Mary Norwood, running as an independent candidate for Fulton County Commission chairman, says she has sued Democratic incumbent John Eaves — for allegedly using a picayune point of law to sabotage her campaign.
Norwood needs 22,000 or so signatures – 5 percent of Fulton County’s registered voters — by mid-July in order to have her name placed on the November ballot.
Norwood says that Eaves, relying on what she calls a “hyper-technical interpretation of the law,” is insisting that the word “Fulton” be handwritten, by each signer, along with a street address. Eaves is being represented by former congressman Buddy Darden of Marietta, with the influential firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge.
Norwood says her campaign received written approval from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections to “pre-type” the word in the space requesting the signer’s county of residence.
Because if it says “Cobb” or “DeKalb,” the signer can’t also be on the Fulton County list of voters.
The demand for handwritten “Fultons” would jeopardize thousands of signatures she’s already gathered. Norwood seeks an emergency ruling from a superior court judge.
“This is further proof why residents of Fulton County deserve another choice for commission chairman this November. We need anyone who cares about ballot access or is a supporter of mine to come out and sign the petition,” Norwood said in a press release.
Brian Kemp, the Republican incumbent in the contest for secretary of state, is fuming over a mailing by primary challenger Doug MacGinnitie.
One side of the flyer includes an image of the Purple Heart given to those wounded in combat, with the following:
He’d gladly surrender this [the medal] to get his vote back. Read about how Captain Basnett lost his vote after being wounded in Afghanistan. The story’s on the other side of this card.
The reverse side explains that an absentee ballot was on its way to Afghanistan when Basnett was wounded. He was brought home in time for the election, and called his county clerk. Sorry, the clerk says, only one ballot per veteran.
Only in the third block of type does MacGinnitie reveal that Captain Basnett is a “hypothetical” member of the armed forces.
By MacGinnitie’s own admission, “Captain Basnett” does not even exist and the entire story was a fiction designed to illustrate a point about Georgia law. Worse, the point he is making about Georgia law is false as well.
Georgia law does in fact allow voters, especially service members overseas, to request another absentee ballot from their county elections officer by signing a simple affidavit stating that the first ballot was not received. The elections superintendent will then cancel the first ballot and issue another. [O.C.G.A. § 21-2-384 (a)(5)]
In his flyer, MacGinnittie argues that the problem hasn’t been entirely fixed.
State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the leading Republican candidate for governor, has won a temporary reprieve. From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:
A State Ethics Commission hearing about more than $100,000 in questionable campaign contributions to Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s bid for governor has been cancelled, according to a posting on the commission’s website.
No other details were immediately available, but as of late last week the hearing was still scheduled.
But the case has been simmering for more than a year, since The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Oxendine collected $120,000 in contributions from a series of Alabama-based political action committees with ties to a insurance companies that Oxendine regulated.
The companies, State Mutual Insurance and Admiral Life Insurance Co., both of Rome, filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court in late May to quash Ethics Commission subpoenas that sought documents related to the contributions.
On Monday, Atlanta Stonewall Democrats issued their first-round list of endorsements in the July 20 primary.
There were no surprises, until you reached House District 94, currently held by Randal Mangham of DeKalb County, who has decided not to seek another term.
Four Democrats are in the contest to replace him. But the Stonewall Democrats declined to endorse, “since all the candidates demonstrated qualities that would be a dramatic improvement for its LGBT residents over the current representation.”
In 2004, Mangham cast a deciding vote to put a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage up for a referendum.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets next week with President Barack Obama.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss wants to make sure they talk chicken.
He’s authored a letter to that effect with Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Says the Senate pair, according to feedstuff.com:
“Our poultry producers are required by USDA to meet very stringent food safety standards, which help them produce a safe and high-quality product. The Russians have failed to supply a reasonable, scientific explanation for restricting their market to U.S. poultry and we believe that their citing of safety concerns as reason for their trade barriers is baseless,” they wrote.
The Senators noted “a continued absence from the Russian market, which is worth $800 million annually to American producers, would only increase the economic uncertainty our poultry farmers already face.”