniel’s attorney, Keith Martin, said.

The newest poll from 11Alive shows Republican David Perdue leading Democrat Michelle Nunn in the Senate race:

According to an exclusive 11Alive News poll conducted by research firm SurveyUSA, Republican David Perdue has surged ahead of Democrat Michelle Nunn one week before the election. Perdue has 48 percent of the vote and Nunn has 45 percent. That’s a dramatic reversal from last week, when Nunn held 46 percent of the vote and Perdue had only 44 percent.

Libertarian Senate candidate Amanda Swafford polled at 3 percent, and 5 percent of voters are undecided.

The biggest change came from women voters. SurveyUSA said Perdue now trails by 2 points among women voters; last week, he trailed by 13. He also has an 84-point advantage among core Republican voters and leads by 25 points among seniors.

The race for governor remains similar to last week, with Republican incumbent Nathan Deal at 46 percent, Democrat challenger Jason Carter at 44 percent and Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt at 3 percent. Six percent of voters are undecided.

Among those who have already voted, Deal leads by 9 points, according to SurveyUSA.

Last week, the two candidates for state school superintendent were neck and neck, but Republican Richard Woods has moved further ahead of Democrat Valarie Wilson. Woods has 48 percent of the vote, compared to Wilson’s 43 percent. Nine percent of voters are undecided.

I am innately distrustful of any poll that shows a sea-change over a week’s time.

The Pink Pony is seeking to meet privately with Brookhaven city officials.

The fight to keep a strip club open in Brookhaven took a twist on Tuesday night when city leaders voted to take part in a closed door meeting with owners of Pink Pony Club. The details will remain private due to a non-disclosure agreement. This could lead to a potential negotiation that would keep the club open. The decision to meet privately passed 3-1 by Brookhaven Council.

Council member Rebecca Chase Williams asked fellow leaders to vote against the meeting. She cited a Superior Court ruling as support that Brookhaven’s strip club ban was legal. However supporters of the Pink Pony have been rallying to save it, placing ads that target city council leaders asking for a negotiation.

“I don’t even want it to go on. I hope we don’t strike a deal,” said council member Rebecca Chase Williams.

The goal of that meeting will be to discuss a potential settlement, some sort of deal that would keep the strip club in business despite Brookhaven’s ordinance that prohibits alcohol and nude dancing in the same establishment.

The Brookhaven Reporter has more on the lawsuit:

While councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams asked her fellow Brookhaven council members on Oct. 28 to not accept what she feared might be a “bribe” from the Pink Pony, the rest of the city council voted to allow a mutual non-disclosure agreement between the city and the strip club. The agreement allows for the city to negotiate with the Pink Pony in private.

“The purpose of this is to allow these two parties to communicate,” said councilman Bates Mattison. He said the city has spent a considerable amount of money on related legal fees.

But Williams said an agreement wasn’t needed since the court has already ruled in Brookhaven’s favor.

Mayor J. Max Davis said he was open to negotiating. “I’ll never be close-minded to listen to someone who wants to talk,” he said.

Davis also referred to an email and statement read by Williams at the start of the meeting as irresponsible and beneath the level of professionalism he expects from the council.

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