Posts Tagged ‘2010 election’

Columbus Remains a Democratic Party Majority City

November 3, 2010

TOMLINSON AND BAKER MAKE HISTORY

If the rest of the state had gone the same way Columbus went, Democrats would have won every state-wide election.  As you know, that didn’t happen. The breakdown is typical of all Columbus city-wide elections. North Columbus goes overwhelmingly for Republicans, and South Columbus goes overwhelmingly Democratic.  But, there are enough Democrats and Independents in North Columbus to keep the city solidly in the Democratic column.

In Muscogee County, for United States Senator, Michael Thurmond got 53.69 percent to Johnny Isakson’s 44.22 percent.

For governor, former Gov.  Roy Barnes got 57.50 percent of the vote.  Former Congressman Nathan Deal,  39.53 percent.

For Lt. Gov., Carol Porter got 54.97 percent.

For Secretary of State, G. Sinkfield got 54.46 percent.

And for the rest of the state-wide races, no Democrat got less than 54 percent.

The non-partisan election for mayor fooled me. I thought Wayne Anthony would have been in the runoff because I figured he would have run up a pile of votes in North Columbus.  He didn’t run up enough. Teresa Tomlinson did well all over the city.  Now, we get to choose between her and Zeph Baker.  Just think, for the first time in history, the Mayor of Columbus will be either a white female or an African-American male.

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Democratic Air Force is Smaller but Faster

November 1, 2010

Democratic candidate for Governor Roy Barnes deplanes

When Republican candidates flew into Columbus this morning they had more planes.  However, the most impressive plane was the one Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes arrived in this afternoon. Barnes came in a Cessna Citation Excel jet.  Carol Porter, who is running for Lt. Governor (disclosure: she’s my cousin),  came in a King Air,  like the ones Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss came in earlier.  

Who cares? It’s the politics I should be discussing. Right?

Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor spots me, her cousin, taking her picture as she deplanes.

 Sorry, but I just love airplanes.

While Republicans pointed with pride at their past record and promised to keep up the good work,  Barnes and Porter viewed their record with alarm and feared for Georgia’s future if they stay in the saddle, citing the damage done by lack of proper support for education, for one thing. 

Carol Porter and her four sons, all Eagle Scouts, at Columbus Airport rally

Roy Barnes being interviewed as Mayor Jim Wetherington and Columbus business leader Jim Blanchard and Mrs. Barnes look on

What was intesting about both rallies was how fit the candidates appeared.  Flying around the state in one day ,  from Atlanta to Savannah with lots of stops in between, to hold airport rallies had to be grueling, but, they really didn’t look tired to me.  They appeared to be enjoying it.  I guess people who love to be in high stakes politics get a big rush out of playing the game.

Republican Fighter Formation Lands in Columbus

November 1, 2010
 
 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, followed by Republican Governor Sonny Perdue  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Right on time, Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss landed in a twin-engine King Air, and former Congressman Nathan Deal and Governor Perdue landed in a single engine.  

 

    Lt. Governor Cagle landed about a half-hour later in another King Air, causing the 9 a.m.  rally to get started at about  9:30.

 

 

Governor Perdue predicted a clean sweep for Republicans running for statewide offices.  And they were all at there.  Gubernatorial Candidate Nathan Deal praised Perdue’s administration and all of the statewide candidates and  promised to keep Georgia moving forward. 

No doubt, we’ll get another take on whether Republicans have moved Georgia forward when Democrats Roy Barnes, who is running for governor, and Carol Porter, who is running for Lt. Governor, fly in this afternoon.        

 

 

Fly-around Time

November 1, 2010

Statewide candidates continue the tradition of flying into airports around the state to hold last-minute rallies and news conferences.

On Monday, November 1, a whole bunch of Republicans including gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal and senatorial candidate Johnny Isakson are scheduled to land at the Flightways FBO terminal at Columbus Airport at 9 a.m.  On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. candidate Carol Porter and gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes are scheduled to land at 2:00 and 2:15 p.m.  

In case you plan to attend any of these, be advised that the planes don’t always land on time, but they could. That has been my experience. Take something to read.

The Politically Invisble Man

October 27, 2010

Frank Saunders, Democratic Party candidate for Georgia's 3rd U.S. Congressional District attended the Barnes rally at Columbus Tech

3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has opposition, which is probably news to most 3rd District voters.  There is a good chance that they don’t know that Frank Saunders, a special education teacher, wrestling coach, and assistant varsity football coach at Chattahoochee County High School, is the Democratic Party candidate opposing Westmoreland.

Without money and scant coverage by news media, a candidate is just about politically invisible.  Westmoreland, a Republican running in a Republican district, an incumbant with an impressive campaign war chest, and a lot of media coverage – not all of it positive, if you take his appearance on the Colbert Report  into consideration – has all of the advantages in the race.

Money has always played a key role in politics, however, the candidate with the most money does not always win.  Governor Perdue had less money than Roy Barnes and won. He had less money, but he had enough money to get his message across, and he had name recognition. Without enough money to compete, a candidate’s chances of winning are zilch.

Saunders has virtually no money. I say “virtually” because he has received a few small donations, not enough to advertise on TV. Even with the Internet in play, today’s stump remains TV.  TV makes a fortune on elections, but, in my view,  gives scant news coverage before the election.  Have you ever seen Frank Saunders on television?  

Want to know more about him? He does have a website.  You can click on this link to read more about him, things like who he is and why he is running. 

Now, with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations can contribute to candidates, money rules more than ever before, and record amounts are being spent on this Midterm election.

GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES ARE EXPECTED AT A COLUMBUS FORUM

August 11, 2010

Here’s your chance to learn about them and their positions on issues in one 90-minute session.  Mark August 26th on your calendar.  The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Cunningham Center at Columbus State University.  Here’s the Columbus State University news release about the forum.

Aug. 11, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The next generation of state leaders are all expected to be in attendance at a forum later this month that is designed to educate local residents about candidates running for offices.
   
Columbus State University, the Young Professionals of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Society of Human Resource Management are presenting a candidate forum on Aug. 26 at CSU’s Cunningham Center.
    
Organizers are expecting Democrat and Republican candidates from the following races:

    • U.S. Senate
    • U.S. House of Representatives, District 2
    • U.S. House of Representatives, District 3
    • Governor
    • Lieutenant Governor
    • Columbus Mayor
    
The forum, which is is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.
   
“It has been said that all politics are local. If that is the case, we must be very active in identifying the issues so that our voting citizens will know how the incumbents and candidates stand on the issues.  Our Chamber is proud to be a co-sponsor with CSU and SHRM — another example of why we are known for our public-private partnerships in the Columbus region,” said Mike Gaymon, president and CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
    
A private reception with the candidates will be held from 5-6:15 p.m.  A limited number of tickets will be made available for this portion of the evening. Tickets for the private reception are $30 per person and can be reserved by going to the event’s website  http://www.colstate.edu/2010candidateforum. and selecting the link “Make Reservations for Private Reception.”

Karen Handel and Carol Porter Campaign in Columbus Today and Tomorrow

July 15, 2010

THEY WILL MAKE POLITICAL HISTORY IF THEY WIN NOMINATIONS FOR GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

We are talking about a potential groundbreaking and historical election for governor and lieutenant governor in Georgia this year. The state could end up with two females in the top two offices in the state. 

It’s not too far-fetched to consider. Former Secretary of State Karen Handel has a very good chance of becoming the Republican candidate for governor, and Dublin newspaper executive Carol Porter is running so far ahead in the polls that hardly anyone doubts she will be the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.   

Based on the latest Mason-Dixon Poll, sponsored by the Georgia Newspaper Partnership, which includes the Ledger-Enquirer, Handel is within 6 points of pulling even with Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Her chance of becoming governor is less than his, according to the poll, which shows Democratic front-runner Roy Barnes beating her, but tied with Oxendine. However, a lot can happen between now and November.  

According to supporter, attorney, and Republican State Senate candidate Josh McKoon,  her campaign bus pulls into Columbus today. She’s scheduled for a rally at the Government Center at 12:45 and then will meet folks and shake hands on Broadway.  We’ll look forward to a report on what she has to say. 

Carol Porter will also bring her message in person to Columbus. Tomorrow, she is flying around the state for airport rallies.  Columbus is her first stop.  That rally begins at 9 a.m.   Her energetic campaigning, no doubt, has improved her name recognition factor which is something she needs to run against Republican Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in November. 

We’ll have more on both rallies. Stay tuned.