Posted: 9:29 am Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Michelle Nunn carefully endorses a minimum wage hike 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

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Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn, left, joins Valerie Jackson, the widow of Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson, at a December reception. David Tulis / AJC Special

Over at myajc.com and on today’s front page,  we look at President Barack Obama’s predicted focus on income inequality in tonight’s State of the Union address, and how that might play for Georgia Democrats.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogContained in that piece, worth noting because of the caution she’s shown in picking sides on issues, is an endorsement of a minimum wage hike by Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate:

 “I support raising the minimum wage, but we need to do it in concert with business leaders to limit any unintended consequences,” she said at a recent appearance in Athens. “We need to ensure Georgia is a place of great opportunity so people can work their way out of poverty.”

She added: “I think the income inequality is an important set of issues, and it will be a part of one of the priorities I’m talking about: Jobs and the economy. Everyone knows jobs and employment are the best way to grow the economy.”

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Sitting close by first lady Michelle Obama this evening, during the president’s SOTU speech, will be Antoinette Tuff, the aptly named DeKalb County school bookkeeper who last year talked a would-be school shooter into surrendering to police.

Tuff became a national media sensation and has now written a book about the incident.

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The most interesting angle to come out of Monday’s gathering of the top GOP Senate hopefuls was the rift over legislation that would allow state and local governments to collect taxes from online sellers. Businessman David Perdue came out for it, the other contenders opposed it.

Surprisingly, left unmentioned – and unchallenged — by the candidates was U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s change of heart on the legislation. During the debate he said “we shouldn’t be raising taxes on anybody,” but the Athens Republican signed on to be a co-sponsor of similar legislation in July 2012.

At Monday’s forum, we saw Broun become a target of criticism over his gun giveaway. But expect his rivals to start throwing ever-sharper elbows his way as we edge closer to the May 20 primaries.

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Ten protesters, including state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, were arrested Monday in Gov. Nathan Deal’s office as part of a Moral Monday protest over Medicaid expansion, according to our AJC colleage Kristina Torres:

Afterwards, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson posted the following on his Twitter account, @LordTinsdale:

Tomorrow I’m going to sit in Vincent Fort’s office and demand to be arrested. Oh wait, I have to go to work.

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We’re picked up word this morning that former Athens state lawmaker Keith Heard was heard discussing a Democratic run for state insurance commissioner at the Georgia Muncipal Association convention on Monday. Heard just confirmed the same via telephone. “I’m considering very seriously about running,” said Heard, who left the House in 2012. By the time he ended his 20-year career in the Capitol, Heard was the ranking Democrat on the House Insurance Committee. Liz Johnson of Statesboro, also a Democrat, has already announced for the contest. Both are longtime insurance agents.

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Peach Pundit guru Charlie Harper is venturing deeper into the world of policy.

This morning his new PolicyBEST group, designed to promote “sound public policy based on free market principles,” is lining up with some of the same players that helped kill the 2012 transportation tax. The object: New infrastructure recommendations.

He’s joining an effort that includes tea party hot-shot Debbie Dooley and Sierra Club wonk Neill Herring, the two unlikely bedfellows who allied against TSPLOST.

Their pitch to the media on this wintry day: “Hell isn’t freezing over.”

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The dead tree and myajc.com account of Bob Barr’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon has the Barr camp distancing itself from some of Jones’ more outlandish ideas:

[Campaign manager] Derek Barr added that his father does not agree with Jones that Clinton murdered his enemies and that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job.

“Bob’s done interviews in a number of forums and doesn’t necessarily agree with all of his questioners’ opinions,” he said, “whether it’s Alex Jones or MSNBC.”

But on his Facebook page, GOP rival Ed Lindsey has posted the following:

Last week we learned that Bob Barr supported Eric Holder for Attorney General, writing: “It is with a great deal of professional pride and personal pleasure that I write you in strong support of the Honorable Eric Holder.” This week he proudly embraced the endorsement of a notorious conspiracy theorist who claims 9/11 was an inside job. Is there anything Bob won’t say or do to feed his political ambition?”

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Whatever happened to Georgia’s 2012 presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain? Aside from their media gigs, they’re selling their valuable email lists to vendors hawking erectile dysfunction meds or investment schemes.

The New Republic has a fun look at a new way to capitalize on a national campaign – spam. Your annoyance is a kind of penalty for their debts. At the end of September, Gingrich was still $4.6 million in debt from the ’12 campaign. Cain reported a shortfall of $450,000.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is decrying a federal “assault on the farming industry.” From the Athens Banner-Herald:

 “They’re coming into areas they’ve never been before,” Black said of the federal Food and Drug Administration, which issued a set of proposed rules last year and asked for public comment.

The new rules, authorized by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, are designed to protect consumers from microbial contamination. They would regulate the use of animal manure, water sanitation and other factors that could affect microbial contamination of fresh produce.

But if the FDA can begin regulating produce farms, they might also come to chicken farms, beef operations and other kinds of agricultural producers, said Black, a Republican.

53 comments
Debra Poss
Debra Poss

Candidate Nunn is approaching speaking out on the issues very cautiously, since her positions are cautious and often in conflict with core Democratic principles.  Also, Candidate Nunn was invited to participate in a debate at the Georgia Municipal Association Conference in Atlanta on Monday, but declined the invitation; leaving U. S. Senate Candidate  Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovachi, M.D., an exemplary psychiatrist with an MBA in Finance,  to speak on the floor for five minutes as the only Democratic U. S. Senate Candidate attending.


Dr. Rad boldly supports raising the minimum wage, claiming that Income Disparity is growing in the U. S., and the playing field needs to be leveled.  When it comes to the deficit, Dr. Rad differs, greatly, from Michelle Nunn, who wants to "pick up where Saxby Chambliss left off" regarding the budget deficit conversation.  Dr. Rad, however, reminds us that the deficit has been cut in half over the past four years, and believes that Democrats need to diverge from the perspective on the deficit which Dr. Rad interprets as being about cutting Social Security and Medicare, as well as sequestration cuts.  


U. S. Senate Candidate from Georgia, Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, M. D. is a real Democrat running on core Democratic values.  The Democratic Primary on May 20th will give Democrats in Georgia  a chance to vote their conscious and values, and to connect with Georgians on issues like raising the minimum wage, and ensuring that access to affordable health care is greatly expanded.   DrRadForSenate.com


anothercomment
anothercomment

The Dems have the best chance to pick up the insurance commissioner race. I believe a woman has the best chance after the insensitive comments Hudgins made about women and breast cancer. I don't see how any republican woman can in good conscious vote for him. They will vote for LiIz over Ralph and not see R or D. We need Ralph out.

It will be important to get the republican women's vote. Breast cancer hits home for women.

Susan G. Coleman is why republican women will not vote for Karen Handel. Women do not want to give up their right to choose or take their daughter to get abortion. Why do you not see 6-9 month pregnant girls whose parents make $75k and up. Because mom or a friend of moms has bought plan b or taken the girl down to 14th street. Most college educated women 40-55 either know someone or have had an abortion. The husband might not know, but the best. Girlfriend does. Why, because women rely on their best friends for support. I would say at least 50% of the women I know have had abortions and I am catholic and went to a catholic University. I helped friends who worked for eastern apply for jobs with new airlines. I fronted the tickets when they had to get to cattle calls. They had never bought a ticket before, they went on my Amex! I bought at my corporate discount? Delta asked on the flight attendant application, have you ever had an abortion? I advised my friends if you paid in cash and did not put it on insurance ( which you should never do ) the answer is NO. They used to be subjected to weigh ins, how could they get pregnant? They had to be less than 120 lbs, they ate apples in the back of the plane to keep under weight.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Not many righties posting right now. They are celebrating their dream come true, Atlanta is finally entirely white.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Looks like the right wing Reactionaries finally climbed out of bed, took their meds, and hit the blogs.  I am not sure why they always head for Jim Galloway first - probably part of their morning therapy - raw red meat for breakfast, blood dripping down their chins.  Also, I congratulate Senator Fort for forcing the single most important state and financial issue - Medicaid Expansion.  Until Deal (labeled worst governor in the United States) is deep sixed, our state will continue to appear stupid and selfish.  By the way - there is a stench in those reactionary comments - maybe you should include a shower in your morning ritual.

JonLester
JonLester

Bob Barr should have learned his lesson 15 years ago after addressing the racist Council of Conservative Citizens. Once again, he's gone out of his way to reach a narrow demographic that won't make a dime's worth of difference among his district's voters.


And with all those colorful Republicans in the state legislature, it's really taken some doing on Vincent Fort's part to look like the biggest fool in the General Assembly.

BuzzG
BuzzG

One more in an unending stream of articles from the leftists at the AJC which try to paint this daughter of a failed politician, as a "moderate." 

There is nothing moderate about this woman.  She is a hardcore leftist in the tradition of the leftists loved by the AJC.

You think a national debt of $17.5 trillion is bad?  You ain't seen nuttin yet if this leftist gets in the Senate.

You think 50 million Americans collecting food stamps is bad, you ain't seen nuttin yet.

You think 92 million Americans not in the workforce is bad, you ain't seen nuttin yet.  If this leftist lady gets in the Senate, it will get worse.

But Jim Galloway and the leftists at the AJC will consider themselves successful at snookering the people of Georgia.

Jke
Jke

Sen. Fort will do anything to stay relevant.  

CrazyGrocer
CrazyGrocer

Job loss and Inflation! Thanks to Government intervention in private sector jobs.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

.......Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain? Aside from their media gigs, they’re selling their valuable email lists to vendors hawking erectile dysfunction meds or investment schemes.

Meanwhile, michelle bachmann, rick perry, and the other also rans are paying off their debts by posting comments on internet blogs: "My third cousin's next door neighbor makes $50,000 an hour just by working at the computer 2 hours a day ....."

Kamchak
Kamchak

Socialism/socialist and Marxism/Marxist are merely code words for "fear", nothing more.


Just sayin'.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

How many jobs are you willing to lose to raise the minimum wage?

DrGonzo
DrGonzo

I wonder if Charlie Harper ever repaid the investors he screwed with his failed Peachtree City development projects. Probably not.

The_SAWB
The_SAWB

Since politicians campaign in the center and govern from the fringes I think we can safely say that when it comes to increasing the minimum wage Nunn is – All In. Of course it might be nice if the Democrats focused on creating some actual jobs instead of worrying about what fast-food workers make.

DannyX
DannyX

Quinnipiac (hardly a liberal "skewed" pollster) came out with a recent poll that found 71% of all Americans support raising the minimum wage, including 52% of all Republicans.  Another recent poll from Pew found 65% of all Americans and 61% of Republicans think the gap between the rich and the poor has increased over the past 10 years.


I wonder why our far right friends are once again ignoring the issues and playing the tired "liberal" media card?  

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EdUktr- Add this middle left and Bookman's far left wing blogs to your list of AJC Democratic Party news release blogs.  Good places for the metro area liberals (mostly ITP) to vent since they are frustrated by the total Republican state government in Georgia.  A few of them are missing here this morning - maybe haven't bailed out of jail yet from yesterdays "Moral Monday" arrests.

EdUktr
EdUktr

What Republicans need locally is what Maureen Downey's GET SCHOOLED blog is for the Democrat Party: a dependable media mouthpiece. 

honested
honested

Raise the minimum wage,.....horrors!


How will we ever return to the plantation system the gop is seeking if pay people enough money to live?

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@Ralph-43 Looks like the left wing radicals finally climbed out of bed, took their meds, and hit the blogs. I am not sure why they always head for Jim Galloway first - probably part of their morning therapy - raw fish for breakfast, scales dripping down their chins............By the way - there is a stench in those radical comments - maybe you should include a bubble bath in your morning ritual.


Now do you see how silly your remarks look Ralph?

JonLester
JonLester

@Ralph-43 I'd like to see Medicaid expansion, too, but Governor Deal can count past three, and when federal funds are unavailable in the fourth year, something big will have to change to cover the cost. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@BuzzG Wow, she must be all the horsemen of the Apocalypse rolled into one tight little bundle. Imagine, the power to bring down the economy vested in one lady's hand (well, hers and the AJC's, we have to give them some credit too). With all that influence, we're lucky she has her eyes just on being a senator from Jawja, when, if she wanted to, she could probably own the entire western hemisphere. Keep an eye on her buzzy, let us know what she's up to next.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier  Don't worry, you and the centrist will have job security, as long as you remember to ask the customer, "you want fries with that?"

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

That's what food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid are for - no sense in productivity.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_SAWB, the economy added over 2 million net jobs last year.  Economists, bankers, investors, and corporate managers expect hiring to increase alot more this year.


I guess you miss the Republican good ol' days of 800,000 a month job losses and the Republican chant of "tax cuts."

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_SAWB   http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/01/493849/obama-bush-jobs-record/

Please don't allow any facts to creep into your repuppy wet dream:

Private sector job creation returned in February of 2010, the 13th month of President Obama’s term. Since then, the economy has added 4.3 million private sector jobs, a 4 percent increase.

Under President Bush, the economy stopped shedding private sector jobs in July of 2003, fully 30 months into his administration. From that point until May of 2004, the economy added just 1.5 million private sector jobs, an increase of only 1.4 percent.

But there is one area of job creation where President Bush clearly outshines President Obama: the public sector. Public sector employment is now down 608,000 workers since January 2009, a 2.7 percent decline. At the same point in President Bush’s term, public sector employment was up 3.7 percent.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Centrist: They're all over at the Get Schooled blog, reveling at the fact it's now to be even more dedicated to the Democrat Party message.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr BTW get someone to explain the complexities of that little pencil icon at the bottom left of the comments box.( I'm assuming someone in your vicinity can read)  You can use bold, italics, even underline.

DannyX
DannyX

@EdUktr, go for it!  Why are Republicans getting their butts kicked so bad?  All of theses billionaire Republicans and you can't get a reliable local media mouthpiece?  How sad!  You know what else is sad?  Far right Republicans like you and The_Centrist with your welfare mentality, you both seem to think you have an entitlement to local media outlets.  What ever happened to supply and demand? 

You and The_Centrist should stop crying and start your own blog.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr Maybe you can ask kyle wingfield not to use all those multisyllabic words, so you repuppies can keep up. Tell him to just keep it simple, you know, like Obama bad, Iran bad, Benghazi bad. Repubs good. Oh wait. Never mind, I just summarized every blog post he's ever written.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist said "no sense in productivity," says the guy that supposedly retired early.

Classof98
Classof98

@AuntieChrist  "Since then, the economy has added 4.3 million private sector jobs, a 4 percent increase."


That's the good news.  The bad news is those jobs require the workers to ask "do you want fries with that".  


Keep worshipping your messiah Obama.  We'll see how many Obamabots are still around by the November midterms.  You ilk are going extinct rapidly.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EdUktrI skipped that one today when I saw the wacko leftist headline.  I have never opened up Bookman's socialist blog link and seldom read his headline.
 

EdUktr
EdUktr

Auntie: Better yet, Maureen Downey owes me a few favors. I'll ask that she give him pointers?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier@AuntieChrist@Ralph-43 RS, despite my poking you in the eye occasionally, and your reciprocal poking at me, I do respect your opinion, and your service. Don't take my silliness personally.

DannyX
DannyX

@Retired-Soldier, no its not the end of story!  The_Centrist gets so upset that his point of view is not exclusive he throws a fit.  Every single day he tries to distract and hijack the blog.  You want to talk about a bad example?  Look in the mirror, because most days you are right there egging The_Centrist on.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DannyX

... but Ralph was right on the mark, you weren't.

He always shoots from a rabbit hole.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@DannyX@Retired-Soldier Danny I guess you missed my point entirely. I was just using the same language as Ralph exchanging liberal for conservative to demonstrate absurd comments. Sorry you missed my intent.

DannyX
DannyX

@Retired-Soldier, your comment made no sense because 95% of the comments from the right today have been whining about the "liberal" media and "socialist" nonsense, of course with your buddy The_Centrist leading the way.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Classof98@AuntieChrist   "That's the good news."  Too bad you didn't stop there, you wouldn't look like a total fool. Maybe you should ask some of the 4+Million workers who lost their jobs in 08 thanks to your messiah (or more appropriately, your mess) bush, how lucky they feel having a job of any kind, after the repuppy economic catastrophe.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Classof98

You[sic] ilk are going extinct rapidly.

Whistling past the graveyard.

Just sayin'.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DannyX@The_Centrist Dontjaknow, the centrist is a diviner. Like Carnak, he knows all and sees all. How else could he make all those prophecies about 'President romney' being a shoe-in, how there would be no gummint shutdown because the Dems would cave, how Obamacare will be a total catastrophe. 

It appears he learned his voodoo necromancy from his voodoo economists, the 'supply siders.' They both have the same degree of accuracy.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, so you have never read Bookman but have labeled him a socialist which you have no way of backing up, how typical of you.  At the same time you claim to be a non-partisan centrist that links to far far right Breitbart website.  Bookman NO, Breitbart YES.  Weird.