GOP challenger wants Don Balfour gone as rules chairman

Travis Bowden, one of two GOP challengers to state Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville, shows us where that race is headed. He wants Balfour’s Senate colleagues to dump him from his leadership position. From a press release this afternoon:

Don Balfour is Chairman on the Senate’s Rules Committee, a group of Senators that decides which bills can be voted on by the Georgia Senate. Balfour has recently come under scrutiny by the media and the Senate Ethics Committee for violating Georgia Reimbursement laws. There are several instances of Balfour filing expenses for regular Georgia State Senate business when he was out of town.

“Senator Balfour has been Rules Committee Chairman for ten years, but he has never created the Subcommittee that will review legislative expenses,” Bowden said. “It’s suspicious that Senator Balfour would submit these false reports knowing they would not be audited. Since Senator Balfour has violated Georgia law, the Senate itself is out of order and our taxpayer dollars are being spent without any kind of oversight. We need to stop Don Balfour from writing himself a blank check with our money.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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The Snark

June 5th, 2012
4:23 pm

My only question is .. would Travis Bowden be any better than Balfour?

Double Zero Eight

June 5th, 2012
5:07 pm

Wish there was some way to get rid
of Ralston and Rogers also for a
“clean sweep”.

Kris

June 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

Personally all GOP members should undergo a independent audit on their expenses as well as Double dip deal. and a special ethics committee review. This committee and audit team should not be chosen by the good ole boys. This investigation should be performed in a timely manner and spearheaded by the some group outside GA.

Centrist

June 5th, 2012
5:29 pm

Incumbent Don Balfour has his hands full with either Travis Bowden or Tea party recruited Steve Ramey for the GOP nomination (hence defacto November election). The Gwinnett voters may have seen enough of sleazy politics this year – but still not likely to elect a Democrat.

yuzeyurbrane

June 5th, 2012
5:44 pm

And he ain’t the worst!

honested

June 5th, 2012
6:21 pm

Why doesn’t balfour just ‘ascend’ to chief lobbyist for SouCo?

That has been his major ‘constituent’ for years.

Attack Dog

June 5th, 2012
6:29 pm

Can anyone think of anyone in State GOP leadership that could pass Tommie

Williams’ four requirements?

td

June 5th, 2012
8:38 pm

I can remember back to the days the Dems were in total control and you libs know it was just as if not more corrupt then. If Dan has turned off the voters in his district then I hope they vote him out of office.

honested

June 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

td,

The ‘Dems’ who were in charge were ‘conserrrrrrvatives’ not ‘libs’ by any stretch of the imagination.

Let’s not forget that. It was moderate conserrrrrvatives then terrible conserrrrrrrvatives, followed by continually worsening economic conditions.

‘Libs’ have never had an opportunity for control in this State.

hiram

June 5th, 2012
9:59 pm

@honested
I seldom read anything td or centavo post, given their predictability. It’s a mental thing(paranoia – “the sky is falling”) that Murdoch and Limbaughs’ camps have figured out how to exploit through bellicosity. They need for all of their news to be embellished and served up with lots of emotion. The daily discord provides them with a regular and predictable addictive rush, that the facts just can’t provide, and they take great pride in being able to remember and repeat Rush and Seans’ daily diatribes, complete with their disparaging terminology(Libs – their favorite).

double

June 5th, 2012
10:16 pm

Well the democrats done it.That makes it ok if we republicans do it.Grow up two wrongs are two wrongs.Take you ball and go home.Speaking of balls Ball four need to be given a walk out the door.

td

June 5th, 2012
10:24 pm

hiram

June 5th, 2012
9:59 pm

How about the fact that Walker just won a recall despite the worst bashing by the media, unions and other Dem special interest groups.

The American people woke up in 2010 and it appears to momentum may still be there to reject liberalism.

Kris

June 5th, 2012
10:51 pm

The republicans continue to bully Women.
Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don’t face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans “Republicans for putting partisan politics ahead of American women and families.”
Obama 2012

honested

June 5th, 2012
11:58 pm

td,

walker won a recall due to the most massive infusion of outside, corporate money in the history of the United States. 8-1 external corporate spending for the winners.

Is that really what you want your vote to be reduced to?

An Atlantan wrote a song in the ’70s, “Money Changes Everything”. Be careful what you wish for.

Money in politics is poison, get your innoculation of truth while there is still time.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
12:00 am

Enter your comments here

Real Athens

June 6th, 2012
12:00 am

TD:

What the sam hill has Scott Walker to do with Don Balfour? Scott Walker won a re-call election that was bought by the richest people in America — real ‘captains of industry’.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2012/06/05/gov-scott-walkers-big-money-backers-include-13-out-of-state-billionaires/

The Walker campaign outspent Tom Barrett $38 Million to $3.9 Million. It had nothing to do with conservatism or liberalism and everything to do with advertising. Welcome to new American politics.

Soon, we’ll all be subjects.

In closing, I’m curious. Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

hiram

June 6th, 2012
12:05 am

td, The robber barons successfully programed the Wisconsin serfs to tie their own hangman’s nooses. I’m not surprised that you preceive that to be positive.

RGB

June 6th, 2012
12:27 am

Libs: losing stinks, doesn’t it? Next: Obamacare then the presidency. Get comfortable with it.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
1:21 am

@RGB
Sorry you’re confused. Obamacare, Romneycare, libs, repugs, they’re all the same. Your country has been compromised by handful of billionaires, and something tells me that you’re not one of them. If you actually think that Romney is going to save you and td, you’re in for a big surprise.

Jeff Sexton

June 6th, 2012
3:07 am

Don’t know how this got turned to WI, but just remember y’all: The same polls that showed Walker winning by what he did ALSO showed Obama winning the State with similar numbers…

td

June 6th, 2012
5:32 am

In response to several of you libs:

1: Nice spin but I am not buying it. Those same exit polls said that 95% of the voters had their minds made up more then 3 months ago.

2: There is just as much lib rich as their are con rich. Where was the lib rich money? Buffet, Gates and all the other tech money?

3: Class warfare argument is total bogus and has been rejected by the majority of the American people.

td

June 6th, 2012
5:36 am

Jeff Sexton

June 6th, 2012
3:07 am

As stated on CNN and MSNBC last night that those exit polls also showed that the election would be razor thin and Dems thought they might have won. The Dems talked to the pollsters and the Rep did not so the data is skewed.

rawmilkdrinker

June 6th, 2012
6:30 am

It might be worth remembering that it was Republicans who burned Atlanta and Georgia to the ground in 1864! It was also Republicans who confiscated the profits from Georgia’s resources and shipped them off to Boston, New York, Cinncinati, Philadelphia, and the like during Reconstruction. Same thing is happening now except the profits are being routed to Lake Oconee, Sea Island, and such first.

Capitol Idea

June 6th, 2012
6:38 am

Another fine example of those GOP family values.

Real Athens

June 6th, 2012
7:03 am

Bill Gates a “lib”?

Sheesh.

Eustis

June 6th, 2012
7:08 am

The Republicans are still utilizing the “scorched earth” strategy. Unfortunately, we are like the horse running back into the burning barn.

Road Scholar

June 6th, 2012
7:28 am

008 : How about term limits the conserves talk about? If they are reelected, the call for term limits is just another conserve smoke screen! Surprise , Surprise…

Double C

June 6th, 2012
7:36 am

There are no Democrats or Republicans in Georgia, only professional politicians who change their affiliations with a wave of their hands when it benefits them to do so.

honested

June 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Of course there may be a good outcome for GA from the WI fiasco.

We can invite educators and other public servants to our potty little state to show them the dark future that awaits.

I wonder how much the WI voters will enjoy their slide to the bottom educational rungs. Soon they will have to eat their cheese hats.

honested

June 6th, 2012
8:04 am

td,

One final note on the WI fiasco.
Listen to the Trent Reznor song ‘Head Like a Hole’ and be amazed at the similarity to the belief system of conserrrrrrrrvative voters.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:05 am

@dc
You are exactly right. As pointed out before, both Purdue and Deal are former Democrats, and if Georgia goes Communist, they will become Communist – whatever it takes to remain at the government feed trough. There is no honor among theives.

sheepdawg

June 6th, 2012
8:06 am

typical GOP crook

A Conservative Voice

June 6th, 2012
8:18 am

Walker Wins Recall Race in Wisconsin

A “New Day” is dawning in America – One Down, Three To Go.

Church of the painful Truth

June 6th, 2012
8:32 am

When the Democrats were in charge,the Repub’s called them scum of the earth.Now,the shoe is on the other foot. It ’s the same old story no matter who is in controll.All the problems in government,federal and state seem to come down to money.Spending on the wrong thing or spending on themselves.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:32 am

@rawmilk
You are exactly right. The South still hasn’t recovered from the war. We were the original third world manufacturing destination for northern industrialists(Northern owned textile mills), and we are still the preferred U.S. location for companies like the European and Asian auto manufacturers. Why? Like any other banana republic, we have corrupt politicians and an ignorant population, that will settle for much lower wages than in any other part of the country, and people like td, are proud of it.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:37 am

@conservative voice
You are correct. We will soon be able to compete with any third world country on the planet…

Going Right

June 6th, 2012
8:38 am

ON WISCONSIN!! ON WISCONSIN!!

Going Right

June 6th, 2012
8:39 am

Now awaiting the childish petulance from my two least favorite Socialists. WAAAHHHH! WAAAHHHH! My union thuggies lost. What am I to do?

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:43 am

@going right
“What am I to do? Get your straw hat on, and head for Vidalia – you have onions to pick…

td

June 6th, 2012
8:46 am

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:32 am

These high wages for unskilled workers are the reason all the jobs have been sent overseas. When they go overseas then the higher paying jobs for management and support staff leave with them. Please explain to all of us how you can justify a HS dropout putting tires on a car all day long deserves $50 to $75 per hour (when you include benefit plans)? Where is the unique skill set that receives $70,000 per year to pick up your trash or the drive and deliver your mail?

jd

June 6th, 2012
8:53 am

Republicans gave us the Reconstruction Era — now they give us the Deconstruction Era….

m there!

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:57 am

@td
You are the epitome of Southern ignorance – someone so uninformed that you can be easily programmed to work dilegently against your own interest. Maybe if you did a little research on the socialist countries that you so despise(for example, German auto workers), you may begin to comprehend reality. But, that is going to be a stretch, given how far you have strayed from reality.

Going Right

June 6th, 2012
9:00 am

hi(gh)ram: – I forgot the words to “Old Black Joe” and would like to sing it while I’m a-pickin cotton and harvesting onions in Vidalia. Can you hep me out?

“Tote dat barge! / Lift dat bale! / Git a little drunk, / An’ you land in jail…” (Isn’t that it, or some other clever little antebellum ditty?)

By the way Hi(GH)rum, I was born and reared in south Georgia and I have yet to ever hear anyone say that onions are picked…harvested perhaps but cotton is picked. Since you are another cry-baby, I thought I’d let you know.

DannyX

June 6th, 2012
9:05 am

“Please explain to all of us how you can justify a HS dropout putting tires on a car all day long deserves $50 to $75 per hour (when you include benefit plans)?”

I send ship my car to India when I need to replace the tires, you just can’t justify paying a flunky $75 dollars an hour to have them changed here.

$75 an hour to change tires! LMAO @ td!

$75 an hour!!!! LOL

hiram

June 6th, 2012
9:07 am

A Conservative Voice

June 6th, 2012
9:15 am

@hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:37 am
@conservative voice
You are correct. We will soon be able to compete with any third world country on the planet…

To hiram – you’re obviously an overpaid union worker whose favorite saying is – “That’s not my job”. Man, you and your kind are on the way out…..America is tired of “Union Thugs” trying to create havoc in places like Wisconsin. You’re losing and America is winning.

hiram

June 6th, 2012
9:16 am

@going right

• “A Year-Round Job”—This exhibit gives guests a glimpse into what it takes to produce these prized onions each year. From planting to PICKING and all that happens in between, Vidalia onion farmers have the harvesting down to a science.”

You might want to give the guys over at the Vidalia Onion Museum a call, so you can lend them some of your expertise.

“A LEGACY WITH LAYERS: THE VIDALIA® ONION MUSEUM GRAND OPENING”

http://www.vidaliaonion.org/news/a_legacy_with_layers_the_vidalia_onion_museum_grand_opening

hiram

June 6th, 2012
9:21 am

@ conservative voice
My family was in Georgia when it was an English colony. I have forgotten more about this state’s history than you will ever know, and trust me, ignorance isn’t bliss. You are a prime example of that.

td

June 6th, 2012
9:25 am

hiram

June 6th, 2012
8:57 am

So you try to bash me instead of trying to justify your position from my examples. You sure are not going to convince me from bashing instead of coming with facts, logic and reason.

td

June 6th, 2012
9:27 am

DannyX

June 6th, 2012
9:05 am

I can not believe you are stupid enough to not know that I was talking about the union worker in the car industry on the assembly line.

Now how looks like the fool?