1. Demonbeck says:

    “Open Thread”

    Does this mean that we are allowed to see other threads and it won’t be considered cheating? I never knew Peach Pundit was a swinger blog.

  2. The Busdriver says:

    Erick, if you’re headed to the White House, please make sure you say hello to Debbie’s and Karla Stuckey’s “insiders.”

  3. Demonbeck says:

    Dorothy Pelote says to check in the northwest corner of reflection pool for Chandra Levy’s body.

  4. Jack S says:

    Erick while you’re up there stop in at the hq of ralph’s pollster that he paid 30k to. Ask him if he or ralphie can produce a poll they’ve done that refutes cagle’s poll. I bet you get shown the door by security.

  5. jackson says:

    They paid $30K to their pollster? Where was Debbie when this happened? Since that guy Jared said in the paper they dont even listen to thier own polls, why the heck do they pay that much money to do them? And they say Casey Cagle is wasting his money on internet ads….

  6. 4ofspades says:

    Since this is an open thread. This comes from Insider Advantage:

    National Voter ID Proposal Could Put New Twist On Georgia Debate
    (Update at 3:40 p.m. adds Isakson, Chambliss supporting McConnell amendment. Add Carter-Baker commission recommendation. New material highlighted.)

    (5/24/06) A proposal to require photo IDs nationwide for voting in federal elections was briefly in play Wednesday as the U.S. Senate continued work on its version of the national immigration bill, and strategists in Georgia were watching it closely for signs of possible implications in the continuing debate over photo IDs in Georgia.

    But while the proposed amendment by Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky survived a motion to table on a 49-48 vote, it was left in limbo by rules that took effect when the Senate voted later to limit debate on the main bill. (Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss supported the McConnell amendment and voted against tabling it.)

    The GOP-led Georgia Legislature passed a photo ID law for voters in 2005 over fierce opposition from Democratic lawmakers and civil rights activists, some of whom challenged it in court. It was put on hold last year when a federal judge compared it to an unconstitutional poll tax, but lawmakers re-enacted the law in this year’s session and it has been pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice to take effect with the upcoming elections.

    Election workers in every county currently are preparing to issue free photo ID cards to those who lack them, although critics contend the state still is not doing enough to make them available to the elderly and to those who lack transportation.

    Had the amendment prevailed in Washington, some Republican strategists believed it held the potential for shifting the focus of the debate in Georgia from the impact of photo IDs on the poor and the elderly, as Democrats had couched it, to whether it serves a national purpose of preventing illegals from voting.

    The upshot, they argued, would be to place Democrats – and especially their candidates for governor – potentially on the wrong side of the immigration debate.

    (Democrat Cathy Cox, currently the Secretary of State, opposed the Georgia bill vigorously last year, saying on one occasion: “If this bill passed, we would have the most restrictive identification requirements for voting over any other state in the union.” Democrat Mark Taylor, currently the lieutenant governor, said Wednesday through campaign spokesman Rick Dent: “Mark taylor believes we need to encourage voting by knocking down barriers, not putting new ones up.”

    But the debate in Washington was inconclusive, and sounded a lot like the debate in Atlanta just last year.

    McConnell, arguing for his amendment, said: “It is nonsense to suggest that somehow a photo ID for one of our most sacred rights should not be protected by a requirement that is increasingly routine in almost all daily activities in America today.

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