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A Blogger’s Report on Governor Deal Dealing with Columbus Rotarians

July 20, 2011

It’s the duty of the blogger to report stuff you won’t get in the mainstream media, so I’ll try to pick out a few things that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said today at the Rotary Club of Columbus that you probably won’t read in the paper or see on TV. I don’t claim they are important, just something nobody else will probably tell you about.

Take this picture, for instance.  Nevermind.  I already took it.  Hey, even retired newsmen get to be corny sometimes. Anyway…now, where was I?  Oh, you won’t get  this shot anywhere else of Jim Cawthorne of Camera1 getting his picture of Governor Deal. Usually, I use Jim’s Rotary stuff, but I thought, hey, sometimes the photographer needs to be seen, even if it is from the back.

Here’s something the governor said you probably won’t get anywhere else.  He said he was walking down the corridors of the  state capitol heading for an important meeting, when some middle school kids spotted him and wanted to get their picture taken with him.  An aide told him not to stop because he had to make the really important meeting, so they tried to just walk around the kids. However, he said, the kids decided to surround him. He explained that he couldn’t stop because of the important meeting. One little girl said, “But we voted for you.”

“You did?”

“Yes, it was just a straw poll, but you won.”

“She got her picture.”

Now why did he tell that story?  (Analysis warning!) Was it because he wanted to reenforce what Muscogee County Rep. Richard Smith said in his introduction?  Richard- I can call him Richard because we are old friends, not close, but old – said this about Deal, “He is a good man.”  Remember, you heard it here first!

You’ll probably read in the paper or hear on TV what he said about the water wars.  But, just in case you don’t,  he was happy that three federal judges threw out a lower court ruling that  Atlanta had to stop slurping up million and millions of gallons of water from Lake Lanier so the oysters at Apalachicola can stay happy, and Alabama can keep its nuclear power plant  buzzing.  But will you hear what  he said about  Columbus’ white  water theme park?  You really shouldn’t, because what he said didn’t amount to a hill of beans.  He said it will help the city economically. Who hasn’t  said that? Well, come to think of it, seems like I read in the Ledger-Enquirer’s Sound Off thing a comment by some spoil-sport who said there is no guarantee it will make money, only that it will  cost a lot..

The governor said the state has some good schools, and some really bad ones, and we need more really good ones.  Can’t argue with that.  He pointed out that the state actually increased the education budget, but, certainly, one could reason, not enough since, answering a question from the audience, he said more teachers will have to be furloughed, though not by the  state, because the state doesn’t furlough teachers. He gives the local schools systems credit for that.

You’ll probably  get some of that in the mainstream media.  But will you learn that Columbus Rotary’s new president, Rev. Jimmy Elder, who is also pastor of the First Baptist Church, said that Governor Deal “is a courageous man” because he took question from the audience. He said he would never do that after a sermon. You have to go to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to witness that event.  Yes, it does happen often there. He didn’t say those last  two sentences. I did.

That’s all I can think of now about things you probably won’t hear or read in the mainstream media, though you might.  Just remember, you read it here.

Columbus Remains a Democratic Party Majority City

November 3, 2010


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.

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.

Barnes Rally in Columbus is Upbeat Despite Polls

October 27, 2010

Retired Columbus state Rep. Tom Buck III greets Gov. Barnes at Columbus Tech rally as Columbus attorney Ken Henson looks on.


  I was impressed with former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes appearance at Columbus Tech this afternoon.  Given the polls that show him losing to Nathan Deal by up to ten percent (the most recent poll, one taken for WSB-TV, shows the Deal lead down to 6 percent now)  and rigors of a statewide campaign at  his age, I expected him to look haggard. He looked, to me, better than when he first started running.  That’s good for him because he just might have to continue campaigning after Tuesday. There is a distinct chance that he and Nathan Deal will end up in a runoff,  thanks to Libertarian candidate John Monds.

During his Columbus rally he again presented his plans for creating  jobs, doing the things it takes to attract more industry to Georgia by improving

Columbus state Rep. Calvin Smyre introduces Gov. Barnes at Columbus Tech rally

education, transportation, and water problems, and his ideas sounded sound and plausible to me. But it appears those issues may not determine the outcome of the election.  According the Emory University Political Science professor Merle Black  his problem lies with the fact that white Georgia voters don’t like President Obama.  Polls show that only 24 percent of white Georgia voters approve of President Obama, and that the white approval rate for Barnes is 25 percent. Black says a statewide race cannot be won without a better showing than that among white voters.  Who knows, maybe he’ll win over some of those white voters by next Tuesday.   

Democratic Party candidate for governor Roy Barnes addresses supporters at Columbus Tech rally



October 25, 2010
With only a few days before the 2010 election, the candidates are moving around the state now. 

Nathan Deal’s bus comes into town this afternoon. The Republican candidate for governor will rally at 3:30 at the band shell in Lakebottom Park.  After that, there will be  a reception at 4:30 at the Convention and Trade Center.

Mrs. Barnes, former governor Roy Barnes, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington, April 29, Columbus Airport

  Democratic Party candidate for governor Roy Barnes comes to Columbus tomorrow for a  rally at 5:30 p.m. at the new Health Sciences building–the Wright Building–on the Columbus Tech campus. To get to this building, use the entrance on River Road just north of Manchester Expressway.

Can Roy Barnes Win Back Georgia Teachers?

August 17, 2010

For former Governor Roy Barnes to be elected governor again, he is going to have to have the  support of Georgia’s public school  teachers.  You’ll probably remember that he lost those teachers and lost his reelection bid.  The teachers were enraged by his education plan that put the onus of improving student performance on their backs, and I hear that a lot of them are still mad about it. 

Former Governor Roy Barnes, Mrs. Barnes, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington at Barne's Columbus Airport appearance during primary campaign

But, what is their alternative?  Public education’s budget in Georgia has been slashed about 3 billion dollars by the Republican controlled legislature and Governor Perdue.  What do you think?  Can Barnes get the teacher vote?


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 and selecting the link “Make Reservations for Private Reception.”


August 9, 2010

Roy Barnes.


August 3, 2010

So you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to decide on who to vote for in the runoff to decide which Republican  gets to run against Democrat Roy Barnes for governor of Georgia.  Well, here’s a short, concise, incisive, succinct, humorless comparison of the two. 

Karen Handel and Nathan Deal comparisons:

 Education: Handel doesn’t have a college degree.  Deal does. (Mercer University and Walter F. George School of Law)

 Military: Deal is an Army veteran. Handel was not in the military. 

 Worked in the White House: Deal hasn’t. Handel worked in the Bush-Quayle White House. She ended up as Deputy Chief of Staff to Marilyn Quayle.

 Improving public education in Georgia. Handel is for it. She emphasizes classroom technology and basing teacher pay on performance. Deal’s for it, too, pointing out that  his parents and his wife were public school educators. He’s for more public education choice.   

 Acceptance of federal Race to the Top education dollars:  Handel says yes. Deal says no.

 Families:  Both have spouses. Handel has no children. Deal has children and grandchildren.

 Abortion: Handel is against, except for rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. Deal is against, except if the mother’s life is in danger. They’ve been talking about this a lot. Some say it’s because this is the only issue on which they disagree very much. Some are also saying they need to be talking less about it and more about water, transportation, education, and jobs.

 Water and Transportation: Who knows?  Just kidding. Both are for water and transportation.

 Jobs: Deal says tax and regulatory relief will create more jobs. Handel says long-term solutions in education, tax and regulatory policy, transportation, water and health care are the way to create more jobs.

 National endorsements: Handel has Sara’s. Deal has Newt’s. (Sara’s coming back on the day before the runoff to again give her blessing to Handel, which means she’ll probably win the runoff. Haven’t heard about Newt’s plans yet.)  

 Gender: Handel is a woman, Deal is not.  (More women are registered to vote than men, which is why Handel will probably win the runoff.)

 Ethics: Handel is not being investigated for ethics violations. Former Congressman Deal faced an ethics violation investigation when he left Congress to run for governor.

 Taxes: Handel hates them. Deal hates them. Surprise, surprise!

  Legislative experience: Deal has some.

 Georgia Secretary of State experience: Handel has some.

 Does experience matter? Those for the status quo care. Those who think the status quo stinks also care.  I guess it matters one way or the other.

 I may have left out a few things, but you can get much more information about both by going to their websites. Just click Nathan Deal and Karen Handel.