Posts Tagged ‘runoff’


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.


Chair of U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Comes to Columbus

November 25, 2008

  It’s only a few days before voters go to the polls to decide an election that is being watched by the nation, and the parade of political celebrities continues in the state when Congressman Bennie Thompson,  chair of the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House comes to Columbus to campaign for Jim Martin, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Rep. Thompson will be joined by 2nd District U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop for an appearance at Democratic Campaign Headquarters on Macon Road at 5:15 p.m. , Tuesday, November 25.

Rep. Dennis Thompson, (Dem) Mississippi, Chair, U.S. Homeland Security Committee (Official photo)

Rep. Dennis Thompson, (Dem) Mississippi, Chair, U.S. Homeland Security Committee (Official photo)

  Former Vice President Al Gore came to Atlanta Sunday to campaign for Martin. According to the Atlanta Hournal-Constitution he said of Chambliss, “It’s time for him to go. The Bush-Cheney-Chambliss philosophy has been tried and has not only found out to be wanting, it has been found out to be a catastrophe.” Before Gore, Former President Bill Clinton came to Atlanta to add his support for Martin.

  Sen. John McCain has also been in Georgia campaigning for Chambliss, and President-elect Obama made a radio commercial that is being played on Atlanta stations asking for Georgians to return to the polls Tuesday to support Martin.

Mitt Romney website)

Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Mass. (Courtesy: Mitt Romney website)

  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was in Atlanta Friday campaigning for Sen. Chambliss, urging Georgians to keep the two-party system alive in Washington by sending Chambliss back again. If Chambliss loses in Georgia and Sen. Norm Coleman loses in Minnesota, where votes are still being recounted, Democrats will have a 60-vote filibuster proof Senate.  That’s why the stakes are so high next Tuesday when Georgians decide the runoff election between Martin and Chambliss.