Former governor and ex-GOP contender Tim Pawlenty stiffed fellow Minnesotan Michele Bachmann and joined the anti-Rick Perry movement in one fell swoop this morning, issuing an endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race.
National Review Online has just posted a few words from Pawlenty:
“Alone among the contenders, [Romney] possesses the unique qualifications to confront and master our severe economic predicament. His abiding faith in our country’s exceptional historical position as a beacon of freedom will make him the most important leader in a world that depends upon a strong America to stay at peace.”
After tonight’s CNN/Tea Party Express debate in Tampa this evening, national eyes will be focused Tuesday on New York City as a bellwether for 2012. From Public Policy Polling:
Republican Bob Turner is poised to pull a huge upset in the race to replace Anthony Weiner as the Congressman from New York’s 9th Congressional District. He leads Democrat David Weprin 47-41 with Socialist Workers candidate Christopher Hoeppner at 4% and 7% of voters remaining undecided.
Turner’s winning in a heavily Democratic district for two reasons: a huge lead with independents and a large amount of crossover support. He’s ahead by 32 points at 58-26 with voters unaffiliated with either major party. And he’s winning 29% of the Democratic vote, holding Weprin under 60% with voters of his own party, while losing just 10% of Republican partisans.
If Turner wins on Tuesday it will be largely due to the incredible unpopularity of Barack Obama dragging his party down in the district.
Obama won 55% there in 2008 but now has a staggeringly bad 31% approval rating, with 56% of voters disapproving of him.
Many thanks for the questions you submitted for tonight’s House District 43 forum of candidates. It’s highly likely that this from my AJC colleague Janel Davis will be a topic:
Former state senator Robert Lamutt is returning to politics with not only name recognition, but also tax debt.
Lamutt is one of five candidates in the Sept. 20 special election vying for the state House seat left vacant by the death of the late Rep. Bobby Franklin of Marietta.
Reviews of financial and tax records by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for all of the candidates in the race show that the Internal Revenue Service filed two liens against Lamutt in 2009 for unpaid quarterly and unemployment taxes owed by his business and entities. The liens, covering tax filing periods in 2008 and 2009, total about $136,500.
Lamutt, 55, a commercial real estate investor, said he has worked out a payment plan with the IRS and is currently paying off the debts.
Location for the forum is Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 4495 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066. I’ll be moderating.
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Statesboro must pay the legal costs of citizens who successfully sued the municipality for violating the state Open Meeting Act.
From a summary issued this morning:
[I]n April 2010, Mayor Joe Brannan and the City Council of Statesboro met at the Gateway Pond House – rather than in council chambers at Statesboro City Hall – to discuss the City’s fiscal year 2011 budget. During two meetings, the officials discussed a proposal that was ultimately adopted by the council to eliminate the positions of chief of the police department and of the fire department.
A group of private citizens, including Earl Dabbs – a retired certified public accountant – sued the City, its mayor and five city council members. In their complaint, they requested $8,626.80 in attorney’s fees and expenses and an injunction preventing the City from holding any future “secret” meetings.
Georgia Public Broadcasting says the state is currently engaged in some new statistical research:
Georgia has around 150,000 horses, but they’re a little known agricultural commodity. Now the state is conducting a survey to see just how much money they bring to Georgia’s economy.
In 2006, lawmakers created the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Equine. Now, the commission is working with University of Georgia economists to conduct its first economic impact study.
The survey apparently isn’t directly connected to parimutuel legislation now being studied by the House. But it does explain why Seabiscuit now leads Michele Bachmann in the GOP presidential contest.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed this is expected to announce a competition to help convert a vacant lot across the street from City Hall into an urban farm, according to Creative Loafing.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider