GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters

ga state sen fran millar 350x237 GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters

GA GOPer Fran Millar Upset Early Voting Will Draw Large Number of Black Voters (Photo credit: GA State Senate)

Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) is against early voting in DeKalb County because of the high concentration of black voters. And Reince Priebus & Co. would have you think the Republican Party isn’t about voter suppression. Millar is vowing that October 26th will be the last time Sunday voting will be allowed in DeKalb County. One of the polling stations that will be used for early voting will be at the Gallery at South DeKalb, which is located in a predominantly black community.

Here’s more on Fran Millar’s comments [H/T Political Insider]:

How ironic! Michelle Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.

For the third time in recent months Governor Deal appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us that hoped he could help bring the county together.

First, he assembles a task force of 15 with no elected Republicans to review various aspects of county government. I called his hand and Representative Jacobs and I were asked to serve on the group. This seems like a good idea since legislation will be required for many changes.

Second, he schedules meetings throughout the county with Tucker being the only north location. Again, I called his hand and several north locations were added with little publicity.

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

Interim CEO May says this election decision is an administrative matter and he can unilaterally make this decision. I don’t think this is necessarily true and we are investigating if there is any way to stop this action.

This may be another reason to eliminate the CEO position.

I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, “Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers”. For this to be called a “non-partisan opportunity” by Interim CEO is an insult!

Another first for DeKalb! So much for being inclusive.

Now all that’s left for the black voters of DeKalb County to do is to come out in droves come October 26, so this lunatic can go nuts. I didn’t realize the right to vote was only reserved for whites. In Fran Millar’s rebuttal to a scathing rebuke by DuBose Porter, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party, he pulled out his DeKalb NAACP award, as a way of saying he’s not against black voter suppression.

UPDATE: 09/09/14 8:20 pm:  The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Raphael G. Warnock also issued a scathing rebuke of Fran Millar’s vile comments. Here’s an excerpt from Political Insider:

This is not a partisan issue, as Mr. Millar’s statement would suggest. It is certainly not a racial issue. And that he would argue otherwise is shameful and disturbing. Senator Millar’s statement that he would prefer “more educated” voters rather than those who attend “several large African-American mega churches” in DeKalb County is a clear and unabashed echo from our ugly and painful racial past. How does he propose to determine who is more educated? Literacy tests? Grandfather clauses? Poll taxes? We have been there before.

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

jason carter reap 350x203 Jason Carter Warns Voters in New Campaign Ad: Were Going to Reap What We Sow

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:

President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

obama 1 350x298 President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

President Obama Plays Politics by Delaying Immigration Action Until After Elections

BAD STRATEGY:  President Obama enraged pro-immigration activists with his decision to delay immigration reform until after the November elections. Um, that’s called playing politics — a blatant political move. But will the immigration advocates run to the other side? I scarcely believe the Republican Party is right faction to align with.

What makes this upsetting to many pro-immigration Obama supporters is the fact that he promised to take executive action on immigration before the end of the summer, but had some kind of epiphany and decided to wait until after the November congressional elections. Unnamed White House officials told the New York Times that executive action risked undermining Democrats in the 2014 elections.

Let’s backtrack a bit…

On June 30, President Obama pledged to review recommendations for executive action and “adopt those recommendations without further delay,” but as usual partisan bickering after that pledge led to Congress going on recess without a final bill. So, technically, Congress, as usual, is behind this inaction.

Fast-forward to the present…..

This is yet another broken promise by the president and by the U.S. Congress. Once again, immigration reform has been punted for all the wrong reasons — politics.

Immigration advocacy groups called on President Obama to go it unilaterally, but would that have been in the best interest of those Democrats in tough re-election bids? They want policy over politics. Cristina Jimenez of United We Dream called President Obama’s stunning reversal a “slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community.” United We Dream said the president “has further cemented his legacy as the #DeporterInChief by delaying the usage of his executive authority to stop the deportation of millions of immigrants.”

Um, Obama just played the Hispanics and he has been playing the black community since Day 1. Yeah, I said it. It’s another broken promise but will that mean these groups won’t support the Democrats in the next presidential election? The alternative certainly is no better.

The fact is, when President Obama had the votes in the House and the Senate, they could have easily passed immigration reform, just like universal healthcare. Cornel West’s head must have just exploded over Obama’s latest move. I’m just saying.

Right wing chorus is loud and shrill…..

House Speaker John Boehner called President Obama’s decision a political move, though he wants him to forego using executive orders altogether. That’s laughable, but why even dignify Boehner’s opposition with a comment?

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

mitch mcconnell 350x197 Mitch McConnells Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

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

nathan deal 350x196 Stereotyping:  Gov. Nathan Deal Assumes Hispanic Student is Illegal Immigrant

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

jason carter 350x267 Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

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

michelle nunn11 350x233 Poll: GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Leads GOP Rival 47 40 Percent

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%.

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

david perdue 350x229 Michelle Nunn Slams GOP Rival David Perdue Working in Real World Theme (VIDEO)

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.

GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King

michelle nunn1 350x233 GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King

GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King (Photo credit: MichelleNunn.com)

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s campaign is getting a boost from singer Carole King. The singer/songwriter is in Atlanta to host a fundraiser and do some charity work on Nunn’s behalf.

Of course, the Republicans couldn’t wait to pounce, noting her background as an environmental activist. Yep, they are trying to make her out as a climate change nutjob. SMH.

This comes as the Democrats are aiming to ratchet up their pressure on Gov. Nathan Deal over his ethics problems and the issue of his executive orders being taken offline. To be fair, some have reappeared after his office got such negative publicity over the matter. Makes one wonder what else is Gov. Deal hiding.

 

CounterPAC Aims to Fight ‘Dark Money’ Spending in Georgia Senate Race

david perdue michelle nunn 350x196 CounterPAC Aims to Fight Dark Money Spending in Georgia Senate Race

CounterPAC Aims to Fight ‘Dark Money’ Spending in Georgia Senate Race (Photo credit: CBS Video Screengrab)

GEORGIA SENATE RACE:  Watch out, a wave of outside money spending is set to hit the Georgia Senate race between David Perdue (R) and Michelle Nunn (D) to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss and one group aims to fight the ‘dark money’ trend in today’s politics.

CounterPAC, a political action committee which is backed by tech entrepreneurs, urged Nunn and Perdue to agree to reject any “dark money” coming from secretive groups.

CounterPAC took out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal Constitution as part of its campaign calling on full disclosure of campaign spending. The group is also targeting Senate races in Alaska and West Virginia.

Jim Greer, CounterPAC’s co-founder, said the pledge is “about restoring accountability for voters and agreeing to elections that aren’t manipulated by a flood of secret money.”

Of course, David Perdue is mum on ‘dark money’ spending. Michelle Nunn already came out with a “Peach Pledge,” which is modeled on a similar premise as CounterPAC, but David Perdue’s campaign dismissed it as “empty rhetoric.” Um, so we know exactly where he stands on the issue…