Over at Peach Pundit, Charlie Harper says that those involved in next year’s regional votes for a transportation sales tax have come to realize that voters in the July 31, 2012 primaries are likely to be throwing an anti-tax tea party:
The referendums are currently scheduled for July 2012, corresponding with the partisan primaries for the 2012 elections.
The current fear is that these contests, especially in the Atlanta region, will be dominated by Republicans who will be anti-tax, with Democrats likely to have few contested battles with which to drive presumably pro-referendum voters to the polls. A bill to move these referendums to November 2012, when President Obama will be on the ballot and driving Democratic turnout, is now viewed as a virtual certainty.
Adding legislation to the special session which would move the referendum is an attempt assist the likelihood of passage by changing the rules before the ground game has begun. This would avoiding the appearance of trying game the system during the 2012 regular session, when the campaign to pass the referendums will be in full swing and presumably, average voters have begun to pay attention to such things.
We’ve made a few calls to see if anyone is willing to go on the record on this. As far as something offered during next month’s special session, Gov. Nathan Deal said this morning that he anticipated nothing but redistricting will be considered.
But here’s the bottom line: Aside from the presidential contest, 2012 will be a desert in Georgia politics. No U.S. Senate seat is at stake. No statewide offices are in play – with the exception of two seats on the state Public Service Commission.
Next July 31, the hottest race will be the free-for-all Republican congressional contest for the new 14th District. Martha Zoller, Doug Collins, and a host of others will be directing their messages at the most conservative activists within the state GOP.
And depending on how the new district’s lines are drawn, their efforts could have a tremendous impact on the transportation vote in metro Atlanta.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider