All James Hall wanted to do was to help the people of Chatham County. That’s why he decided to run for a seat on the Elections Board.

And by every account, he was well qualified to do so. He has worked as a poll worker and an assistant manager of poll workers. The members of the Elections Board have said he’s qualified. So why did they decide to strike his name from the May primary ballot?

The Savannah Morning News provides some of the backstory. James Hall wanted to run for one of the two Republican seats on the Chatham County Elections Board after the current occupant decided to retire. He signed up to be on the ballot during partisan qualifying the first week of March. Another candidate, Marianne Heimes, qualified as well, meaning the race would be decided during the May 20th primary.

On March 20th, Hall’s candidacy was challenged by Daniel Crawford on the grounds that Hall was an employee of the city of Savannah. The Elections Board held a hearing on March 28th, and voted 4-1 to disqualify him. Hall decided to appeal the decision, and his case will be heard by Chatham County Superior Court this afternoon.
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If you believe the numbers coming out of the Obama administration, some 222,000 Georgia “enrolled” into health plans on the federal Obamacare exchange. Only they didn’t. Turns out that about half of those people have actually paid their insurance premiums:

Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.

“Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday.

March 31 was the official deadline for individuals to get insurance coverage or face a financial penalty under the ACA. Yet because of the deluge of last-minute shoppers, federal officials relaxed the rules for those who reported having trouble with the exchange, and gave them into this week to sign up.

Given that extra time, there have presumably been more Georgians both signing up and paying for their premiums in April. They would not be included in the figures released Wednesday.

H/T: NRO

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For those that celebrate, I hope you had an enjoyable Easter. Here’s what else happened over the weekend.

Georgia
CNN thinks there’s going to be another Governor Carter.
There may have been a tuition increase for the University System of Georgia’s brick and mortar schools, but online tuition actually dropped.
David Perdue brags about jobs, but he’s got a significant outsourcing problem.
Talk about a heck of a Friday news dump.
One of Georgia’s newest cities, may also have one of the highest paid city managers.

National/International
Politics should be a factor for SCOTUS Justices to retire?
15 years since Columbine.
Is the Tea Party a soon to be forgotten movement?
Iran’s UN Ambassador barred entry to the US.
A Sabahi v. Sisi election in Egypt? Oh this could be fun to watch.

Everything Else
Unfortunately the petition to deport Justin Beiber failed.
This is just a tad bit ridiculous.

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Easter 2014

April 20, 2014 0:00 am

by Erick · 3 comments

Resurrection

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared.

And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.

And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.

Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

Happy Easter to each and every one of you.

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Below are select tweets from various Tweeters reacting to a candidate forum of Republicans running for the U.S. Senate. The forum was hosted by the Georgia Republican Party. Most tweets are from Republicans but it seems a couple of Democrats had plenty to say during the debate as well.

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Eugene Yu hits the air in GA-12

April 19, 2014 16:00 pm

by Jason · 0 comments

There’s no word on the size of the ad buy, but Eugene Yu is out with his first 30-second spot, which, his campaign declares, is the first from any Republican in running in the district.

Yu reported $36,027 in individual contributions at the end of the first quarter, according to FEC disclosures. He loaned himself $288,358 and has $235,896 in cash on hand.

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And want to make $150,000 a year?

Because if so, there’s a job open at GPB, because Chip Rogers no longer has one. Greg Bluestein reported that Rogers was let go today from GPB, a job he was only in because Nathan Deal wanted to move him on from the Senate.

The job consisted of getting a press release by email, then writing an intro and then cutting and pasting the press release below it and hitting “post”. Which is basically what each one of your steadfast and loyal Peach Pundit front page posters do everyday. For free.

Too bad we don’t know the Governor.

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Good Friday

April 18, 2014 17:11 pm

by Erick · 1 comment

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And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  And sitting down they watched him there;  And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.  And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The Gospel of Matthew 27:35-37, 45-53

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Rep. Allen Peake has found a way to help some of the kids who would be helped by using medical cannabis oil. You can donate to help these families go to Colorado and get this treatment.

Here’s how to donate:

If you would like to donate to our pediatric cannabis fund that will provide transportation and living expenses for families who need to move to Colorado to obtain cannabis oil for their children, click here and follow these instructions:

1) Go to www.provisionbridge.org
2) Click on top right tab ON-LINE DONATIONS
3) Click on DONATE
4) Project category select dropdown- PROVISION BRIDGE DONATIONS
5) Project select dropdown- Journey of Hope Fund

Then complete the rest of the form. THANK YOU!!!

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Our very own Jon Richards and others live-tweeted a candidate forum for the GOP School Superintendent candidates last night. Their tweets are collected below the fold. [click to continue…]

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Here:
- Pass the popcorn. This is going to be fun.
- State has 30 days to fix problems with food stamp program or risk losing lots of money.
- Clark Howard’s sad face.
- Two birds, one stone?
- What? We haven’t even named the team yet…
- That knee is lookin’ pretty good.

There:
- ‘Stray Voltage.’
- Take a gander at some of the Anonymous hackers.
- But we don’t wanna bail out Detroit.
- Fake, but accurate. Maybe. Not.
- It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
- You don’t say.
- I think there’s scripture about this.

Random Everywhere:
- See, we ARE real boys and girls!
- Or is it really a Death Star under construction?
- Want to buy a haunted island?
- Be careful what you click. Really.
- Free book. (Did I say free?)

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David Perdue leads Georgia’s Senate race, while Nathan Deal leads the Governor’s race in a new Insider Advantage poll for Atlanta’s Fox 5 and the Morris News Service.

Here’s where potential voters in the Senate race stand:

David Perdue: 19%
Jack Kingston: 15%
Karen Handel: 13%
Paul Broun: 11%
Phil Gingrey: 9%

32% are undecided just one month before the primary election. The poll has a margin of error of 3.4%, which means Kingston and Handel are statistically tied, and the margin between Kingston and Perdue may be smaller than it appears.

Meanwhile, Nathan Deal appears to be running away in the race for the Gubernatorial nomination, with 61% in his corner. David Pennington has 7%, while John Barge has 4%. 28% remain undecided.

Insider Advantage’s Matt Towery focused on the large number of undecided voters in the Senate race:

“The most notable number in the poll is the solid 32% who are still undecided. From years of experience, I can usually get a feel for likely voter turnout based on the percentage of undecided voters in a poll prior to early voting. While any good news-quality poll will have a bigger undecided percentage than a partisan poll or consultants’ polling, this number is higher than usual. Voters are not focusing on this race, or any others, and that is in part due to the non-competitive gubernatorial primary,” Towery said.

“If voter turnout continues to appear ‘uninspired,’ the race could be a matter of just a few points separating the first- and second-place Senate candidates who make the runoff from those who miss ‘the big dance’ by just a few points.

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Governor Nathan Deal and College Republican National Committee Chair Alex Smith are among the featured speakers at the Georgia Association of College Republicans 2014 convention, to be held on April 25th and 26th in downtown Atlanta. Other speakers include Georgia GOP First Vice Chair Michael McNeely and State Representative Michael Caldwell.

The two day convention features a banquet on Friday evening at the Capitol Park Hotel on Capitol Avenue and a business session on Saturday afternoon at the Capitol. Convention delegates will elect leadership for the 2014-15 academic year, and celebrate the success of the current one.

The convention is open to the public, and is a great opportunity to connect with the college students and recent graduates who will be shaping the Republican Party in the not too distant future. You can get more information and register for the convention here.

Sponsorships are also available. For more information on sponsorships, contact Chairman Will Kremer.

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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jason Carter is looking for a song for the spring campaign season.

Here’s the message that went out on Thursday via Twitter:

Peach Pundit’s Mike Hassinger says he will buy a drink for the best response from our readers.

We also did some searching for other memorable Georgia-related campaign commercials.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find any audio or video from one of our all-time favorites: Paul Coverdell’s 1992 campaign commercial featuring an elderly lady who sang, a capella, a ditty about how Georgia wanted then-incumbent Wyche Fowler out of the U.S. Senate “because he’s just like Teddy Kennedy.”

But we did find one from his grandfather’s 1976 presidential campaign:

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As Mike Hassinger covered in the Peach Pundit Daily (sign up here), Governor Nathan Deal won’t be attending the Atlanta Press Club’s primary debate.  That’s not terribly unusual for an incumbent who has poll numbers that tell him he’s not in danger of losing in a primary, so no reason to go play to rhetoric of Republicans that want him to move to the right when he needs to be focused on keeping the middle away from Jason Carter in November.

What is unusual, as noted by staunch right wing Nathan Deal apologist Thomas Wheatley of Creative Loafing, is that the Atlanta Press Club sent out a press release noting the Governor had declined their invitation.  None of us  can ever remember the Press Club announcing someone was snubbing them. Ever.

So, me being me, I sent an email asking why they were singling out Governor Deal.  I received the following response: [click to continue…]

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