Supporters of Georgia’s proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools will launch a statewide TV campaign topping $500,000 on Thursday, we’re told.
Most of the cash, about $430,000, will be focused on metro Atlanta. Another $100,000 is aimed at Macon, Albany and Columbus. One assumes that Augusta and Savannah are being skipped because of costs (or lack of air-time) driven by the John Barrow-Lee Anderson congressional race.
We haven’t seen the TV ad(s) being pushed, but we do have an audio clip of a 60-second spot now running on metro Atlanta radio stations with strong African-American audiences:
We ran into state Rep. Edward Lindsey, whose name is uttered at the end of the above ad, at last night’s state Senate debate between Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner and Republican Hunter Hill.
The young girl named “Autumn” in the ad, he assured us, is a real student – and not a script-reading composite.
The above photograph is of Nina Gilbert, founder and executive director at Ivy Preparatory Academy Charter School in Norcross, as she chatted with several students on Monday. (Vino Wong, email@example.com)
To clarify for some of you: The Gilbert photo is not part of the radio ad. Radio ads do not use pictures, you see.
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will zip in and out of metro Atlanta this evening for a fundraiser at the Cobb Energy Centre. Witnesses for the 6 p.m. reception will be required to pony up a minimum of $500. Participation in a “round table discussion” an hour later will cost $25,000 per couple.
Most media will be kept at telephoto distance. However, journalists will have access to protesters. Union workers and representatives of Planned Parenthood are already planning to be on site, according to Internet chatter we’ve seen.
One topic of conversation at the Paul Ryan fundraiser is likely to be this Reuters piece on Libya and who knew what when:
Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.
The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with U.S. spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.
In the race for president, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has become the go-to voice of the Obama campaign – at least when it comes to NBC. On MSNBC this morning, Reed was asked about a recent nationwide NBC/WSJ poll that showed President Barack Obama with only 36 percent of the white vote.
Some strategists declare that a few points under what he needs. “Can you do this winning 36 percent of the white vote?” Reed was asked. The mayor replied:
”The answer is that we can. And we’re actually going to perform better than 36 percent. We’re going to get those folks over the next 13 days. But the data you laid out isn’t the case with our white voter performance in Ohio, it’s not the case with white voter performance in Virginia, and it’s not the case with white voter performance in Nevada.”
Just in time for your next candidate forum, from the Atlanta Business Chronicle:
Georgia the 33rd most taxed state in the United States, according to a study by the Tax Foundation released Tuesday.
Georgia residents paid an average of 9 percent of income in state and local taxes in 2010, the most recent year of available data for the study. In 2009, Georgians paid 9.3 percent and ranked 32nd.
U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., made a trip to Wall Street on Tuesday, urging the nation’s financial community to engage in the coming debate over the “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts if no debt agreement is reached by Congress by Dec. 31. From the Washington Post:
Chambliss said he expects a “tough political slugfest” between Thanksgiving and Christmas as Congress and the administration race to beat the end-of-year deadline in an environment that will be politically charged no matter who wins the White House.
“I don’t want you to underestimate your influence or underestimate the fact that we need you involved in the process,” Chambliss told the crowd.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, former AJCer Cameron McWhirter has a piece on the re-election bid by Georgia’s only female sole county commissioner:
In Walker County, 73-year-old Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has the ultimate say on revenues, expenditures, contracts, and hiring and firing for a county that has 309 employees and an annual budget of more than $21 million. She decides where roads are repaired, handles county bidding, approves all purchasing and sets the millage rate.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider