Your morning jolt: GOP women key to passage of transportation tax in metro Atlanta

Those backing metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax vote said Wednesday that they’re turning their focus to Republican women. From Jonathan Shapiro and WABE (90.1FM):

Speaking before about a hundred well-dressed women at Home Depot’s corporate headquarters in Vinings, former Atlanta city councilwoman Lisa Borders, who is now with the Grady Foundation, began her remarks with a very deliberate appeal.

“We are fixers as women. Don’t we fix everything everyday? Don’t we fix everything everyday? So we have a problem, so who do we come to? Women.”

David Hill, an Alabama consultant in charge of polling and strategy for the campaign, provided the numbers:

“We’re expecting to do poorly with Republican males. We’ve got a vote goal of only 35 percent because it’s a historically anti-tax position that Republican men take. If we can get the 50 percent from Republican women who we find more open to the arguments here, we can make it work,” said Hill.

According to his research, Hill said 70 percent of all women ages 18-50 are swing voters on the issue, and that’s the group he wants to focus on most.

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Quick quiz: Name the two leaders in a Marquette Law School poll of Wisconsin voters. Answer: Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Both lead their opponents in that state, and both have positive job ratings. Explains Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

[I]n both elections, self-described independents will be closely divided, and will help tip the outcome.

In Marquette’s new poll of 600 likely voters, taken last Wednesday through Saturday, those independents broke in different directions for governor and for president.

Walker led Democrat Tom Barrett among independents, 53% to 38%. And Obama led Republican Mitt Romney among independents, 48% to 39%.

That helps explain how Walker could be leading Barrett by 7 points (52% to 45%) and Obama could be leading Romney by 8 (51% to 43%) in the same survey….

[T]he Marquette survey lends credence to an argument being made by Democrats in Washington, including those at the Obama campaign: that the outcome of the Walker recall fight doesn’t tell us much about which party will carry the state in November.

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A new Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that Ann Romney has done her work well: GOP women are rallying to her husband, who now has a “best-ever” showing among female voters:

Overall, Romney’s favorability rating still trails President Obama’s, but the gap is far more narrow than it has been. In the new poll, 41 percent of all Americans express positive views of Romney; 52 percent do so for Obama. Just over a month ago, the president’s advantage on this score was 56 percent to 35 percent.

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The man Georgia Republicans would most like to take out is taking aim at Google. From Bloomberg News:

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., (D-N.J.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) want the DOJ to fully investigate Google for what they say could be potential violations of federal wiretapping laws. They cite a recently released Federal Communications Commission report on Google’s Street View cars spying on WiFi networks. The lawmakers issued their request in a May 24 letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The FCC report suggests the Wi-Fi snooping was a “deliberate, software-design decision,” Pallone said in a press release.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

JV

May 31st, 2012
10:01 am

I’d caution anyone trying to pigeon hole women into some exact political party or position. What women will vote for or not vote for is not an exact science. My wife is very liberal and at the same time a strong supporter of Ron Paul. Figure that one out for me. On top of that, I have a hard time getting her to the polls to vote on anything. Unless Ron Paul is on a ballot. She could care less about T-SPLOST.

td

May 31st, 2012
10:11 am

JV

May 31st, 2012
10:01 am

My wife is way more conservative then I am and can not wait to get to the polls in July to vote not on the tax increase. She has already put in for a day off on the first day of early voting in Oct to get to the polls first thing in the morning to vote Obama out of office.

Danny O

May 31st, 2012
10:12 am

I think you mean to say that Scott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin.

Red

May 31st, 2012
10:21 am

Vote no to any tax. The most corrupt bureaucracy in the state needs more revenue? Nope.

EJ Moosa

May 31st, 2012
10:24 am

No more taxes. No more endless access to the funds that we have earned for projects that serve only the smallest number of commuters.

clyde

May 31st, 2012
10:38 am

I vote no on taxes.It’s like breathing,I don’t even have to think about it.

52%of the people have a positive view of Obama.That’s scary.

Google would spy on people????What a revelation.

PMC

May 31st, 2012
10:40 am

I’m not completely happy with the plan, but so many years of neglect have made this transportation tax necessary.

This is something we could be using the Hotel/Motel tax and 400 toll money for instead of building freaking stadiums for Historically Terrible NFL franchises.

tired

May 31st, 2012
10:46 am

Interesting. When I listened to the report on NPR yesterday, on my way home from work, they said the T-SPLOST was being marketed to “business women” – not necessarily Republican women.

I’m a woman with a career and a commute (MARTA’s price increase was unconscionable, so now I drive). What does my being a woman with a profession have to do with whether or not I think T-SPLOST dollars would be spent appropriately and yield a return on investment?

Ga Values

May 31st, 2012
10:49 am

Vote NO for Graft, Waste & Corruption. Reed would be better off to admit the corruption with his cronies at the airport rather than have it blow up during voting week.

Tom

May 31st, 2012
10:51 am

“My wife is way more conservative then I am….”…..

LOL…I just had this image of Bree Van de Kamp……


Bree: Excuse me. Did you lose something?
Orson: No. I just thought… for you.
Bree: Oh, um. I don’t DO that!
Orson: Why not?
Bree: I’m a Republican!
Orson: I’m a Libertarian. I believe in minimizing the role of the state and maximizing individual rights.
Bree: But Orson?!
Orson: Trust me. I know what I’m doing.

Poor td :>)

Auntie Christ

May 31st, 2012
10:55 am

Not exactly the most pressing problem to confront our nation at the moment:

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., (D-N.J.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) want the DOJ to fully investigate Google for what they say could be potential violations of federal wiretapping laws.

But the proposal shows just how clueless those in congress are when it come to technology and that series of tubes we call the ‘internets.’ Ironically they can use Google to perform a search on “War Driving” and see that what Google did can be and is done by anyone who wants to take the trouble to download some free software and then drive 2-3 miles in any direction and take note of the unsecured wi fi networks in the neighborhood.

If eric holder is considering bringing action against Google for this “intrusion” into our privacy, someone needs to remind him that his boss, Barack Obama, voted to give immunity to the telecom giants Verizon, AT&T, et al when they captured our browsing history and internet usage data then turned it over to dick cheney without our knowledge or consent, an act far more egregious than logging how many wireless routers don’t have passwords.

Looks like Google is in for an old fashioned shake down.

Auntie Christ

May 31st, 2012
11:12 am

“I vote no on taxes.It’s like breathing,I don’t even have to think about it.” We get it, you;re a free loader, you use government services 24/7/365 but we need not expect you to pay for the police and fire fighters that protect you, the water that is sterilized before you drink it, the street that is free of pot holes, the traffic lights that maintain traffic flow, the schools that educate the next generation, etc etc etc.

“52%of the people have a positive view of Obama.That’s scary.” Not nearly as scary as having a “president romney” who will bring another four years of bush’s failed policies and endless war. It will be only four years, since after that it will no longer be the country we know now, but instead a corporate conglomerate run by wall street with 99% of us in slavery to them.

“Google would spy on people????What a revelation.” Google spied on no one. But you’ve shown already how uninformed you are, so this statement is not surprising.

Eustis

May 31st, 2012
11:18 am

Romney will win in Georgia unless it comes out he is gay.

As someone said, “let Atlanta pay for the transportation bill”.
I say “let Savannah pay for the dredging”.

In reality, both have National and State ramifications if not passed. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.

Bill from Atlanta

May 31st, 2012
11:21 am

Why would Councilwoman Lisa Borders and Consultant David Hill think that they can con women into voting for this wasteful tax anymore than conning anyone else to vote for it?

Question Man

May 31st, 2012
12:40 pm

If the TSPLOST loses, won’t it largely be the fault of the backers of the initiative? They have gobs and gobs of money, but how can their messages be so dumb and their spokespeople even lamer?

Carole

May 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

It actually is terrifying me that I could be voting with Republican males on this one.

Rock Gaines

May 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

I don’t believe the tax is wasteful. Metro Atlanta is in serious trouble when it comes to transportation and mobility. I have a problem with the project list. I didn’t see funds for commuter rail (which would help no matter what side of the metro area you live in); or for rail for Southeast Dekalb County.

It seems unfair that southeast Dekalb’s residents have to pay another penny towards MARTA, and not get the improvements it so desperately needs. I’m really torn on whether to vote yes or no because:

1 – A “no” vote could set us back even further, knowing the state’s leaders penchant for procrastination;

2 – A “yes” vote feels like I’m turning on my fellow residents in southeast Dekalb because we’ll be paying to help everyone else but ourselves.

I’ve been living here a long time now, and I have very little confidence in our state leaders to accomplish anything that helps the general public. They seem to only want to do what in the long run will help themselves get elected. It’s disappointing.

Too bad I can’t vote “No Confidence”.

Ga Values

May 31st, 2012
1:07 pm

Rock Gaines

May 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

How is the beltline going to reduce congestion?? Just a payoff for Reed’s cronies.

Marlboro Man

May 31st, 2012
1:19 pm

Sucks to sit in traffic in a Suburban with a kid, when the bridge club calls.

Centerist blocked

May 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

There are two logical alternatives if the voters in any region vote down the T-SPLOST, that region can put together a better projects list and bring it back to the voters in 2 years. That’s Plan B.

Georgia law (Code 32-5-30 Congressional District Balancing) calls for equal distribution of all state and federal tax dollars to be distributed equally across all Georgia congressional districts. The Georgia Legislature can change the law so that the funds are used where they are needed to alleviate traffic congestion and make necessary improvements across the state. That’s Plan B+.

MrLiberty

May 31st, 2012
1:48 pm

If you look at a graph of Federal Government spending pre and post women’s sufferage, you see that a HUGE increase in spending accompanied women voting almost immediately and has never shown any signs of decreasing. Just saying. Maybe instead of voting out of fear or out of need for hollow “security” that government cannot ever deliver on anyway, they would be better using some common sense and supporting policies that actually deliver “security”, like balanced budgets, sound economic policies, low taxation, and the like. Far too many voters treat government like their protective father or mother regardless of party affiliation. In reality of course the government is more like Satan and greatest threat to safety and security we face.

Rock Gaines

May 31st, 2012
2:12 pm

Ga Values
May 31st, 2012
1:07 pm

Rock Gaines

May 31st, 2012
12:56 pm

How is the beltline going to reduce congestion?? Just a payoff for Reed’s cronies.

The Beltline was never intended to reduce congestion. The Beltline was originally the idea of Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel for his 1999 thesis. Mayor Reed has nothing to do with the initial design, or development of plan for the Beltline. Visit Beltline.org for details.

unzipped

May 31st, 2012
2:25 pm

Once again, it is both amusing and frightening to see how this campaign, led my MALE REPUBLICAN operatives from the Purdue and Deal camps, is botching the message and losing the best chance we have (for lack of anything better!) to get some traffic relief.

Auntie Christ

May 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

Mr Liberty, women achieved the right to vote at varying times, since some states were allowing it before the 19th amendment passed. Thus I am not sure what period you refer to. Secondly, your statement somewhat implies that women had no influence prior to enfranchisement, which any married man can attest to, is a fallacy of reasoning. Third, did you separate military spending from your equation? Remember Teddy Roosevelt and his determination to make the US a player on the world stage, a meme that began with him and has continued to the present, with concomitant increase in national spending and national debt. A lot of social progress was taking place at the beginning of the 20th century and many changes to our nation’s thinking vis a vis our government coinciding with women suffrage, maybe, maybe not due to women’s input. We as a nation decided that infant mortality rates were disgraceful, and whether you agree or not, the US government’s programs to end diptheria, whooping cough, scarlet fever and TB were beneficial to us all, and less costly to us a nation than living with these scourges.

“Far too many voters treat government like their protective father or mother” I won’t go so far as to say I look upon the government as a parent to protect me from all harm, but I like boating, fishing and swimming in Lake Lanier, and I’m glad that it has not become a cess pool like Lake Erie was in the 1970’s, where the lake actually caught fire from the chemicals dumped there. Ask the people down south GA way who can no longer fish in the Ogeechie because of the poison in the water, how they feel about the EPA’s role as our protector. I’ll bet you hear of a new found appreciation for it.

sheepdawg

May 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

td– dream on dude

Question Man

May 31st, 2012
2:45 pm

Who said, “Don’t pick it ’til it’s ready?”

Kris

May 31st, 2012
2:58 pm

“Honest, transparent government is what it all comes down to.”
The K.I.S.S. rule applies: keep it simple stupid.
Oops my bad this is GA…..Vote NO and Vote the republicans who caused this mess out. Recall Reed.

honested

May 31st, 2012
2:59 pm

Is this corollary also true:

“The key to repairing the sprawl created traffic mess is to impress on Women the imperative need to at least double the motor fuel tax and direct the resources to the areas where the revenue was generated”.

The traffic follows the inappropriate development and therefore is a ‘roads and paving issue’.
In Georgia, we pay for roads and paving with the user fee known as the motor fuel tax.
Those who drive the most pay the most.
It’s the only fair solution.

Auntie Christ

May 31st, 2012
3:02 pm

Somewhere in ‘the book’ it states that the sins of the father will be visited upon the children, and the truth of this is playing out right now with the horrendous traffic problem you face each day (I say you because I telecommute, I only worry about internet traffic). In 1972 Cobb and Gwinnett counties voted down MARTA in their area because the backward looking, backward thinking racists were not about to allow easy ingress and egress of dark skinned people into their communities and over the years have paid for it with traffic snarl and having to pay up to $1 more per hour to entice rich white kids to come work at their fast food and retail establishments. Had MARTA been passed in these counties in the 1970’s this argument would not be taking place today. Today, I see that a vote for TSPLOST will be a big boost for the people of Cobb and Gwinnett, and I relish voting against it.

honested

May 31st, 2012
3:08 pm

Auntie Christ

An athiest AMEN!

Ga Values

May 31st, 2012
3:21 pm

Rock Gaines

May 31st, 2012
2:12 pm

I agree with you the beltline won’t relieve congestion, so why is it on the T-SPLOST?

Maynard Jackson started the corruption at the airport but Reed’s cronies are the 1’s making the money off it now. Look at Reed’s record, the Beltline will make the politically connected richer.

VOTE NO FOR GRAFT, WASTE & CORRUPTION….

Bobby

May 31st, 2012
3:49 pm

Much as I hate having to agree with TD on anything, I’m voting No on July 31. But on the other hand I’ll be negating his wive’s vote against President Obama. :)