Southern Whites’ Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats

President Obama’s landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era. And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance.

It’s not because Mr. Obama’s so-called new coalition of young and nonwhite voters failed to live up to its potential. They again turned out in record numbers in 2012. The Democratic majority has failed to materialize because the Republicans made large, countervailing and unappreciated gains of their own among white Southerners.

From the high plains of West Texas to the Atlantic Coast of Georgia, white voters opposed Mr. Obama’s re-election in overwhelming numbers. In many counties 90 percent of white voters chose Mitt Romney, nearly the reversal of the margin by which black voters supported Mr. Obama.

While white Southerners have been voting Republican for decades, the hugeness of the gap was new. Mr. Obama often lost more than 40 percent of Al Gore’s support among white voters south of the historically significant line of the Missouri Compromise. Two centuries later, Southern politics are deeply polarized along racial lines. It is no exaggeration to suggest that in these states the Democrats have become the party of African Americans and that the Republicans are the party of whites.

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, at a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla. Credit Jim Young/Reuters

The collapse in Democratic support among white Southerners has been obscured by the rise of the Obama coalition. Higher black turnout allowed the Democrats to win nearly 44 percent of the vote in states like Mississippi, where 37 percent of voters were black. But the white shift is nearly as important to contemporary electoral politics as the Obama coalition. It represents an end, at least temporarily, to the South’s assimilation into the American political and cultural mainstream.

Estimate of Where Obama Lacks White Support

 

Areas where Obama won 20% or less of the white vote in 2012

Sources: U.S. Census, Edison Research (exit polls)

Note: Based on analysis of exit polls and U.S. Census data; data not available for Alaska

The South gradually became more like the rest of the country starting in the middle of 20th century, with desegregation, followed by migration of Northerners to the Sun Belt. Standards of living in the South, which had long

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Georgia Conservatives Endorse Pennington for Governor

DALTON, GA, April 23, 2014 – Georgia Conservatives In Action announced today the endorsement of Conservative David Pennington for governor.”As the only conservative candidate in the race for Georgia’s governor, it is an honor to be endorsed by GCIA,” Pennington said. “As governor, I will work to cut spending, cut taxes, limit regulation and promote transparency.”Georgia Conservatives In Action is a social welfare organization whose mission is to educate, motivate and activate grassroots conservatives to have an effective voice in government.

“Our goal is to put forth a group of candidates who we feel most reflect our principles of pro-family, pro-life, less government and less taxes. These candidates will work tirelessly to make our nation and our state reflect our constitution,” said Kay Godwin, the group’s co-founder.

The Populists Republicans of America and Georgia Conservatives for Change have also endorsed Pennington. For more information, visit http://www.davidforgeorgia.com/. For immediate updates, follow Pennington at https://www.facebook.com/davidforgeorgia and https://twitter.com/davidforgeorgia.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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US Senate Candidate Opposes Same Sex Marriage Ban

 

….and it’s not who you think.

Art Gardner released a statement today announcing his support for the recently-filed class action suit seeking to overturn the State of Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriages. In his statement, Gardner says,

My rationale is that the State is very likely to lose this suit and it is a waste of taxpayer money to fight it. In this time of tight budgets, the State can better use that money for other purposes. I am a fiscal conservative, what some might call a budget hawk, and throwing hard-earned tax dollars away on fighting this suit is unwise. Moreover, it is also time for the State of Georgia and the Republican Party to get ahead of this issue. We (the GOP) are the original civil rights party, the Party of Lincoln, the party that strongly supported the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. This suit presents our party with a golden opportunity to steer a bold new course, one that will set the State of Georgia and the Georgia GOP on an upward path. I call on my fellow members of the GOP to join me in supporting the suit and urging the Attorney General to not fight it.

REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ART GARDNER CALLS FOR SUPPORT OF NEW SUIT CHALLENGING GEORGIA’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

Atlanta, GA – Wednesday, Art Gardner (GOP), a patent attorney seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, announced his support for the recently-filed class action suit seeking to overturn the State of Georgia’s ban on same-sex marriages. Gardner explained, “I support marriage equality and I call on all liberty-minded Republicans to join me in supporting this suit. I also call on Attorney General Sam Olens, a fellow Republican, to not fight the suit, but to allow the plaintiffs to obtain a favorable judgment directly.” Gardner has consistently argued for marriage equality throughout the Senate primary campaign and has urged Republicans to step away from “hard right” social stances in order to broaden the base of the GOP.

Said Gardner, “My rationale is that the State is very likely to lose this suit and it is a waste of taxpayer money to fight it. In this time of tight budgets, the State can better use that money for other purposes. I am a fiscal conservative, what some might call a budget hawk, and throwing hard-earned tax dollars away on fighting this suit is unwise. Moreover, it is also time for the State of Georgia and the Republican Party to get ahead of this issue. We (the GOP) are the original civil rights party, the Party of Lincoln, the party that strongly supported the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. This suit presents our party with a golden opportunity to steer a bold new course, one that will set the State of Georgia and the Georgia GOP on an upward path. I call on my fellow members of the GOP to join me in supporting the suit and urging the Attorney General to not fight it.”

Gardner is considering organizing a rally to show support for marriage equality among Georgians of all political parties. Those interested in participating in such a rally can contact Gardner’s campaign at ArtGardner2014@gmail.com.

via US Senate Candidate Opposes Same Sex Marriage Ban — Peach Pundit.

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Are you attending the Health Fair?

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IRS paid bonuses to tax-delinquent employees, report says

The Internal Revenue Service provided millions of dollars in bonuses to agency employees with “substantiated” conduct issues including nonpayment of taxes, according to a watchdog report released Tuesday.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the IRS between October 2010 and December 2012 doled out more than $2.8 million to about 2,800 workers with recent conduct issues. That included more than $1 million in cash awards for roughly 1,100 employees with federal tax-compliance problems, the report said.

Inspector General Russell George noted that the government does not prohibit bonuses for workers who fail to pay taxes, but he said the practice creates a “conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration.”

Republican lawmakers have expressed growing frustration with federal employees who don’t pay their taxes. In 2011, about 3.6 percent of the government’s 3 million civilian employees owed back-taxes totaling more than $1 billion, according to IRS data.

Last year, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sponsored a bill that would have required agencies to fire employees with “seriously delinquent” tax debt. The measure died in the House after winning approval from the chamber’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has repeatedly proposed a similar legislation to no avail.

Critics argue that the bills unfairly target civil servants among the many Americans who owe back-taxes. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said of the Chaffetz measure last year that the government would have a harder time collecting taxes from individuals who lose their jobs.

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management directed agencies in 2011 to reduce their spending on bonuses beginning the next year. The IRS complied with that order by trimming back its awards from $92 million in 2011 to $86 million in 2012, according to the watchdog report.

The inspector general recommended that the IRS implement a policy requiring management to consider conduct issues including nonpayment of taxes before providing bonuses. The agency agreed with the suggestions and said it plans to conduct a study by June on implementing the policy.

via IRS paid bonuses to tax-delinquent employees, report says.Washington Post

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PSO Auxiliary Unit’s K-9 Demonstration

The Pickens County Auxiliary Unit is continuing efforts to sell Gator raffle tickets to supply much-needed equipment and support to the PSO. Come on out to Day’s Chevrolet this Saturday, April 26 starting at 11 a.m. for a free lunch and canine demonstrations. While you’re there, have a look at the Gator and consider buying a ticket.

 

via PSO Auxiliary Unit’s K-9 Demonstration – pickens.fetchyournews.com.

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Deal Signs Bill Allowing Work Based Learning

From the Coosa Valley News:

Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday signed into law legislation creating work-based learning programs for Georgia high school students, which will increase their access to real-world education and further ensure that our state is shaping a qualified future workforce. These programs will replace Georgia’s current Youth Apprenticeship Program. “Work-based learning programs establish a mutually beneficial relationship between students, employers and the economic health of the state,” Deal said. “Yielding highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career-oriented students, these programs will aid in the development of a successful and competitive 21st century workforce and help keep us the No. 1 place for business.”

The new law allows students in any public high school to enroll in a work-based learning program that is offered at their school and has been approved for class. The student will be granted release time from school to work for a qualified employer and may be eligible to earn dual credit upon completion of the program.

A couple of things: Note that one of the mantras currently used by those who want to fault everything that is public education is a “one size fits all” approach. This, in addition to Georgia’s 17 different career tracks in high school, is further evidence that Georgia is not a “one size fits all” state when it comes to our public schools.

Note that Georgia continues to keep Common Core standards. Remember this program and the career academy tracks the next time you want to claim Common Core mandates a “one size fits all” problem under Common Core standards. Because the evidence just makes you look ignorant when you say things like that.

via Peach Pundit – Georgia Politics.

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Michelle Nunn Wants To End…The Congressional Obamacare Subsidy?

It’s clear that Nunn wants to position herself as a centrist, and not a “Washington Democrat”, but will this play with independents, and how far to the center will activist Democrats allow her to move away from them before they call BS and decide to quit community organizing on her behalf? Discuss.

via Michelle Nunn Wants To End…The Congressional Obamacare Subsidy? — Peach Pundit.

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GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S FORUM ON APRIL 24TH

Thurs APR 24 – GA Gov Forum
Cherokee Admin Bldg Bluffs @ 6:30p

John Barge (R),
Nathan Deal (R),
David Pennington (R)

1130 Bluffs Pkwy, Canton , 30114

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April 22 PC TEA Party Political Forum Tonight

cropped-cropped-5212795cd13e9.preview-300-e13979252024822.jpgCandidates confirmed: Karen Handel, Derrick Grayson, Ken Herron, Amanda Swafford, Bernard Fontaine

Candidates acknowledged invitation, but have not yet confirmed: Paul Broun, Art Gardner

Candidates not yet heard from: Michelle Nunn, David Perdue, Todd Robinson

Candidates who cannot attend, but will send a representative: Jack Kingston, Tom Graves, Doug Collins, Steen Miles, Phil Gingrey

Candidates who cannot attend: Dr. Rad:

Chattahoochee Technical College
7 p.m.
Everyone is invited.

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