Posts Tagged ‘Karen Handel’

Barnes and Handel Almost Cross Paths at Columbus Airport

July 19, 2010

Karen Handel arrives at Columbus Airport

The general aviation terminal at Columbus Airport was a political stump today as candidates flew in to get day-before-election news coverage.  Two front-runners for governor, Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican Karen Handel almost crossed paths at the airport.  

Roy and Mrs. Barnes arrive at Columbus Airport

Republcian gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, with supporter Josh McKoon, who's running for GA Sen. Dist. 29

She arrived from Macon a little early, and he arrived from Albany a little late.  She wants to fix things economically by, for one thing,  relying less on income taxes and more on sales taxes.  He wants to raise billions by cutting out tax exemptions for special interests like insurance companies, saying schools need the money, that education is the key to Georgia’s future. 

Mrs. Barnes, Roy Barnes, and supporter, Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington

Whereas the question among pundits was “who will be in the runoff with John Oxindine?” it’s now who will be in the runoff with Karen Handel, who said the latest poll shows her ahead by 11 points.  On the Democratic side, the polls are showing a win without a runoff.  The two could be facing each other in November.

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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.

WILL THIS BE THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN IN GEORGIA POLITICS?

July 9, 2010

FOR REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, HANDEL IS GAINING ON OXENDINE AND, FOR DEMOCRATIC LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR,  PORTER HAS A 2 TO 1 LEAD OVER McCRACKEN, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST STATEWIDE POLL 

Karen Handel, Republican Primary Candidate for Governor

If the latest poll I just read is right, we could have women running for Georgia governor and lieutenant governor in the November General Election. The poll, which was taken Wednesday and Thursday of this week by SurveyUSA for 13WMAZ in Macon, and WXIA and V-103 in Atlanta, shows former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel gaining on front- runner Georgia Insurance Commissioner  John Oxendine.  If Handel gets into a runoff with Oxendine, and that appears likely, because, with the election only 11 days away, Oxendine is way short of winning without a runoff, and if she wins the runoff, she will be the Republican candidate for governor. 

Carol and DuBose Porter with their 4 sons

  And if Carol Porter wins the Democratic nomination – she is the front-runner and is running far ahead of Tricia Carpenter McCracken – she will be the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.  (Full disclosure: Carol is my first cousin once removed.)  Carol is the wife of DuBose Porter, minority leader of the Georgia House and candidate for governor.  If the poll results are accurate and they stay that way for the next 11 days, Carol could be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor and DuBose will not be the Democratic nominee for governor. The Poll shows former governor Roy Barnes winning the Democratic primary without a runoff. DuBose comes in third, after Attorney General Thurbert Baker, who is shown gaining on Barnes. Asked about the possibility that his wife could win and he could lose, he said he has been asked about that a lot, and he always answers that she will get his full support no matter how it turns out.  I don’t think we’ve ever had women running for governor and lieutenant governor in the same election in Georgia  before.  If both of them just get the female vote, they’ll win.  That’s right, according to the latest figures from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, slightly more women than men are registered to vote in Georgia.

DICK’S WORLD PODCAST: Will Your Vote be Counted?

October 19, 2008

  Time for me to do another podcast. I have to do one every now and then just to make sure I remember how.

  This one is about whether you can count on your vote being properly counted.

   You can listen by clicking  podcast.

     If you haven’t voted yet, I suggest you vote early. For one thing, the lines are going to be really long on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. 

In Columbus, Georgia, you can vote early at the following places:

– Now thru October 31 at the Elections Office, West Wing, Government Center: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm
      
October 27-31 at Four Locations:


Elections Office, Government Center, 100 Tenth Street: 8:30am – 4:30pm

 
Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road:  9:30am – 5:00pm


Frank D. Chester Recreation Center, 1441 Benning Drive:  10:00am – 6:00pm


Cunningham Center, Columbus State University, 3100 Gentian Blvd.: 8:30am – 4:30pm

  I would say, “See you at the polls,” but I won’t because I voted weeks ago at the Government Center.