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Democrats say ‘Boo!’ to Nathan Deal

This tough TV spot comes from the state Democratic party:

The script:

Spooky narrator, over organ music: “This Halloween, Nathan Deal’s up to his old tricks again. We let him into the Senate where he bled taxpayers and fought to humiliate women by making victims answer to their rapists.

“We let him into Congress, but he was too corrupt and resigned in disgrace during a federal investigation. Now he wants into the Governor’s Mansion, where he’ll suck the lifeblood out of Georgia.

“He’ll kill jobs and bleed our schools dry. Don’t get tricked again. In 2010, don’t let him in.”

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Tim Pawlenty: A GOP-led Congress should force Obama vetoes before any compromise

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who’s considering a 2012 race for president, said Thursday that – if Republicans take control of the U.S. House – they’d better force President Barack Obama to veto a few bills before participating in any compromises.

The Republican governor was at the Capitol to meet with state legislators, including House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who hosted a session with reporters.

Asked what the public could expect from Republicans if they take control of all or part of Congress, Pawlenty said:

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, and Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota.

”I think the country is in big trouble, and bold and courageous actions are going to need to be taken. I think that’s what the people are looking for. I think it’s really important that people campaign like they’re going to govern, and govern like they campaign.

“Because if you don’t do that, the public understands that’s a form of hypocrisy. And that’s why they don’t …

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Tea party’s Dick Armey: Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton traded notes on girlfriends

Back in 2006, Marvin Olasky of World magazine was one of the few conservative Christian evangelicals willing to criticize Ralph Reed, then a candidate for lieutenant governor, for his involvement with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Today, Olasky has a Q&A with former U.S. House majority leader Dick Armey, whose group FreedomWorks is a major financial backer of the tea party movement.

Armey alleges that there was some moral – or immoral – collusion between President Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, then speaker of the U.S. House and a Georgia congressman.

Update: Gingrich was at a Gwinnett County rally this afternoon for Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal. He told my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that he was aware of Armey’s comments. “It’s just not true,” Gingrich said.

An excerpt of the Armey interview:

Olasky: What went wrong in 1994 after Republicans won Congress by pledging to “restore bonds of trust between the people and their elected …

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Your morning jolt: ‘I’ll come down and cuss you if you want,’ Barack Obama told Roy Barnes

Before heading to Savannah, Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes stopped by to talk to Frank Ski and Wanda Smith at V-103, one of Atlanta’s most popular radio stations – with a large African-American audience.

Right off the bat, Ski played an ad that – the radio host declared – Barnes had backed with a whole lot of money on his station. The clip had Republican rival Nathan Deal using the phrase “ghetto grandmothers.”

Democrat Roy Barnes told V-103 listeners Thursday that President Barack Obama encouraged him to miss his August visit to Atlanta. JohnnyCrawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com

Democrat Roy Barnes told V-103 listeners Thursday that President Barack Obama encouraged him to miss his August visit to Atlanta. JohnnyCrawford, Jcrawford@ajc.com

“What did you think about that?” Ski asked.

Said Barnes:

“I thought it showed a great deal of insensitivity and a lack of knowledge about our state. It’s offensive to me, and I can just imagine how offensive it is to others that would hear it. What does that mean? I don’t know what that means, but I’ve got a good idea that it’s not very favorable.”

The Democratic nominee talked about other topics …

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For the early-to-bed crowd: Barack Obama as straight man to Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart

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Nine down, three to go: A dozen debates by candidates for governor may be a record-breaker

You and I can complain all we want about the apocalyptic nature of Georgia’s race for governor — at least the part seen through 30-second TV ads.

According to Democrat Roy Barnes, life without him as governor would be best symbolized by a honking, driverless SUV in an empty parking lot. And Republican Nathan Deal says that, minus him, the state Capitol would be a cratered, nuclear wasteland.

Even so, the contest among Barnes, Deal and Libertarian John Monds has been admirable, even historic, by one important measure. Since August, the three candidates for governor have already debated nine times.

Three more meetings, all televised, dominate the final weekend before the vote: 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 2 Action News, 5 p.m. on Fox 5, and 7 p.m. Sunday on Georgia Public Broadcasting. The GPB debate will be aired statewide.

One of these three candidates will have more impact on your life than anyone else you cast a vote for. The next governor will determine the conditions of …

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Jim Marshall: His own poll shows him ahead — but he admits the race will be ‘down to the wire’

Hours after a poll by The Hill newspaper in Washington showed him 13 points behind, U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, released an internal poll that showed him with a 3-point lead over Republican Austin Scott.

Marshall says the race is a 47-44 contest, with 9 percent undecided. But the Democratic incumbent admits that the race will “come down to the wire.”

Read the Marshall poll memo here. The survey was conducted Oct. 17-19 – a few days earlier than the Hill poll.

One significant turnout: The Hill poll assumes a 23 percent African-American turnout; the Marshall survey is based on 26 percent turnout.

From a polling memo from the Marshall camapgin, by The Mellman Group:

Marshall is holding his base (87% among Democrats) and garners significant crossover support from Republicans (19%). On the other side, Scott is getting 73% of the Republican vote. Marshall has a slight 5-point edge among independents (45% to 40%). And though Scott holds a large lead among white voters (57% to …

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Your morning jolt: Jim Marshall trailing by double digits, says poll from The Hill

Republican challenger Austin Scott, left, and Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, trade barbs after a debate at the Georgia National Fair night in Perry, Ga., earlier this month. NYT/Grant Blankenship

Republican challenger Austin Scott, left, and Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon, trade barbs after a debate at the Georgia National Fair night in Perry, Ga., earlier this month. NYT/Grant Blankenship

In a poll released this morning, The Hill newspaper in Washington says Republican challenger Austin Scott has a double-digit lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon, one of at least 46 Democrats who could lose their seats next Tuesday.

The horse-race in the 8th Congressional District, which covers much of middle Georgia:

– Austin Scott, 50%;

– Jim Marshall, 37%;

– Undecided and other, 12%

From the Hill:

Of the 42 districts polled…, all but two of which are currently Democratic, 31 had Republicans in the lead. Democrats were up in just seven, and four were tied. In addition, there are some 15 Democratic districts that are so far into the GOP win column that they weren’t polled. That would suggest at least 46 GOP pickups, plus whatever the party gets out of another 40 or 50 seats that …

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InsiderAdvantage/Channel 2 poll: Another one says governor’s race could be headed for runoff

Yet another statewide poll – the third this week – shows that Georgia’s race for governor remains in runoff territory. From Channel 2 Action News and InsiderAdvantage:

– Republican Nathan Deal, 47 percent;

– Democrat Roy Barnes, 41 percent;

– Libertarian John Monds, 5 percent;

– And undecided, 7 percent.

According to Channel 2 Action News, the survey touched 2,119 voters and has an MOE of +/- 2 percentage points.

IA CEO Matt Towery’s analysis, in part:

“Nathan Deal got a little closer to the magic 50-per-cent-plus-one mark by improving his numbers among independent voters. This is likely the result of recent ads in which Deal has punched back at Democratic nominee Roy Barnes, who hammered Deal with a series of tough ads for months. But this race is not yet decided. Deal continues to have trouble bringing Republicans home. In our last survey, 76 percent of Republicans said they were voting for Deal. In this survey, that percentage remains within the margin of error at 74 …

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