Your morning jolt: GOP takes an early TV slap at John Barrow

Wasting no time, the National Republican Congressional Committee this morning begins airing a TV ad attempting to link endangered U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, to President Barack Obama.

During the August special session of the Legislature, Barrow’s 12th District was redrawn into one that favors a Republican challenger. So far, state Rep. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, is Barrow’s only announced opponent.

The NRCC buy is small, about $21,000, and will be spread over cable TV networks in the Augusta, Savannah and Macon markets over the next three weeks:

The script:

Narrator: “There’s a cloud over our economy. John Barrow wants to keep Obama’s government takeover of health care. Fear and uncertainty prevent new hiring. Steep fines and new taxes on families and businesses. Half a trillion dollars – money they can’t use to create jobs. And experts say it will push employers to drop workers’ health insurance. With Barrow and Obama…the storm will only get worse.”

Barrow, by the way, voted against Obama’s health care overhaul.

Over the next year, look for the embattled congressman to make more and more appearances like this one below – a plea for constructive bipartisanship from earlier this month:

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In Cobb County, debate over next year’s T-SPLOST vote has become an argument over whose hearings are fixed – yours or the one organized by your opponents? Here’s the lede from this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:

Tuesday’s standing-room-only TSPLOST forum hosted by the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable in Marietta was a calculated response to the recent town hall meetings held by Cobb lawmakers where residents have blasted the proposed 10 year tax, said state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth).

“There’s a dramatically different set of people that turned out tonight,” Setzler said after the meeting, held in the Cobb Board of Commissioners room. “I mean, after the battering this light rail concept has taken in four consecutive town hall meetings around the county, I think there was a recognition among the supporters of this that if they don’t show up tonight in force, have prepared remarks and get recognized to be one of the seven speakers who got to speak, then their message was never going to get out.”

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The Republican contest for the new 9th Congressional District has barely begun, but state Rep. Doug Collins has politely sketched out his strategy against his Gainesville neighbor, Martha Zoller.

Collins will emphasize the word “talk” in Zoller’s career as a radio talk show host. From a Monday interview of Collins conducted by Brian Pritchard of FetchYourNews.com:

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That House Republican bill to require all businesses in the nation to use E-Verify to screen hires for legal U.S. residency is running into more trouble, according to this Wall Street Journal article pointed out by south Georgia’s Sid Cottingham:

Last week, a coalition of regional and national groups that champion less government, privacy protection and small-business interests wrote a letter to members of Congress urging them to vote against the bill, and took out an ad on Politico. The coalition is using social media to spread the word to affiliated members. It plans to start airing radio spots in some districts.

The letter said requiring the use of E-Verify, which is currently voluntary, would create a de facto national identification system, infringe on rights such as the freedom to seek work, cripple small businesses, turn employers into immigration agents and encourage identity theft. The letter calls the bill a “job killer” that will cost employers millions of dollars. Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation and one of the letter’s 27 signatories, said that his movement strongly opposed illegal immigration but that “it’s not private enterprise’s job to enforce immigration.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s assertion that the state ethics commission “took absolutely the same percent of [budget] cuts as most other state agencies.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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58 comments Add your comment

Pericles

September 21st, 2011
9:25 am

You nailed it, Jim. The MDJ’s double standard about what constitutes authentic grassroots action is appalling. According the MDJ, an anti-tax, anti-transit crowd is genuine, but a pro-jobs, pro-transit turnout means the event was “staged.” It’s a fact that there is a significant number of voters in Cobb County who favor a forward-thinking plan to reduce traffic congestion in our region, make the area more attractive for economic development and job growth, and improve overall quality of life.

Contrarian

September 21st, 2011
10:57 am

“Barrow, by the way, voted against Obama’s health care overhaul.”

Wow! Truth inserted into a commentary! They’ll take away your club membership for sure now, Jim.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
11:04 am

Contraian-

But what didn’t say is Barrow was given a pass on his vote because the Dems had the votes needed to pass. Did Barrow speak on the house floor against the bill? I rest my case.

Real Athens

September 21st, 2011
11:05 am

While the National GOP begins slinging mud at Barrow and spreading out and out lies regarding his voting record and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that reforms certain aspects of the private health insurance industry and public health insurance programs, including increasing insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions and expanding access to insurance to over 30 million Americans while another GOP sleaze ball, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgins puts corporate interest first and sides with Insurance companies instead of putting refunds into the hands of the middle class during tough economic times. His reasoning? “Fears” based on no substantial evidence. Read the story.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/consumer-groups-oppose-waiver-1185478.html

Umm, where’s the “Tea Party”?

Real Athens

September 21st, 2011
11:11 am

Contrarian:

Perhaps Barrow voted along with the wishes of his conservative constituents instead of what he believed himself. Yet you paint this as a bad thing. Why are you against “representative government” I rest my case.

findog

September 21st, 2011
11:13 am

Retired, when was the last time someone speaking from the floor in congress changed anything?

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
11:13 am

The NRCC knows that a slight majority of Georgia voters will always choose to believe an UGLY LIE about a Democrat over an UGLY TRUTH about a Republican every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

Darwin

September 21st, 2011
11:14 am

And Bush and the Republican majority Congress voted for the biggest expansion in the history of Medicare is Plan D in 2003. No Republican candidate has denounced this entitlement or plan to eliminate it to help with the budget deficit. That’s the great thing about people who do all the labeling. They’re never the socialists. It doesn’t matter. The ignorants far out number the educated and open minded in this country.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
11:15 am

findog-

Seldom, but it shows true intent. Barrow was given a pass for political reasons, not because he truly opposed Obamacare.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
11:19 am

Darwin-

Republicans did that, you are correct. Democrats voted against it because their bill, much larger than the republican bill that passed had been voted down. You need to tell the whole story Darwin.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
11:23 am

Darwin-

Look at educational levels between republicans and democrats and then tell me who has the lion share.
I’m open minded, convince me with facts.

mike 'hussein' smith

September 21st, 2011
11:23 am

1-Amazing, the gop E-Verify bill would create a worse nightmare bureaucracy than anything Obamacare will bring to pass and be a bigger intrusion into the lives of those who are forced to use it.
2-Retired Soldier infers that every GOP member spoke against the health care bill during House debate. That sounds like a Nazi big lie. Did the GOP ask Barrow to speak, knowing he’d vote against it? Not on your life.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

smith-

There you go calling names. Did Barrow ask the republican leader? Have no clue. Did he ask the democrat leader, no clue. So what’s your point?

Barry

September 21st, 2011
11:28 am

Rick Allen, an Augusta Republican, also has said he intends to challenge Barrow but has not yet made his formal announcement.

DannyX

September 21st, 2011
12:02 pm

How about Republicans take care of their own storms? The storms will keep getting worse if Republican governors don’t stop begging for federal dollars. Rick Perry has been head cheerleader for federal funds.

Georgia has its own storms. The latest dark cloud is Gov Deal. He hit DC like a tornado begging Obama for transportation, education and port expansion pork. Hurricane Nathan wants to do massive damage to the nations deficit.

Another Republican could mean another socialized Medicare Part D entitlement. Perhaps another Child Left Behind. More Georgia bank failures. Another Great Recession. More Romneycare.

findog

September 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

Retired, a speech is more cynical than having your leadership give you a pass

Jenzen

September 21st, 2011
12:23 pm

(from one of my an earlier – 09/04/11) blogs):
Yes, that ‘ol John Barrow! Once re-districted out of his original District, moved to Savannah (in another District) to serve “his constituents”, then, upon losing that District, he is planning on moving to another District to serve “his (new) constituents.” Sounds like ‘ol John just wants to serve his District constituents to me.
Excuse me…what’s that you say? You believe that ‘ol John doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about serving his “constituents” (now where ever they may be scattered and in what district), you think ‘ol John just is power-hungry and wants to stay in politics to enjoy the perks of being a Representative? That he really cannot get a job and, of course, being a life-long Democratic Representative (ala John Lewis, et al,), he will “serve with honor”?
Naw, man, that just can’t be! The Plantation isn’t really that great…or is it? I think ‘ol John Barrow is sincerely interested in serving the people of his District – when and where that may be dertermined and if Allied Van Lines will step in and offer assistance. Have votes—“will travel and vote as the political wind shifts” as he says.
Go git ‘em, John (Barrow, that is)!!

Karen

September 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

Retired Soldier, “I rest my case.” Like you know what your talking about. Go take a nap.

GA-RED

September 21st, 2011
12:42 pm

@GABlue – 11.13a; Hell Yes! of course! Those mean-ass Republicans are always going to lie about the angelic, loving, caring, left-wing socialist Dimocrats every time! (Pardon me while I barf.) EVERYONE knows the Socialist Dimocrats have never once said or done anything, or have ever espoused any anti-Republican rallies (especially against George Bush).. OOPS! I spoke too soon! Check this out:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/08/20/media-didnt-care-about-protest-signs-threatening-bush

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
12:45 pm

Karen-

Glad you know me so well…not. Next time try and post something that demonstrates your knowledge.

GA-RED

September 21st, 2011
12:47 pm

Darwin @11:14am -

“The ignorants far out number the educated and open minded in this country.”
Thanks for being honest about yourself! Yuo can go back to your comic books now.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

GA RED-

Darwin doesn’t like to respond when the facts are against him.

Paul M.

September 21st, 2011
12:55 pm

Retired Soldier:
Apparently some of the air-heads on this blog cannot take the courage to put aside remarks about politics, etc., and thank a retired soldier for his service to his country. In the absence of those who are barely out of high school I will take the liberty of speaking for them and myself: Thanks for your service and belief in this country in spiite of some idiots who exist here.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
12:58 pm

Paul-

Thank you very much. I have said many times the Army was better to me than I was to the Army. Like most old soldiers we just wish we were young enough to have the ole rucksack on our back in the woods. Thanks again.

MM

September 21st, 2011
1:03 pm

So now the tea party is against e-verify? That it will be a burden on small businesses? What a load of baloney. E-verify takes no time to implement or execute. I’ve done it. It costs nothing and takes 2no minutes to run. Illegal aliens come here for work and they work for less. Why are they less than honest about the real reason which is cheap, capable labor that no one wants to do? If we really want to get rid of illegal aliens, halt the reason why they’re here, and punish companies for hiring them. Of not, cut the facade out and be honest.

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
1:26 pm

“GA-RED”

Is there any part of your post at 12:42 that’s not teeming with originality? I am especially impressed by your repetition of the very clever term “socialist dimocrats.” The enlightenment it simply blinding in its brilliance! If you are not the Chairman of the Georgia GOP, you should be! What a treasure you are to your people, I’m sure. Thank you.

KID

September 21st, 2011
1:40 pm

Obama all the way in 2012!!!!

Michael Marr

September 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

So Barrow loses the Democratic for voting NO on healthcare and he loses any conservative vote because he voted YES on healthcare. God help us.

GA-RED

September 21st, 2011
1:51 pm

‘Ol Blue @ 1:26pm;+
Are you saying that I can’t use the term Socialist Democrats?” I’m old enough to have heard this over 40 years ago in a discussion of my organization in which I was the moderator and, of course – not knowingly – used that term. Theretofore I had never hear odf it! Are you old enought to have heard it back in the real early 70’s? Bet not.
I can tell you more about the Dimocratic Party in GA than you unless you, too, are in your Seventies.

GA-RED

September 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

Oh, and I forgot, “Blue”: No I’m not the Chairman of the Georgia GOP. However, strange as it may be…as hank Williams sang in his song, “I’ve Seen The Light,”, I WAS a co-chair of a county DIMOCRATIC Party in the 60’s. Thank God I finally woke up.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
2:00 pm

Ga-Red-

Amen brother.

WAW

September 21st, 2011
2:25 pm

Anneliese MacPhail is facing more sleepless nights (and so should the DA, Judge, members of the Pardons and Parole Board, the Governor, the Sipreme Court) because from this day forward they will not lay their head on the pillow without asking, “What if I was wrong?” Will any one of them volunteer for execution if indeed the facts come out that they did kill an innocent man? God have mercy on the State of Georgia for our legal system has failed, our citizens do not care, and its all just another episode of Law & Order… roll to commercial.

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
2:36 pm

The AJC props up an incumbent Democrat, takes another shot at E-Verify, and the fellow AJC partisans come out with their choir singing Amen, amen routine. Just another day on this tired old Blog that recycles minority leftist politics.

DannyX

September 21st, 2011
2:50 pm

The AJC props up another Republican plan, takes another shot at propping up the transportation tax, and the fellow AJC partisans come out with their choir singing Amen, amen routine. Just another day on this tired old Blog that recycles Tea Party politics.

Nothing about the AJC censorship of the Doonesbury comic strip? The one that took a swipe at AJC phenom Sarah Palin???????

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

@ DannyX – laughable.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
3:18 pm

WAW-

Your concern for the victim and his family are…..missing.

WAW

September 21st, 2011
4:39 pm

Retired: If this was my family, I know that I would not want a sacrifice to appease my feelings. I would want justice. You see, my concern is for the the victim and his family, the State of Georgia killing a man who may be innocent brings only shame for the victim and guilt for his family. Will any one volunteer for execution if indeed the facts come out that they did kill an innocent man? Would that not be the honorable thing to do?

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

He isn’t innocent, so you either know it and are just against capital punishment – or you are buying into the defense, leftist anti-capital punishment (hence the news media) smokescreen.

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
4:45 pm

OK WAW I volunteer you. By your line of reasoning a death sentence would only occur the would never except with a confession. Do you ever support a death sentence?

Mari

September 21st, 2011
4:51 pm

Regarding Troy Davis:
How can anyone who was not at the scene know beyond a doubt that Troy Davis murdered that policeman? I grieve for the officer’s family. No one should have to endure the senseless murder of a loved one. But I blame the criminal justice system for having failed them. Davis’ sister proved that no way could someone have seen Troy Davis’ face in the dark, as one witness claimed, and knows that he was smirking about having committed a crime. The other failing of the system is that too many prosecutors have built careers and re-election on “law and order” and do not care about the search for the truth but only about re-elections.
For those who question why people would falsely testify to having witnessed a crime against a policeman, you obviously have not walked in the shoes of a person of color who, unfortunately, did not grow up believing that the police was a “friend” whom one could count on to protect him or her. Intimidation is real. I am a professional and have experienced some scary stuff at the hands of the guys in “blue.”
Finally, how many of us were amazed at the seemingly injustice facing the young American co-ed in Italy recently. We were shocked that a criminal system on the other side of the world would dare put to death someone being convicted without DNA evidence. People, where is the outrage now? I see little distinction in these two cases.

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
4:59 pm

The bile runneth over. Now can we quit kidding ourselves that this nation displays even a miniscule amount of give-a-bleep about “truth” and “justice?” Thanks to the gentlemen on this for so eloquently pointing out that these things are NOT “the American way.”

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

@ Mari – Our justice system uses trials, appeals, Parole Board reviews, and Governors who can commute sentences that were met out by reviewing FACTS. The media and defense like to get the public involved even though they were not on the jury, part of the appeals courts, and Parole Boards that had access to the FACTS. Your reading biased media articles and determining you know more than those who have had full access and studied the FACTS is unfounded.

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
5:05 pm

Mari,

Well stated! Interesting… Casey Anthony was set free because there was a tiniest little smidge of “reasonable doubt.” Troy Davis will be executed in spite of a preponderance of doubt. Gee, why the discrepancy in standards? Hmmm….

Retired Solider

September 21st, 2011
5:06 pm

Well stated Centrist.

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
5:12 pm

Centrist,

Good point about the media. As I recall, the media was involved in Miss Anthony’s case to a level almost unprecedented, and yet she was set free on that smidge of doubt anyway. Funny how the media exploitation bounces a different way for some than others, huh? (Things that make ya go Hmmm… really?)

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
5:17 pm

GaBlue purposely contorts the law. Preponderance of the evidence is used in civil cases meaning roughly a greater than 50% chance, based on all the reasonable evidence, that the defendant did the wrong that caused the damage.

However, in criminal law there is a much higher burden. The prosecutor must prove that the accused did the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. This roughly means that there is a great likelihood the accused committed the crime.

Most courts refuse to attach any numbers to the phrase: “beyond a reasonable doubt,” but some people believe it means 90%, 95%, 99%, or 100% sure. It is up to the jury, appeals courts, Board of Pardons, and finally a Governor – not the media, anti-capital punishment folks, or the public reading biased news accounts.

GaBlue

September 21st, 2011
5:29 pm

Centrist,

Stop projecting. I didn’t contort anything. I don’t know if he did it or not. How could I? I’ve barely even followed this case. As to “preponderance” (thanks for clarifying!) being greater than 50%, then it does apply, since more than 50% of the eye witnesses against this man recanted and claimed coersion. I think that more than 50%constitutes enough reasonable doubt to let him rot in prison instead of poking him with poison.

But because I am a practical realist, I also understand all too well that people like you and the “authorities” that administer the “law” in this state DO NOT GIVE A BLEEP what I think. So please, quit claiming you have crystal ball powers to read everyone’s mind. It’s truly the most annoying thing about you.

Bob

September 21st, 2011
5:36 pm

I am aquainted with John Barrow and he’s actually a nice person…not qualified to make decisions concerning the state of our country, but a nice person nevertheless. Don’t you think he, and 90% of his fellow legislators who are also attorneys, are just the symptom? The root cause is sending lawyers to make financial, ethical, and business decisions for us all. Just my opinion.

Centrist

September 21st, 2011
5:38 pm

@ GaBlue – YOU were the one to come up with the improper “preponderance” term and use it again in your last post. It did not apply to the jury or since. Your reading biased news articles about 50% recanting does not trump all of the FACTUAL review by appeals courts, Board of Pardons, and judges as late as today. They all know the other side – and have rejected it for cause. Those “authorities” that administer the law aren’t interested in executing an innocent man – they have had FACTS and studied both sides much more than ANYONE else including the anti-capital punishment reporters who wrote the stories you have read.

truth whole truth

September 21st, 2011
6:09 pm

and nothing but the truth.! These idiots that have taken money and future monies from talk show etc… to recant their stories of what happened should be fined thrown in jail for purgery and tared and feathered for what the liberal goons have put on their plate to press their agenda. I hope troy davis has made his peace with GOD because his mercy is what will contol his eternity.