published Monday, March 15th, 2010

Democrats pledge change in Georgia


by Kelly Jackson
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Mike Freeman

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R.J. Hadley

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DuBose Porter and Carol Porter

DALTON, Ga. -- Georgia's Democratic candidates hope blue will outshine red in the 2010 elections.

"It is a new day and time for new leadership," said R.J. Hadley, candidate for U.S. Senate. "Forget about the pundits and the political elite who tell us what can and can't be done."

Star-spangled balloons careened overhead as more than 100 people gathered at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center on Sunday to meet state and federal Democratic candidates.

Margaret Ball, chairwoman of the 9th Congressional District Democratic Party of Georgia, said it was the area's first major candidate event.

Although some candidates didn't show -- including four of five candidates for governor -- the 11 who did filled three hours with their plans for change.

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    Staff Photo by Jake Daniels/Chattanooga Times Free Press Gubernatorial candidate Dubose Porter speaks to supporters of the Democratic Party at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center on Sunday afternoon. Supporters of the Democratic Party met at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Ga., on Sunday afternoon to meet and listen to the platforms of Democratic candidates.

Many candidates voiced concern for budget cuts, especially to education.

"In Georgia, we are No. 1 in the country in the percentage of our population in the prison system or the correctional system and among the bottom in education," said Rep. DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, and candidate for governor.

Rep. Porter vowed he'd put more resources into education and said the state largely could plug its deficit of more than $1 billion by enacting legislation to make sure businesses throughout the state are paying their fair share of sales taxes.

Sen. Gail Buckner, D-Jonesboro, candidate for secretary of state, said in an interview that there are "other ideas floating around" to make up the deficit without cuts to education, like a $1 tax on tobacco products.

Candidates also expressed ideas for job creation. Mr. Hadley suggested tapping into clean energy opportunities. Rep. Porter said rail transit would create jobs while alleviating the state's transportation woes.

In a prepared statement, Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue Everhart, expressed confidence that Georgia's leadership would remain in her party's hands.

"Republicans have expanded transparency, decreased the size of government and balanced the budget without tax increases," she said.

DEMOCRATS AT 2010 CANDIDATE EVENT

* Gail Buckner, Gary Horlacher, Angela Moore for secretary of state

* Mike Freeman for U.S. House of Representatives, 9th District

* Rob Teilhet for attorney general

* Beth Farokhi for school superintendent

* Mary Squires for insurance commissioner

* Joseph Mann for state Senate, District 51

* DuBose Porter for governor

* Carol Porter for lieutenant governor

* R.J. Hadley for U.S. Senate

Source: 9th Congressional District Democratic Party of Georgia

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enufisenuf said...

WE have heard that before. Sorry, putting the words democrat and change together is a scary concept. Vote em out, thay showed their hand and it was a LOOSING proposition for america and the working class.

March 15, 2010 at 6:51 a.m.
SeaIsland said...

Georgia Republican Party Chairman Sue Everhart, "Republicans have expanded transparency, decreased the size of government and balanced the budget without tax increases."

Where?

The Party of "NO" is mugging Georgia.

To wit: 1) Mom and Pop, too small to succeed, 2) a chamber of commerce run by 19 major corporations most affected by Washington policymakers and 3)a Senate where one needs 60 votes to go to the bathroom.

Republicans: Predators who prey together stick together.

If you don't like present results, vote Democrat - for a change.

March 15, 2010 at 9:13 a.m.
gina4ever0 said...

Georgia is a republican state. We will never change. I think it's time that the people across the nation realizes that democrats have only hurt the less fortunate ones. Clinton taxes social Security and now Obama will not give the elderly and disabled a COLA. Why is it that democrats seem to decieve so many when infact they are out for themselves? Why anyone would vote Decomcrat is beyond me. I'm a republican and yes I'm from Georgia and I will never vote for stupidity!

March 15, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.
enufisenuf said...

Sea Island, do live on an island in the sea? You must to be that blind as to the last year or so. Get real, your in need of de programming.

March 15, 2010 at 1:22 p.m.
timboyd52 said...

I am running for County Commissioner of District 8 (East Ridge, East Lake, portions of Brainerd & Alton Park)

As a candidate for County Commissioner, I want to hear directly from the community. In order to give the residents of Hamilton County Tennessee and the surrounding tri-state area an online platform to express their concerns and post their comments and questions, my wife and I established the Hamilton County Forum.

Check it out http://hamiltoncountyforum.com/

March 15, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.

I like Enuf's "loosing proposition for America" statement. I know he meant losing, but loosing the Dems on this nation has definitely been a SciFi horror of horrors.

"Why is it that democrats seem to decieve so many when infact they are out for themselves?"

That's because within the traditional, more conservative Dem Party are a whole passle of Left-"Progressives". There are also some, not as many though in the Repub Party. These folks have a determined purpose and agenda-going back 100+ years, to undermine the Constitution and laws of America. It has been their desire for that long to create and control their version of Paradise on earth-Utopia.

This Utopia is a world of their own fantasies, the fantasies of intellectuals, university profs, politicians, greedy, Socialist capitalists (those who like George Soros and wealthy celebrities, like to make $$$ in America, while hating and undermining her) and those who "know what's best" (Obama, Pelosi, Reid) for us, the unwashed masses. In a word, the big, ole passle of Hypocrites who run things (the Repub Elites have also done their fair share-they need to be booted out too. If they're Pretenders, boot them out, if they're Liars, boot them out. Washington needs to be cleansed).

Sound funny? It is and it isn't. They really believe this stuff and that the way to "restructure" our society is first, through Nationalized healthcare and then, through restructuring our economy-from a free-market to a socialist/communist one (Karl Marx, Russia's Lenin and Stalin, Adolph Hitler). Read the history of Progressivism and the really bad ones who did America in like Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, the Clintons and now, Barack Obama. It's quite the eye-opener. An informed voter is an armed voter. See ya in 2010 and 2012 at the polling booth.

March 15, 2010 at 4:24 p.m.
ann said...

sorry voteing for change with a democrate means not been listen to look at obama and the crew in washington and thats clear so we dont want the democrate change for georgia less we lose our right to live and have our voices heard so i say vote all these democrates out of washington and any that are in georgia,we dont need them

March 15, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.
theamerican said...

For some reason every time a democrat runs for office they are all ways going to help education. Help the future of our kids. Well I don't see anything wrong with education in Georgia. And my daughter went to a Georgia school. The Georgia lottery said one day last week that they was going to raise the price of lottery tickets to help education. Now some democrat in Jonesboro, Georgia wants to put a dollar tax on tobacco to keep from cuting education. Well there is a lot of democrats that use tobacco.

To my opiniion Nathan Deal is the best choice for governor of Georgia. He is for the people. And I can prove it.

March 15, 2010 at 9:35 p.m.
SeaIsland said...

Georgia, last in education is evident among these elite Republican comments.

Sea Island is off the Georgia Coast. Is the Atlantic Ocean a sea?

Fact: President Clinton inherited a $290 billion Republican deficit; left a surplus of $200 billion and you had a job

Canary writes, "infact they are..." "...passle..." Sweep about local door before chaffing about another, sport.

Ann writes, "sorry voteing for change with a democrate means not been listen to look at obama and the crew" "we dont want the democrate change for georgia less we lose our right to live and have our voices heard so i say vote all these democrates out of washington and any that are in georgia,we dont need them" !!!!What?!!!!

theamerican writes, "...I don't see anything wrong with education in Georgia." "they was going to raise the price of lottery tickets to help education." "to keep from cuting education." "To my opiniion" "Nathan Deal is the best choice for governor of Georgia. He is for the people. And I can prove it." (1) Republican Ga Superintendent of Education asks for $0.50 raise in lotto ticket price; 2) Nathan Deal is an exposed crook - AJC, 3)American always with a capital "A".)

Georgia's lucky these folks blog but don't vote.

March 29, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.
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