Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

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Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

The Georgia Democratic Party mailed early voting flyers playing on the Ferguson unrest stemming from the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. The flyer reads: “If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change. The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great.”

It’t troublesome to invoke the Ferguson unrests in the voting process, particularly since the grand jury is still deliberating whether or not Darren Wilson will be charged. Yes, there are a myriad of problems confronting the black community, but why not stick to the issues we are grappling with in the state of Georgia, such as the high unemployment rate?

Still, we know there’s another reason for stirring up the hornet’s nest — Democrats expect to be shellacked in the midterm elections unless the black voter turnout is very large.

Separately, a mysterious flyer, that includes lynching imagery, has been circulating in North Carolina saying if Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t win reelection, President Obama’s impeachment will begin. The flyer said it is paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County, Fayetteville Observer reports.

Shouldn’t George H.W. Bush Be Upset David Perdue is Slandering Points of Light?

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Shouldn’t George H. W. Bush Be Upset David Perdue Slandering Points of Light Than Michelle Nunn Video? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Shouldn’t former president George H. W. Bush be more upset that Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue is slandering his Points of Light foundation as helping terrorist organizations than being ticked off being used in Democrat Michelle Nunn’s new campaign video?

David Perdue has often painted her as a Barack Obama lackey, though she has worked with Republicans in the past.

Nunn:  “Throughout my career, I’ve been able to work with Republicans and Democrats,” as images of her with four presidents flash across the screen.

Bush spokesman, Jim McGrath, sent an email voicing his displeasure:

“Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign. Apparently, the Nunn team feels they can repeatedly disregard the former president’s wishes, which is very disappointing because it’s so disrespectful.”

I’m sorry, but I would be more peeved at David Perdue, who George H.W. Bush endorsed, then at Michelle Nunn for telling the truth and showing that she has worked with both Democrats and Republicans.

Michelle Nunn’s latest campaign video:

Gov. Nathan Deal, Who Bungled Atlanta Snowstorm, Slams Obama Ebola Czar

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Gov. Nathan Deal, Who Bungled Atlanta Snowstorm, Slams Obama Ebola Czar

(OPINION) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal dismissed President Obama’s Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, and the response on the federal level as basically incompetent. That’s coming from the person who, along with his team, bungled the 2-3 inch “snow-storm” that crippled the city of Atlanta earlier this year. Talk about hubris.

It should also be noted that Gov. Deal, repeating talking points from state health commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, was ridiculed for saying water kills the Ebola virus. Who’s the incompetent person?

Gov. Deal:  “We have a very competent individual, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who is the head of our department of public health. She admits she misinformed me as she briefed me initially. But she is a very competent individual, unlike what we are seeing at the federal level of somebody being called an Ebola czar.”

There were more BS emanating from Deal during the debate. He also claimed the unemployment numbers were politically motivated and that he was confident the Bureau of Labor Statistics would revise the numbers in February. Deal basically said that no-one pays attention to the unemployment numbers.They  are “only good for political advertising,” adding “economists don’t pay any attention to them.” He also bragged that Georgia had the highest level of growth in the U.S.

Details on the debate. Watch the debate here by clicking here.

Ebola Virus Politics: Georgia Political Candidates Flip-Flop on West Africa Travel Ban

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Ebola Virus Enters Georgia Elections as Candidates Flip-Flop on How to Deal with Disease

(Opinion) — The Ebola virus has entered the political fray and it may play to the Democrats advantage in the long term more than the Republicans. It will play to the Republicans favor in the short-term. Why? Because it has literally scared the heck out of Americans. You will recall the Republican-engineered freak-out that ensued after voters were spooked into reelecting George W. Bush because of the possibility of another terrorist attack in the same vein as 9/11.  Speaking of the November elections, Georgia political candidates are speaking out and flip-flopping.

Ebola Virus Politics — Flip-Flops……

On Thursday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, endorsed a temporary travel ban for West Africa. Speaking on Wednesday, Nunn said was singing a different tune — saying decisions should be “based on science, not politics,” backing the White House stance that a travel ban would send the Ebola disease underground.

This comes as Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) said calls for a ban on travel to and from West African countries ravaged by the deadly virus was “naive.” Come Thursday, he was calling for a quarantine.

Sen. Johnny Isakson said on Wednesday, “Everyone in America should be aware that just to shut a flight off does not stop Ebola. What you have to do is stop the epidemic where it began.” Um, on Thursday, Isakson and Sen. Saxby Chambliss endorsed travel restrictions, with exceptions for essential U.S. personnel being sent to West Africa. Though Isakson stopped short of throwing Centers for Disease Control chief Tom Frieden under a bus. During an interview on WGAU radio he said the CDC is “our best hope against any contagion in the world” and that he supported them.

Gov. Nathan Deal made the biggest waves about the Ebola virus than any other local political candidates. After a meeting with the state Department of Public Heath commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Deal asserted that “water kills the Ebola virus.” To that, Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt called him an “idiot.” The Ebola virus cannot survive in a Petri dish filled with water, but the fact is, water alone isn’t a disinfectant that will eradicate the disease. Deal’s Democratic rival, Jason Carter said, “It’s irresponsible to tell people not to worry about Ebola, as the governor did, because water cures it.”

Ebola Virus and Election Cycle….

Yeah, it looks like the Ebola virus is going to stay with us for the remainder of this election cycle. If more cases are diagnosed, the freak-out will probably continue into the 2016 presidential election cycle. The CDC and the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital botched the handling of the Thomas Eric Duncan case, leading to two nurses – Nina Pham and Amber Vinson — contracting the disease, plus a cruise-ship vacationer who handled samples in the lab, caused a major headache for many. This fed the narrative being pushed by the Republicans that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough and is detached from day-to-day policy decisions concerning Ebola. The appointment of an “Ebola czar” within 24 hours of Tom Frieden’s Congressional testimony, didn’t quell the drum-beats against Obama for a travel ban.

Democrats could benefit from the Ebola virus because it takes the attention away from our armed troops and puts it squarely on hospitals and medical centers. It undercuts the argument many on the right make that the government has no place in the American health care system. Nina Pham, the first American to contract the deadly virus, was transferred from a private hospital to a National Institute of Health facility at the request of her employer. The fact is that the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with a disease of this magnitude. This started with the misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan to blunder after blunder that occurred when he was admitted, leading to the two nurses contracting the disease. So, the argument that the government should play a role in health care in the U.S. will serve the Democrats far more than Republicans.

US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law

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US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Supreme Court says the controversial Texas voter ID law can be used for the November election. Early voting begins on Monday.

SCOTUS rejected an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice and civil rights groups to bar the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to vote.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week but was upheld by a federal appeals court. The federal Judge Nelva Gonzales called the voter ID law an “unconstitutional poll tax.”

Judge Gonzales found that roughly 600,000 voters, mostly black or Latino, could be turned away from the polls due to a lack of acceptable photo identification.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Texas voter ID law “is an affront to our democracy.”

Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

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Is the Ebola Virus the 2014 Election “October Surprise?”

Ebola is on the minds of just about every American these days and one has to wonder if it’s the 2014 midterm elections will be greatly impacted by what’s transpiring before our eyes. It seems that once again, President Obama and his advisers have grossly miscalculated the risks involved with the Ebola virus landing on our doorsteps. It must be pretty bad if President Obama cancelled his fundraising trip to call an emergency meeting at the White House.

This comes as a second nurse, Amber Vinson, who cared for patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the Ebola virus. To make matters worse, she returned from Cleveland, OH, on October 13, then tested positive for the virus the following day. Airline stocks have taken a huge tumble on Ebola fears today and the broader stock market has fallen about 300 points. My question is this — why was Amber Vinson allowed to travel by plane when she was among the group of medical professionals at risk of contracting the disease because of care given to Duncan? Who is the genius who didn’t bother to tell her that traveling was a no-no? Sounds like the Centers for Disease Control, among others dropped the ball. They are now searching for the passengers who traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 with Amber Vinson.

All the missteps have landed squarely in President Obama’s lap, right in time for the midterm exams. Coming off the abysmal Obamacare roll-out, this has been one blunder after the next. But the Republicans shouldn’t celebrate because of them, we don’t have a surgeon general. Sen. Rand Paul is holding up the confirmation of Vivek Murthy over his stance on guns.

The mounting anxiety has made politicians extra attentive to Ebola, with candidates  seizing on the spread of the virus to hammer their opponents.

The issue is particularly fraught for Democrats, given signs that President Obama’s dragging poll numbers could help Republicans take control of the Senate. Though Ebola is unlikely to move the needle in specific races, political strategists say it adds to the darkening public mood.

“The situation with Ebola and what’s going on in Syria and Iraq — all of this is creating a high level of anxiety among voters and a sense of uncertainty about the future,” said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell.

Both parties are seizing on the Ebola crisis to reinforce broader political themes.

Democrats are pinning blame on the GOP, arguing the party has hobbled the response by supporting budget cuts to public health agencies that anticipate and respond to epidemics.

Republicans, in turn, are raising questions about the administration’s preparedness and pushing Obama to impose tougher restrictions on air travel from the three West African countries that are at the center of the outbreak: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Source:  The Hill

While I don’t think Amber Vinson will be the last person to test positive for Ebola in the U.S., I would urge the Obama administration and the CDC to get in front of this before it spirals out of control and cause mass hysteria.  He handled the Superstorm Sandy disaster well, but it seems that it’s bungling time again — Syria redline, Obamacare rollout, ISIS and now Ebola…

Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law

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Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TEXAS VOTER ID LAW:  An appeals court judge overturned a ruling by a federal court judge reinstating the Texas voter ID law remain in place when early voting starts next week. This sets up a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of new Orleans-based court announced Tuesday afternoon that it had issued a stay of a Corpus Christi federal court’s ruling that likened the law to a “poll tax” and deemed it unconstitutional. The Texas Attorney General’s office appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit, but also asked for an emergency stay so the law implemented in 2013 could remain in place for next month’s election.

“In light of the importance of maintaining the status quo on the eve of an election, we find that the traditional factors for granting a stay favor granting one here,” the court wrote.The plaintiffs opposing the strict law likely will appeal the stay to the full court, to the Supreme Court, or both benches simultaneously. Source: Houston Chronicle

Emory Backtracks on Claims DeKalb Threatened to Cut Sewer Lines Over Ebola Patients

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DeKalb County Threatened to Cut Emory Sewer Lines Over Ebola Fears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EBOLA VIRUS: DeKalb County threatened to cut off the sewer lines to Emory University in August, when Ebola patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and mission worker Nancy Writebol, arrived at the hospital for treatment, the New York Times reports:

Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients.

As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital.

This comes as the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found a majority of Americans are concerned about the deadly virus:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread.

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease’s spread.

Ebola has entered the political fray. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is testing an Internet ad blaming the GOP-led budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies for a lack of preparation in a potential pandemic, while protecting tax breaks for special interests like big oil:

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Ebola enters politics as Democrats blame GOP for budget cuts to CDC

This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Ebola epidemic could lead to failed states, BBC News reports. WHO chief Margaret Chan ssaid the outbreak, which has killed about 4,000 people in West Africa, has led to a “crisis for international peace and security.” She warned that the cost of panic is “spreading faster than the virus,” BBC News reports.

UPDATE # 10/14/14 5:09 P.M.:  Emory is backtracking on claims DeKalb County threatened to cut sewer lines over Ebola patients. Vincent Dollard, associate vice president of health science communication released the following statement to the Political Insider:

“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols with local utilities and vendors, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Emory and DeKalb County did communicate about waste management. However, Emory was mistaken in saying that DeKalb County threatened to disconnect it from the sewer line.

“Emory used a large autoclave to sterilize medical waste so that it could be removed by its waste management vendor.

“Originally, couriers would not drive blood samples from Emory to CDC, but that was quickly resolved in discussions with CDC.

“And pizza delivery to the hospital was refused by at least one vendor early in the process.”

Mitt Romney Cracks Obama Joke at Joni Ernst Campaign Event

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Mitt Romney Jokes About President Obama at Iowa Event (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Two-time presidential candidate (loser) Mitt Romney cracked a “joke” about President Obama during at a rally for Joni Ernst.  He began by saying, “Now when you’re running for office people tell you, you shouldn’t tell jokes. But I’m not running for office, so I can tell one, National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher reports.

Here’s Romney’s joke:

President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said you’ve got to prove who you are.

He said, “How should I do that?” She said the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID but he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup so they knew it was Phil Mickelson. They cashed his check.

And then Andre Agassi came in. And Andre Agassi didn’t have his ID either. He put a little target on the wall, took a tennis ball and racquet– hit it onto that target time. We knew that was Andre Agassi so we cashed his check.

And she said to him, “Is there anything you can do to prove who you are?” And [Obama] said, “I don’t have a clue.”

And she said, “Well, Mr. President, do you want your money in small bills or large bills.”

Sounds like Mitt Romney should stick to his day job. Um, how could I forget, he’s a one-percenter, who can do as he pleases, unlike the 47 percenters he mocked during the 2012 presidential campaign.

Here’s Mitt Romney telling his Obama joke:

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout

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Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Democrats are bracing for a shellacking in the midterm elections due to low voter turnout. That’s exactly what the Republicans want — black and Hispanic voters to stay home. The Hill reports recent polls suggest that the turnout could be even lower than customary for midterm elections.

A Gallup poll last week found that voters are less engaged in this year’s midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006. Only 33 percent of respondents said they were giving at least “some” thought to the upcoming midterms, compared to 46 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2006. Even more troubling for Democrats, Republicans held a 12-point advantage  when those paying “some” attention were broken down by party.

Historically, the core Democratic constituencies of young people, minorities and single women are more likely to skip voting in midterm elections. The current projections suggest that months of effort by the Democratic Party to engage those groups on issues such as the minimum wage and women’s pay may have been in vain.

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According to the nonpartisan Voter Participation Center, nearly 21 million fewer African Americans, Hispanics, unmarried women and young people voted in 2010 compared to 2008. That’s exactly the situation Democrats want to avoid this time around. Source: The Hill

It can’t help that President Obama’s approval rating is hovering around 39 percent due to all the real and perceived missteps that have dogged him in recent months. I guess you can say, the thrill is gone. This is all the more reason why vice president Joe Biden isn’t a credible 2016 presidential candidate.