Friday, April 29, 2011
Currently the strong majority of Georgia Democrats are Moderate to Liberal. Some of the urban areas are not as Liberal as some might lead you to believe (Columbus, Valdosta for example) but the Liberal faction of the Georgia Democratic Party is the mainstream of the party and they have the strings at the moment. In Rural Georgia, they are moderate/conservative or just plain conservative.
But Democrats face a problem down here: they have to get past the wine-and-cheese stereotype that Democrats carry in rural Georgia. 'They have allowed their opponents to define them as people with no normal values. 'They don't like guns, they don't pray, they don't believe in Christ.
Theoretically, the Democratic message should play well in small-town Georgia at a time when the economy lags. The party of Jefferson and Jackson, which not long ago owned the back roads and general stores, is seen in much of the state as disconnected from ,if not contemptuous of the people who spend their weekends hunting, at church or watching stock cars.
A rural strategy here should be centered on issues that aren't usually the focal point of Democratic campaigns, like taking vocational education and broadband technology to remote areas, job creation thru agriculture, etc.
Democrats biggest problem is with White Males who hail from small town Georgia. 'Rural white guys think democrats are all a bunch of punks, weaklings, softies, wimps, that take after their more ultra-liberal base that control the party........ I can go on & on.
Working-class white Georgians who turned away from the Democrats appear to have done so in part because their views shifted to the right on some issues, in part because they perceived the Democrats as shifting to their left on some issues, in part because some issues on which they were never aligned with the party's positions increased in importance to them, and in part because they lost confidence in the Democrats' ability to deliver on key issues.
The party needs to say to white men, 'We're not ignoring you. But if you look at the Healthcare Bill that was pushed by President Obama, Pelosi & others left-wingers, many whites say or think that its a bill designed to help the Poor Folks, in other words giving poor, well let me word that better, low-income individuals a "Handout". And plus conservative republicans have rekindled the notion that Democrats want to raise taxes to create social programs for minorities "at the expense of hard-working whites." That has been a winning strategy for the GOP going back over 40 years. And that is what the Heathcare Law called "Obamacare" is view by many who are opposed to it.
Rural Georgians have long felt like second-class citizens. With their small numbers now reduced their political clout has waned & their way of life is largely misunderstood by those who grew up in urban and suburban America.
Values in the Democratic Platform are the same as in rural Georgia. The message is clear that Democrats believe in helping your neighbor, in pay-as-you go economic policies, debt reduction, self-reliance, excellent public education, a fair tax system and honest wages for honest work.
Their message is one of outrage on the undeclared war on the middle class. This past legislative session saw the Georgia Republican's Agenda, hitting smaller, rural areas particularly hard, for example the revamped Hope Scholarship Program that will make it even tougher for rural students to obtain a Hope Scholarship among other things & a Tax Reform package that will come back up when the legislature reconvenes this summer that will put extra tax burdens on blue-collar, hard working rural Georgians.
Rural Georgia can make a difference in an election. A democrat won't be able to win in some conservative areas in a State Senate or State House district, but if he/she showed up and campaigned that he/she would raise his/her percentage points. That would help that candidate get elected. I feel that this example is a valid consideration in winning elections. In a very conservative rural area, the people in that area may need to adjust their thinking of who best represents them. It’s not about winning or losing. It is about how you can raise the Democratic vote in your conservative area.
But here in rural Georgia, we've had good, strong candidates run for office. Some should have won, but with the lack of infrastructure & organization from the Democratic Party Machine in Atlanta, it becomes impossible for a candidate to mount a strong race by him/herself. And when you throw in republicans nationalizing local races with campaign literature tying a local democrat with national figures like Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, people they have or never will meet, nor agree with politically, that just make it even harder to win in a conservative area of the state.
To close this out, The Democratic decline can be attributed to the Democrats loss of rural, white voters, generally conservative. There is no way around that fact. There is simply no significant pocket of white liberals who could join with blacks to create a Democratic majority. And as the Rural White Democrats shrink within the Democratic Party, the influence of the Black Caucus rises. What that means is that you get a more liberal face on the Democratic Party, and the cycle of driving conservatives away continues and it usually accelerates.
The Georgia Democrats have a strong message to rural Georgia stating that the Republicans are putting special interests ahead of Georgia’s families. That message should resonate with rural voters, not just white, but black as well. But like I said earlier, a non-traditional democratic strategy platform is the way to win in these parks. Different areas have different problems. Run LOCAL & local only!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
By now, everyone has heard of the birthers, that rabid crop of self-appointed patriots who insist that Barack Hussein Obama is not a legitimate president because he is not really an American citizen. What was once a nasty little rumor in the early days of the presidential race has since evolved into a full-blown conspiracy theory whose proponents, though "viewed as irrelevant by the White House, and as embarrassing by much of the Republican Party,
I would give birthers, those folks behind the oft-debunked claim President Obama was not born in the U.S., credit for being as persistent as they are ignorant. But folks with common sense, a trait birthers not only lack but seem unable to imitate, are helping to make their job easier.
Because really all the Birther movement seeks to do is continue spreading smoke where there was never fire. The longer good folks debunk the claims the further the political winds will spread this smoke.
The movement reminds me of the 9/11 Truthers who sought to not just blame President George W. Bush politically for the September 11 attacks but also convince the world that he was involved in the planning of them. The big difference is Truthers weren’t getting elected to state houses.
The comments made by some of these people are ignorant, cruel and vicious, going so far as to even attack the Obama children. Only a &$@#!%&*())EW@!(* would attack a child out of stupidity and hatred making it uncalled for, not to mention unacceptable.
Yesterday President Obama released his birth certificate, which I hope will end this nonsense that started back during the 2008 campaign by a democrat who was supporting Hillary Clinton. But let's be real, if you expect this to end, you wrong. Now expect these same people like Donald Trump for instance to veer in another direction (asking for Obama's college transcripts), while some will think that its a fake certificate.
We've had the likes of State Rep Mark Hatfield (R-Waycross) sponser a bill that would have required the president to show his birth certificate in order to appear on the ballot here in Georgia in 2012, even gov-elect Nathan Deal was in the birther camp while a member of Congress. Is he satisfied with the certificate released by the W.H. yesterday?
The fact remains that Obama is an American citizen by birth. Those who insist on disputing this fact are hiding behind it in order to camouflage their own bigotry and/or hatred. Shameful behavior such as this only goes to prove that the agendas of the Birthers, Teabaggers and other so called Conservatives are not about policy but about individuals that are not white and/or straight and how those who are different are not acceptable to what they deem a perfect world.
Perhaps it is too obvious to say that the birthers’ insistence on Obama’s illegitimacy is based on racism. Even so, why isn’t this collective racism at the heart of the debate?
After all, Americans have seen what happens when people of color dare to suggest that the country is anything but perfect: they are ruthlessly attacked. Take the rage over Michelle Obama’s remark during the presidential campaign that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country," which was treated as unpatriotic hate speech. Or the controversy prompted by Eric Holder’s remark that we are a "nation of cowards" when it comes to race.
From "Barack the Magic Negro" to e-mails depicting watermelons in front of the White House, to a image of Obama as a witch doctor, incidents like these were common during the '08 campaign. as well as people yelling terrorist at Sarah Palin rallies during the presidential campaign. Mainstream Republicans who wish to look respectable may want (some have) distance themselves from this lunatic fringe.
By now it seems everyone has put in their two cents (and then some) about the birthers. But while most media coverage has treated them as incurable wackjobs, hacks, pushing a conspiracy theory and the larger group of Americans who believed 9/11 was an inside job, the truth of Obama’s birth seems to fall into a slightly different category. Like all conspiracy theories, it springs from the fertile soil of collective denial.
A reader of Peanut Politics mentioned in a email i got that unlike all conspiracy theories, it thrives on a deep-rooted, racist belief that a black man with a foreign name could never have won the presidency in the United States through anything other than trickery, deception, or fraud.
The facts are this" PRESDIENT OBAMA IS A US CITIZEN! HE WAS BORN IN HAWAII, NOT KENYA, INDONESIA OR ANY OTHER FOREIGN COUNTRY! HAWAII BECAME PART OF THE US IN 1959, OBAMA WAS BORN IN HONOLULU IN 1961! CASE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!
For those who don't believe it, well, I'll just say a prayer for you when I'm in church on sunday.
Paul Broun (R-Athens) have been not only an embarrassment to the great state of Georgia, but I'm sure the folks of the 10th Congressional District. Broun is by far the biggest conspiracy theorist in the entire congress. From using words like Marxist, Communist to describe the president to the United States to proposing legislation that seeks to withhold federal funds from any school which allows for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in any language other than English.
This is a man who said at a town event in Elbert Co that the federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control, would be calling Americans every single day to make sure they eat their fruits and vegetables. He also said at one point that Pres. Obama would try to create a national civilian security force that would trump local law enforcement and local laws. Broun also thinks Social Security is unconstitutional. Folks, I can't make this stuff up!!!!!!
Paul Broun is a poor man's Glenn Beck, the Fox News Personality. He's a self promoter & he's all about Paul Broun & nothing else. Remember he tried to run for congress once, here in the second district, but didn't manage to get out of the primary.
How long are the people of the 10th Congressional District going to put up with the non-sense of Paul Broun? When a constituent asked Broun who was going to kill, or assassinate Obama, Broun showed a lack of leadership on that matter, not coming out forcefully on that matter.
Yes the 10th is a conservative district, but has it gone to arch-conservative territory that it will put up with the joke that is Paul Broun? Its a largely rural district with Athens being the population center of the district, followed by Columbia/Northern Richmond County & a pretty sizable elderly voting population who could be in play with Broun's vote for the house Budget Plan by Paul Ryan, a Ohio Republican that will affect two things seniors care about deeply: Medicare & Medicaid.
There are some good democrats up in the 10th, but their lightweights. There was one middleweight, Bobby Saxon, a conservative democrat got 40% against Broun on a shoestring budget back in 2008 & a cruiser weight, Russell Edwards, a unabashed progressive ran a spirited campaign against Broun, but he was going against the red current that was sweeping the nation last year.
But democrats need a heavyweight & there's only one person that fits that bill: Michael Thurmond, a Athens Native who also represented a portion of Clarke County in the General Assembly back in 1986. Thurmond served over 12 years as State Labor Commissioner before running for the Senate in 2010.
I know many democrats were disappointed in Michael Thurmond's effort in the 2010 Senate race against Johnny Isakson, but I don't believe Michael Thurmond wants to go out like that. One thinks that Thurmond wants to avenge that loss & a run & a win against the most conservative member of the House of Representatives would be the antidote he needs. But for that to happen, the DCCC needs to pull the tail from between their legs & come to Georgia to make that happen.
Thurmond, a moderate would do very well in the conservative district against Paul Broun. Thurmond can wrap that Ryan Budget proposal around Broun's neck with his exceptional oratory skills, plus bring other crazy remarks Broun has made in the past. Now would Thurmond entertain such a run, no one knows. He may still have his eyes on the governorship in 2014, but if democrats are looking for that ONE candidate, then its "I Like Mike" Thurmond.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Virgil Watkins, Jr (D-Macon).
Watkins, 26 was elected to the Macon City Council in 2007 representing Ward 4/Post 3. He is chairman of the Public Safety Committee & member of the Appropriations Commitee as well. Watkins is a 2006 graduate of Georgia Southern University, majoring in Development Economics and International Development & Political Science and Government. I would love to see Watkins run for possibly the State Senate if Robert Brown chooses to run for mayor of Macon after all.
Aaron Johnson (Albany)
I didn't list his political affiliation, because it is unknown, but Johnson was great knack of the issues concerning the economy.
Johnson, 40 is currently assistant Professor of Economics at Darton College as well as its economic spokesman. Johnson has many hats: he currently serves on the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Dougherty Planning Commission, and a member of the board of directors for Liberty House of Albany & was recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 in Southwest Georgia by the Albany Herald. I know Freddie Powell Sims is the State Senator, but she has been ineffective in that role since replacing Michael Meyer von Bremen. Johnson as a State Senator would be do SW Georgia a world of good. Somebody get this man to run......SOON!
Donald W.Gillis (D-Dublin)
Gillis is the son of longtime Conservative Democrat State Senator Hugh Gillis who served from 1941-2004. Gillis serves as the judge of the 8th Judicial Administrative District: Dublin Judicial Circuit, & Treutlen County Superior Court. He is a graduate of both Mercer University & the university of Georgia. He is a partner with Nelson, Gilllis & Thomas, LLC. Could possibly follow in the footsteps of his legendary father who was a state senator & grandfather who was highway commissioner under Eugene Talmadge. If Ross Tolleson ever leaves his seat as State Senator to run for congress, this would fit Gillis perfectly
Rooney Bowen III (D-Vienna)
Bowen is currently serving as the Probate Judge for Dooly County. He was president of Rooney Bowen Chevrolet in Cordele. He served as Dooly County coroner for (22 years) & secretary of the Georgia Board of Public Safety (14 years) &licensed funeral director . Bowen is the son of former democratic State Senator Rooney Bowen (D-Cordele), in which he served as a aide for 24 years. Could be a future candidate for higher office if he so chooses. Bowen maybe happy with being probate judge, but with redistricting on the horizon & the possiblilty of Dooly County being placed in HD 135 & with State Rep Lynmore James (D-Montezuma) close to riding off in the sunset.............its possible!
Chuck Pardue (D-Blythe)
Pardue is Owner & attorney at Pardue & Associates which practice military, personal injury, medical malpractice . Pardue is a Vietnam veteran, serving in the Fourth Infantry Division and the First Air Cav Division. He is a life member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and VFW & currently the president of Green Valley Biofuels, LLC. II. Pardue's son served in Afghanistan before being severely wounded in action. Perdue qualified as a independent for SD 23, but left the race due to his son being critically wounded in Afghanistan. But don't rule out a chance of Pardue running in 2012.
Eric Hogan (D-Milner) Hogan is s city councilman for the city of Milner. He took office January, 2010. He and his wife, Sandra have lived in Milner since 2003. He is employed by Hayes Pipe Supply, Inc. as a Field Rep. His wife is a teacher with the Spalding County School System. Possible candidate for State Rep in 2012
Gonice Davis (D-Wadley).
Davis currently serves as commissioner for Jefferson County & Barrow supporter. Mentioned as a candidate for State Senator, but haven't been able to confirm
Michael Horne (D-Andersonville). Horne is CEO & president of Horne Farms Inc, a contributor & supporter of Rep. Sanford Bishop. If Democrats are looking for a challenger to Mike Cheokas who switched parties this year, here's your guy right here
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Chambliss, along with Virginia Senator Mark Warner are leading the way the "Gang of Six" in an effort in the Senate to develop a blueprint for reducing the federal deficit and putting a dent in the $14 trillion national debt.
Chambliss, along with Warner acknowledges that bold steps are needed to tackle the out of control debt & deficit in order to put the US on the right fiscal path for future generations. Items such as raising revenue to cuts to Tax Reform to tackling programs that are part of the American Fabric: Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare. And Defense spending cuts are included as well.
Recently in the House passed Paul Ryan's budget proposal along party lines that not only gives more tax cuts to the wealthy, but will also put medicaid & medicare on the road to extinction, which will drive seniors who depend on those programs up the wall.
Seriously, in order to deal with the fiscal mess this country now faces, lawmakers will have to consider tax increases along with spending cuts & mild reforms to entitlements. No one likes to see their taxes raised, but to use the phrase John McCain used during the '08 campaign: "COUNTRY FIRST" & that's what Chambliss, along with Warner & others have done in trying to deal with this critical issue.
There are already rumblings that Chambliss might receive a challenge in the republican primary in 2014, because his willingness to consider some form of increase in taxes, among other things. I'm not the biggest fan of Saxby Chambliss politics, but on this issue, I'm with him 100%
If Chambliss & Co are able to pull off a deal that directly addresses this issue, they will go down in history as the ones who saved the US from fiscal ruin.
I know a tiger can't change his stripes, but i'm happy to see Chambliss finally becoming a statesman for once in the US Senate instead of some partisan hack. Hopefully this is the beginning of a new Saxby Chambliss
Remember this was done back in 2005 when the GOP redrew the 12th, forcing Barrow to relocate to Savannah, instead of running against then congressman, the late Charlie Norwood (R-Evans).
Now remember, here in Georgia, you do not have to live in a district to run for a seat in congress, remember Saxby Chambliss, who then represented the old 3rd District from 94-01, but his home base was in the 2nd (Sanford Bishop's District)
So what if Barrow decides to run in the 1st instead of relocating & remaining in the 12th? This is something democrats here in Georgia, as well in D.C. need to think about. I know many of you are saying: "FAT CHANCE" Barrow runs in another district, but think about it for a minute: What in the world will dems do if that were to happen? Who will they turn to?
Two democrats come to mind: State Rep Mack Jackson (D-Sandersville) & former State Senator JB Powell (D-Blythe). But if Bibb County were to be included in the 12th, then I could see someone from Macon possibly running.
Im just throwing out different scenarios here, but its something to think about
The first is the use of majority-minority districts. These are political districts in which members of a racial minority make up an effective voting majority. This gives them the ability to participate and elect representatives of their own choosing, and has been the solution of choice in situations where there is, or could be, racial vote dilution.
But majority-minority districts give rise to a dynamic that undercuts the very goal they are designed to achieve. While they improve the ability of minority voters to elect a candidate of their choice in a particular district, they also cost their preferred political party other valuable seats in the legislature.
This, however, is less the fault of the majority-minority districts than of the second aspect of voting rights: the strict application of the one person, one vote standard.
Majority-minority districts have at least one very curious effect: they help Republicans. This is curious because minority voters, especially blacks, vote for Democrats in overwhelming numbers.
The theory goes like this. When creating a majority-minority political district, the additional minority voters must come from somewhere. That somewhere is adjoining districts, which are drained of their minority voters. Those voters, though, are not merely minority voters-they are also reliably Democratic voters. And this makes it more likely that the Republican candidates will prevail in those adjoining districts.
Would this actually happen in practice? It's well-documented that it already has. Now, after the 1990 census, scores of majority-minority districts were created in order to comply with the mandates of the Voting Rights Act. For example, thirteen additional majority-black Congressional districts were created. They, in turn, produced thirteen additional black representatives. Majority-minority districting did, indeed, lead to the election of the candidates of the minorities' choosing.
Unfortunately, a large number of studies of the 1992 and 1994 Congressional elections revealed that this additional representation came at a cost. As a result of majority-minority districting, Democrats lost at least ten seats to Republicans. When minority voters were drained out of adjoining districts, Republican majorities were the result.
Both parties apparently notice that majority-minority districts tend to help Republicans overall, and hurt Democrats overall. In the early 1990s, the Republican National Committee pushed for the creation of more black and Hispanic districts as part of a strategy to win additional seats in the House. And in states like here in Georgia, Democrats sought to reduce the number of safe minority districts in order to improve the party's chances overall. In doing so, both parties were acting contrary to their general positions on race-conscious lawmaking.
Minority voting rights advocates, then, was faced with a choice between pushing districting plans that increase the number of minority representatives and those that increase the number of Democratic representatives. This is a real dilemma, since, of the two major parties, Democrats are generally more sympathetic to minority interests (hence the overwhelming support).
And this raises several important questions. First, we've seen that, as a result of majority-minority districting, minority voters ,who overwhelming vote Democratic, end up with fewer Democratic Congressmen & women.
But remember, the key to fulfilling the mandates of the Voting Rights Act involves ensuring effective minority participation. Democrats would be helped but would they be helped unfairly?
I think the answer is a clear no! Given that most minority groups overwhelmingly support Democrats, it makes some sense that if minorities' ability to participate truly does improve, Democrats would benefit. At least it makes more sense than what's currently happening.
What does all of this mean for this and future elections? Well, given the margins enjoyed by Republicans in Congress and many state legislatures, it reminds us that some of those Republican victories may be a result of majority-minority districting, not any genuine change in the country's political views.
To see what I'm talking about, just keep an eye on the 2nd Congressional District, as well as the 8th Congressional District where Republicans would probably look one of their own, Austin Scott by making the 2nd more democratic friendly by packing more African-American Voters into Bishop's District, while making Scott's 8th more white & republican. This is called Gerrymandering & this has hurt democrats more than it has hurt republicans, on the congressional & local level as well.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Scott hasn't sponsored any legislation, but has co-sponsored on other pieces of legislation ranging from among other things: H.R.2 : Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.
The current 8th District as we know it will change drastically to strengthened his hold on the conservative leaning district which at last check is R+12. His decision not to open a office in Macon was a signal that the GOP-controlled legislature will relocate Macon-Bibb County into either Sanford Bishop's 2nd District, or into John Barrow's 12th District to possibly keep Jim Marshall from running for his former seat, but as I said before, I think Marshall days as Congressman are over & he maybe looking at governor or Senate in 2014. Or they could do what they have doneto other democratic strongholds like Chatham, Richmond & Muscogee: Split Bibb County into two different congressional districts.
One vote that could get Scott in trouble & that is his yes vote for Rep Paul Ryan's controversial budget plan that according to some will cut programs that provide a safety net or work to improve life for all Americans, especially senior citizens & that it would end medicare & medicaid as we know it. The vote was along party lines with Georgia's John Barrow & Oklahoma's Dan Boren being two of 5 democrats to vote in favor of the legislation.
I'm not at liberty to say who could be a possible challenger to Austin Scott in 2012 because no one knows how his district will look after the state legislature meet in August to re-draw both congressional & local districts. I've heard names such as DuBose Porter who have said in the past that he's not interested in going to Washington, but could he be persuaded? Then there's Carol Porter, who no doubt in my mind will be running for something in the future. Could it be congress? I don't see it, but who knows. I think she maybe eyeing a run for governor in 3 years or Lt. Governor. Either Porter would be strong candidates to run against Scott due to their Central Georgia Base, their strong family values, faith & their ability to speak the word of the working man.
One other person who could be just as strong as both Dubose & Carol Porter:
Carlton "Carl"Camon, former mayor of Ray City & 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate.
Camon, a 41 year old Christian Conservative Democrat would be my first choice if I were making the decision.
As many of you know, I speak in high praise of Camon because he's a man of deep faith & principle. He's the kind of candidate the party needs in its ranks.
Camon served over ten years in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He received a “below the zone” promotion and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5). His service in the military convinced him of the need to maintain a strong national defense. Having served in the USAF would give him a distinct advantage over Scott when it comes to courting the military vote, as well as retired veteran who were key in helping Jim Marshall, a Veteran of the Armed Forces himself in his various runs for re-election.
He received Associate degrees from Georgia Military College and the Community College of the Air Force. He also earned Bachelor, Masters, and Specialist degrees in education from Valdosta State University.
His political career began in 1993 as a member of Ray City’s city council where he served two terms. Later, he became the first African-American mayor of Ray City, which is 88% white, eventually serving five terms from 1996 through 1997 and 2000 through 2009. As Ray City mayor, he helped to start Georgia’s first municipal pre-k
In a district where the democratic bench is rather thin, you can put up any of these three against Scott & have one hell of a race. Now is Scott Vulnerable? Looking at the district, you would say no, but hey no body expect Marshall to last as long as he did, so it depends on what type of candidate is running against Scott...........Plain & Simple!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
President Obama will face a tough re-election in 2012 from whoever is the GOP nominee. States that he won in 2008 all of a sudden look as they might flip back to republican: North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, etc.
So the question needs to be asked, will the president be better off with a new running mate for 2012 instead of Joseph Biden, who brought nothing to the ticket in 2008?
Obama problem will be with Bluecollar, as well as Independent Swing voters that hail from the states mentioned above. I think is safe to say that he'll have the hispanic vote in his corner come 2012, but will he have independents? Bluecollar, White Working Class Voters?
That's the $64,000 question.
Replacing Biden with a more moderate/conservative democrat may go a long way in persuading those voters in those states to give the president another term in addition helping the president pickup a state that he won in 2008, or picking off one that his people have their sights on such as a Arizona, Georgia, or Missouri.
The president haven't always been in the good graces of the liberals despite passing the healthcare Law among other things, but who cares? Poke 'em in the eye one more time! Its all about winning now, forget about how the base feels. He's positioned himself in the middle now & if he stays there, he will walk back into the White House for another term.
Here are some names who would fit the VP role perfectly in 2012:
Barron Hill (D-Indiana) Hill, A Methodist comes from a state where Obama performed strongly in 2008. He lost re-election in the GOP wave election. A Methodist & conservative democrat, he "COULD" help Obama do well again in Indiana, as well as Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa & West Virginia.
John Barrow (D-Georgia). Don't Laugh! If the Obama campaign is dead serious about competing here in Georgia in 2012, then Barrow is the man you want to be your running mate. Barrow, a Baptist & graduate of UGA & Harvard University represents the 12th District in Eastern Georgia is very popular among his constituents with his annual "Barrow on the Corner" events which let citizens come out & talk & voice their opinions to the congressman. He is a moderately conservative democrat, being from a heavily rural district, he could help Obama here in Georgia as well as in Florida, North Carolina & in other states crucial to Obama
Health Shuler (D-North Carolina). Now Shuler is interesting. Only 40 Years old & a Southern Baptist he has made a name of himself already, by challenging Ultra-Liberal Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader among other things. Shuler would no doubt boost Obama in the Tar Heel state, as well boost Obama in Virginia & other swing states.
Brian Schweitzer, Gov (D-Montana). A Catholic, moderate democrat, Schweitzer is the same as Georgia's John Barrow. Obama almost won Montana in 2008 & putting Schweitzer on the ticket with him will help Obama tremendously in the western states like Colorado, Nevada & upper midwest states like Wisconsin, Ohio & possibly in the southern states. He's pro-gun & enjoys favorability ratings in the 60% range.
Jim Marshall (D-Georgia). Boy, I can hear the liberals howl at the prospect of Jim Marshall as the running mate to Obama. Marshall lost last year in the wave election for his supposed 90% support of Nancy Pelosi which was a outright lie, but that's water under the bridge. Marshall is from the school of Sam Nunn & Zell Miller, which are rare in the democratic nowadays. Marshall, a conservative democrat hails from Macon, Ga & was congressman of the 8th district, as well as mayor of Macon. Marshall, a Catholic, is a Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam. Marshall brings both military & political expertise to the ticket & would probably be stronger than John Barrow in Georgia. He would boost Obama in the south, as well in the midwestern states like Ohio, Indiana as well as West Virginia. Marshall is a potential candidate for governor of Georgia in 2014.
These are some of the names that stood out, but there are others who would boost Obama's electability next year. Biden is a solid person, but doesn't bring enough to the table as far as appeal to help offset some of Obama's liberal stances & views
A entry by Brown will make this one of the most interesting elections the city of Macon have ever seen. Incumbent Robert Reichert, ex-Mayor Jack Ellis, newcomer Paul Bronson, Macon-Bibb Co Firefighter have all announced their intentions for this race & possibly later on Council president Miriam Paris.
Reichert will be the early favorite to win, but he won't get the 60-65% he got during his first run for mayor. If I were Reichert, Id be worried about Brown, who has a strong political operation that has been credited in helping get out the vote for then congressman Jim Marshall in years in which looked like he was going down in defeat. He did lose last year in the GOP wave election to Austin Scott.
Brown's political acumen & savvy is not to be overlooked, despite his sometimes off the cuff remarks that has drawn the ire of his critics. The key will be can he (Brown) get a good percentage of the white vote, despite African-American voting bloc dominating the citywide elections? And can Reichert keep the support he garners from the black community during his first run when he bested 7,8 other black candidates to win the mayoral race in a rout?
And as to who may run for Brown's open seat, I mentioned State Rep David Lucas being a possible candidate, but can Lucas win outside of his heavily African-American district? Twiggs, Wilkinson & a portion of Houston Co are more swing areas that can go either way than his home base which is reliably democratic.
Expect more candidates to make a run for that senate seat once Brown makes his mayoral run official. One name I've heard is Paul Bronson who is also running for Macon Mayor. The 25 year Firefighter & member of Georgia Army National Guard would be a breath of fresh air for party that desperately needs new blood in its ranks.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The rich are overtaxed........ BUT so are the poor and middle class. Hidden Republican tax increases end up hurting this last group the most, while their visible tax cuts do tend to help the rich more. If the Democrats and the left attack these schemes, or any component in them, the Republicans can turn to the voter and say: "Look! The Democrats want to raise your taxes! We understand the importance of tax relief; we respect the rights of the individual."
Of course, the Democrats, mainly those on the left do want to raise taxes on the rich. The left, in my opinion doesn't understand economics enough to know what's going on, and so the lefties complain only about the visible tax cuts as opposed to pointing out that the Republicans are in fact raising taxes on all of us through inflationary spending.
The Republicans get everything they want. They can give tax cuts to the rich — which is not in itself a bad thing, securing votes among the affluent as well as the helpless voters who prefer some relief to none. They can incite the left to respond with misguided, anti-capitalistic criticisms.
They can pretend to be the champions of economic liberty. And they can increase government spending to their heart's content, sticking us with the bill through the gradual devaluation of the dollar, all the while blaming deficits on the big-government Democrats.
Any reduction in taxes is a blessing. But some say the Republican tax cuts are not really tax cuts, they are simply illusions, tricks that substitute one form of wealth extraction with another, even more destructive one.
Where as the Democrats are arrogant and ignorant of economics, the Republicans know exactly what they are doing!
Another one I've heard is the tax fraud the Republicans love is distracting us with promises of simplifying the tax code or instituting a flat tax or national sales tax. Our goal should not be replacing one tax with another. Now our goal should be cutting the size of government, which is the only way to reduce the actual tax burden on the American people. But there is nothing wrong with implementing a "Flat Tax", something former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr (D-TN) has advocated.
But like it or not, the GOP have & will always win the argument on Tax Cuts because of the way they frame it to the American people, moreso that the democrats.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In addition, the all important congressional district chairs will also be included. As you know, I've been very critical of the lack of county parties, organization & infrastructure at the local level, where the party still is performing strongly. This is key in determining whether or not the party can regain its footing here in the state for years to come.
Bishop co-sponsored the bill, which amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodentcide Act (FIFRA) of 1947. If passed, the bill would prohibit the EPA or state governments from requiring farmers and small businesses to file an additional permit for pesticides already authorized for sale by the FIFRA. The Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission, Georgia Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau all support the bill.
Says Bishop: "Over the last few years, the EPA has slowly but surely stepped up its regulation of our agriculture sector, but this action by Congress should help restore some balance in the regulatory process," said Rep. Bishop. "Our farmers cannot afford to meet these burdensome requirements that would raise costs and further strain state budgets trying to comply with the requirement. I am glad Congress acted to solve this problem"
Monday, April 18, 2011
Describing his campaign as “New Leadership with a New Vision for a New City,” Bronson’s written announcement talks about coordinating government, business, churches, schools and law enforcement in a four-year plan to combat crime and improve local quality of life. He lists education, jobs and public safety as the city’s core challenges. Bronson is a democrat.
He'll face Incumbent Robert Reichert, Former Mayor Jack Ellis who announced on Saturday, & other possibilities such as State Senator Robert Brown & Council President Miriam Paris.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
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