The brain isn’t fried, just poached. Need questions for governor’s debate on Saturday

Y’all were kind enough last week to toss me more than a few questions for last week’s U.S. Senate race on GPB. Very high quality stuff – and I thank you for taking the task so seriously.

On Saturday, Channel 2 Action News will broadcast Gubernatorial Debate No. 10 at 12:30 p.m., an hour-long affair with Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal, and Libertarian John Monds.

Your thoughts would be welcome – especially on any topic that hasn’t been addressed. One I’m working on for Deal: “In your TV ads, you refer to yourself as a ‘public servant’ rather than a former congressman. Why is that?”

For Barnes: “Where are you on birthright citizenship?”

We’ll need plenty of questions. No doubt the boys and girls at Fox 5 will be looking at your suggestions as well. Gubernatorial Debate No. 11 will be on their station at 5 p.m.

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53 comments Add your comment

Georgian

October 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

How about this one:

“You both have stated that you support an Arizona-type of law for Georgia. However, US Senator Saxby Chambliss has recently estimated that 50-70% of our agricultural industry is undocumented immigrants. Given that ag industry is our leading industry in Georgia, are you concerned that such a law would cause 50% of the ag workforce to leave Georgia and leave our ag business in a bind?

Jill Thompson

October 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

There is more solar power being produced in Jacksonville, FL than in the whole state of Georgia. Germany is the world leader in solar energy production, and they have fewer “days of sun” than we do in GA.

Georgia Power says that they are “testing the feasibility” of solar power.

Why should we believe that any of you three candidates will pressure Georgia Power to embrace the use of solar energy?

Ramguy

October 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

How about this one?

Mr Deal what in the world was you thinking when you put yourself in hock backing that store in Habersham County and why could we trust your judgment as Governor?

Ralph

October 28th, 2010
5:58 pm

Ask both of them if they think the AJC is aligned with the left wing of the Democratic party.

Mollie Aldridge

October 28th, 2010
5:58 pm

With the state needing revenue would you both consider selling some of GA’s land? Sounds simple to me. The state has aquired a great deal over the past years. Too simple for politicians.

ld

October 28th, 2010
6:01 pm

debate question:
In the interest of more effective use of lottery education funds, would you support altering the requirements that need to be met in order to get a scholarship with lottery $? and HOW would you alter them? (support funding technical school education? raising grade level required to qualify? cut payroll of lottery officials? other?)

ld

October 28th, 2010
6:04 pm

Given the potential for clean drinking probems for large Georgia cities–including but not limited to Atlanta–would you consider providing Georgia tax $ (coupled with federal grants, if available) to acquire land near the coast and get Georgia Tech started on developing on a means to make seawater drinkable? provide tax incentives for Georgia Power and/or other businesses whose cooperation might be necessary to get this done?

john

October 28th, 2010
6:05 pm

Considering you’ve lost your job as a congressman, and your previous attempts at wealth is ending in bankruptcy, how will you stave off bankruptcy without a lucrative gubernatorial income?

Travis Fain

October 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

For Nathan Deal: Will you argue that you are more qualified to be governor than Roy Barnes?

For Barnes: Do you ever wish you were a Republican?

jack freeman

October 28th, 2010
6:14 pm

ask deal why he considers his personal affairs off limits to the media and ga voters when anyone with common sense can see that he uses his public life to better his private life. wake up ga voters and pull your head out of your………………the sand.

Bill Knowles

October 28th, 2010
6:15 pm

Ask former Governor Barnes why he would not help Sheriff Howard Sills deal with one of the most notorious child molesters in US history; and why he sent a group of felons known as the Georgia Rangers led by Ed Coughenour, to check up on the Sheriff? Ask him why he would take the word of State Representative Tyrone Brooks over Sheriff Sills and try to get him to back down from the case. Ask him if he regrets the decision that he made in dealing with Sheriff Sills and if he would do anything different. If you need background on this call your former writer Bill Osinski, read his book “Ungodly”, or my articles at

http://wearepolitics.com/posts/send-in-the-clowns-roy-barnes-tyrone-brooks-and-malachi-york

http://wearepolitics.com/posts/send-in-the-clowns-roy-barnes-tyrone-brooks-floyd-griffin-and-malachi-york

MD

October 28th, 2010
6:19 pm

Ask roy barnes and nathan deal how they would rate the obama presidency.

nino

October 28th, 2010
6:34 pm

Ask them to define truth. Then ask them if they fit the definition. After that lets find a real truthful person to run this state.

Bystander

October 28th, 2010
6:41 pm

Ask Nathan Deal about his opinion on STEM education and what he would do as governor to expand its role in the state.

Bystander

October 28th, 2010
7:32 pm

To both Candidates: Many people are calling for public transportation in the form of rail systems. Why is it that the state continues to spend money constantly reworking the highway systems instead of investing rail? Will you bring public rail to Georgians?

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

October 28th, 2010
7:45 pm

Jim, I’ve got the question for you to ask the candidates that will make or break the election: Will you be willing to allow HOT, FEMALE, lobbyists unfettered access to the floor of the Georgia General Assembly? Actually, there’s no need to ask because I know that Nathan Deal is truly the ONE and ONLY candidate that would usher a return to the good ole’ days when HOT, FEMALE lobbyists had unlimited access to strong, powerful and virile politicos like me. Deal is one of us, a guy who knows how hard it is to proceed ahead when you’re continously being overcome by the intoxicating mix of lobbyist gifts, taxpayer funds and in my case,sweet, sweet perfume and female bath and body works

findog

October 28th, 2010
7:54 pm

The historical floods of last year gave proof to two important issues; over development cannot be undone, however assisting the counties and cities in updating their flood risk studies and maps needs to be done for basic public safety. What would you do as governor to make sure the citizens of Georgia have adequate hazard preparedness as a basic function of government?

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Capitol!

October 28th, 2010
7:57 pm

Bystander

October 28th, 2010
7:32 pm
“To both Candidates: Many people are calling for public transportation in the form of rail systems. Why is it that the state continues to spend money constantly reworking the highway systems instead of investing rail? Will you bring public rail to Georgians?”

Bystander, why even bother to ask a question to which you already know the answer? OF COURSE, they’ll bring public rail to Georgia……those shiny new public metal railings barriers that you find on the side of newly widened four-lane highways in South Georgia! As for

td

October 28th, 2010
8:30 pm

Mr. Barnes, if elected Governor, do you still stand by the promises to teachers to raise their pay 6% per year, no more furlough days and to reinstate national certification stipends? If yes the a follow up, How do you plan on paying for these initiatives?

td

October 28th, 2010
8:31 pm

BTW Jim, I can promise you that you do not have the guts to ask the above question.

professional skeptic

October 28th, 2010
8:44 pm

Mr. Deal, what ethics initiatives would you pursue to ensure that Georgia politicians stay true to their sworn duty to serve the public, and not utilize the resources and influence of their public offices for self-enrichment?

professional skeptic

October 28th, 2010
8:48 pm

(Ask that one, and I guarantee you’d see Mr. Deal turn tail, exit stage left and make a bee-line for his vehicle parked outside. For added effect, you could follow him with TV cameras and ask him why he won’t answer the question.)

professional skeptic

October 28th, 2010
8:52 pm

(…or release his taxes.)

Virginia

October 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

Mr. Deal, please tell us – which of your dazzling number of legislative achievements during 18 years in congress are you most proud? (No fair using Post Office names.)
Mr. Barnes, why can’t you just get over yourself and be more likeable? (No fair saying “I’ve changed”.)

findog

October 28th, 2010
9:33 pm

PS @ 8:48
one correction
he’ll exit stage right

Ric

October 28th, 2010
9:40 pm

Nathan Deal has one of the worst attendance records in Congress. How does he explain this? Will he show up for the job as governor of Georgia?

Dose of Reality

October 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

Both Candidates:

If elected, will you ask the state Attorney General or the US Attorney to initiate a criminal investigation into the questionable land deals, road projects and bank loans of Governor Sonny Perdue?

td

October 28th, 2010
9:45 pm

Mr. Barnes, Why did you go to the teachers and flaggers only weeks prior to the election and tell the teachers you would not touch their tenure rights and the flaggers that you would not touch the state flag? Follow-up: Is it because without their vote you would not get elected. How long before the meeting did you know you were going to lie to the two groups?

Dose of Reality

October 28th, 2010
9:48 pm

Both Candidates:

If elected, would you be willing to refuse taking a salary, refuse living in the Governor’s mansion,and refuse official travel outside of the U.S. until Georgia’s unemployment rate is below 7%?

Dose of Reality

October 28th, 2010
9:50 pm

****BREAKING NEWS***

td is a flagger! Is anyone surprised?

eli

October 28th, 2010
9:58 pm

For years we have been that spending cuts are not helping graduation rates and they are also inhibiting vital state agencies from effectively implementing .policy. how are your opinions different from the current administration and how do you plan on funding schools, investigative agencies and even public defenders offices while running on platforms to cut taxes?

Afterall, for those of us with rudimentary math skills or any research abilities all evidence shows that tax cuts do not increase revenue. They may slightly stimulate the economy, but they also rack up deficits as a consequence.

td

October 28th, 2010
10:01 pm

DOR, You must work for the AJC because anytime I try to come back with as repulsive a comment as you I get blocked. Typical liberal restrict freedom of speech.

td

October 28th, 2010
10:04 pm

eli

October 28th, 2010
9:58 pm

“spending cuts are not helping graduation rates”

Did you not read this paper a couple days ago that stated graduation rates have went up from in the 60% range to now in the 80% range under Sonny? Oh yea, that could not happen because it was a Republican did it.

td

October 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

BTW DOR: Where did I say I was a flagger? Typical lib. make it up to fit fit your perception.

Virginia

October 28th, 2010
10:26 pm

Is td whining again? Well, the earth’s still turning, I guess he is. Hit dog hollers.

AG's race

October 28th, 2010
10:54 pm

Focusing on the Attorney General’s race for a second – can a state AG indict a sitting Governor or is that job up to a federal prosecutor?

td

October 28th, 2010
11:12 pm

Virginia

October 28th, 2010
10:26 pm
Is td whining again? Well, the earth’s still turning, I guess he is. Hit dog hollers.

Only hollering I hear is that fat lady warming up her voice for Roy and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

jm

October 28th, 2010
11:52 pm

Ask them both, or either one:

1.) Our drinking water supply, Lake Lanier, is soon to be cut off by federal mandate. What is your plan for bringing water to this state, and still keep our neighbors happy?

2.) We weren’t able to get what may have been the best, independent candidate for school board: Brad Bryant. Many of our ballot access laws are the most restrictive in the nation – the hurdles are too high. For one thing, we’ve ended with only you three as candidates – the state of New York gets to pick between at least seven. What do you think can be done to create better ballot access laws in Georgia and give candidates who aren’t tied to a political machine the ability to become public servants?

the mehlman rings twice

October 29th, 2010
6:14 am

Question for Deal: Why does your family think that banruptcy laws should be used to facilitate your income redistribution schemes?

Question for Barnes: Do you think that state symbols should be used to insult one group of citizens and the police power of state be used to enforce it?

usgemployee

October 29th, 2010
6:30 am

Link to full story:
http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/10/05/university-execs-deferred-pay-often-hidden-tops-7-million/

Governor Perdue stated in an August 2009 email that the Board of Regents has the “exclusive authority” to hide millions of dollars under the table to top administrators at the Board of Regents – over $7 million revealed in just one story in October 2009. Where will you stand on the millions of dollars paid to key University System of Georgia administrators not fully disclosed to Georgia taxpayers? Will you encourage new legislation to bring back accountability by the Board of Regents to Georgia taxpayers by someone other than themselves?

Larry Hanawalt

October 29th, 2010
7:17 am

Debate Question for all candidates:

Ecery year over 400 Georgians are killed in alcohol related crashes. Several states now require the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for everyone convicted of Driving Under the Influence. These states have seen decreases in alcohol fatalities of between 30 and 35%. Do you support the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices for everyone convicted of driving under the influence?

JML

October 29th, 2010
7:47 am

You both have said publicly that you support Amendment 2, the Constitutional Amendment for sustainable and dedicated funding for a statewide traumacare network. Please explain why you support this measure on the Nov. 2 ballot.

chefdavid

October 29th, 2010
8:28 am

Last year there was a big story on the board of reagents cutting the funding on 4-h and extension offices. This seemed to go away. Dade County and many others are going to loose their extension agent in the near future, http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/?public=viewStory&pk_id=3948 , where do you stand on getting funding back to the extension offices so that the counties will have their extension agents again?

Roscoe

October 29th, 2010
9:13 am

The State provides approximately 2% of the budget for public transit services, mainly capital, throughout the state. It is up to county and local governments to access federal funds and use their own resources to fund the remainder of the costs.

Should this policy continue?

ROBOCOP

October 29th, 2010
9:55 am

DEBATE QUESTION FOR NATHAN DEAL:

Do you think it’s appropriate for a sitting Governor to sign/approve/recommend state funding for the annual budget bill for any state program the Governor has a pecuniary interest in?

OR,

Will you divest yourself of your vehicle salvage program overseen by the Dept. of Revenue if you’re elected Governor?

or,

Will you continue to lease property to the state of Georgia if you’re Governor?

or,

Will you update Governor Perdue’s Executive Order on Employee Ethics and Conflicts of Interest for state employees (especially employees in the Governor’s Office) to not engage in any personal, for-profit business with state agencies?

If not, what would prevent other state employees or officials from engaging in a vehicle salvage business with the state Dept. of Revenue or leasing real property to the state through the Dept. of Administrative Services, which oversees the use of leasing private real estate for state use?

eli

October 29th, 2010
11:55 am

td,

“Did you not read this paper a couple days ago that stated graduation rates have went up from in the 60% range to now in the 80% range under Sonny? Oh yea, that could not happen because it was a Republican did it.”

First, I do not care what party they belong to.

Second, have you seen the formulas used to come up with those numbers? Obviously not. They are two very different measures. The first, that came up with roughly 60%, included drop outs in the total population of students. The number Perdue is using to spin the conversation excludes drop outs from the population of students. Furthermore the result Perdue uses gives students 6 years to graduate.

This is a classic example of how you can lie with statistics. All said and done, however, the slight increase in graduation rates over the past 8 years is insignificant. Also, it is not the result of spending cuts. You conservatives have difficulty in identifying causality. Instead you would rather motivate your reasoning to achieve consistency goals. If anything, the slight increase in graduation rates is probably associated more with the population shift of middle to upper-middle class students from successful school systems up north and out west to the south. I came here from Rhode Island and my 10th grade son only had to take remedial classes to graduate in Georgia. The substance of that statement being that Georgia is literally years behind in education.

Maybe you people should stop selecting school boards and superintendents on the criteria that they be pro-life and conservative. Maybe you should pressure your legislators to hand the administration of the Dept of Education over to the University System where experts in the fields of education can make some decisions directly rather than having some “conservative” filter out any policy prescriptions that come from academia.

lmno

October 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

I’d like to know how they feel about the Troy Davis case.

kindergarden math

October 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

How do they feel about the Bd of Regents spending $2.9 million to change the name of the Medical College of Georgia, during a time when state employees are being furloughed (some more than 1 day per month ) , and on the heels of their threatening the legislature in April with abolishing the 4-H programs of the State ? What is the appropriate budgetary punishment for such luxury spending during a state funding crisis?

Mark Johnson

October 29th, 2010
4:55 pm

Ask them how they plan to implement the recent DOJ settlement related to serving people with disabilities in the community.

Thnks,

Mark

yuzeyurbrain

October 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

FOR BOTH CANDIDATES:
1) re embryonic stem cell research, do you support it in general and in particular do you support the recent start of treatment using it at Shepherd Spine Center? Will you put support state funding to encourage develpment of biotech industry in Georgia which includes embryonic stem cell research?
FOR CONGRESSMAN DEAL:
1) your website mentions a state run health insurance exchange as an alternative to the recently passed national healthcare legislation. Please describe in detail what you propose, including how many of Georgia’s 2 million uninsured would get coverage from it and how much it would cost Ga. taxpayers?
2) re education, will you restore the $3 billion that has been cut from the education budget, end teacher furloughs, restore cut school days and reduce class sizes?