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Poll Position: Should politicians who resign early help cover the cost of special elections?

Chip Rogers made news this week by announcing he was resigning his recently re-won Senate seat to take a job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. A special election for the seat will be held Jan. 8, just two months after Rogers’ replacement could have been elected in the general election had he stepped down earlier. Channel 2 Action News reports the special election will cost Cherokee and Fulton counties $500,000.

Should politicians who resign early help cover the cost of special elections?

  • Yes (203 Votes)
  • It depends on the circumstances of the resignation (166 Votes)
  • No, they should give their campaign funds back to their donors (39 Votes)
  • No, that’s part of government and they should be able to use their campaign funds as they wish (27 Votes)

Total Voters: 435

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But that’s not all. Rep. Sean Jerguson, who like Rogers hails from Cherokee County, is resigning his House seat to run for the Senate post. So there will be a special election the same day to …

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Poll Position: Which big win would make you happiest?

Now for something completely different …

As my longtime readers know, I’m a sports fan. And if there’s been a bigger four-day stretch of big and potentially big sports news in Atlanta than we’ve seen beginning Wednesday, I don’t recall it.

Which of these big wins makes (or would make) you happiest?

  • UGA’s (potential) SEC title/BCS title game berth (120 Votes)
  • The Falcons’ big win (64 Votes)
  • Sports? I’d rather be shopping … or raking leaves! (21 Votes)
  • Tech’s (potential) ACC title (18 Votes)
  • The Braves’ big moves (13 Votes)

Total Voters: 236

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Wednesday: The Braves reached a deal with free-agent CF B.J. Upton.

Thursday: The Falcons beat their arch-nemesis, the Saints, to move within a whisker of the NFC South title and a step closer to home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. (As a bonus, a loss Sunday by Tampa Bay would give the division title to the Falcons.)

Friday: The Braves traded pitcher Tommy Hanson, freeing up payroll funds for another …

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Poll Position: Who is GOP’s best choice for U.S. Senate?

There’s been a lot of speculation for some time now about who in the Georgia GOP might challenge U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a primary when he’s up for re-election in 2014. That speculation owes to a couple of issues on which he’s strayed from the main Republican Party line, most recently and notably with his openness to revenue increases via his work with the Gang of Six in the Senate.

Who is the GOP’s best choice for U.S. Senate?

  • The incumbent, Saxby Chambliss (217 Votes)
  • Someone else (92 Votes)
  • Tom Price (42 Votes)
  • Paul Broun (25 Votes)
  • Tom Graves (13 Votes)

Total Voters: 389

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The buzz grew last week after Congressman Tom Price lost his bid for a higher position in the House GOP leadership ranks (to Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington). Adding to the intrigue surrounding Price is the fact Speaker John Boehner, a friend of Chambliss’s, backed McMorris Rodgers.

In an article posted last night, Roll Call suggests another possible challenger to …

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Poll Position: How to avoid the fiscal cliff?

The election is over, but there is real work to be done in Washington before President Obama even begins his second term. On Jan. 1, about seven and a half weeks from now, we take a flying leap over the fiscal cliff unless Obama and Congress can strike a deal to avoid it. Oh, and the debt ceiling will probably have to be raised again before the end of 2012, too.

How should Obama and Congress steer us away from the fiscal cliff? (Please vote for one tax option and one spending option)

  • Raise tax rates (53 Votes)
  • Cut spending across the board, cap future increases (48 Votes)
  • Reform entitlements to slow spending growth (46 Votes)
  • Close tax loopholes (45 Votes)
  • Focus on defense, other discretionary spending (39 Votes)
  • Do nothing; bring on the fiscal cliff! (19 Votes)
  • Be revenue-neutral, spark growth to raise revenue (18 Votes)
  • Create a VAT or other new tax (4 Votes)

Total Voters: 163

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This time, Obama is inheriting a mess from himself. The …

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Poll Position: Who will win the presidency?

The day is almost upon us. It’s time to declare.

After a very long election season, we’re a few days away from learning whether Barack Obama will be re-elected or if Mitt Romney will replace him. Which way will it go?

Who will win the presidency?

  • Obama with a couple of states to spare (458 Votes)
  • Romney by just a few electoral votes (367 Votes)
  • Romney with a couple of states to spare (295 Votes)
  • Obama by just a few electoral votes (270 Votes)
  • Obama with 325+ electoral votes (185 Votes)
  • Romney with 325+ electoral votes (184 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,759

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Now, you can find any number of data points to support your desired or predicted outcome. National polls, state polls, battleground polls, early voting totals, absentee ballot requests, TV ad spending, campaign stops by the candidates and their surrogates — all point to a tight race, and any can be used to explain why Obama will win or Romney will be victorious. In such a close race, with hardly …

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Poll Position: Do we need moderators in presidential debates?

Through three debates — two between the presidential candidates, one featuring their running mates — there’s been one constant: The moderators have been part of the story each time. PBS’ Jim Lehrer was faulted by some for being too hands-off; ABC’s Martha Raddatz for being too quick to interrupt; CNN’s Candy Crowley for playing fact-checker during one particularly heated exchange between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Do we need moderators for presidential debates?

  • Absolutely (131 Votes)
  • Never (53 Votes)
  • Only in some of them (46 Votes)

Total Voters: 230

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(As an aside, as someone who’s moderated several debates myself, Crowley was wrong to intervene in that manner for two reasons, neither of them partisan: First, it wasn’t her place to offer an opinion; if she was trying to cut off the debate and move on to another topic, she should have simply said, “This one will have to go to the fact-checkers.” Second, fact-checking isn’t part of the moderator’s …

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Poll Position: How should Obama respond to embassy attacks?

The big story this week was the series of attacks on U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa: from Libya, where our ambassador was killed, to Egypt, Yemen and, today, Tunisia and Sudan. In Libya, the government is cooperating with the investigation into the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The responses from the other countries have been mixed, but they have been rather tepid on the whole.

How should Obama respond to the attacks on our embassies?

  • Cut foreign aid (255 Votes)
  • Pursue the killers in Libya; otherwise, lie low (173 Votes)
  • Stop issuing travel visas for people from those countries (130 Votes)
  • Bomb ‘em (108 Votes)
  • Economic sanctions (106 Votes)
  • Too soon to say (102 Votes)
  • Cut diplomatic ties (91 Votes)
  • Increase foreign aid (5 Votes)

Total Voters: 517

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President Obama made a mistake Wednesday evening when he said of the Egyptian government, which has been in place less than three months, “I …

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Poll Position: If WMDs are used in Syria, should U.S. intervene?

Everyone waiting for an “October surprise” from the Middle East has tended to focus on Israel and Iran. But earlier this week, U.S. intervention in Syria’s civil war was put on the table — by President Obama.

Unlike in Libya, where potential mass killings of civilians by forces loyal to then-dictator Moammar Gadhafi prompted Europe and the U.S. to side with the rebels, Syria’s 1.5-year-old conflict has already claimed 20,000 lives, more than half of whom reportedly were civilians. Monday, in a rare Q&A session with the White House press corps, Obama warned both sides in the conflict against using weapons of mass destruction:

We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region, that that’s a red line for us, and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front, or the use of chemical weapons. That would change my calculations significantly.

It was the strongest indication from Obama yet about what it …

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Poll Position: Should Obama dump Biden from the ticket?

After a week when Joe Biden employed his best Delaware drawl to warn “y’all” the GOP wants to put you “back in chains,” told the same Virginia crowd that they would help President Obama win North Carolina this year, and declared America perfectly capable of leading the worldwide automotive industry well into the 20th century, the vice president is catching plenty of heat. Naturally, the rumors are swirling that he will, or should, be replaced on the Democratic ticket this year.

Should Obama dump Biden from the ticket?

  • No, Biden’s still the man (367 Votes)
  • No (because Biden helps the GOP!) (328 Votes)
  • Yes — for Hillary! (264 Votes)
  • Yes, even if Hillary won’t do it (194 Votes)
  • I don’t know (40 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,193

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Ed Klein, author of a book about the Obama administration, said last night on CNBC that Hillary Clinton was offered, and turned down, the job — two weeks ago. Personally, I would be surprised if that entire conversation — from Obama …

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Poll Position: Do you secretly enjoy having time to yourself while commuting?

In the aftermath of the T-SPLOST, I heard numerous theories about why the proposed tax went down in flames. I’ve offered my own, broad explanation for this result. But it does not necessarily exclude lots of sub-explanations — reasons some particular commuters might have had for voting against it. Here’s the most intriguing one I’ve heard:

Some people secretly like their time in the car, because it’s the only time they have to themselves all day.

Do you enjoy having “alone time” during your commute?

  • Are you kidding? Heck no! (67 Votes)
  • Yes, but don’t tell my spouse (52 Votes)
  • I plead the Fifth (8 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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Personally, I don’t subscribe to this idea. I don’t mind my commute because, nine days out of 10, it’s quick and easy. And on that one day out of 10, I’m not happy about the extended driving time. But a few people I know have admitted to enjoying their “me time” in their cars — time they can spend listening to their music, or a …

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