Your morning jolt: Tuesday was a good day for Nathan Deal, Zell Miller

To no one’s surprise, the 12th District contest to pick a Republican opponent for U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, turned out to be the closest race of the evening.

State Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown, with the help of Gov. Nathan Deal, edged out Augusta businessman and self-funder Rick Allen by a mere 154 votes out of 27,406 cast.

The Associated Press indicates that six precinct boxes are outstanding.

But if those results hold, Gov. Nathan Deal would emerge as the winner of Tuesday evening. State Rep. Doug Collins, the governor’s choice in the 9th District race, easily defeated former radio talk show host Martha Zoller.

Worried about the anti-incumbent fever that still lingered from the TSPLOST debacle in July, Deal kept a low profile in each contest until the final weekend, when he boosted Collins and Anderson in robocalls throughout the two districts.

The former governor of Alaska is now 0-for-2 in Georgia races. Sarah Palin had endorsed Zoller, though she made no personal appearance to back up her choice. Palin had also endorsed Karen Handel in the 2010 Republican race for governor.

The 9th District race had pitted north Georgia mountain sentiments against the tea party tidal wave. Zell Miller, the former governor and U.S. senator, had backed Collins – his grandson, Bryan Miller, was Collins’ campaign manager.

Speaker David Ralston can be counted as a victor as well. One of his House members – Collins – is all but guaranteed to be in Washington on January. And Anderson will have an instant $1 million at his back from the National Republican Congressional Committee to take on Barrow.

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The Aug. 21, 2012 primary runoffs were a collection of mad, three-week dashes that you’re not likely to see again. The U.S. Department of Justice has demanded that Georgia change its election calendar in order to guarantee that overseas military voters are able to cast their ballots.

Georgia could simply abandon primary runoffs, as many states have — although this is unlikely, given that Gov. Nathan Deal won his GOP nomination via that runoff with Karen Handel.

More likely, statewide primaries will be pushed into June, and runoff campaigns will become leisurely, six- or eight-week affairs.

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A rare coalition of Democrats and Republicans in Bibb County on Tuesday failed to save Miriam Paris, the former Macon councilwoman who lost the state Senate seat she won in a special election last year.

The Democratic runoff was a re-match with former state Rep. David Lucas, a 37-year veteran of the House. From the Macon Telegraph:

During this campaign, like last year’s, [Lucas] painted Paris as a “Republican pawn” who signed off on new area voting maps that Lucas said diluted minority voting strength in Macon.

That included a new map for District 26 that added more rural voters by adding Washington and Hancock counties and southern Jones County.

Paris refuted those claims by describing herself as a “fourth-generation Democrat.”

The campaign heated up late when a mailer arrived in homes last week accusing Lucas of being “asleep on the job” during his long legislative career. The flier, which featured a photo of Lucas yawning on the House floor, was sent out by a group calling itself Georgia Forward.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Clayton County’s boasts about its school system’s teachers.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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67 comments Add your comment

RomeGaGuy

August 22nd, 2012
8:45 am

Actually it should read “The former governor of Alaska is now 0-2 in Georgia races.”

2-0 means she has won 2 and lost none.

td

August 22nd, 2012
9:13 am

Jim.

No mention of Victor Hill’s win in Clayton county. I am sure all your liberal readers are so proud of the intelligence levels of the Clayton county voters.

Danny O

August 22nd, 2012
9:32 am

Georgia Forward lists former Atlanta City Council candidate Amir Farokhi as its CEO.

El Mongol

August 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

Well, I guess the crooks have taken over Clayton County, so why not elect their own Sheriff. Man, if this was not so sad it would be hilarious.

ComradeAnon

August 22nd, 2012
9:38 am

Walking Small is back in town!

Billy

August 22nd, 2012
9:41 am

As far as Sarah Palin endorsements, why would that make the difference? She has more pull with junior high school boys than any mature conservative adult. She’s the most stupid and inane person in politics I’ve ever seen–makes Anne Coulter almost look acceptable. As for Deal, I agree with the assessment to keep his profile low after the TSPLOST Grey Poupon Beltway vote was a shrewd move on his part. Victor Hill is a zero, even more so those that voted for him. Contrariness in politics is counter productive, but you can’t tell that to some people. They thoughtlessly pull the Dim ripcord over and over and over again and hit the ground at 32 feet per second every single time…

Gerald

August 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

td:

The Clayton voters who went for Victor Hill are no different from the statewide conservative voters who chose Nathan Deal despite his many ethics issues, and returned all those incumbents to office despite claiming a lack of confidence in them during the T-SPLOST vote (including Tim Lee in the runoff). Quit throwing stones from your glass house.

honested

August 22nd, 2012
9:45 am

Jim, you neglected to mention the absolute irrelevance of teaclown support in both of the Congressional races.
I think the tea stench is finally starting to dissipate.

Now John Barrow will return to the House and collins will no doubt join the ‘do nothing’ chorus.

MRJ

August 22nd, 2012
9:57 am

Really, electing Nathan Deal is comparable to electing Victor Hill? Victor Hill has been entirely unsuccessful in elected office. He has nearly 40 pending charges against him. Frankly, Clayton County reelecting anyone is a bad idea, considering the status of that dumpster fire.

Actually

August 22nd, 2012
9:59 am

IYAM, Governor Palin is 2-0 in Georgia as far as picking the right candidates.

All we know is that the Gainesville mafia is more powerful in North GA than a former Gov. of Alaska. Not a shocking revelation.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

Chief ditto head @ 913 am

“I am sure all your liberal readers are so proud of the intelligence levels of the Clayton county voters.” I think most of the liberals were busy studying don balfour’s treatise on “how to get lobbyists to pay for your Nawlins vacation, while having the tax payers pay you a per diem for work in Atlanta (and get away with it).” They are having trouble understanding the part where republicans to sit on an ‘ethics’ committee, and say that it is ok for a republican to do this. They are also puzzling over the part of gwinnett county law that says you’re fined for almost any infraction of the law, but don balfour-republican, isn’t even questioned by the gwinnett authorities for his blatant fraud/theft. Must be those good christians like td up there, you know, being all forgiving, turning the other cheek and all that (because Jesus was a republican, ya know).

Billy

August 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

Anyone who compares Victor Hill to Nathan Deal is either hopelessly ignorant or being paid to post on here. It’s one or the other…

Conscious

August 22nd, 2012
10:29 am

Deal and Hill are both BAD news for Georgia. GOP fool and a Dem fool. But fools for sure!

El Mongol

August 22nd, 2012
10:31 am

“Walking Small is back in town!”

Awesome! So, can Little Big Man actually take office?

cc

August 22nd, 2012
10:33 am

Gerald:

“The Clayton voters who went for Victor Hill are no different from the statewide conservative voters who chose Nathan Deal despite his many ethics issues, and returned all those incumbents to office despite claiming a lack of confidence in them during the T-SPLOST vote (including Tim Lee in the runoff). Quit throwing stones from your glass house.”

You are incorrect; the combination of obama, pelosi and reid and the memory voters had of Barnes’ first term elected Governor Deal and a GOP domaintaed legislature.

Deal with it . . .

Gerald

August 22nd, 2012
10:39 am

cc:

Not buying it. There were other options in the GOP primary. Instead, GOP voters nominated Deal, and not only that nominated a lieutenant governor with severe ethics issues. Victor Hill only harms Clayton County. What GOP primary voters gave us for governor, lieutenant governor and in the Georgia House and Senate (Balfour, anyone?) harms the whole state. And this was after Sonny Perdue did nothing for 8 years as governor of Georgia but find ways to enrich himself. Clean up your own mess before pointing the finger at anybody else.

oldfart

August 22nd, 2012
10:43 am

Balfour did not defraud Gwinnett County, he defrauded the State. The State’s Republican Attorney General has refused to even comment on the matter.

honested

August 22nd, 2012
10:47 am

Apparently, the AG surrendered his scruples either moments before or moments after he was sworn in.

How did things sink so low since 2003?

Going Right

August 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

To ALL: I just had to share this joyous revelation:

I woke up early this morning in the midst of one of the most terrifying nightmares ever! I dreamt that bin Obama had been re-elected. Good God! You can’t imagine the sweaty PJs and horrrible shaking I endured!

BUT…then I realized something. That means Amerika will now have millions of jobs in a continuation of the bin Obama Administrations’ great jobs-creation programs; free healthcare for all; four more years of prosperity under a Progressive president who is cool, sings like Marvin Gay (but is not gay, however), and billions more new taxes from the nasty, money-grubbing Repbulicans. Finally He showed them!

There will be no more blaming George Bush as bin Obama has now inherited the programs of the “previous” administration” and boy are they magnamimous!! Happy Days are Here Again!!!

AnotherSoldier

August 22nd, 2012
10:51 am

Ya know – rather than toeing the party line, you could actually vote for the CANDIDATE once in a while. Or have you all forgotten that Deal, like Sonny, was a Dem who jumped ship to the GOP just to stay in power.

I’m hoping that the rest of the 9th district wakes up from the stupor, and gives a look at Jody Cooley. I met him at a house party last week – and despite my vote for Collins yesterday, he’s getting my vote in November.

Take a look – http://www.cooleyforcongress.com

td

August 22nd, 2012
10:54 am

td:

“The Clayton voters who went for Victor Hill are no different from the statewide conservative voters who chose Nathan Deal despite his many ethics issues,”

Way to defend the vote of the Dems in Clayton county. You want to equate a person that had partisan ethics charges filed against him with a person that has been indicted by a grand jury on 37 felony counts. I guess you are one of the ones that voted for Hill.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
10:57 am

Billy
August 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

Anyone who compares Victor Hill to Nathan Deal is either hopelessly ignorant or being paid to post on here. It’s one or the other…
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Exactly, one is a corrupt Black democrat, the other is a corrupt White repub. they are nothing alike. It would be like comparing don balfour to victor hill, tho their crimes are similar, one got indicted by his political opponent who ran against him, the other remains unindicted and never will be because his corrupt republican brethren will see that he never is.

td

August 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
10:09 am

You too trying to defend this vote for a person that has been indicted by a grand jury on 37 felony counts. You are not even in the same ballpark. If Balfour has committed a crime then law enforcement should come forward and prosecute him, until that happens all you are doing is running your mouth and trying to deflect the stupidity of the majority of voters of Clayton county. BTW: I made the comment a few weeks ago that I would have not voted for Balfour.

You probably voted for chief walking small.

oldfart

August 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

Well, Balfour actually has a Democrat running against him in November in Gwinnett Attorney Scott Drake. Balfour can afford to pay for a $2,100 a month condo in Atlanta year round from his campaign funds and apparently from his expense reports he doesn’t stay there much. I doubt that Mr. Drake has such luxuries. Money talks, and in this case so does the other thing.

Ga Values

August 22nd, 2012
11:08 am

Where do they find 12% who approve of congress. Do LOBBYIST & Family make up 12% of our voters?

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the approval rating for Congress has tied its all-time low in the history of the survey, while its disapproval rating has tied its all-time high.

According to the poll, only 12 percent of registered voters approve of the legislative branch’s job. The only other time it was that low was in Oct. 2008.

In addition, a whopping 82 percent disapprove of Congress’ job, and the only other time it reached that level was in Aug. 2011 — which was right after the bruising debt-ceiling fight.

Pete

August 22nd, 2012
11:09 am

We have a habit of voting for ethically challenged people in Ga regardless of party affiliation: cases in point: Nathan Deal, Chip Rogers, Tom Graves, etc., etc.

Ga Values

August 22nd, 2012
11:10 am

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
10:57 am

I think the point is Deal will steal a lot more than Hill.

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
11:16 am

Billy: – 9:41;
(Sarah Palin) She’s the most stupid and inane person in politics I’ve ever seen–makes Anne Coulter almost look acceptable. Even if that were remotely true and verifiable (which, of course, is only a matter of your demented conjecture), I would like to know why you turned down your chance to be a VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, even on a Dimbocratic ticket

the cat

August 22nd, 2012
11:18 am

20/20 are you implying you voted mccain/palin?

El Mongol

August 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

Actually I cannot wait to vote these RINOs like Deal out of office, but comparing him to Hill is so weak. Just admit that a bunch of ignorant Democrats in Clayton County have thoroughly embarrassed themselves and the Democrat Party and let’s move on.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

Chief ditto head aka s td aka HICK (hypocrite in chief kennesaw) BTW: I made the comment a few weeks ago that I would have not voted for Balfour.
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I can find the comment if you like that you also made a few weeks ago, something to the effect that “voters in gwinnett saw fit to renominate balfour to represent them, so anyone outside gwinnett has no business commenting on this.” (not an exact quote, but the same sentiment). Now you come here today running your hypocrite mouth about Clayton Co voters electing their choice for sheriff. When you have no principles, just a blind allegiance to a corrupt political party, you will too often expose yourself for the hypocrite you are.

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

Billy @ 10:23 am

“Anyone who compares Victor Hill to Nathan Deal is either hopelessly ignorant or being paid to post on here. It’s one or the other…”

It finally dawned on you, too: Both of the above are mutually agreeable, of course; I can name several “hopelessly ignorant” posters on JG’s blog today that fit that category to a tee! I’m going to see if I can have my grandson steal a small lick-and-paste gold star from his first grade arts nap so that I can post it on line for you to have. Congratulations!

honested

August 22nd, 2012
11:31 am

Yes, comparing hill to deal is not nearly accurate.

However placing hill, deal and balfour into a developing rogues gallery has merit.

It’s a shame we no longer have ethics oversight and adequate State oversight of prosecutions.

Of course, that would interfere with our obvious aim to replace Mississippi at the bottom.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

August 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

Can we just allow Clayton County to secede from Ga & USA then put a fence around it?

El Mongol

August 22nd, 2012
11:34 am

“Can we just allow Clayton County to secede from Ga & USA then put a fence around it?”

This has to be the most intelligent post of the day.

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

the cat @ 11:18a.m.;

“20/20 are you implying you voted mccain/palin?” That, sport is none of your business. That is also the problem with you lefties: you thrive on lies, innuendo and implying one thing or another. that’s how you get you news from the likes of the AJC and, of course, BSNBC (Chris Matthews and The Ed Show, what a roaring laugh..).
BTW: Do you think I voted for bin Obama?

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

20/20
August 22nd, 2012
11:28 am

Billy @ 10:23 am
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Isn’t that adorable, 20-20 sent billy a love note, now he’s looking for a valentine to send him. How sweet. You two get a room.

teje bar

August 22nd, 2012
11:36 am

will victor bring back the snipers on the roof when he orders all the old staff out the door???

td

August 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

Has Balfour been indicted for any CRIME? I did not think so. Hill has been indicted for 37 felonies. Huge difference!!!!

If you go back and look you will also see where I have made statements about elected officials have have been very consistent with the fact that if they are indicted of a crime then they should be removed from office until they are cleared of the charges.

Come on and admit that you were one of the DA voters in Clayton county that voted for Hill. Explains a lot.

the cat

August 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

20/20-touched a raw nerve did I? LOL.

the cat

August 22nd, 2012
11:43 am

td-you never answered my question yesterday about what your pregnant daughter would do as the result of an incestuous rape. Man up if you can and tell us what you would do.

Blazing Saddles Redux

August 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Where da white deputies?

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

td
August 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

You still don’t explain your statement about how if you are not a citizen of gwinnett, comments regarding balfour’s re-election are none of your business. Yet you make it your business to comment on clayton county’s choices. You’re a hypocrite, admit it.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Only closet-queen draft-dodgers support closet-queen draft-dodgers like Mammon-worshipping zombie Romney and the psychopath 9/11-committing JFK-assassin’s-son George W. Bush.

The curse causeless shall not come.

G-d is not mocked.

Death for Treason

oldfart

August 22nd, 2012
12:12 pm

The election of Victor Hill would be laughable if it wasn’t such a serious matter. In the end it will only cost a financially strapped county, that he helped strap, more money.

The fact that Balfour is not under a legal indictment is hardly anything to brag about. Quite the opposite as it makes for a blanket indictment of the entire good ol’ boy network that has been in place my entire life here in Georgia regardless of the party shift.

td

August 22nd, 2012
12:15 pm

Auntie Christ (I voted for Victor Hill)

August 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

I did explain it but maybe you just did not get it. There is no comparison between ethical (Civil) violations of the law and Criminal violations of the law. I never said Charlie Rangal should be removed from office that is a decision of the voter that put him into office. Victor Hill has been indicted on 37 criminal charges and should not hold office until these charges are cleared. When he is convicted he will not be allowed to even vote.

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
12:17 pm

Auntie Christ:@ 11:36a.m.;

Isn’t that adorable, 20-20 sent billy a love note, now he’s looking for a valentine to send him. How sweet. You two get a room.

Auntie…your insane jealously is rearing its ugly head once again! Joke’s on you!! HA HA. “Billy” is actually “Billie!

Isn’t is a bit early for Valentine’s Day cards, Auntie? St. Valentine…of course, agnostics, atheists, humanists, animists, secularists and other ping-pong sized brained what-evers should recognize that now would they? What do you get your, um. male lover when you go out for cards, sweetie?

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
12:17 pm

Aunti…OOPS, I forgot to add, “YAWN.”

the cat

August 22nd, 2012
12:19 pm

20/20 so let’s review. You are a bigot, a gay hater, a misogynist and yup you vote republican.

20/20

August 22nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Will Jones – Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis @12.04p.m.;

Acc-rding to y-ur po-t above, yo- se-em to be in the left-st camp and on the same -mind enhanc-ng drug-s! Are you on medic-tions at pres-ent?