Archive for June, 2010

O’Looney seeking comeback as Athens-Clarke mayor

gwen o'looneyRemember  former Athens-Clarke Mayor Gwen O’Looney? The Athens Banner-Herald’s Blake Aued  reports she has formally thrown her hat in the ring for a third term. O’Looney  last served in 1998. The commission race also will see a few other  familiar faces. Read the complete story.

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Libertarians qualify 12 candidates for November ballot

The Libertarian Party of Georgia on Tuesday officially entered the 2010 campaign season when party leaders placed a dozen candidates on the November ballot.

Libertarians in Georgia do not hold primaries, but choose their general election candidates at a convention in April.

“Today is a historic occasion for the state of Georgia, as well as the Libertarian Party of Georgia,” said Daniel Adams, chairman of Libertarian Party of Georgia. “We just qualified our first full statewide slate, including the first African-American candidate for governor and the first female candidate for lieutenant governor on the general election ballot.”

An African-American, Thurbert Baker, is running for governor as a Democrat, but faces a crowded July 20 primary. Democrats, too, will have a female on the ballot in November for lieutenant governor.

“When elected chairman, I promised to deliver to Georgia a real choice on election day and I believe today that was accomplished,” Adams said.

Running …

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Porter: Georgia tired of ‘apologies, games and empty claims’

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful DuBose Porter said Tuesday that Georgia needs a governor who will put his full effort behind education reforms, not candidates who offer “apologies, games and empty claims.”

Speaking at a Capitol news conference and rally, Porter welcomed Marie Hooks, the principal at Saxon Heights Elementary School in his hometown of Dublin.

Saxon is a Title 1 school where more than 90 percent of the students live below the poverty line. Hooks said that shortly after becoming principal, Porter called her and offered to help raise the school’s test scores.

“DuBose didn’t tell us what we needed to do but instead asked what we needed from him,” Hooks said. “With help from state agencies, DuBose Porter delivered. He made a difference in our community.”

Since then, the school has met the annual yearly progress requirements of the state .

Porter said his goal as governor will be for every student to read at grade level before completing the third grade and to allow …

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Oxendine rolls out second TV spot

Republican gubernatorial front-runner John Oxendine on Tuesday unveiled a new television ad focusing on job creation and improving the state’s economic development climate.

“Government doesn’t create jobs, but we must create an environment for businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish,” Oxendine said in the ad, which features an image of him standing near the Georgia-Tennessee border.

Oxendine also mentions his “Contract with Georgia” policy platform, including downsizing government, and eliminating the income tax.

Here is the ad:

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Countdown clock for upcoming elections

We’re counting down to the July 20 primary. Click here to see the countdown clock.

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David Scott faces crowded field in House race

Just in case you missed it, AJC staff writer Jeremy Redmon has laid out the challenges – and challengers – U.S. Rep. David Scott faces as he tries to keep his House seat, which represents parts of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Henry counties. Read it here

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Read AJC’s profiles on Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates

Want to know more about Georgia’s gubernatorial candidates and their campaigns to become the state’s next leader? Check out the AJC’s latest profiles.

John Oxendine, Republican

David Poythress, Democrat

Eric Johnson, Republican

DuBose Porter, Democrat

Karen Handel, Republican

Thurbert Baker, Democrat

Nathan Deal, Republican

Roy Barnes, Democrat

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Barnes says Georgia needs to change its image to attract jobs

Former Gov. Roy Barnes told a Metro Chamber of Commerce crowd this morning that the state needs to improve schools and infrastructure to attract companies to  Georgia.

But maybe most importantly, the state needs to improve its image, he said.

“I will keep you off the front page of the New York Times,” said Barnes, who is running for re-election.

Barnes said Georgia has, in recent years, made news for legislation making it illegal to put microchips into people, allowing Georgians to keep and eat road kill and limiting stem cell research.

“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life that we’re not going to do stem cell research,” Barnes said.

The former governor said businesses that Georgia seeks to attract must currently worry about whether there will be enough water, whether transportation problems will be fixed, and whether the state will continue furloughing teachers.

Another Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Thurbert Baker, told metro chamber …

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Cates says he won’t campaign for 9th but will serve if elected


Dr. Chris Cates announced Monday that he will no longer actively campaign for the 9th district congressional seat this year but will serve if voters elect him.

“There has been a lot of money spent in this 9th District congressional race and I’m not going to try to outspend the other people in order to win,” the heart doctor said in a statement released to the AJC Monday.

“I hope I’ve clearly articulated my position on the issues of concern for the citizens of the 9th District and I’ll continue to fight for them in public and in private. At some point, I’ll find a way to help and serve the people of North Georgia in the future.”

Cates placed fourth in a special election for the 9th district seat earlier this year with 11.8 percent of the vote, behind Tom Graves, Lee Hawkins and Steve Tarvin. Graves defeated Hawkins in a June 8 special election runoff to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal in the 9th congressional district. Deal resigned to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. …

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Perdue backs Cox in 7th District race for Congress

By Jeremy Redmon/jredmon@ajc.com

State Rep. Clay Cox, a Republican candidate for congress, says he has picked up the support of the top three most powerful Republicans in the statehouse: Gov. Sonny Perdue, House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Perdue will host a fund raiser rally for Cox on July 13 in Lawrenceville, according to a news release the Cox campaign distributed Monday. Ralston and Cagle are also planning to attend, the release says.

Cox is among eight Republicans vying to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder, who is retiring after about 18 years in office. His solidly conservative 7th District includes most of Gwinnett County, parts of Forsyth and Newton counties and all of Barrow and Walton counties.

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