Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush?

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Jeb Bush “Actively” Exploring 2016 White House Bid, Do We Need Another Bush? (Photo Credit: Facebook)

For once I agree with Donald Trump, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” Jeb Bush has announced on Twitter and Facebook that he’s “actively exploring a White House run for 2016.” To be fair, I actually prefer him to his brother, George W. Bush, but do we need another Bush in the White House?

Jeb Bush wrote on Facebook about discussions over a possible presidential run, “We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.”

So, I guess he will be restoring the America his brother helped to wreck, right? Like Donald Trump said, “this country doesn’t need another Bush.” That’s even as he flirts with a presidential run, which we know won’t materialize.

 

Shameful: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

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Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

SHAMEFUL:  More people went shopping on Black Friday than voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The sad reality is America is really, really broken.

The National Retail Federation predicts 140.1 million people will go shopping this weekend, down from the 140.3 million who went shopping last year.

The United States Election Project reports that only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s the lowest turnout since World War II. Get this, the population then was less than 150 million people.

[H/T Mediaite]

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

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GA Gov. Nathan Deal Got 10 Percent of Black Vote

Gov. Nathan Deal’s courting of black voters paid off. He got 10 percent of the black vote, while Senator-elect David Perdue got seven percent. As for Hispanics, Deal got 47 percent, while Perdue got 42 percent.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who pushed criminal justice reform when courting black voters, took 10 percent of the African-American vote, according to exit polls. Senator-elect David Perdue took 7 percent.

“Those are huge numbers,” Smith declared in a phone interview. And they are when compared to Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ 4 percent in 2008, the most recent year we had exit polling in Georgia.

Among Latinos, Republicans fared far better: Deal took 47 percent and Perdue got 42 percent. Compare that with27 percent for Mitt Romney across the nation in 2012. (There weren’t enough Latino voters in Georgia in 2008 for a reliable exit poll; same goes with Asians this year.)

Smith has worked for more than a year to find black Republicans as validators in the community and the media that it was OK to vote GOP. The party’s black Republican council worked behind the scenes to keep the party from “walking into potholes” and convinced Republican leaders to support a Martin Luther King Jr. statue at the Capitol. Source: Political Insider

Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat?

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Was President Obama’s Leadership Reason for Massive Midterm Election Defeat? (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama and his aides on are on the offensive over the midterm election shellacking the Democratic Party took on Tuesday. They “are arguing that the stinging defeat Democrats suffered at the polls Tuesday wasn’t a rejection of the policies he’s advocated over the past six years, citing evidence of popular support for his agenda even as voters turned against his party,” Politico reports.

“But that line of argument might not be the best one to boost Obama’s post-midterm standing, as it leads to a conclusion even more uncomfortable for the White House: that voters were instead passing judgment on Obama himself.” Um, so what was the reason for the defeat? Obama’s leadership?

While President Obama may shoulder some of the blame, let’s not ignore the party’s role. He was toxic to many candidates and they ran from his record, rather than crafting a message accentuating the positives. Alison Lundergran-Grimes came across as spineless for refusing to admit she voted for the President, despite being a delegate at the convention.

Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”

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Kanye West: “I’m Supporting the Democratic Party in These Midterms”


Stop the presses…..Kanye West has something important to say. He tweeted, “I’m supporting the Democratic Party in these midterms.” He urged voters to go to the polls

[Photo credit: Wikipedia]

No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day

 No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day

No Surprise: Georgia Secretary of State Voter Info Website Down on Election Day (Photo Credit: GA SOS)

Georgia’s voter info website down. Yes, today of all the days. How convenient, considering that the site is maintained by the Secretary of State’s office. That would be Brian Kemp who happens to be a Republican.

Some users reported they could get the site’s splash page to load, but when they entered their information, they were told that no match could be found in their county for their information.

The Georgia Senate race between Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn is one of the most hotly contested in the nation. Georgia Republicans have seen their significant polling advantages erode steadily over the last year.

Democratic State Senator Jason Carter — grandson of former President Jimmy Carter — is also in a statistical dead heat for the governor’s office against Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

Republican Sec. of State Brian Kemp’s office maintains the website. Kemp stated earlier this year that the job of Republicans is to block the Democratic Party’s efforts to organize and mobilize black and Latino voters into a viable voting bloc.

“Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines,” Kemp told supporters in July, “if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.” Source: Raw Story

Brian Kemp’s office tweeted a phone number for voters to use in order to locate their polling stations. Um, how many people actually use Twitter? Besides, you would have to be following his Twitter account to even see the tweet. This comes as 40,000 voter registrations magically disappeared from the state’s database.

Frozen in Chaos: Jason Carter Reminds Voters of Nathan Deal’s Snowjam Debacle

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Frozen in Chaos: Jason Carter Reminds Voters of Nathan Deal’s Snowjam Debacle

NATHAN DEAL’S SNOWJAM 2014:  Georgia gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter reminded voters in his latest campaign ad about the nightmarish “snowstorm” gridlock Gov. Nathan Deal presided over on January 28. You remember the 2-3 inches of snow that turned to ice paralyzing metropolitan Atlanta, making us the biggest laughingstock of the country.

Yeah, I remember. For me, a 30-minute ride turned into a 9-hour ride. Students were trapped in schools, motorists abandoned their vehicles on roadways, including interstates and freeways due to the near simultaneous release of thousands of students and office workers on streets that were untreated.

Gov. Deal got a do-over a few weeks later when icy weather pounded the city, but this time, more people stayed home and schools closed. The governor held frequent press conferences and staggered the release of state workers. Still, Jan. 28 stayed on the minds of many.

Here’s the transcript of Jason Carter’s ad:

Remember? Thousands of children stranded on buses and sleeping overnight in schools.

But Nathan Deal didn’t just fail our children in the snowstorm. He’s failing them every day in our schools.

Shortchanging education by $4 billion. 9,000 fewer teachers in the classroom. 80,000 fewer HOPE recipients.

Nathan Deal’s failure in the snowstorm is now a painful memory. But our children will be paying for his failures in education for a long time.

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

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GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

Right-leaning pollster Mark Rountree is causing the ground to rumble under Republicans after a recent poll he conducted found early voting among black voters in Georgia is outpacing 2010. The Republicans would rather see black voters stay home if they aren’t voting for their candidates.

According to a recent WSB-TV poll (done via Rountree’s Landmark Communications), of the 307,703 voters who have cast ballots in early voting, 30 percent are black while 60 percent are white. For the same period in 2010, 26 percent of the 253,999 early voters were black, while 72 percent were white.

Check out Mark Rountree’s calculations here.

 

Lynne Messinger “Threatened with Jail” After Applying for Texas Voter ID Card

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Lynne Messinger “Threatened with Jail” After Applying for Texas Voter ID Card (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Texas progressive Lynne Messinger is accusing a Texas state trooper of Nazi-style interrogation after she tried to apply for a voter identification card with a California driver’s license. She told the DPS clerk that she has “houses in both California and Texas, and goes back and forth between the two, but decided several years ago to switch her voting residency to Texas.” Um, shouldn’t that have involved getting a Texas driver’s license? She accused the trooper of threatening her with jail.

The clerk left for a few minutes, then told her to take a seat. At that point, Messinger said, a state trooper summoned her into his back office, saying he needed to speak to her. Once inside his office, Messinger said the trooper insisted on seeing all the documentation she had brought, and demanded to know where she lives and pays taxes. He even told her she could be jailed for driving with a California license.* It is illegal to drive in Texas on another state’s driver’s license 90 days after moving into the state.

“It was like a Nazi interrogation about how I cant be driving with a California ID,” Messinger said. “I was completely intimidated and freaked out.”

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The trooper denies threatening jail or arrest during the conversation, according to Summer Blackwell of the DPS. Blackwell said DPS was willing to reach out to Messinger to help her obtain a voter ID. Source: MSNBC

I believe some in the Republican Party are engaged in or would like to become engaged in voter suppression, but it’s pretty basic, if you move to another state, you need to get a driver’s license for that state, particularly if that’s where you have declared residency. For example, in my home state, you must get a new driver’s license within 30 days of becoming a Georgia resident. So, it’s kinda crazy for Ms. Messinger to want to use a California driver’s license to get a voter ID card in Texas, after living there for several years. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things wrong with the state’s controversial voter ID law, but this isn’t one reason to cry wolf.

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.