Your daily jolt: TV campaign for charter school measure gears up

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,

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

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13 comments Add your comment

Retired Soldier

October 24th, 2012
10:55 am

The Benghazi chickens are coming home to roost. Within two hours the White House knew it was a deliberate attack. Heads need to roll.

Marlboro Man

October 24th, 2012
11:21 am

If you are 50 and worked your whole life, paid your medicare taxes and now the young un Paul Ryan wants to hand you a voucher and luck. What a way to shirk the obligation. Worse than a death squad when you are poor.

Retired Soldier

October 24th, 2012
11:29 am


This is a difficult concept I understand, but I’ll try and keep it simple. Age 50, you have two choices. Choice one is Medicare as you know it today. Choice two is Medicare with a voucher.

Now was that simple enough for you?

Get Educated

October 24th, 2012
11:42 am

Love to know who “this family” really is – sort of like the corporations funding the vote yes “families.”


October 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

Poor child. Used badly by Lindsey of ALEC fame. She is obviously reading from script and does not present the issue: state govt. control and added cost. Nor does she see that somehow she got into a charter without giving power and bucks to Lindsey and his pals. What about photo of Nina Gilbert, CEO of Ivy Charter. Doesn’t her pay come from state funds and yet she is campaigning for partisan measure? Hypocrisy.


October 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Just a few thoughts…

Its time for the South to rise again so get your best bayonets and finest horses ready
Its Bayonets vs vouchers…..Boo Pauly rhinnie (MOE) !!!

Did Saxby go to Wall Street to spread corruption or take classes on CORUPTION?

On the Charter school SCAM. You can go here to download a VOTE NO sign

Re-elect President OBAMA

Decatur Joe

October 24th, 2012
12:44 pm

I am happy that child has found a meaningful education option for her to become a sucessful citizen in Georgia. Isn’t that what it’s all about?


October 24th, 2012
1:45 pm

Spending all that big money on TV ads… because that media-buy tactic worked so great for the TSPLOST referendum. Not really, but if that’s all you know how to do then why stop doing it just because it’s ineffective?!

Don Coyote

October 24th, 2012
1:49 pm

“I am happy that child has found a meaningful education option for her to become a sucessful [sic] citizen in Georgia. Isn’t that what it’s all about?”

No that is not what it’s all about. This amendment is not charter vs public schools, though its proponents are trying hard to make that seem what it concerns. It is whether we alter the state constitution to add another layer of bureaucracy that is beholding only to their good ole boy network and their “benefactors”. Charter schools can already be approved by the local boards and if you don’t like it if they are not you can vote them out. The cronyism already exhibited by the current administration ought to clue you in on how the appointments would proceed. For examples on how well appointed bureaucrats work at the capitol I submit the DOT board and their little niece SRTA.


October 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

Ms. Gilbert certainly seems to be using her time in school, paid for by the taxpayers, to make a commercial supporting Amendment 1. Wasn’t that what the Governor and his surrogates were trying to suppress from those opposed?

And nice of Senator Chambliss to travel to Wall Street to assure that assortment of thieves and cutthroats that their voices were needed and would be heard. I wonder why he didn’t say that to his constituents in Georgia, otherwise known as “patsies.”

And Decatur Joe, Don Coyote is correct but incomplete. The amendment will give that child absolutely nothing that she does not already have. Nor will it give her parents more choice, or the taxpayers who support her education more quality or accountability. Nothing, nada, zip. What it will do is give unelected, non-local cronies – without a shred of educational background, accountability or skin in the game – access to public school money so they can direct it to the benefactors of the politicians who appoint them.

That’s it. Period. NOT about improved choice. ALL about bigger graft.

Vote no.

Voucher Identiity Thief

October 24th, 2012
6:49 pm

As A GOP Tea Party Grifter, I’m so proud the Tea Party GOP illiterate are all for the voucher/charter corporate school give-away. This will be BETTER THAN PRIVATE PRISONS–very lucrative for the rich and their multinational corporations.

Come to think of it, the GOP’s horrible schools and separating out the eltities with their voucher-paid schools will double again the prison population, just as it has since Saint Ronnie Reagan slashed social support for the poor lesser kids who didn’t pick yuppie greed-driven parents back in the ’80s. Make then work at Wal-Mart.

With draft dodger Liberal, No Harsh Conservative Mittins and Widowspeak Pipsqueak Lyin’ Ryan in charge, we can see China moving into America’s corporate school market. Someones got to provide the laborers for our high speed rail–may as well be dumb Crackers who get chartered corporate voucher diplomas. Everyone will be above average.

Mitt is rumored to appoint Michelle Bachman’s husband to run the Department of Education–like the Boy Scouts and Catholic Choirboy convocations…hold on to your wallets and undies. These GOP ‘pervs’ don’t even want children to understand their bodies or have health care choices–they are one greedy bunch. Since when did women’s health become a “choice”?

The Child's Mom

October 24th, 2012
9:53 pm

The child in question ****WAS NOT*** reading from a script. She attended the Black Democratic Caucus Forum on the Charter School Amendment and was unhappy with the treatment she received by the moderator. I encouraged her to write about her experience, and that is where what you call a script came from. You have no basis on which to make this baseless accusations, and your crass comment should be removed. Yes, we are not wealthy or able to pay for private school. Her charter school has made a huge difference in her life. You should not comment on things that you do not have facts about.

The Child's Mom

October 24th, 2012
9:56 pm

You have no basis on which to make these baseless accusations, (sorry, typo)