Early-voting turnout triples 2014 midterm election

Election 2018, News

Glenda Ferguson

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Voters all across Georgia raced to polling places in what appears to be record numbers during the first week of in-person, early voting last week and Dawson County was no exception.

Statewide, nearly three times as many people (482,435) voted last week compared with the last midterm election according to a report by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Dawson County Director of Elections and Registration Glenda Ferguson said 560 voters turned out Friday, closing out a week in which 2,328 voters cast early ballots compared to only 725 during the first week of the 2014 midterm election.

It is difficult to say whether Dawson County voters are more motivated by what appears to be a very close and increasingly bitter race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor or national issues like control of the U.S. House and Senate, illegal immigration and the farcical hearing for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

In-person early voting in Georgia will continue for two more weeks until Nov. 2, including at least one Saturday Oct. 27. Election Day is Nov. 6 when polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The website Georgia Votes reports that about 61 percent of early voters so far are white and 29 percent are black. Almost 30 percent of early voters didn’t cast a ballot in 2014.

Despite the large number of voters, Ferguson said voting went smoothly all five days with very few glitches.

 

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Advanced voting in general election begins Oct. 15

Election 2018, News, Politics

Brian Kemp

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Advanced voting for the 2018 General Election begins next week and Georgia is the home of one of the most intriguing – and expensive — gubernatorial races in the nation.

Pollsters say the race is neck and neck. On Sept. 6, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll had it 45 percent for Republican Brian Kemp, 45 percent for Democrat Stacey Abrams, 2 percent for independent Ted Metz and 7.5 percent undecided.

Stacey Abrams

Folks who make a living analyzing political races say the Democrats had the momentum and that anger over President Donald Trump’s policies was driving increased voter registration on the left. But that was before the bitterly divisive hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Infuriated by the “guilty until proven innocent,” sexual assault accusations of the liberal left, Republicans have seized the momentum and can be expected to turnout in record numbers to support Kemp.

Health insurance is a key policy difference between the two leading candidates. Abrams supports Medicaid expansion. Kemp says it would bankrupt the state.

Kemp carries the endorsement of President Donald Trump into the election. Abrams is the darling of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, Democrats who hope to change the color of Georgia from red to blue.

Advanced voting will be held Monday through Friday from Oct 15 through November 2 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Voters may also cast a ballot on Saturday Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. All advanced voting in Dawson County will take place at the Board of Elections Office, 96 Academy office in Dawsonville.

For questions about your voting location and/or status, call 706-344-3640.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., when all precincts will be open.

A large number of candidates will appear on the ballot, but are running unopposed. They include State Senator Steve Gooch, State Representative Kevin Tanner, Northeast Judicial District Attorney Lee Darragh, County Commissioner District 1 Sharon R. Fausett, County Commissioner-elect District 3 Tim Satterfield, Board of Education At-Large William S. Wade, Board of Education District 3 Karen Armstrong.

In addition to choosing political candidates, voters will have an opportunity to vote on five proposed Constitutional amendments and two statewide referendums.

 DAWSON COUNTY BALLOT

Governor

Brian Kemp (R ) Stacey Abrams(D) Ted Met (I)

Lieutenant. Gov.

Geoff Duncan (R) Sarah Riggs Amico (D)

Secretary of State

Brad Raffensperger (R ) John Barrow (D)

Attorney General

Chris Carr (R ) Charlie Bailey (D)

Agriculture Commissioner

Gary Black (R ) Fred Swann (D)

Insurance Commissioner

Jim Beck (R ) Janice Laws (D ) Donnie Foster (I)

State School Superintendent

Richard Woods (R )  Otha Thornton, Jr. (D)

Labor Commissioner

Mark Butler (R ) Richard Keatley

U.S. House of Representatives 9th District

Doug Collins (R ) Josh McCall (D)

State Representatives 7th District

David Ralston (R ) Rick Day (D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian Kemp silent on allowing voters to decide on official English

Opinion

 Pro-English voters should ask questions

By: D.A. King 

A December 2015 Rosetta Stone poll showed that a bipartisan 76% of Georgians support making English Georgia’s constitutional official language. The idea is English as official, not “English only” as goes the portrayal by dishonest opponents.

Policy differences for candidates in the race for Georgia governor may not extend to allowing Georgia voters to decide if the state constitution should be amended to make English the official language of government.

According to an AJC report last week, Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams promised to oppose constitutional official English in the General Assembly as governor and boasted of fighting against allowing voters to answer a ballot question when she was in the legislature.

We thought it surprising that the AJC did not include a quote or position from Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp on the voter-popular issue, so  Wednesday, October 3, this writer sent a policy question and request for a quote to the Kemp campaign.

Brian Kemp – photo, Facebook

“Do you support allowing Georgia voters to decide on a ballot question that would amend the state constitution to make English the official language of Georgia government and which would end current practice of offering the written road rules portion of the DDS drivers license exam in (eleven) foreign languages?

 

If so, will you use the power of the governor’s office to promote that cause for the 2020 election?”

 

We have not received a response from candidate Kemp. Curious voters should ask him.

All concerned should be aware that Georgia has a 1996 statute in place that makes English the official language, but also says officials can ignore that directive: 

“State agencies, counties, municipal corporations, and political subdivisions of this state are authorized to use or to print official documents and forms in languages other than the official language, at the discretion of their governing authorities.”

 The concept of allowing voters to have a voice on the matter is quite popular in the Georgia senate. Introduced by state Senator Josh McKoon, in 2016 SR 675 passed the Georgia senate with every Republican member voting “YEA,” But it was not allowed a vote on the House floor. 

McKoon’s Resolution created a ballot question voters would have considered that year which read:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that English is the official language of the State of Georgia?”

All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote “Yes.”

All persons desiring to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote “No.” 

If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the Constitution of this state.”

Most conservatives would like to have the chance to answer that question in November, 2020.

Readers who are not closely involved in Gold Dome politics are likely asking why they have not already been permitted to vote on making official English part of the state constitution. It helps to know that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce are vehemently opposed to that idea.

It may also help to know that in metro-Atlanta’s DeKalb School District alone, administrators are dealing with students from 180 different countries who speak 140 different languages.

Without a constitutional mandate that English is the official language of government, readers can make their own predictions on how long it is before the angry marches in the streets begin with the demand that government in Georgia accommodate every imaginable language with the cry that “diversity is our strength.”

It seems like something a Republican candidate for Georgia governor would comment on. Comprende?

D.A. King of Marietta is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.

 

Brian Kemp’s Putting Georgians First bus tour rolled into Dawson County early Monday morning

News, Politics

Brian Kemp addresses supporters Monday morning during stop in Dawson County.

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – With early voting in Georgia’s gubernatorial race set to begin in two weeks, Republican candidate Secretary of State Brian Kemp brought his 27-stop “Putting Georgians First” bus tour to Dawsonville Monday morning to paint a “stark contrast” between him and his Democrat opponent and to remind supporters “We are in a fight for the soul of our state.”

While Democrats have attempted to paint former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams as a centrist candidate, Kemp wasted little time in labeling her  a “radical career politician” who would raise taxes, end school choice and expand government healthcare.

On taxes, Kemp said her plan is to raise taxes “even though she hasn’t paid her own.”

“She wants to reverse the billion dollar tax cut these guys in the legislature helped pass last year because of the leadership of our president at the federal level,” Kemp said. “My plan as governor is signing another tax cut this coming year.”

On education, Kemp said, “I want to expand pre-K, protect the Hope Scholarship by not doing what she wants to do by giving it to people who are here illegally. I want to have less testing, less state mandates and more local control when it comes to education.”

Kemp proposed a $5,000 annual pay raise for Georgia’s teachers last week. “They know a lot better what to do in their local communities than some bureaucrat in state or federal government.”

On healthcare, he said he wants to end government healthcare while Abrams supports single-payer healthcare which “is going to cost billions and will limit your ability to see your own doctor. But don’t worry, she’s got a plan to pay for that – raising your taxes.” Kemp said her plan would “bankrupt the state and bankrupt you.”

Kemp also said Abrams has “an extreme agenda” when it comes to public safety and law enforcement. “She voted against legislation to increase protection for our police officers that have been assaulted and walked off the floor on a vote to go after people who are buying our children for sex. When pressed, she said she did not support the legislation.”

“Voting against having sexual predators within 1,000 feet of our schools and taking pictures of our children, that is an extreme agenda. (Kemp was referring to Abrams vote against HB 908 in 2008). That and going after street gangs.”

Kemp added that he has a plan to stop and dismantle street gangs in Georgia. He added that according to state and federal law enforcement agents, there are 70,000 street gang members living in Georgia today.

Kemp reminded supporters that “we are in the fight of our lives right now. For people who say we’ve got this election in the bag, we do not. We’re going to win, but we can’t win if everybody stays home. We’ve got to get our folks out. Don’t let showing up this morning be the last thing you do for this campaign.”

Over the weekend, former U.S Congressman Newt Gingrich warned of a massive “blue wave of money flowing into the Abrams campaign from leftist states like California and New York.

When Fetch Your News asked Kemp about Gingrich’s comment, he said, “The problem is we’re never going to be able to out raise her. You literally have billionaires like George Soros and others trying to bring their socialist ideas of big government to the state of Georgia to influence this election. We’re going to have the resources we need, but we’ve got to have a lot of people working on the ground to get the vote out to combat the amount of money they have.”

Kemp is accompanied on the tour by his wife Marty and daughter Lucy and U.S. Congressman Doug Collins and State Senator Steve Gooch.

Collins introduced Kemp, saying, Brian has fought off liberals when they wanted to attack our voting system. He’s fought for smaller government. He’s fought for the things that matter to us.”

Dawson County was the first stop on the first day of bus tour Monday morning. It was followed by stops in Pickens, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield counties.

 

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Kemp bus tour starts in Dawsonville Monday

News, Politics

DAWSONVILE, Ga. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp will kick off his 27-day, across-the-state, “Putting Georgians First” bus tour in Dawson County Monday morning.

Kemp will greet supporters at 8:30 am. at John Megel Chevrolet, 1392 Ga. Hwy. 400 South to start a busy week of connecting Georgia voters.

In announcing the tour, Kemp said, “I look forward to sharing my story, vision, and plan to grow jobs, lower taxes and healthcare costs, strengthen rural Georgia, invest in public education, protect HOPE, and keep Georgia families safe on the Putting Georgians First Bus Tour. As governor, I will work around the clock to ensure that our best days are always ahead.”

That Dawsonville stop will be followed by Monday appearances in Pickens County (10 a.m.), Fannin County (noon), Gilmer County (2 p.m.), Murray County (3:30 p.m.) and Whitfield County (5:30 p.m.).

In the race, which promises to be one of the most visible in the nation, there is a stark difference in the two candidates. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said, Georgians are going to have the clearest choice that they’ve probably ever had in the general election for election for the office of governor.”

Kemp’s opponent is Democrat Stacey Abrams, a far left-wing Yale law school graduate who supports a strict ban on assault rifles, expanding medicaid and demands the carvings of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson be sandblasted from Stone Mountain.

Kemp defines his opponent as a liberal who is “backed by billionaires and socialists who want to make Georgia into California.”

Kemp, a populist and strong supporter of President Donald Trump, says the governor’s race is a battle for “literally the soul of our state.” He supports  lowering taxes and strengthening rural counties and opposes stricter gun control and wants to “round up criminal illegals” and have them deported.

 

 

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Kemp defeats Cagle for Republican nomination

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – After a heated runoff race, the results are in and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp has beat out opponent Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for the Republican nomination.

What was polled as a tight race between the two candidates ended up being what some would consider a landslide victory for Kemp. Kemp received 69.46 percent of the vote statewide with Cagle pulling in 30.54 percent.

Kemp will now face the Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams for the seat of Georgia Governor.

Abrams and Kemp are not strangers, as they have gone head to head over election issues while Kemp has served as Secretary of State.

“All of these liberal groups that are going to be in play in Georgia supporting her (Abrams), I’ve fought,” Kemp said about his past experiences with Abrams.

Citing that he has already faced George Soros, Eric Holder, Thomas Perez, Common Cause Georgia and New Georgia Project, Kemp is confident that he can beat them again.

Kemp explained where some of these groups came into conflict with the Secretary of State office, “They sued us and several counties saying that we weren’t registering voters, 10 different counts. Then they wanted us to settle. I wouldn’t do it. I made them go to court and we won all 10 cases.”

“I know what’s coming,” Kemp said about his preparation for proceeding in the gubernatorial race. “I know how to fight.”

Raffensperger wins nomination for Secretary of State

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Brad Raffensperger has defeated David Belle Isle in the July Runoff Election.

Raffensperger and Belle Isle vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Secretary of State. The Secretary of State seat is open with no incumbent as current Secretary of State Brian Kemp moves forward in the gubernatorial race.

With all 159 counties reporting, Raffensperger was able to receive 61.76 percent of the vote while Belle Isle fell short only receiving 38.24 percent.

Raffensperger will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee John Barrow.

 

 

 

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Duncan wins tightest race in July Runoff

Election, Election 2018

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Geoff Duncan narrowly beats out David Shafer in the July Runoff Election.

In what was by far the closest race to take place during the runoff, Duncan beat out Shaffer by a mere 1672 votes. In some precincts across the state this race showed wins by a margin of only 2 votes.

Duncan and Shafer vied for the Republican nomination to seek the seat of Georgia Lt. Governor. The Lt. Governor seat is open with no incumbent as current Lt. Governor Casey Cagle chose to throw his name in the hat for the Republican nomination in the gubernatorial race.

With all 159 counties reporting, Duncan was able to receive 50.15 percent of the vote while Shafer fell short receiving 49.85 percent.

Duncan will move forward to the November General Election where he will face Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico.

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