Category: Presidential Campaign

Kemp: SEC primary means road to White House runs through South

The so-called SEC primary now has six states holding their presidential primaries on March 1, 2016.

OnlineAthens.com is reporting that Arkansas is the latest state to join Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s effort to give the South a larger voice in choosing the Republican and Democratic White House candidates.

Arkansas joins Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Other Southern states holding primaries around the same time next year are Louisiana (March 5); Mississippi (likely March 8); Florida and Missouri (March 15); South Carolina (Feb. 20); and Kentucky (possibly May 17).

“It is now clear that the road to the White House runs through the South,” Kemp said in a statement.

The SEC primary has also spawned a website, secprimary.com, reportedly the work of young Alabama Republican Jordan Doufexis, and a companion Twitter feed, @SECPrimary, with almost 300 followers.

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.

Exit Polling Shown the Door

Jim Galloway writes today in his Political Insider, that Georgia and 18 other states, will no longer be exit polled. Which means we will know how people voted (eventually) but not necessarily why they did so.

Quoting the Washington Post:

Voters in the excluded states will still be interviewed as part of a national exit poll, but state-level estimates of the partisan, age or racial makeups of electorates won’t be available as they have been since 1992. The lack of data may hamper election night analyses in some states, and it will almost certainly limit post-election research for years to come.

A growing number of voters casting early ballots has added to the complexity of carrying out surveys in 50 states, the District of Columbia and nationally. In more and more states it has become crucial to supplement in-person precinct polling with relatively costly telephone interviews in order to achieve representative samples.

 

Fair Warning to GA GOP ’13 Candidates

Next February, the process to elect precinct, county, district, and state delegates and GOP officials will begin. Mass precinct meetings in large counties begin in February. In March smaller counties have their mass precinct meetings and all counties have their county conventions. April brings district conventions and the GAGOP state convention will be in May.

Every two years, Republican party officials are elected from the bottom up beginning with the precincts and ending with state party officials. This is as “grassroots” as any political process anywhere. Traditionally, this has been a mostly amicable process. It won’t be that way in 2013.

Rule 12 and the desire to hand control of national delegates to candidates and the national party changed all of that. There are other factions fighting within the GOP, but grassroot Republicans of all leanings will oppose the nationalization of local and state decisions.

The infamous Rule 12, allowing rule changes between conventions, is the spear point; but the real thrust is coming from the drive to turn actual delegate selection over to the presidential candidates. This is a perversion of the process. Read more

Quid Amateur Quo

Don Siegelman got sentenced to jail this week, again, for exchanging a seat on a hospital regulatory board for a 500k contribution to a lottery referendum.

Federal law makes it a crime to corruptly solicit or accept money with the intent of being rewarded or influenced in official actions, and prosecutors have said campaign contributions can be part of such a scheme.

That he didn’t control the referendum’s campaign money, nor did it directly benefit Siegelman, makes that first prong a little nebulous, but convicted he was.

Conversely, Paul Ryan has received 60k early in his career from Dennis Troha, who was indicted for campaign finance violations. He then advocated for the passage of a law that would directly benefit Troha:

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Republicans Across State Convene District Conventions

Today, Republicans across the state will take another step in the convention step process, but will have the first shot of electing the folks who will actually nominate the Republican candidate for president.  Most of the delegates elected today will be legally bound to Newt Gingrich for the first two ballots (unless he were to release them).  Out of 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention, 42 delegates and 42 alternates will be elected today (3 delegates and 3 alternates from each of Georgia’s 14 congressional districts).

This will be the first convention for the 14th Congressional District, and I have the honor of serving as the resolutions chairman for our convention.  Feel free to give updates on what’s going on around the state in your respective districts in the comments.

::OPEN THREAD::

Will The Ron Paulers Stick With The GOP?

It seems like once every four years the Ron Paul army organizes and tries to conquer the GOPs and squawk when they meet resistance from party regulars. I have no issue with people who believe in our cause and want to actively participate.  The rub is when a minority (some places have faced a majority, but seems like a small, vocal minority) quadrennial folks come out of the woodwork to voice their displeasure with the establishment, try to assert their will upon the conventions, and then go away after the nomination process.

Some stay and some go, but it just seems like the Ron Paul supporters tend to only participate during the presidential election conventions.  I’d offer the same advice that I offered the Tea Party folks:  it’s easier to work from the grassroots.  However, the caveat is that you should try to attend meetings, be involved with events, and generally get to know fellow Republicans.  We (the party folks) are not your enemies.  We may not agree on all things, but I believe we can work together if we see eye-to-eye on about 75% to 80% of issues.  Things may get heated or awkward, but that’s life in politics.  Heck, you might even make friends and find a way to get your ideas pushed forward.

We’re heading to the District and State Conventions over the next couple of months.  I’ve heard reports that there’s a coordinated effort by Ron Paulers to complain to county GOP chairmen across the state where Ron Paul did not win a majority of delegates, and I’ve also heard rumors of Ron Paulers and the Tea Party making a concerted effort to take over one of the District GOP Conventions.  Whether or not that rumor will become fact will be realized on April 14th.

My challenge to the Ron Paul supporters is this: stick with us.  We need energy and drive.  Most of you signed an oath saying that you believed in the principles of the Republican Party.  I’ll take you at your word for that.

Atlanta No. 2 for Job Growth

Hizzoner Kasim Reed sent out an email today touting a recent Arizona State University study that found Atlanta had the second-fastest job growth of “major metropolitan areas” in 2011.

From The AJC report:

Only Houston beats Atlanta, according to researcher Lee McPheters, whose findings are based on the latest jobs figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Atlanta had 3.1 percent job growth between January 2011 and January 2012, compared with Houston’s 3.7 percent growth. The figures reflect non-agricultural job growth among populations of at least a million workers.

GOP Delegate Delegation Explained

Confused on how the GA GOP delegates will be awarded to the candidates now that Stupor Tuesday is over?

Doug Richards explains the convoluted process in true Doug Richards fashion. There are two videos at the link: one is the actual report and the other is the outtakes.

If you aren’t reading Doug’s blog live apartment fire, then you should. It’s a behind the scenes look at the sausage-making operation daily production of local news.

GOP ads on BFD get even funnier

The GOP ad wars on Blog for Democracy just get funnier and funnier. Now it’s the Romney-supporting SuperPAC “Restore Our Future,” that’s generating revenue for the libs over there.

Both the Gingrich ads earlier this week, and now the Romney-superPAC ads appear to have been placed through Google, but it’s still pretty funny that Restore Our Future is paying to have their anti-Gingrich ad placed (a) on one of the most anti-Gingrich sites in Georgia, and (b) directly next to a story about how much Romney sucks.

To My GOP Friends: We Gotta Stop Tearing Each Other Down

It always seems like we get in a blood feud every election cycle where there’s an open seat. Passions run high and people argue about why their candidate is God’s gift to the community/state/nation/world and how he or she will single-handedly balance the budget, reduce taxes, made the government small enough to fit into an overhead bin, synthesize the cure for cancer, and negotiate world peace by the time to go home the day after inauguration day. We make lofty goals and promises. Some we can keep, but some we can’t. I believe they’re well-intentioned, but we have to remind ourselves that getting things done both Atlanta and Washington seems to take about as long as pouring molasses in Maine on a cold winter’s day.

On the flip side, if you don’t support the now-deified candidate, you’re simply stupid, can’t read or write (i.e: “we’re surprised you can bathe, clean, and feed yourself if you support the other guy, you neanderthal”), and various other sophomoric insults and allegations. I’ve done it, and I’m sure the vast majority here have done it as well. We’re guilty of it. Can you see why “normal” folks don’t like politics? I am trying to change my attitude though. We all come from different backgrounds and have different aspects on life. It’s easy for Republicans and Democrats throw personal attacks at each other, but even that’s becoming tiresome.

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Georgia To Be Top Dog On Super Tuesday

Georgia’s delegation to the Republican National Convention will be the 4th largest in the nation (if the rules are enforced and Florida’s delegation is cut in half), but what’s better is that we might get a little more of the spotlight now that Texas has decided to push their presidential primary to April 4th rather than holding it on Super Tuesday (March 6th), according to today’s morning jolt from Jim Galloway.  Texas has a total of 155 delegates allocated compared to Georgia’s 76.

Perhaps just as important, Virginia has sidelined itself by limiting its ballot to Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Other candidates, the state party ruled, didn’t come up with the required and vetted 10,000 signatures. Virginia has only 49 delegates, but its proximity to the District of Columbia would have meant an oversized media focus.

“You don’t have the whole field competing there. I guess Romney and Paul could,” Kemp surmised.

That leaves Georgia and Ohio (66 delegates) as the largest prizes. “If the race continues to Super Tuesday, we’re in a position to be very relevant that day. And that’s what we were hoping for,” the secretary of state said. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.”

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The Polls Are Open in New Hampshire

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Carnac the Magnificent via Wikipedia

Polls are open, people are voting, and most of us in Georgia are just guessing how the numbers will shake out when the polls close in New Hampshire.  Get your prognosticating devices out and make your predictions below.

For those who may not want to talk about presidential politics, the governor will be delivering his state of the state address tonight at 7p. I’m sure you can tune in on your local GPB station or on the GPB website.  Feel free to discuss what you believe the governor’s agenda will be below in the comments as well.

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Dear Yankee Pundits: I Apologize

Dear Yankee Pundits (And you know who y’all are), Please accept my humble apologies. I was wrong and will make a real apology. A real apology restates the offense without any euphemisms or diminishing comments or excuses. Here is my offense. A mere two days ago, in“Romney’s Southern Problem: The “M” Word”, I wrote this:

I can see Romney winning Iowa or at least finishing second in Iowa. He should win his neighboring state of New Hampshire; anything else would be a major upset. As for South Carolina – listen to me, well-meaning Yankee pundits – it’s not going to happen. It’s the “M” word.
What? “Mormon”? No, get real; you guys are far too quick to project your prejudices on others. There are members of the Church of Latter Day Saints all through the South and while they may not be ultra-active in politics, they are viewed as being good people and good neighbors. They are walking examples of the “family values” that the Republican Party endorses so heartily. Mitt Romney’s “M” word problem is Massachusetts.

I still stand by the vast majority of that statement: Romney’s projected finishes and the likelihood that non-Southerners project bizarre things upon us with little or no evidence and that Mitt Romney’s real problems are the ramifications of his successful Massachusetts elections. I can no longer honestly say; however, that Governor Romney’s religion is not an issue in the South.

A real apology also states why the statement or action was wrong. In this case, my friend and a fine writer, Jason Pye made a post on Peach Pundit entitled, “Judy Manning is ‘afraid’ of Mormons”this morning. The content of Jason’s piece means I cannot continue to issue a blanket denial that religion is not an issue in the South. Read more