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Democrats buy a TV edge in Georgia races for U.S. Senate, governor

  • 1:30 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Democrats seized the broadcast television ad spending advantage in Georgia’s U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in mid-September, according to a new analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project.

The raw numbers from Kantar Media/CMAG go like this: From Sept. 12-25, there have been 4,945 total ads in the Senate race. Of that sum, 2,780 favored Michelle Nunn and 2,165 favored David Perdue.

A mere 1.01 percent of Democratic ads were from outside groups — meaning the Nunn campaign is doing all the heavy lifting. But after outside Republican groups provided all of Perdue’s air cover for a while, they provided just 15.24 [More]

Jesse Jackson defends the Muslim version of Tim Tebow

  • 9:59 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had just finished going over his agenda for a three-day meeting of his Rainbow/PUSH organization in Atlanta, when the topic shifted to sports.

Specifically, to the Monday night NFL game in which Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdulla, a Muslim, was penalized 15 yards when he knelt to pray after scoring a touchdown. Said Jackson:

“This kid playing against New England gave a brief and private, dignified prayer and he was penalized for it. Tim Tebow became an icon of prayer in the end zone. Two sets of rules. He became an iconic figure for [More]

It’s Sandra time: Nathan Deal’s campaign features wife in new ad

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign is re-introducing voters to his wife Sandra in a major way.

The campaign’s new ad, “Driven,” features images of the former schoolteacher reading to students and crisscrossing Georgia to visit classrooms.  Her takeaway line: “I’ve shared Nathan Deal’s heart for 48 years. And he cares about the education for Georgia’s children.”

Sandra, as we’ve noted before, has been one of the most active first ladies in state history. She’s logged thousands of miles to read to children in all 159 counties and was the face of the state’s recent literacy campaigns.

But her starring role in the above [More]

About that Islamic-sponsored debate between John Barrow and Rick Allen

  • 10:25 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein, Daniel Malloy and Jim Galloway

The video from Saturday’s 12th District congressional debate between Democratic incumbent John Barrow and Republican Rick Allen was posted last night.

As you can see, the oddest thing about it was the fact that the two candidates argued across the cardboard sign announcing the sponsor of the event – the Islamic Society of Augusta.

It didn’t come off without a hitch or two. The venue of the event was changed, with only a few days’ notice, from the Islamic Community Center to the Evans Government Complex. And the Columbia County News-Time withdrew as an event sponsor – on the orders of Morris [More]

Elections board says ‘no’ to Sunday voting in Macon

  • 8:00 am Friday, September 26th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

A Democratic push for Sunday voting in Macon went down in flames last night after a contentious meeting.

The Bibb County Board of Elections voted 3-2 to reject a Democrat push for Sunday early voting, with an independent siding with the board’s two Republicans.

WMAZ reports that Rinda Wilson, a Republican board member, called it a “partisan thing” engineered by local Democrats.

Armed with the fact-checks against Perdue’s ad linking Points of Light to terrorists — the latest verdict is “Pants on Fire” from our Politifact colleagues — Nunn delivers the counterattack direct to camera saying such “attacks are what’s wrong with politics.”

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On TV and on the stump, Jason Carter hammers away on jobs

  • 6:16 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Jason Carter’s latest television ad in the governor’s race mirrors his new focus on the campaign trail — shellacking Gov. Nathan Deal on recent economic data.

Here’s the transcript for the above ad, released just now:

Gov. Deal: “Now my focus on job creation is paying off.”

Narrator: “Really? Then why is Georgia ranked 51st, worst in the nation for unemployment? Middle class incomes are falling. We have 9,000 fewer teachers in Georgia’s classrooms, 80,000 fewer HOPE recipients in Georgia’s colleges, 380,000 Georgians looking for work.”

Gov. Deal: “Now my focus on job creation is paying off.”

Narrator: “Governor Deal, we can’t go any lower.”

Our [More]

Why self-driving cars could soon roam Fayette’s streets

  • 8:47 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The golf carts roaming the streets of Fayette County could soon be joined by driverless cars.

The Fayette County Commission has adopted a resolution allowing the county to be a pilot site for the vehicles, and chair Steve Brown said he’s talked to Google about using Fayette as a test site. Now he’s hoping for a meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal to hash out the plans.

Brown told WSB:

“Fayette County has the least traffic congestion of metro counties, so for a company like Google that wants to log a lot of miles, we’d be the perfect place, because they wouldn’t be [More]

Macon becomes latest city to consider Sunday voting

  • 10:05 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

The Sunday voting trend is spreading. And quickly.

Just a few weeks after DeKalb County became the first to allow Sunday voting, local election officials in the Democratic strongholds of  Clayton and Fulton counties followed suit.

Lawmakers in Macon are considering a similar move this morning. From the Telegraph of Macon’s story:

Commissioner Elaine Lucas, vice chair of the finance committee, said she had planned to add the item to the committee’s agenda herself, but the Board of Elections proposed the new voting day.

“Bibb County has had a bad percentage of turnout in recent elections, and I am glad to [More]

The RGA returns to the airwaves to boost Nathan Deal’s campaign

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s biggest ally has returned to the airwaves to boost his re-election bid in the final weeks of the general election campaign.

The Republican Governors Association began airing the above 30-second spot today across most of the state. The group has already invested $1.6 million this year  to defend Deal against Democratic challenger Jason Carter, and we can expect it to spend several hundred thousand dollars more to saturate the airwaves with this ad.

It’s a double-barreled attack on Carter’s two biggest campaign promises: His vow to significantly boost education funding, which up until last week was the foremost [More]

Why your Christmas cards might contain campaign flyers

  • 9:00 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Even as the Braves’ dreams of October grow slimmer and slimmer, the odds are increasing that Georgia’s hot races for governor and the U.S. Senate will see post-season play.

In fact, the 2014 election season may not be settled until 2015.

Which means the 436th television presentation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” could be brought to you by the folks from “Michelle Nunn Is a Friend to Terrorists,” or “David Perdue Is a Woman-Hating Oligarch.”

Happy holidays, people.

Several September polls, including one by this newspaper, vary widely but agree on two things: No candidate in the races for governor or U.S. Senate has [More]