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The unfinished fight over a warm bucket of spit

“Cactus Jack” Garner is the only man in American history to have served both as speaker of the U.S. House and — in his capacity as one of Franklin Roosevelt’s vice presidents — presiding officer of the Senate.

The Texan was in a unique position to compare the two positions. And Garner declared that in his judgment the job of vice president wasn’t worth a warm bucket of spit. Except he didn’t say spit.

No one enters politics to become a warm bucket of anything. Politicians become politicians because they want the clout to bend the world to their way of thinking.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, and Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. Chris Quinn, cquinn@ajc.com

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, and Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. Chris Quinn, cquinn@ajc.com

The problem is that power is often a zero-sum game. For one person to gain, another must lose.

This is the situation in our state Capitol. Last November, a mere three days after he was re-elected, the Senate Republican caucus stripped Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle — a fellow member of the GOP — of most of his authority …

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Cash, poker and the 2010 race for governor

At midnight on Friday, while you lay all snug in your bed, the state’s largest game of Texas hold ‘em began in earnest.

Eleven candidates for governor reported nearly $7.5 million raised in the last six months of 2009. The best cards of the evening were laid down by Democrat and former Gov. Roy Barnes, who reported an eye-popping $2.7 million in his attempt at a comeback.

On the Republican side, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine continued his domination. He’s has generated more than $1.5 million since June, more than twice as much as the next GOP candidate.

The poker comparison isn’t made lightly.

Many consider cash to be a crass measure of a sacred democratic process. But state-mandated contribution disclosures are very much like those first cards played face up in a game of chance.

They do not tell the whole story. But they begin to limit the possibilities. And the cards often say more than candidates would like — about friends who support them, and about their …

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InsiderAdvantage poll: Mary Norwood at 45 percent

InsiderAdvantage is out with a poll this afternoon in the Atlanta race for mayor that shows Councilwoman Mary Norwood at 45 percent and within reach of outright victory on Tuesday.

Results are similar to those of a WXIA/Survey USA poll conducted earlier this week. The IA poll puts the contest thusly:

Mary Norwood: 45%

Kasim Reed: 25%

Lisa Borders: 16%

Jesse Spikes: 2%

Other: 1%

Undecided: 11%

The poll was conducted Oct. 29 among 704 registered voters in Atlanta. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.6%. The data have been weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation.

Says InsiderAdvantage’s Matt Towery:

[I]f the election were held today, Norwood would likely be within one or two percent of winning the race without a runoff. Her barrage of ads and the apparent decline in Borders’ support suggests that white voters are moving to Norwood. That said, Reed now appears to be the African-American candidate with substantial support from the black community.

IA has …

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Mark Taylor named CEO of the family business

The Fred Taylor Company announced today that Mark Taylor, son of the founder and 2006 Democratic candidate for governor, has been named CEO of the Albany, Ga., trucking firm and its various subsidiaries.

Mark Taylor, the former lieutenant governor, will also assume the role of vice-chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Jack Zolomy, a 42-year veteran of the Fred Taylor Company,
will continue as president, and Fred Taylor will continue as a voting member of the board, with the title of chairman.

Fred Taylor has been a quiet but powerful in south Georgia politics. He was strong backer of Gov. George Busbee, who in turn became a mentor for Mark Taylor, who served five terms in the state Senate beginning in 1988. He served two terms as lieutenant governor.

Fred Taylor said his son’s appointment as CEO “shows that our family will continue to have a strong interest in and commitment to Fred Taylor Company.”

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