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Attorney General: Brookhaven violated Open Records Act

Georgia’s Attorney General says DeKalb County’s largest city has violated the state’s Open Records Act.

The Brookhaven Post is reporting that on Monday, the Attorney General responded to its request that Brookhaven city officials release public records relating to an alleged sexual harassment incident involving the city’s former mayor.

“The Attorney General’s letter … confirms Brookhaven officials violated the Georgia Open Records Act by failing to produce documents pursuant to our request and urges the City to release any other documents in its possession that are related to this issue,” the Post reported.

Last month, the media outlet filed an Open Records Act complaint after requesting the release of public records relating to the cover up of an incident where former Mayor J. Max Davis was accused of sexual harassment after he allegedly sprayed a female city employee on the back-side with Lysol.

“New city attorney Chris Balch read the Attorney General’s letter during Tuesday’s Council Meeting,” the Post said. “Balch told the Council there are no sanctions at this time – assuming Kurrie and Davis being gone as the reason.”

Travis Roberts lives again… Cancer Kicks formally launched

cancerkicksA year and a half ago I had the honor of introducing the Peach Pundit family to a man named Travis Lee Roberts. Since that time #travsarmy helped make the final months of Travis’ life and the months after his passing something incredibly special for Travis, his family, and his friends.

The outpouring of support to get Travis on GameDay in Athens was a campaign lead by Travis’ brother-in-law, Joe Pettit. What Joe accomplished with the help of #travsarmy was nothing short of heroic and showed the selflessness that we should all strive for. Now Joe has taken up another campaign for Travis, and he needs your help once again to help other individuals and their families in their fight against cancer.

“Travis founded Cancer Kicks to help thousands of families, who are not only fighting for the lives, but are struggling to pay their medical bills as well as to raise funds to assist world-class cancer research centers who are dedicated to providing research to finding a cure for Cholangiocarcinoma and other rare cancers that are currently underfunded,” said Joe Pettit, President of Cancer Kicks and Travis’ brother-in-Law.

While I am sure Joe would rather be taking his orders directly from Travis as to how Cancer Kicks should be run, I know that Joe will build the organization into something that makes Travis proud. Take some time today and visit the website and read about Travis’ story from those who know him best. While Travis’ body might not be among us, his legacy of hope and determination lives.

How you can help:

Website: CancerKicks
Twitter: @CancerKicks
Facebook: facebook.com/cancerkicks

 

MRs: Sine Die coming, No RFRA hearing this morning, 2016 underway

National

Who is the ideal GOP candidate?
O’Malley rips Bush, Clinton
Fiorina expects to announce next month or May
Schumer gunning for Reid’s job
Boehner: White House response to Netanyahu “reprehensible”

Local

What’s ahead before Sine Die?
House Judiciary committee won’t reconsider RFRA
Long-time CBS46 anchor may be out
Lawmakers thwart so-called “sneak attack” on annexation
Savannah schools fight governor’s bill
Who says 2016 hasn’t already started?
Former UGA player arrested in Alabama on domestic violence charges

Republican Governors Release Ad in Georgia Gubernatorial Race

The Republican Governors Association released a new television ad on Tuesday, which it says “draws contrast between liberal Jason Carter, who put politics ahead of Georgia’s children, and Governor Nathan Deal, who has achieved real results on education.”

Georgia’s governor’s race continues to be one of the most-watched in the nation, with numerous polls showing the race a toss-up.

 

New Poll: Deal, Carter Headed to a Runoff?

“Stuck in the mud” is how a new poll released Friday describes Georgia’s gubernatorial race between incumbent Nathan Deal and state Sen. Jason Carter.

The new InsiderAdvantage/Fox 5/Morris News Super Poll shows Deal and Carter at 43 percent, with Libertarian Andrew Hunt at 4 percent.

“This race seems stuck in the mud and still appears headed for a runoff,” said pollster Matt Towery. “It should be noted that our poll weights African-American turnout at a higher rate than most other surveys. If that turnout is lower, Deal will take a bigger lead.”

Towery said the poll’s biggest news is that Carter has 32 percent of the white vote in our survey.

“That reaches the magic number that Democrats have failed to receive in recent statewide races,” he said.

In the Senate race, David Perdue leads Michelle Nunn, 47 percent to 43 percent, with Libertarian Amanda Swafford at 3 percent.

“Nunn has gained ground in recent weeks,” said Towery. “A key to this was the Perdue ad made by his campaign, using a leaked Nunn campaign memo. Perdue’s ad suggested that the non-profit Nunn ran aided terrorists. The ad appears to have blown up on the Perdue campaign.”

NY Times Laments Georgia’s Black/White Politics

Georgia’s high-profile, high-stakes elections caught the attention of another national media outlet late last week.

The New York Times reported on the Peach State’s November contests, saying that while Georgia has become more demographically diverse, its politics remain rooted in racism.

“The new Georgia [is] a state whose transformed economy has spawned a population boom and demographic shifts that are slowly altering its politics,” the article states. “With African-Americans coming in large numbers from other states, and emerging immigrant communities … Georgia is less white and less rural than it was a decade ago.

“Yet for all the changes … Georgia’s politics … are today playing out largely on the familiar terrain of black and white.”

The article actually does a pretty good job of profiling the challenges faced by both Georgia Republicans (maintaining their electoral grip) and Democrats (registering enough minority voters to loosen that grip). And it includes a good deal of history of the state’s politics.

What it misses, however, is arguably the state’s most important political chapter – how rural white and urban black Democrats coalesced for more than a century, dominating the state.

Practical-minded leaders like Tom Murphy, George Busbee, Jimmy Carter Carl Sanders and Zell Miller — and a progressive Atlanta business community realizing that green is the only color that matters — reduced the GOP to political insignificance for more than 100 years.

In the 1990s, though, the GOP began engaging in a massive, grass-roots recruitment. And when the Democrats’ liberal base took control of the party in the late 90s, a perfect storm ensued, most publicly manifested in the battle over the state flag and then resulting in Sonny Perdue’s stunning gubernatorial triumph. It took two more electoral cycles for Georgia Democrats to finally stop living in the past and re-build for the future.

But if what U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson says in the article is true – that “Georgia is a conservative state … it was a conservative state when … Democrats were in control” – it may not matter how many minority voters that Stacey Abrams and Rev. Raphael Warnock can register.

Photos on Food Stamp Cards: $7.7 Million Plus

The AP is reporting that adding photos to food stamp cards in Georgia will cost more than $7.7 million next year.

Republican State Sen. Don Balfour from Snellville says the cost is reasonable. Critics of the food stamp legislation say it will not fix larger-scale fraud.

The part of the law requiring drug testing of applicants suspected of using drugs has been put on hold.

Kemp vs. New Georgia Project Makes National News

The controversy over some possible instances of voter fraud in Georgia made Fox News’ homepage on Friday.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating some allegedly fraudulent voter applications submitted by the New Georgia Project.

“There’s somebody clearly doing something wrong,” Kemp told Fox News.  “And we want to figure out who that is, and try to make sure that we stop that.  And bring charges against those people.”

“You don’t have to wear a hood — you don’t have to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan to be engaged in voter suppression,” said Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. “We know voter suppression when we see it.”

Obama Lends His Voice to DNC Ads, But Will They Play in Georgia?

The AP is reporting that a series of DNC national radio ads began airing Monday, featuring President Barack Obama.

The first ads, aimed at African Americans, are part of a coast-to-coast buy worth more than $1 million. Future spots were set to target Hispanics, Asian Americans, younger and female voters.

“I want an economy where your hard work pays off with higher wages, and higher incomes, and affordable health insurance and decent retirement benefits,” Obama said in the first one-minute ads.

The ads are airing nationally during syndicated radio shows that are geared at black audiences, such as “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” ”The D.L. Hughley Show” and “Keepin’ It Real With Rev. Al Sharpton.”

 

Two Georgia Congressmen Slam Obama Foreign Policy

Criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy – in light of Tuesday’s video showing the apparent beheading of another American journalist – has reached bipartisan levels in Georgia.

Both U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-3) and David Scott (D-13) slammed the president on Newsradio 106.7.

“Our foreign policy is non-existent,” Westmoreland said. “The world knows that and our foes and allies really don’t know what, if anything, that President Obama is going to do.”

Scott had harsh criticism for his party’s presidential administration.

“The president is behind the eight-ball on this issue,” he said. “I’ve been urging the president to act. I want him to act. I have asked him to act, months ago.”

The Islamic terrorist group ISIS released a video Tuesday that shows the apparent beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

Price: Journalist’s Death Another Example of America’s Failure to Lead

The beheading of American journalist Jim Foley by Islamic terrorists illustrates the need to take a stronger stance against terrorism, says U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

“To date, President Obama hasn’t believed that a threat of this magnitude exists out there,” Price told NewsRadio 106.7 Wednesday afternoon. “Now, I hope he believes that.”

Price says President Obama has weakened America’s standing in the world by not taking action against ISIL, the group claiming responsibility for Foley’s murder.

The Real GSU Gets New A.D.

And it will be Charlie Cobb, according to this morning’s AJC.

Cobb replaces Cheryl Levick, who oversaw the additional of football to the school; hired Trent Miles to replace Bill Curry as head coach, then Ron Hunter to coach men’s basketball.

Levick now becomes a personal assistant to GSU President Mark Becker.

Cobb steps into a huge role. Not only is GSU trying to raise $2.5 million to build a strength and conditioning facility for football; $5.5 million for a sports performance center; and $3.875 million for an academic performance center; but it also wants $300 million to transform Turner Field into an athletic complex for the school.

The most immediate task at hand, though? October 25, when Georgia Southern comes to town …

Does Unity Begin Today for the Georgia GOP?

That seems to be the message, as Gov. Nathan Deal, Senate nominee David Perdue and Georgia GOP chairman John Padgett are holding a media event at 11 am Wednesday.

The event is being held at the party’s state headquarters in Buckhead.

Analysis: Party leaders know they need to unify the GOP base if Perdue has a chance of defeating Michelle Nunn in November. As expected, the GOP senate runoff was brutal and bloody, as is virtually every high-profile, high-stakes runoff. The 2006 Democratic gubernatorial race between Mark Taylor and Cathy Cox resulted in the destruction of two political careers and a cakewalk for Sonny Perdue’s re-election.

General consensus among Republicans is that Perdue has some fences to mend and wounds to heal, if he’s going to attract the conservative, Kingston/Handel constituencies. Those voters have to be enthused enough to go vote for him in November. If they don’t, Perdue faces the prospect of a loss exactly like the one Mitt Romney endured: enough Republican votes out there to win, but not enough being cast.

And there’s another candidate in the race, Libertarian Amanda Swafford. Peach Pundit contributor Jason Pye told me last night on Newsradio 106.7 that if Swafford siphons enough conservative votes from Perdue, we’re looking at a runoff, in which Georgia voters will hold the fate of the U.S. Senate in their hands.