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Your morning jolt: An ‘intrigued’ Ralph Reed says he has encouraged Donald Trump

His close friend Karl Rove thinks Donald Trump’s presidential ambition is one big joke, but Ralph Reed isn’t so sure.

Earlier this week, Reed’s name surfaced as someone Trump had sounded out to run his campaign – an idea that the former head of the Christian Coalition slapped down.

Ralph Reed, founder of Faith and Freedom Coalition, at a 2010 rall in Atlanta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Ralph Reed, founder of Faith and Freedom Coalition, at a 2010 rall in Atlanta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

But in an NPR interview with Neal Conan and Ken Rudin on Wednesday, posted here, Reed declared himself “intrigued” by a Trump candidacy, and said he has encouraged The Donald to take a close look at the race.

The former chairman of the state GOP was first asked if the “birther” phenomenon was the fuel behind Trump’s sudden performance in national polls:

Reed: “I don’t know that I would reduce his poll performance to just one issue. After all, Donald Trump is somebody who’s been kind of a larger-than-life figure on the American stage for more than a quarter century.”

NPR: “Would he be a …

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Your morning jolt: Georgia politics as fantasy league

On the second day after an election, the fantasy league aspects of politics take over.

By Thursday, we all know who won the game. But within the team, who scored highest?

By the numbers, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson again proved himself the most popular politician in the state, leading the Republican ballot. Governor-elect Nathan Deal and Sam Olens, the next attorney general, who faced the two strongest Democratic opponents, brought up the rear.

The surprise on the Democratic side was Ken Hodges in the race for attorney general, who – boosted by a raft of Republican endorsements from fellow prosecutors and sheriffs — led the ticket.

In his last available disclosure, Hodges, a former Dougherty County district attorney, reported raising $1.5 million for his race. Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes, who earned 5,115 votes less, reported $8.7 million raised.

The worst statewide Democratic performance came from U.S. Senate candidate Michael Thurmond, who failed to break the …

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Your morning jolt: Georgia Chamber makes an unlikely plea to liberals for Amendment 1

Two attorneys, one from Decatur, on Thursday reported coming home to find the following unlikely robo-call on their answering machines:

“Georgia progressives have a chance to protect the rights of workers by voting yes on Amendment 1. Amendment 1 will give workers protection from being forced to sign unfair employment agreements at the workplace.

“Please take the time to vote yes on Amendment 1 at the end of your ballot. This message has been provided by the working Georgians at Jobs of Tomorrow. And we urge you to vote yes on Amendment 1.”

What’s unusual is that Amendment 1, despite its vague language, is designed to help strengthen the reach of employment contracts. To a degree that some say is unfair – especially in the current economy.

Jobs of Tomorrow is sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and its website says the measure is needed because current judicial rulings have:

….. resulted in cases of employees or franchisees being able to ignore signed employment …

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Ken Hodges and Sam Olens on boredom and the AG’s race

The campaign of Democratic nominee for attorney general Ken Hodges on Thursday sent out a YouTube clip quoting Republican Sam Olens as saying that he was running for AG because “I was getting bored.”

Said Hodges, a former Dougherty County district attorney:

“The comment by my opponent that he is running because he was ‘bored’ with his current political job simply highlights what we already knew – Sam Olens is a career politician more interested in moving up in the political hierarchy than he is in keeping Georgia safe.”

But the context was worth chasing down. The quote came from a conference call Olens had with members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The interview was originally posted on the chamber’s web site – but a glitch prevented access until today.

You can listen to the entire 17-minute session here.

The comment from Olens came during his closing remarks, when he was recapping his accomplishments as chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and the Atlanta …

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11Alive/V-103/WMAZ-TV poll: Governor’s race could be headed to a runoff

Sunday’s Insider column pointed to the possibility of a runoff in Georgia’s race for governor. 11Alive just provided some fresh statistical underpinnings:

With the general election just a week from Tuesday, a new independent poll from SurveyUSA commissioned by 11Alive News and V-103 Radio shows a commanding lead for Georgia’s Republicans in statewide offices, but it also shows an increased possibility of a runoff in the hotly contested governor’s race.

Democratic candidate and former Gov. Roy Barnes is up a small bit from our last survey six weeks ago, but the numbers indicate that Republican former US Congressman Nathan Deal is ahead of Barnes, 49 percent to 39 percent.

Libertarian John Monds, at 8 percent, Monday takes the votes of 1-in-4 independents and 1-in-6 liberals, potentially keeping Deal just under the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff, though support for third-party candidates sometimes collapses on Election Day.

From the SurveyUSA web site, with …

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Your morning jolt: In debate, Johnny Isakson says GOP won’t shut down government

We will get to the quarrel over the Hawaiian shirt soon enough.

The three candidates for U.S. Senate had their one and only debate Sunday night. Given the current political climate, exchanges between Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson and Democrat Michael Thurmond were remarkably civil.

The only harsh notes of discord in the Atlanta Press Club debate were struck by Chuck Donovan, the Libertarian who steadfastly attacked Isakson as something other than conservative.

The Insider was on the panel of questioners, which curtailed note-taking. But there was actual news in the statewide, 60-minute session on Georgia Public Broadcasting:

– Chances are that Republicans will take control of the U.S. House next week – which is certain to set up a confrontation over federal spending with President Barack Obama. But Isakson said that – with troops still in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in need of civilian government support – he didn’t expect GOP leaders to pursue a federal …

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Your morning jolt: Republican tag-team levels three TV broadsides at Roy Barnes

One day after a statewide poll showed Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s lead contracting, his campaign and an ally organization leveled three TV broadsides at Democrat Roy Barnes.

The 30-second spots by the Deal campaign and the Republican Governors Association focus on Democrat Roy Barnes’ occupation as a successful lawyer, and attempt to pair him with President Barack Obama.

Ironically, this first ad – from the Deal campaign – accuses the Democrat of using “scorched earth” tactics in his attacks on the Republican. The photograph, you’ll note, resembles the “wheat fields of despair” ad the Deal campaign lobbed at Republican rival Karen Handel in the August runoff:

In the child molester case mentioned above, Barnes represented the individual at a single bond hearing – not the trial – and was paid by the man’s employer.

The following RGA spot develops the Deal charge that Barnes and his law firm appeared before judges appointed by Barnes while governor.

This …

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Your morning jolt: Sarah Palin dips into a Georgia congressional race

Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is looking to better her record in Georgia.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

Late Monday, Palin included Ray McKinney, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, in a list of endorsements posted on her Facebook page:

We can count on Ray McKinney to be a strong, independent voice for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. As Ray says, “If you like the way things are going now, vote for the other guy.”

Palin also gave mention to Barrow’s absence at a Sunday debate televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Her choice of McKinney might be evidence that the 2012 presidential presumptive is seeking endorsement targets that would allow her to claim a good deal of the credit on Nov. 2 – something she enjoyed when Republican Karen Handel became the frontrunner coming out of the GOP primary for governor in July. Handel, of course, lost the August runoff.

The GOP has actively pursued the 12th District seat since Barrow’s …

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Your morning jolt: White House wants no talk of Joe Biden-for-Hillary Clinton swap in ‘12

The White House is out to kill talk that President Barack Obama might swap out Vice President Joe Biden for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.

From the Washington Post:

“There’s absolutely nothing to it,” senior adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday night. “The president is blessed to have a spectacular vice president and an outstanding secretary of state. They’re both doing great work, and he wants to keep them on the job.”

Advisers to Clinton said the same, and another Obama adviser called the idea “nuts.”

Where, then, is this fantastical rumor coming from?

A student of the Obama-Clinton relationship could trace its roots to the summer of 2008, when Clinton supporters lobbied for Obama to pick her as his running mate and he, after considering it, declined. Then, after he chose her to be secretary of state, people in her orbit started musing aloud that she could shift into a different role down the line, although Clinton never went near that idea.

But it wasn’t until …

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Your morning jolt: Sonny Perdue comes down with a case of Bulldog frustration

Note to Mark Richt: Bulldog frustration now extends to a certain address on West Paces Ferry Road.

From the Savannah Morning News:

[T]he alumnus in chief – Gov. Sonny Perdue – has joined those who are barking at the Dawgs.

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Gov. Sonny Perdue. Ben Gray bgray@ajc.com

Perdue, who played for Georgia in the 1960s, said Monday the team needs more “intensity” and must get “serious about winning.”

“I hope it’s temporary,” he said at a news conference that was about politics until someone noted Georgia is 0-3 so far in the Southeastern Conference.

“I love Coach (Mark) Richt,” said the former high school and college quarterback, who now calls plays for state government.

But Perdue, who recently gave an inspirational talk to the fledgling Georgia State University team, had only tough love for his alma mater.

“There is a level of intensity that we’ve got to demonstrate for the rest of the season,” said Perdue, who had a cameo role in the film, “We are Marshall.”

The governor said the Dawgs …

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