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Libertarian Senate candidate Amanda Swafford: Get rid of all federal taxes

  • 3:35 pm Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Here’s a missive from our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos in Marietta:

In the race for U.S. Senate, both Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue have said they would push for tax reform, including a reduction of the federal corporate tax rate to make American companies more competitive globally.

Libertarian Amanda Swafford agrees with her traditional party opponents, but with a twist – she wants to eliminate the corporate tax altogether. Oh, and go ahead and throw out income, sales and estate taxes as well.

“If we bring that rate down to zero, it makes the United States the most competitive country in [More]

Ted Cruz on Democratic ticket: It’s like ‘That ’70s Show’

  • 10:50 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

More GOP cavalry arrived in Georgia today as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stumped with David Perdue and Gov. Nathan Deal in Canton, invoking memories of long gas lines and stagflation as he attacked their Democratic rivals.

“Here in Georgia, we’ve got on the ballot Jimmy Carter and Sam Nunn,” he said. “It’s like ‘That 70’s Show.’”

The Texas firebrand echoed Perdue’s talking points by saying that an election of Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee, equals a stamp of approval for President Barack Obama’s agenda. Republicans need a net gain of six Senate seats to take control of the chamber, and Cruz urged [More]

At Young Harris College, a tale of three Democratic women

  • 9:00 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Contradictions abounded in one particular north Georgia valley last Thursday.

Ostensibly, the gathering on the leafy campus of Young Harris College was strictly non-political – the dedication of a new $41 million building and, within it, the Zell and Shirley Miller Library.

But the audience was stocked with multiple generations of Georgians who live and breathe electoral politics. Three of every five in the crowd could tell you the point spreads in the latest polls for U.S. Senate and governor. Four of five could tell you why the polls are wrong.

The top draws for the afternoon were both [More]

At campaign event, Nathan Deal previews jobs annoucement

  • 12:01 am Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

The Georgia GOP kicked off the separate statewide bus tours for Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Senate hopeful David Perdue Friday night at the Cobb GOP headquarters in Marietta with a packed house and an all-star cast.

Deal mounted an extended defense of his economic team took the opportunity to tout a timely Monday announcement of 650 new jobs, which by his count would make 1,800 new Georgia jobs in two weeks.

“All of that doesn’t just happen,” Deal said. “It means we have to have people who are working together.”

Approached after the event, Deal offered no further details about the economic [More]

GOP pollster: Early voting among African-Americans outpacing 2010

  • 8:19 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Mark Rountree, the Republican-oriented pollster behind Landmark Communications, sends word this evening that early voting among African-Americans in Georgia is outpacing 2010, a legitimate reason for GOP worry.

According to Rountree, who was behind today’s poll released by Channel 2 Action News, noted that, of the 307,703 voters who have cast early ballots, 30 percent are African-American. Sixty-six percent are white.

In 2010, at the same time – when the early voting period was significantly larger – 26 percent of the 253,999 who had voted were African-American. Seventy-two percent were white.

Take a look at his calculations here.

Rountree says that Secretary [More]

About that David Perdue video: ‘Torso’ was actually an insulin pump

  • 4:11 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

From spokeswoman Megan Whittemore:

“David was asked to sign an individual’s diabetic pump to help raise awareness for juvenile diabetes. This was a Georgia family who shared their personal story of their struggle with ObamaCare and the rising health care costs associated with their daughter’s treatment which is not being covered by their insurance.”

To the right is a photo of the pump. Here is what the Allen family had to say:

“This video is extremely disrespectful to our family and our young daughter’s privacy. We were shocked when we discovered this being taken out of context because our daughter requested to have [More]

David Perdue gets a Rand Paul endorsement

  • 3:09 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Here’s a campaign trail dispatch from our AJC colleague Nicholas Fouriezos:

MCDONOUGH — Officially, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s purpose for visiting Henry County was to vaunt David Perdue in his effort against Democrat Michelle Nunn to join Paul in the legislature’s upper chamber. The Kentucky Republican played that part admirably Friday, trumpeting Perdue’s business record while drawing comparisons to his own medical career outside of politics.

“I have a good job and skills and I can go back to it any time I want, so I’m unafraid to do what’s right and I think David will be the same,” Paul said. “We’ve [More]

Jack Kingston backs David Perdue in $1.3 million Super PAC ad campaign

  • 2:46 pm Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund has thrown down $1.3 million for a closing television ad campaign featuring Republican David Perdue’s vanquished runoff foe, Rep. Jack Kingston.

Kingston speaks direct to camera touting Perdue’s qualities and once again tying Democrat Michelle Nunn to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Alas, there is no sighting of Kingston’s Roadmaster.

Ending Spending’s Brian Baker said the ad will run statewide, with a heavy emphasis on Kingston’s South Georgia territory — including the Tallahassee and Jacksonville markets. The investment means Ending Spending will spend more than $5 million on Georgia’s Senate race this year.

Here’s [More]

Exclusive AJC poll: Nathan Deal opens small lead, Senate race in virtual tie

  • 11:35 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Gov. Nathan Deal opening up a small lead over Democrat Jason Carter , while fellow Republican David Perdue has an advantage within the margin of error over Democrat Michelle Nunn in the U.S. Senate race.

The poll, conducted by Abt SRBI of New York of 1,170 Georgians from Oct. 16-23, shows no candidate in Georgia’s top two races approaching 50 percent of likely voters. With Libertarian candidates pulling away a small but significant chunk of voters, runoffs loom for both races. The toplines:

For governor:

– Deal, 46 percent;

– Carter, 41 percent;

– Libertarian Andrew Hunt, 5 percent;

For U.S. Senate:


The first of three Friday polls: CNN says Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter leading races

  • 9:08 am Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

This weekend will be awash in polls. An AJC-sponsored survey will be out this morning, as will a separate on from Channel 2 Action News. But we’ll start with a new CNN poll conducted with live callers — a rarity in Georgia this year — that shows the top-ticket Democrats with small leads within the margin of error. – Democrat Michelle Nunn: 47 percent;

– Republican David Perdue: 44 percent;

– Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 5 percent;

For governor:

– Democrat Jason Carter: 48 percent;

– Republican Gov. Nathan Deal: 46 percent;

– Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6 percent;

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be draw for [More]