Your daily jolt: Brandon Beach to replace Chip Rogers in Senate

Two months and change after a harsh defeat at the hands of Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock, north Fulton chamber executive Brandon Beach on Tuesday took Rogers’ seat, putting a quick end to a lightning fast campaign.

Results in two other contests — even though one remains unfinished — guarantee Republicans 38 seats in the 56-member Senate. That’s an official super-majority, though it won’t be achieved until one runoff, for the District 11 seat in south Georgia, is held on Feb. 5.

In the hottest contest of the evening, Beach beat former state Rep. Sean Jerguson, R-Holly Springs, a gun shop owner, with nearly 58 percent of all ballots cast in a special election that followed Rogers’ December decision to take a job with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Beach apparently benefitted from a 2012 campaign that never really ended. One edge: a 3-to-1 ratio in advanced, in-person ballots that were cast, according to the secretary of state’s website. Beach narrowly beat Jerguson (52 percent) in Cherokee County – significant since robocalls made on Jerguson’s behalf attempted to cast the race for District 21 – which covers Cherokee and parts of north Fulton – in geographic terms.

This was Beach’s third try for entry into the Senate. He lost to John Albers, R-Roswell, in the 2010 primary. Beach’s victory is also a win for Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — who endorsed the head of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

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In the related House District 21 contest, to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Sean Jerguson, the sole Democrat participating in four races across the state was shut out.

Republicans Scot Turner (46 percent) and Brian Laurens (30 percent) will settle things in a Feb. 5 runoff. Dozens of voters are likely to cast ballots.

Natalie Bergeron, the Democrat, took 21 percent of the vote. But given that House District 21 is in Cherokee County, the percentage is nothing to sniff at.

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In the general election phase of the Senate District 30 contest, Republican Mike Dugan, a Carrollton contractor, defeated Libertarian James Camp with 87 percent of the vote. No Democrat qualified in the race to replace Bill Hamrick, who left the Legislature to accept a Superior Court judgeship.

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The south Georgia contest to replace John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, now proceeds to a Feb. 5 runoff between Republicans Dean Burke (43 percent) and Mike Keown (37 percent).

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Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who last year was attempting to make a go of it as a political pundit, is on the card of a Jan. 19 professional wrestling extravaganza at the Cobb County Civic Center. It’s a charity event. Click here for details.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said this morning that he’s banned “Call of Duty” and other violent video games from his house. Via Politico.com:

“You cannot tell me that a kid sitting in a basement for hours, playing ‘Call of Duty’ and killing people over and over again does not desensitize that child from the real life effects of violence,” the governor, who has four children, said on MSNBC.

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In a speech to the Vinings Business Association on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., didn’t rule out a shutdown of the federal government when Republicans in Congress next clash with President Barack Obama over federal finances. From the Marietta Daily Journal:

“We’re going to be going up against these deadlines a lot. The president better get ready. … He does not want to negotiate on the debt ceiling, but we’re going to talk about it and take action.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 9th, 2013
9:07 am

Banned it from his house? Now that takes real courage, uh….not.

Why don’t he ban all the pork that his refrigerator must be brimming with?

J Throckmorton Malcontent

January 9th, 2013
9:13 am

I guess we will now test the theory that anything is better than MicroChip Rogers.

jwc

January 9th, 2013
9:20 am

yawwwwnnnnnnnnnnnn********

eli

January 9th, 2013
9:22 am

elections? what elections?

oh…another fascist won under the republican banner in Cherokee. That is not news…that is a given.

eli's a banana

January 9th, 2013
9:35 am

@eli…

do you have half a clue? fascist? Brandon Beach? wow, just wow at the level of ignorance portrayed in your “post.” cheerios to you, banana

jj

January 9th, 2013
9:40 am

Jim, what is the inside story on Rogeres? What was about to be exposed that caused a guy who just won reelection handily and was majority leader to just walk away?????
He loved the limelight and wasn’t afraid of a fight, and then just disappears? Politicians just don’t do that without a reason

mary

January 9th, 2013
9:40 am

Well, we just got higher taxes in our county coming and no one caring for the children in the schools, but after the report in yesterdays paper, our state stinks in Education, but I already knew that just getting worse!! Wonder if he will take all the furlough days away for the teachers..um once again you get what you ask for evening when you think you know what you asking for??

mary

January 9th, 2013
9:43 am

@jj..don’t you think if there was a story to tell about him they would have already done that. He told you he needed to be with his family, that this began to take up more time than he could do right now and that God was leading him in another direction. To bad more are not lead by God to get out and stand for what they believe in. God/Family/Others ….he owes no one any explanation, and even when he gives one you don’t believe him.

Kris

January 9th, 2013
9:45 am

Can we lock the Gold dome and toss out the key, nothing good for the citizens of GA will happen there.

All i see is worthless passage of laws with additional pork added at the midnight signing,lobbyist ($$$$) and ladies of the evening…(ask newt pimping ant easy).

eli

January 9th, 2013
9:53 am

td

January 8th, 2013
9:16 am

I never got a chance to respond, the thread was closed for comment.

FYI, nothing you copied and pasted into your comment supported your, and Alex Jones’s, argument. In every quote you posted they (the quoted individuals) said that the American way is to use elections to change government. Not once was the “Alex Jones” argumen,t that the 2nd amendment is about protecting us from government, espoused by even one of those individuals.

The closest was a mention about protecting us from rule by a standing army…but that is not the same thing. We have a civilian controlled standing military and if a standing army were to execute a coup and seize government power then I would agree that we should be allowed to protect ourselves from such tyranny. That is a hypothetical case, however, and in the spirit of the Declaration it would only be permissible “to throw off such government” because military rule is not based upon the principles of democratic-republican government. Webster’s comment came the closest to this idea, but his thoughts on this are outmoded and he was not a “founder” of our republic.

I will make a broad statement here: those who hold the idea that the 2nd amendment is about protecting yourself (the people) from government tyranny fundamentally do not understand our constitutional structure and the idea of limited government as outlined in the Constitution and explained in the Federalist Papers. There are literally only 2 (maybe three) hypothetical situations in which the Alex Jones argument would apply. One has already been listed in this comment: a military coup (in which case there are still checks against such a government). The second would be if every elected official in Washington lost reelection and refused to vacate their offices. The third is if we were invaded, lost the war, and were not given a democratic-republican form of government. The probability of anyone of these is so infinitesimally small they borderline on impossible and your argument is still invalid.

Laurie

January 9th, 2013
9:56 am

My understanding is that Chippy baby didn’t get his majority leadership position back, plus the scandal with the hotel not being completely over…. I assume he just decided to take his ball and go home.

eli

January 9th, 2013
9:58 am

not a bandana. fascism is defined by a few ideas that are held by a government or an individual. According to Lyman Sargent they are

anti-communism (check)
anti-rationalism (check)
nationalism (check)
racism (check)
social darwinism (check)
glorification of the state (check)
the leadership (fuhrer) principle (half of a check)

not a banana…I am just well read.

jj

January 9th, 2013
10:07 am

Mary. I am a registered voter in his district and I point blank asked him questions around campaing funds and some other issues, he refused to answer . I’m sure God told him not to speak to the people who elected him. ( My question was did he receive donations from any Natural Gas Marketers before his vote to deregulate Natural Gas in Georgia, not to tough of a question I would think)
And you are right, when a politician says he needs more family time It is very hard to believe them as usually in the next 6-12 months they are indicted

nathan's political arsonist

January 9th, 2013
10:08 am

more of the same bigoted racist homophobic narcissistic bible thumping old white dudes beholden to the lobbyists. roy b. was totally correct, this state has replaced mississippi/ alabama/ south carolina as the most backward laughing stock of the nation

Moon Mullins

January 9th, 2013
10:15 am

These ol’ boys run just one step ahead of consequences, like the governator, and always land on their feet.

There’s something to be said about the ol’ adage, “Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.”

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 9th, 2013
10:30 am

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The Cherokee County School District has posted the highest SAT district average score in the state of Georgia for 2012, based on an analysis of statewide data released on Monday by the state Department of Education and the College Board.

Milton, Alpharetta High Schools in Top 10 for SAT Scores in Georgia

Wanna guess who got the lowest?

Donald

January 9th, 2013
10:31 am

Too bad it was not Brandon Beachy.

Bob Benge

January 9th, 2013
10:39 am

@eli

Never use Alex Jones’s name in a rational debate over the 2nd Amendment. There is a reason Piers Morgan chose the most radical individual he could find to debate.

As for the “hypotheticals” you refer to in the Federalist Papers, They HAVE happened in other countries. It is mind boggling to me that Americans would support gun confiscation after the historical examples of Nazi Germany, the Black Famine in Ukraine, or Mao Tse Tung’s great leap forward. Combined they equal over 60 million people killed. ALL after gun confiscation. This is America, you can think and say whatever you want, However, many Americans do understand history and will fight a WAR before they turn over their guns.

Senior Voter

January 9th, 2013
10:47 am

Mary, you are obviously the problem and not the solution. For a voter to so blindly follow a man who adored the limelight, but had so many ethics violations, and believe that he seriously stepped down to coach and spend time with his family is beyond rational. Thank God for the more educated voters of Cherokee County!

Synonymous

January 9th, 2013
10:52 am

Honestly, if I were someone who had donated money to Chip Rodgers’ reelection campaign, I’d send him a letter politely but firmly asking for my money back. He spent how much money to defeat Brandon Beach just months ago? I still think this whole situation with Rodgers has an underlying stench. Something is or was going on there to cause him to jump ship the way he did. It’s all too shady.

Synonymous

January 9th, 2013
10:57 am

@Mary:

It would be awesome if god would lead the vast majority of the morons at the Gold Dome down another path, preferably one that leads to the capitol exit.

Synonymous

January 9th, 2013
11:04 am

@eli: If you’re reading Lyman Sargent, you are NOT well-read. You read propaganda dressed up as academic research. You want me to take the arguments of a guy who wrote “Becoming Rasta” seriously? You are a sadly self-deluded individual.

O"blamey Obama

January 9th, 2013
11:45 am

It appears the democrats turned out for on of their own (Brandon Beachy). Brandon is a democrat iin all his view.s I have never seen such a mud slinging as from Beachy. We won on dirty tactics and not the issues. I guess that does make him a democrat

td

January 9th, 2013
11:46 am

eli

January 9th, 2013
9:53 am

I appreciate a progressive that actually wants to have an intellectual debate so thank you for a well written argument.

Here are a couple more quotes from our founders that will address directly your concerns about the intent of the second amendment and protecting us from the potential tyranny of the government:

“Arms in the hands of the citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the overthrow of tyranny or private self-defense.” John Admas

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.” Patrick Henry:

Notice here that Henry is talking about our Liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the only people that could take these liberties away would be the government.

One final thought for you to consider with George Washington’s address to Congress:

“Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty, teeth and keystone under independence. The church, the plow, the prairie wagon and citizens’ firearms are indelibly related. From the hour the pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that, to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable. Every corner of this land knows firearms, and more than 99 and 99/100 percent of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil influence. They deserve a place of honor with all that’s good. When firearms go, all goes. We need them every hour.”

Jillian Galloway

January 9th, 2013
12:03 pm

According to Gil Kerlikowske, we’re now “in the midst of a serious national conversation about marijuana”. Good, it’s about time!

Marijuana is a significantly milder, safer and less addictive alternative to alcohol, and we could prevent a lot of harm and addiction in society by giving people the right to choose marijuana instead of alcohol.

Can we expect Senator Beach to put the safety of our children first and support legislation to legalize marijuana like beer and wine?

Road Scholar

January 9th, 2013
12:42 pm

Chiefdawg

January 9th, 2013
12:42 pm

Hallelujah, got rid of both Rogers and Jurgenson. Public education will benefit.

Cherokee Voter

January 9th, 2013
1:12 pm

I received countless mailers from Sean Jurgenson and most were negative. All Republican campaigns are now negative. With the Tea Party they have only gotten worse.

Anyone But Chip

January 9th, 2013
1:20 pm

I’m still shocked that it happened, but the fact that Byrd, Jerguson and the Chipster are all gone after this round of elections suggests that somewhere, somehow karma has been served. For too long the lemmings in my county have marched to the polls and voted for a name and then failed to follow up on whether those they voted in deserved another chance.

Caldwell, Beach and Turner (apparently some idiots did turn out…see 30% for Laurens…are you kidding?) should be watched just as closely and judged just as critically.

People need to remember that our elected serve us, and if the service stinks we should find better.

Buymadeinusjobs

January 9th, 2013
2:34 pm

Sen. Chambliss is threatening President Obama about debt ceiling, closing gov’t down etc. The house Republican Tea Party which is responsible for making the laws and paying the bills with taxes just appropriated $616 billion for military industrial complex/defense spending,

120 billion dollars for veterans programs and that was not enough for increasing numbers of veterans from 12 years of wars, in addition to viet nam, Korean, Desert storm, other veterans. Some are waiting a year to get claims processed.
Then you have billions spent for state department in Iraq, unsettled countries and other embassies, foreign aid and other aid.
So you see there is your 1 trillion dollar deficit in spending, they did not pay for anything with transaction taxes on wall street, increased tax on carried interest which is how wealthy get their money, taxes on non-profit foundation/political donations.etc.
So they need to quit complaining about increasing debt ceiling to pay for their war expenses for last 12 years, they keep adding to 16 trillion dollar debt with their unpaid for spending currently.

No, no spending cuts in what you Repub. call entitlements[ social security, medicare , medicaid, veterans benefits] for seniors, disabled, veterans to pay for your wars and overseas interference.

Put a tariff on every item sold to American consumer but not manufactured by American worker to pay for unemployment, food stamps, medicaid for unemployed and low paid workers,

The congress needs to be in Washington more than 120 days a year and working together[compromise to solve our big problems: job depression: good paying manufacturing/construction jobs program to bring in more payroll tax and income taxes at local, state and federal level to pay the bills.

Buymadeinusjobs

January 9th, 2013
2:50 pm

Over 30 years of supply side//trickle down[give wealthy tax cuts, jobs will trickle down in USA not overseas]. Income [inflation adjusted] wealthy up 251%, workers up 12%. You have to get the money from the ones who got it to pay for wars. Sen.Chambliss in paragraph above and other Republicans have been making threats about not paying for their wars/military industrial complex/foreign spending for years.
Borrowing and spending on Republican credit card with 16 trillion dollar balance,
they have to raise debt ceiling which allows for paying interest on debt until House tea party starts paying for their spending with taxes as they go along, no more borrowing for overseas adventures.

rabbit

January 9th, 2013
10:45 pm

If the new ones don’t move GA from a “pro-business” state to a “pro-people” state, they should move on out, too. Good post next door. Check it out.

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/01/09/why-ga-has-so-little-to-show-for-being-so-business-friendly/

eli

January 9th, 2013
11:40 pm

Td, quoting dead people is not intellectual…it is juvenile. Just because a famous dead person said something does not make it so. Quoting academic texts is different as they go through a peer review process and are aimed at expanding human knowledge rather than selling books to ideologues who want to be flattered.

I can not stress enough that the situation the “founders” saw themselves in 200 years ago, when the country was small, poor, and surrounded by foreign entities, is not like it is today. Amendments, like.the rest of the constitution, are not absolute. The first amendment is not absolute…just like the second isn’t absolute. We do not have a tyrannical government. What are you going to do, perform home invasions on liberal households and murder us in our sleep because our beliefs are not congruent with yours?

Nobody is talking about banning firearms or repealling the 2nd amendment. Even Scalia has stated that the government, federal and state, has a compelling interest and the constitutional authority to regulate the types of firearms that the public can legally possess.

The right wing conspiracies about disarming the public are just that…conspiracies. they are not based in fact.

eli

January 10th, 2013
12:00 am

Synonymous, I saw that you couldn’t come up with a universally accepted definition of fascism…you just did the conservative thing and made excuses for your lack.of intellectual acumen. Fascism is an ideology and it can be characterized objectively. I am sorry if you are upset to learn that you too may be a fascist, but that is something we academica have known about the Tea Party for sometime now.

When you keep pushing to the right you eventually enter the realm of fascist ideology.