The forces behind Georgia’s charter school amendment to the state constitution are out with a new poll this morning that shows voters still comfortably in favor of the measure.
Fifty-eight percent of voters are prepared to vote in favor of the amendment – unchanged since the previous poll in July. See the polling note from John McLaughlin and Rob Schmidt here.
The real purpose of the poll was to measure the effectiveness of arguments we’re likely to see put forward in coming weeks. Opponents have argued that giving a state agency the power to grant charter school licenses over the objections of local systems would sap education funding from traditional schools.
Here’s one test argument from the poll:
If approved, this amendment would not take a single dollar away from traditional public schools. This amendment simply provides for a fair appeals process for families that are not fortunate enough to have great public schools or enough resources to enroll in private schools.
Sixty-seven percent of voters polled said they would be more likely to support the charter school amendment – if they were convinced of the above statement. That support rose to 75 percent among Republicans, while 62 percent of Democrats said they would approve the measure.
This was an interview poll of 1,000 likely general election voters, conducted Sept. 9-11. MOE is +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence interval.
On the same topic, Walter Jones of Morris News Service reports that the Georgia League of Women Voters on Tuesday announced its opposition to the proposed charter school amendment:
“We believe it is bad public policy to create a duplicate school system that will, in the words of the Georgia Supreme Court, ‘compete with locally controlled schools for the same pool of students educated with the same limited pool of tax funds,’ ” [LOWV President Elizabeth] Poythress said.
What’s Mitt Romney going to say at today’s closed-door fund-raiser at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta? We’ll happily entertain any cell phone video that anyone might send our way.
But one clue this morning comes from Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who put out a memo that focuses on a 14-year-old audio clip that’s surfaced in which state Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago, said the following at a conference:
“[T]he trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure everybody’s got a shot.”
This Tuesday report from Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News sums up James Earl Carter IV’s role in the “47 percent” video that has roiled the Mitt Romney campaign – but also includes a defense of Romney from Attorney General Sam Olens:
More on this later, but Lee Anderson’s decision not to debate Democratic incumbent John Barrow in the 12th District congressional race isn’t going well with the Republican challenger’s home folks. This from a column posted today by Barry Paschal, publisher of the Columbia County News-Times:
It’s official: Lee Anderson’s staffers have decided he has more to gain from avoiding debates with John Barrow than he has to lose from being seen ducking them.
We suspected as much on the night of the runoff. Anderson’s posse surrounded him during his victory party, keeping reporters away from the eventual winner and allowing him to speak to the gathered supporters only when hustled out, kept on script and then whisked away.
It’s as if he’s been kidnapped by consultants in pinstripes.
Republicans for the past three years have loved beating up on President Obama for using a teleprompter during even the most mundane speeches. What are we to say about a candidate who won’t even speak?
So far as we know, the Marietta Daily Journal is the first newspaper in the state to express formal concern over Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s decision to close state archives to regular public inspection as of Nov. 1, as a result of mandated budget cuts:
[T]he decision to open the archives on an “appointment-only” basis puts the state in the undesirable and possibly unconstitutional position of deciding which aspects of our history are suitable for scholars and others to research. It opens the door to political correctness, with one’s research project suddenly hinging on the whim or bias of faceless fourth-tier bureaucrats.
The News-Daily reports this morning that Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley — who has already given his notice here – has now withdrawn his name for a similar job in Berkeley, Calif. From the newspaper:
Heatley, who resigned from his Clayton County position late last month, was the final remaining candidate for the Berkeley job and was regarded to have been as good as hired.
But when a Berkeley news website uncovered a memo by Heatley while he was superintendent in Chino Valley, Calif., that appeared to support Proposition 8, a ballot measure that would have banned gay marriage, public outcry in liberal-leaning Berkeley forced school-board members to reconsider.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at this claim from the NAACP: “Since 2000, only 10 cases of in-person voter fraud have been proven nationally.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider