Had a blast. Let's do it again soon.
Flournoy, there's no telling. Deal's camp has said it would agree to at least one debate. Probably in October. Maybe our resident rapping reporter, Dan Malloy, can serve on the panel.
Definitely not me. Maybe Galloway?
I have to correct myself about the Cobb superior judge race. Ann Harris did not get a majority, so there will be runoff. Juanita Stedman came in second.
Excellent point, War Eagle. We haven't been paying for what we get, and no one wants to. Let me point you to the weekend debates of U.S. Senate candidates. All the Dems present (Nunn was absent) opposed any reduction in federal entitlements like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare. All the Republican candidates refused to acknowledge that tax loopholes need to be closed to generate more federal revenue to pay the debt down.
A loaded question! I can tell you from Deal's perspective, he worries that expanding Medicaid in the long run would be far too costly, and he's concerned that a promise of fedreal funding could be broken after Obama's second term ends.
Computer's hinky. Have to restart. Back in a few.
Centrist, the race is on to appeal to those minorities and newcomers as they settle here. Republicans argue exactly that - that their economic message should appeal to every type of person. But many critics see the refusal to embrace Obamacare as devastating.
Centrist: Believe it or not, class/economic status doesn't have all that much to do with voting preferences. Especially in the South, race and religion are the driving forces. Alan Abramowitz of Emory U. had a good piece on this a couple weeks ago, pushing back on people who said that the growing class divide in the U.S. would naturally give Dems an edge nationwide.
Abo: Ann Harris won the Cobb judge race.
FlournoyRJ: You have just plugged yourself into the mind of Jack Kingston. That's the argument he'll be making over the next eight weeks.
War Eagle, what we're seeing in Georgia at least is the policy difference between tea party types and 'mainstream' Republicans are rapidly diminishing. The biggest distinctions are in tone and experience. It's hard for a veteran lawmaker to claim the tea party mantle.
Re Balfour/Deal: I don't think there's an equivalency here. Don Balfour was on trial. Nathan Deal has been the topic of some bad press. A jury found for a state employee who said she'd been canned for looking into complaints about Deal's campaign. But the direct connection isn't there.
Tea party groups are already claiming credit for Don Balfour's defeat. They helped heighten the attention on his ethics lapses. But Balfour was actually the one on the stand during his trial (he was exonerated on fraud charegs) whereas Deal was not. As Jim said, ethics doesn't usually drive folks to the polls alone. But Carter certainly hopes it h
No, this is a new group whose only object is supporting Nunn. Has local ties. Sorry -- long day yesterday and the brain is a bit fogged.
Was Don Balfour punished for his ethical issues? Does that mean anything for Nathan Deal in November?