Elections board says 'no' to Sunday voting in Macon

A Democratic push for Sunday voting in Macon went down in flames last night after a contentious meeting.

The Bibb County Board of Elections voted 3-2 to reject a Democrat push for Sunday early voting, with an independent siding with the board's two Republicans.

WMAZ reports that Rinda Wilson, a Republican board member, called it a "partisan thing" engineered by local Democrats.

From their story:

"There have been six states that have been targeted, Georgia being one of them, that this would be a way just to wring out every last vote," [said Wilson.]

Independent at-large board member, Barbara Clowers,said she voted no for financial reasons, citing relatively low voter turnout when polls are open during early voting on Saturdays. Clowers told 13WMAZ one more day of voting would put an extra strain on the county's budget, adding an unnecessary expense.

The early voting would have taken place on Oct. 26 and cost the county about $3,000.

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Michelle Nunn's newest ad invokes the "l" word against David Perdue: "lie."

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Gov. Nathan Deal doesn't seem to mind that his bestie, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, is edging closer to Democrat Jason Carter as November nears.

The Democratic mayor hosted a fundraiser for Deal's rival, though he pointedly stopped short of giving him his endorsement. Atlanta Magazine sat down with Deal for its election package and asked him about the dynamic.

Here's what he said:

"I take great comfort in the fact that he has publicly acknowledged that I’ve been a great governor, and I think he will continue to acknowledge that. I don’t want to try to get involved in his politics and his party politics in particular, okay? We both understand that. But to have him as a personal friend, and to have him as the mayor of the city of Atlanta saying that the governor’s doing a great job and that we work well together? That’s about as close to an endorsement as you can get."

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We got hold of the AARP Voter Guide for the governor's race.

In his response, Democrat Jason Carter again hinted at his plan to back an expansion of Georgia's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. He said he wants to ensure Georgia gets its "fair share" by keeping taxpayer dollars in the state.

Gov. Nathan Deal, we should note, didn't offer any responses to the group's questions.

"The candidate was invited to participate but chose not to respond," the AARP said.

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Former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker is set to be a free man today.

The Augusta Democrat was sentenced to about 10 years in prison in 2005 on conspiracy and fraud charges related to charity funds and a newspaper he operated. The sentence was reduced for good behavior. The Augusta Chronicle reported the final stretch of his sentence, a stay in an Atlanta halfway house, ends today.

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The first public view of polling in the 12th Congressional district race comes via the National Republican Campaign Committee's distribution of a Rick Allen internal poll showing a dead heat, with incumbent Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, holding a slight lead.

Public Opinion Strategies found Barrow ahead 44 percent to 42 percent, based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 15-17. President Barack Obama's approval rating is an underwater 40-52 in the district.

The full polling memo is here. Remember to take selectively leaked internal polls with the appropriate grains of sodium chloride, but this is a tougher test for Barrow than the Lee Anderson Follies of 2012.

Speaking of the previous cycle, the NRCC is out with a new ad that hits Barrow for a fundraising missive he sent in 2012 to Democrats highlighting that Barrow did, in fact, vote with Obama and the Democrats 85 percent of the time.

In Barrow's latest ad, he proclaims that Republicans using this 2009-10 stat against him is bogus because "I don't vote 85 percent of the time with anyone."

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The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder surprised a lot of people on Thursday, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta.

We know how big a shock it was because Lewis' reaction was caught on CSPAN, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mentioned the news at a Congressional Black Caucus event.

"Wow," Lewis can be heard saying, off camera. "That is so sad. That is terrible. Why?"

(Politico magazine offers a thorough answer to his question here.)

Lewis gathered his thoughts in a prepared statement later in the day:

I am deeply saddened to learn today that the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, is stepping down.  His resignation is a great loss for any American seeking justice in our society.  He became the symbol of fairness, an embodiment of the best in the federal government. 

He has been a persistent and consistent leader in the struggle for civil and human rights.  That legacy is in his bones.  It is written on his heart, and his intelligence and committed leadership will be hard to replace. 

In my conversation with him today, I thanked the Attorney General for his years of service to this nation.  He and his family have been a blessing, and his leadership will be sorely missed.

Holder, of course, is a polarizing figure whom the House voted to hold in contempt. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, therefore took a differing view from Lewis on Holder's tenure:

“In multiple committee hearings where I personally questioned Eric Holder, I found him the very personification of the evasive, obstructive, and divisive politics that defines the Obama Administration. He should have been gone before I even got to Congress after he was held in criminal contempt by the House of Representatives, but he defiantly persisted. His departure doesn’t release him for the responsibility he holds for the mistakes he’s made and the abuses of power he’s committed, but it’s my best hope that it paves the way for a functioning relationship with Congress—the representatives of the American people—again.”

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The Democratic National Committee is targeting Georgia, among other states, in a new Spanish language radio ad campaign intended to inspire the base.

The opening line is: "Los Republicanos piensan que nos vamos a quedar en casa." (Republicans think we're going to stay home.)

Escucha aqui.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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