Democratic Leaning New Georgia Project Hit with Voter Registration Fraud Allegations

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New Georgia Project Hit with Voter Registration Fraud Allegations

WSB-TV reported Tuesday night that there are allegations of voter registration fraud against a Democratic group, The New Georgia Project, which is linked to Ebenezer Baptist Church’s Rev. Raphael Warnock. The right wing pounced immediately.

The New Georgia Project was subpoenaed by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who happens to be a Republican. Kemp told WSB-TV that he received complaints from six counties about forgery on voter registration forms and that voters were being falsely told they were required by law to re-register.

Kemp told WSB-TV, “We’re just not going to put up with fraud. I mean, we have zero tolerance for that in Georgia so we’ve opened an investigation and served some subpoenas.” “At the end of the day this is not going to be about politics. This is about potential fraud which we think happened.”

Rev. Warnock issued a statement saying he hoped the investigation was “not intended to thwart efforts to enfranchise voters” in Georgia.

Of course, the Republicans pounced on this latest ‘revelation.’ Gov. Nathan Deal’s (who is mired in an ethics scandal) spokesman Brian Robinson tweeted that Democrat Jason Carter was tied to the allegations. David Perdue’s camp also pounced, with spokeswoman Megan Whittemore issuing the following statement:

The serious allegations of illegal activities and potential fraud from liberal voter registration groups are outrageous and should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. As outlined in Michelle Nunn’s well-documented campaign plan, since Democrats cannot win on the issues they are aggressively trying to expand the electorate by any means necessary. The fact that an organization led by a well-known Nunn supporter would attempt to illegally register voters is unacceptable and reminiscent of the Obama-political machine’s ACORN scandal. There is nothing more fundamental to our democratic process than maintaining the integrity of our elections and any attempt to tamper with them is deplorable.”

Um, the timing of the subpoena is very suspect, with the upcoming November elections. This comes as state Sen. Fran Millar pitched a hissy-fit over early voting in DeKalb county and the large numbers of black voters it would benefit. Yep, David Perdue’s people are invoking the word ACORN.

New Georgia Project Subpoena

Jason Carter Warns Voters in New Campaign Ad: “We’re Going to Reap What We Sow”

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Jason Carter New Campaign Ad: “We’re Going to Reap What We Sow”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter  is out with a new campaign video, “Reap,” telling voters “we are going to reap what we sow,” warning about the impending “destruction” of Georgia’s education system, with a message of hope if he’s elected.

Carter has focused on education for much of his campaign. He plans to create a separate education budget that would be protected by lawmakers and also plans to boost education funding significantly with an audit of wasteful spending. He also vowed to go after tax cheats.

Here’s the transcript of Jason Carter’s ad, complete with the campaign’s cites [H/T Political Insider]:

“Over the last five years, you have seen the worst contraction of public education in the history of our state. You have 9,000 fewer teachers. We had 45,000 people leave our technical schools, and they haven’t come back.

This year, there will be fewer HOPE recipients, and I worry that we’re going to reap what we sow from that destruction of our education system. 

When I’m governor, we’ll have a separate budget for education, and we’re going to protect it not just in the good times but all the time.”

Call me cynical, but exactly what will Jason Carter do for the black community on education and jobs? Seems like we haven’t heard much on that front. Nathan Deal hasn’t made it a priority either.

Here’s Jason Carter’s latest campaign video — REAP:

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Mulling 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says “maybe” to a 2016 presidential run. During an interview on WCVB-TV’s political show “On The Record,” Patrick said, “There are a lot of people who have asked me to think about it.””I’m under no illusions. It’s a huge decision, not just for me but for my family,” he added.

Patrick acknowledged criticism of his eight years in office from the three Democratic candidates hoping to succeed him during a live debate aired on WCVB on Wednesday.

But as if he’s preparing for a possible presidential run, Patrick was quick to list what he considers to be his political legacy.

“Look there are always challenges,” said Patrick. “I will say that after having managed the commonwealth through the worst economic downturn in living history and through a terrorist attack, being first in the nation in education, health care coverage and veterans’ services and clean tech and so forth, that’s a pretty good management record.”

Patrick also explained why he made an exception in his usual policy of not endorsing candidates in a Democratic primary when he endorsed Warren Tolman over Maura Healey for attorney general Thursday. Source: WCVB-TV

The last time someone from Massachusetts ran for the White House (Ahem–Mr. 47%), hey came up short. I am not sure how I feel about Deval Patrick going up against Hillary Clinton. But hey, Barack Obama did it and he won.


Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

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Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

A new poll commissioned by Columbus-based WRBL-TV, The (Columbus) Ledger-Enquirer newspaper and PMB Broadcasting radio found Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic rival Jason Carter in a dead-heat, while U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has a slight lead over rival David Perdue. Poll results for governor:

  • Republican Nathan Deal: 43.6 percent
  • Democrat Jason Carter: 41.5 percent
  • Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6.6 percent

Poll results for U.S. Senate:

  • Democrat Michelle Nunn: 44.7 percent
  • Republican David Perdue: 43.1 percent
  • Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 7.4 percent

The automated poll of 1,578 likely voters, which was conducted by Todd Rehm, has a margin of error of +/- 2.47 percentage points. Among the likely voters polled, 30% were black voters, in line with the 2012 share of the electorate. I am pretty sure some Republicans are betting on a lower black voter turn-out since President Obama won’t be running again, but I hope we will prove them wrong. Again.

It is interesting to note that Jason Carter is shellacking Nathan Deal among black voters — 67.94% to 16.58%. Among women voters, Jason Carter polled 46% to Deal’s 40.6%.

For Michelle Nunn, she polled 74.53% to David Perdue’s 16.13% among black voters. Among women voters she polled 50.59% to Perdue’s 40.02%

Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigned over his alleged role in a 2012 bribery scandal. The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports Benton met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and gave the Senate Minority leader his resignation letter.

Jesse Benton’s resignation is effective Saturday.

The bribery scandal stems from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) 2012 presidential campaign and could be a major headache for Mitch McConnell as he faces a tough reelection challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergran Grimes.  Benton said he is innocent and blamed his troubles on “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

Benton’s resignation comes two days after former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to taking $73,000 from Rep. Paul’s campaign in exchange for his endorsement. Sorenson also pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge for lying about his role in the exchange. The guilty plea included two sealed documents that could lead back to Benton.


Stereotyping: Gov. Nathan Deal Assumes Hispanic Student is Illegal Immigrant

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Gov. Nathan Deal Assumes Hispanic Student is an Illegal Immigrant

Gov. Nathan Deal handed his critics a huge gift after he made a statement that, Lizbeth Miranda, a Hispanic student attending a UGA forum on immigration was an illegal immigrant, WGCL-TV reports. Yep, this is coming from the same out-of-touch hypocrite who presided over the Snowmaggedon spectacle that left many Atlantans stranded for hours over a two to three-inch snowfall turned to ice.

Gov. Deal: “There’s a fundamental problem that can only be resolved at the Congressional level and that is to deal with the issue of children, and I presume you probably fit the category, children who were brought here.”

Lizbeth Miranda’s response was priceless: “I’m not an illegal immigrant. I’m not. I don’t know why you would have thought that I was undocumented. Was it because I look Hispanic?”

Miranda and the members of UGA’s Undocumented Students Alliance took offense to Nathan Deal’s assumption, while the College Republicans in attendance at the forum booed her for her reaction. In any case, the governor apologized. Sorry, but Jason Carter can’t possibly be as bad as what we have now.


Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

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Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter plans to boost education funding if he defeats Gov. Nathan Deal in November by going after tax cheats.

Here’s more from the Political Insider:

“There’s $2.5 billion that is uncollected out there from people who are cheating on their taxes, and against whom we aren’t enforcing the law,” the Atlanta state senator said. “That’s $2.5 billion dollars of money that’s gone uncollected by our state government for years now.”

He’s referring to a state audit released in January that encouraged revenue officials to step up efforts to collect back taxes. The report estimates that $4.4 billion is owed to the state, but at least $1.9 billion in taxes is unlikely to be collected due to errors, bankruptcies or closed accounts.

That leaves a pot of $2.5 billion that could be tapped. But even that number is squishy. Revenue officials estimate that about $800 million of that sum is from accounts that are at least 15 years old – and thus much harder to collect. By contrast, some $500 million is lower-hanging fruit – from debt less than four years old.

Carter’s idea isn’t novel. Georgia governors have long vowed to step up tax enforcement by bolstering the revenue department’s investigative wing. The audit noted that a $27 million expansion of the tax compliance division partly under Deal’s watch (in fiscal years 2011 and 2012) helped hire an additional 150 employees. In all, it said, a $67 million investment on tax compliance activities in 2013 yielded more than $450 million in financial benefits to the state.

Carter said state government should step up its investment in pursuing tax cheats and rooting out wasteful spending.

This comes as Jason Carter was endorsed by the Georgia Association of Educators. Not sure if this endorsement will make a difference.

Poll: GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Leads GOP Rival 47-40 Percent

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Poll: GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Leads GOP Rival 47-40 Percent

In a new Landmark Communication poll commissioned by Channel 2 Action News, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn leads Republican rival David Perdue 47 percent to 40 percent.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Jason Carter leads Gov. Nathan Deal 44 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt’s four percent.

Here are some interesting findings in the poll:

  • Sen. Jason Carter gets 50% of female voters but only 38% of male voters. Gov. Deal gets 47 percent of men by 34% of women voters.
  • Gov. Deal leads Carter 42-40% outside metro Atlanta, while Sen. Carter leads in metro Atlanta by a wide margin 51-37%. I guess Snowmaggedon still weighs heavily on the minds of many metro Atlanta residents like myself.
  • Gov. Deal leads Sen. Carter by a margin of 45-35% among younger voters (18-39) and 46-40% among older voters (64+), while Sen. Carter leads Gov. Deal by a margin of 50-36% in the 40-64 age range.  in the 40-64 age range.
  • Democrat Michelle Nunn gets an 18% lead in support from women voters (52-34%) over her rival, while Perdue leads with male voters by a margin of 47-41%.

That’s All Folks: TX Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Hopes May Be Dashed After Indictment

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That’s All Folks: TX Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Hopes Dashed After Indictment

Ooops! Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential hopes may be dashed after he was indicted by a grand jury for using veto powers in an effort to oust Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after her DUI arrest. Here’s the indictment filed against Gov. Rick Perry. He could be facing 109 years in prison for abuse of veto power. Um, I guess this is another ooops moment for the former Republican presidential candidate.

At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.

A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.

An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial and is not a finding of guilt. Special prosecutor Michael McCrum oversaw the presentation to the grand jury who has been meeting on and off this summer and returned the indictment Friday afternoon.

“The first count of abuse of official capacity. It basically charges that on the day of the veto in 2013 that Governor Perry intentionally or knowingly misused government property that had come into his custody or control,” McCrum said Friday afternoon.

McCrum told reporters that he plans to meet with Perry’s attorneys on Monday. Perry will have to surrender to the Travis County Jail where he will likely be processed with what’s known as a walk-through booking. He will be fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken. It is not clear yet when the governor may turn himself in. Source:  KXAN

The Republican presidential wannabes are dropping like flies. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is currently on trial for corruption (14 counts), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is saddled with a John Doe investigation and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still dealing with Bridgegate. Shouldn’t Rick Perry be forced out of office since he has a felony indictment on his hands?


Michelle Nunn Slams GOP Rival David Perdue “Working in Real World” Theme (VIDEO)

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Michelle Nunn Slams GOP Rival David Perdue “Working in Real World” Theme (VIDEO) (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn took a swing at Republican opponent David Perdue in a new campaig ad — a negative ad, that is.

Nunn attacked Perdue’s business career under the “real world” theme. She focused on the outsourcing of jobs at Haggar, massive job losses at Pillowtex and shuttered Georgia plants at Sara Lee, all happening on his watch.