Your morning jolt: The woman who beat Sarah Palin in Alaska takes aim at the Georgia House

The woman who beat Sarah Palin for the beauty queen title of Miss Alaska in 1984 is aiming for the Legislature.

Maryline Blackburn, once of Alaska, now of Smyrna

Maryline Blackburn, once of Alaska, now of Smyrna

Singer and actress Maryline Blackburn of Smyrna, now a 24-year resident of the state, will announce Thursday that she’ll mount a Democratic challenge to Republican incumbent Rich Golick for his House seat.

Blackburn was Alaska’s first African-American representative to the Miss America beauty pageant. Palin, the future GOP vice presidential nominee, was a flute player from Wasilla. She was named Miss Congeniality.

Blackburn has said nice things about her encounter with Palin 26 years ago. But she voted for Barack Obama in ‘08.

Blackburn’s entrance is a happy development for Democrats. The 34th District has some rapidly shifting demographics.

Dan Becker is not a happy man this morning. The president of Georgia Right to Life woke up this morning to this piece from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) will make a final-hour push on Thursday to pass a revamped abortion bill that removes many of the original proposal’s most controversial elements….

Ralston told the AJC on Tuesday that the abortion bill now before the House, Senate Bill 529, is unacceptable as written. On Thursday, he will propose an alternative that is more constitutionally sound and not designed to encourage a court fight.

“I’m working with pro-life House members and House members who feel very passionately, and have supported SB 529, by suggesting to them that I’m interested in protecting the unborn,” Ralston said. “I’m not interested in the agenda of a special interest group, and I believe what we have done is craft a bill that has done that.”

Ralston’s decision essentially kills a months-long plan by GRTL to craft a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade – before the Obama administration is able to shift the dynamics of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Becker’s language was harsh.

“He clearly doesn’t want to challenge Roe v. Wade,” Becker said this morning. “This is amazing stuff, that David Ralston should single this one issue out for special treatment. This has been the most blatant political hatchet job that many have every seen.”

Becker said he and others were handed copies of Ralston’s draft at the close of business at the Capitol on Tuesday. In its version of SB 529, GRTL had inserted a ban on abortions based on the race or gender of the fetus. That portion has been significantly altered.

Most importantly, Becker said, is that within the restrictions imposed by the speaker’s legislation are exceptions for cases of rape and incest. Over the years, GRTL has worked to remove those exceptions from Georgia statutes.

When grading political candidates on the abortion issue, GRTL acknowledges only one acceptable reason for abortion – the life of the mother. “[Ralston] has literally introduced legislation that would take us back a decade,” Becker said.

The Rome News-Tribune this morning notes this change in the legislative line-up:

State Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was the first to throw his hat in the ring for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, who announced Monday he will run for attorney general.

Smith qualified to run for attorney general Tuesday, after a surprise announcement.

By Tuesday evening, Loudermilk was the only candidate to qualify for Smith’s District 52 Senate seat, and no one had come forward to qualify for Loudermilk’s District 14 House post, which includes eastern Floyd County and western Bartow County.

Earlier this week, Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed state Rep. Mike Coan of Gwinnett County as administrator of a state injury trust fund – which provides payments to workers permanently injured, under Georgia’s worker compensation law.

One of PeachPundit.com’s best contributers, former Gwinnett County GOP chair Buzz Brockway says he’ll qualify for the District 101 seat. It’s doubtful that political literature in Georgia can recover.

State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) on Tuesday became the first Republican to qualify for the Public Service Commission seat suddenly made vacant by Bobby Baker’s decision not to seek re-election.

Douglas quickly obtained the endorsement of what looks like the entire Senate Republican caucus. Other Republicans are considering the contest.

At least one Democrat is running for the seat. Keith Moffett of Macon announced last week, according to this piece in the Macon Telegraph.

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62 comments Add your comment

Jon

April 28th, 2010
10:22 am

GRTL is nothing but a special interest group. Good for Ralston for telling them where to stick it and pushing a bill that makes sense as a stand alone piece of legislation, not just as a means to an end.

Best of luck to Blackburn. Palin has shown the way to all former beauty queens. Run for office, quit in the middle of your term, profit!

????

April 28th, 2010
10:39 am

State Sen. John Douglas is my senator, good to see him move on.

FultonRighty

April 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Thousands and thousands of citizens across our state vote based on the life issue. Many of those at the Capitol today are there because they campaigned and/or were endorsed as pro-life candidates. GRTL gives expression to these citizens. Call that a special interest if you will, but this issue runs deep and wide especially in Republican primary voters. Many pro-life Democrats cross over because of it also.

MiltonMan

April 28th, 2010
11:06 am

Blackburn’s claim to fame – she beat Palin in a beauty contest. Whoopty-do. What does she stand for other than voting for Obama? All looks & no substance.

Petie The Crab

April 28th, 2010
11:13 am

A Golick Blackburn race should be rich. Get it? Imagine this question at their first debate: “What changes would you make Ms. Blackburn if elected?” ” I would establish world peace and eradicate hunger and suffering.” She beats Rich hands down in the swinsuit portion.

Scott

April 28th, 2010
11:14 am

So the small government less intrusive republican philosophy’s biggest hypocrisy…dictating what a woman must do with her own body and health. The Anti-choice movement will never be satisfied until all abortion is illegal. I only wish they would spend their time, energy, and money helping prevent unwanted pregnancies but where are the bills funding that? Also, what about the thousands of kids in foster care…how about some love thrown their way GRTL? Hypocrisy…

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
11:16 am

MiltonMan:

And your knowledge of Blackburn’s alleged lack of substance is based on what?

The Snark

April 28th, 2010
11:24 am

Shame on Ralston for setting the anti-abortion postion back a decade, after Georgia Right to Life had worked so hard to set us back a century.

James

April 28th, 2010
11:30 am

The only special interest group here that is forcing muscle is “Ralston”. Anybody arrogant enough to think he can over ride the senate, the house, and georgia with what he calls an “unacceptable as written” bill is in essence “dictating what a woman must do”. He does not have the right to try and impose his opinion over the “voted in legislature”. The senate had its say, now its time for the house to have their say. BRING THE BILL TO A VOTE WITH NO AMENDMENTS !!!

dw

April 28th, 2010
11:39 am

She voted for Obama!!! What a shock!!! Please, there were 4 African-Americans in the whole country that didn’t.

The Cynical White Boy

April 28th, 2010
11:45 am

Hey “dw” I think you exaggerate when you say there were “4″ who didn’t. I’d say more like 1.

Doesn’t matter what Oh-Blah-Blah does. He, his wife, his kids, his grandkids, etc, etc, will be set for life the same way the progeny of MLK live off of that name.

Marcos

April 28th, 2010
11:47 am

The GRLT sounds an awful lot like the Taliban.

OTW

April 28th, 2010
11:52 am

Why would the Speaker use his personal legislative counsel to kill a bill that passed BOTH of his own Judicial review Committees? For heaven’s sake, even Planned Parenthood sponsored. Rep. Wendal Willard and pro-abortion Republican, Ed Lindsey voted a “Due Pass” recommendation for GRTL’s bill.

One man is violating the will of the people and alienating his own grassroots base. Headline tomorrow for the AJC should be “Republican House Raises Taxes AND Kills Challenge to Roe.”

Go Ralston!

April 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Roe v Wade is law. GRTL needs to “get a life”.

MiltonMan

April 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Gerald, FYI I do research before I post. You should do the same.

90% percent of information on Maryline is related to her beating Palin in a beauty contest. The other 10% is about her being a singer & signing a few songs at Obama’s inaguration.

Once again, what makes her qualified? Is she going to walk around stage in an evening gown waving at potential voters? Is she going to sing us a song asking us to vote for her?

Intown

April 28th, 2010
12:05 pm

Are Repubs really attacking Ralston for changing an anti-abortion bill into … umm … an anti-abortion bill? My hindsight on my decision to move to Georgia from the Northeast ain’t pretty.

As for the criticism of Blackburn for “all looks no substance,” umm, isn’t that exactly the same thing Palin is?

Then Reverse Your Decision

April 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

My hindsight on my decision to move to Georgia from the Northeast ain’t pretty.

As a native Georgian, I wish to convey the idea that many of us stay up late worrying as to whether Northerners who have moved to the state are satisfied with their geographical choice.

Nothing would damage our collective psyche more than for you to have achieved a state of cognitive dissonance with your decision.

Having said that, I must return to my pickup truck to drive and check on the status of my cotton fields. Afterward, I’ll have a mint julep and a bowl of grits.

Bless your heart.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
12:22 pm

MiltonMan:

Your “research” was simply typing in her name on Google News. You know nothing about this woman’s education or her career accomplishments. And in particular, you know nothing about her accomplishments relative to the average person who serves in the Georgia legislature, which in case you hadn’t noticed isn’t a particularly accomplished lot (which of course is why they rarely get anything done, and when they do get something done it is usually done WRONG). Admit it MiltonMan, the only “qualification” that you care about is whether a person has an “R” behind their name.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

Intown:

Ralston is just a typical Republican. Most GOPers are actually pro-abortion. They just use the votes and money of the pro-life crowd to get elected. But when it is time to actually take a stand against abortion, do something that would actually limit or restrict the procedure, they sell out. The Ralston crowd will pass meaningless stuff like pro-life license plates all day long, but nothing that will challenge abortion’s legal status.

Take Ronald Reagan. He shook the pro-life crowd down good. But when it counted, Supreme Court picks, Reagan appointed 2 pro-abortion judges, and his only pro-life pick replaced another pro-lifer. The pro-abortion margin on Roe v. Wade was 5-4 when he entered office, and 4-4 when a pro-abortion judge retired. When Reagan left office, it was 6-3. And this was with Reagan entering office with a huge mandate and there being a large pro-life majority in the Senate. If Reagan was actually pro-life, he would have appointed Scalia in 1981 instead of pro-abortion absolutist Sandra Day O’Connor. Reagan could have made abortion illegal way back in 1981, and we wouldn’t have this abortion culture that we have now, because infanticide had only been legal for 9 years back then, was still viewed as infanticide, and we didn’t have the huge abortion subculture that we have now with 2 generations growing up with murder being legal. To this day, the “Reagan Republicans” insist the guy was pro-life knowing full well that it is a lie. Even before he was president, Reagan signed the nation’s most liberal state abortion law that set the stage for Roe v. Wade to begin with. And Reagan’s pro-life supporters never turned on him, which proved that to them Reagan’s opposition to civil rights laws was more important than his actual stand on abortion.

The GOP treats their pro-life supporters worse than the Democrats’ treat their black supporters. And just like the black voters roll over and take it from the Democrats, the pro-lifers do the same from the GOP. The only way the pro-lifers are ever going to get meaningful pro-life legislation passed is to start supporting both parties. It is absolutely amazing that Ralston states that he doesn’t want to challenge Roe v. Wade but is still pro-life. It is like a black person saying that he doesn’t want to challenge Jim Crow laws but he still supports civil rights.

TP4U

April 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

I like you @Gerald

MiltonMan

April 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Gerald, if you have been on ajc.com for any amount of time you would know that I am an independent but nice job on your lame attempt to label me.

Since you believe that you know everything, please educate us on Maryline and what makes her qualified. I have asked you now 3 times & you have failed to answer.

RetiredSoldier

April 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

????-

There ya go ????, now you can run for the state senate and be part of the solution. What do you say?

RetiredSoldier

April 28th, 2010
1:00 pm

Scott-

Since you are pro-choice, I’m sure you can answer this for me. Who is giving the unborn child a “choice”? Would the unborn child, if give a choice and voice do you think he/she would choose death?

I’m interested in your answers.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

MiltonMan:

Uh uh. That isn’t how it works. You don’t get to make an accusation, have another person make a counter-accusation, and then demand that the person who responds justify that response. Nope, the person who started it has to justify their original remark. It was you who stated that this Blackburn woman is unqualified. So, justify that remark by demonstrating that A) Blackburn is an undistinguished person in general and/or B) Blackburn is lesser qualified than many of the people currently serving in the Georgia legislature (or who were serving until scandals forced them to resign … please note that both parties in Georgia have been refusing to pass a real ethics bill for going on 20 years). Now, it will be far easier to prove A) than B).

cynthia

April 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

Scott: Very well said.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

Retired Soldier:

As any doctor or any mother who has carried a child to term, as well as anyone who has ever given birth to a seriously ill child. Unborn and newborn children fight to live with a zeal and determination that is difficult to comprehend, let alone describe. And by the way … despite the position of their union (the American Medical Association) most doctors are pro-life and refuse to perform abortions. A fact that the media doesn’t tell you. Just like the media doesn’t tell you that these “unborn unviable lumps of tissue” dream, play, learn etc. while inside the womb. The magazine Psychology Today has a ton of information on the emotional, moral and cognitive development of children inside the womb that never makes the light of day in the mainstream media because the Cynthia Tucker crowd knows that that research would do to the abortion debate. Psychology professionals have even started to advocate that pregnant women play classical music, be talkative, and do other things to stimulate the intellectual and emotional development of unborn children. But of course, Psychology Today is officially pro-abortion, and pro-lifers are not allowed to be official spokespersons for the APA just like they aren’t allowed positions of influence in the AMA.

The mainstream media … all the news that is fit to NOT print …

And by the way, the GOP never puts out all that MEDICAL RESEARCH on unborn children either. Why? Because they are led by pro-abortionists like Ralston, that’s why.

MiltonMan

April 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

Gerald I answered your questions. Are you denying that she is best known for beating Palin in a beauty contests? Are you denying she voted for Obama as she stated? Are you denying she sang at his inaguration? In my opinion, this makes her less qualified than a 6 term member.

MiltonMan

April 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

Gerald’s long-winded responses signify that he truly believes that Maryline is also not qualified.

RetiredSoldier

April 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

Gerald-

I knew the answer to my questions. It’s interesting that none of the choice folks have answered. Why? Because they can’t give an acceptable answer except the woman should have the right to control her body.

Betram

April 28th, 2010
1:40 pm

WOW!!!!!Really? OK, she won a beauty contest, but that is no reason to run for office. However, what do we know about her politically? Jesse Ventura was a wrestler, but turned out to be a pretty good Gov. for Minnesota. Arnold has turned out to be a pretty good Gov. for California. Oh, and let’s not forget that Reagan was once an actor before Gov. of CA, and then President. To criticize this woman without knowing anything about her political seems a litle premature. Now, if she proves to be as much of an idiot as Sarah Palin, I say we start to question the political trend of Alaskan beaty queens.

Betram

April 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

Gerald…..tried to research you statement “most doctors are pro-life”, and got nothing. Where did you find this statement?

Betram

April 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

Cynical….and let me guess you only have a problem with “Oh-Blah-Blah” being set for life. Do you feel the same about the 435 on Congress, or are you just selective?

lmno

April 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

I looked up Ms. Blackburn on the Internet Movie Data Base. They’ve never heard of her.

Maybe she was a stage actress.

I don’t know anything about her. Maybe she is brilliant.

But it is annoying when people call themselves actors, but have not acted.

lynnbo

April 28th, 2010
1:52 pm

Ms. Blackburn will be an asset to Georgia and we need more women serving in office. I only hope she didn’t attend a hate church like Rev. Wrights and hates all white people.

Betram

April 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

Lynnbo…..find a church that isn’t hate filled, and you can have my next paycheck.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
1:58 pm

MiltonMan:

No, you didn’t answer any of my questions. Which is, of course, why you subtly changed your stance from “unqualified” to “less qualified than a 6 term incumbent.” And you claim to be independent, but you continue to make an issue of the fact that she was one of the 54% of Americans who voted for Obama. As if being one of the 50% of Americans who voted for Bush in 2004 would have made her more qualified or something …

Betram:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/62726.php

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/abortion/ab0115.htm

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
2:04 pm

Nick:

What is the unemployment rate for black people in America? For black people in Georgia? For black people in metro Atlanta? For black people in Cobb County? But of course, you aren’t a racist are you? No, some of your best friends are black. BTW … provide evidence that she is unemployed. Maybe you and the “independent” MiltonMan can collaborate on that one.

Gerald

April 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Imno:

“But it is annoying when people call themselves actors, but have not acted.”

She acted in the movies “Made In Heaven” and “School Daze” and in the TV show “Sweet Auburn.” She has also done commercials.

Alabama Communist

April 28th, 2010
2:08 pm

LOL! No doubt every known Tea Bagger in the State of Georgia will show up to stop this outrageous women who beat Sara Palin like a drum in Alaska……………

Betram

April 28th, 2010
2:08 pm

Gerald…….thanks for the references. I appreciate it. However, as a scientist, I would like to see the sampling of physicians. I can’t confirm or deny what they have written, I just have to take it on face value that they wrote the article with the utmost integrity. Please keep in mind ……..if you go to a lake, most fish will be in favor of water.

Eds

April 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

The Obama administration is not going to be able to change the dynamics of the Supreme Court when Justice Stephens retires. Stephens is the most liberal justice. Replaceing a liberal with a liberal does not change the dynamics of the Supreme Court. Now, if we could just get one of those conservative justices to retire then we would be set.:)

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April 28th, 2010
7:57 pm

To settle this left-right, liberal-conservative thing, I say that Maryline Blackburn and Sarah Palin should battle it out in a rematch of the face-off for the title 1984 Miss Alaska for all of the ideological political marbles….by each representing their respective parties after being oiled up, of course, and doing some hot girl-on-girl wresting in a tub full of either jell-o or mud or some kind of gooey tasty treat. Oh yeah, I would pay to see that one in lieu of a debate! Hot! Hot! HOT!!!

Truth

April 28th, 2010
8:17 pm

Gov. Palin probably has nice things to say about Ms. Blackburn. I would luv to see Ms. Blackburn and Ms. Palin up on the stage together for a campaign rally. Ms. Palin has said that she would campaging for any party. HeHeHeHe

Good luck on your House Seat, Ms. Blackburn!

Glad to be ITP

April 28th, 2010
11:06 pm

All of you “pro-life” people slay me. Especially the males. Easy for you to be against a woman’s right to choose. Don’t you get it? It’s not your fight!! Any more than anything having to do with your testicles is mine. Pro-life, huh? How do you justify clinic bombings? Clinics where women are getting fertility counseling. Yeah, abortions are less than 10% of what they do in women’s clinics. How about wars? Killing is justified when it comes to supporting your narrow, uninformed, bigoted views. That’s “pro-life”? By the way, nobody is pro-abortion. We are pro- a woman’s right to choose vs. a mass of cells being more important. Yeah, I actually think an adult, living, breathing woman and her life take precedence. You can’t get pregnant, so don’t think you have the right to make laws governing MY body. So much for “less government”, huh?

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“Gov. Palin probably has nice things to say about Ms. Blackburn.”

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