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Unlimited cash for campaigns? GOP Senate candidates are split

  • 9:56 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Five of seven GOP candidates gathered in Marietta on Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the all-powerful Cobb County Republican Women’s Club.

The two presumed frontrunners in the contest, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue, had other things to do.

The rest plowed ground that has become very familiar – with perhaps a single exception. One of the questioners, Anne Lewis, who is general counsel for the Georgia GOP, noted the recent 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted federal limits on the aggregate amounts that individuals could give to federal contests.

The limit on contributions per candidate remain, but [More]

Super PAC feints toward Michelle Nunn, stabs at Phil Gingrey

  • 9:42 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Ending Spending Action Fund is drawingBut Ending Spending has reported nearly twice as much, $592,000, to hit Gingrey.
The group has reserved $1.3 million in airtime ahead of the primary, and we’ll see if the ratio continues to favor Gingrey attacks. Ending Spending has been less eager to talk about them, though.

The group’s website features the Nunn ad and it gave early warning to the Wall Street Journal of its campaign against the Democrat. But we had to find the Gingrey ad elsewhere.

The Nunn campaign, meanwhile, has found a [More]

Bob Barr tones down his talk of impeachment

  • 9:30 am Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Greg Bluestein

Former congressman Bob Barr, now seeking a comeback in the race for Georgia’s 11th District congressional seat, raised eyebrows in January when A former federal prosecutor who helped lead impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, Barr said the Obama administration had acted illegally both in postponing mandates in the federal health care law, and through softening enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Here’s what Barr said on Jan. 23 to Alex Jones:

I think it really has come to that. It’s not something I like to say. When I left the House before, after we impeached Clinton, my hope was that we would never [More]

Ethics verdict poses a threat to GOP grip on Georgia

  • 9:00 am Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

In the 11 days after the adjournment of the Legislature on March 20, Democrat Jason Carter out-raised Gov. Nathan Deal by a ratio of five to one.

The Republican incumbent pulled in $84,000 before the deadline for the latest contribution reporting period. His upstart challenger, a sitting state senator, raised $416,000.

The Deal campaign accused Carter of cheating – by advertising a March 23 fundraiser in New York, which featured his famous grandfather, before lawmakers abandoned Atlanta. State law forbids legislators and all other elected state officials from soliciting campaign contributions while the Legislature is in session.

But here’s the unfortunate reality of [More]

Sebelius resignation may offer a lever to Port of Savannah supporters

  • 12:57 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation as the federal government’s chief health care officer may have just handed a giant lever to supporters of the Port of Savannah expansion. First, the set-up from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.

“Under Kathleen’s leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done,” Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony Friday morning. [More]

Sean Hannity endorses Jack Kingston’s bid for Senate

  • 11:43 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Talk radio is weighing in on the Republican race for U.S. Senate in Georgia.

The campaign of Jack Kingston, the congressman from Savannah, is about to cut loose with an endorsement from Sean Hannity, the Fox News talk show host also heard daily on WSB Radio. The statement from Hannity:

“I have known Jack Kingston for 20 years. He’s a solid Ronald Reagan Republican and my choice in the Georgia Senate race. Jack will join the conservative coalition in the U.S. Senate.”

This comes a week after Sarah Palin endorsed one of Kingston’s rivals, Karen Handel. And we know that Eric Erickson — [More]

Despite ad, elder George Bush predicts defeat for Michelle Nunn’s Senate bid

  • 9:15 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

Nine seconds into the first TV spot of her campaign for U.S. Senate, Michelle Nunn flashes a photo of herself with the 41st president, George H.W. Bush. Says Nunn:

“While leading President Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.”

The Atlanta-based, non-partisan volunteer group, from which she is on leave, is a cornerstone of Nunn’s get-it-done biography. Likewise, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, continues to build his U.S. Senate campaign’s email list with gun raffles. The latest winner was identified only as “Rick S. from Park, Colorado.” But wait, there’s more. From the [More]

David Perdue calls Karen Handel to apologize

  • 7:10 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

Eight days after we told you about businessman David Perdue’s remarks on the credentials of “the high school graduate in this race” he called former Secretary of State Karen Handel to apologize.

But Handel is in no mood to let it go.

Earlier today she released a radio ad using the Perdue audio to make the case that Perdue has “lost touch with our values.” Shortly after the call was over, Handel sent out a press release saying she accepted the apology. And then:

“But the apology is not owed to me—it is owed to the many other Georgians he demeaned. I [More]

Georgia Senate trio unites against Paul Ryan’s budget

  • 3:37 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston joined his fellow Senate-seeking Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey in voting against Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget today, saying it does not balance the budget fast enough.

Kingston announced his fealty to the failed, more conservative Republican Study Committee budget that balances in four years rather than Ryan’s 10, and slashes $7.4 trillion from spending projections over the next decade vs. Ryan’s $5.1 trillion. Gingrey and Broun also backed the RSC budget. Here’s Kingston’s statement:

“America’s budget problems and massive debt are too dangerous to be put on a ‘to-do’ list by Congress [More]

The effort to unseat House Speaker David Ralston

  • 9:54 am Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

We’re picking up word that some cash is flowing through north Georgia in an attempt to foment revolution and the overthrow of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge.

Consider the following paragraphs, penned by Debbie Dooley and Julianne Thompson of Atlanta Tea Patriots:

“Speaker Ralston killed the autism bill, the bill that would ban Common Core in Georgia, the religious freedom bill, the foster care bill, gutted the gun bill, gutted H.B. 707 that would help nullify Obamacare in Georgia. He also added $17 million in the budget to build a new parking deck for the new Falcons stadium….”

The missive is contained [More]