Morning Reads for Wednesday, May 25th, The Day After

Ed is in Kazakhstan. I had to Google Kazakhstan to figure out exactly where it was. Turns out it’s just north of Uzbekistan, one of Herman Cain’s favorite places. Since Ed is there, and I am here, it’s up to me to bring you the Morning Reads.

The big story this morning is the election results. 66 votes separate Mike Crane and Drew Ferguson in the District 3 House race. Doug Collins kept his 9th district seat, as did the rest of the GOP congressmen. David Ralston, Bill Cowsert, Terry England and the rest of the Gold Dome Leadership kept their seats. Brandon Beach won his hard-fought race,. Cobb County gets a runoff for Commission Chair, while Michael Thurmond is the Democratic nominee for DeKalb CEO with November’s election mostly a formality. Incumbents, including Brooks Coleman and Joyce Chandler kept their seats in Gwinnett. In South Georgia, Blake Tillery won a nasty race to replace Tommie Williams. And, Snuggles lives, but will face a runoff. Here’s a recap of middle Georgia races from the Macon Telegraph and North Georgia winners from the Rome News Tribune.

Some of you woke up disappointed this morning because your candidate didn’t win. It’s something that’s happened to a lot of us here at GeorgiaPol. Charlie wrote this back in 2010, after Karen Handel came up short. Two years ago, Chet took to the keyboard as a cathartic the day after Jack Kingston lost to David Perdue. This year’s version comes from Will, who took to Twitter with his prescription for getting past an electoral defeat.

Atlanta picks up the Super Bowl in 2019. Here’s the Andrew Young video that closed the deal.

When Paul Ryan became Speaker of the House, he promised to return to regular order, one of the demands of the Freedom Caucus. Now, regular order is beginning to lead to some uncomfortable GOP votes.

Charleston gunman Dylann Roof will face the death penalty.

For my millennial friends not familiar with Whitewater, cattle futures, Vince Foster. or Ken Starr, you’re sure to learn about them now. Donald Trump will make sure of it.

When Republicans become Democrats and vice versa. This is part of the explanation for the Trump phenomenon. So is this.

Resistance to MARTA is exploited for political gain. Right, Aaron?

In Albuquerque New Mexico, protesters cause a near riot during a Trump rally.

We’ll all be enjoying Arby’s soon.

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John Konop
John Konop

What was interesting about the Brandon Beach race, is his opponent spent around 1/3 of a million dollars on this seat, went to around 17,000 homes, door to door, and lost 60/40.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Shows how bad the opposition was against a candidate with not a line of engaging Cherokee’s number one problem in his campaign promises.

Reynolds, Loudermilk, Cannon, all good for Cherokee.

Raleigh
Raleigh

The only race that really floored me was the race between Akhtar Sadiq and Patrick Thompson for the Democrats. Akhtar Sadiq won by 1 vote with 50.72 % for a total of 35 votes Thompson only had 34 votes. Now that means only 69 people voted….. looks like Democrats are headed for extinction in that district.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

” nihilism” is a word I would associate more to Clinton followers than Trump.

John Konop
John Konop

Boyce, incumbent Lee neck-and-neck in Cobb chairman race

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/boyce-incumbent-lee-neck-and-neck-in-cobb-chairman/nrSpk/

I met Mike awhile ago, a very well spoken bright guy, who looks at policy from a pragmatic view point. I do not live in Cobb, if you do, I would challenge you to take the time and contact him. I am sure you will be very impressed.

gcp
gcp

Some good and not so good Dekalb results. Mike Thurmond wins primary for CEO, Robert James defeated by Sherry Boston for DA, Stan Watson defeated for tax commissioner. The not so good is Sharon Barnes Sutton is in a runoff for county commissioner and Vernon Jones in a runoff for state house. Several interesting sheriff races. Little Victor Hill wins again in Clayton County. Incumbent Forsyth Sheriff Duane Piper defeated. The strangest race is Fulton County where incumbent Ted Jackson will be in a runoff with Richard Lankford. Is this the same Lankford that was convicted of corruption years ago… Read more »

raconteuse
raconteuse

“Is this the same Lankford that was convicted of corruption years ago but got his conviction overturned?”

Yep. See this article from 2011 when he ran against Jackson previously. http://clatl.com/freshloaf/archives/2011/09/16/theres-an-old-sheriff-in-town

“Lankford, whose convictions were later overturned, made a deal with federal prosecutors vowing he’d never again seek certification as a law enforcement officer in Georgia if they’d agree not to re-try him. I don’t know how he’d honor that legal commitment and serve as sheriff again, but he appears to think he’s got it figured out.”

gcp
gcp

Jackson got 46.22% and Lankford got 35.98% so Lankford could win the runoff. I would expect this kind of dysfunction from Dekalb voters but not so much from Fulton County voters.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Why would you say that?

gcp
gcp

Because Dekalb voters tolerate corruption.

bethebalance
bethebalance

voters everywhere tolerate corruption.

John Konop
John Konop

In all due respect, we do have inefficiencies, corruption…….Btw same happens in the private sector. The logic that escapes is could you imaging if a business only spent money if it was 100 percent efficient. You get almost every business would end up out of business. Obviously like in the private sector we strive for the best efficiency we can, but we do not stop the business machine “Waiting for Gadot”. It seems many are just advocating for anarchy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot

gcp
gcp

Not like they do in Dekalb. But with Thurmond and Boston in office things may improve…maybe.

bethebalance
bethebalance

so your argument is dekalb is much more tolerant of corruption, except that it just elected 2 ppl you like, who are apparently anti-corruption? of course they did run on some anti-corruption themes, but it’s also worthy to note that the Commission Dist. 4 race, while headed for a run-off, has incumbent Barnes-Sutton on the ropes, no doubt inspired by her pending ethics complaints. and Stan Watson, who has I believe faced some penalty and I believe more possible pending ethics problems, was soundly defeated in his attempt to up his paid electoral position. So, if you have historical feelings… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Barnes-Sutton has a history of ethics problems. She should have been defeated without a runoff.

Watson ran for tax commissioner this time, not county commissioner. It’s not known if Dekalb voters would have reelected him as a county commissioner.

And no, I can’t change what I have seen “historically” in Dekalb.

bethebalance
bethebalance

odds are that if stan watson was running for re-election to his same seat, he would have got re-elected. it makes me wonder if that kind of change is a more obvious signal of “career politician” to voters. as for the future, i am just trying to capitalize on the few rays of hope.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Hey, does anybody know if ‘Lil Vic Hill is going to conduct any gun safety classes in the future? I heard he is very thorough and doesn’t go off half-cocked.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The guy who mishandled/manhandled Nydia Tisdale may become the Sheriff in Dawson County. Deputy Tony Wooten is the frontrunner going into a primary runoff. He was named along with a couple of others in a federal lawsuit over that incident a couple of weeks ago that could cost the county a half-million or so. OTOH Tisdale will likely go to trial on the felony obstruction charges brought by Wooten latter this summer with Bruce Harvey as her mouthpiece. As the Pumpkin Patch Turns.

Raleigh
Raleigh

Congratulations to all who ran for Office. The primaries are over and those who won and have no challengers in November will now will represent all of the people. Those that voted for you and those that did not. You have a big responsibility to do your job well. Congratulations you have our prayers that you will do the best you can for all the people you represent. To those who were not the people’s choice please know I cannot say you were losers, you were not. Because going through the elections process and bringing your ideas, passion, and tenacity… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid

Great post. I am going to share.

John Konop
John Konop

Raleigh, very good post! Also I appreciate that you stepped forward, and helped us re-coup something from the Ballground saga. Like you, as you know, I was rather outspoken, but at the end day, when milk is spilled, you must clean up the mess, verse just using it for political gain. It took a lot of courage, when you spoke at the commissioners meeting, rather than just hurting tax payers more, for political gain, like we know many did. I hope our leaders show that same courage to go against the tide, and do the right thing! Why I respect… Read more »

Raleigh
Raleigh

Yep John it was time to move on but I will remember the Grand jury’s admonishment. I think it was just another way to say “Trust but Verify”. By the way we need to meet soon for a beer! I don’t think I lost that bet but I’m willing to buy now and argue about it later 🙂

John Konop
John Konop

Raleigh,

My pleasure we can meet at place by downtown Woodstock you name it. Or we can go the opposite downtown Canton. I am in the middle. Just facebook me open friday HH…

Nathan
Nathan

“For my millennial friends not familiar with Whitewater, cattle futures, Vince Foster. or Ken Starr, you’re sure to learn about them now. Donald Trump will make sure of it.”

I think we’re going to have to narrow down the age range of “Millennial” some more.