Your morning jolt: Zell Miller dips into 9th District race

Last night, Doug Collins sent out a list of endorsements in his GOP race for the new 9th District congressional seat.

Former U.S. senator Zell Miller, left, and state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville/SPECIAL

Former U.S. senator Zell Miller, left, and state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville/SPECIAL

Topping the roll call was 80-year-old Zell Miller, the former governor and U.S. senator, who now appears only rarely on the political circuit. Loree Thompson, spokeswoman for the Collins campaign, says Miller will appear with Collins at “a few events” before the July 31 primary.

But Thompson did toss us a photo of the pair, taken last week.

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At last night’s fund-raiser at Cobb Energy Centre, one pool reporter, Trip Gabriel of the New York Times, was allowed in to witness Newt Gingrich’s introduction of former Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney. Gingrich first flayed President Barack Obama, then patched things up with the man who skewered him in Iowa and Florida, according to Gabriel’s report:

“You have I think a tremendous nominee. I can say this from personal experience. I did everything I could to stop him (laughter), and he is a great competitor. I think he learned an immense amount from the ‘08 campaign and I think he applied it very, very well. He has a great team across the country.

“I’ve done a lot of work recently with his core group in Boston. I’m very impressed with them, I find that they are open to ideas, that they are very professional, and they are very focused on subordinating ego to patriotism and focusing on getting the job done for America.”

Romney then returned the kind words:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. That’s quite an address, isn’t it? Quite a guy. We’ve had fun together with our families through this campaign season and it’s wonderful to have him introducing me instead of debating me.”

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has proposed that his Republican primary challenger, Stephen Simpson, meet him in two broadcast debates. One would be on WMAZ-TV in Macon on June 30, and another on radio station WGAU (1340AM) in Athens on July 2.
From the press release:

“Congressman Broun … believes that, since he lives in Oconee County, it is appropriate that one debate will be held in nearby Athens, and, that the other debate will be held in Macon (although outside the 10th District) because that is where Mr. Simpson lives.”

Yes, that was a dig at Simpson, whose primary residence is in Macon – though he was raised in nearby Milledgeville, which is in the 10th District.

The two candidates may want to pencil in another meeting. The top honchos at the Atlanta Press Club meet today to finalize a list of debates they intend to sponsor, to be aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Just in case you don’t think you spend enough on your political addiction, Politico has this:

The Federal Election Commission on Monday night unanimously voted to allow Americans to make political donations via text message, making Androids, iPhones and Blackberries the newest weapon in the battle to raise unprecedented amounts of money.

Both parties, as well as campaign finance reform advocates, say the move will allow Americans of modest means to play a greater role in a democratic process dominated this election cycle by billionaires and multi-millionaires and political organizations such as super PACs that may raise and spend money without restriction.

The decision will take effect immediately, although it may be days or weeks before the system is fully functional. Individual phone numbers will be capped at $50 worth of donations per billing cycle per political candidate or committee.

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The New York Times today notes that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has formally tossed No Child Left Behind overboard, though he shuns use of the V-word:

Mr. Romney would seek to overhaul the federal government’s largest programs for kindergarten through 12th grade into a voucherlike system. Students would be free to use $25 billion in federal money to attend any school they choose — public, charter, online or private — a system, he said, that would introduce marketplace dynamics into education to drive academic gains.

His plans, presented in a recent speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, represent a broad overhaul of current policy, one that reverses a quarter-century trend, under Republican and Democratic presidents, of concentrating responsibility for school quality at the federal level.

His proposals are the clearest sign yet that Republicans have executed an about-face from the education policies of President George W. Bush, whose signature domestic initiative, the No Child Left Behind law of 2002, required uniform state testing and imposed penalties on schools that failed to progress.

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State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, grandson of the former president, will be part of a 90-person delegation that will bear witness to Egypt’s runoff election for president this weekend, the Carter Center has announced.

From the Associated Press:

The center announced that the witnesses will come from 36 countries. They will follow polling, counting and parts of the tabulation process where access has been granted, but there are restrictions on what they will see.

Former President Jimmy Carter was among those who watched over the first round of voting last month.

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State Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise, facing a July primary challenge, has posted on his campaign website what he’d like to see in the way of ethics reform:

I believe the electorate supports limits on lobbyist expenditures that are considered “gifts.” I am in support of legislation that would place limits or caps on gifts for elected officials. Lobbying expenditures at the PSC are not as prevalent, however, as they are at the General Assembly.

I do see a distinction between tangible gifts, such as entertainment or sports tickets, and other expenditures related to official, bona fide speaking engagements or educational offsite meetings. I would hope the Legislature would consider exceptions for such expenditures as the state does not always have the budget for an official to speak to a trade association or tour manufacturing facilities, energy plants or LNG facilities, for instance. Such expenditures, which are publicly disclosed under current law, are necessary in the furtherance of the duties of the office.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown’s statement that mass transit in transit-friendly Portland, Ore., has “never gotten over 12 to 15 percent ridership in the past 12 years.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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47 comments Add your comment

jimbo

June 12th, 2012
10:00 am

hire his grandson and zell will endorse you too.

CobbGOPer

June 12th, 2012
10:12 am

Jimbo beat me to it. Yeah, it doesn’t hurt when your ‘campaign manager’ is Zell Miller’s grandson. Never mind the fact that the kid just graduated from college. The title is purely ceremonial I’m sure, Chip Lake makes all the decisions in that campaign.

Soooo… Vote for Zoller!

Bernie

June 12th, 2012
10:27 am

Yes Newt, you are certainly quite a Guy! what kind, we are just NOT exactly sure. That must have been some Crow sandwich! LOL! with feathers and all.

I remember this quote ” I will be the nominee”, So gleefully uttered.

My how things have changed in a matter months……

Come on November, The American Women are quietly snickering……..Close your Eyes!

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

June 12th, 2012
10:29 am

So PSC Commissioner Stan Wise says: “Lobbying expenditures at the PSC are not as prevalent, however, as they are at the General Assembly.”

Oh?

Could that be because Southern Company only has a handful of PSC Commissioners to….uh, er….”educate”….as opposed to the dozens of Legislators?

I’m sure the PSC staff doesn’t want anything to do with limiting (quote) educational (quote) trips paid for by the utilities.

Ol' Timer

June 12th, 2012
10:48 am

I’m not sure “Zig/Zag Zell” is a help or hindrance. The risk is he might challenge the opponent to a duel.

Debating Paul Broun is a waste of time unless you’re willing to discuss the issues of the 19th century.

Romney’s education voucher plan would be a disaster of monumental proportions. Given parents a financial incentive to home school their children is idiotic.

obama4ever

June 12th, 2012
11:01 am

It’s good to see Zell looking so good and doing so well.

honested

June 12th, 2012
11:06 am

Has zell announced his party affiliation change yet?

bullFrog

June 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Zell is a Democrat, will always be a Democrat. Perhaps he recognizes the unmistakable Democrat-like qualities that Collins possesses.

[...] A campaign spox said that Miller, whose grandson serves as campaign manager for the Gainesville lawmaker, will hit the stump with Collins a handful of times before the July 31 primary in which conservative radio talker Martha Zoller is also competing. [...]

GaBlue

June 12th, 2012
11:19 am

bullFrog,

Zell is a real Democrat like you are a real frog. Just sayin’.

td

June 12th, 2012
11:24 am

GaBlue

June 12th, 2012
11:19 am

Zell is what you father and mother would have called a democrat. Today’s democratic party is nothing your parents would recognize.

Road Scholar

June 12th, 2012
11:30 am

Yeah, let’s get rid of MARTA and add another 500,000 trips a day to our wonderful, non congested roadway system! That will work just dandy!

honested

June 12th, 2012
11:48 am

bullfrog,

What are Democrat like tendencies?
If the man wanted to run as an honest representative of the People and avoid undue influences of lobbyists money, he should have put his name on the ballot as a Democrat.
It shouldn’t take much longer until even the dimmest among us see the failure of adhering to the current Georgia One-Party Status Quo.

Old Hippie

June 12th, 2012
11:49 am

Steve “Half True” Brown is lying again! Marta rail services need to be expanded into Cobb, Gwinnett, Clayton, & Fayette counties to get some of these damned cars off the major highways!

We could also ban 18 wheelers inside the perimeter during peak traffic times.

honested

June 12th, 2012
11:50 am

Ol’ Timer,

You may be giving broun about 100 years grace period!

GaBlue

June 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

td,

Don’t you dare speak of my parents, or anyone else in my family! It’s the Republicans who have changed (and Zell Miller who changed to follow along with them.) Modern Dems still hold true to the policies of FDR. (Old school Dixiecrats became Republicans, but then you knew that, so don’t pretend otherwise.) Do Republicans still hold true to the policies of Ike? (No. They reject his warnings to embrace what he warned them about.) These are not my grandfather’s Republicans. My grandfather would be appalled.

clyde

June 12th, 2012
12:26 pm

From “no child left behind” to a voucher system.A step in the right direction.What happens though,when everyone wants to go to the one good school in the area?

Attack Dog

June 12th, 2012
12:38 pm

Zell Miller’s parents wouldn’t recognize the Republican Party either. The Party consisted of nearly every Black who was eligible to vote, they actually voted for Women’s Right issues, believed in public works projects to combat financial crisis, and against the military industrial complex. Does anyone know how close Young Harris is to Union County?

Carole

June 12th, 2012
12:46 pm

Good old Zell. I bet he’ll have more Repubs than Dems at his funeral–whenever that comes.

I don’t care where Paul Broun’s opponent lives–(it could be China for all I care) I just want him out. Wish I lived in his District. I’d start a one woman campaign against him.

Stan Wise really would know about those out of the office trips. Since it appears that he spends more time on them than in the office according to a report a couple of years ago. Are we really to believe that he votes FOR Georgia Power and Atlanta Gaslight AGAINST the consumers because they are always right?

td

June 12th, 2012
12:47 pm

GaBlue

June 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

So Dixiecrats or southern conservative Democrats (Blue dogs) have left the party and are now Republicans. Bill Clinton would now be a Republican under your definition. Sam Nunn would be a Republican and almost every Georgia Governor and Senator would be a Republican today. If it was not for the Unions then the majority of this nation would be Republican.

The parties have finally split upon the conservative/liberal philosophy. For years you had country club liberal NE republicans and you had southern conservative democrats, now they are in the correct parties. Once we get rid of unions in the NE then the rural, white, religious, gun carrying, blue collar workers will come home and Penn, Ohio, Mich, Wis will be lost to the Dems and the country can get back on the right direction.

DannyX

June 12th, 2012
1:07 pm

“and the country can get back on the right direction.”

What direction is that td? The good ol’ days of the Republicans sending the economy over a cliff? (By good ol’ days I mean 3 years ago.)

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

No no no, back to the REAL good ole days where you kick a n…black person…out of your store just because they were a n…democrat. Or where you could beat your wife for sassin back at you and keep her barefoot and pregnant before she got all uppity and literate and such.

They didn’t have no Hispanics back in the day scept when Andrew “I’m a War Criminal Before there Was Such a Thing” Jackson, started a random war with Florida and kicked em out but “I” could see that happenin…

Or you know, back in the tha REAL ole days where a man could call for a duel and just SHOOT some one for insulting his girl or the like….”

Those are the ole days they pine for. And the moderates are going to give it to them, because “both sides are bad mmmmmmmmmmmkay”.

yellowdog.

June 12th, 2012
1:27 pm

no one will ever really define zell miller; hes still a fine southern gentleman but with a skewered view of the world he used to live in…….he was once a thoughtful liberal democrat pro choice, pro humanity really; assuming the republican mantle doesnt look well on him; i prefer to remember him as I experienced him.

Ray Brent Marsh

June 12th, 2012
1:33 pm

Yep, everybody’s in the right party now. White racists, once the embarrassing southern cousins of the Democrats, have found a more welcoming home in the Party of Lincoln.

WOW

June 12th, 2012
1:35 pm

TD

I love that you know the Democratic Party so well. You cite Sam Nunn and Bill Clinton. You should be reminded that they are still Democrats (and support President Obama) as are Bill Nelson, Mark Pryor, Bob Casey, Blanche Lincoln, and a host of other moderate to conservative Democrats. Southern Democrats besides the ones in Arkansas have been the only ones to leave the Party. And they left the party, the party didn’t leave them. If it had then I guess Nunn and the rest of the moderates would have left as well.

As far as your rust belt predictions. The ‘new’ Republican party that you represent will NEVER win enough votes in suburban Philly to turn Philadelphia. And Michigan and Wisconsin will remain comfortably democratic for the forseable future (look at the recent polls).

However, since the GOP wants to bash hispanics so much you can kiss Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico good by for the twenty years, easily.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Excise the South. Its the only way to save the Republic.

Kris

June 12th, 2012
1:52 pm

kris@gmail.com

Wonder if Zig/zag Miller still has his autographed Ax handle from Maddox?

zig zag/ flip flop a lie here a bigger lie there….God bless the South

OBAMA 2012

WOW

June 12th, 2012
1:53 pm

@ Old Timer:

Even the Bush folks hate Romney’s Education Plan. It so bad that Margaret Spellings resigned her position as the campaign’s advisor because of it.

Creflo

June 12th, 2012
1:53 pm

Makes me want to do a choke down.

Kujohn

June 12th, 2012
2:00 pm

Wow thought that dumb redneck was dead Guess sombody dug him up

Marlboro Man

June 12th, 2012
2:17 pm

Men who settle for their wives are never happy, same goes for haters who settle for Romney.

zeke

June 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

zell and the word “dips” in same sentence…..from the big chill “there’s a certain symmetry there”

td

June 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
1:26 pm

Yes, let us move in the progressive manner in which the government confiscates 60, 70 or 90% of a persons earning to give to the parasites so they do not have to work. Let us have the government telling us we can not drink the big gulp, have to drive in car that is no bigger then a tin can and have to wait for six months to see a government doctor. Yes, the government is all wise and powerful and should tell us what to eat, what to drink (yes you drinkers will eventually be effected) and how we will spend out money.

The Obama future looks real nice does it not.

td

June 12th, 2012
2:34 pm

Marlboro Man

June 12th, 2012
2:17 pm

Men who settle for their wives are never happy, same goes for haters who settle for Romney.

That enthusiasm for Obama is waning everyday. I just read an article yesterday where Obama has turned the youth off so much that they may totally give up on politics.

td

June 12th, 2012
2:35 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Excise the South. Its the only way to save the Republic.

Will you be leaving us then?

CobbGOPer

June 12th, 2012
2:45 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Excise the South. Its the only way to save the Republic.

Yeah so we tried that already in case you don’t remember, but you people wouldn’t let us go. Make up your mind!

Hillbilly D

June 12th, 2012
2:45 pm

Wonder if Zig/zag Miller still has his autographed Ax handle from Maddox?

They were pick handles, not ax handles. Any country boy can tell the difference at a glance.

Hillbilly D

June 12th, 2012
2:58 pm

Does anyone know how close Young Harris is to Union County?

Less than 2 miles, as the crow flies.

Mark

June 12th, 2012
3:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Road Scholar

June 12th, 2012
3:16 pm

td: “Bill Clinton would now be a Republican under your definition.”

Yeah, right.So the repubs are in favor of national healthcare?

Old Hippie: We tried diverting all 18 wheelers and other delivery trucks to the off peak early morning hours during the Olympics. They didn’t like it, it cost more for the trucking companies to operate, and they returned to any time travel. Are you willing to pay more for food , clothes, etc. Do you remeber the Olympics? Or are you having a flashback!

Marlboro Man

June 12th, 2012
3:23 pm

td you are a parrot, get your own ideas.

GET REAL

June 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

td–Why are you so bent out of shape about unions? Do you know how many people in the workforce in this country are unionized? I’ll bet you don’t. It’s well under 14%. Now, you tell me how it is that 14% (or less) of the workforce can be creating so much concern on your part. td, have you ever worked for a company with a nonunion workforce? If so, did you have paid vacations; health and dental insurance; a 40-hour work week; safe working conditions; and an employee grievance process, to name just a few benefits? If you did, you can thank unions because that’s who got those benefits for you….and it didn’t cost you a dime out of your own pocket.

td

June 12th, 2012
4:13 pm

GET REAL

June 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

I am not against private unions. They are fine because both parties have a stake in the negotiations. (except when you are United autoworkers and the government bails you out of not funding the pensions properly). I am totally against public unions and I do not think we should have closed shop states.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

@Cobb – Yeah, Lincoln was a Republican. I have made up my mind. Excise the south. Only they get no federal property, and as soon as they threaten anyone in the US, declare war and then treat all southernors according to the Bush model…

@TD – Really? Somehow I feel that the people that work for you do more work and produce more than your ‘management’ that lets you sit here and comment on the AJC all day. So yeah, I’m perfectly happy taking 70% of your ill gotten gains….after all, you’re a conservative which means you’re probably breaking the law.

[...] Zell Miller gets involved in a Georgia congressional race. [...]

Edward Ruffin

June 13th, 2012
6:58 am

I’m glad a democrat endorsed Collins, it should help Martha Zoller. After all, Zig Zag brought us legalized gambling and started to mess with the great ‘56 flag.

[...] Zell Miller endorsed Doug Collins for the Ninth Congressional District; Miller’s grandson, Bryan Miller, is Campaign Manager for Collins. [...]