In continuing the 2010 Candidate Series, I had the opportunity to speaker with State Sen. Jeff Chapman, a candidate in the Republican primary for Governor, about the issues he sees facing the state now and in the future.
We discussed the typical issues, such as education, spending, the budget and transportation. We also discussed discussed property rights. Chapman gave me a copy of a press release for a constitutional amendment to close the loophole in the constitutional amendment passed in 2006 in the wake of the Kelo decision. For those of you that don’t know, the 2006 constitutional amendment points to general law for the definition of blight.
In the press release Chapman notes that the problem with the 2006 amendment is, “lawmakers can change what blight means at any time by updating Georgia code.” He adds that this “undermines everything the amendment set out to accomplish.”
Chapman knows the issues facing the state and has a different perspective. Unfortunately, he isn’t getting the attention his campaign deserves.
You can download the podcast here (24:55 minutes/23 MB).