Your morning jolt: Of illegal immigration and old newspaper clippings

Two candidates for governor on Tuesday traded old newspaper clippings in a tiff over illegal immigration.

From his stronghold of north Georgia, Republican Nathan Deal – no doubt eager to tread familiar ground – began the discussion.

From the Dalton Daily Citizen:

“My opponent, Roy Barnes, has a proven track record of promoting services for illegal aliens, such as welfare programs, tuition assistance and even driver’s licenses,” Deal said. “Only now is Mr. Barnes changing his tune after reading the tea leaves.

As proof, noted Republican operative and Roy Barnes biographer Dan McLagan pointed reporters to a Sept. 21, 2001 article in the AJC:

Gov. Roy Barnes said Thursday the state should grant some form of driver’s license to illegal immigrants, something that has long been a top priority of advocates for Georgia’s booming Latino population.

Barnes said the state could create an international driver’s license for non-citizens or follow the lead of North Carolina and Tennessee and let illegal immigrants get a standard license.

Thousands of illegal immigrants in Georgia drive to work every day in poultry plants, carpet mills, construction sites and farms. But a 1994 law says the state can only license U.S. citizens or people with legal permission to live here.

“We’ve got to work this problem out,” Barnes said at a town hall meeting held at Georgia State University with Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull….

Barnes said the newly created Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is studying the issue. He predicted a change within 12-18 months. He noted that North Carolina and Tennessee, two states that also have a growing number of illegal immigrants, have cited public safety in decisions to license illegal immigrants.

Not to be outdone, the Barnes campaign dusted off an article from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, published four months later, quoting political commentator Phil Kent on the deep-sixing of the driver’s license proposal:

Mr. Kent said the bill’s success also was hurt when Gov. Roy Barnes backed off the proposal.

“Gov. Barnes agrees it’s in the interest of public safety to ensure that everyone on our roads has learned the same rules and regulations in addition to having insurance,” said the governor’s spokeswoman, Joselyn Butler. “However, he also realizes there are a number of issues of public policy involved with regard to allowing illegal immigrants access to driver’s licenses.

“The governor feels at this point it would be premature for the state to take any action,” she said.

The Barnes campaign also wondered – out loud – why, if Deal’s north Georgia auto salvage business had expanded as he has said, the former congressman hasn’t signed up to use E-Verify, the free government database used to make sure that job applicants are legitimate U.S. residents.

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Over at PeachPundit, Buzz Brockway says he’s got evidence that a Rasmussen Reports poll is in the Georgia field, measuring the race for governor.

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The Associated Press last night moved an article on its national wire that explained how revelations about the poor finances of Republican nominee Nathan Deal have affected the Georgia race for governor.

The AP article included this:

“He should step down as the nominee,” said Tom Perdue, a well-known Georgia GOP campaign operative who ran U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ re-election race in 2008.

“People in the party feel betrayed and they feel cheated because if they had known about all of this earlier, there would have been a different nominee.”

And this:

Jerry Luquire, head of the Georgia Christian Coalition, said Deal must do more to clear up the confusion surrounding his finances.

Luquire said voters — wrongly or rightly — have been left with the impression that “something is wrong.”

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We doubt that they trade notes, or hold secret Starbuck meetings over lattes.

But Democrats Roy Barnes and Ken Hodges are employing some remarkably similar tactics to win their respective races for governor and attorney general.

Hodges was at the state Capitol on Tuesday to show off a strong, bipartisan list of more than 90 of Georgia’s 159 sheriffs who have endorsed him.

“Supporting Ken Hodges is not about the letter he has after his name on the ballot,” said Sheriff Mike Jolley, a Republican from Harris County – that’s just north of Columbus – who is backing Nathan Deal in the race for governor.

Another sheriff at the Atlanta ceremony was John Cary Bittick, a Democrat who attended a similar event for Barnes last month. Hodges also lists Gene Pope of Butts County, a Republican and former head of the Georgia Sheriffs Association, as a supporter.

Hodges, a former Dougherty County district attorney, is leaning on his experience as a prosecutor in his contest against Republican Sam Olens. These endorsements fit that narrative.

But Georgia’s network of sheriffs is also an excellent way to tap rural voters in the state.

Hodges’ list:

1) Richard R. Foskey – Bacon County (D)

2) Dana Mead – Baker County (D)

3) William C. Massee, Jr. – Baldwin County (D)

4) Bobby L. McLemore – Ben Hill County (D)

5) Jerry Modena – Bibb County (D)

6) Harold Lancaster – Bleckley County (D)

7) Robert C. Thomas – Brantley County (D)

8/ Mike Dewey – Brooks County (D)

9) Gregory T. Coursey – Burke County (D)

10) Gene Pope – Butts County (R)

11) Josh Hilton – Calhoun County (D)

12) Tommy Gregory – Camden County (R)

13) Phil Summers – Catoosa County (D)

14) Glynn Cooper – Chattahoochee County (D)

15) John W. Everett – Chattooga County (D)

16) Ira Edwards, Jr. – Clarke County (D)

17) Kemuel “Kem” Kimbrough, Sr. – Clayton County (D)

18) Winston C. Peterson – Clinch County (D)

19) Al Whittington – Colquitt County (R)

20) Johnny Daughtrey – Cook County (D)

21) Lewis S. Walker – Crawford County (D)

22) Donnie R. Haralson – Crisp County (D)

23) Patrick Cannon – Dade County (R)

24) Billy Carlisle – Dawson County (R)

25) Thomas E. Brown – DeKalb County (D)

26) Wiley Griffin – Decatur County (D)

27) Jeff Hinson – Dodge County (R)

28) Kevin R. Sproul – Dougherty County (D)

29) Jimmie. R. Murkerson – Early County (D)

30) Randy Courson – Echols County (D)

31) Jimmy McDuffie – Effingham County (R)

32) Barry L. Haston – Elbert County (D)

33) J. Tyson Stephens – Emanuel County (D)

34) Randall H. Tippins – Evans County (D)

35) Theodore Jackson – Fulton County (D)

36) Dean Couch – Glascock County (D)

37) Harry C. Young – Grady County (D)

38) Chris Houston – Greene County (R)

39) Tomyln T. Primus – Hancock County (D)

40) Mike Jolley – Harris County (R)

41) Ross Henry – Heard County (D)

42) Donnie Youghn – Irwin County (D)

43) Charles Roper – Jasper County (D)

44) Richard Deas – Jeff Davis County (D)

45) Gary Hutchins – Jefferson County (D)

46) Robert Oglesby – Jenkins County (D)

47) R.N. “Butch” Reece – Jones County (D)

48) Nick Norton – Lanier County (D)

49) Cecil Nobles – Long County (D)

50) Chris Pine – Lowndes County (D)

51) Reggie D. Rachals – Lee County (R)

52) Charles M. Cannon – Macon County (D)

53) Horace Snider – Marion County (D)

54) Logan Marshall – McDuffie County – President of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association (D)

55) Steve Whitlock – Meriwether County (D)

56) H. E. “Buddy” Glass – Miller County (D)

57) Clarance Sanders – Montgomery County (D)

58) John Cary Bittick – Monroe County (D)

59) Ezell Brown – Newton County (D)

60) Scott R. Berry – Oconee County (R)

61) Terry W. Deese – Peach County (D)

62) Howard R. Sills – Putnam County (I)

63) Jimmy Thomas – Pike County (R)

64) Billy Cape – Pulaski County (D)

65) Steve Newton – Quitman County (D)

66) Gary Yochum, Sr. – Randolph County (D)

67) Ronald Strength – Richmond County (D)

68) Shane Tondee – Schley County (D)

69) Mike Kile – Screven County (D)

70) Heath Elliot – Seminole County (D)

71) James “Dee” Stewart – Spalding County (R)

72) Randy Shirley – Stephens County (R)

73) Larry Jones – Stewart County (D)

74) Pete Smith – Sumter County (R)

75) Marc Richards – Taliaferro County (D)

76) Herman Howard – Talbot County (D)

77) Quinton Rush – Tattnall County (D)

78) Jeff Watson – Taylor County (D)

79) Johnny O. Smith – Telfair County (D)

80) John Bowens – Terrell County (D)

81) Roy Wiley, Sr. – Turner County (R)

82) Darren Mitchum – Twiggs County (D)

83) Scott D. Stephens – Union County (D)

84) Steve Wilson – Walker County (D)

85) Thomas H. Smith – Washington County (D)

86) Randy Dely – Webster County (D)

87) James Peacock – Wheeler County (D)

88) Neal Walden – White County (R)

89) Stacy C. Bloodsworth – Wilcox County (D)

90) Mark A. Moore – Wilkes County (D)

91) Freddie Tompkins – Worth County (D)

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36 comments Add your comment

Jeff

September 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

Reggie Rachals must not want to serve as Lee County Sheriff more than the one term he won two years ago. Endorsing the crook Ken Hodges is a VERY bad move on his part.

SpaceyG

September 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Now that’s taking it old-school! *Georgia’s network of sheriffs is also an excellent way to tap rural voters in the state.* Unlike all those *secret* Starbucks meetings… where real (global) business now gets done.

If I hadn’t grown-up Southerner I’d be having an identity crisis about right now.

Born with a tan.

September 22nd, 2010
10:41 am

Nathan Deal is a LIAR and A CROOK.

deegee

September 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Nathan Deal’s campaign strategy – When you’re losing scream “AMNESTY!”

Gary Scott Holt

September 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

On Wednesday, April 5, 2001, Governor Barnes signed a bill making Hispanic businesses eligible for a state program designed to bolster minority enterprises. Barnes, prior to his re-election bid, identified Hispanics as an important voting block and began pandering. Obviously, the Driver’s License support was just part of his overall campaign to capture the Hispanic vote. thescottpapers.wordpress.com

Sick&Tired

September 22nd, 2010
11:19 am

Gary Scott Holt

September 22nd, 2010
11:12 am

I don’t see the word ILLEGALS in your April 5, 2001 summary. There are many legal hispanics with businesses in Georgia.

Dick in Gainesville.

September 22nd, 2010
11:20 am

Deal is pro amnesty. Look at Deal’s congressional district, it includes Dalton and Gainesville. Deal talks a good game but when the Hall County Mafia wants more illegals Deal looks the otherway. Deal is a crook & is in the pocket of the Hall County Mafia.

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
11:28 am

“Watchdog” Group: Shill for George Soros
September 20th, 2010

George Soros, Jonathan Soros, Rob Reiner and the SEIU are just a few of the financial contributors to the ‘Democracy Alliance’ who, in turn, provides funding to far left organizations such as ACORN, the New Democratic Network, and the Progressive Majority. The Democracy Alliance also funds a Washington “watchdog group” called the “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington” (CREW).

In researching the supporters of CREW, one comes to the conclusion that the organization is far left and not, the bi-partisan entity they would like you to believe. CREW uses several deceptive and personally destructive methods to achieve their goal of supporting loyal Democrats, by assassinating their opponent’s character.

One of these methods is to periodically create a “Most Corrupt” list, which will brand elected officials with words like “corrupt”, “crooked” and “under ethics investigation”. Just recently, they published a “Most Crooked Candidates” list. (Apparently, they are expanding their horizons, branding candidates rather than just elected officials.)

In a more direct method, CREW will file ethics complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics and/or the Department of Justice. The mere complaint will generate negative press and speculation for months, in liberal publications and electronic media, throughout the country.

For example, CREW filed and publicized OCE and DOJ complaints against former Representative Nathan Deal (R), now a Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate. Due to CREW’s publicity, arrogance, and persistence, Deal has struggled with the “corrupt” and “crooked” labels since the election.

Groups like this and moveon.org need to be taken for what they are, shills for the far left.

© 2010, The Scott Papers, Gary Scott Holt

Bawney Fwank

September 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

Roy Barnes is a LIAR and a CROOK!

Randolph Phillips

September 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

Tom Perdue suggests Nathan Deal should withdraw from the Governor’s race. It is true he has financial problems, but so do a lot of Georgians. It takes a lot of money to run campaigns, and Roy Barnes sure has a lot more than Deal. The resources of Barnes himself, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, along with his big spending old friends Arthur Blank and Marcus (of Home Depot and Atlanta Aquarium fame). Not even including Deal’s problems caused by George Soros and SEIU’s “Ethics charges” and advertised by the Barnes campaign and Penn Multimedia.

If Deal expects to get elected, he had better start running a campaign, and Republicans had better help him.

You don’t have to spend the most money to win an election, but you have to have a message and enough money to get it to the voters.

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

Randolph Phillips:

Very well stated. Sir, and so very true.

Dick in Gainesville.

September 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

Tom Perdue hit the hail on the head.. Deal needs to go.

“He should step down as the nominee,” said Tom Perdue, a well-known Georgia GOP campaign operative who ran U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ re-election race in 2008.

“People in the party feel betrayed and they feel cheated because if they had known about all of this earlier, there would have been a different nominee.”

ByteMe

September 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

You don’t have to spend the most money to win an election, but you have to have a message and enough money to get it to the voters.

And Deal’s message appears to be “don’t pay attention to what’s behind the curtain.”

Real Deal Real Steal

September 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

Deal is right there with Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL),Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), & Maxine Waters (D-CA). They say they are innocent TOO.

15 Most Corrupt Congressmen..

•Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
•Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
•Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
•Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
•Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
•Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
•Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
•Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
•Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
•Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
•Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
•Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
•Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
•Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
•Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Dick in Gainesville.

September 22nd, 2010
11:58 am

Tom Perdue hit the nail on the head.. Deal needs to go.

“He should step down as the nominee,” said Tom Perdue, a well-known Georgia GOP campaign operative who ran U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ re-election race in 2008.

“People in the party feel betrayed and they feel cheated because if they had known about all of this earlier, there would have been a different nominee.”

Sorry for Hain should be Nail.

lmno

September 22nd, 2010
12:01 pm

I always wonder about the candidates and their fight to be seen as the true Mexican hater. I mean, these same guys kiss farmers’ collective back ends at every possible chance. In fact, by the way candidates behave, you would think that half the state was a peanut farmer.

Well, I worked on farms in rural GA growing up and let me tell you, there is not one farm in GA not employing illegal aliens. If you purchased a watermelon, cantelope, or other fruit this season, you can bet dollars to doughnuts an illegal alien picked it, held it in their illegal alien hands and tossed it onto an old school bus with no top.

So, I often wonder how the “I hate mexican” candidate can keep the farmers happy who they seem to love so much.

Maybe they all just tell the farmers, “Don’t worry, I just say I hate Mexicans but your Mexicans are fine by me”

Jason

September 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

From the OCE Report

•Deal used his office to meet with state officials about a program that “generated significant personal financial benefit for him and a business partner.” (page 5)
•Chris Riley, Deal’s Chief of Staff, contacted state officials using his House e-mail account to about the no-bid contracts for Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, where Deal served in official capacity, with the State. (page 5)
•Deal failed to disclose all earned income on disclosures in 2006, 2007 and 2008. (page 5)
•Deal earned $75,000 in 2008 from Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, which exceeds the amount allowed by House ethics rules. (page 5-6)

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:17 pm

Real Deal Real Steal:

“15 Most Corrupt Congressmen.. ““

So says CREW, “Watchdog” Group: Shill for George Soros”.

Real Deal Real Steal

September 22nd, 2010
12:24 pm

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:17 pm

So you think Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL),Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), & Maxine Waters (D-CA) are not corrupt? Who else on the 15 most corrupt other than Deal are not corrupt?

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Real Deal Real Steal”

There are 9 names on the list of whom I know absolutely nothing.

I did note, however, that all names (except Deal’s) are in alphabetical order. Would I be correct in assuming that you moved Deal’s name to the top of the list?

Real Deal Real Steal

September 22nd, 2010
12:43 pm

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

Once again..Do you think Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL),Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), & Maxine Waters (D-CA) are not corrupt?

What 9 names do you not recognize? These are all well known crooks. If you go to the web site they will tell you what each person did to make the list..

Yes for your convenience I moved Deal’s name to the top.

khc

September 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

hey truth, there are dems and repubs on the list…..

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Real Deal Real Steal:

“Yes for your convenience I moved Deal’s name to the top.”

Thank you for making it convenient?

“Once again..Do you think Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL),Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), & Maxine Waters (D-CA) are not corrupt?”

The evidence points to guilt . . . but they have not yet been charged with and convicted of any crime, nor have they been expelled from Congress.

An American Patriot

September 22nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal are both “Liars and Crooks”……

Real Deal Real Steal

September 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

“The evidence points to guilt . . . but they have not yet been charged with and convicted of any crime, nor have they been expelled from Congress.”

That’s the way most of us think about Deal.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

——–Truth Hurts and Gary Scott Holt—If CREW was such an evil group, how come their list includes 8 Dems and 7 Repubs? Can you explain the evil in that?

RED

September 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Truth Hurts 12:58 pm

Both Ringel & Waters have been charged and face trial. Deal resigned from congress rather than face trial.

Real Deal Real Steal

September 22nd, 2010
1:27 pm

Truth Hurts

September 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm
Cut & Paste from CREW site.. what is incorrect about their logic?

Representative Nathan Deal (R-GA) is a nine-term member of Congress, representing Georgia’s 9th congressional district. His ethics violations stem from his abuse of his position for his personal financial benefit.

Recovery Services, Inc. a/k/a Gainesville Salvage & Disposal

Rep. Deal, along with his business partner Ken Cronan, owns a lucrative business, Recovery Services, Inc., that – through a no-bid contract – provides inspection stations to the state for the inspection of salvaged vehicles. The business earned $1.4 million between 2004-2008 and Rep. Deal personally took home $150,000 a year.

In 2008, Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham took over responsibility for the inspection system and found the operational costs and locations of the inspection stations to be too costly and restrictive. Comm. Graham decided the best course of action was to reform the system and award contracts through a competitive bidding process.

Rep. Deal and his staff, with assistance from Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, arranged meetings with Comm. Graham at which Rep. Deal and his chief of staff were present, to persuade him to reconsider his decisions, including the proposed elimination of $1.7 million that has been allocated for the program. After Comm. Graham’s plan was passed by the Georgia House, Rep. Deal’s chief of staff used his House email to contact Georgia state officials in an effort to stop the plan from passing the state Senate. The money for the program was eventually kept in the budget.

Rep. Deal’s abuse of his position and taxpayer resources to maintain a personally lucrative business deal does not reflect creditably on the House.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 22nd, 2010
1:33 pm

—–An American Patriot — Whatever you want to say about Barnes is overshadowed by Deal’s absolute violations of federal and state laws regarding campaign disclosure requirements and violations of federal and state laws regarding bank loan applications and the requirement to disclose bankruptsies. Somebody lied at the closing on that loan. And, oh yeah, how does someone with all these outstanding loans forget to disclose $2.85 Million, the largest of them all. Deal is absolutely a liar, and his Republican suopporters and other Republicans are beginning to come to grips with tghe fact that, by onmission, he’s lied to a whole bunch of foplks who have donatred to his campaign and stuck their necks out for him. Barnes, on the other hand, has never been accused of nor has there ever been any evidence of corruption in his almost 40 years of elected office. I’m going with Barnes because his track record has been of someone who took on issues that weren’t popular with a bunch of folks and he’s niot afraid to stand up fir what he knows to be right.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 22nd, 2010
1:34 pm

———-Pardon the typos.

YourDaddyWasRight

September 22nd, 2010
1:42 pm

Deal’s and Cagle’s efforts to get Bart Graham to change his mind were for the purpose of assuring a cash-strapped Deal kept getting this additional income from the State of Georgia, which was a violation of U.S. House ethics rules. Again, Deal lied when he said his reason for meeting with Graham was simply to discusss concerns he had for vehicle safety on Georgia roads. In retrospect, what makes more sense — meeting with Graham so he wouldn’t loses his no-bid business or to discuss his nagging concerns for vehicle safety on the highways of the great state of Georgia?

Stupidis

September 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

If Deal were to quit — then what? Concede the election to Democraps? Repukelicans can’t do that.

The Centrist

September 23rd, 2010
1:05 pm

What? Those liberal States of North Carolina and Tennessee having been allowing illegal immigrants to get a standard license as far back as 2001?

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Cobb Woman of Color

September 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

Speak with your vote and vote for America and against illegL immigration and amnesty!

http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_1_blacks_and_immigration.html

Cobb Woman of Color

September 25th, 2010
7:46 pm

Americans, next time illegals protest in the streets, let us do the same in record numbers. Show that we will not bend to their will!