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Barry Loudermilk’s reply on federal funding for transportation

  • 2:45 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Last week, we wrote of a visit to Atlanta by former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood and his chastisement of Georgia for its failure to have a single congressman on either the House or Senate transportation committee:

“In the next six years, Congress is going to write a new transportation bill. Are you going to have somebody in the room in Washington when that bill is written – that’ll be a voice for Georgia?” LaHood asked.

“You’ve got to step up here. You’ve got to send people to Washington who are willing to help you provide the resources. You cannot do [More]

A stark message from Ray LaHood on Georgia’s cloutless D.C. position

  • 5:40 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The Rev. Ray LaHood delivered brimstone in Atlanta this week.

Strictly speaking, he is not ordained. LaHood is a former Illinois congressman and, until recently, was the token Republican in the cabinet of President Barack Obama, serving as secretary of transportation.

But he is now a traveling evangelist, preaching against the sin of skin-flintery – or, more specifically, the current attitude that someone else should pay for our use of American roads, bridges and rail.

”We’re in a mess in America when it comes to transportation. Every transit system is 50 years old and crumbling. The interstates are crumbling. Bridges are falling down,” [More]

In U.S. Senate runoff, the Chamber takes it on the chin

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

David Perdue’s decision to target the U.S. Chamber in the final days of his GOP Senate runoff was more a page torn from the family playbook than an act of desperation.

In 2002, upstart Sonny Perdue was shocked, baffled and outraged by the fact that a national political group known for reflexively endorsing Republicans instead decided to side with Democratic incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes.

In that case, it was the National Rifle Association. Perdue challenged Barnes to a shotgun duel – all right, a skeet shoot (which never happened) — and campaigned against the NRA as one of those many special interests [More]

A hair-pin turn in U.S. Senate race puts the focus on Michelle Nunn

  • 10:24 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Georgia’s first – and perhaps last – nine-week primary runoff concludes today. A hair-pin turn in the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is already underway.

Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue have thrown millions of dollars’ worth of insults at each other. Kingston has accused Perdue of consorting with the French. Perdue, on slightly firmer ground, has accused Kingston of being a member of Congress.

In Washington, The Hill newspaper has found someone willing to offer a highly technical assessment of the situation:

They’ve been beating the crap out of each other,” said Georgia-based Republican strategist Chip Lake, who [More]

Notes from a mailbox in west Cobb County

  • 4:15 pm Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

If there’s anyone who hates the last days before a hot election more than a homeowner on a campaign mailing list, it’s the U.S. Postal Service employee stuck with cramming them into mailbox after mailbox.

Below is a culled collection of yesterday’s delivery, minus the American Express bill and the free oil change coupon.

You’ll notice we have a hot district county commission race in west Cobb — Acworth City Councilman Bob Weatherford versus former Cobb commission chairman Bill Byrne. It’s become yet another Republican establishment versus tea party affair, and may be one reason why Bob Barr, in his 11th District [More]

Sarah Palin backs Barry Loudermilk, Bob Johnson in House runoffs

  • 10:20 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in via Facebook this morning with a couple of Georgia GOP U.S. House runoff endorsements: former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville in the 11th and surgeon Bob Johnson of Savannah in the 1st.

It’s another tea party stamp of approval for Loudermilk and Johnson, who have the backing of national groups as well. When Palin backed Karen Handel in the U.S. Senate primary, the Handel campaign reported a surge of donations. Here’s Palin’s full post:

Brian Kemp: Guns and run-off ballots won’t mix

  • 10:15 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

 Over the weekend, the New York Times had a piece on the dispute in Alabama, where the state’s sheriffs association had urged the state’s 67 counties to ban the open carry of weapons at polling places, fearing that such a display would discourage some voters.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has – with some exceptions – knocked that idea down. Rep. John Lewis is out next year with the second installment of a graphic novel telling his remarkable life story. The Washington Post got an early look at the cover of “March: Book 2″ by Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate [More]

Barry Loudermilk internal poll has him up 49-28 on Bob Barr

  • 2:58 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Got your grains of salt? Good. Former State Sen. Barry Loudermilk released an internal poll today showing him with a healthy lead on former Rep. Bob Barr in the 11th Congressional District runoff.

The key question:

T5. If the Republican primary runoff election for Congress were being held today for whom would you vote if the candidates were Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk?
Barry Loudermilk ……………………………………………. 49%
Bob Barr ………………………………………………………… 28%
Definitely Loudermilk ……………………………………… 36%
Probably Loudermilk ……………………………………….. 13%
Definitely Barr ………………………………………………… 22%
Probably Barr …………………………………………………… 6%
Undecided …………………………………………………….. 23%

The full crosstabs are here. Magellan Strategies reports that the autodial survey was conducted July 7-8 with a 3.65 percent [More]

Documents: Barry Loudermilk involved in $80k racial discrimination settlement

  • 10:06 am Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Runoffs are the trench warfare of campaigning – dirty, messy and often hand-to-hand affairs.

This morning, Todd Rehm of GaPundit.com Rehm, a consultant for the Barr campaign, said the documents arrived by email, and that he does not know their source.

The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon has inquired with Melvin Everson, executive director of the state Commission on Equal Opportunity, who notes that the documents don’t appear to be stamped an notarized.

But Ed Buckley, an attorney in the law firm that represented Ethel Blackmon, told Redmon that the paperwork is indeed authentic.

One document details the complaint of Ethel Blackmon. The [More]

Georgia Republicans target Better Georgia with second complaint

  • 9:53 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Georgia Republicans have apparently drawn a target on Better Georgia, the Democratically oriented guerrilla squad that has assigned itself the task of harassing Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

The second complaint in two weeks was lodged with the state ethics commission on Tuesday, tDuring the 2014 calendar year, Better Georgia, Inc., has posted 23 articles to their website. Of the 23 posted articles, 21 have directly attacked Georgia Governor Nathan Deal or have advocated against his reelection as governor.

Also during the 2014 calendar year, Better Georgia, Inc., has sent 37 emails. Of the 37 emails sent, directly attacked Georgia Governor Nathan [More]