Your morning jolt: Karen Handel to head up GOP recruitment effort

In another sign that she’s not about to disappear from the political scene, former Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel was named Thursday as co-chair of a GOP program to recruit 150 women – and elect at least half – for state-level office across the country.

Leading the venture with Handel will be Kerry Healey, the former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. They’ve got their work cut out for them. The Huffington Post, noting Handel’s appointment, turned up these numbers:

The Center for Woman American Women and Politics at Rutgers Univerity indicates that Democrats represent the majority of women state legislators in the country. The center’s statistics show that women make up 428 out of 1,971 state senators nationwide, with 265 being Democrats and 151 being Republicans, and one independent. Women hold 1,321 out of 5,411 state House seats nationally, with 791 being Democrats and 524 being Republicans, along with four progressives and two independents. To date, 1,078 women have won state legislative primaries nationally.

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The struggle of Republican Tim Lee, the Cobb County Commission chairman, to hold onto his job continues to show up in local mailboxes. His latest hit on chief rival Bill Byrne, reminds voters that the former Cobb commission chairman, invested county money in a private-public venture to recycle garbage. It eventually went bust.

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A hot District 52 state Senate race has become a course in ancient history. On Sunday, an AJC look at candidates and their economic histories noted that David Doss of Rome, a former member of the state transportation board, had county property tax liens in 2003 and 2008 totalling $4,963. They’ve been paid, and were the results of investments made with two business partners, Doss said.

On Thursday night, we had a conversation with Floyd County Probate Judge Steve Burkhalter, who’s still steamed over a conversation that he says he had with Chuck Hufstetler, an anesthesia provider who at the time was on the county commission and chairman of its finance committee.

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At one session with commissioners, Burkhalter said the topic of his $6,000-a-year county-paid supplement came up. The judge quoted Hufstetler as saying, “What you make will depend on how much money you bring into the county.”

Burkhalter, who is still on the bench, and has been since 1997, said he told Hufstetler what he was suggesting amounted to a felony.

Hufstetler said last night that the conversation “absolutely” never happened. “I don’t know how to respond to something like that,” the Senate candidate said.

However, Burkhalter’s salary was indeed sliced – improperly, if this $18,000 check from the county, signed by Hufstetler in 2005, is any guide.

And a 2003 note from a Floyd County grand jury also provides evidence of a salary brouhaha between Burkhalter and the county: “It is the further position of the Grand Jury that the Probate Court is not to be a revenue raising tool through the use of fines, but a way of distributing fair punishment for individuals found guilty of offenses in that court.”

A third candidate in the District 52 contest, Hayden Collins of Cartersville, means the contest is likely headed for a runoff.

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We told you earlier this week of a YouTube attack launched by state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, against his chief rival, 26-year-old Tyler Harper of Ocilla, in the race for the District 7 state Senate race down in south Georgia. Hatfield accused the Harper family business of taking improper advantage of affirmative action contracts offered by the federal government.

Harper has sent a copy of mailer that has his response – or non-response – to the charge. It’s an endorsement from two prominent pastors.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at state Sen. Vincent Fort’s contention that a transportation sales tax, if approved on Tuesday, would result in an increase in the cost of food and some medicine.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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57 comments Add your comment

Aquagirl

July 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Of course Republicans want more women like Karen Handel…dumb as a box of rocks, and willing to provide cover as they legislate wombs.

td

July 27th, 2012
9:38 am

Good for Karen. This is a worthwhile effort to recruit more conservative women to elected office.

sherman the bedouin

July 27th, 2012
9:39 am

Yes!!! Women have to clime to the top on both sides of the tree of Liberty!!!

Road Scholar

July 27th, 2012
9:43 am

The cost increase on food caused by the tax is miniscule when compared to inflation, the drought, and the loss of the corn crop! Fort hasn’t found a cause he can’t whine about. I’m surprised that he hasn’t said that employing more construction workers and having them get more hungry because of their hard work will make them eat more, increasing demand, and thus the price of food! I thought that this regional sales tax would follow state restrictions…why not? Good planning by the Repubs?

As for his concern over minority contractors share…no, AA contractor share ..of the Tsplost work, can’t the AA contractors work harder and smarter…as per the Repubs attack on President Obama? Ya know conservatives do it all on their own w/o any assistance…According to Fort, AA contractors can not grow their business w/o an affirmative action plan? I wonder what % of the GDOT work is done by women and other minorities? If Tsplost passes, the opportunities for a construction or design firm to expand is huge.

janet

July 27th, 2012
9:43 am

Karen Handel couldn’t make change at Taco Bell for an 8 hr shift so I guess the GOP has hired her again for a job.

Road Scholar

July 27th, 2012
9:45 am

janet: At least she’s off food stamps! Ya know the conserve view of all unemployed…or does that only apply to minorities?

WOW

July 27th, 2012
9:54 am

They can send her out to recruit all they want. The more extreme they get on the issues the more the gap widdens for their votes. Its so funny that they just think they can just check a box and someone not a white male will vote for them. Make a African-American head of the party, that’ll increase our share of the black vote(didn’t work). The polling on Rubio as VP doesn’t show any movement among hispanics for this election either. They’ll never get it.

GaBlue

July 27th, 2012
10:03 am

Will Ms. Handel play the Victim Card while she recruits, and talk about how mean ol’ libs tried to push her around for her honorable attempts to pull money from clinics that offer health services and cancer screenings to women of limited means? And how they forced her out of her cushy job making several hundred K a year…. uh… for charity? I’d say her chances of recruiting among the integrity-challenged are pretty good. Not good for Americans, but I’m sure she’ll parlay that into something lucrative for herself.

Norris T

July 27th, 2012
10:07 am

Why? So she can show them how to become a complete failure and drive one of the world’s best known charities into the ground? Good luck with that Karen.

Boise Green

July 27th, 2012
10:10 am

Speaking of republican women, Pam Davidson is running against incumbent Public Service Commission Stan Wise in Tuesday’s republican primary. Pam has noted that Stan has (1) gotten the vast majority of his campaign contributions from folks associated with the utilities he’s regulating, (2) supported Georgia Power’s rate hikes at every turn, and (3) opposed common sense proposals for more energy efficiency and solar energy in Georgia, among other things. Pam has a strong background on energy issues and has said she is not going to take any money from folks associated with the utilties. I think she would be a huge improvement over Stan Wise. Vote for Pam Davidson for PSC!

Weetamoe

July 27th, 2012
10:19 am

Obama cancelled a campaign stop at a planned parenthood clinic. His reason became clear when reports came out of Cook County Chicago of a young woman who died during an abortion procedure at a planned parenthood clinic there. Maybe you missed it because it was not in the ajc–and no, I do not have cable and do not watch Fox News, and yes, the report is factual and verifiable.
Inflation has been increasing steadily under Obama, so he may be able to blame the weather for food cost increases, but the weather related problems come on top of the problems cause by his incompetence.

the cat

July 27th, 2012
10:21 am

Weetamoe-stop lying. That unfortunate death was reported on the AJC. Are you implying it was Obama’s fault the poor woman died?

WOW

July 27th, 2012
10:26 am

@ Weetamore:

If its factual and verfiable as you say, the where is your proof of this report?

Foncused

July 27th, 2012
10:31 am

@Weetamoe – following your logic, or lack there of: girl goes to clinic for abortion –> dies during procedure –> abortions/abortion clinic caused death of girl –> therefore all abortions/clinics are evil.

What about: mother goes to hospital for natural childbirth –> mother dies during child birth –> hospitals/natural child birth caused death of mother –> therefore all hospitals/natural child birth are evil.

Get a grip . . .

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 27th, 2012
10:35 am

I voted for Karen & still think she would have be a much better Governor than Shaddy Deal. But you have to admire Deal, he has gone from bankrupt to rich in only a year, the skim from tspLOST should make him really rich.

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 27th, 2012
10:35 am

I voted for Karen & still think she would have be a much better Governor than Shaddy Deal. But you have to admire Deal, he has gone from bankrupt to rich in only a year, the skim from tspLOST should make him really rich.

Aquagirl

July 27th, 2012
10:35 am

Are you implying it was Obama’s fault the poor woman died?

I think it’s more part of the campaign to scare women—abortion will kill you, make you suicidal, blah, blah blah. People who view us as walking incubators also assume we’re all as dumb as Karen Handel.

Those of us with wombs understand using them can result in injury or death because babies do not magically appear while we sit in the waiting room with a box of cigars.

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 27th, 2012
10:37 am

Wow, Jim must have liked that, I got a double post.

td

July 27th, 2012
10:42 am

Let us talk about Handel on our national front today because we are in full deflection mode and will do anything not to talk about the real issue of the day.

“WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.”

http://wtop.com/628/2885164/US-economic-growth-slowed-to-15-pct-rate-in-Q2

GaBlue

July 27th, 2012
10:48 am

td,

Why don’t YOU stop deflecting from the REAL issue of the day? The Olympics are finally here! YAAAAYYYYY!

Wally

July 27th, 2012
10:49 am

I have a bad taste in my mouth concerning Karen Handel. I cannot remember why but I know I would not vote for her for dog catcher.
Be gone *itch.

Stone Wall Jacka$$

July 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Aquagirl , Democratic women= ignorant leaches and welfare tax burdens that support Publik Skool edukation. Democrats = National Socialist Comunist Party of America today. Liberals and Democrats hate diversity and love to enslave others to their radical dogma that is worth a piece of used toilet paper. Tolerance is okay if we believe in the crap you spew.

Mick Dee

July 27th, 2012
10:51 am

She screws up Komen Race for the Cure something awful, and moves on to find more victims to take her advice.

Stone Wall Jacka$$

July 27th, 2012
10:55 am

By the way Aquagirl, there have been over 50 million abortions in the US since Roe v Wade. You were given a chance at life, innocent babies can’t make that choice. Hasatan is alive and will in the USA. When I talked with a women that had an abortion, the guilt of aborting her baby years ago was her demons and she had suicidal thoughts until she sought psychological counseling. Yes Democratik Socialist Communism is alive and well.

Aquagirl

July 27th, 2012
10:56 am

we are in full deflection mode and will do anything not to talk about the real issue of the day.

Oh, look, a right-wing man wandering by and deciding he knows what everyone should be talking about, and it surely ain’t that wimmen stuff. Imagine that.

This isn’t your house, no one here is fetching your slippers and dinner. Deal with it.

Look before I leap...

July 27th, 2012
10:56 am

@td

Yes the US economy is still struggling.
Yet companies are reporting record or near record profits, the Fortune 1000 is sitting on nearly 2 TRILLION in cash or cash equivalents. Bank liquidity is at record levels.

The banks have money but are not lending.
The corporations have money but are not hiring (at least not stateside).

So, we funneled over a trillion taxpayer dollars into the system, kept the tax cuts in place and kept the fed lending rates at record lows.

So what would you suggest Obama (or any occupant of the White House) do at this point?

WOW

July 27th, 2012
11:03 am

@ Auquagirl

LOL!

rukidding

July 27th, 2012
11:07 am

Handel must be doing something right if all the haters have taken to the blogs

janet

July 27th, 2012
11:18 am

Why did a high school graduate who never took time off to have children never find the time to complete her higher education? Lack of interest? motivation? Intellectual curiosity? Sloth? I knew her when she was involved in the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. I always wondered about her ambitions and her qualifications. I guess her unemployment checks are about to run out so the GOP has rewarded her for taking the bullet at Susan G Komen.

DannyX

July 27th, 2012
11:24 am

Good news for Democrats. A year after Handel’s Komen disaster donations are still way down. Now Handel gets to work her magic for the Republicans.

Jackie

July 27th, 2012
11:26 am

If I were a lefty I would be very, very careful about calling anyone dumb.

Dirty Dawg

July 27th, 2012
11:28 am

Just what the country needs, some more bat-crap (sic) crazy ‘conservative’ women in office…like Brewer, and Bachmann, and Haley, and Foxx, and…the list goes on and on. Then again, they probably couldn’t be any worse than Gingrey, Westmorland, Price, Broun and Kingston, et.al.

Auntie Christ

July 27th, 2012
11:31 am

Regarding the sluggish economy: (which is off topic, but our resident republican/romney shill brought it up)
A new report from the Tax Justice Network found $21 trillion was hidden in foreign bank accounts in 2010. This amount is equal to the combined economic output of Japan and the U.S. each year. Overall, there may be as much as $32 trillion held in offshore accounts, such as those located in banks found in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. If you combined the economies of the United States and Japan, you would have the dollar equivalent of the amount of money being stashed away by the super-rich of the world in offshore tax havens. These are deposits from the world’s wealthy, but it would not be hard to extrapolate how much of this comes from the USA’s super rich

Yet they claim we need more tax cuts for the rich, so they can “create jobs,” which I guess means jobs for bank executives in the Caymans or Switzerland.

td

July 27th, 2012
11:37 am

Look before I leap…

July 27th, 2012
10:56 am

“So what would you suggest Obama (or any occupant of the White House) do at this point?”

Since by your own observations it seems that Obama and his policies have lost the confidence of the producers class and as a result hurting the people he says he wants to help so if he really loved this country then he would do the same thing as LBJ and not run for re election for the best interest of the country.

DannyX

July 27th, 2012
11:41 am

“…would do the same thing as LBJ and not run for re election for the best interest of the country.”

Not run for re-election would be best for the country???? That is crazy talk. That would mean the embarrassing Witt RoWney would become president, another W or Worse.

Question Man

July 27th, 2012
11:55 am

Will Karen Handel be as effective with this initiative as she was with the Susan B. Komen Foundation?

WOW

July 27th, 2012
12:05 pm

@ Danny X

After one day of embarassments in London I am convinced that a Romney Presidency would be worse than anything we saw under Bush. This trip could really get interesting.

Auntie Christ

July 27th, 2012
12:10 pm

Right wing “logic” which of course is an oxymoron, is dumbfounding. WeeWeemoe back at 1019 am brings up a tragic death at a planned parenthood clinic as an opportunity to point out the ‘evils’ of abortion. WeeWee apparently has been so busy scouring the news wires and media for stories of other abortion related news, that he missed this weekend’s news of the deaths in Aurora, Co. And like all good cons, he has totally forgotten about Tuscon, Columbine, Jonesboro, Ark, Conyers, Ga and all the other mass murders facillitated by AR 15’s in the hands of loonies. Like all good NRA shills, he thinks “now is not the time to talk about gun control,” but of course any time is a good time to bring up the “tragedy of abortion.” As I said, right wing “logic” at it’s best (worst).

J Throckmorton Malcontent

July 27th, 2012
12:10 pm

Chick-Fil-A ought to give Karen the Komen Killer a job, she could handle their public relations.

the cat

July 27th, 2012
12:30 pm

Komen donations still down over 30%. I know I and my friends will never give them another dime.

Aquagirl

July 27th, 2012
12:39 pm

Komen donations still down over 30%

And Republicans want to hire the person who did this? Come to think of it, there’s no better proof the GOP prefers their women at home baking the cookies. Not disrupting the pristine legislative process by using bad words like “vagina.”

Rafe Hollister

July 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Komen donations are down because Handel exposed what they were doing with the money. People thought the money was going to be used for breast cancer research and found that they had been deceived, and the money diverted to abortion funding. Both sides came away feeling used and disillusioned, how is that good for Dems?

Look before I leap...

July 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

@td

All that typing and that is best you can do?
Let me rephrase:
What would/could McCain or even Romney have done any differently?
What will Romney do other than NOT being Obama, to lift the US out of its economic doldrums?
Please cite specific policies and actions to be taken.
Please cite ANYTHING that Romney has proposed in terms of his plan to “fix” the US economy?

Note that Rushisms and meaningless Fox News rhetoric don’t count.

In the absence of anything of substance from the Romney camp, why don’t you wow us with your brilliant ideas?

Look before I leap...

July 27th, 2012
12:50 pm

@Rafe

“… and the money diverted to abortion funding”

You really should get your head out of Rush’s fat behind.
Not a SINGLE dime of Komen money went to fund abortions.

Rafe Hollister

July 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

People will only pay what they think is a fair share of their income in taxes. Check with Maryland, about how many millionaires moved, when they passed a millionaire tax. Raise taxes too much, watch the wealthy find alternatives to paying.

Dems had the WH and the Congress, from Jan 2009 to Jan 2011, and what did they do about reworking our tax system? They were too busy, shoving Obamacare down our throats.

Rafe Hollister

July 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

Look, the money went to Planned Parenthood, the nations chief abortion provider. So, you can make a technical argument that it wasn’t used to fund abortion. That rings as true as saying your FICA taxes are not used by the Feds for anything but funding Soc Sec.

Conservatives will probably always be reluctant to support Komen again after being deceived, and now I hear that the Libs think it is wonderful that Komen is suffering. Hey, we are on the same side for once.

Kris (has voted NO)

July 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

Put Handel, Brewer and Bachmann in a bag, shake it up and WOW a pig pile of BAT SCAT crazy retards..
Oops GOP.
They are really setting a good example for our youth.

On the bright side Researchers report more condom use among teenagers
Thts one way to stop the GOP.

Just saying!

There is a cure for greed and corruption.

Vote NO tsp-LOST.

Kris (has voted NO)

July 27th, 2012
12:56 pm

My bad spell checker failed…sorry

td

July 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

Look before I leap…

July 27th, 2012
12:45 pm

The number one thing he will do that Obama will never do is to restore confidence in the corporations.

2: He will be able to work with the Republican led house (no way it goes back to dems no matter who wins Presidency) and probably the Republican led Senate. There is no way Obama’s agenda even gets a vote in a second term and there is no way Obama will sign GOP House agenda so if Romney is not elected then it is automatic 4 more years of gridlock.

3: He will support Israel.

Should I go on?

sherman the bedouin

July 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

Karen is far from dumb. I do not vote for dumb people and I voted for Karen. I do not even speak to dumb people when I can help it.