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At left, a pro-TSPLOST event headlined by Gov. Nathan Deal. At right, a protest by the Transportation Leadership Council

TSPLOST supporters overwhelmed opponents on Monday in a set of dueling rallies at the state Capitol on Monday. Granted, one side did have Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson — Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves and DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, a dozen state lawmakers and the entire staff of the metro Chamber of Commerce.

In fact the only major political figure missing from the Capitol mix on the support side was House Speaker David Ralston. A spokesman said that a) Ralston had a previous engagement, and b) he’s been staying neutral on the TSPLOST question. Possibly it makes a difference that the 9th District congressional candidate that Ralston supports, Doug Collins of Gainesville, has declared himself in opposition.

The Transportation Leadership Coalition rally followed the Untie Atlanta event.

Though he won’t be traveling, Deal will be campaigning statewide for the transportation sales tax today. A satellite TV truck is parked outside the Capitol, to allow the governor to conduct interviews with local TV stations throughout the state.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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134 comments Add your comment

Auntie Christ

July 30th, 2012
12:45 pm

CAN YOU SEE THE CHANGE?

What’s altered in the two photos? Play the Find 5 Challenge

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 30th, 2012
12:45 pm

Looks like I’m first AGAIN.. The name says it all….VOTE NO TOMORROW

Right on

July 30th, 2012
12:48 pm

The Sierra Club, the NAACP, and the Tea Party all say to vote NO. That should tell you something.

jonzealy

July 30th, 2012
12:48 pm

Yea, that’s what happens when the overseerers make their staffers hold signs, actuall tax payers have to work. TSPLOST…Enough already.

NO TSPLOST !!!

July 30th, 2012
12:50 pm

One of the biggest messes in GEORGIA! NO TO T-SPLOST ! Do not help them UNTIE the TIED UP MESS that “they” TIED UP to begin with!!!!! NO NO TO T-SPLAT!!

Marlboro Man

July 30th, 2012
12:52 pm

Looks like it will pass.

Dustin

July 30th, 2012
12:53 pm

I guess all the others opposed to this (which is an overwhelming majority) boondoggle legislation were busy working and couldn’t make it.

NO TSPLOST !!!

July 30th, 2012
12:55 pm

To Right On: The Governor, public officials, chambers, mayors, and most importantly the DEVELOPERS all say to vote yes…well that should “tell you something” – VOTE NO
TO T-SPLOST – they are not trusted !!!!!!!! Take the massives $$$$ they have taken from GA 400 Tolls and I-85 HOT lanes (both debacles) and use that !!!!!

NO TO T-SPLOST !!!

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if you vote no don't drive

July 30th, 2012
12:56 pm

I love the idiots who espouse about corruption and waste in “Big Government”. The same government that managed to build EVERYTHING you use ever day of your life.

So if you want to vote no, don’t drive on our roads. If you vote no to a SALES tax, you’ll be saying yes to higher property taxes. Because in the end, the roads need solving, especially out in the burbs. Lucky for me I don’t drive out there. Have fun guys.

Donaldo

July 30th, 2012
12:57 pm

If these people knew the solution, my question is why not start years ago. This is all a band aid approach with very little accountability. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…..Where have these people been?????

Mike Stucka

July 30th, 2012
12:58 pm

Auntie Christ: What’s changed between the photos? You mean, the difference in where the sunlight’s coming from, which tells you they’re two different locations?

if you vote no don't drive

July 30th, 2012
12:58 pm

to NO TSPLOTS you do realize that this has nothing to do with toll roads and major interstates right?

Going Right

July 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

600 mil for the “Beltline?” (AKA: easy on-off for a trip to the King Memorial)…What does THAT show you? As usual, “ANTI-Christ” is off on another trans-intergalactic journey with his/her games and can’t be taken seriously. Yawn.

Judge Smails

July 30th, 2012
1:00 pm

If I had the notion that the money would be well spent with a great deal of oversight and local control… maybe. But once this money gets into the hands of the political machine in Atlanta, it will be used to curry favor, reward incompetence and get people elected.

Not only NO, but HE@@ NO!!!

nodda troll

July 30th, 2012
1:04 pm

I wonder if they same people who are voting NO now are the same people who voted to keep MARTA out of the suburbs, contributing to this mess by keeping people on the roads. Atlanta has the longest commute times in the country.

My solution would be to put a wall around Atlanta and charge $10 every time you want to come in.

gadem

July 30th, 2012
1:05 pm

Its funny that I have been seeing ads endorsing the tax by invoking the name of Reagan…endorsed by Republicans. I thought taxes were bad. Darn socialists republicans want to take my money to support infrastructure that I utilize!

no name

July 30th, 2012
1:07 pm

There is a big stone monument at the bottom of the right (anti) photo. Why isn’t that stone monument in the left (pro) photo?

Bob Decker

July 30th, 2012
1:09 pm

I think what Atlanta should do about traffic is encourage people to leave the state, explain to them its over, the boom Atlanta was from 1980 thru 2006 is over, its now an over populated area with zero job opportunities and morons running the city. Its a backwards state that tries harder to fill church seats on Sundays vs stadium seats for local sports teams. Its a state that makes changes usually 25 years after New York does, ie the state lottery which started up north back in the late 60’s and 70’s, here mid 1990’s. I say to all, get out if you can, find work elsewhere.

Road Scholar

July 30th, 2012
1:10 pm

GA Values: Wrong again!

TSPLOST ALL OVER YOU CHEAP FACES

July 30th, 2012
1:11 pm

This is will pass, I think Atlanta has a lot more brighter voters than the trolls present here.

MARK IT DOWN!

Right on

July 30th, 2012
1:11 pm

Well, according to the ads, the people who oppose want toll roads and do not care about their kids and do not agree with Reagan. They will say just about anything to grub that money.

The Sierra Club, a pro transit entity, says to VOTE NO on this thing.

VOTE YES!!!

July 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

@Judge Smails. READ THE LAW! There are numerous oversight methods in place. Much more the fuel tax, which is what will raise if this fails. Great logic.

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

so tell us what were the “improvements” that took place over the last 18 years plus supposed to do.
They put in a light at the on ramp on 285 and all it does is create more traffic. But that was supposed to be an improvement.
In stead of having clover leaf on and off ramps we have right on rampsa and left turn on ramps which cause wrong way drivers and slow moving traffic again on the surface streets.

TSPLOST ALL OVER YOUR CHEAP FACES

July 30th, 2012
1:13 pm

This just in, time to catch up with the rest of the nation, transit wise. Racist black Democrats and tea party ding bats ARE not the majority of Georgia voters.

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
1:14 pm

how about extend the emissions testing to not just the 10 surround atl counties…. make everyone pay after all don’t theycome o atl sometimes too..

Frankie

July 30th, 2012
1:16 pm

so the add says that other major cities have done this and releived traffic issues.. WHAT CITIES ARE THEY REFERING TOO….
None of the major cities i have been to have any traffic releif.

VOTE YES!!!

July 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

@Frankie, Denver, Charlotte, Tampa, Jacksonville.

Doug B

July 30th, 2012
1:23 pm

“Right on
July 30th, 2012
12:48 pm

The Sierra Club, the NAACP, and the Tea Party all say to vote NO. That should tell you something.”

Yeah, that tells me to vote YES.

KrystalsBalls

July 30th, 2012
1:25 pm

@iyvndd

Everyone knows the government “doesn’t create jobs”, or “build anything”. Just ask these wingnuts, they will tell you just like Rush Limbaugh told them. He told them when attacking the EDITED Obama “you didn’t build that” speech from a couple weeks ago that the internet was actually “created by the military”. He told them the internet was a “D.O.D. project”. Of course they are so DUMB, they swished gurgled and swallowed.So when are we going to tell them all that there is no bigger GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT with a larger budget than the Department of Defense??!!! When are we going to tell them that Lockheed Martin, Boeing, etc will hand out pink slips as soon as these clowns in Congress play politics and allow those sequestration cuts to take place. Why? Their paychecks come via GOVERNMENT MONEY! “Job creators” my —!

Sensible

July 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

As a Black Man, I deeply offended by the thought that someone tells me to vote against something because they don’t think that black contractors will get their “Fair Share” of the work from this tax. I want to make sure that these leaders are asking me to make sure nobody gets anything, because the think that people who look like me will not get their fair share? I’m sorry, I’m not going to ruin it for everyone, just on the possibility that someone might not get their fair share. What about the share black contractors do get? We really have to progress past this mentality, and let the chips fall where they do, at least someone gets some work, and we all get better transportation, and anyone can take out business permit, and attempt to benefit from the new infrastructure. I think it might be time for some new leadership.

Judge Smails

July 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

@ VOTE YES – Yes, I read the law. It still has to be implemented and administered to by the incompetent and corrupt politicians in Atlanta. Much of the extra revenue will simply disappear into the hands of cronies and “pet projects”. If I were to say what I really think…my post would not make it through the filter. Notice the word “Atlanta”. There is a (not so) hidden meaning there.

Hey, Bob Decker !!

July 30th, 2012
1:30 pm

Delta is ready when you are! And by the way, vote NO to the TSPLOST – the Deal, Reed, Eaves, Ellis, Cagle, Lewis, Johnson, etc. campaign contributors are also the direct recipients of the lucrative TSPLOST contracts – stinks to high heaven – if it passes, lawsuits will ensue!!

Right on

July 30th, 2012
1:31 pm

It should tell you that, if you believe in transit, you should vote no.

Mike Geigerman

July 30th, 2012
1:32 pm

Vote .. only because we can spend our money in a better more eeficient way.. Special interests trying to force our hands. Neutral outside parties don’t believe our leaders and neither do I. I am
voting NO tomorrow.

Death to the T-SPLOST!

July 30th, 2012
1:32 pm

Yeah, Jim. But how many people in the PRO shot were paid to be there? The only YES buttons and signs I see are on the road builders, Metro Chamber midless boosters and others trying to steal billions from poor people and the middle class and give to the sprawl machine. Let’s hope the people of Georgia realize that HB 277 that created the T-SPLOSTs was the biggest stealing bill in the history of Georgia.

dahreese

July 30th, 2012
1:41 pm

I’m usually a “Yes” voter on progressive issues, but this one is a loser.

You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

Weetamoe

July 30th, 2012
1:44 pm

That *you didn’t build that* sneering contemptuous Roanoke speech was not edited and to prove it republicans should (and might) play the entire speech in a continuous loop from now until the election.

Mild Mannered Moderate

July 30th, 2012
1:45 pm

Here is the only thing you need to know: Do you trust Nathan Deal to spend this money wisely?

Personally I think that since both sides support this then it must be good. Nathan Deal AND Kasim Reed think its a good idea and since its both sides it must be good! Both sides. Two dollars. Both sides.

Auntie Christ

July 30th, 2012
1:47 pm

no name July 30th, 2012 1:07 pm: “There is a big stone monument at the bottom of the right (anti) photo. Why isn’t that stone monument in the left (pro) photo?”

That’s one of those stone monuments with the Ten Commandments carved in it, It was removed by the “pro” bunch because deal, cagle, et al didn’t want to be reminded that they shouldn’t steal, commit adultery, covet their neighbor’s ass, and worship gold.

OTP

July 30th, 2012
1:49 pm

I have never known anything to be put up to a vote more DOA than this.

Going Right

July 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

40 Mil for Gwinnett Transit System? Buses filled with air and not passengers?
Oh, forgot to yawn for ANTI_Christ and her/his blatherings and cursing.

Mild Mannered Moderate

July 30th, 2012
1:53 pm

Going right is mean. I feel sad for him. Both sides should come together and be nice. Both sides. Two dollars. Both sides.

Judge Smails

July 30th, 2012
1:59 pm

Oh Yea, Why in the world is Rally the Brave in with the Yes guys? The Atlanta Stadium Authority sued to not have Marta go directly to both Braves stadiums. They thought (rightly) that they would lose their parking “golden goose”.

Just another example of the Atlanta politicians protecting their own without regard to how ALL of Metro Atlanta is affected.

Simple

July 30th, 2012
1:59 pm

T Bag is going down……..

Right on

July 30th, 2012
1:59 pm

“Personally I think that since both sides support this then it must be good. Nathan Deal AND Kasim Reed think its a good idea and since its both sides it must be good! Both sides. Two dollars. Both sides.”
Actually, both side reject the T-Splost. The conservative Tea Party and the progressive and more liberal Sierra Club as well as the NAACP. It is a regressive tax after all, and it’s a mostly wasteful, ineffective plan. The Sierra Club, a pro transit entity, says it doesn’t do enough and recommends a NO VOTE.

Auntie Christ

July 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

Wee wee wee all the way home Moe said July 30th, 2012 1:44 pm: “That *you didn’t build that* sneering contemptuous Roanoke speech…..”

Sneering and contemptuous. You must have missed your meds that day, hence your paranoid delusion of a sneering and contemptuous President. Funny how no one else saw it that way, (except maybe your fellow paranoid delusionals.) Or maybe you self medicated, and that caused your delusion. Were the flowers outside your window dancing? Did a giant white rabbit appear at your door? Did the mad hatter offer to have tea with you?

Mild Mannered Moderate

July 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

You’re right Judge Smails. Both sides are at fault for not looking out for Metro Atlanta. Both inside and outside of the perimeter. Atlanta Politicians. OTP politicians. Both sides. Two dollars. Both sides.

Bob Decker

July 30th, 2012
2:00 pm

We should be doing the opposite, Georgia should lower taxes, eliminate state taxes all together and make it all up by opening 20 large top of the line full blown casino’s, horse racing facilities, and poker establishments, all of the jobs would go to the local people first. Thats what I would do if I was Gov, and I would tell the Church people of the state that balked to take your Sunday offerings to the casino and try to double your money, drinks are on the house!!!!

Mild Mannered Moderate

July 30th, 2012
2:02 pm

Right on: Really? Well if both sides reject it that’s what I should do I suppose, but there is more advertising on television that shows that I should vote FOR it. And if there is more advertising for one side that means more people like it. I like to go with the flow and the crowd. Making waves is bad.

Still, I will have to consider it. I will count the signs on the way to the voting booth tomorrow to see which there are more of.

Both side. Two dollars. Both sides.