Late Morning Reads – Wednesday, April 17, 2019

So, yeah, the real job gets in the way of some things. Morning Reads was unfortunately one of them this week.

Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like the comment section has been a little more “civil” in the last weeks? I am happy that you guys are being “civil” with each other, and I hope that this will continue.

I am going to make this MR a place where you guys can discuss what you would like to see on this site moving forward, and what you do not want to see. We are quickly approaching another election cycle (some would say it never ends). Would you like to see a section that just hold press releases from candidates? Would you like to see a running list of candidates and links to sites, social media, etc?

Let us know, and thanks for reading.

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davidmac
davidmac

Because it was a standalone post when Handel reported her Q1 fundraising (which wasn’t the $325K she claimed, only 205K in contributions and 50k in PAC transfers), for the sake of equal time:

Lucy McBath:388K raised, 92k in PAC transfers
Brandon Beach: 123k raised, 0 transfers.

Jayla Harrison for the “Commandments Party”: 0 raised.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Equal time… in a Karen Handel race… hahahahahahahahahahahaha. I appreciate the optimism, David. Edit: Because I feel the need to be constructive: 1) I’d like to see more editorial oversight over contributor pieces. The post a few weeks ago where a legislator was given free reign to repeat readily disprovable falsehoods about abortion legislation was unacceptable. If I want politicians to lie to my face, I can go to a town hall or call their office. There should at least be some corner of the Internet where we expect politicians and policy makers to cut the b.s. and have truthful… Read more »

xdog
xdog

If it was my site I’d do whatever I wanted to do, probably disappear for days then swoop in with wildly slanted articles of support. Anyway, what’s gained by anyone leaving because he’s getting paid? I can pretty much infer who supports whom, although I would appreciate any front-page contributor who has signed up with a candidate making that clear for the benefit of those of us who don’t keep up with campaign hirings. I thought press releases were for the press but if people enjoy the back-patting and overall bs you find there, that’s fine. Make some pol’s staffer… Read more »

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

Thank you for the honest feedback. We have many Democratic (D) contributors here, but they don’t post as often. I have posted a ton of D pieces over the last couple of years, including Yang’s visit tomorrow (Thursday) just this week. I covered the GA-6 race between Handel and Ossoff. I published just about everything that came my way, regardless of which side it came from. I believe we were extremely balanced. There was extremely little from McBath in last year’s election, but we covered what we received. If we are not made aware, we cannot publish it. Take a… Read more »

tiger
tiger

Oh for goodness sakes. In the other corner you have the mainstream media outlets and major blogs doing saturation coverage of politics from the Democratic, center-left, left-liberal or progressive viewpoints. And in this corner you have … this one blog which has almost as many conserva-tarian contributors as left leaning ones, and moreover whose right-leaning contributors and commentators are nowhere near as conservative as the ones on Peach Pundit, which can be considered this blog’s predecessor. You mentioned the abortion legislation. How about seeing this blog as a counterpoint to Jim Galloway’s carpet-bombing crusade against it at the AJC, including… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

the mainstream media outlets and major blogs doing saturation coverage of politics from the Democratic, center-left, left-liberal or progressive viewpoints And you’ve got Fox News, WSJ. Brietbart, Redstate, Daily Caller, talk radio, etc. etc. etc. doing the same thing on the other side (and with better ratings to boot). The existence of media outlets on the left or right does not absolve this site from striving for coverage and discussion that is centered in truth and policy. The 24-hour news networks and politics blogs – whether “liberal” or “conservative” – spend too much time on baseless and intellectual empty vamping.… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I want regular leaks from inside the Guv’s office. And the SoS’s office too.

Jean
Jean

In the “realistic” category: Once upon a time, I recommended GeorgiaPol to some of my Democratic Party friends as a place where they could see intelligent discussions by reasonable Republicans (With the best part being the comments from a variety of people/opinions across the state.) (Kind of to prove to them that yes, reasonable, intelligent Republicans DO exist.) I’d like to see that back again. Cleaning up the comments helps a lot (thank you) but they haven’t recovered that richness they once had. I’d also like to see more disclosure on contributor’s posts. I might be mis-remembering but they seem… Read more »

Jean
Jean

As an aside, I went back to read the “welcome” tab.

I want that.

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

Thank you for the feedback. I honestly think the majority of our Republican contributors are fair. We do have many Democratic (D) contributors here, but they don’t post quite as often. Also, I have signed up for numerous campaign emails for both major parties over the last few years, and I can tell you that the GOP emails are typically press releases while the D emails are often campaign blurbs (“Have you heard the latest? Trump’s coming to town, send me $10 to combat his radical right ideology”). I am sure the campaign people know what they are doing, but… Read more »

Jean
Jean

I do appreciate you responding – both here and above.

I don’t have strong opinions on press releases – I think they should be clearly marked as such but have no opinion on whether to have more or less of them here.

I will note that my disclosure request came partially out of reading Charlie’s pieces and wondering whether or not he is getting paid to lobby for the private school / charter school industry.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

My opinion and expectation is that the posters here reveal any business relationship or official position within a campaign or with respect to legislation or lobbying. The commentariat, well that applying would be nice too. I recollect a few people being excoriated here and/or at predecessor PP when such had been found out without disclosure.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m at training event in Denver for a week, and TDD notes the comment section was civil that whole time…

Feeling the love guys.