Your morning jolt: Democrat Carol Porter goes unendorsed by abortion-rights group

Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee aimed at supporting Democratic women, published its list of endorsed candidates for 2010.

A state version of Emily’s List, one of the Georgia PAC’s criteria is support for “reproductive freedom.” In other words, abortion rights.

We’ll list the recipients below, but most important is who the WIN List did not endorse: Carol Porter of Dublin, who as a candidate for lieutenant governor will be be the highest-ranking woman on the Democratic ballot in the July 20 primary.

Porter, wife of the Democratic candidate for governor, did not apply for consideration by the group, said Amy Morton of Macon, chairman of the group. (Morton says she is personally supporting Porter.

Morton says she is personally supporting Porter, who is attempting to chart an unusual middle ground on the abortion issue, refusing to describe herself as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Her husband, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter, describes himself as “pro-life.”

Those endorsed by Georgia’s WIN List:

– For state insurance commissioner: Mary Squires;

– For state Senate: Freddie Powell Sims, Nan Orrock, Valencia Seay, Horacena Tate, Gloria Butler;

– For state House: Pat Dooley, Stacey Evans, Elly Dobs, Alisha Thomas Morgan, Kathy Ashe, Pat Gardner, Simone Bell, Margaret Kaiser, Elena Parent, Mary Margaret Oliver, Stacey Abrams, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Karla Drenner, Michele Henson, Pam Stephenson, Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Debbie Buckner, Carolyn Hugley, Nikki Randall.

WSB-TV and InsiderAdvantage are out with a statewide poll that shows former Gov. Roy Barnes making a puzzling 17-point leap beyond a previous survey conducted in April.

The poll puts Barnes at 64 percent, far more than is needed to win the Democratic primary without a runoff. Half of white voters surveyed and nearly three-quarters of black voters declared support for Barnes.

By the numbers:

– Roy Barnes, 64 percent;

– DuBose Porter, 8 percent;

– Thurbert Baker, 6 percent;

– Carl Camon, 5 percent;

– David Poythress, 1 percent;

– Randal Mangham, 1 percent;

– Bill Bolton, 0 percent;

– No opinion, 15 percent.

The automated poll was conducted May 26 among 428 respondents who said they were likely Democratic voters. MOE is 5 percentage points.

An increase could reflect the fact that Barnes is currently the only candidate – Republican or Democrat – with a substantial presence on television in Georgia. But the former governor has been on the air in metro Atlanta for less than a week.

Jeff DiSantis, spokesman for Baker – the candidate hurt most by the poll, says he has his suspicious about the survey’s methodology.

“A broken clock is right twice a day. It’s also wrong the rest of the time. Well, this poll is a broken clock and it’s just wrong. It doesn’t match any other public or private poll we’ve seen. Even the poll’s author suggests his numbers won’t hold up,” DiSantis said.

These were the standings in April, according to that previous IA poll:

– Barnes, 47 percent;

– Baker, 18 percent;

– Poythress, 6 percent;

– DuBose Porter, 5 percent;

– No opinion, 24 percent.

The Fulton County Daily Report keeps its online material behind a screen, so we haven’t seen it ourselves.

But we’re told that an Andy Peters story today details an appearance by candidates for attorney general before the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, includes this assessment from Democrat Ken Hodges on whether Georgia election law should continue to be subject to Section 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act:

“Certainly there was a need for [the law] originally,” Hodges said. “If there is evidence of discrimination [it should still be enforced], but I have not looked at that [law] to give an opinion on that now.”

Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball is out today with a cold-eyed assessment of likely GOP gains in the U.S. House this November.

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall’s 8th District race against Republican Austin Scott is listed as “likely Democrat.” U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) is not mentioned at all in the Crytstal Ball collection of competitive House races.

Sabato’s Web site predicts a 32-seat gain for the GOP, but says it can find no evidence that Republicans are near a takeover of the House. And warns that GOP leaders may be hurting themselves by puffing up expectations:

Republicans would have every reason to boast about a 32-seat gain. But it may appear diminished if GOP leaders continue to project that the party will pick up 60, 70, even 100 seats or more, as some Republicans have done in the past couple of months.

Barring a massive GOP wave, these predictions appear to be unrealistic daydreams. In politics, expectations matter, and more than a few prominent Republicans are setting the bar ridiculously high—at least given what we are seeing in the key districts across the nation in late May.

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29 comments Add your comment


May 27th, 2010
10:21 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


May 27th, 2010
10:26 am

Why would a lieutenant governor candidate’s position on abortion be relevant to anything? What am I missing?

David Poythress is clearly the best choice to be governor from either party. How is it that someone with such a resume garners so little support?

Oh well, I guess it will be Barnes. Maybe he can appoint Poythress to a high post again.

Raquel Morris

May 27th, 2010
10:26 am

I wonder if Andy Young and the other so-called Black leaders who endorsed Ken Hodges knew that he was not in support of the Voting Rights Act?

We have GOT to do better.

Just Nasty & Mean

May 27th, 2010
10:56 am

What is different from Republican’s high expectations and democRat attempting to LOWER expectations of those gains.

It’s the same.

democRats are going to have to pull out a BIG rabbit (like the Mark Foley page scandal info Rahm Emanual sat on for a year until just before the election—or the non-descriptive, undefined, inoffensive “Macacca” remark in Va.) that with the support of the lap-dog LEFT WING Press made such an impact in the last election.

What slime tactic are they going to use this time?

Raquel Morris

May 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Something tells me Carol Porter is not too concerned about the women’s vote in general, or Georgia WIN List’s endorsement in particular. Once the women of Georgia learn WHY Casey Cagle dropped out the race for Governor, they won’t have a problem supporting a strong woman with great ideas for getting the state back on track.

Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, looking like a fool…


May 27th, 2010
11:18 am

I’m sorry Roy, you destroyed our party once… I won’t let you destroy it again.


May 27th, 2010
11:23 am

This election is Roy’s to lose. The last 8 years under Sonny Perdue have been a disaster! Georgia has become a total joke nationally. Public education has been absolutely gutted, and now many of those whiney teachers that wanted against Roy in 2002 are out of a job thanks to Bubba Perdue and his cronies. The only one that can challenge Roy will be Oxendine, and I’m not sure he has what it takes to win in the south part of the state. I say Roy wins, and it won’t be that close.


May 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Imno, you are 100% correct. Her opinion on abortion does not have anything to do with the office she seeks.

Nonetheless, her thoughful, balanced answer to the abortion question makes her a hero in my book. It would be easy for her to pander to one side or the other. It would be typical of a politician to provide a pat answer. Her answer indicates she thinks through issues, can evaluate both sides and is looking for the common, and common sense, grounds.

In the past week, in my eyes, she’s gone from a political spouse, who, frankly, I couldn’t understand being in the race, to someone who may just be able to change the partisan politics that passes for leadership nowadays.


May 27th, 2010
11:43 am

dan, while you make many points about what you perceive as Perdue’s failures, you don’t offer a single reason to vote for King Roy other than the fact he is not Sonny.

Newsflash: Sonny won’t be Gov next year no matter which of the other people wins. You Barnes supporters have no reason to offer for voting for King Roy. You know “he screwed up last time but trust him anyway” won’t convince anyone. You know “he’ll make everyone sit down at the table to negotiate before foreclosure” is a toothless solution and a restatement of what already happens, anyway. You know “he’s a hero to teachers” never came out of a teacher’s mouth. You know “he was a hero for changing the flag” only points to the fact he doesn’t listen to anyone – even those of us who supported changing the flag – because the flag he rammed down people’s throats was horribly ugly.

Enough of the Sonny bashing. Please give us one concrete example of something Barnes accomplished in the past and relate that to how one of his proposals may actually benefit people in GA today. (ie: Roy has won six spelling bees, and has spent at least one hour each day for the past six months practicing his spelling, so he is the best candidate to ensure all the words in the State Constitution are spelled correctly. Not Sonny can’t spell. We need good spelling today to make up for the bad spelling over the past eight years.)


May 27th, 2010
11:48 am

The legislature run by the wackos is against rail and they appropriate the money.Rail is dead in Georgia no matter what the studies may show!

Daisy Duke

May 27th, 2010
11:53 am

Is there anybody out there that believes this poll is accurate? I would laugh at the results of that poll if it weren’t so damaging to our entire political process. Anybody who is paying half attention to the Governor’s race, knows that this poll is totally flawed. Barnes with 64% of the vote? Give me a break. Carl Camon with 5%? Not hardly. Baker with 18%? No way. Poll results are very important to candidates because of the impact it has on fundraising. We also know that polls tell people who are not paying attention how to think. For WSB and Insider Advantage to release this nonsensical poll is reckless and unethical. WSB and Insider Advantage should apologize to all the candidates, retract this poll, and admit that their automation system obviously has some bugs in it.

Conservative Democrat

May 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

To (aptly named) “Angryvoter”: You asked for reaons to vote for Roy Barnes. I’ll give you three: eduation, transportation and water. It is uncommonly brave for a politician to do something that risks angering a a constituency that makes up his political base, even when it was the right thing to do. Roy was ahead of his time on teacher accountability–something taken for granted now because of No Child Left Behind. Second, Roy understands that, without applying vision and investment to this State’s transportation issues, Georgia will fall behind its sister states in the Southeast, businesses (read “jobs”) will locate elsewhere. Third, we have no choice but to address water. At the end of the day, Roy is competent. He basically wrote the present version of Georgia’s Constitution and he understands how State govt works and can be made to work to make things better. It is not a flashy reason or an emotional choice but that’s the best reason for his candidacy.


May 27th, 2010
12:13 pm

Angry Voter – thoughtful balanced answers mean she is sitting on the fence, scared to take a stand. If you don’t tak a stand, you stand for nothing. As for Roy – this is from The Aspen Institute website: Roy had many legislative accomplishments during his term as Governor. In Education, he focused on lowering class size, raised standards by requiring accountability, and passed legislation requiring more discipline in the classroom. He also created a comprehensive group to study education in Georgia and undertook the most widespread revision of education in a generation.

Believing that health care in Georgia must be both affordable and accessible, Roy successfully fought for passage of the bill that guaranteed patients the right to choose their own doctor, and a bill that established a patient’s bill of rights and allowed insurance companies to be held liable for denying or delaying much needed care.

As Governor, Roy also demanded that taxes be cut. He completed four years of a property tax cut on homes and family farms. He passed a property Tax Payers Bill of Rights that exposes backdoor tax increases of increasing assessments to public scrutiny. Roy also passed the first ever Sales Tax Holiday for Georgia in an effort to stimulate the economy and provide citizens with immediate tax savings. Roy honored his campaign promises and made tough decisions to insure hope for jobs, education and healthcare.

You want to know what he did, there you go. He made mistakes – and you haven’t? Did you learn from them – did he? Or do you just not like him no matter what lessons he learned?


May 27th, 2010
12:15 pm

If the ones the Tea Party and Republican nominate are anything like the ones that have been victorious in the primaries thus far, well, the gain in the House could be less that 20.

Even Republicans recognize a nut when they see him/her.


May 27th, 2010
12:25 pm

Fools –

This is one of my beefs with Barnes. (I know, I have many.)

You present some concrete accomplishments. Why doesn’t Barnes discuss those in his commercials? Why, instead, does he make up a lottery issue (last time) or offer a nothing, pandering non-action solution to the foreclosure crisis? If he really thinks he accomplished something that the people of GA would respect, why doesn’t he have the conviction to run on those things?

IMO, touting lowering taxes eight years plus ago isn’t an accomplishment. A pet rock could have accomplished that in the economy of yesteryear. Different day, different issues. (No, this isn’t Sonny’s fault. All Govs in all states have the same issue right now, many even worse than us.)

Finally, we all learn from mistakes. I let my friend drive my car once. He drank, drove and had a (thankfully small) accident. I learned from that mistake. That friend will never drive my car again, no matter what. We gave Barnes they keys to the Governor’s Mansion once before. I learned a similar lesson with those keys!


May 27th, 2010
12:38 pm

Who cares about this Socialist club? Answer: The Keystone Cops of the World, the Georgia and U.S. Democrats. These people are a complete joke and will lose bad in this state. Casey will trounce DuBose’s wife. Roy will be crushed by the Ox. Johnny will decimate Michael “I don’t care to tell you how much I raised” Thurmond. We should expect to see the Dems going home this fall.


May 27th, 2010
12:41 pm

Conservative Democrat – He was governor once already. He did nothing on those issues then. Based on track record alone, what makes you think he would do anything this time? Has he “seen the light”?


May 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

democrats endorsing democrats – so what?

Bill Orvis White

May 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

You got that right Brother Timothy! Amen! Anyone who doesn’t fight for a culture of life doesn’t deserve to be elected, period.


May 27th, 2010
12:53 pm

Angry Voter says enough of the Sonny bashing?

Sonny has had 7 years do do something. He was ignoring transportation and water issues long before the economy went sour. DOT’s problems started before he became governor and he has actually made things worse. He is the leader of state Republicans right now and Republicans have done some very stupid things. Reckless tax cuts and non existent ethics go hand and hand.

How does an angry voter not bash Sonny? Barnes is going to spend the next 5 months bashing Sonny with tons of ammunition. Bashing Sonny and the Republican leadership is the main issue of the whole election.

David S

May 27th, 2010
12:54 pm

Seriously, Roy Barnes is the best the Democrats can scrape up for this office? What more is there to say?

Mr. Grumpy

May 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

AngryVoter and Red and others of you who hate Roy Barnes, Conservative Democrat whipped your butts, and you just can’t stand it, can you? Barnes will run on his accomplishments as Governor. Just stay tuned. You can’t argue what he accomplished in just 4 years. It took Sonny Perdue and his cabal of neo-cons 8 years to accomplish absolutely nothing. Barnes had a transportation plan, a water conservation and use plan, an education plan — but that thief you elected to replace Barnes was too egotistical to use any of those plans for the benefit of the citizens of this state. To do so would show he didn’t have an original idea in his head. Instead, he squandered 8 years worrying more about passing legilslation for “Go Fish” than dealing with our neighboring states on water use issues. His solution was to hold a prayer vigil on the steps of the Capitol and pray to the Almighty rather than roll up his sleeves and find real solutions. Now, he got us a federal court order giving his successor about two years to resolve this issue. (Have you ever noticed that every time Sonny decides to sue someone or some federal agency he loses the case and we have to pay for it?) You see your Sonny Boy used most of the 8 years running his agribusiness and figuring out how much state land he could buy for himself, his family, and his buddies. In 2008, he was so foucused on getting what he wanted, he put close to 80 or so combat veterans out on the street when he closed a state-run veterans’ home in Milledgeville because it cost $1.5 million a year to operate, but then turned around and added $23 million to his budget request for “Go Fish.” There’s man of real principle for you, right?

I won’t hurt your feelings any more about what he’s managed to do to Georgia’s public education system. You’ve heard enough about that, haven’t you?

Transportation? What plan did he get? None. On the last day of the 2010 legislatibve session, Republican members of the House and Senate hammered out a piece of junk that won’t even go into effect until 2014, but they knew they couldn’t go into the November elections without SOME kind of transportation plan, otherwise Democrats would beat them to death over their lack of leadership on the ussue. So, a “spinnable” piece of junk was far better than not having anything to show constituents, many of whom are too stupid to know when they’re being lied to. What did Sonny do to help transportation in Georgia? He squandered so much of DOT’s cash reserves that we will now not receive federal highway monies we’ve ALWAYS received because our DOT doesn’t have the cash to offer up as matching funds. That was a brilliant move, wasn’t it? You happy about that? No Democrat Governor in Georgia’s history EVER did anything quite that stupid when it came to federal highway monies.

And if you think Oxendine’s the answer, you’re equally delusional. When all the information finally comes out about how much money he’s taken from those he’s supposed to regulate and how off the wall he is, you’ll be even more embarassed to say you support him. In fact, many of us hope that he’s precisely the candidate that Republicans vote to run against Barnes.

Good luck in November!


May 27th, 2010
1:51 pm

I don’t think Roy Barnes ’screwed it up last time’. Teachers were ticked off at him because of state requirements imposed upon them, and Sonny lied to them about what he’d do about it, getting their votes; rednecks were upset with Barnes due to the state flag, and Sonny lied to THEM about what he’d do about it. Otherwise, Barnes would have won that election.

Georgia Voter

May 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

Sonny like any other politician, he found a issue that was passionate to Georgian’s and rode it all the way to the Governors mansion. The FLAG issue, he said “we’re going to open the flag issue back up.” And you IGNORANT YAHOOS jumped on his back and rode it. And I saw “BOOT BARNES” signs all over this state. Nobody else cared about anything else but that darn flag. The Flag issue was opened back up and HE (Sonny) did not give you the flag of your choice. And from that point forward, I saw signs that said “PUNT PERDUE” Remember George Bush’s re-election, he picked and poked at John Kerry’s military history and talked about Gay Marriage. What the heck does that have to do with anything?? When that fool got re-elected, we didn’t hear anything about Gay marriage and what did John Kerry being in the military mean to us? NOTHING. But you IGNORNAT YAHOOS cared, why? because he found a issue that you cared passionate about and you rode his back.

Eugene Talmadge

May 27th, 2010
2:29 pm

Roy was a pretty good governor whose arrogance did him in. He seems to have learned the kind of lesson that one only learns in politics when the voters give him/her a mule kick in the head. Of all the candidates, he’s the guy who actually knows what he’s doing and he has a chance to be a great governor this time. The flaggers won’t be for him, but they’re diminishing angry relics of the past, now. The teachers who taught him a big lesson should appreciate that he’s apparently learned his lesson and recognize this is the guy that will serve education better than anybody else running. If it’s Roy against Oxendine, it’ll be a known commodity vs. a known commodity, unlike when Sonny, the barely-known opportunistic Democrat-turned-Republican cleaned his clock. Just about everybody I run into who’s not from Sonny’s hometown seem to think he’s been a pretty sorry governor, maybe the worst since Carter.


May 27th, 2010
2:50 pm

@ Dan

Teachers really don’t blame Sonny for the economic ills that have befallen the nation and state. We do, however, remember the lies and total lack of respect Barnes had for educators.


Barnes didn’t tick teachers off because of state requirements. He blantantly lied by saying he wouldn’t mess with teacher tenure and then one month after the election he said he wanted to get rid of tenure. He came up with the idea of making us take the CRCT and the requirement that students of low ability should somehow be able to perform at grade level. He wanted to punish teachers in low performing schools and then there was that awful, “Let’s get rid of Georgia’s bad teachers” commercial. When teachers complained about his attitude and lies he literally told us to sit down and shut up.

Never again….never…


May 27th, 2010
4:35 pm

@Timothy–Casey’s shenanigans and indiscretions will come out and Carol will trounce him. Roy’s accomplishment’s and Oxendine’s corruption within the insurance industry will be disclosed and he will also be trounced. I just viewed Thurmond’s 2008 and 2009 campaign disclosures and that’s the form used to disclose how much folks gave you and what you spent the money on. the disclosure they are talking about is his personal finance disclosure and I think they changed the law about when you disclose that information. I guess it’s an honest mistake. Johnny has lined his pockets long enough by powerful special interests, banking industry. etc. and he too will be trounced. Just thinking about what trash they will throw at candidates that have actually did something for folks.Where were you when Eric johnson failed to disclose $250,000 paid to his architect. Slime begets slime.


May 27th, 2010
5:08 pm

67% of those polled must have come directly from Barnes’ contributor list.


May 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

Oops. 64%. It’s still an absolutely unbelievable poll by any standard.