Your morning jolt: A checklist for tonight’s vote

You probably have your own list, but here’s what I’ll be watching tonight as the votes roll in:

– Even if the TSPLOST doesn’t pass in metro Atlanta, will it pass within the city limits? An in-city victory would serve as a measure of Mayor Kasim Reed’s strength one year before a re-election bid. Don’t look for Reed to be in a good mood should the referendum fail, but win or lose, there’s one side benefit to this campaign for the mayor: The business community is sorely obligated to him.

– Will TSPLOST supporters wait until 7 p.m. before assigning blame for the campaign?

– What price will Tim Lee, chairman of the Cobb County Commission, pay for being part of the creative force behind the TSPLOST vote? Outright defeat will have Republican suburban politicians thinking twice before they play nice with Atlanta again.

– Will the question on casino gaming on the GOP ballot receive enough support to cause state Capitol figures to rethink their opposition?

– In the new 9th District congressional race, a GOP affair, where Martha Zoller finishes could tell you something about the temperature of the electorate. In her contest against state Rep. Doug Collins and former middle school principal Roger Fitzpatrick, she never missed a chance to declare herself a “firebrand.”

– In the 12th District congressional race, which Republican makes it into a runoff with Wright McLeod – Lee Anderson or Rick Allen?

– In Cherokee County, a race for chairman of the school board between Janet Read and Danny Dukes could be a precursor of the charter school campaign that begins Wednesday. Read is a current school board member. Dukes is a member of the governing board of a charter school that had been rejected by the school system.

– A number of Republican state senators are facing significant challenges this year. Incumbent Chip Rogers of Woodstock versus Brandon Beach of Alpharetta; incumbent Don Balfour of Snellville versus Travis Bowden of Snellville and Steve Ramey of Lilburn; incumbent Cecil Staton of Macon versus Spencer Price of Thomaston; incumbent Bill Heath of Bremen versus Bill Carruth of Dallas; incumbent Frank Ginn of Danielsville versus Danny Yearwood of Winder; and incumbent Johnny Grant of Milledgeville versus Burt Jones of Jackson.

– Will Senate District 52 up in Rome move into a runoff? If both David Doss and Chuck Hufstetler survive, look for this to become ground for a confrontation between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is backing Doss, and his GOP rivals for power in the Senate.

– Will state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, attorney for birthers, sneak past Republican establishment favorite Tyler Harper of Ocilla in the open District 7 race for state Senate?

– Who makes it into a District 6 senate runoff with Republican Hunter Hill? Drew Ellenburg or Josh Belinfante?

– Will the Democratic effort in Athens to drive voters into state Rep. Doug McKillip’s first race as a Republican pay off for primary challenger Regina Quick?

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Walter Jones of Morris News Service has done more on the disparate fundraising between metro Atlanta’s TSPLOST campaign and the umbrella effort that covered the other 11 regions:

The campaign for the 10 counties around Atlanta raised $6 million, while the rest of the state drew just one-third as much, $2 million, even though roughly 60 percent of the state’s population and projected tax revenue are outside the metro region.

The Coca-Cola Co. gave $197,000 to the Atlanta drive and zero to the statewide effort. The Home Depot spent $150,000 in the 10-county region where its headquarters and about three dozen stores are located, but nothing in communities like Athens where it has 26 stores within a 50-mile radius of the city.

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Russ Bynum of the Associated Press today reports that personal investments have marked the GOP race to pick a challenger to the last white Democrat from the Deep South serving in Congress:

The GOP candidates seeking to oust Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Augusta in east Georgia’s 12th District have loaned their campaigns a combined total of $668,000. That means for every dollar the Republicans have raised from outside donors, they’ve added 57 cents from their own pockets, according to campaign finance reports.

The candidate who’s dipped deepest into his private bank account is Augusta construction company executive Rick W. Allen, who last week raised his personal stake to $290,000. That money, which supplements $422,560 Allen raised from donors, is being used in part to buy TV ads during Olympic broadcasts in the Augusta and Savannah markets.

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Maria Saporta of the Saporta Report also served this year as chairman of the Atlanta Press Club’s debate series, televised statewide on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Saporta declared herself disappointed that only two congressional incumbents facing primary challengers this year – Phil Gingrey of Marietta and Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville – bothered to face down their opponents:

Specifically, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, the incumbent Republican running in 3rd Congressional district; U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, the incumbent Republican representing the 10th Congressional district; U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, the incumbent Democrat representing the 4th Congressional district; and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the incumbent Democrat representing the 5th Congressional district, all decided not to participate in our debates.

odellflyer

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Justin O’Dell, one of three Cobb County Democrats running for House District 41, suspects that this flyer sent out by rival Michael Smith is bogus. Already, he said, U.S. Rep. John Lewis has said he’s made no endorsement in this contest:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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119 comments Add your comment

RomeGaGuy

July 31st, 2012
10:48 am

Jim are you saying that the pride (?) of Smyrna, Maria Sheffield, isnt going to make the GOP runoff? But Kat and Maria’s FB page have already announced her victory….

Good riddance to the two of them

Midtown Dave

July 31st, 2012
10:51 am

Companies like Home Depot and Coke should be ashamed of themselves. Why give to one campaign and not the other when they have offices, employees, and customers across the state.

Bernie

July 31st, 2012
11:00 am

Jim, Mr.Reed has worn out his welcome in Atlanta as Mayor. I think the people of Atlanta have reached a level of exhaustion with these so called legacy Leaders. Lisa Borders is another one who thinks she is deserving of this mantle. She too… is not a worthy candidate of that office as well. Its past time for us to think of new blood and fresh ideas.

I would say Mary Norwood should be given a good look for consideration. however I am a bit concerned about her strong ties and roots borne out of the Buckhead community. Many of the residents of that area are not as supportive of the residents of Atlanta as a whole. however I am willing to remain open and hear her point of view if presented.

Mayor Reed has demonstrated beyond reproach as to whom and where his misguided allegiance stands.

Curly Copple

July 31st, 2012
11:03 am

Despite nuts for mass-transit and progressive socially minded projects, but somehow a registered Republican, I voted no for this boondoggle of a bill. Too many roads and too much help for all the people causing all the congestion. Transportation projects should be addressed with a one-cent gas tax.

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 31st, 2012
11:05 am

Deal & Reed’s corrupt cronies will be out in force tomorrow buying votes & stuffing ballot boxes. We all must get out the vote to offset this corruption, get in line and vote NO ON WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION.

I voted against all incumbents except 1 judge who is running against a bigger crook. No on everything except a big YES for the LOBBYIST Cap @$100.00

hiram

July 31st, 2012
11:12 am

Why $100 – why not? The politicans won’t be so inclined to listen to the lobbyists if they have to pay their own way.

hiram

July 31st, 2012
11:13 am

Metro Mensa Man

July 31st, 2012
11:21 am

“Transportation projects should be addressed with a one-cent gas tax.”
Precisely the point; however the ‘powers that be’ don’t have the cojones to put a one-cent TAX on the ballot for gasoline. One cent added to fuel is demonstrably a TAX INCREASE whereas a one cent addition to sales is somehow an investment. Both come out of the pocket and both are effective.
I just voted NO for TSPLOST due to almost 20% being spent on MARTA, the Gwinnett Transit System (what a misnomer that is(, and the absolutely unnecessary boondoggle named the “Beltline.”
Which hurts the “poor” the most: 1 cent added to all sales (including gasoline, of course) or 1 cent added to a gallon of gasoline? I’m no rocket scientist but I’ll venture a guess: The 1 cent “investment” tax added to all sales (including, of course, gasoline). Is this really that hard to figure out?

Boise Green

July 31st, 2012
11:23 am

Don’t forget about the PSC race! It’s time for a change at the PSC. Stan Wise has been too beholden to the utilities over the last 18 years. He’s been looking out for them because they help him get reelected, and in exchange we get rate hike after rate hike, cost overruns at the new nuclear reactors passed on to us, and no support for homegrown, cost effective, job-producing clean energy like solar. I’m supporting Pam Davidson to replace Stan. Pam has a good background on energy issues and has pledged to not take any money from folks associated with the utilities. Vote Pam Davidson for PSC!

DannyX

July 31st, 2012
11:28 am

‘Will the Winner’ has just posted his picks for a few of today’s races.

Will the Winner says TSPLOST will go down 58%-42% beating the points.

Ironically Will the Winner predicts Chip Rogers will lose to Brandon Beach.

In an upset Will the Winner says YES will prevail on the non binding gambling question on the Republican ballot.

Average Citizen

July 31st, 2012
11:30 am

Anybody else wonder why the TSPLOST vote was placed on the July preliminary ballot rather than on the November general election ballot when more people vote.

Perhaps it is because the proponents knew that if they poured money into pro TSPLOST advertising and not a lot of people voted then they could get it through.

Most average people will not benefit from TSPLOST but will be expected to pay for it. The construction, paving, construction equipment, and politicians will benefit from the billions of dollars it generates over 10 years so they were willing to pony up to finance the advertising.

There should be an investigation into who approved having the vote in July and if they benefitted from contributions and favors from the companies that would benefit from TSPLOST.

Get the DOJ and the IRS involved. Convene a Grand Jury to make an inquiry. Get some amswers.

Jackie Tudor

July 31st, 2012
11:32 am

Josh Belinfante makes the run-off, leading Hunter Hill. He will go on to win in 3 weeks.

Bob

July 31st, 2012
11:32 am

First let me say VOTE NO!

Legislators should have had the guts to increase the gas tax to fund all state transportation [roads and transit].

The TSPLOST was a wimp-out approach that blew up in their faces,

There will be NO next time.

WS

July 31st, 2012
11:36 am

Not sure why anyone, especially if you live in Atlanta, can say ‘no’ to the tax increase (well I guess that does make since for those suburbanites who love their cars and somehow feel that MARTA brings riff-raff to their community…right). It appears that the same people who are voting down transporation, especially public transportation funding, are the same to complain about traffic, gas prices, environmental issues, car maintenance, road maintenance, etc. A large population of citizens are paying more money on cars than their mortgage, which is documented. Oh and jobs? Uh last time I checked, when GDOT is working on the highway, I thought I saw real people working! That’s like saying building highways doesn’t create jobs, yet those against the tax want more highways, better gas prices in order to drive on infrastructure built by HUMANS! At least the Beltline gets you out of the car and walking! But I guess high obesity rates are okay, especially when a drive-thru is sooo healthy. Why walk when you can just sit in your car and drive? Sounds like the same tea party rhetoric claiming transportation spending is forcing everyone to live in urban areas. Ha! The same republicans and idiot dems who vote against transportation are the same ones that ride the subway in DC, overseas in other countries, and then brag about it! Then there is a nostalgia about how we should go back to the way things ‘used to be.’ Oh you mean walkable streets, trolleys, nice main streets, rail, not major highways that dissected neighborhoods and destroyed families, created blight, and created a funding mess of never-ending road and bridge maintenance. I definintely would vote YES to the tax!

Middle of the Road

July 31st, 2012
11:36 am

“Will TSPLOST supporters wait until 7 p.m. before assigning blame for the campaign?”

They can go ahead and assign blame for the expected defeat of TSPLOST in Atlanta: Ex-Governor Sonny Perdue, who doomed the TSPLOST when he reneged on the deal to remove the toll booths on Ga 400. Thanks, Sonny!

ted

July 31st, 2012
11:38 am

The tsplost will probably lose, but it shouldn’t stop the effort to make improvements in transit infrastructure and improve oversight on funding. Things only get more expensive. Too much exaggeration from both sides. Remember that the two best times to plant a tree are twenty years ago and today.

Middle of the Road

July 31st, 2012
11:40 am

“well I guess that does make since for those suburbanites who love their cars”

It makes sense for suburbanites becuase it is more reasonable. They talk in commercials about losing “family time” to traffic. If suburbanites gave up their cars, it would turn their 1.5 hour one-way commute into a three hour one-way commute on MARTA. I know, my first wife tried it. MARTA does not go where you want it to, and the buses stop on every street corner. MARTA was created to serve peopl who do not own cars, not commuters who own cars but want to take transit.

Hamilton

July 31st, 2012
11:48 am

How many years before transportation relief comes if this referendum fails?

PMC

July 31st, 2012
11:51 am

The interesting thing about the timing of the TSPLOST bill to me is that they decided to put this vote in July when the traffic is relatively awesome compared to the winter.

School Traffic WRECKS this entire metro area. We’re about a week away from opressive commutes due almost completely to school related traffic and they have the vote before that.

The TSPLOST is going to fail anyway, but they have really bungled the marketing and timing of this thing.

Average Citizen

July 31st, 2012
11:52 am

Yea, its better top have a trolly bus that goes from one spot downtown that nobody ever goes to, to another spot downtown that nobody ever goes to. Was TSPLOST the brainchild of the same people? Is that trolly still rolling? Are citizens still paying for it?

I look at the Gwinnett Bus System. Those buses roll through Gwinnett with maybe 3 or 4 people sitting in them, including the driver. And they are blocking a lane of traffic.

Now I think the idea of having buses running from Gwinnett Mall and the Mall of Georgia downtown during morning rush hour traffic and back during evening rush hour traffic is great and I support that.

But running them all over the county with no ridership is stupid.

There is one little short bus that runs up to someone’s house down the street to pick them up and take them somewhere. Think of your hard earned taxes used to fund a bus to pick up one person at their home and take them somewhere else. What ever happened to people using Taxi’s?

bigbill

July 31st, 2012
11:55 am

T-SPLOST: socialism for the rich, capitalism for the rest of us. Vote NO.

Cutty

July 31st, 2012
11:58 am

LMAO, Lol, HaHa, Bernie youre funny. Mary Norwood for Mayor. Lol, LMAO, stop it! L

PMC

July 31st, 2012
11:58 am

So people are really going to be pleased when this thing fails and we still have not addressed any of the horrific infrastructure issues plaguing this state?

Metro Mensa Man

July 31st, 2012
12:00 pm

M-O-R, you are correct in assessing the blame to Sonny Go Fish. As if voters don’t trust politicians already, Mr. Go Fish sealed the “trust your gummint” argument and has cast it on the same feces pile as the other promises made by D & R politicians.

“WS” – Please go back and interpret your ranting and try to make some since(sic) out of it for us to read again.

Ted

July 31st, 2012
12:19 pm

If you liked what Sonny Perdue did for Atlanta, you will love his counsel Josh Belinfante who is running for Senate.

Nelly

July 31st, 2012
12:26 pm

The problem with T-SPLOST is the people who oversee the expenditure of it. Look at how the regular SPLOST is handled. Cobb County parks and rec is controlling all of the funding and putting in things like satellite controlled lighting and sprinklers instead of improving the actual park. You just cannot trust the government to spend the money the right way. They all have agendas.

OTPnorthside

July 31st, 2012
12:33 pm

I am voting YES, mostly because of all the idiots I know running around complaining about the vote. Please, move on and stop whining.

If so many crazy people are against it, I feel obligated to vote for it.

td

July 31st, 2012
12:33 pm

Changing subjects since this will not get any playtime in the so called MSM:

“A fellow professor with Barack Obama at the University of Chicago in the 1990s told radio host Laura Ingraham last week that the man who would become president once insisted, “People shouldn’t be allowed to own guns.”

That professor was John Lott, already known then as a leading gun-rights advocate and now author of several books, including “More Guns, Less Crime” and “Freedomnomics.”

“I knew Obama at the University of Chicago,” Lott told Ingraham. “We both taught there at the same time for about four years, and I talked to him about guns. I know what his views are on that.

“The first time I ever met him, I went, introduced myself, he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gun guy,’” Lott recalled. “He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’”

dd

July 31st, 2012
12:35 pm

why would any sane person think that transit should be paid for with a gas tax? Roads should be….but transit should be funded by the people for whom it benefits (riders, developers, and companies whose employees use it). And the BS line about how transit takes riders off the roads…..is exactly that. If those riders were on the roads, they’d be paying gas tax.

Use gas tax to fund infrastructure that requires gas. It’s inane to think drivers should pay more than for what they use.

findog

July 31st, 2012
12:38 pm

PMC,
You must not be from around here.
This is Georgia, we are just plain cheap.
Last to complete the initial interstate system
Too cheap to have invested in Buford Dam to secure the rights to its water [paid multiples of that investment to lawyers to fight Florida and Alabama]
Too cheap to give the surveyor the proper tools and documents to place the North West corner of the state [which would have meant the Tennessee River flowed through our state
Too cheap to upgrade the sewage treatment plants below Buford Dam so that half a billion gallons of water must flow daily to dilute the poop

Anyway it’s all Obama’s fault; haven’t you noticed all the obey Obama graffiti?

Ga Values VOTE NO FOR WASTE, GRAFT & CORRUPTION

July 31st, 2012
12:41 pm

Jim, I don’t see Reed getting a free pass from the busines community. He is the 1 who carried the water for the biggest taxpayer rippoff, $600 Million for the beltline. In addition he could have conducted honest bidding at the airport but he chose business as usual & took care of his corrupt cronies. We need to do something to reduce congestion and I hope that we can vote on a good plan “B” in 2 years but I probably will vote no again if Reed & his corrupt cronies are involved.

Hope there isn’t a malfunction in our paperless voting system, I think that’s the only way this taxpayer rip off will pass.

Marlboro Man

July 31st, 2012
12:41 pm

There will be some firings over this vote, folks.

findog

July 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

td,
While we are changing subjects, did you hear the one about voter fraud in Hall County?
A county commissioners wife went to vote early. She signed the affidavit and the rolls of another person. She realized she had the wrong ballot when another commissioner’s name and district came up. She cast that ballot and then went back, and get this, voted again with another ballot.
With all the talk these last five years about voter fraud and the need for tighter control of elections I surly hope the local district attorney prosecutes and actual case of voter fraud…

Jess

July 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

I live Intown. I’m annoyed by other Intowners on here, a minority among us, who act like we all support this tax. Most of us don’t, because all it will do is blow more money on MARTA’s already pathetic projects that don’t benefit most of us. More money to the same buses that already go nowhere and aren’t used, no lines to anywhere anyone wants to go efficiently. Oh, and it will give us a trolley. What?!? I don’t need a trolley, I need real solutions. I don’t need more siphoning of cash to useless plans that have never worked, and I don’t need our corrupt leaders who can’t even handle a sewer problem, schools, etc., despite a decade of funding, telling me to give them even more cash to waste. I have real bills to pay, and they need to use what they have to fix their current disasters, not create more. Give us a real plan, and show us some real accountability, and then we’ll talk. T-Splost is a joke. Vote No.

td

July 31st, 2012
12:47 pm

findog

July 31st, 2012
12:45 pm

Throw all the ones that committed the fraud in jail for many years is my opinion.

Rich Black

July 31st, 2012
12:50 pm

Vote NO to The city of Brookhaven.

WOW

July 31st, 2012
12:52 pm

TD:

The MSM has better things to do with their time than go off thinly sourced gossip told on right wing radio shows. That is why those shows exists so you people who want to believe such things can get on there and chat about it. If someone wants to know the President’s position on guns, they should just look at his record on it in office over the last 3 years/

RBM

July 31st, 2012
12:53 pm

The largest donor to the TSPLOST sorry 8 million dollar add campaign is none other than CW Mathews Construction Co who is the largest road builder in the state. Simply pathetic. Furthermore, CW Mathews does not E-verify their employees as the illegals could then not get hired. A yes vote for this is a sure sign that you are an idiot.

Carol

July 31st, 2012
12:54 pm

Marlboro Man

I agree, with all of the money invested in advertising to get this thing passed, someone is going to lose their job when it fails.

Maybe they can ask Delta for a loan.

Marlboro Man

July 31st, 2012
12:58 pm

Delta will do the firing, and HD and maybe your boss C.

Carol

July 31st, 2012
1:01 pm

td

The first time I ever met him, I went, introduced myself, he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gun guy,’” Lott recalled. “He said to me, ‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’”

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With all of the topics offered, you felt compelled to change the subject to something totally irrelevant.

1. I know a lot of Christians who don’t think people should own guns. In fact, until the past few years it’s one of the reasons I didn’t own one. Ask your local Pentecostal their opinion on gun ownership. Gun ownership equates to fear. Fear equates to unbelief that God is going to protect you.

2. What legislation has been drafted or presented by the Obama Administration that takes away anyone’s right to own a gun?

Voting NO

July 31st, 2012
1:05 pm

I agree with you Jess. I live in Gwinnett County and there is nothing good anyone can tell me about this TSPLOST. As long as it is a “TAX” then I am voting no for it.

bc

July 31st, 2012
1:11 pm

Jim-
The TSPLOST gets all the attention, but I’m surprised you didn’t mention the charter school issue. I think the issue has flown under the radar and most people would jump at the opportunity to limit the cronyism and corruption of local school boards and the influence of the “education” associations.

Hmmmmmmm

July 31st, 2012
1:17 pm

Just curious……

Who is paying for the commercials trying to brain wash us into voting for this Crap?

RBM

July 31st, 2012
1:19 pm

Hey BC

I thought voting against state ulitmate authority on the charter schools was the correct choice. I guess I screwed that one up. Chalk it up to the way they word the choices also.

Who is dumber? Nathan Steal Deal or Kassim “I love airport contracts” Reed

Hmmmmmmm

July 31st, 2012
1:20 pm

@RBM

That would be a draw….

RBM

July 31st, 2012
1:22 pm

Ahh the Olympics. Atlanta has such a rich and great history and I have lived here my whole life. Sure to miss the flea market booths lining every street during our 96 Olympics. Bill Cambell was such a great leader…..What a history we have. Oh…is he still in jail? Georgia is the new laughing stock of this country and yet the same idiots continue to get re-elected. Even old John Lewis came out for TSPLOST. Somehow (and not sure of the reason) I dont think the people of his district will be mad at him and vote him out. LOL This town is a joke.

td

July 31st, 2012
1:23 pm

Carol

July 31st, 2012
1:01 pm

No legislation will be offered and nothing done until a second term when he does not have to answer to the people any longer. Just another good reason if you are a gun owner and believe in the 2nd amendment not to vote for Obama.

freemefromtraffic

July 31st, 2012
1:24 pm

I give Mayor Reed a lot of credit for trying to do something. He has been fighting for years to do something with this horribly antiquated transportation system. He committed to bettering our outdated transportation before he was Mayor as many people forget. We have a real and serious problem and while the rest of the nation, particularly similar cities, advance and invest in their infrastructure, we sit back and complain. We are losing economically and acting without common sense. And I am so over all of the traffic accidents and the lives that are lost.

Not Your Typical Atlantan

July 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

I voted NO to the joke of a T-Splost-
Mayor Reed should have been on TV offering solutions to the mess that he has created with over zeleous rookie police officers he has hired in order to avert the laying off of City Of Atlanta Traffic court judges. These officers were hired for the specific task of generating revenue through additional frivolous ticket writing and wasteful lawsuits that they incur when they kill innocent motorist on the same streets they were hired to protect-

Mayor Reed should have offered a solution to taking control of Park Atlanta writing bogus parking tickets for the generation of revenue which has successfully chased out of town and suburbanite tourism away from the city-
Mayor Reed should have offered an apology for sticking the residents of Atlanta and Fulton County with the bill for the new international terminal that we really did not need so that his buddies could land the construction contracts to build it-
Mayor Reed should have initiated an investigation on why his own brother was allowed to work and drive around for the city of Atlanta with an expired driver’s license while we get arrested for doing the same thing-
Mayor Reed should asked himself how and what would a trolley traveling through downtown Atlanta do to help motorist sitting day after day and evening after evening on 285, 75/85 and I-20 coming into the city for work-

Mayor Reed should have told Nathan Deal that you can’t eliminate the 400 tolls just days before having your hand out again for more of our tax dollars when Deal just a couple of weeks ago cut unemployment payments because of a slowing economy for the reason Georgia could not afford more weeks of unemployment payouts-
Nathan Deal should not have ignored the fact that the Georgia Department Of Transportation is incapable of developing a viable solution to traffic relief due to the incompetency they have shown with HOT LANES, EXIT RAMP TRAFFIC LIGHTS, IMPROPER TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING, LACK OF RESPONSIVENESS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, LACK OF KNOWLEDGABLE INSPECTIONS ON NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BRIDGES (ie 17th street bridge fencing falling onto motorist traveling on the highway below the bridge)-
Nathan Deal should have thought globally that the majority of this money should have been put towards a light rail that runs along side ALL of our major highways and did the case study to see that this is ingredient of all economically sound cities….they have rail-
Nathan Dela should have stronlgy mandated these major companies that supported this to show their commitment to WORK FROM HOME TELEWORKING which would encourage people to stay off the streets and work from home!!!!!!

The City of Atlanta leaders supporting this obviously thought that we voters are stupid, and that we all have a short memory span as to all that transpired over the last few years since these officials were elected to public office-
They thought that we would just fall for any old OKIE DOKE-
I voted NO already and wished I could vote NO again several more times!!!!