Archive for the ‘David Poythress’ Category

Roy Barnes as a 12-point buck — worthy of a John Oxendine attack

First the fun stuff.

David Poythress, the former National Guard commander and Democratic candidate for governor, has limited cash. His standings in the polls are threadbare.

But he’s got chutzpah. His campaign on Monday unveiled a new website, called bagbarnes.com, and this video that anyone who watches Saturday afternoon TV would recognize:

The money quote: “Democrats, we got to bag Barnes before Republicans get a chance to in the fall.”

On a similar note, we told you earlier this month that John Oxendine’s Republican campaign for governor had adopted a frontrunner tone – quieter, more disciplined, with restrained responses to attacks by competitors.

But only, it seems, if they’re Republican. This from the Associated Press:

Republican John Oxendine on Monday bypassed his six GOP opponents in the race for governor in Georgia and took aim instead at Roy Barnes, linking the Democrat to President Barack Obama and the new federal health care law.

The skirmish comes with the state …

Continue reading Roy Barnes as a 12-point buck — worthy of a John Oxendine attack »

Roy Barnes’ snags support of DeKalb County’s top prosecutor

One of the more significant events of the Democratic contest for governor was engineered by Roy Barnes this morning – and we’re not talking about his ever-larger mea culpas to teachers.

Barnes went to the old courthouse in DeKalb County, home of his Democratic rival – Attorney General Thurbert Baker, to show off the local officials who have endorsed his candidacy.

Roy Barnes chats with DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader (left) and DeKalb County District Attorney GwenKeyes Fleming  on the steps of the old courthouse in Decatur. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Roy Barnes chats with DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader (left) and DeKalb County District Attorney GwenKeyes Fleming on the steps of the old courthouse in Decatur. Bita Honarvar, bhonarvar@ajc.com

Topping the list was DeKalb County District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming, the only female African-American in Georgia currently holding such a position.

In other words, the state’s lead prosecutor does not have the support of his county’s lead prosecutor – not in his run for governor.

“Given Roy’s history, his background, his knowledge — he’s the best person that we as Democrats need right now to get us back on track. …

Continue reading Roy Barnes’ snags support of DeKalb County’s top prosecutor »

Whether the topic is banks, pensions or teachers — it’s all about Roy Barnes

In an interview this morning on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, former Gov. Roy Barnes expounded on a pair of topics – his own banking interests, and how teacher pensions should be invested.

Radio host Tim Bryant kindly sent us some of the sound – and Barnes’ Democratic rival, David Poythress, sent us a transcript. With his own commentary.

Then there’s the matter of Barnes’ fifth television ad, which debuted today. It’s aimed directly at teachers. But first, the radio interview.

Bryant specifically asked Barnes about charges by Poythress — and other candidates — that the former governor’s proposal to require banks to negotiate with homeowners before foreclosures is hypocritical, because Barnes has invested in banks.

Said Barnes:

“Unfortunately, it’s just personal politics as usual. I’d ask David, is he opposed to the mortgage foreclosure relief that I’m advocating. Why not disagree on issues rather than personalities.

“Now, have I invested in banks? Yes, I have. Over the years, going …

Continue reading Whether the topic is banks, pensions or teachers — it’s all about Roy Barnes »

Barnes campaign on closed meeting: ‘It will not happen again’

Over at Georgia Elections Central, my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin posted the following this afternoon:

Many of the Republicans and Democrats who want to be the next governor of Georgia are at this moment discussing the state’s future at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

But what is said there is apparently a secret as the Chamber has denied requests from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other outlets to cover the panel discussion at the Ritz-Carlton along Lake Oconee.

The closing of the forum to the media has prompted protests from the AJC and other publications that are part of the Georgia Newspaper Partnership. Thirteen daily newspapers from around the state have joined together to cover this year’s elections.

The newspaper outburst resulted in this immediate letter of contrition from the Democratic campaign of former Gov. Roy Barnes, who is in the midst of crafting a populist message:

contrition

Interesting tidbit: The spokeswoman for the …

Continue reading Barnes campaign on closed meeting: ‘It will not happen again’ »

Your morning jolt: Democrat Carol Porter goes unendorsed by abortion-rights group

Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee aimed at supporting Democratic women, published its list of endorsed candidates for 2010.

A state version of Emily’s List, one of the Georgia PAC’s criteria is support for “reproductive freedom.” In other words, abortion rights.

We’ll list the recipients below, but most important is who the WIN List did not endorse: Carol Porter of Dublin, who as a candidate for lieutenant governor will be be the highest-ranking woman on the Democratic ballot in the July 20 primary.

Porter, wife of the Democratic candidate for governor, did not apply for consideration by the group, said Amy Morton of Macon, chairman of the group. (Morton says she is personally supporting Porter.

Morton says she is personally supporting Porter, who is attempting to chart an unusual middle ground on the abortion issue, refusing to describe herself as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” Her husband, House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter, describes himself as …

Continue reading Your morning jolt: Democrat Carol Porter goes unendorsed by abortion-rights group »

Your morning jolt: Democrats condemn end of limits on class size, Republicans split

The state Board of Education on Monday voted to gut its limits on class sizes over the next year in response to a deepening school budget crisis that has already forced thousands of teacher layoffs and shorter school years across the state.

The move prompted criticism among a majority of candidates for governor, especially Democrats in hot competition for the public school constituency.

But Republicans were decidedly split in their reactions — Karen Handel and John Oxendine called it was a bad idea, Nathan Deal described himself as “disappointed,” Jeff Chapman declared it “the best thing,” and Eric Johnson said “vouchers.”

We asked the major candidates to send us a paragraph or so of commentary on the topic. In alphabetical order:

DEMOCRATS

Attorney General Thurbert Baker:

Baker

“For a decade, our leaders have been on a spending spree with a credit card. Now the bill has come due, but instead of cutting government waste to pay for their spending, the politicians are cutting …

Continue reading Your morning jolt: Democrats condemn end of limits on class size, Republicans split »

Your morning jolt: Abortion and the Democratic race for governor

DuBose Porter, the Democratic candidate for governor, called Saturday afternoon to discuss his acknowledgement that he considers himself “pro-life” in the abortion debate.

He had signaled as much already. Porter was the only Democratic candidate for governor to attend a forum hosted this winter by the Georgia Christian Alliance.

(By coincidence, while Porter and I were talking, Sadie Fields, leader of the Alliance, was telling supporters that she was retiring her group. But this is another topic.)

At the root of Porter’s call was a weekend piece by the Athens Banner-Herald, noting the collapse of a set of gubernatorial debates by GeorgiaBio and what it said about political attitudes toward embryonic stem cell research in Georgia.

It’s a big issue among the research community at the University of Georgia. But in the course of researching the article, ABH reporter Blake Aued had to ascertain Porter’s related position on abortion. Wrote Aued:

I prefaced a question about embryonic …

Continue reading Your morning jolt: Abortion and the Democratic race for governor »

A wave of teacher layoffs set to wash over Georgia politics

Cobb County school teachers protest budget cuts that resulted in 579 faculty layoffs. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Cobb County school teachers protest budget cuts that resulted in 579 faculty layoffs. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

A wave that Georgia Republicans have feared for the better part of a year is approaching the shoreline.

This month, thousands of public school teachers across the state were formally notified that their services were no longer required. They will be joined in the unemployment line by thousands of others — school clerks, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.

Roughly 3,500 of the state’s 118,000 public school teachers are at risk, according to one estimate — although the state Department of Education says an exact count won’t be available until this fall.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says his department has prepared for 8,000 school-related applications for jobless benefits this summer.

Even more teachers and school workers could lose their jobs next year, as federal stimulus funding is depleted.

Spread across the state’s 180 school systems, it’s hard to …

Continue reading A wave of teacher layoffs set to wash over Georgia politics »

Your morning jolt: ‘I’ll close the Governor’s Mansion’ to pay for schools, says Roy Barnes

Three Democratic candidates for governor were down in Savannah last night to speak to a small crowd of school teachers, administrators and parents.

Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News said all three received a warm reception, and all three supported a proposal to increase the minimum dropout age from 16 to 17.

Former National Guard commander David Poythress declared that teachers shouldn’t bear the responsibility for failing schools: “You don’t lead people by …. threatening their jobs if they don’t meet some artificial criteria. You lead people by inspiring them.”

House Minority Leader DuBose Porter of Dublin noted his role in creating the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, and a formula for financing education that has been abandoned by Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican.

The Morning News continues:

But the loudest applause went to Barnes, who stressed the importance of early childhood education and vowed to stop furloughs of teachers.

Of the three candidates, he …

Continue reading Your morning jolt: ‘I’ll close the Governor’s Mansion’ to pay for schools, says Roy Barnes »

Of 13 handcrafted pigs and the governor’s race

Last week, the University of Georgia unveiled a set of 13 handcrafted pigs.

The freshly shampooed creatures represented a 20-year breakthrough in campus research. “A seminal discovery in animal and human biology,” declared Scott Angle, dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

One of 13 customized pigs unveiled in Athens last week. Photo/University of Georgia

One of 13 customized pigs unveiled in Athens last week. Photo/University of Georgia

Two UGA researchers, Steve Stice and Franklin West, have discovered how to implant and activate pluripotent stem cells — capable of morphing into any kind of organ — into pig embryos.

Forget the jargon. In a world of possibilities, the immediate bottom line is this: Custom-made animals without the complications of cloning, whose organs could be developed for human use — without rejection.

“We could have herds and herds of pigs from which we would collect beta islet cells for diabetic patients, hearts for transplants — kidneys, livers and such,” said West, a 28-year-old product of Augusta, Ga., public …

Continue reading Of 13 handcrafted pigs and the governor’s race »