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Your morning jolt: GOP women key to passage of transportation tax in metro Atlanta

Those backing metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax vote said Wednesday that they’re turning their focus to Republican women. From Jonathan Shapiro and WABE (90.1FM):

Speaking before about a hundred well-dressed women at Home Depot’s corporate headquarters in Vinings, former Atlanta city councilwoman Lisa Borders, who is now with the Grady Foundation, began her remarks with a very deliberate appeal.

“We are fixers as women. Don’t we fix everything everyday? Don’t we fix everything everyday? So we have a problem, so who do we come to? Women.”

David Hill, an Alabama consultant in charge of polling and strategy for the campaign, provided the numbers:

“We’re expecting to do poorly with Republican males. We’ve got a vote goal of only 35 percent because it’s a historically anti-tax position that Republican men take. If we can get the 50 percent from Republican women who we find more open to the arguments here, we can make it work,” said Hill.

According to his research, …

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Kasim Reed to host $500-a-head debt retirement party for Lisa Borders

Within the last hour, former Atlanta mayoral candidate Lisa Borders sent the following message via Twitter:

Join Mayor Reed and I @ the 191 Club on 1/28/10 from 5:30-7:30 for a debt retirement reception, minimum contribution of $500 at reception.

Which argues well for graceful exits. Borders endorsed Reed in the December runoff, and served as Reed as a co-chairman of his transition team.

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‘Dr. J’ sides with Thurbert Baker in race for governor

Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democratic candidate for governor, just announced that former NBA star Julius Erving will be hosting a fund-raiser for him on Thursday at Celebrity Golf Club International in Tucker, which is owned by Dr. J.

Former President Bill Clinton will host a fund-raiser for Baker on Sunday in New York.

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Your morning jolt: ATL police union to endorse Kasim Reed for mayor

The Sunday Paper starts a critical week in the runoff for mayor of Atlanta with news that the city’s police union, which originally pledged its support to Lisa Borders, has revised its alliance:

“The IBPO supports Senator Reed for Mayor because he clearly understands the urgent need for more officers to be added to the police force. In order to keep our city safe, we cannot be under-manned and under-resourced,” says Kreher, a 17-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department and national vice president of IBPO.

The endorsement will be made official at an abandoned recreation center [Monday]….

Norwood’s vote in 2008 against a half-mill tax increase that would have made this year’s police furloughs unnecessary and her vote last June against the increase that ended the furloughs both figured heavily into the 1,100-member union’s decision.

“Mrs. Norwood cast two votes that caused police to be furloughed, leaving our communities vulnerable to crime and gangs,” says …

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Your morning jolt: Ralph Long and his lonely endorsement of Mary Norwood

Somewhere in the vast darkness of a Wednesday night, on the heels of last week’s Atlanta’s race for mayor, the loneliness of his situation forced Ralph Long III to open his eyes.

The first-term state lawmaker, whose district eats up much of southwest Atlanta, is the only elected official who has endorsed Councilwoman Mary Norwood for mayor. Not just the only African-American elected official. The only elected official of any stripe or complexion.

“My father often told me that leadership was lonely, but wow,” Long tapped out in a long, pre-dawn missive that — after a little editing from his lawyer wife — was posted on his Facebook page. “Forty-six percent of Atlanta could not possibly be wrong. Why won’t other politicians follow the lead of their constituents?” he wondered on his keyboard.

“Am I supposed to believe that only my eyes see the trash, lack of development, vacant homes and absolute lawlessness plaguing my side of town? We are near the point of …

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Lisa Borders to endorse Kasim Reed in mayoral runoff

This just from the mayoral campaign of Kasim Reed:

Former mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders will endorse former State Senator Kasim Reed for Mayor of Atlanta during a press conference on Wednesday.

Here’s the quote from the third-place finisher in Tuesday’s vote:

“After many months of campaigning, it is critical for us to come together as a demonstration of strength and unity. Atlanta lies at a critical crossroads and her very future depends on leadership that can unite us and move us forward,” Borders said.

“Now is the time to lay aside our differences and work in the best interest of all citizens to ensure each has the opportunity to rise to their full potential. Senator Reed’s ideas for afterschool recreation centers, his focus on public safety and his willingness to work toward increasing revenue opportunities for Atlanta are in line with my policy objectives.”

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Georgia Equality to stay out of ATL mayoral runoff

Georgia Equality, the state’s largest organization devoted to gay and lesbian rights, has decided to sit out the Atlanta mayoral runoff – and will endorse neither Councilwoman Mary Norwood or former state senator Kasim Reed.

“We feel that both candidates have a good track record of supporting pro-equality legislation,” GE executive director Jeff Graham.

Georgia Equality had endorsed City Council President Lisa Borders in the Nov. 3 contest.

The decision to stay neutral in the runoff is likely to benefit Reed, whose opposition to gay marriage – he supports civil unions – had put him at a disadvantage. Norwood supports marriage equality.

Graham said his group decided “there were not strong enough differences” between the two candidates to merit choosing one over the other – despite the same-sex marriage issue.
“We’re looking beyond that,” Graham said. “We always have.”

The gay vote in the runoff could be particularly important to both candidates. District 6 is generally …

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Your morning jolt: Four GOP candidates for governor on water, transportation and jobs

A quartet of Republican candidates for governor met with leading members of the Metro Atlanta Chamber on Tuesday.

The affair was private — no press allowed. Which means we didn’t know about it until the campaigns spilled the beans.

Karen Handel, John Oxendine, Eric Johnson and Nathan Deal were given 20-minute, individual grillings on state and local issues. Bill Nigut, the former Atlanta TV reporter, conducted the interrogations.

“Nobody left and there was standing room only,” said chamber President Sam Williams. Since we weren’t invited, it is Williams’ account of the interviews that will have to satisfy.

On the water wars: No one had a clear answer and deferred to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s task force on the issue, which is expected to deliver its recommendations by the end of the year.

“They were all sort of critical of the fact that nothing had been done up to now – that there was no fallback plan if the litigation had failed. That was a universal criticism,” Williams said.

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A sleepy little poll about Atlanta’s runoff for mayor

A pollster called the East Lake home of one of my AJC colleagues, Aaron Gould Sheinin, last night. The topic was the mayoral runoff.

The first screen was whether anyone in the household worked in television or radio. No mention of newspapers.

While his wife answered the questions, Sheinin hopped on the other line and took notes. It was a long questionnaire – so long that the telemarketer fell asleep in the middle. Really.

The questions were equally tough on both Mary Norwood, the front-runner in last week’s voting, and Kasim Reed, who finished a surprisingly strong second. So it sounds more like a legitimate, theme-testing effort rather than a push poll.

Among the questions:

Q: What should be the top priority for the next mayor?

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the current City Council and how its members are handling their jobs?

Q: Would the endorsement of someone like Lisa Borders make you more or less likely to support one of the candidates?

Q: Which is more important …

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Your morning jolt: Lisa Borders’ excellent idea

In Atlanta politics, there’s not a more thorough electronic venue than V103 – specifically, the “Frank and Wanda Show” in the morning.

Before Tuesday’s vote, the CBS radio station sponsored a 150-minute morning debate that featured all six candidates. This morning, the two mayoral runoff candidates – Mary Norwood and Kasim Reed – were given a combined hour of airtime.

Reed advertised – in a fashion as subtle as the Queen Mary — for Lisa Borders’ support during a discussion about improving the city’s economic situation:

My colleague Lisa Borders had a wonderful idea of focusing on micro-lending, which I thought was an excellent idea that she actually developed….

She talked about making small loans – certainly to women-owned businesses, and small businesses, to really get them [on] their feet. They don’t need $100,000 to start a business. They may need $10,000 and $15,000 or $20,000 to start that small business.

That’s an initiative that she actually developed, that …

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