After nine weeks of intense, often personal campaigning, Georgia's primary runoff election is now over. In the biggest race, businessman David Perdue defeated 1st District congressman Jack Kingston for the republican nomination for U.S. Senate. While Kingston did well in southern and coastal counties, Perdue prevailed in the Atlanta suburbs and North Georgia.
With the legislative session squarely behind him and the bill-signing period over, Gov. Nathan Deal now heads out on the campaign trail. And he’s going to have to defend the measures he signed as well as those he vetoed.
If there can be said to be a front-runner in the GOP primary for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, it might be Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah). The 11-term congressman has so far raised the most money in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. In an interview with GPB in late December, Kingston called himself the “consensus conservative” in the race.
The much-debated Common Core school curriculum took center stage at a panel discussion Tuesday in downtown Atlanta. Most panelists said the standards were working fine before a political controversy hijacked the debate.
The crowded field of Republicans vying for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia is growing, with businessman David Perdue announcing plans to run. Perdue is the cousin of former Gov. Sonny Perdue and is touting his experience in the private sector as the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok. Perdue made the announcement Wednesday in a video on his campaign website, saying the federal government is out of control and a different kind of person is needed in Washington.
Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party have voted to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. Party leaders voted unanimously this weekend to ask that the state withdraw from Common Core — an initiative aimed at creating basic reading, math and language arts requirements.
Three U.S. House seats in Georgia up for grabs in the 2014 elections are already drawing crowded fields of candidates with one major exception: So far, no Democrats have declared for any of the races. A total of 16 Republican candidates have launched campaigns for the open House seats.
Bibb County's Attorney, Virgil Adams, has requested the Department of Justice render a decision about the consolidated Macon/Bibb County elections by Monday. Lawmakers passed local legislation during the 2013 session to change the area’s elections from partisan to non-partisan as voters elect their first consolidated government.
This weekend, the Georgia GOP will elect a new chairman when Republicans hold their annual convention in Athens. The party enjoys record support across the state. But demographic changes are afoot that could also shift Georgia politics.
When a political party is out of power, its job is to needle the current administration. But in Georgia a new group has emerged to take on the role of critiquing Gov. Nathan Deal and the state’s Republican leaders.