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Four groups launch a pre-emptive strike against Bob Barr

This week, one after another, four prominent, national conservative groups issued a rare series of public warnings to a private citizen considering a run for Congress.

Don’t do it, they told Bob Barr. We will bury you.

The first organization was the most important – the anti-tax Club for Growth, whose members are a deep source of Republican campaign contributions. Then came Concerned Women, a Beverly LaHaye group, followed by Eagle Forum led by Phyllis Schlafly.

On Friday, the influential Family Research Council joined the pack.

Each group – or, officially, their political action committees – endorsed U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, the tea party favorite and Republican incumbent who replaced Nathan Deal, now governor, in Washington.

But each one also gave specific mention to Barr, the former congressman and 2008 Libertarian candidate for president. Once a favorite of the conservative movement, who helped lead the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the four groups denounced Barr as …

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Club for Growth warns Bob Barr against run for Congress

The anti-tax group Club for Growth, a prime source of campaign contributions, issued a warning today to former Georgia congressman Bob Barr: If he mounts a Republican challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, they’ll back their tea-party favorite:

“Tom Graves is a champion of economic freedom and deserves re-election,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “He has been an outstanding member of Congress and a leader in the pro-growth cause. The Club for Growth PAC will work hard for his reelection and we are confident Club members will enthusiastically support his campaign.”

“Bob Barr’s record has significant flaws,” added Chocola. “Bob Barr voted for No Child Left Behind, to raise the debt limit, and to raise his own pay. If Bob Barr runs against Tom Graves, the Club for Growth PAC will work to educate Georgia voters about Bob Barr’s record of supporting bigger government.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Jerry Shearin passes on challenge to Tom Graves, but Bob Barr still in wings

We’ve confirmed that Jerry Shearin, the former chairman of the Paulding County Commission, will pass on a Republican primary challenge next year to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, in the new 14th District.

That makes it more likely that former Libertarian presidential candidate and congressman Bob Barr – as a renewed member of the GOP — will take a stab at unseating Graves, who won the spot last year.

But given that we’re on the cusp of the holiday season, when the much of the body politic turns away from politics, don’t look for Barr to make a formal decision until next year.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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A warning to Bob Barr: Brawls over illegal immigration and gay marriage loom

So far as we know, Bob Barr hasn’t yet decide whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger in a Republican primary fight for the 14th Congressional District.

But somebody out there is already trying to help the 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate make up his mind – with a quick bit of opposition research that prophesies that a challenge to Graves would quickly devolve into a brawl over immigration and gay marriage.

We don’t know the author, but you can examine the sheet by clicking here. It accuses Barr, a former Georgia congressman, of registering as a lobbyist for the ACLU, and – in 2008, as a Libertarian – of openly campaigning against GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Let us just say that, given the way that McCain is viewed by many grassroots Republicans in Georgia, that last point may be somewhat insincere.

Among sheet’s main arguments:

Bob Barr opposed H.B. 87, Georgia’s tough new illegal immigration law

– Barr claims that Georgia’s [tough] new illegal …

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Your morning jolt: Johnny Isakson bill would require lenders to consider cost of home-buyers’ energy bills

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today will endorse legislation that would require federal loan agencies to take into account the energy bills that homeowners will have to pay – on top of their mortgage payments.

The measure is intended to give underwriters a more accurate picture of what prospective home buyers can afford, and encourage the demand for new, energy-efficient homes.

Only two weeks ago, Isakson teamed up with U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, to introduce legislation that would allow homeowners tap their tax-free 401(k) funds – without the 10 percent penalty – in order to catch up on home mortgage payments.

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Also in Washington, the bipartisan Gang of Six headed up by U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., this morning will brief 12 members of the deficit-slashing “super committee” panel in a closed-door meeting.

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Incumbents and climatologists take note: Political novice John Carson, a banker and certified public accountant, crushed former …

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Your morning jolt: An 8th GOP debate, and Iowa is still distant

Las Vegas will serve as the venue for yet another Republican presidential debate at 8 p.m. tonight, this time on CNN.

Even as you wade through the cheesy gambling metaphors, remember that you’re witnessing what could be a historic shift in the dynamic of American presidential campaigns – a downgrading of the importance of state-by-state referendums on candidates, in favor of a series of national confrontations.

From Dan Balz and the Washington Post:

The GOP contenders will meet here Tuesday night for their fifth exchange since Labor Day and their eighth of the year. Once considered forums that only occasionally had a real effect on a nomination battle, the debates this year have been the defining feature of the contest.

“For the first time in decades, primary debates aren’t a sideshow, as candidates are using them as a major platform in lieu of early TV ads to project their ideas, personalities and candidacies,” said Jonathan Collegio, communications director for the GOP …

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Bob Barr confirms he’s considering a return to Congress

Last week, we heard that former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr was considering a Republican challenge to U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger.

It was good information, but we could never track Barr himself down to confirm the report. However, Steven Nelson at the Daily Caller in Washington just did:

Barr [said] “some supporters are encouraging me” to run for Congress in 2012. He noted that because of redistricting, “much of the new 14th District was part of my old 7th District.”

Barr, who lost his congressional seat in 2002, is a Cobb County resident. The 14th District drifts from far north Georgia down to next-door Paulding County.

Barr told the DC that no decision had been made yet.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: 9th District race for Congress may be about to grow

Federal campaign reports have begun to trickle in, bringing with them an outline of next year’s congressional primaries.

The 9th District congressional campaign of Doug Collins, the state lawmaker from Gainesville, reports raising $114,235 as of Sept. 30, with only slightly less on hand. Seventy-five percent of the cash came from within the northeast Georgia district.

The report from Gainesville radio talk show host Martha Zoller has yet to pop up – but her strategist, Joel McElhannon, says the campaign will report about $30,000 raised.

Collins, as you know, has strong links to both Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston. Zoller has courted the tea party crowd. But the dynamics of the race may be about to change.

We’re hearing that Hunter Bicknell, chairman of the Jackson County Commission, is giving some thought to entering the race, with the object of capturing the non-Hall County vote. From the county’s web site:

A graduate of Georgia State University, Hunter …

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A taboo topic: Picking up the tab for Port of Savannah deepening

If asked to identify the most forbidden topic in the state Capitol, the taboo of all taboos, a stranger would naturally run a finger down the list of standard human frailties.

Very likely, he would think, one ought not to blab about the fellow who is smooching someone whom he ought not to smooch. Or perhaps we should kill the chatter about the lobbyist with the large and accommodating wallet.

Both choices would be well off point. These days, the one thing you must never, ever mention publicly in the Capitol is the possibility that, in this scourge of an economy, with classrooms crying out for teachers and roads crumbling, the state of Georgia might be required to pony up $600 million to lower the bottom of the Savannah River.

At the Port of Savannah, containers are off-loaded from a mammoth overseas vessel and are moved to a container field for processing and transportation to the final destination. Special/Russ Bryant

At the Port of Savannah, containers are off-loaded from a mammoth overseas vessel and are moved to a container field for processing and transportation to the final destination. Special/Russ Bryant

For more than two years, public officials from Georgia …

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Bob Barr contemplating a run against Tom Graves – and a return to Congress?

From the GOP grapevine: Former Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr has told friends that he’s contemplating an attempted return to Congress – and a return to the Republican fold.

Barr, a longtime resident of Cobb County, would challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger – a tea party favorite. In August, the Legislature redrew Graves’ district to include heavily populated Floyd and Paulding counties – which now make up 38 percent of the electorate.

Barr has told acquaintances that he would move to Paulding. We put a call into his office this morning, but have not heard back. However, Barr has a Saturday, Oct. 22 appearance before a Paulding County tea party group called “We The People.”

Barr has been out of Congress for nearly a decade. After his district was injected with a substantial number of Democrats in 2001, the four-term Barr decided to challenge U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, in an August 2002 primary. Barr lost.

Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, stepped into Barr’s …

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