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Newt Gingrich and the power of nostalgia

Historic photographs of Newt Gingrich, including one of him with Ronald Reagan, sit ready at a campaign stop in his old home town of Carrollton at the University of West Georgia during a bus tour of Georgia on Tuesday.  Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Historic photographs of Newt Gingrich, including one of him with Ronald Reagan, sit ready at a campaign stop in his old home town of Carrollton at the University of West Georgia during a bus tour of Georgia on Tuesday. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

On the night that we finished with Arizona and Michigan, and the GOP race for president turned to Georgia, CNN found a spare five minutes and pointed its unblinking eye at Newt Gingrich.

Offered this brief window into a national TV audience, the former U.S. House speaker might have used the opportunity to challenge his Republican rivals. Or bring another oratorical hammer down on President Barack Obama.

Instead, from the campus of West Georgia University in Carrollton where he once taught history, Gingrich indulged in a long, rambling tale of his professorial efforts to fell a dead oak tree. Onto a neighbor’s house.

Bewildered TV producers quickly returned their cameras to Michigan. They hadn’t recognized the powerful weapon that …

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Mitt Romney comes to Snellville on Sunday to fight for second place

Mitt Romney has decided to join what looks to be a furious contest for second place in Georgia, with a Sunday appearance in Gwinnett County.

Here’s a taste of the new AJC poll from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

The poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, shows Gingrich with the support of 38 percent of respondents. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are essentially tied for second place, with Romney favored by 24 percent and Santorum 22 percent. Only 3 percent of those polled said they plan to vote for Ron Paul.

The Mitt Romney campaign just put out the details of Romney’s visit – a “pancake breakfast” at Brookwood High School , 1255 Dogwood Road in Snellville, at 1:10 p.m.

Here’s a question that may take a day or so to sort out: Two Sundays ago, Rick Santorum blew away a crowd in the pews of First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Ga. Last Sunday, Newt Gingrich also appeared at First Redeemer, and another church in Milner, Ga. Tomorrow, …

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Your morning jolt: Mitt Romney’s 2002 faith in Washington money

ABC News this morning is passing around what’s likely to be the most popular video clip of the day, of Mitt Romney touting his Washington connections and understanding of government financing during a 2002 run for governor of Massachusetts:

Says Romney: “I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington.” The clip:

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GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich woke up on the Georgia coast this morning. A fundraiser was on the immediate agenda, according to the Savannah Morning News:

The Chatham Club at the hotel is the venue for a $500-per-person reception and luncheon for the former Georgia congressman and House speaker.

Gingrich hopes to rake in “all the money he can get” as he gears up for Tuesday’s GOP Georgia primary, said Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah.

…About 30 people are expected to attend today’s event, arranged by a firm co-owned by Denise Deal, Gov. Nathan Deal’s top fundraiser. She is the governor’s daughter-in-law.

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Gingrich campaign declares Rick Santorum has a ‘Jimmy Hoffa problem’

In a sign of where Newt Gingrich thinks he can – or needs to – gain ground, his GOP presidential campaign on Thursday launched a round of robocalls in both Oklahoma and Tennessee, accusing Rick Santorum of being a union lackey.

My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who has been traveling with Gingrich, says campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond has been trying out a new line, saying Santorum must deal with his “Jimmy Hoffa problem” — explaining “why he tried to bury his big-labor voting record in the end zone of this primary.” The robocall is Gingrich’s first paid-media swipe at Santorum.

Both Oklahoma and Tennessee, like Georgia, are Super Tuesday states. In two recent Tennessee polls, Gingrich has placed third and fourth, while Santorum has had a strong lead.

Here’s the audio of the Gingrich robocall – the photo by AJC photog Brant Sanderlin is of Santorum at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport near Atlanta earlier this afternoon:

The text:

Female narrator: “On the campaign trail, Rick Santorum …

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Your morning jolt: A proposed revival of sales tax holidays

Legislation that is about to surface, aimed at enforcing the current sales tax on Internet purchases, would also restore and expand two statewide sales tax holidays this year and in 2013 in an effort to kill any talk that a tax increase is afoot.

The tax holidays will be included in an amendment to HB 993, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.

A 48-hour sales tax holiday aimed at back-to-school shoppers would be scheduled for Aug. 10-11 this year; Aug. 9-10, 2013. Another set of 72-hour sales tax holidays, aimed at purchases of energy- or water-efficient products, would be scheduled for Oct. 5-7 this year, and Oct. 7-6, 2012.

Georgia dropped its sales tax holidays in 2010, as the budget pinch from the Great Recession hit its peak. But other states did not, with many Georgia cities along the border, retailers had argued that shoppers were crossing into South Carolina, Florida and Alabama to make purchases.

The more controversial portion of the bill will be …

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Your morning jolt: Rick Santorum, Ann Romney headed to Georgia

We know that Newt Gingrich, who avoided the Republican presidential contest in Michigan, will be at the state Capitol this morning.

We know that Gingrich has declared a win in Georgia, which he once represented in Congress, to be crucial to his GOP presidential campaign.

What we didn’t know is whether a win-hungry Rick Santorum, deprived of victory in Michigan by Mitt Romney last night, will put all his eggs in Ohio and seek a post-industrial rematch with Romney. Or might he concentrate on the South?

We’re told this morning that the former Pennsylvania senator, who has a foray into Tennessee today, will be in Dalton at 8 a.m. Thursday for a rally outside City Hall.

Atlanta, GA – Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit Georgia tomorrow morning, beginning with a manufacturing plant tour and a Town Hall meeting in Dalton. Santorum will then head toward Atlanta, holding an 11 a.m. rally at the Atlantic Aviation hanger, 240 Airport Road, at Peachtree Dekalb …

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Your morning jolt: GOP contest prompts an unexciting stream of early votes

Updated at 8:15 p.m. to correct numbers offered today by the secretary of state’s office:

If early voting is any clue, the GOP presidential contest is setting Georgia ablaze — like a wet matchstick.

According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, 86,426 advance and absentee votes have been cast thus far.

In 2008, there were 247,897 early ballots cast. Now, assume that 50 percent of those votes four years ago were cast in the Democratic party, which had a contested nomination.
And assume that all of the early votes this year are Republican in nature.

Even so, this would be a 30 percent decline in Georgia early voting over ’08. Last year, the Legislature curtailed the advanced voting period. Even so, the difference is startling.
If nothing else, the current number is evidence that none of the four GOP candidates has an extensive ground game in Georgia.

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A new Georgia poll of the GOP presidential primary was rolled out by 11Alive/Survey USA on Monday, showing Newt Gingrich with a …

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Your morning jolt: Rick Santorum leads, Newt Gingrich trails in Tennessee poll

A Vanderbilt University poll this morning shows Rick Santorum with a commanding 38 percent lead in the GOP presidential contest in neighboring Tennessee, with Newt Gingrich in a statistical tie for fourth place with Ron Paul.

Gingrich will spend all of today at events in Nashville. Tennessee voters, like those in Georgia, will cast their primary ballots in the 10-state, Super Tuesday vote on March 6.

The top line in Tennessee:

– Santorum, 38 percent;

– Mitt Romney, 20 percent;

– Ron Paul, 15 percent;

– Newt Gingrich, 13 percent;

– Undecided, 13 percent;

That’s based on telephone interviews with 815 likely GOP voters with an MOE of +/-4.1 percent. A larger aspect of the poll, also conducted Feb. 16 to 22 by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt, indicates that both Santorum and Mitt Romney would narrowly defeat President Barrack Obama in November.

The Vanderbilt poll measured antipathy toward the current occupant of the White House this …

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The heated debate over solar power

Clearly, a bill to encourage the use of solar power is now the hottest item in the state Capitol.

SB 401, sponsored by state Sen. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, originally had been shunted by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, where it was to be studied to death.

So on Thursday, an impatient Carter — opposed by Georgia Power, electrical membership corporations, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce — brought SB 401 to the Senate committee that oversees utility legislation, where many think the measure ought to have been brought in the first place. Carter attempted to attach his bill to another piece of legislation intended to allow paranoid homeowners to opt out of wireless metering systems.

The concept offered by Carter is complicated, but my AJC colleague Kristina Torres has this explanation:

The most controversial aspect of Senate Bill 401 would allow outside companies to install, own and maintain alternative energy systems, in return for customers …

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Rasmussen poll: Newt Gingrich holds a thin lead in Georgia

Rasmussen reports is out with a new, automated poll of Georgia voters that has former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich with a thin lead over Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney trails well behind.

The automated survey of 750 likely Republican voters was conducted Wednesday, so it’s unlikely to reflect any impact from last night’s Arizona debate. It has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

The line:

– Gingrich, 33 percent;

– Santorum, 28 percent;

– Romney, 20 percent;

– Ron Paul, 9 percent.

Given the margin of error, Gingrich’s advantage here is made of gossamer. But the Rasmussen survey shows a different dynamic than an InsiderAdvantage/Fox 5 Atlanta poll from earlier in the week, which had Gingrich, Santorum and Romney in a three-way statistical tie.

But note that Romney — according to the Rasmussen poll — is on the edge of walking away from Georgia with no delegates. A candidate has to register 20 percent of the vote to qualify even for a small, proportional share.

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