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Is the breadth of the tea party movement inflated?

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The Washington Post said it spent months trying to get a better understanding of the tea party movement, which has galvanized a large vocal segment of the electorate angry with Washington and what the say is the country’s downward spiral, and The Post has come to this conclusion:

[That the tea party is] “not so much a movement as a disparate band of vaguely connected gatherings that do surprisingly little to engage in the political process. …

Seventy percent of the grass-roots groups said they have not participated in any political campaigning this year. As a whole, they have no official candidate slates, have not rallied behind any particular national leader, have little money on hand, and remain ambivalent about their goals and the political process in general….

The findings suggest that the breadth of the tea party may be inflated. The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots, for example, says it has a listing …

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Confusing amendments on Georgia ballot explained

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Confused about the five amendments on the ballot next Tuesday? Voters may have a hard time weighing through the densely worded proposals, so AJC staff writer Steve Visser provides an explainer for each one. As Visser points out, the problem with amendments is the legal wording can make it unclear why the measure is being proposed and what it accomplishes. The five amendments:

Amendment 1: Making non-compete agreements more binding

Amendment 2:  Providing funding for trauma centers

Amendment 3: Change in transportation funding

Amendment 4: Allowing state multi-year contracts

Amendment 5: Allowing owners of industrial area property to get city services.

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Ballot measure for trauma would add $10 to Georgia car tags

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By Carrie Teegardin, AJC staff writer

Plenty of Atlanta drivers speed through the South Georgia segment of I-75 on the way to Florida’s beaches.

But they might slow down if they knew what some health care workers call that portion of the interstate: “the corridor of death.”  The stretch of road earned the name because people who get in car crashes in much of South Georgia are at least 50 miles from a trauma center – a hospital equipped to handle serious injuries.

Georgia voters will decide on Nov. 2 whether they want to add $10 to the cost of annual vehicle registrations to improve trauma services statewide. Hospitals, emergency services workers and public health officials say the $80 million that would be raised every year by passage of Amendment 2 is needed to save lives.

Everyone wants a fast response when they dial 911 for help, but selling the new $10 fee may be difficult. Some metro …

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1,900-plus serving in military file for absentee ballots

County elections offices have received more than 1,900 applications for absentee ballots electronically from military and overseas voters, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said this week.

Requests for absentee ballots in electronic format have come from Georgians stationed or living in approximately 45 countries in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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New poll shows Republican sweep in top Georgia races

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Another poll shows the same expected sweep by Republicans on Nov. 2. The Landmark Communications poll has Republicans on top in the races for governor and four other statewide contests. Republican Nathan Deal beats Democrat Roy Barnes by 8 points instead of the 5 points found in the recent InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll earlier this week.

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Lobbying becomes a booming business despite tougher rules for lawmakers

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At a time when the economy has most industries hurting, the business of lobbying is booming, reports AJC’s Bob Keefe in Washington. He reports that while Congress passed tough rules aimed at lessening the ways lobbyists can influence politicians three years ago, the money flowing to lobbyists continues, and among the companies making sure their voices are heard are Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. and Southern Co.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and its affiliated companies, for instance, paid Washington lobbyists about $6.3 million in the first half of this year alone — double what they spent in the comparable period last year, according to public records.

The rise in spending on lobbyists by Coca-Cola and its affiliates coincided with a rise in legislation that could have affected the company, such as a proposed tax on soft drinks, new school nutrition guidelines and environmental legislation affecting water …

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Tight race between Ken Hodges, Sam Olens for attorney general

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The race for Georgia attorney general may be one of the best chances for a Democrat to win a statewide race this year, a Kennesaw State political science professor tells AJC reporter Bill Rankin.

A recent InsiderAdvantage poll conducted Oct. 10 of 522 registered voters who said they will vote in November had Republican Sam Olens at 50 percent and Democrat Ken Hodges at just more than 40 percent.

“Hodges is from South Georgia, where he has support from many voters, and he also has strong support from a lot of sheriffs and the law enforcement community who don’t necessarily care about party,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “With Olens, you have a likable, popular and successful politician who is pretty well-known across the metro [Atlanta] area and who’s fairly moderate, not an idealogue.”

Hodges cannot afford to focus on his Democratic Party roots …

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Energized Republicans turning up the heat

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By Aaron Gould Sheinin, Tammy Joyner, Jeremy Redmon, AJC staff writers

Just 50 miles apart, Cherokee and Clayton counties are political polar opposites.

Cherokee is rock-ribbed red, having gone 75 percent for Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 and where nearly 10 times as many voters cast ballots in the GOP primary in July as in the Democratic.

Clayton, meanwhile, gave 83 percent of its votes to Barack Obama for president, and five times as many voters participated in July’s Democratic primary as in the Republican one.

As Election Day approaches, the two counties tell a story that is being played out across the nation: Republicans ready to take back Washington are gearing up for a banner year, while Democrats are laboring to prevent major losses.

Ralph Reed, a former state GOP chairman and chairman of the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition, predicts the November election …

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Nahmias gains bipartisan support for return to Supreme Court

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By Bill Rankin/brankin@ajc.com

Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias announced Thursday he has picked up the endorsements of more than three dozen state legislators for his ongoing election campaign.

At a press conference inside the state Capitol, a number of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers pledged their support for Nahmias, the former U.S. attorney in Atlanta who was appointed to the court last year by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Nahmias faces two challengers – Atlanta lawyer Matt Wilson and Lawrenceville lawyer Tamela Adkins – in the upcoming election.

“Justice Nahmias is exactly the kind of person we need serving on the Supreme Court,” House Ethics Committee chairman Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) said. “He is one of the most qualified judicial candidates Georgia has seen in many years.”

Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta) said Democrats and Republicans should agree that Nahmias is the …

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Former GOP congressman endorses Democrat Hodges for attorney general

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By Bill Rankin/brankin@ajc.com

State Attorney General candidate Ken Hodges, a Democrat, has picked up an endorsement from Howard “Bo” Callaway, who in 1964 was the first Georgia Republican elected to Congress since Reconstruction.

Hodges is to make the announcement at a mid-day press conference at the Capitol.

Callaway served as Secretary of the Army under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and headed Ford’s 1976 campaign committee.

Hodges, a former district attorney from Albany, is running against former Cobb County commission chairman Sam Olens, the Republican nominee, and Don Smart, a Libertarian candidate from Savannah.

Callaway noted he is a distant relative of Hodges’ but insisted his endorsement is not because the two men are related. Callaway’s son, Edward, who is CEO of the Callaway Gardens resort, also serves as Hodges’ campaign treasurer.

“I know Ken Hodges, I watched his …

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