Your morning jolt: Are the fortunes of Democrats Roy Barnes and Ken Hodges tied together?

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.

Democratic nominee for attorney general Ken Hodges

Democratic nominee for attorney general Ken Hodges

“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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50 comments Add your comment

Noo Corrupt Deal. Nooooo King Roy

September 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

Corrupt Washington Politician… Raw Deal
Failed Governor………….King Roy Barnes
None Of The Above………………….John Monds

I’ll be voting NONE OF THE ABOVE

I can see Russia from my house

September 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

CPA Grumpy’s got it going on!

DW

September 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

Go, CPA Grumpy!

Aquagirl

September 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

“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.”

Grumpy FTW! So Deal releases incomplete crap late Thursday of Labor Day weekend. Just coincidence, I’m sure.

I don’t care how much Roy Barnes made when he wasn’t in office and there are no substantial allegations that money came from funny business. Isn’t it supposed to be Republicans who discourage the class warfare crap?

Ed

September 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

Wow Roy, I just saw that Deal released his tax records. He’s small potatoes compared to what you make.

WAW

September 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

The Truth, the whole Truth and nothing less than the Truth. The IRS does not accept an “Executive Summary” of Deal’s tax returns and neither will the voters in Georgia. If you’re REAL, let’s have the rest of the DEAL!

Just Peachy

September 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

I’ll be writing in Karen… She doesn’t even qualify for write in but I’ll sleep better that night knowing I didn’t assist in sending either of these candidates to the dome. I do question for Deal if he releases the entire return isn’t he also releasing his business partners? I’m no accountant so I’m just not sure but it does make me wonder if that is part of the reason for not disclosing in it’s entirety. it still doesn’t smell right either way. He had a no bid agreement with the state that lined his own pockets… PERIOD. Look at the hell the congressman in TX is getting for awarding scholarships to her grandchildren and top aid’s kids. It’s the same thing abusing your own power to get what you want.

You Asked

September 3rd, 2010
11:12 am

Asking for tax records which are not required to run for office is a cheap trick on the part of the Barnes campaign. It ranks right up there with the birther nonsense used against Obama.

So what’s next for the ‘ol negative campaign strategy Roy? Nathan Deal has not shown us his receipts for underwear in the last 8 years. Is he congressman going comando? What is Nathan Deal hiding?

n

September 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

Both have gotten rich in large measure due to their legislative and/or executive branch service. Perhaps Barnes feels he is rich enough now, thanks to many years in government and benefitting handsomely from the spoils of his power and political patronage contacts, that he can focus on public service rather than lining his pockets. Maybe. Ya think?

Aquagirl

September 3rd, 2010
11:29 am

Houston, the Deal staffers have landed.

Jesse Jackson

September 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Democrats are the best politicians money can buy.

King Roy

September 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

Jesse is right.
Vote for me…I support Obama ’s big government agenda.

Logic 05

September 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

Barnes is such a ZERO.
He has made promises to everyone that he know he can’t keep.

ATL Res

September 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Because Sam Olens is the Republican candidate, Ken Hodges has a better chance of winning the November election. If Max Wood was the Republican candidate, there is no question that Max Wood would win in November. Instead the Republicans chose Olens who has not practiced law in about a decade and has no prosecution experience whatsoever. How Olens believes he is qualified to be Attorney General is nothing short of a pipe-dream fueled by his misguided ego. So I repeat my conclusion: Because Sam Olens is the Republican candidate, Ken Hodges, who is a practicing attorney, has a better chance of winning the November election.

Wondering

September 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Why does Hodges not want to talk about the Muscogee County deputy’s killing an innocent Africa-American man on the side of I-185? Why did Hodges refuse to present the case to the Grand Jury?

Gov. Elect Bobby Kahn

September 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Excuse me, but all press releases about the King and I need to go through my office at this point, Mr. Galloway.

DWH

September 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

That’s why Barnes’ ad shows WALB. They’re aware that there’s a big opportunity in SW Georgia for votes.

And by the way, no one really remembers Bobby Kahn except bitter die hard politicos.

Retired Soldier

September 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Oleans wins and will win handily. Georgia is in the mood to finish the job of switching from Dem to Rep. There will not be any statewide wins for the Dems in 2010.

Georgia will have unifed government in the hands of republicans and then we republicans need to perform. If we don’t, then like the congressional democrats this year, republicans should be booted.

Dirty Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

Don’t quite understand how you’re saying that Barnes’ and Hodges’ fortunes are linked. What’s to say that, at this late date since he didn’t make anything of this during the primary, Hodges trying to pretend that he’s really some kind of ‘Bluedog’ tick has anything to do with Roy. Roy’s a hard-nosed, get it done kind of guy that makes no bones about being a ‘big-D’ Democrat. Sure there are plenty of idiots that are willing to go along with Republican hate and prejudice but that doesn’t make it right and that doesn’t mean that they’ll win in November. Could be that voters will wake up to the failings of Republican leadership both here in across the Country.

Rich Boy Roy

September 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

The purpose of the federal government is to redistribute wealth. The purpose of the state government is to redistribute wealth into my bank account.

The Snark

September 3rd, 2010
12:11 pm

WONDERING: Hodges most certainly did present the case to a grand jury, in November 2004. They watched the videotape of the shooting several times. They did not vote to indict. If you have a beef with that, take it up with the members of the grand jury — many of whom, by the way, were the same color as Mr. Walker.

Wonder no more.

phil

September 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Uh, Retired Soldier- Georgia has had an unified government for the last 8 years in the hands of republicans. Governor, State House, and State Senate are all totally controlled by the repubs. Attorney General & Ag Commissoner were the only dems. I agree, repubs will totally take over, and it is going to be sad to see Jim Marshall lose to Austin Scott. Being a retired soldier, you would have to like his middle of the road stance, and his support for the military and retired military.

Kevin

September 3rd, 2010
12:15 pm

I’m proud to be a Democrat. I’m not a billionaire so not rich enough to be a Republican and get their tax cuts. I work for a living.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Demublican/Republicrat – same diff’ but Obama was a better choice than Married to the Mob McCain and inbred Alaska whitetrash Palin.

Olens is the lesser evil, as he is, in part, inclined toward some degree of righteousness.

Hodges is thoroughly unfit: His role in the Phoebe Putnam scandal and his failure to pursue justice for the police-murder of an innocent man, prove it.

If Barnes can “man-up” a little and Deal doesn’t “spill” on his salvage income, Barnes will be potentially less embarrassing for Georgia.

Bill Orvis White

September 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Both dumb corrupt Democrats who are hellbent on controlling your lives by limiting or even opposing prosperity. The proof is blatant, you have to be a head-in-the-sand Democrat not to see the corruption between King Roy and The Intimidator Hodges. Since the liberal media refuses to do its homework on these guys, those of us who are seeking the truth have to turn to the blogs for the correct information.

lmno

September 3rd, 2010
12:30 pm

I will be voting for Roy Barnes. I will not be voting for Ken Hodges.

I was in highschool in Albany when Ken Hodges took over as DA of Dougherty County. The town had high hopes for him. People called him “Boy Wonder”, however, eventually he abused his power for big donor Phoebe Putney Hospital.

Power corrupts, what can you say? Take a look at Nathan Deal for an example of that.

HELL NO YOU CAN'T!

September 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Boner/Brewer 2012.

Oh Intown Writer...

September 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

For all those carping against Barnes and big government -

Deal made his money off a lucrative NO BID GOVERNMENT CONTRACT

No competition – write your own ticket

Insider politics for the sole benefit of insiders

And as far as education goes – Barnes learned his lesson with the teachers. Deal, being a Pub, is going to have a hard time selling me that he isn’t more of the same 8 yrs of bait-and-switch education policy of Purdue.

For all that, I’ll poll all the teachers i know and ask them: better under Barnes or better under Perdue

and then duck and cover…

Ed

September 3rd, 2010
12:57 pm

remember the outer perimeter? ole Roy just happened to own some land that it was passing through when he was gov.
it’s hard to believe there are people out there that think rich people know when they have enough money to walk away from it

Retired Soldier

September 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Phil-

I don’t like Marshall’s for for Nancy for speaker. I also question the “passes’ Marshall and other Dems in republican districts on the tough votes.

Retired Soldier

September 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

vote, sorry for the typo

n

September 3rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Meant Deal & Barnes. Not Hodges.

Bobby Anthony

September 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm

I do not remember Bobby Kahn, but I do remember Roy Barnes. That is why he will be the only Democrat who will not receive my vote in November.

????

September 3rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Retired Soldier

September 3rd, 2010
1:19 pm

Desk jockeys always have a problem with combat heroes.. I know you are really close to Saxby Bad Knee Chambliss.

Retired Soldier

September 3rd, 2010
4:59 pm

????-

Your comment matches your name. Have a nice Labor Day.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 3rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. What have you done about it “Soldier” but ignore or deny? The faker doesn’t know the meaning of The Oath…”against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

No honor there.

“Great” being wished “a nice Labor Day” from one who probably never worked an honest day’s labor in his life.

JL

September 3rd, 2010
6:04 pm

Bill Ovis, You might get the news YOU want from blogs but you better look up the definition of truth. I don’t think it means what you think it does.
lol

Dirty Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
6:41 pm

Whatever your ‘recollections’ of Roy Barnes, if they mean that you’re not gonna vote for him then all ithat means is that 1) you’re a peckerwood that’s still fighting the Civil War and didn’t give a rip whether the display of the Confederate Battle flag cost the state money in the form of conventions, meetings, sporting events or corporate relocations, or was offensive to an entire race of people…or 2) you’re a teacher, or knew one, that never could accept that they, along with any number of others including parents, felt that your performance should be considered part of the problem with Georgia’s poor education results nor should be held accountable for same, or 3) you didn’t give a crap about traffic problems in Atlanta, particularly along the northern corridor, and simply went along with the criticism because you were a right-winger at heart and, after all, any criticism would do, including from the Boob from Bonnaire…or all of the the above. By the way, Roy didn’t own or control any of the property that would have been involved in the Northern Arc – you either don’t care if your facts are correct of you’re simply a liar.

Lone Star

September 3rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Wondering

September 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

I am not familiar with that incident and I haven’t a clue why you are qualified to state that the person referenced was “innocent”. Does his skin color automatically make him “innocent”?

Lone Star

September 3rd, 2010
8:17 pm

I’m voting against ANYONE with a (D) after his/her name. I will not discriminate but will vote against them all equally.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 3rd, 2010
9:52 pm

Well from Texas you can be expected to do wrong…like letting the draft-dodging closet-queen W. and his JFK-assassinating father make it to elected office…but voting for Olens will be right. If you have any question about Kenneth Walker’s innocence, racist moron, just watch the video of your fellow cracker moron cop on his back, popping him twice in the back of his head while he was pinned on his stomach, unarmed, on the ground, with cops all over him and one arm behind his back…and Kenneth Hodges just couldn’t demand a True Bill from the Grand Jury. Must be a cracker moron too, and in the pocket of Phoebe Putney.

Just a taxpayer

September 4th, 2010
8:36 am

Deal and Cagle better watch out. Both their campaigns rely heavily on Coke and Waffle House donations. Not exactly the strongest supporters of Childhood Obesity planks.

Lone Star

September 4th, 2010
9:17 am

Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis:

I don’t know about Kenneth Walker – I wasn’t there. I see that you have done something that millions of Americans haven’t done. You have solved the JFK assassination – NOT. It is difficult to take anyone seriously who believes that George H. W. Bush was, in any way, involved in that.

By the way, I also am not from Texas.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 4th, 2010
9:31 am

Sorry, “Lone Star” – I was just responding to your racism and overlooked your admitting you “haven’t a clue…” about Kenneth Walker, the assassination of John Kennedy, or anything else millions of Georgians understand perfectly.

Lone Star
September 3rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Wondering

September 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

I am not familiar with that incident and I haven’t a clue why you are qualified to state that the person referenced was “innocent”. Does his skin color automatically make him “innocent”?

Lone Star

September 4th, 2010
10:10 am

Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis:

“assassination of John Kennedy, or anything else millions of Georgians understand perfectly.”

You are saying that millions of Georgians believe that George H. W. Bush was responsible for Kennedy’s assassination? If you are, that speaks to your level of unintelligence. You are a complete idiot!

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Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 4th, 2010
2:31 pm

Even though it’s spelled out in the American Creed’s three mottoes, “Lone Star,” I have no doubt you believe, unlike millions of Americans who know better, that G-d is unknowable. Since you don’t believe G-d is knowable you don’t know Truth when you see or hear it. Millions upon millions of Georgians, unlike you, are G-dly, righteous people who know the Truth.

If you need some help “doing the math” on just how easy it is to know Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 and Bush’s father and Cheney’s mentor Nixon assassinated John Kennedy, just click on my blog and start reading…it’s all spelled out. You can spell can’t you? Or perhaps you’re a knowing, witting agent of the Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column” promulgating the absurd notion that G-d does not permit the truth of your Earthly Evil to be known? Tough luck. Wise up or prepare to be tagged as the tory traitor…or pathetic moron…you appear to be.

Lone Star

September 4th, 2010
3:28 pm

Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis:

Not only are you a simpleton, you are also mentally way off the track. End of conversation. I’m afraid that whatever ails you might be catching. Go hide under the bed. The black helicopters are coming to take you away.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 4th, 2010
4:43 pm

You are a witting agent rather than willfully ignorant, right?
http://theamericanfundament.blogspot.com has all the answers for everyone but traitors…for them we have plenty of trees and rope, oaks are nice.

willhemakeit

September 19th, 2010
7:42 pm

To those who are considering voting for Democrat AG candidate Ken Hodges, there are just two words:
Phoebe Putney. Check out his conduct in investigating whistleblowers and turning their names over to Phoebe Putney’s private investigator. Just google