Posted: 5:34 pm Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Michelle Nunn’s centrist listicle: Five ways to fix Washington 

By Greg Bluestein

Athens – Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is pursuing a down-the-middle approach to reach independent voters who would otherwise blanch at voting for a Democrat. And the list of legislative proposals she unveiled here today speaks volumes about that approach.

As if inspired by Buzzfeed, the former nonprofit executive unfurled her “five ideas to make washington work for Georgia again.” They are, for the most part, not controversial and nonpartisan. In other words, perfect for a candidate who already is preparing for a tough November contest against a well-financed GOP opponent.

“It’s a starting point to making Congress work again for Georgians and across the nation,” she told a crowd of at least 50 volunteers in a cramped room at the student center. “This campaign will be decided upon by the participation of citizens, and I hope you’ll come to us with your creative ideas.”

Her pitches include a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists, a bid to block lawmakers from getting paid if Congress fails to adopt a budget, a fiscal note for every proposal, new campaign finance disclosure requirements and a pledge to meet with every senator her first year.

It’s campaign stump material as she nears a May 20 primary against several fellow Democratic rivals. But it also lays the groundwork for her centrist appeal for “collaboration, problem solving and getting things done.”

Most of these ideas have floated around Capitol Hill before to no avail. Sens. Jon Tester and Michael Bennet pushed the lobbyist ban in 2012 and the Senate has passed a version of the “No Budget, No Pay” proposal. Requiring a price tag for every bill is a perennial push by transparency advocates in Washington.

Nunn, though, urged her supporters not to be tempered by the past.

“I know we have in this room the kind of optimism and idealism and creativity that we need to unleash across the nation.”

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36 comments
Florestan
Florestan

It's about winning in November and working for America in Washington. Let's leave faith-based government to the Mullahs and make our system work again.

Debra Poss
Debra Poss

I, too, wonder why Candidate Nunn is running as a Democrat, and not as a Republican (after all, the Republican Part could really use a  "Centrist").  I also agree that while Candidate Nunn is attempting to unify both parties, that she is actually dividing the Democratic base, as well as seeming to skip the Democratic Primary and head right into the November General Election.


I view the Democratic Primary as an election to view, closely, the Democratic candidates, and to embrace Democratic values, not to "anoint" and to push through a "Republicrat,  quickly, before most Democrats realize what is happening.


A REAL DEMOCRAT, by the name of Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki" , a psychiatrist with an MBA in Finance, is also running for U. S. Senate in Georgia.  Unlike Candidate Nunn, Dr. Rad takes solid stands on issues that people care about, such as Health Care, Education, Immigration and Safety; and fully advocates for "Opportunity Creation"; including raising the minimum wage.  Dr. Rad cares about ordinary people who are struggling due to unemployment, lack of access to health care, etc.. 


The Democratic Primary is for Democrats.  To Georgia Democrats, I ask  if you wish to support a Moderate Republican running as a Democrat, or if you wish to support a Real Democrat.  If the latter, I hope you will consider Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki in the Georgia U. S. Senate Democratic Primary on May 20th, because Dr. Rad cares!!  www.Dr.RadForSenate.com

Stacey Hopkins
Stacey Hopkins

Here's the thing, if I decide to run for public office, I'm taking on the role as a leader. While soliciting ideas from your supporters and constituents is part of the job, on the flip side, I expect those who step up to take on positions such as U.S. Senate to have some ideas and tell me what direction or vision for Georgia THEY have. 

We all want to see Congress move and the current state of D.C. has taken decades to bring us to where we currently are and admittedly, it is a problem. However, I don't see that changing anytime soon with the election of Ms. Nunn to the Senate and certainly doesn't do much help for me or those in my community who are facing such issues as the lack of jobs or economic development, the erosion of education in Georgia and the foreclosure crisis.

Honestly, I think she's in the wrong primary, as I see her campaign more tailored to appeal to conservative voters. You can't win with a split base, Ms. Nunn has done more to divide us at a time where unity is needed the most. So, if you can't unify your base in Georgia, how are you going to be able to be the 'come together' candidate in D.C.? How many terms will that take?

In May, I'm sticking with the Democrat who isn't afraid to be one, Dr. Rad. I don't have to wonder or hope I'm getting a Democrat with him.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Ms. Nunn knows if she can play both ends against the middle she has a chance slim that it is so just don't say anything in public to piss off the State Democrats or other Liberals that support her and try to appear to be a moderate all the time knowing that Harry Reid calls the shots in the Senate and she either will vote the way he tells her or not vote at all if she wants to keep her job.

Bernie31
Bernie31

My advice to Michelle as she begins this Journey into Politics. Always let Wisdom and Understanding be your guide. Do not be afraid to be BOLD and DARING. Do not be afraid to Shake-up the APPLE CART. From time to time a Shake-up is needed, like NOW!

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

Regardless of the Nunn name, which means little in Georgia anymore, Michelle will find it virtually impossible to distance herself from the Democrat party, one that has higher taxes, gun control, abortion on demand and same-sex marriage as part of its national platform. These issues won't fly outside the Atlanta perimeter where the AJC has little, if any influence.


postcub
postcub

First of all she has a "D" next to her name...   No redneck has time for that


Besides her last name being some what famous to an old time "D" senator that no one remembers..  no one knows who she is...


Paul Brown has billboards all over north GA, even outside his district.   Chattanooga, Cedartown, Milledgeville..  Yeah the same Paul Brown that believes the earth is only 6000 years old.. doesnt believe in evolution and who is a doctor.   If he can win the Republican ticket..  Ms Nunn here has NO chance...


If she is trying to see if she can close the gap with Republicans...  ( know full well she is not going to win ) maybe it will be an interesting to see how the numbers shake out.


Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Let her speak.  Give her a chance.  So far, there is no other candidate with any ideas other than block everything.  We don't need that.  Michelle needs to address the Medicaid Expansion for Georgia, Medicare and Social Security, revision of the tax code, Middle East Policy including Iran and Israel, gun control, food stamp and unemployment insurance, etc.  The 5 points listed here are obviously slow pitched soft balls.  I understand that the current goal is to introduce the candidate and avoid tossing red meat to the snarling wolves, but Ms. Nunn will eventually need to address the issues. 

TheCentrist
TheCentrist

Unfortunately, the so-called Centrist, who has right leaning remarks started using a modified version of  my label and the AJC gives me a code name every now and then.


1.  How much of the deficit and debt was caused by cutting taxes?   If you have a household income reduced below your fixed costs?

2.  Which candidate ran in 2000 saying that there should be a social security lockbox...Gore or Bush?

3.  How much of the US debt is attributed to 13-years of war?

4.  How much of government spending is associated with Homeland Security and implementing TSA?

5.  How much of the debt and spending is associated with uncontrolled healthcare costs as an impact on medicare and medicaid?

6. How much of the deficit and debt is associated with uncontrolled spending on the military industrial complex, when there was suppose to have been a peace dividend?

7. How much of the D/D is associated with the no-rules stimulus package of 2008

8.  How much of the D/D is associated with the war on drugs

9. How much of the D/D is associated with underfunding natural and environmental disasters?

10. How much of the d/D is associated with privatizing the industrial prison complex and so-called terrorist encampments?


Have at it fake Centrist...Good night...

Calel
Calel

My questions to her would be how do you plan to execute these ideas as a freshman senator?

Where--if any--differences can we see between you and Harry Reid?

Would you agree to vote for a bill that prevents ANY president or Congress from bailing out insurance companies for their losses in reference to the ACA?

Did you vote for Barack Obama? Why or why not?

If you had the power, how many lanes of 400 or the downtown connector would you close down to piss of Kasim Reed if he doesn't endorse you?

EdGraham
EdGraham

Ms. Nunn's sole qualification for the Senate is her DNA.

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

Michelle has some good ideas but unfortunately her party will go along with none of them. She'll just vote the way Harry Reid and other career politicians will instruct her to.

palepadre
palepadre

As I've said many times,if democrats despise rich republicans,they should limit their own wealth.

Trouble is,they like, all that money can buy. Then they feel guilty and lash out. Just like a man that beats his wife and then says,"See what YOU made me do.!"

cmac22
cmac22

There is only 1 way.  Get all the government employees, put them under that big dome up there, lock the doors & BLOW THE DAMN THING UP!!!!   The next group that goes there to govern will then be motivated to do so!

EdUktr
EdUktr

If elected, Michelle Nunn will vote EXACTLY as Harry Reid instructs her to vote on major issues before the U.S. Senate. 


Surely no Georgian can be fooled into thinking otherwise.

SaveAmericaFromItself
SaveAmericaFromItself

(1) TERM LIMITS for congress (12 years), senate (12 years)  and supreme court (15 years). No more career politicians in Washington !

(2) Balanced Budget Amendment. Most states have it. The Federal government needs it.

(3) American English as the official language. That means all taxpayer - funded forms and signage will be in American English.

(4) No individual or organization can donate more than $500 to any campaign, per year.

BuzzG
BuzzG

It was primarily the Democratic Party of America that ran the country $17.3 trillion in the red, raided the Social Security Trust Fund, and ruined our health care.  Anyone who thinks Mz. Nunn or any other Democratic will be our salvation, is not paying attention.  In order to get Washington to sit up and listen, we the citizens of Georgia need our own version of Ted Cruz.  Someone outside Washington's good ole boy (or girl) network.  Someone with the strength to speak truth to power.  In a word, we need Paul Broun. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

Yes Michelle Someone Down there NEEDS to get Creative and Do it Quickly.

You would be WISE to Forget a futile attempt TO FIX Washington. That Cesspool is to far gone for such Attempts. We ALL would Do Better by having one Big Flush and starting the election process over for every Congressional SEAT.

Here is a List of Five as a suggestion for a more VOTER excited list of GOALS.

1. Congressional term Limits (3) Terms per Congressional SEAT. No More Future Congressional

  Retirees!

2. Real Campaign Finance reform to get the Billionaires Cash out of the election process.

3. Continue work on fine Tuning Obamacare to make it work better on behalf of the  

   American  People.

4. Restore all Medicaid and Food stamp CUTS. Because OUR POOR and Needy have not  

    YET Fully recovered from the economic downturn.


5. End the War in AFGHANISTAN -  (2) Two Million Dollars a Week for (12) Twelve Years is  enough, Don't You think so?  The American People think its PAST time to Leave. Lets Get'er  DONE!


When comparing MY (5) Five to Yours...Mine will spark more of a Unified Democratic Front and Support on Both sides that will Provide You with a Substantial WIN over the others.


The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Sounds good, and I hope the Republican candidates adopt the same.


Speaking of Republican candidates - you wouldn't know they have any positive stances since they only get attacked here on this Democratic party blog.


Fake left wing "Centrist" poster below copying my similar screen name - notice the slight difference.  That says a LOT about him.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Michelle 2014 - the right choice for Georgia, and America.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

@postcub I trust you're sending Dr Broun some of your cash, cub - he's your guy - you should definitely nominate him....

Stacey Hopkins
Stacey Hopkins

@Ralph-43 Some of us would love to hear her speak, particularly those who are a part of the Democratic base whom I'm assuming she wants the votes of.


There's 125 days before the primaries. Tick, tock...

GDavidR
GDavidR

@Ralph-43"No other candidate"? If you want those issues addressed, see Dr. Radulovacki (Dr. Rad), a Democratic candidate who is engaging voters with everything that they want to know from a serious candidate: http://drradforsenate.com/.

Bondox
Bondox

@Ralph-43 Ralph, Dr. Branko Radulovacki has stated positions; he has been cris-crossing the state (outside of Atlanta!!); he shows up for candidate debates, he is approachable, direct and very clear about his Democratic values.  Please check him out.  I am very unhappy that Michelle Nunn chose to undercut the ACA at a crucial time.  The tea party won't be impressed and she has alienated me.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

@palepadre Nice use of the straw man concept, there buddy.  No one hates rich Republicans.  (But they hate the little people like you of course...)

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@SaveAmericaFromItself

If only SAFI.  There's no way on God's green earth that any Democrat OR REPUBLICAN would ever vote for any one of those ideas.

Calel
Calel

No matter what term limits you implement, it won't matter. With the right Congress, any president can screw this country in just two years (see 2009 - 2011).

Balance budget sounds great, and I'd agree with that. However, to "balance" the federal budget at the current rate of spending, federal taxes would have to be raised. If not, good luck on spending cuts--ain't gonna happen. Our politicians want THAT man's spending cut, not their own. And to a certain extent, we are to blame for that.

I like the language idea, but you'll still have to "press 1" for English! My parents aren't from this country, and it angers MANY immigrants to see the lengths this country goes to make Spanish-speaking residents feel at home. Voting ballots must be given to voters in the language they speak. But if you don't speak English, how do you know what the candidate stands for? I'd love to see a politician say we can create a "status" for illegals allowing them to work, but they cannot vote. You'd then see what's REALLY important to some of the political class.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

@BuzzG Oh please yes - Paul 'pit of hell' Broun is the guy you need to nominate.  Send him your cash...

Bernie31
Bernie31

@BuzzG - The River of Red, LEFT Behind W. and his many MISADVENTURES of FOLLY is just our Imagination.


uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@BuzzG -  My Drinking so Early.....Doctor/Congresseman Paul Broun is a LOSER that Georgia and America would do quite Well without.. 


Any Physician who wants to inflict as much pain on the Poor and Needy of America as Paul Broun deserves to be a member of AL QAEDA.


For both have the same GOAL...Inflict as much HARM and Pain on The American People as LONG and as Often as Possible.


No Doubt Paul Broun has achieved his GOAL as a Georgia Republican Congressman who Now desires to be its Junior Senator.



I Do Not THINK SO!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31B31!:  As my Irish (from Co. Galway) mother would say, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!"  I cannot believe that I actually AGREE with you on1, 2, 3, and 5 and #4 is too much of a mess to do anything with.  when the scamming of that system is controlled, THEN fix Medicaid and the FS Program.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan@Bernie31 #4 is the most important of ALL. For this one deals with OUR Fellow Countrymen and Citizens. Surely You supported the (2) Two million Dollars massive spending each week in Afghanistan for the past (12) Twelve years?


My Question for You is When are YOU going to SUPPORT your Fellow Americans? especially the Poor & Needy! These recipents of these programs are Children, Seniors,Disabled,Mentally handicapped, Veterans and Mothers of the Children. These (6) Groups by far make up the largest group of Americans that rely on Medicaid, Welfare and Foodstamps.


The Overwhelming Number of these recipients are WHITE like YOU!

 So what is Your Problem? How could you possibly in Good Faith and conscious would DENY any member of this specific Group of Americans?


Surely You would consider Yourself as a God Fearing Family Values Christian.


If Jesus were here to answer ,He would say to DENY the Care of The Poor and Needy proves you are NOT a TRUE worshiper and supporter of his LAWS and principles. He would then state you are most likely a follower and supporter of The Angel Of Light, the one who brings on untold Pain and suffering indiscriminately to all he encounters.


You are willing to spend a Trillion or more in WAR Cost 12,000 miles away in a foreign Land far from Home. But will scrimp and short Change your American neighbor. 

A very warm Place awaits YOUR Company...fer sure!


A Very Dark Place to Be.....


uh...huh

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@ NWGAL/ User/ copying my screen name - you hurt your left wing credibility using sockpuppet names and spoofing other screen names.

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