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Let the Senate race polling begin

WASHINGTON – Astute reader Jacob Hawkins of Cartersville already got an automated phone poll on the newly open Senate seat, designed to target Republicans — and seemingly to test a crossover candidate.

The poll starts by asking for preference among the following GOP names: U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Herman Cain, former Secretary of State Karen Handel, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, U.S. Rep. Tom Price and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.

The poll then asks if the caller would “be willing to contribute financially to your candidate.” Then: “If your candidate does not win the primary election, for which of the following potential Democratic candidates would you most consider voting for in the general election?”

The Dems listed are state Rep. Stacey Abrams, former Attorney General Thurbert Baker, U.S. Rep. John Barrow, state Sen. Jason Carter, former Commissioner of Labor Michael Thurmond, former state Rep. DuBose Porter and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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Your morning jolt: Coke chief says U.S. becoming more hostile to business than China

Coca-Cola’s top dog on Monday told the Financial Times that, thanks to an antique tax code and political infighting, the United States is becoming a more hostile place to do business than China:

Muhtar Kent, Coke’s chief executive, said “in many respects” it was easier doing business in China, which he likened to a well-managed company. “You have a one-stop shop in terms of the Chinese foreign investment agency and local governments are fighting for investment with each other,” he [said].

And Washington gridlock? “There’s too much comfort. We need more needles to stick in politicians.”

Kent made his remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative conference. See the FT video here.

Apparently, a certain former political figure has no plans to return to elective office. Bloomberg reports that former Democratic attorney general Thurbert Baker has been hired by the debt collection industry to help fight new restrictions in several states:

DBA International, the …

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House Judiciary chairman asks Thurbert Baker to rule on contribution loophole

Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered says the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker to rule on whether the State Ethics Commission is about to open the barn door when it comes to campaign contributions:

The State Ethics Commission on Aug. 17 dismissed a complaint against Warner Robins mayoral candidate Chuck Chalk for accepting a $10,000 check (the so-called “Chuck Chalk check”) from the campaign of the late mayor Donald Walker.

Donations in municipal elections are capped at $2,400, but commission members held that the limit may not apply to contributions from other political candidates.

The decision applied only to that complaint, but it raised the possibility that unopposed candidates with fat campaign accounts could give unlimited amounts to candidates in close races, creating a legal path to circumvent contribution limits….

Walls points out that Baker could rule that the loophole indeed exists. The response from …

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Austin Scott close to 8th District GOP win, and gets a bruising welcome from Jim Marshall

Updated at 11:50 p.m.:Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for all of your attention this evening. I’ll check in with you tomorrow morning.

Updated at 11:15 p.m.: On the Republican side of the 8th District congressional contest, state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), who until this spring was a candidate for governor, has apparently won the nomination without a runoff.

With 89 percent of the vote in, Scott is at 53 percent. Which prompted this bruising welcome from Doug Moore, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon):

“Austin Scott’s been in the legislature his whole adult life, He’s a career politician looking for his next job. Ran for governor, found no takers. Ran for Lieutenant Governor, got run off, and was told to run for Congress.

“He’s voted against taxing illegal immigrants, but he’s voted for, even proposed, multiple new tax increases on every Georgian.

“Politics makes strange bedfellows, but with Jim’s record of protecting and helping the people of this district, …

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Of prison camps, secret identities and final words

A pair of taped debates featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for governor – broadcast is tomorrow morning — ate up much of the first day of the last campaign weekend.

Immigration dominated both conversations:

Eric Johnson said Friday that he wanted to round up illegal immigrants in Georgia and he was willing to build prison camps to house them for deportation if elected governor.

“If we have to set up a Guantanamo Bay of Georgia, I would do it,” the Savannah Republican said….

Karen Handel was not present at the GOP forum — because Ray McBerry was. Early this morning, her campaign focused on the identity of the actress in this Nathan Deal attack in this TV ad:

The Handel campaign declared – and the Deal campaign confirmed – that the unnamed woman is Mandy Cronan, daughter-in-law of Deal’s business partner Ken Cronan.

The two own the auto salvage business, Recovery Services, Inc., that became the focus of an investigation by a congressional ethics office – …

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Roy Barnes’ list of African-American clergy

One of the key questions next Tuesday will be whether African-Americans, for the first time, comprise 50 percent or more of the vote in a Georgia Democratic primary.

It’s a matter of some interest to all the Democratic candidates for governor. But it matters most to Attorney General Thurbert Baker and former Gov. Roy Barnes.

With the last Sunday before the primary quickly approaching, the Barnes campaign this morning showed off the kind of support his campaign might receive in pulpits across metro Atlanta.

The strongest recorded statement of support came from Bishop Eddie Long, the influential pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in south DeKalb – Baker’s stomping grounds.

“Roy is the only candidate in this race who has consistently been a friend to our community. He is the only one I trust to guide our state in a better direction,” Long was quoted as saying.

One name missing from the formal roster of endorsements was the name of the Rev. Gamaliel Warnock, …

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11Alive/V103 poll: Karen Handel moves up on GOP side, Roy Barnes above 50 percent

The consortium of 11Alive and V103-FM are out today with a Survey USA poll that shows former secretary of state Karen Handel within reach of a runoff berth with state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine in the Republican primary race for governor.

But both former congressman Nathan Deal and state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah are close enough for concentrated TV campaign to change the line-up.

In the Democratic contest, former Gov. Roy Barnes has a 56 percent lead that – if it holds through the next 12 days – would allow him to claim the nomination without a runoff.

The GOP standings:

Oxendine, 32 percent;

Handel, 23 percent;

Deal, 12 percent;

Johnson, 12 percent;

Ray McBerry, 5 percent;

Jeff Chapman, 4 percent;

Otis Putnam, 1 percent;

And undecided, 17 percent.

The automated poll, on the Republican side, has a margin of error of 3.2 percent. Survey USA has a workable crosstab feature here that shows Handel – who went up on TV only today – with a potential (but not …

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Barnes 7th TV ad: Retrofitting state buildings could create 10k jobs

The Democratic campaign of former Gov. Roy Barnes matched Thurbert Baker, his primary rival and attorney general, ad-for-ad on Wednesday.

Baker focused on bingo-for-education. Barnes focused on jobs:

The Barnes script:

Narrator: “Roy Barnes has a plan to put people to work. Immediately.”

Barnes: I know it won’t solve all of our problems, but I can put 10,000 people to work – electricians, plumbers, sheet-metal workers – by retrofitting all of the state’s buildings for energy independence or efficiency.

“The best part is, the energy savings will pay for the improvements.”

Worker: “I think a paycheck would be great.”

We’re going to have to look at the numbers on this one – 10,000 jobs is a lot of people, and a lot of money. Here’s the documentation provided by the Barnes campaign.

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Thurbert Baker begins hard sell of bingo-for-education

Attorney General Thurbert Baker, the Democratic candidate for governor, today launched his third TV spot in four days – and began the hard sell of his bingo-for-education idea:

The pace of Baker’s entry into a TV-oriented campaign appears aimed at tamping the poll numbers of former Gov. Roy Barnes back down into runoff territory – below 50 percent.

The script, featuring Baker in a classroom:

“The future of Georgia will be determined right here. To compete in a new global economy, these kids need more time in school, because there’s a lot more to learn.

“So we’ll make kindergarten mandatory, expand after-school activities, bring our school days to the average of the industrialized world – and we’ll pay for it by adding bingo to Georgia’s lottery.

“Georgia’s kids can beat anybody in the world, if we just give them the education it takes to win.”

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Your morning jolt: An advancing hairline in the race for governor

Given the importance of TV, looking good is essential in politics. The problem is that it’s risky to be seen trying.

Discussing a candidate’s appearance is equally dicey. On one hand, political discourse is shallow enough. Yet when the bedrock foundation of a candidate’s relationship with voters is the 30-second TV spot, what candidates choose to display becomes a topic worth noting.

Women are judged more harshly. Look at Nikki Haley, the new Republican nominee for governor in South Carolina.

Sarah Palin recently had to beat off breast enhancement rumors. We all chuckle at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Bambi-in-the-headlights stare, wondering what work she’s had done.

And remember that, four years ago, former state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko, once a GOP favorite to become governor of Georgia, was convicted of using federal tax dollars to finance, among other things, a face lift.

Men have it slightly easier. Glasses are often ditched for contacts. Once they reached …

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