It’s that time again!
Below are my thoughts on races which are contested. Please feel free to copy, forward, post to social media, print and burn, etc. Brace yourselves, winter is… already here, apparently.
Unites States Senate:
David Perdue has given voters little reason to vote for him, however this race now has more to do with removing Harry Reid as the majority leader in the Senate than it is about Georgia’s interests. Perdue will likely be less horrible than Saxby Chambliss, but that’s not saying much. This is a hold your nose vote, but a Democratically controlled Senate smells worse than Perdue.
Nathan Deal has given voters less of a reason to vote for him than Perdue has, which is quite an accomplishment. The problem is that his opponent, Jason Carter is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, and has done nothing to convince the public he’s any different than grandpa. Jimmy Carter is on record as a supporter of Hamas, and is vocally anti-Israel. If we’re going to accept political dynasties, we could at least require that they not publically support Islamic governments. On the other hand, if we had a democratic governor, perhaps the executive and legislative branches would actually investigate each other, and we might clear out some of the rampant corruption in the crossfire. I voted for Nathan Deal, but it’s really a toss-up… mostly in a “toss your lunch” sort of way.
Secretary of State:
Brian Kemp is the GOP choice, and he’s actually made locating ballot information much easier. His opponent, Doreen Carter (no relation), has vague language on her website, but appears to be favoring a relaxation of the voter ID laws. I’m calling this one for Brian Kemp.
L.S. “Casey” Cagle is the Republican in the race, and since his opponent, Connie Stokes advocates for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion on her front page, it’s kind of a no-brainer. Go with Cagle.
Ugh, Sam Olens, the chief enabler of GOP corruption in the state capitol. I just can’t bring myself to vote for him. At the risk of a democrat starting a political witch hunt in Georgia, I’m going with Greg Hecht.
Commissioner of Agriculture:
Gary Black is the incumbent, and information on the race is hard to find. Gary looks like he has his stuff together, so I’ll go with him.
Commissioner of Insurance:
Ralph Hudgens is the GOP choice, and looking at his opponent, Liz Johnson, you can’t do worse than her. Her own website is abrasive, and has a section called “Liz’s Soapbox.” Just… no.
State School Superintendent:
Richard Woods is the GOP choice and publicly against Common Core. Game, set, match.
Commissioner of Labor:
Mark Butler is the pick here. His opponent, Robbin Shipp has plastered support for endless unemployment benefits on her front page. Also, when her Planned Parenthood and the ALF-CIO’s endorsements are front and center, it’s not a good bet.
No. 1: “Shall property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”
I voted NO. Maybe I’m being petty, but colleges across the country need to have a greater dose of reality. Maybe their staff wouldn’t be for every new tax if they had some skin in the game.
Cobb County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax: Basically they’re asking for more taxes for “stuff.” Until they stop wasting money on the incoming stadium, I’m not giving them another dime. NO
For the recap:
Unites States Senate – David Perdue
Governor – Nathan Deal
Secretary of State – Brian Kemp
Lt. Governor – L.S. “Casey” Cagle
Attorney General – Greg Hecht
Commissioner of Agriculture – Gary Black
Commissioner of Insurance – Ralph Hudgens
State School Superintendent – Richard Woods
Commissioner of Labor – J. Mark Butler
Number 1 Referendum – NO
Local Sales Tax – NO
It’s almost over… we’ll get through election season together.