GOP’s strong grip on Georgia encourages excesses

Mitt Romney has a 99.7 percent chance of carrying Georgia and its 16 electoral votes come Nov. 6, according to a computer model created by statistical analyst Nate Silver of the New York Times.

Conversely, that must mean there’s a 0.3 percent chance — a mere 3 chances in a thousand — that Barack Obama will win the state. So to quote the Jim Carrey character in “Dumb and Dumber,” “You mean there’s a chance?”

No, there isn’t.

The AJC’s most recent poll puts Romney up by eight percentage points, 51-43, which suggests that he will take Georgia by a margin larger than John McCain’s 5.2 percent margin four years ago. And if that poll proves accurate Nov. 6 — and I suspect it will –it would bode well for the party’s immediate future in this state.

Another important gauge of the GOP’s hold on Georgia will come from the 12th District congressional race between John Barrow, the only white Democrat from the Deep South still clinging to a House seat, and state Rep. Lee Anderson from Grovetown, a small town west of Augusta.

The district was redrawn by GOP legislators after the 2010 census, packing it with enough Republican voters to guarantee the election of almost anybody with an (R) by his or her name. Anderson, however, is putting that plan to a stern test. In an election cycle in which money is all but falling out of the sky, Anderson is the exception, being outraised by Barrow by a 4-1 margin through Sept. 30.

Typically, underfunded challengers such as Anderson pin their hopes on “free media” such as debates to get exposure. However, Anderson has refused such public appearances, apparently believing that exposure is something that he should fear rather something to seek. Given the depth of knowledge that he’s shown, he’s probably right. But if he nonetheless manages to win — the race is a tossup, with perhaps a small tilt to Anderson — the victory will be stark testament to the GOP’s enormous political advantage in Georgia.

The third indicator to watch involves the state Legislature, where Republicans are tantalizingly close to achieving a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate. Theoretically, that would give them the power to pass proposed constitutional amendments on everything from school vouchers to abortion to tax reform without needing a single vote from Democrats.

In practice, though, I’m not sure how critical that would turn out to be. For the most part, Democratic legislators have shown no inclination, let alone ability, to act as an effective minority party with any real hope of becoming competitive again. Individual Democrats under the Gold Dome act more interested in keeping a low profile and staying in good graces with those in authority, from the governor on down, than in challenging the majority.

The result is a Republican Party with no real checks on its ambitions, and it shows. It shows in the nomination of weak candidates such as Anderson, and in the appointment of unqualified, well-connected personnel to lucrative top state jobs. It shows in the willingness of party leaders to enrich themselves and their friends without much fear of public reaction. And it shows in the party’s reluctance to rein in the ideological excesses of some of its leading members.

Take a minority party that shucks its duty and a majority party that believes itself invulnerable, and what you get is a complete absence of discipline in the system. By my calculations, over the long term that causes serious problems about 99.7 percent of the time.

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Georgia

October 29th, 2012
7:54 am

Stay firsty my friends.

Gale

October 29th, 2012
7:55 am

I like Atlanta, but I think I will have to retire to another state. I would think with the deck stacked in their favor, Republicans would not need to pander to the far right. Worse thought, they may not be pandering, but presenting and supporting far right legislation they actually believe in.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:01 am

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:01 am

And that’s just the way the Republican conned-stituency likes it. Just ask ‘em. They’ll tell ya. Their lives under Republican rule just gets better and better. :lol:

Georgia on my mind....

October 29th, 2012
8:03 am

no matter the outcome, Democratic voters will put up a fight…they WILL NOT bow down!!! If you have any problems voting, call 1 866 MY VOTE 1. Early voting is a plus!!

Normal Free...Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

October 29th, 2012
8:03 am

Maybe so, but I still voted for President Obama this past Saturday…

Whatever

October 29th, 2012
8:04 am

Our whole system is screwed up locally, state level and nationally. Both sides stink.

How about this spending? Looks very reasonable and sustainable:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/over-60000-welfare-spentper-household-poverty_657889.html

Georgia

October 29th, 2012
8:04 am

I live in Newt Gingrich’s old district, in Cobb County. I mean, Republicans AND Rednecks? And they’re all mixed together in Cobb. They’re interbreeding! Cobb county is the only place in the country where you can find a Volvo with a gunrack.

Come on Jay

October 29th, 2012
8:05 am

At least get the quote right, “so you’re telling me there’s a chance…YEAH”

Obama/Biden 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:06 am

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stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
8:08 am

Individual Democrats under the Gold Dome act more interested in keeping a low profile and staying in good graces with those in authority, from the governor on down, than in challenging the majority.

Sadly, that appears to be the case. To be somewhat charitable/play devil’s advocate, and just basing this on my admittedly limited contact with local elected Democrats, I don’t know that they have a whole lot of options, though.

Jay, can you give some idea of what specific things Democratic legislators COULD be doing to make a difference?

Sherman captures Georgia starring Eminem

October 29th, 2012
8:10 am

Georgia

October 29th, 2012
8:10 am

If Hurrican Sandy blows over the campaign sign in your front yard and it kills more than three lawn jockeys, than you might be a Republican Redneck.

Jm

October 29th, 2012
8:12 am

One party rule is bad, but not the worst aspect

The worst aspect is the GA GOP is content with the status quo / don’t rock the boat strategy they have

But GA needs and deserves better

Time moves fast and those sitting still get left behind

Child, please

October 29th, 2012
8:14 am

Thank God the Dems never abused power when they were in for 130 years after the Civil War. At least they kind of went along with the 13th Amendment and no longer deemed black people as property, but sure did their darndest to deny them all their basic rights (including the vote). I’ll take Repulicans and their pocket serving policies vs. Democrats and their pocket serving policies (that involved barring 1/4-1/3 of the population from voting (now that’s VOTER SUPPRESSION).
Have the Democrats in this state ever really apologized for any of that? No, really?

will the "REAL" Mitt Romney please stand up

October 29th, 2012
8:16 am

godless heathen

October 29th, 2012
8:17 am

Georgia Democrats might try appealing to more voters and see how that works.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 29th, 2012
8:17 am

Child, Please

Pardon me….but it really would make sense for you to get out of the
fifties.

The 1850’s.

Jack

October 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Gale, My wife and I are recently retired teachers and we are thinking about moving out of state too. I may have the only pick up truck with an Obama sticker on it in our county and its discouraging to be surrounded by so many Republicans. We both grew up in proud Democratic families here and still feel loyal to our party and its leaders. What I worry about is that we seem to have lost the middle in our politics. I think of myself as a moderate but the local Rebublicans are so far right the middle is an endangered species. Guess Ill go back out front and put another Obama sign up in the yard, some cowards are creeping around in the dark of night and threantining my home security…wonder if they are Republicans? If so I wish they’d just knock on the door so we could have a rational discussion. I’m waiting…….

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:18 am

southpaw

October 29th, 2012
8:18 am

Take a minority party that DOESN’T shuck its duty, and the majority party labels it “obstructionist.”

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:20 am

JACK

So you’d really move your house and family because your contestant in this auction is not supported enough in your opinion to warrant remaining in your home?

Seems both Romney and Obama are moving to the middle in the latters case, he will definitely at least feign an attempt…

Keep Up the Good Fight! -- Super Liberal!

October 29th, 2012
8:21 am

Oy vey, the children of the dog whistle sure do like to distract tht they are of the same conservative mentality holders who supported the CCC.

Remember the first C stands for liberal?

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:22 am

At least the Democrats got the word out before the Republicans could sneak through that legislation to raise taxes on the poor and give another tax cut to the wealthiest. The minority party should continue to focus their efforts on providing such transparency to the public.

GT

October 29th, 2012
8:23 am

The one party system has made some rich and many poor in our state. Some educated and many sentenced to poverty. One example, Georgia politicians have screwed up the state banking system for years. They did the county thing here that kept banks lending in one county and any adjacent county that touched their country line, while North Carolina allowed whole state banking. We caused our own demise in the banking industry here in Georgia while Wachovia and Bank America, BB&T all came out of NC to own us. That was government interference of another nature that screwed with the balance of national banking later on. We had less competition in our market because of Boss Hogs protecting their turf: Georgia policy that made a lot of pot belled South Georgia boys rich. This turf protection invites the feds into our affairs. The fair voter’s act in 1968, all that came because of a local government out of control, mostly in the Deep South. This imbalance of banking with all parts of the country not allow to compete has had a huge part in the troubles we face today.

Alternative energy is the next chapter. North Carolina and Virginia even Florida have projects that in 10 or 20 years from now will make them head and shoulders ahead of us in independent power. Water is another failed venture of our Georgia brain trust. And every time we start in on Obama for misspending the country’s money on solar or green check the defaulted industrial bonds backed by counties in the southern part of the state, how these losses are absorbed by this state, billions of lost dollars. They call O a socialist but they haven’t got a name for a one party system that is so corrupt it takes milk, education and hope from our children, for the selfishness of a few.

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
8:24 am

Guess Ill go back out front and put another Obama sign up in the yard, some cowards are creeping around in the dark of night and threantining my home security…

It’s a pain in the butt to rig up, but I bet it’d be fun to have a motion detector light/camera to capture the jackass and post his mug online.

Georgia

October 29th, 2012
8:24 am

Hurrican Sandy has officially lasted longer than the red spot on Jupiter, and Sandy’s gusts are officially clocked as faster than gusts on Jupiter. 400 mph on Jupiter. Galileo noticed the Red Spot. This truly is a F-F-F………I’m afraid to say it’s name three times while I look in the mirror.

Freedom Riders 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:27 am

GB

October 29th, 2012
8:28 am

The result is a Republican Party with no real checks on its ambitions, and it shows. It shows in the nomination of weak candidates such as Anderson,

Weak association. When you say “the Republican Party” nominated Anderson you create an impression that some big shots in a smoke filled room picked him. There was a primary election. Anderson won over three other Republicans. There was some interesting dynamics in that race that helped the underdog Anderson win over candidates from more populous Richmond County. This had nothing to do with any lack of checks on the Republican Party’s ambition.

BTW, if the big shots in the smoke filled room had done the picking, they would have picked one of the stronger candidates.

Woody

October 29th, 2012
8:28 am

Faint heart ne’er won fair lady.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 29th, 2012
8:29 am

“The result is a Republican Party with no real checks on its ambitions, and it shows. It shows in the nomination of weak candidates such as Anderson, and in the appointment of unqualified, well-connected personnel to lucrative top state jobs. It shows in the willingness of party leaders to enrich themselves and their friends without much fear of public reaction. And it shows in the party’s reluctance to rein in the ideological excesses of some of its leading members.”

Sounds like King Obama’s party on a national level.

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:30 am

At least a lot of the greedy cons took a good financial beating as a result of all the failed banks here in Georgia.

GB

October 29th, 2012
8:31 am

You are right about the impact of 2/3 majorities. Neither party has enough discipline to make that last vote important in most situations. There are not that many issues which would create a split exactly on party lines.

indigo

October 29th, 2012
8:31 am

The Republican Party is the majority in Georgia because of a solid core of Christian fundamentalist voters. These people, not known for much intelligence, are easily swayed by cynical, smart politicians who appeal to their ignorance and superstititions. If being a fundamentalist Chistian conservative results in a hard, poverty filled life, that doesn’t matter because they believe “we’re just strangers here, heaven is our home.

This kind of mindset is next to impossible to change, so look for Georgia to lead the way in a majority of shallow, ignorant voters for years to come.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 29th, 2012
8:32 am

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
8:24 am
Guess Ill go back out front and put another Obama sign up in the yard, some cowards are creeping around in the dark of night and threantining my home security…

It’s a pain in the butt to rig up, but I bet it’d be fun to have a motion detector light/camera to capture the jackass and post his mug online.

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or a large battery and some wires to add some sizzle

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:34 am

GT

I’m not sure how many of the municipal bonds were at the hands of the GOP but the ones I am most familiar with are related to unfunded benefits and pension obligations (often with unions), the building of prisons as pushed by cities for additional revenue that now have no inmates, public buildings, roads, education systems etcetera…politics has a role but I don’t see where, on the net, one party is more guilty than the other..

http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/28/news/economy/american_cities_broke.fortune/index.htm

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:37 am

INDIGO

I am an athiest and have been for many years…despite this, I find your comments about evangelical christians being dumb and under informed silly….Many of these folks are not in poverty but very well off and politically active…sweeping generalizations don’t get much traction…until of course your contestant is at risk…

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 29th, 2012
8:39 am

Valerie Garret, Eric Holder, Vernon Jones. Speaking of unqualified friends….

Freedom Riders 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:39 am

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am…

October 29th, 2012
8:37 am

Kyle is calling…you forgot that this is the liberal side.

AU Liberal in ATL

October 29th, 2012
8:40 am

Great for the GOP, lousy for 98 percent of Georgians.

Banner123

October 29th, 2012
8:40 am

Jay,

Although I am a conservative who likes having a republican stranglehold on the state of GA and how liberals like yourself seem to think the state is completely screwed up because of it. I don’t see you making the same arguments about CA, IL, NY, MA, etc. which have democratic strangleholds. When are you going to write about how screwed up those states are which are hugely democratic.

To me, we live in a utopia compared to those places.

ad

October 29th, 2012
8:41 am

I love how unfunded pensions get blamed on the unions. It’s as if union contracts are only signed by one side of the bargaining table. The idiot managers who agreed to fund those pensions apparently don’t exist.

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:41 am

Many of these folks are not in poverty but very well off and politically active

And they’re called the one percent because they are so many.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
8:42 am

Jay, can you give some idea of what specific things Democratic legislators COULD be doing to make a difference?

One thing that comes to mind immediately sfd: When Gov. Deal appointed the former executive director of the Republican Party as the state’s transportation planning director — a mind-boggling move in its own right — Democrats on the Senate and House transportation committees basically just politely applauded and voted to confirm the nomination, I suppose because complaining too loudly might cause the governor and DOT to look on them unfavorably.

AU Liberal in ATL

October 29th, 2012
8:43 am

Kid Rock, Meatloaf, Donald Trump, Lindsay Lohan, Glenn Beck…..talk about unqualified friends.

Keep Up the Good Fight! -- Super Liberal!

October 29th, 2012
8:43 am

To me, we live in a utopia compared to those places

I think Georgia has a new tourism slogan now. :lol:

willydoit?

October 29th, 2012
8:43 am

“Obama/Biden & the straight Democratic ticket!!”

Don’t forget the gay Democratic ticket too!!

Freedom Riders 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:44 am

I suppose because complaining too loudly might cause the governor and DOT to look on them unfavorably.

_____

That is the reason that many Democrats voted down the TSPLOST and will vote down the Charter School Amendment!

Jay

October 29th, 2012
8:44 am

Banner, I don’t live in those states. I didn’t raise my children in those states. And writing such pieces about California, etc,. while sitting in Georgia would seem pretty useless, correct?

AU Liberal in ATL

October 29th, 2012
8:44 am

Anyone who thinks this is utopia has obviously never been anywhere else.

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
8:45 am

Take a minority party that shucks its duty and a majority party that believes itself invulnerable, and what you get is a complete absence of discipline in the system. By my calculations, over the long term that causes serious problems about 99.7 percent of the time.

Yep!!

GT

October 29th, 2012
8:46 am

Indigo you are sadly right.

Billy Graham has now taken Mormons off the cult list he and others had them on for 100 years. I not sure if the right took them off or the Mormons found common ground with the new Christian right and just absorbed them into their commune. The right tried bringing the Catholics into their political machine, but the women in the Catholic Church saw the ball and chains coming, it is hell trying to brain washing educated women. They are too independent, which use to be the idea of this country, independence, but like Manson showed us years ago the cults take that out of our life.

curious

October 29th, 2012
8:46 am

Child, please

If you’re from Georgia and over 60, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to know that the Democrats of yesteryear are Georgia’s Republicans of today.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:46 am

FREEDOM

So you are suggesting that I should only post pro-liberal stuff here and pro-conservative stuff on Kyles forum?

Brosephus™

October 29th, 2012
8:48 am

Georgia Democrats might try appealing to more voters and see how that works.

The only way that will happen is if the Democrats move to the right. You still end up with single party rule though, when you don’t have both left and right to balance each other out.

Banner123

October 29th, 2012
8:50 am

Jay,

I understand your arguement for living in GA as a liberal. I just want to know from a philosophical standpoint IF you lived in those states, would you write about one-sided gov’t like you are in this article. Just trying to see if you would be consistant.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
8:50 am

check out #7 below:

50 Facts About Rape
1. Low estimate of the number of women , according to the Department of Justice, raped every year: 300,000
2. High estimate of the number of women raped, according to the CDC: 1.3 million
3. Percentage of rapes not reported: 54 percent
4. A woman’s chance of being raped in the U.S.: 1 in 5
5. Chances that a raped woman conceives compared to one engaging in consensual sex: at least two times as likely
6. Number of women in the US impregnated against their will each year in the U.S. as a result of rape: 32,000
7. Number of states in which rapists can sue for custody and visitation: 31
8. Chances that a woman’s body “shuts that whole thing down”: 0 in 3.2 billion
9. Rank of U.S. in the world for rape: 13th
10. A woman’s chance of being raped in college: 1 in 4 or 5
11. Chances that a Native American woman in the U.S. will be raped: 1 in 3
12. Percentage of women in Alaska who have suffered sexual assault: 37 percent
13. Number of rape kits untested by the Houston police force: 6,000-7,000 (Texas ranked second in nation for “forcible rape”)
14. Number of adult men accused of repeatedly gang raping 11-year-old girl in Texas: 14
15. Quote in the New York Times regarding the rape: “They said she dressed older than her age.”
16. Age of woman raped in Central Park in September, 2012: 73
17. Number of rape kits left untested in Detroit, listed by Forbes as one of two the most dangerous places for woman to live in the US: 11,303
18. U.S. state in which, in September 2012, mentally disabled rape victim was required to provide evidence of her “kicking, biting, scratching” in objection to her rape: Connecticut
19. State seeking to reduce childcare welfare benefits to women cannot provide proof of their pregnancy-causing rapes: Pennsylvannia
20. Percentage of sexual assault and rape victims under the age of 12: 15 percent
21. Percentage of men who have been raped: 3 percent
22. Percentage of rapists who are never incarcerated: 97 perent
23. Percentage of rapes that college students think are false claims: 50 percent
24. Percentage of rapes that studies find are false claims: 2-8 percent
25. Number of rapes reported in the military last year: 16,500
26. Pentagon’s estimated percentage of military assuaults not reported: 80-90 percent
27. Percentage of military rape victims who were gang raped/raped more than once: 14%/20%
28. Percentage of military rape victims that are men: 8-37 percent
29. Percentage of military victims who get an “involuntarily” discharge compared to percentage of charged and accused who are discharged with honor: 90 percent involuntary to 80 percent with honor
30. Chances an incarcerated person is raped in the U.S.: 1 in 10
31. Increase in chance that LGTB prisoner is raped: 15x greater chance
32. Number of men raped that could be counted as legally raped before the FBI changed its definition in December of 2011: 0
33. Number of rapes noted in commonly used World War II statistics: 0
34. Number of rapes of WWII concentration camp inmates: Untallied millions
35. Number of rapes of German women by Russian soldiers at the end of WWII: between 1m and 2m
36. Number of women raped in 1990s Bosnian conflict: 60,000+
37. Number of women raped per hour in Congo during war: 48
38. Country where 12 year old was forced to participate in the rape of his mother: U.S.
39. Country where women are imprisoned for being raped: Afghanistan
40. Age of Moroccan rape victim who committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist: 16
41. Worldwide number of “child brides” under the age of 18 forced to marry every day: 25,000
42. Ages of girls forced to marry a 59-year-old at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministry in Arkansas: 8, 14, 15
43. Estimated number of people, primarily children, sexually abused by priests in the U.S. versus the number of senior Catholic officials found guilty of sexual abuse related crimes in the U.S.: 10,667 to 1
44. Chances that a woman in the U.S. is raped versus gets breast cancer: 2 to 1
45. Chances that a victim is “Emergency Raped” by a stranger versus percentage of victims who consider their rapes emergencies: 7 percent versus 100 percent
46. Percentage of victims of rape who report the use of a weapon: 11 percent
47. Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence
48. State where in 2012 a doctor is facing the loss of her medical license for providing an abortion to a pregnant10-year old incest rape victim: Kansas
49. Country where doctors (but not the rapist) were excommunicated for performing a life-saving abortion to nine-year-old incest rape victim: Brazil
50. Country where major party’s vice-presidential candidate wants to criminalize all abortions including rape-related ones, because rape is just “another method of conception”: U.S.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:51 am

TAXPAYER

You are incorrect and many, if not most of the Mega-churches in metro Atlanta are not 1%’ers and have heavy democratic leanings…what exactly are the 1%’ers? Folks making over $550K comprise the one percent you LIBERALs blame for any and all ills…weak argument and a deflection from other, much more contributing factors…a material majority of the folks I know are not 1%’ers so once again, your demonization of those making over $550K or so is illegitimate…

Freedom Riders 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:51 am

Stevie Ray..Clown, are you conservative? All I am saying is Jay and Kyle can write about “the same topic” on the “same day” and you Repubs come over here and make comments that are pure B.S.

indigo

October 29th, 2012
8:51 am

Stevie Ray – 8:37

1. I did not say they are ALL in poverty.

2. I was raised in a fundamentalist home and was forced to go to church three times a week, every week, for 18 years. My comments about evangelical Christians are founded on hard, painful experience.

Please stick to things you actually know something about.

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
8:52 am

I suppose because complaining too loudly might cause the governor and DOT to look on them unfavorably.

Thanks for that example. I guess that’s the sort of thing best asked of a local Dem off the record. Hope they at least get something in return for the public thumbs-up, it’d be pretty pathetic if it were offered merely to avoid being penalized down the road.

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:52 am

How many more years will it take the Georgia GOP to do those GOP things that they claim to be in favor of such as smaller government and lower taxes and more private sector jobs and fewer government jobs…

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
8:53 am

I’m surprised we aren’t forced to recite scripture before we can go to the bathroom.

Ooops, they just added that to the agenda.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:53 am

FREEDOM

First I am quite independent and will vote for neither these idiots..second, please point me to one of my posts that are BS as compared to falling outside your BS mutual admiration society?

How can you learn anything by simply agreeing with those sharing your views as opposed to unbiased analysis of both sides..ridiculous and weak..

Just because someone disagrees with your brand of blather they are BS’ers…? Absurd and insecure commentary..

Jay

October 29th, 2012
8:54 am

Furthermore, while I applaud your love of Georgia, I’m not so sure that you fully grasp our relative situation. For example, you mention Massachusetts. Per capita income in Mass. is $51,500, roughly $16,000 more a year than Georgia. Schools in Massachusetts are generally the highest performing in the country. The September unemployment rate in Mass. was 6.5 percent; in Georgia, it was 9.0 percent.

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:54 am

Stevie Ray,

You are incorrect to claim that I am incorrect about something that I did not say to begin with. Put words in your own mouth and call them incorrect and you would be correct to do so.

stands for decibels

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

The only way that will happen is if the Democrats move to the right.

these are GA democrats you’re talking about–so you really mean “move EVEN FURTHER to the right.”

Which I guess would mean you’d proclaim your love for guns & some twisted version of a homophobe/sexist Jesus even more loudly than you already do.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

sfd, I am aware of no such deals, and I’m not sure that would make the collapse any more defensible.

Freedom Riders 2012

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Just because someone disagrees with your brand of blather they are BS’ers…? Absurd and insecure commentary..

_____

If everyone agreed, this would be a state that would need NO laws or rules…bring facts not B.S.

GT

October 29th, 2012
8:55 am

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am…travel down to Crisp County and you will see a landfill plastic recycling facility dormant. It was an industrial bond back by one of only 13 rural entitlement zones in the country, which means one of the 13 poorest counties in the nation, not just Georgia, and the place was shut down because of corruption,. I am sure I can find more but what does it matter? You people are like alcoholics who live in your own reality, use your own facts and destroy all of us like drunk cowboys coming to town after a cattle drive. Decent people are not coming to this state and the ones who live here are living in the thousands.

willydoit?

October 29th, 2012
8:56 am

“47. Prison sentences for four men found guilty of participating in gang rapes of two teenage girls in France over two years: one year, six months, suspended sentence”

Thank God we’re not as liberal as France…yet!!
Maybe the rapist were Muslims…I think Mohammed is okay with that!

Oops, I may have just started another riot in the Middle East :razz:

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
8:56 am

First I am quite independent and will vote for neither these idiots

Your posts do not support your claim, Stevie Ray. You are not “Independent”.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
8:56 am

INDIGO

Your experience does not remotely resemble the experiences of many, many others…just because you were raised in such an environment (that seems to fall in the category of folks referred to as stupid and uneducated in your original post) has no bearing on others…

You can do better than with your silly sweeping allegations….you are so smart and the balance of evangelicals are stupid..

nelson

October 29th, 2012
8:58 am

99.7% majority for the republicans. It could be better. There can be no rest, this is the home stretch. Go for 100%. Actually, a token representation of democrats may be alright. Just enough to keep the GOP vigilant. That really sounds good, I am seriously thinking of going to Georgia, I would be among some grand people.

skipper

October 29th, 2012
8:58 am

Jay,
If the exact opposite scenerio were true and the Democrats were in the driver’s seat, it would take three days for the parade you would have to end…………

when Billy Graham turned his back on God

October 29th, 2012
8:59 am

Money will alway$ rule over the bible when it come$ to Billy.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

TAXPAYER

I’m flattered by your interest in my “label”…what good does it do for me to post my hatred for the GOPS evangelical flock who are scary influential, those who want to deny gays rights, those who want to speak for a womans womb, the warmongers (im huge pacifist)…of course most of my post here challenge the mutual LIB admiration society…I learn alot this way…get a new game…and pay your taxes..your adminstration needs the money desperately!!!

jconservative

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

One party control of the State of Georgia continues. How long is it now – 150 years or so?

And it does not matter who is in charge – no competition means low quality.

willydoit?

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

It seems to me that the majority of the state knows what is best for Georgia, otherwise the other party would be in charge.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

Thankfully, we only have 16 electoral votes for Robme and Lyin.

Jay

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

Banner, all I can tell you is that when the Democrats ran Georgia, I was highly critical of a lot that Roy Barnes, Zell Miller, House Speaker Tom Murphy and others did, particularly on matters of ethics and transportation.

USA Patriot

October 29th, 2012
9:00 am

JB – “Take a minority party that shucks its duty and a majority party that believes itself invulnerable, and what you get is a complete absence of discipline in the system. By my calculations, over the long term that causes serious problems about 99.7 percent of the time.” I swear this sounds just like the US House & Senate in ‘08 & ‘09!

Don't Tread

October 29th, 2012
9:01 am

Take your whole piece, reverse parties, and apply to the federal government during 2009-2011.

Having one party in that much control is only good when it’s YOUR party, right? :roll:

alex

October 29th, 2012
9:01 am

Agreed, we have that problem with the Atlanta city govt. also….Typically the party in power will become so hideous and full of their own self importance that they fall-do in rome as the romans do-after all they are human….

Blame goes all around: making law and making sausage, …….

Ronald Reagan Parkway

October 29th, 2012
9:03 am

Agreed, we have that problem with the Atlanta city govt.

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The same can be said about Gwinnett County. They are having all kinds of ethics issues right now.

Lord Help Us

October 29th, 2012
9:04 am

Stevie Ray, my experience is similar to Indigo’s. I grew up in rural Georgia where it was expected that ‘good folk’ attend church.

I saw hypocrisy on a level I was unable to overlook (like everyone was expected to do).

You want to find racists – go to a church in the rural South
you want to find people that love guns and hate gun laws – go to a church in the rural South
you want to find people that (used to) back the tobacco industry whole heartedly – go to a church in the rural South
you want to find people that never saw a war against brown people they didn’t back – go to a church in the rural South
you want to find people that are against environmental laws – go to a church in the rural South

IMO, these are not Christians…

Jay

October 29th, 2012
9:05 am

Those of you trying to compare Georgia’s situation to that in Congress a couple of years ago just aren’t paying attention. (You are also trying to change the topic, but I digress.)

Even when they had small majorities in both the House and Senate, national Democrats had nowhere near the degree of control that Republicans now have in Georgia. Among other things, that can be attributed to the filibuster rules in the Senate.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
9:05 am

TAXPAYER

My bad if I misrepresented you post..

GT

I was thinking you were assigning most of the blame for pending bankruptcies of municipalities across the country at GOP….I’m suggesting that this is a bi-partisan issue…cities borrowed based on very risky propositions…and yes, many across the country have failed investment in mass-burn and energy generating facilities…also prisons pushed by private prison operators, also development bonds for homes and office facilities that remain vacant..

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
9:06 am

STEVIE RAY,

My interest in posting anything to you is merely to call you out for your false claims such as you have posted yet again. Be flattered all you wish.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
9:08 am

LORD

Of course I agree they are not christians….my beef is that sweeping generalizations that the downtrodden, rural religious cultures are all GOP demons is a bit much…

Christians and all organized religions do more harm than good..that’s just the opinion of a devout humanist…

bob

October 29th, 2012
9:10 am

Didn’t Georgia have one party rule for close to 100 years prior to the repub one party rule ? I never heard dems complain when they had a lock on GA politics. Tom Murphy ran the state for forty years.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
9:11 am

TAXPAYER

Someone who is independent, at least in my case, have made every attempt to consider all sides of issues…lunatic left, lunatic right and those in the middle on a case by case basis..

IMO, anyone who votes for either of these BS’ers is simply voting for the status quo and falling into the trap that anything will actually change regardless….DC is broken and neither party has incentive to fix it…

GT

October 29th, 2012
9:11 am

The results are there to be seen by all. Is this the state we want our children to grow up in? How much of that situation is preventable? How much of it is decided by misinformed people? The results really speak for themselves, like a football team that can’t win a game but doesn’t want to fire their coach.

The Republicans don’t want impoverished times to dictate the poor performance of a president, they want him to take the responsibility, but they want to claim the poor performance of the state is someone’s fault beside themselves. You decisions as voters put you in this soup, the reality are hard to argue. The country will be healed in the next four years yet this state has and will always be the slow child of the family.

RufusJunior

October 29th, 2012
9:12 am

Progressive change = Liberal Democrats Teachers change the answers on standardized tests in Atlanta

That inspires confidence in the Democrat Party, doesn’t it?

Fred ™

October 29th, 2012
9:13 am

Stevie Ray? If you are “independent” then why do you almost ALWAYS refer to democrats using insulting terms and refer to Republicans as Republicans or GOP? Despite your insistence otherwise, you give your bias away with your language. You use disparaging terms for our President but Romney is always Romney or Governor when you write about him……….

Our lack of belief in your claim of independence is full justified logically and linguistically.

Steve-USA

October 29th, 2012
9:15 am

sfd- “It’s a pain in the butt to rig up, but I bet it’d be fun to have a motion detector light/camera to capture the jackass and post his mug online.”

In 2008, in neighboring Dawson County someone used one of the camera’s that hunters attach to trees to see who was stealing their campaign signs. The newspaper said the pictured identified a “well known” resident but wouldn’t name them which I thought rather strange for a newspaper.

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 29th, 2012
9:15 am

JAY

I am one of those who digress…I can’t disagree with you about the GOP in Georgia…Deal and the like, if only by virtue of the pushing of the Charter school crap are sadly obstinate…no question….I also agree with you on Zell Miller and the like….for the most part, they are all the same..

Gravy Train

October 29th, 2012
9:15 am

I was talking with my Pastor about this the other day. My concern was that even though it is 2012 many people in our state are still stuck in a 1950’s mentality. He told me that the problem might correct itself after a few more funerals. Then I asked him: What about the people who pass on their backwards thinking to their children? He said that he thinks there are far more people like me who are raising their children without instilling prejudice and racism these days. While that may be true on a national level, taking a trip outside of the perimeter shows that trend in our state is in jeopardy. It is almost mind blowing the amount of people in this state that don’t demand results from our elected officials. It seems having an (R) next to their names gives them a free pass from responsibility. Take a look at our education and employment stats for proof.

TaxPayer

October 29th, 2012
9:15 am

STEVIE RAY,

As long as you preface your “Independence” with a disclaimer covering the fact that you have re-defined the word to suit yourself, go for it.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 29th, 2012
9:16 am

A college friend of mine years ago told me something his grandfather said once when describing a change of political party power at the state level – instead of having ‘our’ crooks in power it will be ‘their’ crooks. I guess people in Georgia are comfortable with that for now. At some point the power will shift but not this election cycle.