Candidates of the same party rarely run as a ticket in Georgia. But if they did, one would think that nominees for governor and lieutenant governor would be natural partners.
On the Democratic side, this isn’t necessarily so.
There are no signs of tension between Roy Barnes and Carol Porter, the nominee for lieutenant governor – whose husband DuBose was trounced by Barnes.
But in terms of tactics, message and geography, Barnes’ fortunes in November may be tied more closely to Ken Hodges, the Democratic nominee for attorney general.
Below is an account from the Albany Herald of Hodges’ “impassioned plea for support” to the local Rotary Club on Thursday:
“I am not running to be the Democratic attorney general of the state of Georgia,” Hodges said to the packed house. “I am running to be the attorney general of the state of Georgia.
“I need your support. I need your vote, and I also need for you to tell your friends all over the state that you know who I am and that they should support me.”
Hodges, who was Dougherty County’s district attorney for 12 years, is locked in a tight race with Republican Sam Olens and is stressing his prosecutorial roots.
“I am a prosecutor, not a politician,” Hodges said. “During the primaries, the voters soundly rejected a politician versus a prosecutor. I am not running as a national Democrat. I am running as a Georgian.”
Sensing that the “D” beside his name could be a liability this fall in the heavily Republican state, Hodges attempted to hammer home his nonpartisanship.
“My campaign transcends party lines,” he said. “I have gotten support from both sides of the aisle. The reason they are supporting me is the reason you all know about.”
Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal issued 28 years of income tax information Thursday evening. See the details here.
The Democratic campaign of Roy Barnes declared that the disclosure – the document dump included no schedules, only cover pages of Deal’s return – gives only “a partial look into what he’s been hiding.”
Even so, Deal declared the matter of his finances closed.
But last night, the Insider called on insomniac bookkeepers, accountants and numerologists to take a peek at Deal’s paperwork. A few pitched in.
From Gary Scott of Atlanta:
In looking at both candidate’s returns for 2009, Deal’s Total Income (Line 22) was $229,123, Barnes’ was $5,098,639. Deal’s Taxable Income (Line 43) was $124,383, Barnes’ was $4,507,974. Deal’s Federal Income Tax (Line 60) was $25,399 and Barnes’ was $1,227,996.
According to Barnes’ and Deal’s State of Georgia Financial Disclosure Statements, filed with the State Ethics Commission, Barnes’ net worth is in excess of $16.6 million and Deal’s net worth is $2.0 million.
The interesting discovery I came across tonight, was Barnes[‘ past] partnership in Croy Engineering. Croy earned close to $20 million from Georgia County and Local Governments.
And from a CPA who called himself “Grumpy:”
[T]he first 2 pages of Form 1040 tell us nothing. It’s not a full financial disclosure. Not even close. If [Deal] truly has nothing to hide, the rest of the schedules would be released and he would also release the business tax returns that flowed through to his Schedule E.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, had an op-ed piece in The Hill newspaper this week, arguing against “birthright citizenship” as ascribed to the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But Gingrey made this observation:
As a way to rectify this issue of birthright citizenship, some in Washington have suggested repealing the 14th Amendment in its entirety.
This would be problematic, because the 14th Amendment serves as the foundation for the Bill of Rights to be applied at the state level.
For example, just this June in the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court – using the 14th Amendment as its basis – ruled that firearm ownership is an individual right protected at both the federal and state levels.
On Wednesday, Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal identified childhood obesity as one of the planks of his education platform. Feed kids more local veggies, Deal said.
We noted that only a week before, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican who faces Democrat Carol Porter in November, had embarked on his own childhood fitness campaign.
But we missed a Valdosta Times article that covered a Wednesday visit by Gary Black, the GOP candidate for agriculture commissioner:
Black also wants to tackle some controversial issues, such as nutrition in schools and childhood obesity. He says if he can encourage school systems to utilize locally produced fruits and vegetables, such as the systems in South Georgia, it will be less expensive and more nutritious for children.
Two examples are a curiousity. Three examples make a premeditated trend – a concerted effort to woo teachers, parents and south Georgia farmers with a single issue.