Brain fried, again. U.S. Senate debate looms. Send questions. Quick.

Pull out that copy of Foreign Affairs that’s on the coffee table. I could use an hours’ worth of questions for U.S. Senate candidates Johnny Isakson, Michael Thurmond and Chuck Donovan.

The recession, job growth, and the mortgage crisis are all hot topics. So are earmarks and the federal budget. But don’t forget foreign policy. We’ve got two wars, a possible trade war with China, and that little border problem with Mexico.

Here’s the entire Georgia Public Broadcasting/Atlanta Press Club line-up for Sunday:

Insurance Commissioner

– Sunday, Oct. 24, 6-6:30 p.m.

– Invited Candidates: Shane Bruce, Ralph Hudgens, Mary Squires

– Moderator: Brenda Wood, WXIA-TV

– Panelists: Walter Jones, Morris News Service; Veronica Waters, WSB Radio; Andy Peters, Daily Report

Attorney General

Sunday, Oct. 24, 6:30-7 p.m.

Invited Candidates: Ken Hodges, Sam Olens, Don Smart

Moderator: Brenda Wood, WXIA-TV

Panelists: Walter Jones, Morris News Service; Veronica Waters, WSB Radio; Andy Peters, Daily Report

U.S. Senate

– Sunday, Oct. 24, 7-8 p.m.

– Invited Candidates: Chuck Donovan, Johnny Isakson, Michael Thurmond

– Moderator: Morse Diggs, WAGA-TV

– Panelists: Lori Geary, WSB-TV; Jim Galloway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Meredith Anderson, WRDW-TV

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24 comments Add your comment

Ga Values

October 21st, 2010
3:09 pm

1. Ask Johnny why he voted for TARP.

2. Ask Johnny how well his 3 Housing Bailout bills have worked out.

3. Ask Donovan what is the 1st legislation he will introduce.

Radell Hunter

October 21st, 2010
3:34 pm

Ask the U.S. Senate candidates if they will listen to the voters or follow the dictates of their party or Congressional leadership. And ask them to give a decisive “yea” or “nay” on topics and not straddle the fence, like Deal and Barnes are doing on Sunday sales.

Radell Hunter

October 21st, 2010
3:35 pm

You’re doing a fabulous job, by the way, Jim! Keep at it!

Georgia War Veteran

October 21st, 2010
3:45 pm

Georgia needs another VA Hospital somewhere in north Georgia to better serve its more than 700,000 veterans including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and devastating wounds. Atlanta VA Hospital is badly overcrowded. Parking there is a nightmare for those trying to access it due to limited space. Also more nursing home facilities are needed to serve ageing veterans. Where does each of the candidates stand on this important issue and what would they do as U.S. Senator to try to implement it?


October 21st, 2010
4:01 pm

1. Ask Sen. Isakson why he stood in lock step with all senate Republicans against Sen. Schumer’s bill requiring companies/groups to be transparent with the public about their political contributions and their donors, and would have banned political interference by foreign entities. Is Sen. Isakson capable of independent thought/action? Why did he think this bill would not have benefited the people of Georgia?
2. Are candidates concerned about China’s recent halting of shipments of rare earth metals to the USA? Do they consider this a provocation and what would they do about it?
3. I want to buy American made products, which are getting harder and harder to find.. Do the candidates support reforming the tax code to eliminate tax breaks that make it profitable for companies to move jobs offshore?


October 21st, 2010
4:15 pm

Since there is $1 trillion in capital off shore because it is taxed so heavily when US corporations repatriate it, would the candidates support lowering the tax on repatriated foreign earnings so this money could then be invested in the US, as opposed to this money being used to invest in plant property and equipment overseas as a result of our incredibly stupid tax policy.

Jim Galloway

October 21st, 2010
5:37 pm

Excellent questions here. Thanks for taking it so seriously. One I’m thinking of: What in Georgia is worth an earmark? The dredging of the Port of Savannah? That new V.A. hospital mentioned above?


October 21st, 2010
6:01 pm

Does Thurmond think Georgia needs to be included as a “covered jurisdiction requiring preclearance” under the terms of the Voting Rights Act?


October 21st, 2010
9:56 pm

Please ask all the candidates what, if anything, they are willing to do if the banks doing foreclosures using robo-signers, are found to have deliberately defrauded both investors and homeowners by not complying with IRS rules to transfer the “paper” (notes).


October 21st, 2010
10:01 pm

Please ask Ken Hodges and Sam Olens what they intend to do if there is evidence of inaccurate (bad notorial stamps, etc) and or fraudulent documents used to foreclose upon homes. Will they investigate? Prosecute? How? When?


October 21st, 2010
10:28 pm

1. Can you name two economic measures that you would work to pass, one short-term and one long-term, and indicate hong long each measure would take to show its benefits, once passed?
2. What else can be done to improve water management and water quality in Georgia?
3. What do you believe is the future of NATO Article V, which is the basis of the coalition efforts aiding the U.S. in Afghanistan, and with the expansion of NATO, does this subject the U.S, to incalculable future responsibilities?


October 21st, 2010
11:39 pm

Should immigration caps and quotas be adjusted to admit more immigrants?


October 22nd, 2010
1:45 am

Ask Johnny why he let his sensible approach to end of life decisions be ripped apart by his own party and mutated into something it wasn’t – “death panels.” He should have stood with the President and be right, and then maybe he could have gotten a compromise on the things he wanted.

Ask all of them how we balance relations with China – tying their currency to the dollar, massive environmental catastrophes as they have an economic boom time, the rare earth metal crisis, their ties in the Sudan, North Korea relationship/6 party talks, and that whole pesky human rights issue.


October 22nd, 2010
5:04 am

1. Ask all three candidates if they support payment of the money the Farmers have won, that has been blocked 10 straight times by Repubs in the Senate, and why has Georgia 2 Senators not spoken out about this abuse in defense of their own Constituents.

2. Ask all three what programs jobs, education, tax would they do to create jobs now, and get the economy in the next 3 to 6 months.

3. Ask all three what programs and policies would they work with the other side upfront on to change the climate to loyal opposition, not just demagouge, in other words debate ideas, not just talking points.

4. What steps would all three take to end the wars in Afghanistan & Iran and re-orient the troops stationed in Europe. Waste of money.



October 22nd, 2010
5:07 am

Thanks AJC. THIS is democracy at work. These are outstanding qestions. I think. C.T. should be part of the panel too.


October 22nd, 2010
6:55 am

From Isackson’s website——————-

“We have a serious, difficult problem in our country. One of the keys to stopping the growth of debt and improving the plight of our country is to begin spending within our means,” Isakson said.

No need to ask Isackson anything because his record proves that he is a lier.(TARP,prescription drugs,NCLB,etc……..).

Ask Chuck Donovan and Michael Thurmond the loaded question. ..ObamaCare,,,Repeal, Replace, or Improve? If improvement, will this include Tort reform?


October 22nd, 2010
8:15 am

Ask the Senatorial candidates if they would support an IRS overhaul of either a flat tax or fair tax.
Would they support an balanced budget amendment? Would they support the elimination of unnecessary departments of Agriculture, Education, Energy and Commerce? Will they pledge to uphold the 10th amendment to the US Constitution and leave any powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution as Federal responsibilities to the States. Will they pledge to withhold voting on any bill until the Constitutionality has been verified?


October 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Sen. Isakson, according to your ads you have a job plan to put Georgians back to work. Where has this plan been for the last eight years? Also, you want to privatized social security and let the people chose what they want. Will there be a need for government if privatization is the answer to all the issues you do not support?


October 22nd, 2010
10:19 am

Ask Olens what qualifies him to be Attorney General? Has he ever prosecuted a criminal? Why did he work for Clinton? Why did he spend $98,000 of tax payers money on a Donkey for Cobb County? Why did he spend $11,000 of tax payers money on “Dinner” in Korea? I thought he was a fiscal conservative…

Jennifer Chavez

October 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Ask Senator Isakson why he has no support for ENDA, (Employment Non-discrimination Act) why the LGBT community is not entitled to the same protections as any other America. Ask Michael Thrurmond why the Georgia Department of Labor allows and practices discrimination against Transgendered persons by not even acknowledging that it takes place in cases where a Transgendered person is terminated just for being Transgendered.


October 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm

Hospital is badly overcrowded and also parking is a nightmare for those trying to access it due to limited space.Georgia needs another hospital to better serve…….
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Joan O. King

October 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

Senator Isakson, I’m sure you have seen the figures. The cost of solar photovoltaic systems have been falling steadily, as have the cost of other methods of generating electricity. Meanwhile the cost for construction of new nuclear plants has risen. We have passed a crossover point. We don’t need to build nuclear reactors to provide cheap energy for the future. Nuclear was never not clean and now it isn’t even cost efficient. Why then is Georgia proceeding with the Southern Company’s plan to put too new nuclear reactors at plant Vogtle?

Krista Brewer

October 22nd, 2010
8:30 pm

Ask both candidates for Senate if they favor extending the Bush tax breaks for the top 2.5 percent at a cost of $700 billion in light of the fact that many economists say that tax cuts are the least effective stimulative for the economy.

Bob Farquhar

October 23rd, 2010
11:48 am

Given your vote supporting the New START treaty as a member of the Foriegn Relations Committee, how important do you feel it is that the full Senate quickly ratify the New START treaty?