The scores: Handel, 40 percent; state Sen. Judson Hill of Marietta, 13 percent; state Sen. John Albers, 5 percent; state Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie, 3 percent; House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, 2 percent; and Chris Carr, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, 1 percent.
Price on Monday put in writing what he had said last week – that he would make no decision on a Senate bid until mid-May.
Speaking of polls, as I rolled into the house last night, the Hicks Evaluation Group was on the phone with an automated survey of prospective GOP candidates in an 11th District congressional race – should U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey try for Saxby Chambliss’ seat next year.
The names have changed since last week. This round: Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison; state Sen. Judson Hill of Marietta; state Rep. Edward Lindsey of Atlanta; state Sen. Barry Loudermilk of Cassville; state Rep. Ed Setzer of Kennesaw; or someone else.
Apparently, no one knows exactly where this Hill fellow lives.
The House today will take up H.R. 4, a measure that would propose a swap to the state of Tennessee: Acknowledgement of north Georgia’s current – but erroneously drawn – border, in exchange for a sliver of access to the Tennessee River.
Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Augusta, addressed his colleagues during discussion of a mental-health bill that the sponsor said would do more to prevent mass shootings than gun control. Jackson picked up on that theme.
“More murders were committed last year with hammers than with shotguns, rifles or AK-47s,” he said.
He also mentioned a murder he read about where the victim was bludgeoned with a frying pan.
After the Senate passed the bill with his support, he said he didn’t recall where he read the statistic about the use of implements other than guns in murders.
“It might have even been twice as many,” he told a reporter. “I’ll try and come up with it.”
Methinks Senator Jackson is about to be Politifacted.
The state NAACP and other organizations will hold a 10:30 a.m. Wednesday rally at the Capitol in support of state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, who they say has been unfairly targeted in a “witch hunt” by the FBI.
A federal grand jury is currently asking questions about Brooks’ finances.
Last week, blogger Andre Walker was one of two dozen African-Americans invited to a session on party expansion featuring Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Today, he’s that fellow who – on his website -- pasted a state House member’s head on a porn actor’s well-endowed body. Presumably this was done to mock Rep. Earnest Smith’s co-sponsorship of H.B. 39, a measure that would make such Photoshopping a misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $1,000.