Your morning jolt: Norwood leads ATL mayor’s race, four of six GOP candidates for governor say yes to secession

WSB-TV and Insider/Advantage released a poll last night that showed a “wide-open” race to replace Shirley Franklin as mayor of Atlanta, with Councilwoman Mary Norwood in the lead.

But 43 percent of 420 voters contacted (MOE ±5%) said they’re still undecided. November is still six months away, and campaigning has barely begun.

Says IA’s Matt Towery:

“As a result of a very robust combination of appearances and yard sign efforts, Mary Norwood clearly has raised her name ID higher than the other candidates. … I anticipate that Norwood will remain strong, particularly among older voters and white voters, where she has already captured nearly 50 percent of the white vote.”

Here’s the official line:

— Norwood, 37 percent;

— City Council President Lisa Borders, 10 percent;

— State Sen. Kasim Reed, 4 percent;

— Jesse Spikes, 2 percent;

— And “other,” 5 percent.

The only surprise in the above ranking is Reed, with his close connections to Franklin. But Reed’s support is thought to be anchored on Atlanta’s south side, always a difficult area for pollsters to probe.

Towery offers a demographic breakdown on his web site.

Also in today’s news: Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News has polled the six GOP candidates for governor:

Four of the six…apparently favor disbanding the federal government if it imposes new firearms restrictions.

That proposal is part of a nonbinding measure that sailed through the state Senate on a 43-1 vote on the next-to-last day of the 2009 legislative session.

One 2010 gubernatorial hopeful, Eric Johnson of Savannah, voted for the resolution. Two others said they would have voted yes if they were senators. A spokesman for Secretary of State Karen Handel said he “supposes” she would have done so.

Only state Rep. Austin Scott, of Tifton, opposed the resolution. A similar measure in the House never came to a vote.

U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal appeared to play this right. He kept his mouth shut.

While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:

  • A conciliatory Gov. Sonny Perdue approves $18.6 b budget, and vetoes only three line items in the process.
  • To no one’s surprise, north Georgia bankruptcy filings jump 36 percent.
  • Gwinnett County puts a surge of cops on the street to “neutralize any criminal activity.”
  • MARTA CEO Beverly Scott is a top candidate for NY transit authority post, but says she’s not interested.
  • Sandy Springs splits on leftover money.
  • Chief Justice Leah Sears will join Chicago law firm, should that U.S. Supreme Court spot not work out.
  • Anti-immigration laws, economy slow minority growth in U.S.
  • Some opinion:

  • Jay Bookman says the capital gains veto by Sonny Perdue was an act of stewardship.
  • Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais think the GOP is tone-deaf to the generation that will shape future politics.
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • 11Alive.com: Some Atlanta city employees take their city vehicles home, sometimes driving over 100-miles round trip.
  • Atlanta Unfiltered: A judge says PSC Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. should pay a sharply reduced fine for violations.
  • MDJ: Amnesty offered for red-light scofflaws caught on camera.
  • And beyond:

  • WSJ: Karl Rove says Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to “torture.”
  • WP: Barack Obama shifts on abuse photos, says release would endanger troops.
  • NYT: Boy Scout affiliate group trains members to fight terror, protect border.
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    11 comments Add your comment

    Sissy Saxby

    May 14th, 2009
    10:42 am

    I am confident that the people of Georgia will elect one of these morons. I only hope they then keep their promise to secede from the USA, so taxpayers in other states can stop subsidizing Georgia.

    Disgusted

    May 14th, 2009
    1:51 pm

    I am a conservative Christian, and I am an American. Talk of secession is un-American, ignorant and traitorious. I am disgusted with any candidate who would say such a thing. Apparently the flag our fathers fought and died for means nothing to them. We need a conservative candidate for Governor who believes in this country, not one who is willing to turn his back on this great nation for political gain.

    MC

    May 14th, 2009
    2:15 pm

    Clearly the consensus is that Georgia should more resemble Haiti. Fine; see if I stay long enough to see it.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    May 14th, 2009
    3:36 pm

    Based on my “field study,” Matt Towery’s wig must be getting in his way. One suspects he’s trying to “trick” his polling for some unspoken reason:

    A Black, veteran police officer on the Southside, and Atlanta native, commended Mary Norwood to me – “White” by appearance – speaking in detail of his contact with her as an elected official, and of her being upright, and at my neighborhood park, on the far distant side of Atlanta, a City worker shared her retired City worker father’s endorsement of Mary Norwood, confirming the highly credible police officers’ estimate of her, and they are Black.

    Mary Norwood’s support appears to be diverse in Atlanta, perhaps Towery doesn’t support her, and perhaps he still lives “on the other side of the river” and has no good dog in the fight.

    Mary Norwood as Mayor of Atlanta; Max Cleland as Governor of Georgia; and the People come out winning all around getting in front of President Obama’s bringing the Roman Anti-Christ and its carpetbagging minions, of all complexions, to justice for posterity’s sake.

    Copyleft

    May 14th, 2009
    3:40 pm

    Well, that’s certianly convenient! Four of the six GOP candidates openly admit that they hate America.

    That will make voting MUCH simpler by the time election rolls around.

    NickNick

    May 14th, 2009
    3:42 pm

    @Will You honestly think Mary Norwood will pull black votes from two strong African American candidates??? You shouldn’t be so selfish with your obvious crack addiction.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    May 14th, 2009
    8:47 pm

    Actually, black by minute blood quantum and white by appearance is just my cup of tea–just as it was Marse Thomas’.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    May 14th, 2009
    10:17 pm

    Name-thief, you are the scum of the earth.

    The Dream Team

    June 16th, 2009
    11:50 am

    The Dream Team

    June 16th, 2009
    10:11 am
    Wake UP Call! Lisa, Mary, and Kasim let the voters decide who will be the next Mayor of Atlanta and stop these amateurism antics and advise your staff that they are playing a dangerous game. I find it hilarious that you would each have the same slime-ball on payroll. You may also want to review you staffing plans EACH of you have a mole operating in your campaigns. Politics 101

    Furthermore, Lisa and Kasim you both will NEVER be Mayor of Atlanta, because you are disingenuous and have delusions of grandeur. Mary will also get 20% of the African-American vote. Not because she is a great candidate, but largely due to the fact that Blacks are sick of elitist, pompous, arrogant, self-serving black leadership, which has further disenfranchised our communities! No jobs, exorbant foreclosures, and HIGH CRIME.

    Shirley Franklin did not make any of us proud. She made us weep.

    Glen and Jessie, I applaud your efforts and campaign to take these monsters! Remember the reason they fear you and Jessie Spikes is because they realize the two of you will stripe away too many black votes, thus eliminating the potential for a Run-off which they will also lose by large margins. Mary will get 70% of the white vote and 20% of the black vote. Thus, keep up the good work. Mayor Norwood for Mayor! Kudo’s we get a 2-for-1 with Clair Muller for President.

    The Dream Team

    April Malone

    June 18th, 2009
    11:53 am

    bigbuck

    December 2nd, 2009
    9:17 pm

    wats up yo guys