Friday, April 30, 2010

Notable State Rep. & State Senate Races

There were a few surprises here, lets start over in HD 145 where Fenika Miller (D-Warner Robins) will challenge Willie Talton (R-Warner Robins) for HD 145. I didn't see that one coming. That is a seat that democrats can definitely pickup. I can't think of one major piece of legislation that Talton has filed since winning that seat. Miller is Chairwoman of the Houston County Democratic Party & works in Property Management.

Up in HD 140 Allen Freeman (R-Macon ) will try to retake his old seat against James "Bubba" Epps (D-Dry Branch) for HD 140.

In HD 136 Sharon Howard (D-Byron) will take on Tomy Sellier (R-Fort Valley). Howard is a Surgical Technician & Urologist

Down in Albany, Karen Kemp (R-Albany) will take on entrenched incumbent Winfred Dukes for HD 150. How will she win in a majority black district, I have no idea! This is Dukes first challenger in the general election in god knows when: YEARS!

Here are some other notables

HD 180

Adell James (D-Kingsland)
PO Box 1504
Kingsland, GA 31548
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Educator/Businessowner
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

HD 179 (Keen retires as State Rep.)

Leroy Dumas (D-Brunswick)
805 P St
Brunswick, GA 31520-5224 Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Minister
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Audrey Stewart (D-St. Simons Island)
PO Box 24035
St. Simons Island , GA 31522 Party: Democratic
Age: 73
Occupation: Retired Educator
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HD 173 (D-Thomasville)

Haley Shank
412 East Clay Street
Thomasville, GA 31792-5600
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 24
Occupation: Community Organizer
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

HD 172

Gene Maddox (Incumbent) (R-Cairo)
2228 Highway 93 South
Cairo, GA 39828
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired Veterinarian
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Marjean Boyd (D-Bainbridge)
1105 Douglas Ct
Bainbridge, GA 39819-5177
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Retired Educator
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30. This is Boyd's year to take that seat.

HD 171

Jay Powell (Incumbent) (R-Camilla)
P.O. Box 188
Camilla, GA 31730
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 57
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

James R. C. Timmons (D-Camilla)
384 Peachtree St
Camilla, GA 31730-5100
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 39
Occupation: Minister
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

HD 159

Ann R Purcell (Incumbent) (R-Rincon)
410 Willowpeg Way
Rincon, GA 31326-9157 Party: Republican
Age: 64
Occupation: Business Office
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Tawana "T" Garrett (D-Savannah)
205 Cherry Laural Ln
Savannah, GA 31419-9483
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 30
Occupation: Educator
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

HD 157

Jon G. Burns (Incumbent) (R-Newington)
5829 Clyo-Kildare Road
Newington, GA 30446
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 57
Occupation: Agri-Business
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Elizabeth Johnson (D-Statesboro)
P.O. Box 1404
Statesboro, GA 30459
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 56
Occupation: Independent Contractor
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

HD 153

Tony McBrayer (R-Tifton)
P.O. Box 1901
Tifton, GA 31793 Party: Republican
Age: 50
Occupation: Business Owner
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

John Tibbetts (D-Tifton)
70 Massey Rd
Tifton, GA 31793-8323
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 49
Occupation: Educator
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010. Tibbetts already have a built in support base from his last two runs for this seat

HD 124

Charles Ashfield (R-Milledgeville)
126 Brer Bear Ln, SE
Milledgeville, GA 31061-8825
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 60
Occupation: Retired State of Georgia Government Employee
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Helen G. "Sistie" Hudson (Incumbent) (D-Sparta)
P. O. Box 58
Sparta, GA 31087 Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Businesswoman
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

I don't get this at all. Hudson is going to take this guy to the woodshed. Bottomline!

Alot more democrats came out to challenge some of the incumbent rural republicans this time unlike last year. There has to disappointment among State Dems unable to find challengers for HD 166, 169, 154, 158, 167, 170, 177, 126. But there's always 2012.

Notable State Senate seats up for grabs:

SD 1

Earl "Buddy" Carter (Incumbent) (R-Pooler)
P.O. 222
Pooler, GA 31322 Party: Republican
Age: 52
Occupation: Pharmacist
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Carry Smith (D-Savannah)
118 Wimbledon Dr
Savannah, GA 31419-9455
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 28
Occupation: Businesswoman
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

SD 3

Terry Carter (R-Brunswick)
347 Oak Grove Island Dr
Brunswick, GA 31523-8918
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 47
Occupation: Real Estate
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

William T. Ligon Jr. (R-Waverly)
P.O. Box 2539
Waverly, GA 31565 Party: Republican
Age: 49
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Griffin Lotson (D-Darien)
1109 Fort King George Dr.
Darien, GA 31305 Party: Democratic
Age: 55
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

SD 23

Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro)
533 Jones Ave
Waynesboro, GA 30830-1536
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 54
Occupation: Lawyer
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Baxter L. Garvin (D-Augusta)
316 Dogwood Dr
Augusta, GA 30906
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 66
Occupation: Retired
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010. (Seat being vacated by JB Powell (D) running for Ag Commissioner)

SD 25

Johnny Grant (Incumbent) (R-Milledgeville)
P.O. Box 1458
Milledgeville, GA 31059
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 60
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Floyd L. Griffin (D-Milledgeville)
P.O. Box 422
Milledgeville, GA 31059
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 65
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

SD 29

Josh McKoon (R-Columbus)
P.O. Box 2565
Columbus, GA 31902
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 31
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Evelyn Thompson Anderson (D-Grantsville)
202 Charlie Fuller Rd
Grantville, GA 30220-2801
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 66
Occupation: Retired
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Joseph "Joe" Hurst (D-Columbus)
P.O. Box 4239
Columbus, GA 31914-0239
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 50
Occupation: Physician
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010


Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega)
P.O. Box 600
Dahlonega, GA 30533
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 43
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Chip Pearson (Incumbent) (R-Dawsonville)
P.O. Box 209
Dawsonville, GA 30534
E-Mail: Party: Republican
Age: 49
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Joseph Mann (D-Mineral Bluff)
500 Wildflower Ln
Mineral Bluff, GA 30559-2046
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 32
Occupation: Businessman
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who has Qualified?


Thurbert Baker (D-Stone Mountain)
PO Box 7396
Atlanta, GA 30357-0396
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 57
Occupation: Attorney General
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Roy E. Barnes (D-Mableton)
P.O. Box 5238
Marietta, GA 30061
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 62
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bill Bolton (D-Marietta)
2104 Drogheda Ln
Marietta, GA 30066-6595
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 62
Occupation: Management Technical Consultant
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Carl Camon (D-Ray City)
PO Box 840
Ray City, GA 31645
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 41
Occupation: Educator
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Randal Mangham (D-Decatur)
Post Office Box 639
Decatur, GA 30031-0639
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 54
Occupation: Attorney/ Clergy/ Entrepreneur
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

DuBose Porter (D-Dublin)
PO Box 98
Dublin, GA 31040
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 56
Occupation: Attorney/CEO Newspaper Publishing
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

David Poythress (D-Norcross, Macon)
P.O. Box 723186
Atlanta, GA 31139
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 66
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Analysis: Like I said before this will be a three way raace in my opinion against David Poythress, (who has already gone up on the air with the first primary ad on the democratic side), Roy Barnes & Thurbert Baker. But with two other African-Americans in the race, expect a runoff between Gen. Poythress & Roy Barnes, in my opinion.

Lt. Governor

Tricia Carpenter McCracken (D-Augusta)
413 Scotts Way
Augusta, GA 30909-3134 Party: Democratic
Age: 65
Occupation: Journalism/Research
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Carol Porter (D-Dublin)
PO Box 54009
Atlanta, GA 30308
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 51
Occupation: general manager courier herald publishing co
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Analysis: This is Carol Porter all the way. Why Mrs. McCracken even qualified for this race, I don't know, but this is Porter's. Put her down for the general election.

Secretary of State

Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro)
7324 Cardif Place
Jonesboro, GA 30236
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 59
Occupation: Communications Marketing
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Gary Horlacher (D-Peachtree City)
PO Box 3064
Peachtree City, GA 30269
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 53
Occupation: Attorney
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Michael Mills (D-Atlanta)
878 Peachtree St, Ne
Atlanta, GA 30309-4429
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 36
Occupation: Public Relations Consultant
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Angela "Miss Angela" Moore (D-Decatur)
PO Box 361036
Decatur, GA 30036-1036
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 47
Occupation: Business Woman
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Georganna Sinkfield (D-Atlanta)
179 Tonawanda Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315 Party: Democratic
Age: 67
Occupation: Real Estate Sales
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Analysis: This is a wide open race with Buckner going for her second try at Secretary of State. She lost in 2006 to Karen Handel. There are a couple of new faces in the race, Gary Hoelacher, Michael Mills, & Georganna Sinkfield, who qualified yesterday, a surprise. Its hard to call this race at the moment, but Horlacher has the cash to compete statewide, so pencil him in for the runoff. Only he & Mills have appeared in rural georgia more than once. The question with mills is will he have enough cash to go up around the state?

Attorney General

Ken Hodges (D-Albany)
PO Box 79164
Atlanta, GA 30357
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 44
Occupation: attorney
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna)
2946 Anderson Circle
Smyrna, GA 30080
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 36
Occupation: Lawyer
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Analysis: This will be a horse race between two very strong candidates for Attorney General. Hodges hails from South Ga (Albany) & has gotten the endorsements of former Senator Sam Nunn, Ambassador Andrew Young & Leah Ward Sears, former Ga Supreme Couty Justice, while Teilhet, who hails from Cobb County has gotten the endorsements of influential State Senator Emanuel Jones, forer senate candidate Jim martin & a host of Senate & House Democrats. I can't call it, but I say you gave to give Hodges the early advantage in this race.

State School Superintendent

Beth Farokhi (D-Marietta)
PO Box 9206
Marietta, GA 30065
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 62
Occupation: Educator
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Joe Martin (D-Atlanta)
PO Box 9013
Atlanta, GA 31106
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 67
Occupation: Education and Business
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Brian Westlake (D-Decatur)
2477 N Decatur Rd
Decatur, GA 30033-6112
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 40
Occupation: Teacher
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Analysis; The late entry of Joe Martin, who if I might not be mistaken is the brother of Jim Martin has thrown this race into a loop. Brian Westlake has been building momentum lately with the wave of endorsements he has received before the July primary. Dr. Farokhi is a former school administrator who along with westlake has visited counties all over the state who has over 30 yrs of experience in education. This race is also wide open. Given the bad leadership at School Superintendent by Kathy Cox, you have to expect the democrats to pickup this seat in the fall.

State Insurance Commissioner

Mary Squires (D-Norcross)
29 La Rue Pl, Nw
Atlanta, GA 30327-4009
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 52
Occupation: Consultant
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Analysis: Squires is the lone candidate against 9 GOP candidates. I had the pkeasure of seeing & meeting Squires during a recent trip here to Macon County & I came away impressed by ther knowledge of the Insurance Commissioner's office. While the GOP candidates try to out-conservative one another, she will be well rested & will be sitting on a nice war chest once the general election rolls around.

Agriculture Commissioner

J. B. Powell (D-Blythe)
228 Church Street
Blythe, GA 30805 Party: Democratic
Age: 48
Occupation: Project Manager
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Analysis: WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!! Man I thought this seat was going to go unchallenged as the clock stuck NOON. But State Senator J.B. Powell will go against Gary Black or Darwin Carter in the General. Powell, a conservative democrat is ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee & will be a tough challenger for either Carter or Black. Expect Retiring Commissioner Tommy Irvin to play a major role in Powell's campaign for Ag Commissioner.

Labor Commissioner

Terry Coleman (D-Eastman)
912 5th Ave
Eastman, GA 31023-6510 Party: Democratic
Age: 66
Occupation: Business
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Darryl Hicks (D-Fayetteville)
1415 Highway 85, Suite 310-189
Fayetteville, GA 30214
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 46
Occupation: Self-Employed
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Analysis: For a while Hicks looked like the only democrat running for Labor, but with the entry of Coleman, expect immediately the majority of the democratic caucus to line up behind Coleman for Labor. Hicks, who ran for Sec. of State in 2006 switched races once Mike Thurmond jumped into the U.S. Senate Race. Consider Coleman the early favorite to win the primary due to his connections around the state & his base in Middle Georgia.

Public Service Commission District 2

Keith Moffett (D-Macon)
P.O. Box 531
Macon, GA 31202
E-Mail: Party: Democratic
Age: 38
Occupation: Government Affairs
Date Qualified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Moffett is the only democrat in the race, so he has the advantage of avoiding a primary fight. The only candidate who hails from South of I-75, he has a entire region of middle 7 south georgia to himself, it just a matter of him being able to tap those regions for his benefit.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Former State Rep. Kenneth W. Birdsong (D-Gordon) to lead State Veterans Board

Kenneth W. Birdsong, a World War II and Korean War veteran, was elected chairman of the Georgia State Veterans Service Board. He will lead the seven-member board, which overseas the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, until at least April 2011.

Birdsong was a longtime Georgia state legislator, representing Bibb, Jones, Twiggs, and Wilkinson counties.

He will represent a large group of veterans who use a lot of benefits, if last year was any indication.

A news release from the Georgia Department of Veterans Service last week announced that Georgia veterans used $3.12 billion in benefits in 2009.

According to the Veterans Administration, the state of Georgia has 772,832 veterans

Sonething's Up

State Senator J.B. Powell (D-Blythe) hasn't qualified for re-election to SD 23. Is this a sign he may run for Agriculture Commisisoner? That Terry Coleman will run for Labor Commissioner?

And Rusty Kidd (I Milledgevilel) hasn't qualified yet for HD 141. Darrell Black will not run for office this year he says on his Facebook page. I've heard rumore that Kidd will run as a democrat for re-election to HD 141. I haven't been able to confirm that.

More News from Qualifying Day 4

Mark Hatfield (R-Watcross) has drawn a challenger in Pete Gibson (R-Waycross) for HD 177. The two will battle it out in the July 20 Primary.

Two democrats have emerged in HD 179:

Leroy Dumas (D-Brunswick)

Audrey Stewart (D-St. Simons Island)

Both will battle it out to advance to the general election to win the seat formerly held bu Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island) who will not seek re-election.

In HD 125, David Gault (D-Haddock) will challenge Susan Holmes (R-Monticello) for the seat being vacated by State Rep Jim Cole who took a job with Mercer University

John Tibbetts (D-Tifton) will run for HD 153 again in 2010. He will face Tony McBrayer (R-Tifton) for the seat formerly held by Austin Scott who is running for governor, but may run for Lt. Governor or Congress against Conservative Democrat Jim Marshall (D-Macon)

Over in HD 163, Jason Scheinbart (D-Savannah) will run for retiring State Rep. Burke Day (R-Tybee Island) open seat 163 in eastern Chatham County..

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ramsmusen Poll: Election 2010: Georgia Governor Deal 46% Barnes 39%?

What on earth has Nathan Deal Done to be polling at 46%? I'll try to give Rasmussuen the benefit of a doubt!

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Election 2010: Georgia Governor

Henry County Democrat Jim Nichols to run for State Senate District 17

Jim Nichols (D-Stockbridge) has qualified to run for Senate District 17 seat now being vacated by John Douglas who will instead run for PSC Commisisoner.

Nichols was going to run for State Representative 109 seat held by Steve Davis, but changed his mind & will instead gun for the State Senate: His reason is: Says Nichols from his facebook page: the budget has been slashed to the bone, government services are underfunded, a sustainable budget is needed, GA's unemployment rate is 10.6%, the Republicans have a lot to answer for this November.

He is employed at UPS & is a student at Georgia State University. He also attended University of California Davis, majoring in Political Science, as well as American River College.

Coastal Democrat Griffin Lotson to run for Senate District 3 Seat

Down on the coast, Griffin Lotson (D-Darien) will qualify tomorrow to run for State Senate 3 district seat, which is a open seat being vacated by Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) who is running for governor.

Lotson, moderate to conservative democrat ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 will try to win the open senate seat that already have two republicans in Terry Carter & William T Ligon.

Lotson is a Businessman and Chief Executive Officer of a Prominent Nationally Award Winning non-profit organization: Sams Memorial Community Economic Development, Inc, in addition has served as a National White House Consultant on Faith Based, and Community Programs under former president George W. Bush. Lotson raised over $10 million dollars for Georgia Families in the areas of housing, economic development, and educational after school programs.

Lotson develops family programs nation wide through his consultant and motivational speeches and holds several Board Seats which includes Habitat for Humanity of McIntosh County, McIntosh County Citizens Association, Rural Georgia Collaborative. and he was voted in as Citizen of the year by the Rotary Club of McIntosh county Ga,
also was Voted a national award winner as the top Rural leader of America by NCRC (The National Reinvestment Coalition) in Washington DC Education.

He was at one time campaign manager of State Rep. Al Williams (D-Midway), & is a former civil servant with FBI and CIA clearance and 20 years of federal and state experience. Lotson is also a seasoned consultant that's even been called upon by the White House, the Georgia Municipal Association, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture, where he served as a consultant.

He attended Harvard University Business School, Boston, Ma & is married to wife Carolyn for over 30 plus years & have three children, all in the military: Griffin Lotson U.S. Navy , Montrell Lotson Former U.S. Air Force, now working in Washington DC, Carlinda Lotson U.S. Air Force.

State Democrats need to support Gfiffin in his run for SD 3. With the lack of candidates running for the State Senate this year, they can put resources behind Lotson's candidacy.

It's official: Floyd Griffin to Challenge Johnny Grant for State Senate District 25

Up in Milledgeville, Former Mayor & State Senator Floyd L. Griffin,a moderately conservative democrat will once again run for his old seat Senate District 25 against Incumbent Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville) in the 2010 elections. Griffin qualified this morning at the State Capitol.

Griffin served as Senator from 1994-1998 when he left to run for Lt. Governor, losing in the democratic primary.

The retired U.S. Army Colonel & Vietnam Veteran & Businessman is the only democrat to qualify to run for SD 25. Darrell Black was also considering a run for SD 25 as well, but he may decide to run for House District 141 again agaianst Independent Rusty Kidd (I)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mauldin to Switch Parties & run as a Democrat for run at HD 126?

According to the Barnesville Herald Gazette, David Knight(R-Griffin) will get a challenge from Bill Mauldin (R-Jackson) for HD 126. Mauldin, but to the DPG website, it has Mauldin listed as a candidate for HD 126 as a democrat. At last check he was going to challenge Jim Marshall for the 8th Congressional District as a republican.

And Upson County Physician Spencer Price (R-Molena) will challenge Incumbent Billy Maddox (R-Zebulon) for HD 127 in the GOP primary.

Lester Jackson (D) Passes on Challenge to John Barrow for the 12th District

State Senator Lester Jackson (D-Savannah) took a pass at running against John Barrow for the 12th Congressional District in the democratic primary & instead will run for re-election to SD 2.

Jackson, a moderate democrat was thought as a potential candidate to Conservative Democrat John Barrow, mainly for his vote against Healthcare Reform. Former State Senator Regina Thomas has already filed a challenge to Barrow in the July Democratic Primary. She got 24% of the vote against Barrow in the '08 primary.

Barrow's vote against President Obama's most important legislative priority is being viewed by some as a slap in the face, especially after Obama and members of the Congressional Black Caucus stood by congressman Barrow to help him win a primary challenge against thomas in the '08 primary.

Jackson in addition to runnin for re-election will hit the campaign trail for Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, who is challenging Johnny Isakson for the U.S. Senate.

Jackson say he has spoken with Barrow, and the two still don't see eye-to-eye on the new law. "As politicians we will agree to disagree," Jackson said.

Barrow dodged a huge bullet in Jackson, who could have defeated Barrow in the July 20 primary had he decided to challenge Barrow. Barrow has just won re-election. Jackson is a At-Large Member of the DNC.

Monday, April 26, 2010

What Will the New Healthcare Law Do in its First Year?

From Families USA Fact Sheet

Provide immediate help for people with pre-existing conditions..
In the first year, the new law will create a new, temporary insurance program for people who have been uninsured for six months and who have a pre-existing condition. Premiums will be the same as those that individuals without a pre-existing condition pay for the same coverage. This interim program will operate until the exchanges are available. The new law will also, in the first year, prohibit insurers from denying coverage for children based on pre-existing conditions.

End unfettered insurance premium increases

In the first year, insurance companies will be required to report and justify their premium rates and any requests to increase premiums. They must report these data to state insurance commissioners and federal authorities under new, uniform standards (thus providing immediate sunshine on insurance company price gouging). And states can apply for grants to help them implement this new rate review process starting in the first year.

Guarantee that premiums pay for health care services

In the first year, insurance companies will be required to spend at least 80 percent (individual market) or 85 percent (employer market) of the premium dollars they collect on health care services and improvements in the quality of care. If they fail to do so, they must provide a premium rebate to consumers.

Provide free prevention benefits

In the first year, all newly sold insurance plans will be required to cover prevention and wellness benefits with no deductibles or cost-sharing. This requirement applies to both private and public insurance coverage.

End arbitrary limits on coverage

In the first year, insurance companies will be prohibited from imposing lifetime limits on benefits. They will also be tightly restricted in the use of annual limits in new plans (annual limits will be prohibited entirely starting in 2014 for all plans offering essential benefits).

Help small businesses with insurance costs

In the first year, the new law will establish new tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums. This tax credit will be available to qualifying small businesses that choose to provide insurance coverage to their workers. (Starting in 2014, two-year credits of up to 50 percent of premiums will be available to qualifying small businesses.)
End unfair rescissions

In the first year, insurance companies will be prohibited from arbitrarily revoking coverage for people (who have paid their premiums) when they file a claim for benefits.

Help young adults stay insured

In the first year, young adults who do not have an offer of coverage through an employer will be allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance policy until their 26th birthday.

Reduce the Medicare doughnut hole

Medicare beneficiaries (seniors and people with disabilities) who fall into the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, or “doughnut hole,” in 2010 will receive a $250 rebate on prescription drug costs. Starting in January 2011, beneficiaries in the doughnut hole will receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs and other discounts on generic drugs. These discounts will increase every year until the doughnut hole is closed.

Add new Medicare benefits

In the first year, preventive services will be covered in Medicare with no copayments or deductibles. Additional help with out-of-pocket costs will also be available to more low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

Help early retirees keep their insurance coverage

In the first year, a re-insurance program will be established to help protect coverage while reducing premiums for employer-based and retiree coverage for people aged 55-64.

Increase funding for community health centers

In the first year, the new law will increase funding for community health centers to allow them to increase the number of patients they serve.

Increase the number of primary care doctors

In the first year, the new law will fund training programs to increase the number of primary care doctors, nurses, and public health professionals.

Improve consumer appeal rights and patient protections

In the first year, consumers will gain the right to appeal insurance decisions both to the plan and to an independent reviewer. Consumers also will gain other important protections, such as access to pediatricians and ob/gyns without a referral, and when emergency care is required, it will be covered at in-network rates.

Guarantee clear, comparable information about health insurance plans

In the first year, cosumers and small businesses will have a new consumer-friendly Web portal that will use a simple, standard format so that consumers can make an apples-to-apples comparison when choosing a health insurance plan.

Provide health insurance consumer assistance programs

In the first year, the new law will provide funding for states to establish offices of health insurance consumer assistance or health insurance ombudsman programs.

Grants to start exchanges

No later than one year after the bill passes, states will be able to receive grants to help establish new health insurance exchanges.

New Long-Term Care Insurance Program

Starting next January, people can participate in a new insurance program for long-term services, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program (CLASS), which will be financed by voluntary payroll deductions

Disabled American Veterans: Legislation Critical to Veterans and Families Passes House & Senate

The Disabled American Veterans applauds the House of Representatives for approving the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act and strongly urges the Senate to quickly give final approval to the measure. This legislative package creates a comprehensive new program to support family caregivers of severely disabled veterans and strengthens VA health care programs for women veterans, homeless veterans, veterans with mental health needs and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury. The Senate passed its version of the bill (S. 1963) last November by a vote of 98 to 0, and today a negotiated version was approved by the House 419 to 0. Senate approval is needed before the bill goes to the President for his signature.

Conntinue reading: Disabled American Veterans.

Resignations leave Darien with half a council, no mayor

RESIGNATIONS Two quit to run for county board; a third left to run for mayor. FUTURE City manager says the three-month void should still be calm

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The American Conservative: Bi-Partisan Socialism?

This is very well put by the folks at The American Conservative

Barack Obama is the most socialist president in American history. Before Obama, George W. Bush was the most socialist president in American history. Before Dubya it was Bill Clinton, then Bush, Sr., Reagan, and so on. These are not necessarily side-by-side comparisons to other, arguably more statist presidents, but basic math-as each successive administration, by-and-large, has presided over a federal government that has assumed more power and spent more money than the last.

If history is any indication, the same will be true in 2012 or 2016 if America elects just any, old establishment Republican. Yet, the continuous, everyday narrative being put out by GOP politicians and talk radio is that it is of the utmost importance for conservatives to unite behind the Republican Party in order to defeat the Democrats. Warns Rush Limbaugh of President Obama: “He wants to destroy capitalism. He wants to establish a very powerful socialist government, authoritarian.” Bombast aside, Rush is not off the mark. The problem is the same criticism could be leveled against George W. Bush who “abandoned free-market principles to save the free market system” with the historically unprecedented, socialist TARP bailout and whose administration increased executive power to what many considered an extreme, authoritarian degree.

Fear mongering to keep Republican voters in the fold is nothing new. Before Obama, it was Bill Clinton who was going to destroy America, or as Limbaugh put it in his 1993 book “See I Told You So:” “Get ready, folks, for the biggest confiscation of your money ever by the government… Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson look like pikers compared to this guy.” In 2007, McClatchy News Service reported that Bush had spent more than any president since LBJ, making Clinton look like a piker. In the 90’s, Rush warned against Clinton’s “radical agenda” and “extreme Leftist blueprint,” yet while “Slick Willie” was certainly every bit the statist Rush portrayed, comparatively he was actually more fiscally conservative than Bush.

Liberals who accuse conservatives of being selective in their anti-government outrage have a valid point. Consider this scenario: what if there had never been a President George W. Bush, and we went straight from Clinton to electing Obama in 2000. Now imagine Obama had governed exactly as Bush had-starting the Iraq war, implementing the PATRIOT Act, doubling the national debt, expanding Medicare, enacting No Child Left Behind, pushing through TARP-the whole bit. How would Rush and the Republican Party have reacted? Would they have said that Obama was “destroying capitalism,” was an “authoritarian,” or was trying to establish “a very powerful socialist government?” Of course they would, and they would also undoubtedly be stressing how important it was for conservatives to stand united behind the Republican Party in order to stop Obama’s, Bush-style agenda.

Conservatives who continue to make the case that Obama is worse than Bush are right, but that Rush and like-minded pundits and politicians still can’t find fault with the last socialist Republican president, is a pretty good indication as to what you can expect-and what they’ll tolerate-from the next one. Rush and much of talk radio’s preferred GOP candidate in 2008 was Mitt Romney, whose record as Massachusetts governor wasn’t exactly conservative, and his current politics, as outlined in his new bestselling book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” differs from Obama’s primarily in their priorities, not necessarily government spending or size, per se. Consider another scenario: Imagine Romney had been elected in 2008, not Obama, and pursued our current Democratic president’s exact agenda-including national healthcare. This scenario actually isn’t much of a stretch considering that Obamacare is based primarily on Romneycare, Massachusetts current government healthcare plan. Would Rush and his Republican friends be defending Romney’s, Obama-style agenda? If the last decade was any indication, they would.

Today, the popular Tea Party movement represents the first sign of conservative sanity in some time, due to their possible willingness to be independent of the Republican Party, something GOP politicians and their talk radio spokesman already fear. Reviewing Sean Hannity’s new book “Conservative Victory,” the Charleston City Paper’s Chris Haire writes:

“Hannity has nothing but disdain for the Tea Party’s No. 1 goal: to vote all the bums out, Democrat and Republican alike. Hannity wants to keep those bums in power, as long as they’re members of the GOP and their last name isn’t Paul… Even worse, like many of his talk radio and Fox News brethren, Hannity pays lip service to the Tea Party movement, but only for so long. For the talking head, there’s nothing more disastrous that could happen to the GOP than for the Tea Party to become a true force within the Republican Party, perhaps even becoming a viable third party.”

Despite their rhetoric, the GOP establishment’s greatest fear is not Barack Obama-but that conservatives might finally begin to wander off the Republican reservation. With the Tea Party movement, the increasing mainstream popularity of Ron Paul, states’ rights initiatives and other non-party directed efforts, conservatives have already begun to wander and should keep wandering farther if they are ever going to truly escape from their GOP-imposed exile, and if “conservative victory” is ever going to mean anything more than just being Republican and beating Democrats.

State School Superintendent Candidate Brian Westlake Captures Huge Endorsement

Last week the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) met in Atlanta for its 2010 Spring Conference and Representative Assembly. During the conference, the GAE Democratic Caucus voted unanimously to get behind Brian Westlake and his campaign for State School Superintendent.

The treasurer of the caucus, Brenda Bryan, presided over the meeting and said, "Brian has the full support of the caucus. We are excited to have the opportunity to vote for a fellow teacher and GAE member in the upcoming election."
"A major focus of this campaign has always been about empowering teachers as professionals." replied Westlake. "It means the world to me to have support from such a politically active caucus."

"Brian has demonstrated a commitment to this organization and what it stands for. We are ready to support his campaign and get out the vote," added LaNelle Holland, who served as chair of the caucus at the time of the vote.

The Georgia Association of Educators is dedicated to improving the public education system in Georgia. With over 40,000 members statewide it is one of the largest grassroots organizations in the state.

Former U.S. Marine and current classroom teacher, Brian Westlake is seeking the Democratic nomination for State School Superintendent

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pending Georgia Tax Changes Would Redistribute Income from the Poorest Families to the Rich

That's what the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy says & I agree with them.

Instead of helping Low-Income Families, they are hurting them even more.

In the 2010 legislative session, Georgia lawmakers have ratified, or are poised to ratify, a set of tax changes which would dramatically reshape the fairness of the state’s tax system. A new ITEP analysis shows that these changes would increase the taxes paid by the poorest ninety five percent of Georgians, while cutting taxes for the best-off five percent. The analysis also shows that the current tax system actually redistributes income from below-poverty families to the best-off Georgians—and that likely 2010 tax changes would worsen this inequity.

The Georgia tax system is regressive, requiring low-income families to pay more of their income in state and local taxes than upper-income families must pay. A new ITEP analysis of nonelderly and elderly Georgians shows that in 2009, that the poorest Georgia families pay an average of 11.4 percent of their income in Georgia taxes, twice as high as the 5.7 percent of income that the very best-off 1 percent of Georgians must pay. 1 This upside-down pattern is common in state tax systems—but Georgia’s tax system is somewhat more regressive than the typical state. ITEP’s 2009 report, Who Pays, ranked Georgia as the nineteenth most regressive tax system in the nation. Among the main factors making Georgia’s tax system unusually regressive are its relatively flat state income tax structure, its reliance on sales taxes, and the
lack of a substantial refundable low-income tax credit such as an Earned Income Tax Credit.


New 'Right to Rent' Bill Will Help Millions of American Families Stay in their Homes and Stabilize Communities

Right to Rent immediately gives the homeowner security in their home. They will be allowed to stay there for a substantial period of time, allowing their children to stay in their schools and families to prepare for and plan their future moves. I like this bill.

Read more: ”New 'Right to Rent' Bill Will Help Millions of American Families Stay in their Homes and Stabilize Communities - CEPR

Smart Trade--Fixing Georgia’s Economy

The Georgia Industry Association (GIA) and the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) are pleased to presentPlease join us for "Smart Trade: Fixing Georgia's Economy".

This will be a presentation by the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), hosted by the Georgia Industry Association. “Smart Trade” will present CPA’s trade and economic advocacy on behalf of those who make and grow things in the U.S. We will discuss ways in which business owners, voters and community leaders can help fix Georgia's and America's economy.

Here are the details of the event:

When: May 13, 2009, 10 - 11:00 am

Where: Centergy One Building
Community Room, 2nd Floor
75 5th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

Cost: Free

For more information, call Sara Haimowitz, CPA Development Coordinator (413-203-1410, or sara@prosperousamerica.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Burl Finkelstein, Kason Industries ( Finkelst@kasonind.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 770-304-3070).

Rasmussen Poll: Isakson: 51% Thurmond 35%

A early poll taken by Rasmussen after the anouncement of Michael Thurmond into the U.S. Senate race shows Isakson with 51% to Thurmond 35%.

Here's what Rasmussen says:

Election 2010: Georgia Senate
Georgia Senate: Isakson 51%, Thurmond 35%
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Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson finally has a major Democratic opponent in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, but the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds the incumbent holding on to more than 50% support.

Isakson posted a 52% to 31% lead over an unnamed generic Democratic candidate. Thurmond just entered the race on Wednesday.

Opposition to the recently-enacted national health care plan runs slightly higher in the state than it is nationally, which plays to Isakson's advantage, and Georgia has just joined a number of other states who are suing the federal government to stop enactment of the plan. Sixty percent (60%) of Georgia voters favor repeal of the plan, while 35% are opposed. This includes 55% who strongly favor repeal versus 28% who strongly oppose it.

Isakson gets 83% of the votes of those who strongly favor repeal, while Thurmond earns 82% support from the smaller group that opposes repeal.

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Male voters in the Peach Tree State favor Isakson by a 62% to 24% margin. Female voters break even between the two candidates.

Voters not affiliated with either major party favor the Republican nearly three-to-one

Thurmond, who is African-American, attracts 81% of the black vote, while Isakson draws 69% of whites.
Fourteen percent (14%) of all Georgia voters have a very favorable opinion of Thurmond, while another 14%view him very unfavorably. Twenty-three percent (23%) don’t know enough about him to venture any kind of opinion.

Isakson is viewed very favorably by 19% and very unfavorably by 10%. Thirteen percent (13%) have no opinion of the first-term senator.

At this point in a campaign, Rasmussen Reports considers the number of people with a strong opinion more significant than the total favorable/unfavorable numbers.

Now Rasmussen has taken heat from some on the left as a republican leaning poll & only polls voters in republican leaning areas, so I don't know, but Isakson, who alot of folks say is very popular in the state only polling at 51% is surprising to me. My guess was 55-60%. Thurmond getting 35% at this early stage is not bad, I guess. Back in 2008, a weak candidate, Jim Martin was much lower that that when he entered the race against Saxby Chambliss in 2008 around the upper 20-low 30% range.

I expect those numbers for Thurmond to go up once he starts campaigning. Curious to see how does RJ Hadley fare against Isakson?

Although healthcare will be a key issue for the GOP, the economy, the deficit, debt, jobs, foreign & national security will all be on the table in this fall elections. If the economy improves between now & November, it will help democrats, if not then it'll be a tough row to hoe for the Donkeys.

Is Floyd L.Griffin Planning a Political Comeback? Will Darrell Black run again in 2010?

There are rumblings up in Baldwin County for former State Senator & Mayor of Milledgeville Floyd Griffin (D-Milledgeville) to run for his old State Senate seat against Johnny Grant (R-Milledgeville) in this fall'a elections.

Griffin defeated incumbent state Sen. Wilbur Baugh in 1994 to become the first Black politician elected from a rural, White majority district in Georgia since Reconstruction. He is also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

A Vietnam War Veteran, where he was a helicopter pilot,instructor pilot, aviation platoon leader and commander of a construction engineering company. After combat service he commanded an engineer battalion under General Norman Schwarzkopf, then served on the Army Staff at the Pentagon and was later promoted to the rank of colonel. Floyd Griffin has also worked as an educator. At Wake Forest University he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. He was the director of ROTC at Winston-Salem State University, where he coached the football team's backfield as they won two conservative college championships.

He served almosy 25 years in the U.S. Army before retiring & he flirted with a run for GDOT Board against Raybon Anderson back in 2008.

And keep an eye on small business owner Darrell Black (D-Milledgeville),
who is a owner of Flooring America Milledgeville who ran for HD 141 seat that was won by Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) as a possible candidate for SD 25. If Griffin doesn't run for the SD25, look for Black as a possibility for that seat, as well as HD 141, where Rusty Kidd, who has already announced he's running for re-election has got to get the signatures needed to run again as a Indepedent.

Sharon Howard (D-Ft. Valley) to Run for HD 136 Seat

Tony Sellier (R-Fort Valley) will have a democratic challenger this fall.

Her name is Sharon Howard (D-Fort Valley) & she will challenge Tony Sellier for House District 136, the seat formerly held by Ex-State Rep. Robert Ray (D-Ft. Valley)

Howard is from Peach County. She attended college at Middle Georgia Technical College '05 (Surgical Technology) & before that, she attended Branell College (Computer Accounting) '89 & Georgia Military College '09

She is employed with Urological Healthcare in Warner Robins where she is a Surgical Technologist. Howard is also Vice-President of the Middle Georgia Democratic Women's Club

State Rep. Tommy Smith (R-Nicholls) Introduces Resolution that Recognizes May 6th as National Day of Prayer

State Rep & former Democrat Tommy Smith (R) Introduces HR 2157.

He's what it says:

House Resolution 2157
By: Representatives Smith of the 168 , th Lane of the 167th, Amerson of the 9th, Dooley of the
38th, Stout of the 19th, and others
1 Recognizing the National Day of Prayer; and for other purposes.
2 WHEREAS, the National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States
3 when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775;
4 and
5 WHEREAS, in 1963 Abraham Lincoln signed a Congressional Resolution calling for a
6 national day of prayer and in 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law a bill
7 proclaiming a national day of prayer which unanimously passed Congress; and
8 WHEREAS, in 1988, Congress designated the first Thursday in May as the National Day of
9 Prayer at the issuance of a proclamation by the President; and
10 WHEREAS, the theme of the 2010 National Day of Prayer is "Prayer for such a time as this,"
11 and is based upon Nahum 1:7: "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He Cares for
12 those who trust in Him"; and
13 WHEREAS, as American troops continue fighting for liberty in various countries, American
14 citizens will celebrate their freedom to assemble, worship, and pray on the 59th annual
15 National Day of Prayer on May 6; and
16 WHEREAS, recently, United States District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the National
17 Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional because it encourages all citizens to engage in prayer,
18 which she states is an inherently religious activity that serves no secular function; and
19 WHEREAS, it is important for Americans to openly unite in religious expression and to
20 show America's dependence on God through the exercise of our First Amendment rights; and

21 WHEREAS, prayer is a powerful, uniting force and the most basic and personal form of
22 expression for countless Americans and this tradition that dates back to George Washington
23 is time honored and a vital piece of this nation's history and legacy.
25 the members of this body recognize the National Day of Prayer on May 6, 2010, and call
26 upon Georgians to join in this important observance.
27 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized
28 and directed to transmit appropriate copies of this resolution to members of the public and
29 the press.

Message from Rebecca DeHart, Campaign Manager of Rob Teilhet

One week from today, the legislative session will end and Rob Teilhet will be campaigning to be your next Attorney General full-time. It’s been a busy four months for him—balancing his time under the Gold Dome, practicing law, spending quality time with Heather and his beautiful daughters, and hitting the campaign trail. Yesterday he was in session past 10:00 at night!

Luckily, Rob has been able to participate in events and meet supporters from every corner of this state. Just last week, he attended the Gwinnett County Bar Association Attorney General Candidate Forum. After watching the tape of the forum, I learned about another stark contrast between Rob Teilhet and his primary opponent.

The moderator asked the candidates, “Who is your favorite U.S. Supreme Court Justice—throughout history—and why is he or she your favorite?”

That’s a tough question to answer—there have been so many absolutely brilliant men and women on our highest court and their decisions have helped shape our nation’s democracy into what it is today. But for Rob, the answer was easy. He picked Justice Thurgood Marshall. As to the question, "Why?" -- Rob spoke about Justice Marshall arguing the case of Brown v Board of Education—ending segregation in our nation's schools. Rob noted that he was the first African American to be appointed to the bench and he told the crowd that Justice Marshall was simply “groundbreaking.”

His Democratic primary opponent, Ken Hodges, gave a much different answer. He said, “Scalia”—one of the most conservative Justices in our nation’s history. Justice Antonin Scalia's positions on many important issues are about as far from the Democratic party that you can get.

Ken Hodges’ reason as to why he is his favorite Justice throughout history was simple—he goes hunting with him. He said that, “He’s been a very good Justice.” I've put together a little video of his answer and you can watch it HERE.

This is another example of the two candidates' different political leanings. Philosophically, they come from different places. While Rob was supporting Democrats Jim Marshall, Max Cleland and Jim Martin, Ken Hodges was giving money to Republican Saxby Chambliss to beat those good Democrats. Rob looks to the legacy left by Justice Thurgood Marshall for inspiration and Ken Hodges looks to one of the most polarizing, Republican leaders of our time.

Primary elections can be difficult. Often there are two people, with similar political platforms and political histories, running for the same job. This primary election is going to be different. Rob Teilhet and his opponent are very different people—with different values and different philosophies.

I know Rob is looking forward to qualifying for office next week. After the legislative session ends he will be working non-stop to bring his vision for the Office of Attorney General to the people of Georgia.

Our support continues to build with Labor, Women Leaders, Civil Rights Leaders, Faith Leaders, Prosecutors, Leaders in the Democratic Party and so many more endorsing Rob Teilhet for Georgia's next Attorney General.

And I count myself as lucky and blessed to be working for his campaign.


Rebecca DeHart
Campaign Manager for Rob Teilhet for Attorney General

Press Release by Frank Saunders For Congress Campaign Committee

Frank Saunders (D-Midland) is running for Congress in Georgia’s 3rd district against Lyn Westmoreland (R-Grantville).

Frank Saunders was born in Columbus on April 11, 1967. Frank has lived in Columbus for all of his life. Frank graduated from Pacelli High School in Columbus in 1985. Frank has three degrees (B.S. - Psychology, M.Ed- Education, and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership) from Columbus State University. Frank has been teaching and coaching as a profession since 1991. Frank is currently a special education teacher at Chattahoochee County High School where he is also an assistant varsity football coach, the Head Coach for Varsity Wrestling and the Head Coach of the Middle School Baseball team. Frank is married to Margie Lacy Saunders and they have a nine year old son. Frank has always searched and studied for solutions to the problems of the world but never had political aspirations until he decided recently that it was time for him to put his thoughts and ideas into action by running for congress. Frank is going to qualify for Georgia’s third Congressional district on Monday April 26th at 9AM at the Capitol.

Frank Saunders is not a politician but he is a concerned citizen that wants to help bring representative government to Georgia’s 3rd district of Congress. Saunders’ main focus is on the following

Education- Teachers are not the problem in education; they are part of the solution. Teachers, parents, students, and the community must form a partnership with a common goal in order to reform and revitalize education. We have to ensure that education is providing students, their families, and communities the necessary components for growth and development. When Georgians demonstrate that our educational system is focused on preparing students to work with specialized instruction businesses will come to Georgia. We have to invest in the education of our children because they are our future. Lynn Westmoreland wants to cut the Department of Education which would have a disastrous effect on the quality of education for students nationwide. Cutting the Department of Education is the last thing we need to do but it is the first thing Westmoreland wants to do.

The economy/jobs- Georgians need more job opportunities. The unemployment problem is breaking our state government and causing financial hardship to Georgians across the state. Teachers are being furloughed due to loss of state revenue. This lack of revenue and the response of furloughs create a vicious cycle that negatively impacts all Georgians. When teachers lose a portion of their pay they buy less resulting in lower tax revenue. Citizens are losing jobs due to outsourcing to other countries or job cutbacks. We have to encourage businesses to come to Georgia. We have to help Georgians create businesses in Georgia. We need to develop green industry; industry that will provide sustainable development in Georgia. A change in leadership is necessary to get this done.

Frank Saunders wants to bring honest and representative government to Washington in order to benefit all Georgians. If elected Frank Saunders will surround himself with a team of people with the expertise it takes to develop solutions for the serious problems we face.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Debra Tann to run for HD 176 Seat

Debra Tann (D-Valdosta) will run for House District 176 seat being vacated by Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland) who will step down at the end of the session to work for the GDOT.

Tann is Secretary of the Lowndes County Democratic Party.

Jay Shaw's son Jason Shaw will run for the seat as well as a republican, as well as Aleta Larger (R-Nashville)

Carl Camon (D-Ray City) who is running for governor could put this race away for the democrats if he were to run for that seat.

Neal Boatright to challenge Roger Lane for HD 167

Neal Boatright will challenge Incumbent Republocan Roger Lane (R-Darien) for HD 167 Seat in the republican primary.

Born and raised in Brunswick Georgia, Neal attended the Glynn County Public Schools and graduated from Glynn Academy in 1985. After graduation, he went to work with Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company until 1989. After an unfortunate layoff, he decided to enroll in college at Coastal Georgia Community College, formerly Brunswick College, and earned his Associate degree in Radiology Science. While earning his degree; he worked for Southeast Georgia Health System and upon his completion was offered full time employment at Camden Medical Center. He worked at the Camden Campus of Southeast Georgia Health System for 11 years in addition to running and operating Neal Boatright Construction. He is also co-owner in Jon Jons Waste Disposal, Inc.

Neal is an active member of the Golden Isles Homebuilders Association and serves as a Board member. He is also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Association of Accredited Radiology Technologist. He attends Emanuel United Methodist Church and has actively participated in Mission trips to Roatan with Blythe Island Baptist Church for the past 3 yearsHe believes Government is too large and out of touch with the hard working common people

Neal has been married to Donna Rue Boatright, formerly from Missouri, for 19 years this July. He has two children, Amber Boatright who is 24 years old and resides with her mother in Savannah and Dalton Boatright who is 14 years old and resides with Neal and Donna on Myers Plantation in Brunswick.

Boatright calls himself a fiscal and social conservative who vows to be a "full-time public servant," serve only two terms and reject all gifts from lobbyists.

Tin Riley to run for State Senate 47 District Seat

Tim Riley (D-Athens) will run for the open State Senate seat 47 being vacated by Ralph Hudgens who is running for Insurance Commissioner. Riley is the owner of Aloha Counseling Centers, offering drug and alcohol counseling services to patients in need. He is a resident of University Heights neighborhood in Athens-Clarke County.

Riley says the people of Georgia are ready for their representatives in the Georgia General Assembly to put an end to the petty infighting and get busy on addressing the challenges we face like poverty, education, water management and transportation. For too long, we've been promised results but only been given rhetoric. This time around the stakes are too high - a stagnant economy, a history of crippling drought, traffic congestion clogging metro Atlanta and an educational system that consistently fails to receive the necessary support to make adequate progress - and it's time we hold those responsible.

He will face either republican Snane Coley, Kelly Gary & Doug Bower in the General Election. Bobby Saxon, who got 40% of the vote against Paul Broun in 2008 was said to be looking at running for the 47th State Senate seat as well.

Tom Baxter at Thurmond Press Conference

Let me say this: If he goes on to win the democratic nomination, Isakson is going to have hell on his hands. That raw emotion he displayed is something Isakson cannot duplicate on the trail. Isakson as you already know is going to run on the Obama-Pelosi-Reid mantra & is going to try to tie Thurmond to those individuals, which I will say is going to be very hard to do since Thurmond is not a washington politician & he (Isakson) is. Its an anti-incumbent environment & Isakson is not immune to the anti-spirit.

Thursday Tidbits

Darryl Hicks, candidate for secretary of state will file today with the intent on seeking the post of Labor Commissioner being vacated by Michael Thurmond who announced yesterday that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Johnny Isakson.

Hicks will make a formal announcement next week during qualifying. Most recently, he served as the chief of staff to the chairman of Fulton County, the largest county in Georgia. Hicks was a 2006 candidate for Georgia Secretary
of State. He garnered an impressive number of statewide votes for a first-time
candidate, attracting nationwide attention, in both the primary and the runoff election.Before running for office, Hicks spent more than 20 years as a professional in the private sector in management with AGL Resources, parent company of Atlanta Gas Light Company. While a key member of AGL’s leadership team, Hicks served in several management posts, including operations manager, director of customer service, assistant to the chairman and CEO and director of government relations.

Yesterday Aaron Gould Senin of Gold Dome Live at the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Deputy Agriculture Commisisoner Terry Coleman (D-Eastman) was approached by democrats about seeking the post of Labor Commisisoner.

Coleman said: I’ve had people ask me both about ‘ag’ and labor, since labor just came up,” Coleman said. “It’s late in the game for some things and early for others. I’m considering it. You have to when folks that have an interest ask you to.”

In addition he is considering th Agriculture Commisisoner Post being vacated by Tommy Irvin, who's retiring after the 2010 year.

As reported last week Mike Freeman (D-Gainesville) abruptly left the 9th congressional race for reasons unknown. But yesterday, on Mike Freeman's fan page on facebook, a supporter sent a message to all of his supporters saying there was still a chance that Freeman will run for congress & could be re-entering the race soon. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Michael Thurmond announces run for U.S. Senate today at the State Capitol

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond (D-Athens) made his announcement today to challenge Incumbent Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) for the U.S. Senate this fall.

Thurmond who served in the state legislature from 1986-1998 & then Labor Commissioner from 1998-2010 looks to unseat freshman incumbent Johnny Isakson for the senate this year & to become the first black american to be elected to the U.S. Senate since post civil war (reconstruction).

Thurmond, a centrist to conservative democrat will take on RJ Hadley (D-Conyers), another black moderate democrat for the senate in the democratic primary.

One of these men will try to do that no other black american have ever done since reconstruction: get elected to the U.S. Senate. Harold Ford (D-TN) almost suceeded in that feat in 2006, losing to Bob Corker & Harvey Gantt, who almost defeated Jesse Helms for the North Carolina Senate seat in 1990.

DuBose & Carol both to qualify together on Monday 4/26/2010

DuBose Porter, candidate for Governor in 2010, and his wife, Carol Porter, candidate of Lt. Governor in 2010, will be qualifying together for elected office on Monday

Who: DuBose Porter, candidate for Governor, and Carol Porter, candidate for Lt. Governor

What: Qualifying to run for office

Where: State Capitol

When: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 26th

So much for talk that Dubose Porter might even consider switching to Agriculture Commissioner.

Ga GOP Lawmakers considers eliminating Income Tax Credit Designed to Help Low -Income Georgians

James Salzer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes:

Today, the Senate is scheduled to vote on legislation that would cut low-income tax credits to a million Georgians who have incomes below $20,000. The tax credits are worth about $5 to $26 per person.

The tax credit measure is brainchild of Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), who argues that there are no other, similar tax credits for people who don’t earn enough money to have a tax liability. However, the state allows some corporations to receive similar tax credits. Both programs cost the state more than $20 million per year. Knight’s bill would not impact the corporate income tax credits.

Sen. George Hooks (D-Americus), the dean of the Senate, shook his head when asked about the low-income tax credit cut. “And at the same time, we’re giving tax breaks to trillionaires on Sea Island.

My analysis:

Last week, the GOP controlled legislature combined permanent tax cuts with much-needed revenue increases in HB 1055, eliminating the state’s small share (one-fourth of a mill) of local property taxes. It also was changed to include a phase-out of state income tax on (wealthy seniors) retirement income of Georgians 65 and older.

Those two tax breaks, which wouldn’t start until 2012, would cost $380 million over five years by lawmakers’ projections.

But they want to cut the Income Tax Credit designed to help low-income people in the state. You have got to be kidding me. Low income people tend to vote democratic & are less likely to vote in elections, so the GOP probably figured "why not".

2nd District GOP Chairman Don Cole Resigns on Claims of Unethical Conduct

Facing claims of unethical conduct from four of the five Republican primary candidates for Congress, Donald Cole said he intends to resign from his position as chairman for the Second District Republican Party.

During an interview Tuesday with The Albany Herald, Cole said he had already announced his intentions to resign his post last week to State Party Chair Sue Everhart and several of the members of the district committee.

Republican candidate Lee Ferrell held a news conference Tuesday afternoon asking for the immediate resignation of Cole on the grounds that he “has helped another congressional candidate, Mike Keown, in the race for Congress.”

According to documentation from the Federal Election Commission, Keown, a state representative from Cooolidge, has received and individual contribution of $505 from Cole and has listed Cole’s consulting and compliance firm, RT. Associates, as an operating expenditure. RT. Associates has received more than $10,000 from Keown for services.

In a phone interview with The Herald, Keown said Cole’s firm was assisting with campaign compliance. So far, Keown’s campaign is by far the biggest fundraiser among the five announced Republican candidates, with about $250,000 in contributions.

“They (Cole’s firm) take care of my filing. They file on my behalf for the FEC,” he said.

Everhart said Cole’s actions are legal under both state and district party rules.

“We do not like a chairman to take positions in races, but we cannot do anything about freedom of speech as long as you do not use your title or make a donation on behalf of the committee,” she said.

Everhart said she was unaware that Cole’s firm received payment from Keown and that Cole has resigned from the his position as chairman.
“He has resigned and is only acting as chairman while we try to find a replacement,” she said.

Cole said he supports Keown because “he is the candidate who has a proven record of leadership and can beat Sangford Bishop.”

In a written statement to The Herald, Cole added that he intends to resign his position as chairman to dedicate all his attention to the congressional race.

“I will do everything I can to help Mike Keown win in November,” he said in his statement.

Ferrell said Cole’s resignation was necessary for the benefit of the Republican Party.

“How can we defeat Congressman Bishop while the Republican Party has corruption itself?” he said during his new conference Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Martin Luther King on Meet The Press, 1967

Oglethorpe County Dems to host Edwards & Untermyer Meet & Greet

10th Congressional District democratic candidates Russell Edwards (D-Athens) & Sandy Untermyer (D-Grovetown) will be in Oglethorpe County at the Oglethorpe Co. Library on 4/22/2010 at 7:00.

The event will be open & free to the public.

Ken Hodges at the YDG Lunch

Democratic Governor Debate at UGA Chapel 3/18/10

RJ Hadley Speaks at Citizens Forum recently in Thomasville

Young Democrats of Georgia Gubernatorial Debate

Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) in Colquitt County

Melvin Everson makes a campaign stop in Moultrie

Read the rest here: Everson brings his campaign to Moultrie

Jim Marshall Meets With Local Business Leaders up in Jasper County

Congressman Jim Marshall (D) was in Monticello last Thursday inquiring how things are going and to find out what he could do for Jasperites, or any other subject anyone wanted to discuss about what’s going on in Washington D.C.

Marshall said he wanted to talk to representatives from the three Georgia Pacific plants in the county, but for varying reason, none attended the meeting.

However, the following business leaders were in attendance: Robert Jordan of Jordan Engineering; Walter Smith of Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Steve Jordan of the Bank of Monticello, Janell Wild of McIntosh State Bank, Katherine Alexander of Joyce McDonald Real Estate and the Monticello City Council, Phillip and Miriam Jordan of Jordan Funeral Home, Gretchen Pruett of Century 21, HeartLand Realty; Rachel Moon-Martin of The Salon, Benny Bostic of Monticello Family Foods, City Manager Bob Schwartz and Mayor Glenn Newsome.

Marshall said that Jasper County is not unique in this situation, and that in the 21 counties in his district some are worse than others. He continued by saying, “It started out as a housing problem and then went to the financial sector, and when that happens it takes longer to recover. Signs are encouraging, but my prediction is it will take longer to recover in rural areas.”

Baldwin County Duo Rusty Kidd & Johnny Grant to seek re-election

Baldwin County’s two members of the Georgia General Assembly have decided to run for re-election

I will definitely be running for the senate again,” said Sen. Johnny Grant, a Republican who will be seeking a fourth term. “I am getting ready to go.”

Grant first bested Democratic challenger Faye Smith in a hotly-contested election in 2004. Since that time, however, Grant has won his last two re- election bids (2006 and 2008) fairly easily.

Grant is the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent Baldwin County in the General Assembly.

Meanwhile, workers for Rusty Kidd hit the streets this week to obtain 1,100 signatures for a petition. Kidd needs the signatures to run in the House of Representatives, which is required for any third-party candidate. Kidd once again will run as an independent.

Qualifying is set for April 26-30. It’s not immediately clear if any local candidates will run again as well.

Mike Huckabee to appear at Rock Springs Church in Spaulding County

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be speaking at Rock Springs Church on May 12 at 7 p.m.

Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, who won contests in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Iowa, West Virginia and Kansas in the Republican nominating process before ultimately losing the nomination to John McCain in 2008, will headline a fund-raiser for the church’s home for unwed mothers or mothers-to-be who have nowhere else to go. Benny Tate, the senior pastor of Rock Springs Church, said the home will be opening on May 9, the Sunday before Huckabee will speak.

Muscogee County Democrat Frank Saunders to challenge Lynn Westmoreland for 3rd Congressional District

Frank Saunders (D-Midland) will make a run for the 3rd congressional District against Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) in this fall's elections.

Saunders is a graduate of Pacelli High '85 & later Columbus State University '90.

I'll have more on saunders when I can get more information about him.

But you can meet Saunders as he will be at’DUTCH TREAT’ - 42 Main Street (DOWNTOWN), Senoia, Ga.

Wed. 8 pm April 21, 2010 at MAGUIRE’S PUB.

Monday, April 19, 2010

BlogTalkRadio Kudzu Vine 4/18/2010

State Rep. Mark Butler to run for Labor Commisisoner?

That's what Peach Pundit is saying this morning as State Rep. Mark Butler (R-Carrolton) will probably for Labor Commissioner to succeed Michael Thurmond who according to some will "most likely" enter the race for the U.S. Senate.

State Rep. Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) is also running for Labor Commissioner.

RJ Hadley (D-Comyers) who has been campaigning for almost a year is the lone democrat in the race to take on Johnny Isakson for the U.S. Senate.


Did John Oxendine & the State GOP take a Page out of Eugene Talmadge's Playbook?

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced the other that he will not participate in the first phase of the recently enacted federal health care legislation which calls for the implementation of a temporary high risk insurance pool in Georgia. On April 2, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Oxendine asking him to express his interest in participating in the temporary high risk insurance program established by the new health insurance reform law.

Now this looks like a page from the Eugene Talmadge playbook. Back in 1930s Talmadge was a staunch critic of FDR & the New Deal such that he didn't implement the New Deal in Georgia during his first term as governor. It was until E.D. Rivers took the reigns of governor that the New Deal was implemented. Even Talmadge's aide Hugh Howell who was also opposed to the new deal ran for governor back in 1938 to keep the new deal from being implemented here in Ga.

ED Rivers was speaker at that time in '35 when he near the end of the legislative session when Rivers introduced a series of bills designed to enable Georgia to cooperate with New Deal programs. Talmadge who was against any thing associated with the new deal talmadge vetoed all of these measures.

Talmadge became increasingly outspoken in his criticism of Roosevelt. In one speech he claimed that the child labor amendment, the banking reform act, and the Wagner Labor Relations Act were "almost the complete Communistic form of government." (Does all this sound familiar when it came to the healthcare reform saga when staunch critics called in "a communist act, or socialism, marxist, etc?)

Just like in D.C. in which every republican officeholder was against the Healthare Reform, or anything that the president is proposing nowadays. Oxendine is taking a page right out of the playbook of Eugene Talmadge. Opposed the legislation deeming it a expansion of government, (which it is). The first phase of the healthcare reform would have created a pool of high-risk people to receive federally subsidized health insurance, backed by $5 billion in federal money, that would offer subsidized premiums to people who have been uninsured for at least six months.

He's taking a page from Talmadge's playbook when he opposed the New Deal. Of a matter of fact, the entire GOP has taken that playbook in it opposition to President Obama's aganda if you look at it.

Pharmacist Hear from State Insurance Commisissioners at Political Forum

Pharmacists from across Georgia gathered at Macon's Centreplex Sunday for a political forum with the state's Insurance Commissioner candidates.

Candidates include republican candidates Senator Ralph Hudgens, Representative Tom Knox, Senator Harold Logsdon, Gerry Purcell, Maria Sheffield, Steven Northington and Senator Seth Harp & Democrat Mary Squires.

The Georgia Pharmacy Association's Academy of Independent Pharmacy hosted the event so people could get to know the candidates running for the position.

Jeff Lurey, Director of the Academy of Independent Pharmacy, says the laws and regulations that the Insurance Commissioner oversees affect pharmacists.

"I want to be knowledgeable about these candidates and what they're willing to do for the patients in the state of Georgia," pharmacist Pamala Marquess said.

The organization prepared a list of questions for those on the podium. Some people say they attended the forum to find out each candidates' position on healthcare reform and patient issues. More than 150 pharmacists attended the forum.

Brian Westlake gets another endorsement.

Press release from Westlake Campaign:

Clayton County Education Association President Sid Chapman endorses Democrat Brian Westlake in his bid for State School Superintendent.

As part of his endorsement Sid is quoted as saying, " I am delighted and honored to personally endorse Brian Westlake as State School Superintendent. I have known Brian for a number of years and have found him to be sincerely concerned with the condition of public education in Georgia. As a classroom teacher, he will bring the needed voice for Georgia educators and strong leadership to the office. Brian Westlake is a visionary and possesses the ability to bring real change to Georgia schools."

"I am especially proud to have Sid's support in this campaign." Replied Westlake, "Everytime a fellow teacher endorses my campaign I am reminded of why I am running--to bring positive change to our public schools."

Both Mr. Chapman and Brian attended the Georgia Association of Educators' Spring Representative Assembly this weekend in Atlanta.

Westlake faces Beth Farokhi in the democratic primary for state school superintendent

Thurmond for Senate?

Michael Thurmond is said to be "strongly" considering challenging Johnny Isakson for the U.S. Senate this year. Thurmond has not made any decision whether he will or not run for the senate. If he does there will be no incumbent democrat nor republican running for statewide office this year. Expect an announcement tomorrow or wednesday regarding this development.

RJ Hadley (D-Conyers), a moderate democrat is the only democrat who has annouced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

I'll have more to say about this once thurmond makes his intentions known

Gen. Poythress gets the endorsement of Muscogee County Sherriff

General David Poythress, the former Commanding General of the Georgia National Guard and Democratic candidate for Governor, received the endorsement of Sheriff John Darr today. Poythress was in Columbus attending the Pig Pickin' of the Muscogee County Democratic Party.

Ask about his endorsement of General Poythress, Sheriff Darr said, "The General is the best one to win the election in November I believe him when he says that he is going to solve our water problems and bring jobs back to Georgia. He means what he says; he's not just paying lip service."

During his remarks to an enthusiastic crowd, General Poythress reiterated his pledge to walk the walk with the people of Georgia by not taking a salary as Governor until the state's unemployment rate falls below 7%. Latest statistics from the Department of Labor show Georgia's unemployment rate at 10.6%.

In addition to Sheriff Darr, Poythress has also received the endorsements of Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman, Rev. Dr. H.L. McCall (Senior Pastor of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church) and Rev. Albert Sanders (Associate Pastor, St. James Missionary Baptist Church).

Poythress, former Secretary of State and twice-elected Commissioner of Labor, says Columbus is essential to his strategy for 2010. "Muscogee County is crucial for me, not only in the July 20th primary election but in the general election as well. I'm excited about the support that continues to grow in Columbus and honored to have another law enforcement leader join our team."

Poythress is the wildcard in the governor's race that's shaping up to be a three man race between him, Barnes, & Baker.

Hodges continues to rack up the endorsements: Former U.S. Attorney Richard H. Deane, Jr. Endorses Ken Hodges for Attorney General

Press Release:

Today, former U.S. Attorney and magistrate judge Richard H. Deane, Jr. announced his endorsement of Ken Hodges (D) to be Georgia’s next Attorney General.

"Hodges was the first District Attorney in the state to bring Georgia’s racketeering laws to bear on payday lenders,” Deane said. “We’re right to point out his leadership in this area, because it's the kind of prosecutorial experience an Attorney General needs. Hodges has my full support."

Deane was appointed by President Clinton to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 1998. A Stone Mountain resident and now a partner in Jones Day’s Atlanta office, Deane boasts a long record of arguing cases in both state and federal courts, including appearances before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno recognized Deane’s legal stature when she chose him to serve on a Justice Department advisory committee.

Among Deane’s many public honors is a spot on Time Magazine’s “Time 100 List of Innovators,” when in 2001 the magazine honored him for his creativity in using Georgia’s racketeering laws to fight local crime.

“To have Richard Deane’s support is unique and meaningful to me, because of the experience we share using racketeering laws to fight for victims. I’ll keep fighting for those victims in the Attorney General’s office, and I’m honored to know that Deane is standing with me.”

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Agriculture Commissioner: Something has got to give here democrats!

With a little more that a week left until qualifying, there is still no democratic candidate in the race to replace Tommy Irvin (D) for Agriculture Commissioner.

Let's cut right to the chase. Who are the most likeliest people to "POSSIBLY" make a run for Agriculture Commissioner.

Here they are & their status:

Terry Coleman, the Deputy Agriculture Commissioner to Irvin.

Terry Coleman spent 34 years in the General Assembly including two as House Speaker.
As agriculture commisionser, he oversees ag & food defense, trade division & international trade, homeland security and legislative issues. He is a member to the Board of Trustees at Georgia Southern University & he serves on the Board of The Tropics Foundation, whose mission is the financial stability of the Tropical Agricultural research and Higher Education Center located in Costa Rica.Coleman is founder of Coleman and Company Benefits, Inc. He is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the life insurance industry’s most prestigious organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Dodge County and the Colony Bank Corporation. When I spoke to Coleman a while back a function, at the time he said he was not going to run for Ag Commissioner, but didn't close the door on a possible run.

State Senator J.B. Powell (D-Blythe)

Poweel serves on the Agriculute & Consumer Affairs committee as well as the Natural Resources & Environment Committees as well. He was elected to the State Senate in 2004 representing SD 23. Powell, a conservative democrat has been rumored as being interested in running for the seat if Coleman doesn't run himself.

Rand Knight (D)

Knight ran for the U.S. Senate back in 2008 losing in the primary to Jim Martin. Knight is only 37 yrs old & is a abusinessman & ecologist, so I guess that makes him qualified to become Ag Commissioner. He built significant respect in the media and Democratic leadership for his management and operational successes on a limited budget. I don't know about Knight. Just have to wait & see on this one.

DuBose Porter (D-Dublin)

I know I make the porter people mad when I say Dubose ought to switch races & run for Agriculture Commisisoner. By him being a legislator, he was barred from raising money for his campaign which will hurt him if stays in the race & goes up against Barnes, Poythress, Baker. Dubose is just as qualified & just as ready to be governor more than anyone in the field. Had Barnes not run for governor this time, Porter would probably be the favorite of the democrats headding towards the July 20 elections. Havig said that, Porter ought to take the money he's already raised & run for Ag Commisisoner. He's comes from the part of the state is heavily agricultural (Middle Georgia). In that race he would be the odd-on favorite to replace Irvin over Gary Black or Darwin Carter. It's a win-win for democrats if he did that. It will strenghthened the democrats donwballot & it will help democrats the most in rural georgia. I say why not.
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