Your morning jolt: Tim Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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78 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

September 12th, 2011
9:11 am

But it does explain why Seabiscuit now leads Michele Bachmann in the GOP presidential contest

Hard to know who will win that horse race….

Centrist

September 12th, 2011
9:26 am

“National eyes will be focused Tuesday on New York City as a bellwether for 2012 as 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”.

I doubt this will be an accurate bellwether for two reasons:

First, it is most likely a backlash from the disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner.

Second, it is too far out. The Republican presidential field is weak, Obama is triangulating dealing with the GOP on tax and spending cuts via the debt deal, and Incumbency creates a campaign contribution advantage with many strings which can be pulled in an election year to buy votes. Even more importantly, the liberal media is firmly behind Obama and will get even more partisan as the election draws near daily attacking Republican front runners.

David Staples

September 12th, 2011
9:27 am

I’d vote for Seabiscuit over Bachmann, Perry or Romney. I’m supporting Ron Paul and Gary Johnson – the only two in the race looking at the issues logically instead of pandering for votes.

Tom

September 12th, 2011
9:28 am

Bachmann must now try to Pray Away the Neigh.

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
9:37 am

David-

How did Paul and Johnson get your vote, pandering? Come on every candidate of any race is in the business of…..getting votes. That’s almost as old as the oldest profession.

Romegaguy

September 12th, 2011
9:38 am

Who is/was Tim Pawlenty?

Bill Orvis White

September 12th, 2011
9:44 am

I’m supporting Herman Cain, a man with a solid business acumen, a sense of conviction and a dedication to the Lord Almighty. With that fact clearly stated on this lefty blog, I think all of the rightful Republican candidates would be better than the installed-”leader” occupying the White House at the moment. If Mr. Cain cannot get the nomination, then the honorable Gov. Rick Perry is the next best thing. If Gov. Perry gets the top prize, I pray that he will pick Mr. Cain as a running mate. The other candidates could hop on board the Perry/Cain Train, help out and then join their cabinet or administration. I think Mrs. Bachmann should be head of the bloated Miseducation Deparment. Ladies are good at teaching and I think Mrs. Bachmann could dismantle that socialist engine that has been poisoning young minds for the past 70 years.

Sorry, but Ron Paul is clueless on the jihadist threat that we face. That Johnson fella is like a martian – wishing to get everyone on the drug and drink-disgusting. Gov. Romney needs to pay forever with RomneyCare.

Amen,
Bill

ATL-9

September 12th, 2011
9:53 am

I’m with Pawlenty on this one. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to lead America through some very difficult economic times.

He resume’ is particularly impressive and well suited to being President at this moment in time. Barack Obama was woefully unprepared and we are all suffering because of it. He’s a nice person but hopefully America has learned that we can’t just go on who is nice and who we like the best in picking presidents. We need to approach it like any other hiring decision; we need to look at the resume’ and pick the most qualified. We need to pick the one whose experience and education suggests they can do the job and do it well. That’s Mitt Romney.

Texas Governor, Rick Perry, is likable too and particularly appealing to those of us in the south but his resume’ can’t hold a candle to that of Romney.

I’ve carefully studied each candidate and watched them perform at every event and Tim Pawlenty has it right; Mitt Romney should be the 45th President of the United States.

ATL-9

September 12th, 2011
10:10 am

Bill Orvis White,

I respect you opinion but compare Romney’s resume to that of Rick Perry before voting. Remember we are picking a person to run the largest enterprise in the free world. This is not a job for the uneducated or inexperienced.

Perry graduated from Texas A&M with 2.5 GPA earning a degree in Animal Science

Romney attended Stanford and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. He graduated with honors. He then received a MBA from Harvard’s School of Business with Baker Scholar Honors. He also received a Juris Doctrate (Law Degree) degree from Harvard’s College of Law again with Baker Scholar honors.

That’s quite a difference. I would suggest that any company considering either man to be their CEO would go with the one with the best resume’.

One could also compare their ‘relevant experience’ as is routine in making any hiring decsion and Romney bests Perry there too.

I understand why people like Perry because, as a southerner, it’s natural to like a fellow southerner but America is in deep, deep trouble. We can’t gamble on another likeable guy. We need a competent guy.

Danny O

September 12th, 2011
10:24 am

Re: Ron Paul and Gary Johnson

What distinguishes these candidates from the rest of the Republican field is that they are willing to state policy positions which are not necessarily popular w/the GOP base. While all candidates want to attract votes, there are few who will continue to voice support for particular stances when they know that such stances may cost votes b/c they are controversial w/the electorate.

Two examples: Paul’s support for pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan and Johnson’s support for ending the war on drugs. The two candidates know that neither of these would be considered red meat for mainstream conservatives, but they’re committed to their ideals regardless of the election day consequences. You can’t say that they are “pandering.”

Dick

September 12th, 2011
10:30 am

Republicans and the new Tea Party are drawn to the queerest of candidates. And, if they’re nasty and mean, they jump to the front in the polls. I hope Romney catches on because our country’s future depends on having someone well grounded in the White House.

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
10:39 am

Danny O-

Then shouldn’t Paul and Johnson be running for the Lib. Party nomination? They match up better there than with republicans.

mike 'hussein' smith

September 12th, 2011
10:43 am

Agricultural Commodity Commission for Equine? O brave new world that has such a bureaucracy in it. I thought the Tea Party/GOP crowd was for shrinking the government instead of expanding it. Is it possible, Jim, that horse meat will soon be showing up in my neighborhood Kroger?

Ci2Eye

September 12th, 2011
11:14 am

Gary Johnson doesn’t even attend the debates and Ron Paul would be 77 years old at innaguration if he won. That’s a bit old so I don’t think we can pin our hopes on either of these guys.

Tim Pawlenty knows all of them. He’s debated them, talked to them and I think his opinion matters. He’s endorsing Romney and I agree he’s the best choice.

He turned around many failing companies, turned around the olympics, turned around Massachusetts when it was in trouble. I think we need to give him the chance to turn around the United States of America.

He has a 59 point plan for fixing America economically. It’s on his website. I undertand it is unprecedented for a candidate to release such a document. Clearly he is a man with a plan.

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Emma

September 12th, 2011
11:52 am

LOLOLOLOL!!!! They are calling Strawberry Shortcake(Sara Palin)…Seabiscuit! LOLOLOLOLOL, I’m going home to watch it tonight on Netflix! LOLOLOL

@ATL-9: Remember they tried to compare Obama’s resume with McCain’s resume and it didn’t seem to matter for a lot of folk…but I like the point that you are trying to make!

Wondering

September 12th, 2011
11:56 am

I’m still considering but at this time I prefer Mitt Romney. I don’t even see his healthcare plan in Mass. as a negative, as the people there wanted it. There is a significant deference between state control and federal control.

Romney has enough pragmatism in him to look for the solutions rather than blindly run down a road. We need a conservative leader who will put the good of the country over ideology.

Its too early for him to consider it, but I would love to see Herman Cain as the VP Candidate. He is another business leader, who knows how to get things done. I don’t think he can win as the head of the ticket, but I think he can help any administration with his knowledge and management skills.

mum

September 12th, 2011
11:56 am

I fear that people supporting Perry only listen to the “good” stuff, whatever that is. During the debate he was asked about the majority of new job in Texas paying at or below the minimum wage, and he sidestepped addressing the question by saying in effect that he’d created jobs. At $7.25 per hour, $15,000 per year, be careful what you wish for since his corporate backers have all been well paid back for their support over the years, and I’m sure they love keeping most of their profits to themselves.

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GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
11:59 am

OBAMA WINS IN 2012!!!!!

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

GOPIDIOTS….how? What will be his running points?

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

You guys better make sure that none of this new jobs bill passes, cause its gonna create jobs (exactly what the GOP doesn’t want to ensure that they get elected).

People are not stupid and will soon come around. I hope ’cause we can’t go backwards which is where the GOP wants to go.

Maqueda

September 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

“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.”

The Court should have required the mayor and council members to pay out of their own pockets. All this ruling does is make the city taxpayers write a check to themselves.

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

GOPIDIOTS…How is it going to create jobs. Another lost hope bill by Barack. By the way, can we really afford another $450BILLION mistake?

Danny O

September 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

@ Retired Soldier –

That’s a relevant point. I reckon that they are making a political calculation that they can garner more votes by affiliating with one of the two major parties. I wouldn’t call that pandering, but it’s certainly putting election politics over ideals.

Picking one viable option out of two is not a lot of choice. I sure wish we had more parties to choose from. The perspectives in our country are too diverse in our country for just two competing worldviews. I also think it makes it difficult to build coalitions of differing viewpoints that may share a common goal on a particular issue. Believe it or not, we can find some common ground if we don’t try and paint everything either red or blue.

For the record, I think Gary Johnson would attend debates if he were invited.

bart

September 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

No doubt Romney is the strongest GOP candidate nationwide. He’s the only one who makes sense. The others are so far out there that they have little chance of getting elected if nominated. There’s no doubt in my mind that Romney can beat Obama. With the others, who knows, but it’s doubtful.

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
12:25 pm

Bart….agreed however I think Perry holds a great shot as well.

findog

September 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

He would have supported Michelle; but the VP cannot be from the same state as the POTUS nominee, therefor as he is running to be a mate he chose the Northern GOP candidate with a chance of winning
I think the SNL W called this stragery

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

Ducula, that’s the problem with the Right. Did you not hear his speech?
He want to:
Create JOBS by focusing the nation on infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, etc.), something that we desparately need as a country.
Renovate schools.
Close tax loopholes (creating critical tax revenue that was siphoned away with Republican policies that are still in place)
Raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations (to again raise critical revenue that was depended on even during the Reagan era, but again Republican policies have give this money away)
Reform Medicare (to take it into the next century, there is bi-partisan support for this at EVERY LEVEL. We must change it and save it.)
Give tax cuts and credits to businesses that hire American Workers and Manufacture products in the USA.

Were you sleep? This is just off the top of my mind, I’m sure I missed some points. Most of these ideas are Bi-Partisan with some even being authored by Republicans. He still won’t be supported fully. Obama is pragmatic, smart, and understanding. So he will take the same good idea that Repubs have and put it back on the table just for them to say they won’t do it because now he is associated with it.

To say that this economic catastrophe is his fault is sooo disingenuous that it makes no sense. The policies that are hurting us, are not his policies, they are the GOP’s…..

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
12:31 pm

He wants to:

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
12:35 pm

Danny O-

Our political tradition is built on twp parties. Congress is a disaster now, think what it would be like with more than two parties. Paul and Johnson have zero chance of winning, so I wonder why they are there.

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
12:37 pm

GOPIDIOTS….You HAVE GOT to be kidding me. So unless you want to build a road, tunnel, bridge or school you are screwed? What a freaking joke. I will guarentee you that this will not stimulate the economy or create enough jobs for the $450Billion bill to matter.

So let me get this right…..in order to get big business to start hiring more people and creating jobs. Obama is going to raise the tax burden on them? That makes absolutely NO sense! Ever take economics in high school???

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
12:42 pm

GOPIDIOTS…..GOD I hope Obama goes into the debates with a BLAME BUSH mentality…..that will seal is fate faster than anything else. Fingers crossed!

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

GOPIDIOTS-

You forgot extending unemployment payments and continued suspension of the payroll tax, Neither of which create jobs and adds to our debt.

Infrastructure jobs- short term employment and more debt
schools- short term employment and more debt
close tax loop holes- let’s see the fine print
raise taxes on the wealthy- who does Obama think creates jobs, the poor?
raise taxes on corporations- You GE will have to pay something? Surely you jest.
Give tax credits to hire and build American- The only good idea in Obama’s bill.

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Ducula,
There you guys go again with the blame game. “Another $450 Billion Mistake?”. Are you kidding me?

Think for yourself… Come on….

You must be alluding to the Stimulus bill he had to pass when he came into office. Right? Well let’s see, why did he do that? Our economy was in a FREE FALL that was created PRIOR to him getting into office. We were in a SEVERE RECESSION, right? Do you remember? Unemployment was at 7.9% (it is 9.1% now) and EVERY major economist and indicator suggested that if we DID NOTHING, we would go into a DEPRESSION that would simply crush our economy beyond repair for many years. HE HAD TO DO IT BECAUSE OF GOP AND W’S POLICIES.

The things that he is suggesting the US spend money on (infrastructure, education, etc.) are the types of projects that the US has implemented in the past to get our nation back on firm economic footing. Either that or wars which put Americans to work in the military or supporting the military in the private sector.

We have to create jobs via the govt. and in the private sector (he is all for decreasing regulation where it makes sense and he has called for tax cuts, breaks, and lending programs to help businesses that create jobs in the US).

Please get out of the way or on board so that we CAN move this country in the correct direction.

thanks

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GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
12:48 pm

RETIRED SOLDIER & Ducula,
Show me where the GOP trickle-down economics has worked then? Where are the jobs?

Obama is talking about returning the tax code to where Reagan had it, was he wrong?

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
12:52 pm

GOPIDOTS-

The jobs where there when Bush was President, look at the stats. What Obama is proposing is not a jobs bill, it’s a second stimulus and the first one didn’t work.

common sense

September 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

Dacula – public works projects create jobs for construction workers, architects, engineers, equipment operators, etc., and these workers spend money. Since consumer spending is what drives the economy, I’d say that putting more people to work – doing anything – is better than nothing. And, hey – a side benefit – we can get some of our crappy roads and bridges restored and avoid another Minneapolis-style road or bridge collapse.

As far as taxing companies – The Laffer curve eventually plateaus. We have hit that point – there are other reasons why companies aren’t hiring. Any economist will tell you that companies are currently sitting on large reserves of cash, reluctant to hire because of market instability. It’t not really a tax thing. But putting people to work causes the workers to spend money (see above…), and when they spend money they demand the good and services businesses sell. Thus, businesses hire workers to produce those goods and services. Get it?? There is more than one way to look at this issue – the “just cut taxes” approach has its limits.

Red

September 12th, 2011
1:00 pm

GOPIDIOTS is living up to the second half of his name. This is recycled from Obama’s first try that did nothing – you know the one that Obama swore would not take us past 8% unemployment? Building bridges and paving roads did not work. As for a few other items, he has taken from the GOP on those BUT wants to raise taxes to get those.

Every major economist out there is saying this will not work – especially in time to save Obama’s job. Anyone with any concept of how government building programs works knows that this whole new school part will take over a year to actually get implemented. As for the tax breaks, $4 a day is not major economy-spurring efforts. It jacks up the debt with little results.

What he has done is made this economic super committee’s job even more difficult. They have not even began to figure out how to get the agreed upon amount of cuts. Before they’ve even met to figure that out, Obama dumps a greater burden on them. He’s relegated the process to intense arguments which will result in no results.

This guys is a lousy leader. He has done more to divide – just in actions like this – than any other president including Bush. All in the interest of saving his own job. He’s failed and now blames a group that just came on the scene in office of his own failures.

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
1:01 pm

If I hire someone to run my company yet I block ALL of the good ideas that they have, then I need to look in the mirror. The American people are finally starting to look at Congress and the Tea Party for what they are, Obstructionist…….

The Dems are actually in a great position because in 14 months if the economy is NO better and you guys (the Tea Party run Congress and Repubs) have blocked Obama’s legislation and offered no other solution other than to blame Obama, guess what Obama will walk away with the election and you will be voted out in droves……

Please continue to be you mean, cultish, arrogant, bullying, racist, homophobic, un-American calling everyone else un-American selves. Incredible how you can walk around so proud…..

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
1:08 pm

Retired Soldier, you have been listening to Faux Bad Newz too long. Read for yourself. Bush created more jobs? There were more jobs under Bush? NO. You are wrong big time, but it sounds good for a talking point, doesn’t it? Especially if you just don’t want a black guy to be President. If not, why would you keep spewing and repeating lies? You know what they say, keep saying a lie and eventually folks will believe it. Read this:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/07/137866/obama-more-jobs-bush/

So many of the GOP talking points are just flat out lies, they are just not true…..

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
1:11 pm

GI

“the Tea Party run Congress” You really need to get a grip. The tea party doesn’t run Congress, They have 50 plus in the house, out of 435 and 3 or 4 in the senate, out of 100. The republicans have controlled the house for 9 months and its all their fault? Wow!

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
1:12 pm

GI-

Instead of your liberal website, go to the Dept of Labor.

Danny O

September 12th, 2011
1:13 pm

@ Retired Soldier –

Plenty of folks run knowing that they can’t win just to be a platform for their ideas. If they can get voters to acknowledge their concepts, these candidates may be able to have an effect beyond the election.

Places like North Korea and China only have one party. With a grand total of two, we’re not doing much better. One of the few things that the two parties can consistently agree on is that they don’t need any competition from others. It’s not helpful in a challenging tie to be so divided. Parties for folks in the middle would help bridge the gap.

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
1:21 pm

GOPIDIOTS….That is the thing. He has had NO good ideas.

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
1:21 pm

GOPIDIOTS….OH I get it….you think him sueing Arizona over their immigration policy was a good bill and a good use of the American peoples money.

GOPIDIOTS

September 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Common Sense has COMMON SENSE.

You are correct, lowering taxes, cutting all regulations, keeping tax loopholes in place, letting our infrastructure crumble, and cutting all social services (unless it is the one’s that you use, lol..) is NOT the answer.

I’m STILL waiting on someone to tell me how this “TRICKLE-DOWN” GOP policy has helped them and their family. ……Still waiting, but I won’t hold my breathe….. lol

Red, Obama a lousy leader? W was better huh? Come on…..lol W took us from surplus to deficit, was a job killer, took is into 2 wars we had no business fighting, and not only divided the US but made us (the US) look like IDIOTS (no WMD’s?)!

Clearly, you are not playing with a full deck are you?

Dacula 1995

September 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

GOPIDIOTS….OH or maybe you think trying terror suspects as citizens and not in a military tribunal was a great idea? Socialists healthcare? Shall I go on?

Retired Solider

September 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Danny O-

I hear ya, but how does it work? Do you need a majority to win? What’s the threshold to get on the ballot? Lot’s of questions to be answered. Three major parties haven’t worked real well in the UK.