Category: 2008 Presidential

2008 Indiana Election Fraud Convictions Add Fuel to the Fire

Not Georgia, not that it couldn’t have happened here as well.

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.

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BTW, Indiana has 11 electoral votes.

Nothing Rhymes With Ethics

It’s confusing to be a elected official, so let me help you out. Georgia may be last in ethics laws , but we still technically have them.

Speaking broadly the test, whether for Georgia or Federal law, is whether an expenditure  is “ordinary and necessary” in seeking public office. If it is ordinary and necessary, then a campaign can spend money on it, but third parties cannot for your benefit, unless it is disclosed and treated as an in-kind contribution and stays beneath the contribution ceiling (more on that in a minute).

If it is not “ordinary and necessary” than a campaign cannot spend its own money on it. Confused? Let’s walk through some real life examples: Read more

The First Few Amendments

As some of you know, my fellow Council Member Elaine Lucas has submitted legislation to declare Barack Obama a member of Macon’s City Council. Tomorrow in committee we begin discussing the legislation. Below are a few of my amendments I’ll be submitting. If you want, suggest some in the comments:

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Some people have too much time on their hands.

A local businessman is organizing efforts in Georgia, which are aimed at ousting President Barack Obama from the Oval Office.

A group of Georgians, called Rise Up for America, recently “indicted” the president as being ineligible to serve, due to concerns related to his U.S. citizenship status.

Carl Swensson, of Morrow, is overseeing the 25 members of a common-law grand jury, or Thomas Jefferson Grand Jury, who returned the March 28 indictment.

You know, we can go back and forth on which side has more noxious crazies, etc., but let’s admit that both sides do and this is one of the most insidious forms of that craziness. These people will spend the next four to eight years totally ignoring everything else solely to fixate on this without a chance in hell of doing anything about it.

I make a motion we rename Henry County “La Mancha County”.

Buckner wants residency requirements for Congress

State Sen. Gail Buckner wants to require congressional candidates to actually live in the district their running to represent:

Georgia State Senator Gail Buckner (D-Morrow) has introduced SB 35, which requires all candidates for any district office to swear under penalty of perjury that they live in the district they seek to represent. The bill does not make an exemption for U.S. House candidates, and therefore would be unconstitutional if it were enacted. The U.S. Constitution does not require candidates for U.S. House to live in any particular district, and states are not permitted to add to the qualifications for U.S. House.

Buckner was the Democratic Party’s candidate for Secretary of State in 2006. The legislation can be read here.

As far as I know, Rep. David Scott is the only member of Georgia’s congressional delegation that doesn’t live in his district. He represents parts of Clayton County and Henry County that are also in Buckner’s state senate district.

Political Analyst Questions Obama’s Ability To Mobilize Democrats

As Democrats begin preparing for next year’s midterm elections, a veteran political analyst is expressing worries about President Obama’s ability to provide coattails for his Democratic colleagues when he isn’t on the ballot.

Rhodes Cook, who spent almost twenty-five years writing for Congressional Quarterly before joining the nonpartisan Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, recently reviewed the results of the 2008 Georgia Senate Run-off and asked the following question:

. . .while the [Democrats] can turn out their large constituency with Barack Obama atop the ticket, can they do so when he is not on the ballot?

In Georgia, Cook replies, the answer is no.

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Arson at an Obama supporters house.

The ATF is assisting in the investigation:

Investigators in Forsyth County are still pursuing leads in a fire that destroyed the home of a supporter of President Obama.

They have confirmed that the blaze at the home of Pamela Graf was intentionally set but are not releasing any specifics, Steve Anderson, chief of investigations for the fire department, said Tuesday.

Graf’s home burned Jan. 18 after she left town to attend Obama’s inauguration. Racially charged graffiti was sprayed on a nearby fence.

Inaugural Address of President Barack Hussein Obama

Thanks to the Presidential Inaugural Committee for providing a copy of the speech in advance of its delivery.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

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Your Inauguration Post For The Day: What Tomorrow Means (It’s Not All About Race)

Tomorrow, we will witness one of the great events in human history. Yes, an African-American will be inaugurated president for the first time since America’s founding — and I’ll get to that momentarily — but that’s not what I’m referring to here.

What I’m talking about here is far more underrated, and far more consistently historic. You see, tomorrow we will witness that rarest of political occurrences: the peaceful, non-dynastic transfer of power over the mightiest country in the world, yet again, from the outgoing leader of the past eight years to the incoming leader of at least the next four.

The fact that America’s transitions from president to president are so regular, so peaceful, and so orderly has led us to take for granted this occurrence which, in the context of human history, is an incredibly rare and spectacular event.

This is far more rare, and far more amazing, an occurrence than we ever give it credit for. The ancient pioneers of democracy whose tradition we are carrying (and building) on were not able to continue such a tradition.

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Rev. Joeseph Lowery to deliver Obama’s inaugural benediction

Per the AJC:

An Atlanta civil rights icon will play a very visible role in the historic and star-studded inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president.

A congressional committee announced late Wednesday that the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a stalwart of the civil rights movement and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will deliver the benediction.

Reflections On Georgia’s Presidential Electors

Today, I witnessed history as the fifteen electors appointed by the state Republican Party and elected by the people of Georgia cast their votes for John McCain and Sarah Palin. To quote Georgia elector John White, “The November 4th election did not elect a president. Until we finish our business here today, this election is not over.”

Well, that business is now completed and we can finally close the book on the never-ending story that was the 2008 presidential election.

Now I must admit that as I walked onto the floor of the state Senate, my presuppositions of the Georgia GOP included the expectation that the state’s 15 electors would be a bunch of old, overweight, balding white men. It surprised me to learn that of Georgia’s 15 electors, six were women and three more were minorities (African-American, Asian-American and Latino).

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