Posted: 1:35 pm Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A glimpse into David Pennington’s insurgent challenge to Nathan Deal 

By Greg Bluestein

David Pennington made his insurgent challenge to Gov. Nathan Deal official when he qualified on Tuesday, saying he and the incumbent are “polar opposites” in the GOP primary.

Pennington, who stepped down as Dalton’s mayor on Monday, pressed Deal to sit down for a debate. (We have been told that won’t happen.)

“It’s unusual in a primary for two opponents, in a primary, to be almost polar opposites on almost all the major issues – the economy, taxes, education, Common Core, ethics, transparency – we’re polar opposites and we need a debate for the Republican Party voters to understand the differences … If I’m elected governor and I decide to run for re-election I will debate anybody, anywhere at any time. Because we owe that to Georgia voters.

He also took a whack at Deal with the news that a third whistle-blower lawsuit was filed over the state’s embattled ethics commission. When asked whether he thinks the governor will suffer as a result, Pennington offered: “There’s little doubt where there’s a lot of smoke there’s fire.”

Pennington has been in the race for almost a year and his bid to outflank Deal hinges on support from tea party backers and other Republicans disillusioned with the incumbent. Deal, meanwhile, has sought to shore up the right wing of his party by, among other strategies, rejecting Medicaid expansion and supporting a review of the Common Core standards. Pennington sees an opening:

“The beauty of the Republican primary is it’s a very finite group of voters. There’s probably about 700,000 people who vote in this primary. We know where they are and where they live, which is mostly north Georgia.”

***

Attorney General Sam Olens filled out paperwork this morning to run for a second term. With the news he will face a likely Democratic challenger, former state Sen. Greg Hecht, expect his legal challenge of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul to become a political football.

Olens said it will only win him more supporters.

“I’m following the rule of law. The role of the attorney general is to defend and enforce the law. And that’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve been very much following the constituency of Georgia and frankly winning the vast majority of cases as desired.”

Georgia’s constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages offers a different sort of dilemma. Democratic attorneys general in at least six states have declined to defend bans challenged by gay couples, but Olens made clear he wouldn’t follow the same path.

“Look I haven’t expressed an opinion on same-sex marriage. I’ve expressed an opinion on the role of the Attorney General to defend state law when there’s an absolute Supreme Court law that’s in violation of the state law … The issue is whether I have veto power over legislation, and it’s not the role of the Attorney General. It’s the role of the courts.”

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He returned from the political graveyard after a brutal court fight this year, and now he’s got the full-throated support of his caucus leaders.

State Sen. Don Balfour, facing a tough re-election challenge, sent out word today that a gaggle of Senate leaders have his back. The loudest endorsement comes from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who calls it an “honor” to endorse him.

Says Balfour:

“I gave up my legislative pension and reduced my own pay because I didn’t come here for money – I came here to stand up for conservative principles.  If the people again honor me with their votes, I will return to the Capitol to keep fighting for them and no one else, no matter the cost.”

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honested
honested

The last segment stretches the concept of definitions in the English language:


casey (can't tie his shoes) cagle calls it an 'honor' to endorse don balfour.


Twelve years of iron-fist control by these yahoos and we have devolved to the equivalent of George Orwell's 'newspeak'.

BillGillaspie
BillGillaspie

How do I switch/register as a republican? Any problem for me voting Dem in the big election?


“The beauty of the Republican primary is it’s a very finite group of voters. There’s probably about 700,000 people who vote in this primary. We know where they are and where they live, which is mostly north Georgia.”

Joeleejohnson
Joeleejohnson

Ya'll see Ole' Jimmy droolin & stutterin' on GPB last nite?

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Olens said it will only win him more supporters.

“I’m following the rule of law. The role of the attorney general is to defend and enforce the law. And that’s what we’ve been doing."

Olens is following the rule of law?  I thought he was actually suing the U.S. Government because he wants to dump dirty water into Chesapeake Bay.  Is that following the rule of law?  Is that using Georgia tax payer money wisely?  This guy is a creep.  Dump him soon and find a lawyer that knows the law and can enforce it and knows how to mind his own business.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

NEWS HEADLINE!  Just reported on the national news...Obama has laid down the law to Ex-KGB Officer Vladimir Putin.  Get your troops out of Crimea (and the Ukraine) or I will not attend the G8 Summit!  BOY, that's all it took!  Listen and you can hear it now...the thundering noise from the tanks backing up...the troops beating a path back to Moscow and all will be back to normal.

Lurch and his coterie will be on the next Aeroflot flight out of Kiev for sure.

Of course, no one can say for certain that they thought Obama actually had any cohesive input into any of the G-8's he's attended thus far, so his absence will not be noticed.

Now, friends, that LEADERSHIP!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

the Liberal's Daily Test of Lies and assorted sayings, Vol. 1 - #1:

Who said the following:


"You know I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously – the biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America."

Hint: Said at a Lancaster, PA Town Hall meeting, 2008.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

What is John Barge even running on? Georgia still has one of the worse education systems in the country (and the world).  Some leader! Some reformer!  


Of course...the GOP might like that kind of thing.  All he really has to do is say he hates abortion more than Deal...and/or hate immigrants more, hates science more, hates gays more, etc.


It won't matter. Both Barge and Pennington are light weights. And all Pennington has done is boost the number of minimum wage workers in Dalton.  He will have to take the same path as Barge if he wants any chance to succeed.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Just three months ago the House, Senate, and president agreed to a two year budget deal.  The agreement set discretionary spending caps about halfway between the desired levels from the House and Senate budgets over the next two years, while replacing parts of the sequester with targeted cuts and non-tax revenue. 

"Because it’s the first budget that leaders of both parties have agreed to in a few years [5], the American people should not have to endure the pain of another government shutdown for the next two years," Obama said in a statement . "This agreement doesn’t include everything I’d like — and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That’s the nature of compromise. But it’s a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done. That’s the way the American people expect Washington to work. I want to thank Senator Murray, Congressman Ryan and all the other leaders who helped forge this bipartisan agreement. And I want to call on Members of Congress from both parties to take the next step and actually pass a budget based on this agreement so I can sign it into law and our economy can continue growing and creating jobs without more Washington headwinds."

Now Obama reneges with the budget he put out today.  The liberal media is silent about this Lame Duck campaign maneuver.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

While Pennington is likely to draw more votes than Barge, their combined votes is not likely to force the incumbent Governor Deal into a runoff.

All of the major political prognasticaters have Deal handily beating Carter in the General election.

Bernie31
Bernie31

Trust Me...Me and all I know are being encouraged to increase the numbers of the potential Republican Primary Voters in MAY. I will Hold my nose to avoid the stench of John BARGE for Governor, just to stick to Dear Leader. Such Votes should throw the Georgia GOP in a Quandry they have Never seen before. Their Polling will not reveal any clear directions. This is going to be FUN ta Watch.

uh...huh

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

My opinion plus a quarter might get you a cup of coffee at Waffle House, but I think GA has an open primary - so you can vote in either primary.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Who said the following:


"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country."

Kamchak
Kamchak

Who said the following:

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Hint: Said in his 2003 State of the Union address.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan - George Lied to the American People into War, did not protect her on 911, let the economy CRASH & BURN, Gave the Big fat bankers a Free Ride, and even did away with the 4th amendment then have the NERVE to call it the PATRIOT ACT, so he can listen to your calls, read your mail, and many more privacy invasions. Yet You Love Him and wanted to give him a Third TURN. Go Figure!

Uh..huh.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@BravesFan456  People voted for Deal with a federal ethics mess, what makes you think that a little old state ethics mess is going to sway them?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Baumer_1 - We just want to USE Barge as a TOOL like Dear Leader uses Kasim...that's ALL.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@The_Centrist  Seriously?  The President presented a budget within the framework of the two-year deal, and specifically stated that he had a $56 billion "wish list' for consideration.  The President must present a budget that highlights what he would like to see.  The conservative media concentrates on the wish list rather than explaining that the House has the real job to do. and that is to quit whining and hollering DOA and move to make sensible appropriations within the same framework.

Kamchak
Kamchak

The liberal media is silent about this Lame Duck campaign maneuver.

A cursory check at WaPo and NYtimes and both are reporting on the new budget proposal, but unlike you they aren't being WATBs about it.


CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

well heck, since you've pronounced the winner based on 'all the major prognasticaters (sic)' how about we just skip the election?  Save us a ton of money...

Bernie31
Bernie31

@The_Centrist - what has not been counted by good ole Nathan...is JESUS. lol! he tends to surprise those who think they have it all their way.

uh..huh

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31

B31:  Fortunately, if you're anywhere near the precinct I vote in, I will be able to avoid you as I will be able to move to another area.  I understand you still don't know why they sell bars of soap.

Eustis
Eustis

Strange how so many of our political "experts" don't know Georgia has open primaries.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@BravesFan456 @MichaelHannigan

George Bush.  I'm here when you need answers.  Another question:

"The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs."  If that one is too tough, try this one:

"Premiums will be lowered by $2500."

PS: Don't fret, I have enough to keep this going for quite some time, so take your time. 

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak

Yes, GWB said that all right.  Pity he listened to the Brits and others who gave him the wrong info.I would hardly equate the erroneous statement uttered by Bush (that was in fact, founded and passed to him as gospel) to the statement made by the Tsar Obama who actually promised to do what he has now broken that promise to do.  George was wrong in issuing Executive Orders but, apparently, Tsar Obama can (and does) get away with it while enjoying immunity from the lamestream media and press.

Just answerin'...

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31 @The_Centrist

On a serious note, B31, you should leave Jesus' name out of your inane blather.  I would think He resents that you even mention His name with your other hate-filled abstract minutiae.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

That, along with a general satisfaction with the incumbent from non Democrat partisans who are the large majority of the voters.  He also has huge incumbency advantages including campaign funds.  Of course he is not going to debate his minor challengers.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan @The_CentristNathan Deal is One Devil ALL of Georgia can do without. This Man is the GRINCH! He hates everybody! Poor People ,Old People, Children, Black People, everyone who is non white and not a Southern Baptist like him...Praise Jaysus!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan @Bernie31- Looks like that Principal in Doglas County is about to find Out. They hate Child Molesters...more than any other crimminal. Did I not see your face among the crowd...SHort EYES!?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@BravesFan456

Yes, indeed. Bush was a penning a Valentine to Putin, so is it any wonder that cons are now experiencing Putin priapisms?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MichaelHannigan

To use your phrase, Can't express yourself without resorting to ghetto language, sonny?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak  

I originated from Planet Earth.  Please, let me and other know from what Galaxy did you migrate from?  Your last statement has me stumped.  Am I supposed to be looking for a sign of some sort?

Just seekin'.

Kamchak
Kamchak

If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.”


I agree.

The difference is, the type of "response".

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan @Kamchak- Putin to George Bush...“I’ll never forget that night we spent together watching Brokeback Mountain,” he added. “And talking until the sun came up.”

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@Kamchak  

The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998

Kamchak
Kamchak

I would hardly equate the erroneous statement uttered by Bush...

And there's your sign.

Just sayin'.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31 @MichaelHannigan@The_Centrist

I guess you didn't take my suggestion about going back to you Prozac. I guess those that are Wiccans know more about Children of Darkness so why don't yo go play with them and see if they can answer your (insert) here?

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31 @MichaelHannigan@The_Centrist

If you post this idiocy, at least have the honor of posting the URL that states - unequivocally - what you put on your blog is true.  Until you can absolutely, without a doubt, prove that what you said is how Deal feels, who he likes, dislikes, hates, ad nauseam, shut you lying mouth.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31 @MichaelHannigan @The_Centrist  

Hey Bernie, explain to us once again how Governor Deal is responsible for the many poor decisions you've made in your life—or their consequences.

Just wondering.


MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31 @MichaelHannigan 

B31, quick, get back on your Prozac so we can carry on a decent, wait, scratch that - it ain't possible, where we can post with some intelligence.  I'm a bit over 600 air miles from Atlanta and you're telling me your smelling skills are that good?  Wow!  Is that AFTER you lick you...well, you know, your avatar and all, I just figured, uh, well...

Pookie?  Who or what is that?  Another demented figment of you diseased mind?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MichaelHannigan @Bernie31- I can smell your Breath from here..so that would be a start! so let us hear of your experience with POOKIE and his miscreant friends behind Bars.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bernie31 @MichaelHannigan 

I've never been to Doglas county.  where is that.?  And, being in Palm Beach County since Jan. 1, I doubt my picture has appeared in any Dunwoody daily newspaper.  In fact, in ANY daily or weekly newspaper.

But, DO you know why soap is sold along with other deodorants