-- Scot Turner (60 percent) beat Brian Laurens (40 percent) in the House District 21, all-Republican runoff to replace state Rep. Sean Jerguson. Only 1,502 Cherokee County voters cast ballots.
-- Republicans David Stover (43 percent) and Thomas Crymes (20 percent) move on to a March 5 runoff in the House District 71 race to fill the seat vacated by Robert Stokely, who left to accept a full-time job as magistrate in Coweta County. Cynthia Bennett, the only Democrat in the race, finished fourth. Total ballots: 2,732.
-- Dean Burke will become the 38th Republican in the state Senate, giving that chamber a GOP super-majority. Burke (58 percent) beat Mike Keown (42 percent) in an all-GOP runoff to replace state Sen. John Bulloch. Total ballots: 13,245.
A day later, in an interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM), Gov. Nathan Deal strongly hinted that the DeKalb school board was wasting valuable time. An accreditation agency has placed the system on probation, and the state Board of Education will decide later this month whether to recommend the removal of any DeKalb school board members.
"It was not the dynamic of who the school superintendent was that got them put on probation," Deal said, "So, changing something that had nothing to do with the probationary reasons, which was governance by the board itself, I don't think one really has any necessary connection to the other."
Speaking of the governor, the progressive group Better Georgia will drop a poll today that says 62 percent of Georgia voters consider Nathan Deal’s involvement in arranging a $150,000-a-year job for former state Sen. Chip Rogers to be a reason to vote against him. Check out the top lines here.
The Facebook page for the Rome Tea Party includes a notice for a Friday rally on the steps of the state Capitol, hosted by the Georgia Second Amendment Group. Firearms will apparently be on hand. The bulletin includes these lines:
This is a properly permitted armed rally in support of our Constitution and in particular our Second Amendment rights. Highly motivated speakers will be there.
State Rep. Sandra Scott, D-Rex, has dropped what could become the most popular piece of legislation this session – at least among the 20-something crowd. H.B. 117 would bar prospective employers from demanding that job recruits hand over their Twitter and Facebook passwords so that the company can review their Internet profiles.
Michael Brewster, chairman of the Athens GOP, has cut this YouTube video urging heavy turnout at this Saturday’s precinct meetings, in order to thwart what he called an attempted takeover by a more Libertarian-oriented faction. A dispute between the same parties resulted in the dismissal of the Athens delegation at last year’s state GOP convention.
"While we were playing footsie debating each other 22 times, they were spending $100 million on technology," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said last week, referring to his party's rigorous debate schedule in the 2012 GOP presidential primary season. The last campaign, many Republican insiders said during a recent RNC meeting, had too many debates, the result of which was a GOP arguing with itself while Democrats prepared the way for Barack Obama's victory.
Relive the action, drama and triumphs of the entire SEC football season. Fifteen game day posters, one from each week of the SEC’s unpredictable season — from Georgia’s highs and lows to Auburn’s improbable last-minute heroics.