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PPP survey: 42% of Ga. Republicans would secede, Nathan Deal job approval at 37%

After declaring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss “theoretically vulnerable” this week, Public Policy Polling of North Carolina has run out the rest of its Georgia poll, with these highlights:

– Apparently bruised by bitter campaigns over transportation (lost) and charter schools (won), Gov. Nathan Deal’s job approval rating stands at 37 percent among voters – one reason why Deal, moving into his crucial third year as governor, needs a smooth and productive legislative session in January.

The PPP survey declares Deal to be vulnerable if Democrats are able to muster the right candidate in 2014 – a very large “if.” Some hypothetical match-ups: U.S. Rep. John Barrow, 44/40; Kasim Reed (never happen), 47/40; State Sen. Jason Carter, 46/38.

– Likewise, the fiscal cliff debate may be taking its toll on U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, whose approval rating also stands at 37 percent. But he isn’t up for re-election until 2016.

– Former President Jimmy Carter approve/disapprove rating stands at …

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Your daily jolt: Florida governor drops opposition to ‘Obamacare’

The biggest post-election policy shift we’ve seen so far, from the Associated Press:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care overhaul, is dropping his staunch opposition to the law.

Scott said in an interview Tuesday that he now wants to negotiate with the federal government. He said it’s time for Republicans to offer solutions to help families after they lost their bid to defeat President Barack Obama.

“The election is over and President Obama won,” Scott said. “I’m responsible for the families of Florida … If I can get to yes, I want to get to yes.”

Scott had previously stated that he would not go along with any parts of the health care overhaul that the state controls.

States have until Friday to notify federal authorities whether they plan to set up health insurance exchanges, a marketplace where individuals and smalls businesses can shop for the most affordable coverage and where many will get help from the …

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An offer from ‘The Donald’ to Obama: $5 mill for college, passport records

Oh, the suspense was just killing us. So what did Donald Trump’s bigger-than-big news about President Barack Obama turn out to be? A promise to deliver $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice within an hour of the president’s release of his college records and his original passport application.

You know who didn’t need this? Mitt Romney. Already, the GOP presidential campaign has spent the morning fending off Democratic attempts to tie him to statements by Indiana Republican candidate Richard Mourdock, who last night declared that a pregnancy caused by a rapist should be viewed as a protected “gift from God” — ineligible for abortion.

Now Romney must deal with this post-birther nonsense, as partial payment for that Las Vegas endorsement he received from Trump:

The offer from Trump stands until the close of business Oct. 31.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Mitt Romney: ‘No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate’

From the Associated Press:

COMMERCE, MI — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Friday raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president.

The presumptive GOP nominee, joined for a rally outside Detroit Friday by running mate Paul Ryan, joked that he had been born in a nearby hospital and that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. ”

The president’s reelection campaign swiftly responded that Romney was directly enlisting himself in the discredited “birther movement” and that “should give pause to any rational voter,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt.

Obama has been dogged throughout his presidency by question about his birthplace. He released a long form copy of his birth certificate last year, showing he was born in Hawaii in 1961.

Romney grew up in Michigan and his father, George Romney was a popular governor of the state.

Last week, Obama got in a quip about Romney’s long-ago …

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Fourteen state lawmakers defeated or drawn into runoffs

Fourteen state lawmakers were defeated or drawn into runoffs on Tuesday, including one party-switcher and one House member who had refused to sign a petition demanding a $100 cap on gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers. An attorney for the “birther” movement failed to scratch.

In the Senate, one incumbent lost outright. In the House, 10 were defeated — five Republicans and five Democrats.

Several conservative Republicans who weren’t defeated had very, very close calls.

Some of the highlights:

– In Senate District 6, Republican Hunter Hill (52 percent) swept past Josh Belinfante (29 percent) and Drew Ellenburg (19 percent). Hill’s outright victory is bad news for Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna, whose district was drawn well into Buckhead last year.

– In Senate District 7, Republican Tyler Harper of Ocilla (63 percent) crushed state Rep. Mark Hatfield of Waycross (29 percent). Hatfield, a tea party favorite, has served as an attorney for those seeking to challenge the …

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YouTube and a hot state Senate race in south Georgia

Think of Mark Hatfield of Waycross as the bad boy of the state Legislature. He supplies more than his share of “no” votes and, contrary to the wishes of House Speaker David Ralston, favors a gift cap for state lawmakers.

In 2011, Hatfield sponsored legislation to require President Barack Obama to supply his birth certificate – and pushed it even after House leaders asked him to back off. When that effort failed, he served as attorney for a group that mounted an unsuccessful challenge to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s decision to give Obama the sole and solitary position on the Democratic presidential primary ballot this last March.

He isn’t a popular guy inside the state Capitol. But outside, he’s a tea party favorite.

Still, it surprised no one when House Republican leaders placed Hatfield and Jason Spencer of Woodbine – both Republicans – in the same district so that, on July 31, one could knock off the other. Hatfield’s reaction? He jumped into the District 7 state Senate …

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Your morning jolt: Casey Cagle joins call for $100 gift cap on lawmakers

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Tuesday became the latest figure at the Capitol to declare his support for a $100 gift cap for state lawmakers, vowing to build support for ethics reform in the General Assembly. From the Gainesville Times:

“It’s a process, and the legislature’s got to get comfortable with it,” Cagle said.

Cagle, who spoke to the Kiwanis Club in Gainesville Tuesday, said he supports a measure like the one [Sen]. Josh McKoon proposed last session that died….

The lieutenant governor said a July 31, non-binding ballot question is likely to push GOP lawmakers to embrace stronger ethics rules:

“I think there’s going to be a lot of support — a lot of support,” Cagle said.

Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, last week pledged his support for a gift cap. At this month’s state GOP convention, House Speaker David Ralston declared it to be the wrong approach.

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The Associated Press has pinned down a location for President Barack Obama’s visit to Georgia next …

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Wolf Blitzer to Donald Trump: ‘You’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous’

Because one can never have enough Donald in one’s diet:

Says Trump about his “birther” views: “I don’t speak to Mitt Romney about this. What I speak to Mitt Romney about is jobs.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Attorney in ‘birther’ action jumps into state Senate race

State Rep. Mark Hatfield, who raised eyebrows as the attorney in an effort have the name of President Barack Obama stripped from next Tuesday’s presidential primary ballot, became the first Republican to announce that he’ll seek the Senate seat now occupied by Greg Goggans, R-Douglas.

Goggans, citing economic pressures, has decided not to seek a fifth term in the Senate.

Hatfield, who has feuded with the leadership of House Speaker David Ralston, was drawn into the same district as state Rep. Jason Spence, R-Woodbine, in the last redistricting session.
From Hatfield’s press release:

“I will be running for the Senate to provide conservative, independent leadership for South Georgia,” said Hatfield.

Hatfield will be running in the newly-reconfigured Senate District 7, which includes all of Ware, Coffee, Bacon, Pierce, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Irwin, Atkinson, and Berrien counties, and a portion of both Charlton and Tift counties.

Hatfield has represented large portions of the new …

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Your morning jolt: Rick Santorum leads, Newt Gingrich trails in Tennessee poll

A Vanderbilt University poll this morning shows Rick Santorum with a commanding 38 percent lead in the GOP presidential contest in neighboring Tennessee, with Newt Gingrich in a statistical tie for fourth place with Ron Paul.

Gingrich will spend all of today at events in Nashville. Tennessee voters, like those in Georgia, will cast their primary ballots in the 10-state, Super Tuesday vote on March 6.

The top line in Tennessee:

– Santorum, 38 percent;

– Mitt Romney, 20 percent;

– Ron Paul, 15 percent;

– Newt Gingrich, 13 percent;

– Undecided, 13 percent;

That’s based on telephone interviews with 815 likely GOP voters with an MOE of +/-4.1 percent. A larger aspect of the poll, also conducted Feb. 16 to 22 by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt, indicates that both Santorum and Mitt Romney would narrowly defeat President Barrack Obama in November.

The Vanderbilt poll measured antipathy toward the current occupant of the White House this …

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