The Democratic Primary of Georgia announced today the four questions that will appear on their July primary ballots:
1. Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally-elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?
2. Do you support ending the current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?
3. Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?
4. Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on Made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?
Strangely, asking for a clearly defined meaning of “recidivism” is not one of them. I guess the legal system will have to fix that one.
Anyway, this compares to the five questions Republicans will be asked:
1. Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?
2. Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts.
3. Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons carry license?
4. Should citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least thirty (30) days prior to such primary election?
5. Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency?
The only common element between the two lists is a question about capping gifts to legislators, though the wording isn’t the same.
The Democrats decided against asking a question about legalizing casino gambling. There apparently is no motivation to lend aid and comfort to a Republican Governor and Republican legislators who are considering evolving their position. They also appear not to want to assist in giving credence to the biggest potential revenue increase to the HOPE scholarship fund, which would take away one of their biggest current issues with semi-traction.