Posts Tagged ‘Election’

And YES it is!

March 18, 2015

I told Muscogeee County School District Superintendent Dr. David Lewis after today’s Rotary Club of Columbus meeting, “You did it!” He smiled and said, “We did it.” 

He’s right, and I’m proud  of Columbus’ once again showing it supports its children and public education by approving the latest SPLOST.

And to those who voted “no,” I know that doesn’t mean you don’t support our children and their teachers. I hope you’ll accept that the majority has spoken. Now let’s pull together to make our school district as good as it can be.

 

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The Impossible Political Dream?

November 7, 2012

 

Courtesy: U.S. Government

Senator Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader in the Senate, can now focus on something other than making sure that President Obama is a one-term president. That issue has been settled. He can start making reasonable compromises with the president and Democrats in the Senate to do what is best for all Americans.   He puts the burden on the president, telling the Louisville Courier- Journal, ” To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we’ll be there to meet him half way.” That offers some hope.

Speaking of hope, let’s hope that more senators, Republicans and Democrats, turn more toward statesmanship, and less toward vindictive partisan politics.

Let’s hope it is not futile to think that reasonable  compromise can also become  the new norm in the  House, too.  It’s time to put the nation first, not the  party.

This may be too much to hope for, but if it doesn’t happen,  this country faces even tougher times.  The fiscal crisis cannot be solved without both spending cuts and increased revenue. The trick is to make sure those spending cuts don’t put more of a burden on Americans who need help right now, and to increase revenues without putting more of a tax burden on the middle class.  Taking more money from the middle class means it has less to spend.  Our economy is consumer driven, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what will happen if middle-class consumers have fewer dollars to spend.

You Meet the Most Interesting People in a Voting Line

October 29, 2012

When I went in to early vote at the North Highland Assembly of God, which is no where near North Highland,  there was a fairly long line that kept getting longer while I was there.  The efficiency of the poll workers, however, impressively kept the line moving, and I would say it only took me 20 minutes to vote.

The thing that stood out in the “vote here” sign was the “voter I.D. required” line.  It made  me reflect on how, between 2006 and 2010, the I. D. law  failed if it had been designed to discourage minority voters.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, “Turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.

“On the other hand, Georgia’s top elections official could not point to a single case of ballot fraud the voter ID law had prevented.”

Backers of the law said it was needed to prevent voter fraud. Some people believe that was the real reason.  Some don’t. Judges ruling on the Georgia law believe that claim, but judges ruling on the South Carolina and Texas law don’t.

The man who stood in front of me was a Hispanic-American, a well-educated, friendly fellow who has served for fifty years as an interpreter at WHINSEC, formerly known as the School of the Americas. I would assume that he can vote for president twice if  he wants to, once for the President of the United States and once for the President of Panama. He holds joint citizenship.  You meet the most interesting people in a voting line.  It make the time pass faster, and that’s good.

60 Minutes Does it Again

September 24, 2012

I have been watching 60 Minutes since the first program aired in 1968.  It is heartening to see that it remains so effective after all of these years.  Tonight’s interviews with President Obama and Governor Romney gave me the best insight into these two candidates for President so far, especially in the case of Governor Romney.  After observing the president for almost four years, I feel that I know him pretty well, but I didn’t feel that I knew his challenger.  I feel I do know him better now. 

Who will win? If the election were held today, I think the president would keep his job. Anything can happen between now and November 6th.  The debates could make the difference. We’ll get a better idea about that in ten days when the first one will be held. 

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.        

 

 

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.

Republican Heavy-Hitters Hit Town

October 25, 2010

Sen. Isakson finishes his talk and welcomes Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal to the podium at Lakebottom Park in Columbus

Just about all of Georgia’s Republican heavy-hitter candidates rolled into Columbus on a campaign bus this afternoon for a rally in the band shell at Lakebottom Park.  From there they went to a fund-raising reception at the Convention and Trade Center.

Nathan DealU.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, 3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland,  gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, and 2nd Congressional District candidate Mike Keown all took their turn at the microphone, but the message was pretty much the same: the big issue is jobs and they want the chance to help provide more. How? Same way that Republicans have been espousing all along,  low taxes and fewer regulations, though Sen. Isakson did allow that regulations were all right to “level the playing field,” but not to “determine the outcome of the game.”  

3rd U.S. District Rep. Lynn Westmorland

Will lower, or at least no new taxes, and fewer regulations provide more jobs?  They want to continue the Bush tax cuts, not just for the middle class but for the upper class, too.  Well, the Bush tax cuts were still in place when the jobless rate zoomed upward toward the end of the Bush administration. 

Last quarter saw big profits for America’s big corporations.  That did not translate into a lot of new jobs.   Fewer employees lead to higher profits.  So what makes Republicans think more jobs will be provided by lower taxes? Lower taxes on the middle class make some sense since the middle class drives consumerism, which is what our economy depends upon.  You don’t sell millions of hamburgers and cars to the wealthy. There just aren’t that many of them.   

DEAL TODAY, BARNES TOMORROW

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.

Constitutional Amendments May Not be What they Seem on the Ballot

October 14, 2010

 If most voters are like me, they don’t pay much attention to constitutional amendments until they see them on their ballot when they vote.  I am learning that is really a bad idea because of how those amendments are characterized. Columbus attorney and former state legislator Milton Jones explains, using Amendment 1 as an example.

By Milton Jones

I recommend and ask that you vote NO on the proposed Constitutional Amendment One that is on the ballot for the General Election November 2.
 
Georgia has a sordid track record of misleading voters about the real effect of constitutional amendments.  This is another bad example.
 
This particular amendment relates to “covenants not to compete” often put in to employment contracts.  The amendment is pushed by big business interests.   It is contrary to the best interests of employees – particularly skilled employees such as engineers, computer specialists, medical employees, and salespeople.
 
The existing Georgia law is not “broke”; there is nothing that needs “fixing”.  This proposed amendment seriously over-reaches, in favor of large employers.
 
Here’s what you will see on your ballot:  “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to make Georgia more economically competitive by authorizing legislation to uphold reasonable competitive agreements?”  That is deliberately misleading.  At the very least, reasonable folks may totally disagree about whether this amendment makes Georgia “more economically competitive or not.  I know of no evidence that it would do so.
 
It appears to me the result of this amendment, if passed, will be to make Georgia less competitive, not more, because it will shackle employees to businesses, and strangle the present rights of employees to go out and work for competitors or start new competing businesses.  Voters who are employees of any kind, be they doctors, news people, engineers, mechanics or salespeople should rise up and vote “No” to this radical change to our state constitution.

Employers can already impose these non-compete agreements, as long as the restrictions on a former employer are reasonable and limited.  If this proposal passes, however, judges will be allowed to edit non-compete contracts that contain overreaching restrictions.  This innocent-sounding change totally tilts the table on non-competes to favor employers-encouraging them to write their agreements overly broadly.  If the new law passes, the worst that can happen to an employer who purposefully puts overly broad restrictions in his non-compete agreements is that, at some distant time in the future, a judge may make the employer use more reasonable restrictions.  In the meantime, employers can make employees sign these overly broad non-compete agreements or get fired, and then fire them anyway.  Employees, who rarely have the money, would then have to hire lawyers to fight the agreement. Most can’t afford that. 

Result:  doctors, engineers, sales persons and others typically targeted with non-competes become wrongly locked into jobs, and our courts become activist, contract re-writing scribes.

Voters should vote “No” to Amendment One.  Vote “No” to proposals that make it harder to find jobs.  Vote “No” to deceptively worded ballot proposals.  Vote to make Georgia more competitive and defeat this gouging by big business.

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.”