Posted: 8:44 am Monday, February 24th, 2014

Super PAC formed to support Michelle Nunn’s Senate bid 

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

Proof that Georgia is likely to become a multi-million dollar November battleground for control of the U.S. Senate surfaced over the weekend in the form of a Super PAC filing on the Federal Election Commission website.

“Georgians Together” is a 527 formed under the name of Keith Mason, former chief of staff to Gov. Zell Miller. It will be used exclusively to support the candidacy of Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Mason said this morning.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogThe group will be able to raise cash in unlimited amounts, but is barred from coordination with the Nunn campaign.

“It’s one that can support her record of service and solutions first, and partnership over partisanship,” said Mason, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge in Atlanta.

Mason said his connections with the Nunn family go back to his childhood. While at the University of Georgia, he headed up the youth section in one of U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn’s re-election campaigns. For several years, he was on the board of Hands On Atlanta, a volunteer group headed up by Michelle Nunn.

Nunn faces several Democratic opponents, including Branko “Dr. Rad” Radulovacki. Qualifying begins March 3.

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We already know that Gov. Nathan Deal had given his approval to House Bill 990, the GOP initiative that would strip him of the power to expand Medicaid. But internal emails obtained through Georgia’s Open Records Act show that Deal’s staff also played a role in crafting the legislation.

In a Feb. 12 email, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson sent a link to the legislation to David Werner, Deal’s top legislative liaison.

“Have we been consulted on this bill?” asks Robinson.

“Yes,” came Werner’s response. “We actually helped tweak it to make it stronger.”

Deal’s embrace of the legislation has quickly become a campaign issue in his re-election bid. Democrat Jason Carter has blistered him for “passing the buck,” while Deal has offered the reminder that “I always have a veto pen if I don’t agree with it.”

H.B. 990 goes before the House Judiciary Committee today.

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Michael Thurmond, the top executive for the DeKalb County school system, will be at a meeting of DeKalb lawmakers at the state Capitol today. He’s expected to let them whether he intends to run for state school superintendent.

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Through his own blog and postings on PeachPundit, Jason Pye is probably the best-known voice in the libertarian movement in Georgia. And he is not pleased with state Rep. Sam Moore, R-Macedonia.

Sworn in only two weeks ago, Moore was chastised by House GOP leadership on Friday for a bill he introduced that would ban loitering laws and end restrictions that keep child molesters away from schools and playgrounds.

Read Pye’s post in its entirety here. A few choice paragraphs:

I know you consider yourself a principled guy and take your oaths to the U.S. and Georgia constitutions very seriously. As a libertarian who believes very much in the civil liberties protected in the Bill of Rights, I can appreciate the commitment. But the firestorm over your bill highlights one of the big problems in Georgia’s liberty movement.

Did you not think about making the overall argument against “stop-and-identify” laws from the start rather than putting yourself in a position in which you come out making yourself and the rest of the liberty movement look crazy? It’s not like the Republican establishment is going to pass up an opportunity to criticize us…..

It’s unfortunate, frankly, that there is a segment of the liberty movement in Georgia that look to you and Rep. Charles Gregory as heroes. Personally, I believe that you are a liability to our cause because you’re either unwilling or incapable of making arguments for liberty-based policies, and this is broadly speaking, not just about the irresponsible legislation you’ve introduced. As I’ve already explained, you’ve marginalized yourselves and anyone who identifies with the liberty movement in the Peach State.

I don’t believe you should resign. Much like your legislative ally, Rep. Gregory, you’ve committed political suicide. Your constituents effectively have no representation because you have made yourself irrelevant. No, I think you should stick around. I want your constituents to respond to this and the rest of your short political career at the ballot box. That’s where your fate should be determined.

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Derrick Grayson’s cool factor just increased exponentially. In our post on Saturday night’s forum among GOP candidates for U.S. Senate, we told you about the acerbic pastor’s  “after-after” debate party – featuring his own band, the Axis Experience.

In fact, his is a Jimi Hendrix tribute band. Grayson provides the vocals and bass. He’s posted this on YouTube:

41 comments
stevedollar2013
stevedollar2013

But but but she said she don't support super pacs... I suppose her pants are already on fire for lying.. Typical dem/lib...

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Paul Broun on immigration: End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies.


Dr. Broun signed H.R.1868

    Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is:
  1. a U.S. citizen or national;
  2. a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or
  3. an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

ex animo

davidfarrar 

DavidFarrar
DavidFarrar

Michelle Nunn on immigration: Pathway to citizenship makes sense.


MS. NUNN: I think the pathway to citizenship that Marco Rubio and others have defined makes sense. It asks people to go to the back of the line. It asks them to enlist in their tax-paying responsibilities as citizens, and to contribute and to wait their turn. There's over a decade-long line before they get to enjoy the fruits of citizenship.


Source: Jim Galloway in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Jul 24, 2013.


ex animo

davidfarrar

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Is there anything more risible than these self-proclaimed 'libertarians and their repuppy colleagues?' There are definitely libertarians in this country. They live in Alaska, parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, a few other isolated areas, maybe 1 or 2 in Jawja. But really, boasting of one's 'libertarianism' when they have railroads and interstates to get their goods and services to markets, they have a telecom infrastucture and the Internet to facilitate their commerce and education. Most of them have been educated in public schools and universities. They go to government subsidized hospitals when they are sick and treated with medicines and technology most likely developed through government grants and subsidies. They no longer worry about polio, typhus, chlorea, etc because government programs eradicated them decades ago. Their drinking water is purified, they have indoor plumbing with sewage disposal, in most municipalities their garbage is carted off by local governments.

Everything I have mentioned has the hand of government in it, either developed by the government, carried out by the government, or subsidized by our government. Now that the infrastructure is in place, the educational system is established, and they can enjoy good health and a life style unimagined a century ago, they stand and loudly proclaim, “I'm a libertarian, I don't need the gummint!”

So I ask again, is there anything more risible than these self-proclaimed 'libertarians and their repuppy colleagues?'

LaKeisha
LaKeisha

Sam Nunn was always an outstanding Senator...wish he were still representing Georgia.  He was always in favor of a strong military, and would have been a GREAT Secretary of Defense.  And he was considered as a VP candidate by both John Kerry and Barack Obama, but they both rejected him because he has always been such a staunch conservative.  He voted against Clinton's tax increase, and was against gay marriage.  It's going to be interesting to see how similar Michelle's politics is in relation to her father's.
It is interesting that Democrats always criticize PACs until THEY'RE running, and then they make sure that they've got their own.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

We already know that Gov. Nathan Deal had given his approval to House Bill 990, the GOP initiative that would strip him of the power to expand Medicaid. But internal emails obtained through Georgia’s Open Records Act show that Deal’s staff also played a role in crafting the legislation."

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Does this really surprise anyone who is at all politically aware?  This is a hardball Republican move to try to stop the ACA's success in Georgia. These Republican ideologues do not seem to care about those 650,000 Georgians who need health insurance, or hospitals who need to stay open, or jobs that would have been secured to those hospital workers, as a result of Obamacare's success in Georgia.


I'm calling "shame," on all of these particular Republican politicians who appear to care more about sustaining an out-of-balance Republican ideology more than they care about all human beings regardless of how humble, imho.


Vote Democratic.

notagain
notagain

Hope she has a chance,and can win.Need to get away from electing lawyers.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Apparently the Republicans had to take Sam Moore, R-Macedonia, out to the woodshed.  Libertarian?  Many of these so-called libertarians are really anarchists.  Not interested in self governance or the rule of law? - There are some other places where one can do as one pleases without government or legal interference - e.g., Syria, Uganda, Somalia.  Don't even have to pay taxes.  Maybe the Repubs can give him a ticket - drop him into Fallujah - see how he likes it.  Maybe he'll start a branch of the Tea Party - denounce evolution - erase global warming - embrace sexual offenders - there is a great life of freedom awaiting Rep Moore - someplace besides this democracy known as the United States.  We've already established majority rule here.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Finally, a sane, intelligent, educated candidate to be placed in the United States senate to represent Georgia.  No more stumbling, mumbling, disorientated flakes to embarrass us.  Only question - can she take the right wing assault being planned?  The PAC will help.  Her growing popularity and support will definitely help.  Hopefully, the thoughtful branch of the Republicans will listen to the arguments and discussions before going down the usual dark, unlighted road.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

Sadly the crazy loser ignorant idiots will vote for Nunn and the Obama policies that are killing America.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

Love the idea of liberal money being spent in GA.  Hope they keep pouring it in here, vs elsewhere.

Chris30338
Chris30338

Compared to the crazies that the Republicans are fielding, Michelle Nunn seems to be the only sane choice. I mean really, these guys are crazy or losers who need a job and are willing to say anything to get it. Sadly, the ignorant idiots of Georgia will likely vote another Republican idiot to DC.

Astropig
Astropig

Whew! That's a load off my mind! I'm glad that George Soros and the Clintons can now tell Michelle how to vote in their interests without any messy "investigations" or "partisan sniping".It's all tied up,nice and legal.


Nothing to see here.Vote early,vote often.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Super Pac for cons = bad, bad thing

Suyper Pac for libs = The most wonderful thing ever!

More wasted money on a lib candidate in this state to join the ranks of Roy Barnes, Jim Martin, Vernon Jones, Mark Taylor, etc., etc.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Keith Mason is a serious player, no doubt. He was an assistant to President Clinton in charge of governmental affairs with all the 50 States. He should have plenty of big money contacts. He also is not stupid, so I figure he already has big contributions lined up and waiting to write checks. Governor Deal has done the same thing and has raised millions outside his regular campaign so there should be no whining from the GOP.

honested
honested

It will be a hard slog but there is definitely a chance to drag Georgia out of it's confederate irrelevance this cycle.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

"Nunn has no chance"

"Just a puff piece from this liberal blog"

(there, fake centrist, saved you a few keystrokes...)

honested
honested

@DavidFarrar  

david, 

When you are at the forefront of ensuring those who hire illegals are arrested, imprisoned and their possessions auctioned off to whoever will obey the law, then I will listen.

Just blaming those at the bottom doesn't cut it.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DavidFarrar   From the US Constitution, 14th Amendment:" All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside."

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paul broun can amend the I & N Act to his heart's content, but it will take a Constitutional Amendment to strip the children of undocumented immigrants of their citizenship. Meanwhile the low-info types can cling to the belief that they are 'illegal' and can be deported, because their equally low-info representatives tell them it is so.

MissKittyFantastico
MissKittyFantastico

@DavidFarrar I wasn't involved in anything in 2012 except for voting for President Obama, and as a Democrat I think Michelle Nunn is a terrible choice.


Michelle Nunn has no charisma, no talent, and no experience.  I am not a fan of political dynasties, but at least Jason Carter went to law school, got elected to state senate, and served his dues.  Why can't Michelle Nunn do these things?


Besides her Daddy's last name and a lovely home in Inman Park, what exactly does Michelle Nunn have to offer the citizens of Georgia?  Every policy position she has offered has been lock step in line with the power players in D.C.  Seems like Michelle Nunn is going to be a 'good girl' who will vote how she is told rather than a LEADER for the people of Georgia.


Could the paid Democratic Party operatives posting on this blog please take the time to explain what is it about Michelle Nunn, besides her Daddy's last name and her obvious need to please, that would make her an effective U.S. Senator for Georgia?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DavidFarrar  

You were involved in litigation to keep Obama's name off the ballot in the 2012 election in Georgia.

How did that work out for you?

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist  

However, one should take note of 'who hollers first' when access to free logging areas are reduces, range land leases are increased or when (on the rare occasion) mining royalty increases are discussed.

Apparently in libertarian speak, the wealth of the American Collective means 'free for me'.

Charles50
Charles50

@LaKeisha  No one has a problem with PACs.  We have a problem with people hiding behind them to do their dirty work.  

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@LaKeisha "It is interesting that Democrats always criticize PACs until THEY'RE running, and then they make sure that they've got their own."

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lakeisha's typically uninformed statement. The very first PAC formed, along with coining the name 'Political Action Committee' came from the AFL/CIO to back Democratic candidates. The Federal Election Campaign Act, defining the rules for PACs came out of the Dem controlled congress of 1971. To say they "always criticize PACs" is ridiculous and uninformed.


We rate this statement as "Pants on Fire."

Charles50
Charles50

@Ralph-43  I agree.  The PAC helps take on some of the blows.  Plus I have a feeling there will be contributions from the other side and they don't want anyone to know.

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg  

Which 'Obama Policies' spent the 3 trillion with no revenue that got us into the Bush Depression?

Charles50
Charles50

@LHardingDawg  And the Republicans have absolutely nothing at all to do with that right?  Fantasy Island.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@LHardingDawg   the crazy loser ignorant idiots will vote for Nunn.....

those of us paying attention know who the crazy loser ignorant idiots vote for. (here's a hint, they don't vote for Democrats)

Kamchak
Kamchak

...the Obama policies that are killing America.


And exactly which policies are those and specifically, how are they "killing America"?

Please show your work.

Thanks in advance.

Kamchak
Kamchak

I'm glad that George Soros and the Clintons can now tell Michelle how to vote in their interests without any messy "investigations" or "partisan sniping".It's all tied up,nice and legal.


James Bopp Jr. says, "What?"

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist Just to add some professional projection reality:

They all called it "solid republican" 6 months ago.

NWGAL
NWGAL

This liberal would love to see campaign finance laws enacted. That unfortunately will not happen as long as billionaires want to keep their tax rates low and view buying politicians and Supreme Court Justices as a favorite hobby.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Let's hope you and your Republican friends keep thinking that Nunn and Carter have no chance, Milton.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Let's hope you and your Republican friends keep thinking that Nunn and Carter have no chance, Milton.


I think he is skeeeeeered of Nunn and Carter.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Thanks in advance for shoving your work where the sun don't shine. 


(shrug)

You either have facts to back up what comes out of that pie-hole of yours, or you don't

It's not complicated.