Your morning jolt: Tea party challenges that didn’t happen

In politics, the only thing more dangerous than throwing a spear at the king and missing is declaring that you intend to throw the spear – then failing to do so.

This spring, a new coalition of conservative groups called the Peach Tea Party declared that it would target 16 House Republicans and the chamber’s sole independent for their votes against HB 954, a bill to shorten the period during which a woman can seek an abortion, and another measure to eliminate discrimination in public hiring by sexual orientation or gender identity.

Of those 17 targeted, only four ended up with Republican opposition last week:

– Incumbent Republican Amos Amerson of Dahlonega retired. Three Republicans and one Democrat will try to replace him;

– Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, no opposition;

– Mickey Channell, R-Greensboro, no opposition;

– Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, has no opposition;

– Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, no opposition;

– Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, picked up no GOP opposition, but has a Democratic opponent, 65-year-old Sandy Murray;

– Judy Manning, R-Marietta, 69, will be challenged in the GOP primary by 33-year-old Charles Gregory;

– Don Parsons, R-Marietta, 64, has a GOP primary challenge from JoEllen Smith, 52-year-old executive with an education company.

– Jay Powell, R-Camilla, attracted no GOP opposition, but one Democratic opponent, Jewell Howard of Baconton;

– Chuck Sims, R-Douglas, will face Republican Darwin Carter, a 72-year-old farmer;

– Kip Smith, R-Columbus, is being challenged by Republican John Pezold – but Pezold announced his entrance into the contest long before the Peach Tea Party produced its hit list;

– Richard Smith, R-Columbus, no opposition;

– Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, no GOP opposition, but one Democratic opponent, 23-year-old Lauren Craddock;

– Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, no opposition;

– Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, no opposition;

– Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, no opposition;

– and Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville, the House’s only independent member, won’t be allowed to qualify until July. But no Republican signed up to run against him – only Democrat Quentin Howell.

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As Memorial Day weekend began, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers found himself explaining his previous occupation as a sports handicapper. Read the original piece by David Michaels and Atlanta Unfiltered here. From Channel 2 Action News:

Rogers faces Republican challenger Brandon Beach in the July 31 primary.

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Over at the Athens Banner-Herald, Blake Aued notes that despite their outrage over state Rep. Doug McKillip’s switch to the Republican side of the aisle, Democrats were unable to find anyone to run against him:

“The reality of the situation is that, by betraying the Democratic Party and turning his back on the people who elected him, he bought himself a friend in (House Speaker) David Ralston,” former Clarke County Democratic Committee Chairman Bill Overend said. “He was able to draw himself a district, frankly, to the detriment of (state Rep.) Chuck Williams and Oconee County, that is very conservative.”

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The decision by Hunter Bicknell to seek another term as chairman of the Jackson County Commission, rather than qualify as a candidate in the 9th District congressional race, changes the outlook for frontrunners Doug Collins and Martha Zoller, both of Gainesville.

A third candidate, Roger Fitzpatrick, remains in the July 31 race, but the odds of winning the seat without an expensive runoff contest have risen considerably.

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Copy editors beware. We now have two Rick Allens in two separate Republican contests for Congress. In the 2nd District, Rick Allen of Columbus, the 61-year-old president of a medical supply company, is one of three Republicans out to challenge Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop of Albany.

In the 12th District, Rick W. Allen, a 60-year-old general contractor from Augusta, is one of four Republicans seeking the honor of doing battle with Democratic incumbent John Barrow, also of Augusta.

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James Richardson at Georgia Tipsheet has been doing a fine job of tracking party-switchers at the grassroots in Georgia. Among them: Eight Bleckley County office-holders filed for reelection Wednesday as Republicans. Only the county surveyor remains a Democrat.

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said last week that he’ll vote for the transportation sales tax on July 31, but his Republican colleague Tom Price is less sure. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

“I honestly don’t know. When I was at the state level, I fought to make it so that we could try to get some regional decisions made in transportation that were truly addressing the areas of congestion. One of the things that we did was to make certain that the tolls on 400 were used for 400 instead of sent around the state. It’s clear that we need some transportation solutions and expansion of capacity in the metropolitan area. I’m not certain that this bill was the right way to go at it. I didn’t have a hand in it at all obviously because it was at the state level.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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87 comments Add your comment

PMC

May 29th, 2012
10:08 am

Just vote out your incumbant and do it every chance you get. The longer they are there the more corrupt they get without exceptions. Regardless of party affiliation.

Tom

May 29th, 2012
10:14 am

The Peach “TEA” Party…..isn’t (which we already knew).

RealTalk

May 29th, 2012
10:15 am

You Full of It GABlue and you know it. Probally another Carpetbagger…

Real GA is here to stay and make real”Change” Why doesn’t the AJC quit hateing along with its lazy readers. Get involved you dummies.We are Taking our Country and State Back and there is nothing you can do about it. TEA!!

RealTalk

May 29th, 2012
10:17 am

If don’t support the Tea party then you are for Tyranny! You will be defeated. Give me Liberty or Give me Death.

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
10:29 am

RealTalk: Obviously you have never met my Uncle Guido! Be careful what you ask for! You won’t know what hit you!

By voting out incumbents, does that mean that repubs will vote out the state leadership this year?

As for ethics and gift limits, why not set the bar at NO GIFTS, regardless of value?!? No reporting necessary! You resign if you take one. How simple is that? Oh and the gift giver pays for the election costs to determine the heir to the thief who takes a gift!

Tom

May 29th, 2012
10:34 am

Real, that’s the point……this “Peach tea Party” is TINO…..Tea-In-Name-Only. It’s primarily a bunch of extreme-right social-cons and theocrats who figure if they start using the “Tea” name they’ll gain some modicum of credibility. Many of them spent much of their 2011 efforts trying to defeat the effort on BEHALF of individual liberty to allow Sunday sales in Georgia by removing archaic and unconstitutional blue laws.

The REAL “TEA” movement focuses solely on the issues of free markets, limited government and fiscal responsibilty. It was made clear from the start that the movement had no “social agenda”. Unfortunately, groups like PTP with big social agendas (read: BIG government restrictions on individual liberties) have tried to hijack the TEA name for their non-TEA purposes.

Karl Marx

May 29th, 2012
10:40 am

So Chip Rogers is facing Brandon Beach a state DOT official. Now there is a well run state Department. The winner will face an avowed socialist in November. SOME Choice. I think we seriously need another choice on the ballot. “None of the Above”

Edward

May 29th, 2012
10:45 am

The “T”aliban “E”nforcers of “A”merica (TEA) party of Georgia make it clear they are “tea” in name only.

Darwin

May 29th, 2012
10:49 am

Don’t these people realize that when they start going after Republicans they will be squashed like a bug?

Rob

May 29th, 2012
10:50 am

Rick W Allen and John Barrow live in Augusta, not Columbus

Georgian

May 29th, 2012
10:52 am

Chip Rogers is a disgrace….

Georgian

May 29th, 2012
10:54 am

He has a history of revising his past:

http://youtu.be/Da67Ns8UM5U

Centrist

May 29th, 2012
11:02 am

As noted before, the “Peach Tea Party” is a rouge group since it deals with social issues outside of the Tea Party mandate.

AJC attacks on Chip Rogers is likely to have the opposite affect than intended.

double

May 29th, 2012
11:05 am

The tea party will pass.Chip just chip off the block.Follow the leader.

Look before I leap...

May 29th, 2012
11:06 am

So much for the Tea Party’s claim they are NOT promoting socially conservative causes.

If they really did stick to fiscal conservatism and stayed out of people’s bedrooms and the womb, I’d be happy to give them a listen.

But right now, they rank right up there with Pat Robertson, the Westboro Baptist church and the KKK.

Ray Brent Marsh

May 29th, 2012
11:07 am

TEA partiers, like most Libertarians, are very selective about what constitutional issues they get riled up about. Motivated primarily by selfishness rather than commitment to abstract principles, they consider it treasonous to ask them to pay their fair share of the tax burden… but when it comes to other constitutional issues that don’t impact them economically, they are as complacent and reactionary as anyone else. The vast majority of them (90%) are Tea In Name Only in that the only constitutional issues they really care about are the ones designed to protect their financial assets.

3 TTT's

May 29th, 2012
11:08 am

Term Limits….. Tax simpification… Tort Reform…. only way thing will change in D.C. !!

Marlboro Man

May 29th, 2012
11:23 am

The GOP’s tea segment makes their agenda worthless. They accomplish nothing by not taking some middle ground on the problems in running the gov’t. These folks must be replaced until a group will again act like Americans and work together to accomplish something, instead of just opposing the president with hopes of causeing him political harm. Congress should hope for successful presidents, not doing everything in their power to stop progress. These partisan teas are pretty much worthless in terms of accomplishments.

Ole Abe

May 29th, 2012
11:27 am

A group has split off from the Log Cabin Republicans calling themselves the Sweet Tea Party.

honested

May 29th, 2012
11:35 am

So many of the ‘conserrrrrrvatives’ are realizing what the majority already knew.

The teaclowns are just a bunch of posers who used to get on teevee from bible thumping and now get on teevee wearing their tricorns.

Still about as legitimate in political discourse as mammaries on a boar.

Good Grief

May 29th, 2012
11:41 am

Ray Brent Marsh – If you are going to use the “fair share of the tax burden” line, then please define what you think a person’s fair share actualyl is. I only say that because I’m tired of Democrats and liberals using that line, but then never defining it, only repeating the word “fair” because it is such a hit with focus groups.

What is a person’s fair share? Given that only about 50% of wage earners are paying federal income tax, yet they receive the same federal benefits (roads, schools, etc.) as those that pay no federal income tax, I would argue that your fair share point is not as strong as you’d like.

Also, “motivated primarily by selfishness…” So it’s selfish to think you deserve to keep what you earn? Now I agree that far too many people only focus on issues that impact them and then seem to be uncaring about other issues, but such is human nature. Then again, I work hard every week for my paycheck. Yet, before it even hits my hand the government has taken 30-40% out of it. I’ll gladly pay taxes for things like roads and national defense, but count me in the group that does not want to see the US become a European-style entitlement state.

td

May 29th, 2012
12:01 pm

While I support our state in completely doing away with abortion and bringing the issue back before the SCOTUS, the Peach tea party is not a true tea party organization. They are the new right to life movement and took a the tea party label.

unzipped

May 29th, 2012
12:09 pm

I am amazed that prominent Republicans are deserting the ship when it comes to the TSPLOST, considering the whole effort to get it passed is being run by cronies from the Pudue and Deal campaigns.

Look before I leap...

May 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

“While I support our state in completely doing away with abortion…”

This from someone who purports to champion less government unless it involves a woman’s decision whether or not to bear children.

Bob Loblaw

May 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Note to GA Legislature: Next time that GRTL threatens you with an opponent, don’t quake in your boots and vote wrong. Look to the 17 who voted their conscience and you’ll see 17 leaders.

td

May 29th, 2012
12:25 pm

Look before I leap…

May 29th, 2012
12:17 pm

Since when is supporting human rights (for the unborn) championing more government? Also, a woman has the right to decide if and when the bear children on many levels prior to a pregnancy including birth control, abstention and the morning after pill so not being allowed to take another human life is not that big of an effect. One could say that ending the practice of abortion would improve responsible actions in these other areas.

td

May 29th, 2012
12:27 pm

Bob Loblaw

May 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Note to the Legislature. I do not belong to the GRTL but will vote against you and support any candidate that runs against you forever if you take a vote to allow abortion in Georgia.

zeke

May 29th, 2012
12:29 pm

Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains. Alan Simpson former repub senator and no molly coddler himself.

td

May 29th, 2012
12:32 pm

zeke

May 29th, 2012
12:29 pm

Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains. Alan Simpson former repub senator and no molly coddler himself.

President Obama is a prime example that has fooled you libs by saying he will compromise on every level but you never actually see his work.

GaBlue

May 29th, 2012
12:35 pm

Actually, some of those 17 who voted against HB954 in the house, later voted FOR the last minute “compromise” that passed in a late-night panic on the last night of the session w/o being properly debated.

As for td’s amusing: “…I support our state in completely doing away with abortion…” This would require MORE government. See, in order to “do away with” it, you’d have to pay more government workers to get busy. One way would be to fund and staff clinics where women of limited means could go to access health and family-planning services that reduce the number of unwanted or health-threatening pregnancies. (What a GREAT idea! Oh wait…) But since “reduce” does not equal “do away with,” more intervention by the state would be required. How about (more) tax incentives to pharmaceutical companies to produce low-cost male contraception that impedes fertility in males of oat-sowing age? Then we’d need agencies to implement, distribute, monitor, enforce, etc. Why… with this many new state jobs, the unemployment rate could be lowered significantly!

Then of course is the law enforcement additions! Somebody will have to stick the state’s nose into all those pregnancies, of course, and thoroughly investigate each “miscarriage.” You know, interview not only the doctor, but the woman’s friends and family. How did she really feel about the pregnancy she lost? Then we’ll need a whole separate agency to police the medical profession. Yeppers. “Doing away with abortion” will be BIG government business, for sure! Just THINK of the privatized prison contracts!

ASPLOST, anyone?

td

May 29th, 2012
12:43 pm

GaBlue

May 29th, 2012
12:35 pm

Not the problem you are pretending it will be. Obama is already mandating a single database to track such things as miscarriages. Just write a program to look for an inordinate amount from a DR and then investigate. Change the law that preforming an abortion is malice murder with the death penalty attached the after the first prosecution you will cut the number down to next to nothing.

Weetamoe

May 29th, 2012
12:45 pm

Who has the civil or moral authority to determine a TEA party member’s (or supporter’s) *fair share.* Certainly not the composite president or the grandma of the Occupiers, aka Harvard’s tenured Tonto.

DJ Sniper

May 29th, 2012
12:54 pm

TD, do you really think that every single abortion is done due to irresponsible behavior? What about cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger?

DJ Sniper

May 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

TD, do you have proof of that database that Obama is supposed to be mandating? And making abortion the equivalent of murder will NOT stop abortion. It will just result in women taking other measures to have it done if necessary.

td

May 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

DJ Sniper

May 29th, 2012
12:56 pm

TD, do you have proof of that database that Obama is supposed to be mandating?

Read the Obamacare legislation. It sets up a nationwide database for all medical records to be run by the government. I thought everyone knew this.

GaBlue

May 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

DJ Sniper,

Don’t you know that td and our legislators don’t NEED medical degrees to make medical decisions for others? Heck, they don’t even need to listen to doctors who specialize in such trivial conditions such as high-risk pregnancies! As IF! Furthermore, if such doctors dare to object to having decisions made for them, their thugs will break into their association headquarters and steal the computers with the home addresses and other personal info on them.

As for “rape,” you know that’s just something sloooots make up, right? Righteous women remain untouched until marriage. All the rest are asking for it.

WOW

May 29th, 2012
1:02 pm

So forcing a woman who was raped to carry a child to term is not more government?? Also if Roe vs Wade is overturned and it goes back to the states, legalized abortion will never be completely ended. There will always be states like CA, ILL, and NY that will have allow the procedure. So women from GA will not be prevented from the practice, unless they are poor. And we all know how conservatives feel about the poor (with your “I’m not concerned about the poor” Presidential nominee)

DJ Sniper

May 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

LOL@ GaBlue!! Sadly, this is exactly how a lot of people on the right think when it comes to this issue. Over the weekend, I just read about the chief medical officer of New Mexico being fired by the governor for promoting condom use among teens to cut down on STD’s. The governor is said to favor abstinence only education. Meanwhile, New Mexico leads the nation in teen pregnancy. How’s that abstinence only thing working out for them?

deb

May 29th, 2012
1:10 pm

eat the rich

Look before I leap...

May 29th, 2012
1:13 pm

“One could say that ending the practice of abortion would improve responsible actions in these other areas.”

One could say many things. That does not make it true.

Look before I leap...

May 29th, 2012
1:14 pm

Advocating new laws is by definition, creating more government.

Look before I leap...

May 29th, 2012
1:16 pm

“Also, a woman has the right to decide if and when the bear children on many levels prior to a pregnancy including birth control, abstention and the morning after pill …”

And they currently have the legal right to terminate a pregnancy.
You want to enact laws that remove that right.

td

May 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

WOW

May 29th, 2012
1:02 pm

How many rapes are there every year that results in pregnancies? How many continue to be pregnant after the morning after pill is taken? This is a BS argument by you libs to keep abortion legal because I am sure it is less then 1/2 of 1% of all abortions preformed.

Good Grief

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

DJ Sniper – I’ve always thought that abstinence should be one facet of sex ed. You have these extremes, where one side says “Abstinence only” and the other side says “Free love, here’s your tax-payer funded contraceptives.” The middle is the safer place to be. While some people are so given to baser instincts that they seemingly cannot stop themselves from having sex with anybody and everybody, others understand that abstinence is the purest form of contraception, in that you can’t get pregnant if you aren’t having sex.

td – If you outlaw abortion altogether, then it simply moves underground, into unregulated back-alleys with no oversight. I don’t agree with abortion, but I understand that outlawing makes it unsafe for everyone.

As for the argument equating it with murder… have you ever noticed that if ad runk driver hits and kills a preganat woman, the driver is sometimes charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, but if a woman as an abortion, it isn’t counted as manslaughter? I’ve always wondered about that…

td

May 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

Look before I leap…

May 29th, 2012
1:14 pm

Advocating new laws is by definition, creating more government.

No if you really want to be technical it is doing away with a law currently on the books.

td

May 29th, 2012
1:28 pm

Look before I leap…

May 29th, 2012
1:16 pm

“Also, a woman has the right to decide if and when the bear children on many levels prior to a pregnancy including birth control, abstention and the morning after pill …”

And they currently have the legal right to terminate a pregnancy.
You want to enact laws that remove that right.

They currently have the right to take another human beings life that others do not have so that is not an equal right but an extraordinary right and yes women should not have the right to take another human beings life.

GaBlue

May 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

“How many rapes are there every year that results in pregnancies? How many continue to be pregnant after the morning after pill is taken?”

td writes this as if he actually gives a rat’s fuzzy patoot. What a funny guy!

td

May 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

Good Grief

May 29th, 2012
1:24 pm

“td – If you outlaw abortion altogether, then it simply moves underground, into unregulated back-alleys with no oversight. I don’t agree with abortion, but I understand that outlawing makes it unsafe for everyone.”

I think that is another BS argument that will not happen due to the morning after pill and if it does then those women deserve the consequences they receive for not being responsible in the first place.

DJ Sniper

May 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

TD, I pray you never have a family member who is in a position where she has to decide on whether or not to have an abortion. Every woman deserves the right to choose for herself, and everybody else needs to stay the hell out of it.

WOW

May 29th, 2012
1:31 pm

There is no way to accurately account for how many rapes there are per year, let alone how many result in pregnancies. There are reported amounts and then only estimates for non-reported amounts. My comment had nothing to do with the amounts of these procedures being done it was surrounding your comment that this was not more government.

Using your logic then, since the numbers of abortions have been steadily declining over the last two decades then maybe outlawing is not the answer.