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Brian Kemp to Barack Obama’s attorney: Skip ballot hearing ‘at your own peril’

Below is the full text of the letter from President Barack Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski of Atlanta, declaring that he will no longer participate in administrative court hearings on a challenge to Obama’s spot on Georgia’s presidential primary ballot.

In essence, Jablonski is putting the onus on Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, to intervene and bring a halt to the circus. Jablonski includes a copy of Obama’s live birth certificate.

Click here to read Kemp’s reply to Jablonksi, which was also released this morning.It includes this line: “If you and your client choose to suspend your participation in the …proceedings, please understand that you do so at your own peril.”

Jablonski’s letter:

January 25, 2012

Hon. Brian P. Kemp

Georgia Secretary of State

214 State Capitol

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Re: Georgia Presidential Preference Primary Hearings

Dear Secretary Kemp:

This is to advise you of serious problems that have developed in the conduct of …

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Now that Super Tuesday is set, press club wants a GOP debate in Atlanta

Immediately after Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced March 6 as the date of Georgia’s 2012 presidential primary, he was button-holed by Maria Saporta, the Atlanta business writer.

Saporta is also the chairman of the debate committee for the Atlanta Press Club – which is already fishing for local partners to sponsor a Georgia debate of the GOP presidential candidates.

“We’re looking into the possibility of holding a Republican presidential primary debate in Atlanta before Super Tuesday,” Lauri Strauss, executive director of the Atlanta Press Club, quickly confirmed over the phone. “We’ve been putting the feelers out for a national broadcast partner.”

Strauss said the club has already had conversations with Atlanta-based CNN and Fox News. (If you remember the first tea party rally at the state Capitol, you’ll know that Fox loves to play in CNN’s front yard.)

Strauss also said she and others have been consulting with Kemp, Gov. Nathan Deal, and state GOP …

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Why you should place your bets on a mid-March presidential primary in Georgia

The Florida GOP has set phone lines blazing with news that it will defy the Republican National Convention and hold its presidential primary on Jan. 31.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp just announced that he’ll announce at 11 a.m. Thursday the date of Georgia’s 2012 presidential primary.

Place your bets on one of four Tuesday’s in March, beginning with the 6th.

On Saturday, the executive committee of the Georgia Republican party quietly – and unanimously – shifted its delegation allotment system from winner-take-all to proportional, state GOP chairman Sue Everhart confirmed this afternoon.

“We changed our rules to be a proportionate state, and that allows us to go in March,” Everhart said. “I don’t know what dates [Kemp] is looking at.”

The RNC had declared that all states in which a victorious candidate wins all delegates (Georgia has 76) must wait until April 1 to hold a primary – an attempt to maintain the drama and keep voters engaged beyond the first …

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Georgia’s presidential primary and the threat of a lumpy mattress

Very likely, your chances of meeting a presidential candidate face to face next year will depend on the willingness of certain Georgia Republicans, in the middle of a Florida summer, to tolerate loneliness and lumpy mattresses at Bob and Biff’s By-The-Hour-By-The-Sea Motel.

But hold that disturbing thought for a few paragraphs.

The GOP contest for the right to face down President Barack Obama is about to enter a crucial 30-day stretch that could well determine the outcome — months before the first vote is cast.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his office at the state Capitol. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his office at the state Capitol. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

One reason: Over the next three weeks, we’ll have three debates — in California, South Carolina and Florida — that may show us whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom polls now show to be the undisputed frontrunner, is more than a flash in the pan.

Or whether former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been more than a place-holder for the past year.

Most of the other …

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On reviving the ‘World’s Largest Cocktail Party’ with a Georgia-Florida primary

Secretary of State Brian Kemp called this morning, during the commute to the state Capitol. So you’ll pardon the lack of direct quotes.

Our topic was South Carolina’s unfunded presidential primary – and the chance that the February winner-take-all event could devolve into a less-influential caucus. Here’s the latest from The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.:

State law allows the S.C. Election Commission to run the 2012 S.C. Republican presidential primary even if Gov. Nikki Haley vetoes sections of the state budget intended to ensure the agency oversees that vote, according to an opinion issued Monday by S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Haley has threatened to veto sections of the budget that allow the Election Commission to use $680,000 in its savings to help pay the primary’s estimated $1.5 million cost. Republican Haley repeatedly has said taxpayers should not pay for the primary.

S.C. GOP chairman Chad Connelly said last week that, without the state’s …

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Your morning jolt: For $26 a pop, federal court in Atlanta will sell recordings of health care arguments

Lemonade, popcorn and T-shirts will be offered separately in the lobby. From the Associated Press:

The federal appeals court in Atlanta issued an order allowing the high-profile arguments over the federal health care overhaul to be recorded so they can be sold to the public.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday that suspends a ban on audio devices in the courtroom for the June 8 oral arguments.

A court memo says officials plan to sell CDs of the recordings for $26. Electronic devices for the general public are still banned.

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Many sports fans have noted the failure of metro Atlanta politicians to jump into the effort to keep the Thrashers and professional hockey in Atlanta. But in an interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM), sports economist J.C. Bradbury of Kennesaw State University said disappointed hockey fans can blame the Gwinnett Braves:

”It’s fair to say that the politicians were being smart. In an age where …

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Brian Kemp and a 2012 game of presidential primary poker

Brian Kemp is about to become a very, very popular fellow.

Just before state lawmakers pointed their brake lights toward Atlanta last week, they passed a measure to give Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set the most important date in Republican politics next year.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp . Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp . Bita Honarvar bhonarvar@ajc.com

All right, maybe the second most important date.

The 47-year-old Kemp was given the authority to choose any Tuesday between Jan. 31 and June 12, 2012, for Georgia’s presidential primary.

Kemp could decide if Georgia will join the Florida rebellion, and move its primary near the front of the line.

Or the GOP secretary of state could position Georgia for a safe April vote that might not matter so much in the national scheme — but would guarantee that the state will seat a full slate of happy delegates when the GOP faithful gather in Tampa.

Or Kemp could gamble. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey last week raised the possibility of …

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African-Americans provided 58 percent of Democratic primary votes — and 1 percent of GOP ballots

Over the Christmas break, Secretary of State Brian Kemp published a long-awaited, demographic breakdown of the state’s July 20 primary voters that shows the racial chasm that now dominates Georgia politics.

See the entire report here.

The numbers confirmed what many had suspected. For the first time in a general primary, African-Americans made up a majority of those picking up a Democratic ballot. In fact, black voters were 58.4 percent of the Democratic electorate. White voters amounted to 37.6 percent of Democratic voters.

On the Republican side, white voters accounted for 96 percent of 691,466 ballots cast – while only 7,224 African-American voters picked up GOP ballots, only 1 percent of the Republican total.

The demographics also indicated that gender, too, has become a political indicator. Of all those who voted in the Democratic primary, 58 percent were women. But on the Republican side, women voters made up only 48.7 percent of the total.

- By Jim Galloway, …

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