Qualifying

Augusta coverage here.

Chattanooga Times Free Press coverage of North Georgia is here.

The AJC is here with an interesting bit:

Candidates seeking seats in the Georgia General Assembly will sign affidavits this week, swearing to their qualifications to hold public office.

Among them is that their federal, state and local taxes are paid. At least that was the original intent of a 2002 constitutional amendment.

But it turns out the law has a provision that renders it essentially useless: Candidates or officeholders can’t be blocked from running unless a civil court rules first that they have defaulted on their taxes. The catch: These tax cases rarely end up in civil court.

If legislators were serious, they’d beef that up and close the loop hole.

10 comments

  1. RuralDem says:

    Alright I need some help here if anyone has some time and doesn’t mind explaining qualifying to someone who’s new to this stuff.

    Why do DAs have to qualify in Atlanta?

    Also, I keep seeing a mention of “if you’re a Democrat you’ll qualify with the Democratic Party in your county” likewise with a Republican and the GOP Party.” What if there is no active party in the county, what does one do?

  2. drjay says:

    DA is considered a state position (a DA works for the state o ga as i understand it) like the senators and reps so they qualify in atlanta–if you have no party apparatus in your county you qualify “at the courthouse” like you would for nonpartisan races–strictly speaking the local parties do not have to take on this responsibility but they get a cut of the qualifying fees for doing so…

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Bill,

    They also represent areas that are larger than a single county (for the most part).

    Only the larger counties (Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Bibb, Houston, etc) have single county judicial circuits. All the others are multiple county circuits.

  4. Doug Deal says:

    Oh, and I did not mean that to be an inclusive list. There are additional counties that compose a single circuit, I just do not know all of them off of the top of my head.

  5. Romegaguy says:

    I understand the highlighting thing is something that Homeland Security has come up with in order to help catch terrorists and people that buy Playboy. I dont see it on my computer…

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