A new poll from Strategic Vision came out today. And it contradicts the
conventional wisdom that Cathy Cox stands a better chance in an election
against Gov. Sonny Perdue than does Mark Taylor.
According to the poll, when asked who they would vote for in an election
between Perdue and Mark Taylor, 50 percent said Perdue and 44
percent said Taylor. Six percent were undecided.
When asked who they would vote for in an election between Perdue and Cox, 53
percent said Perdue and 40 percent said Cox. Seven percent were undecided.
Of course, before Cox and Taylor start worrying about Perdue, they have to
worry about the primary election July 18. According to the Strategic
Vision poll, if the election were held today, 46 percent of voters would
vote for Taylor and 42 percent would vote for Cox, with 12 percent still
Maybe the gubernatorial debates will help undecided voters make up their
minds between Cox and Taylor. That is, if Taylor shows up.
Peach Pundit has a copy of the new Ralph Reed TV ad. Check it out:
But we got our hands on a copy of Case Cagle's ad responding to Reed.
Click here to watch (Windows Media).
In politics, loyalty can be fleeting.
On Sat., Rep. Doug Dean (D-Atlanta), who had previously endorsed Cathy Cox for governor, told CL that he is shifting his support to her opponent, Mark Taylor.
Dean says that he is disappointed in CoxÕs stance on gay rights. After a Fulton Superior Court judge overturned the stateÕs gay marriage ban, Cox announced her opposition to both gay marriage and civil unions and supported the governorÕs call for a special legislative session in order to draft a new gay marriage ban.
ÒCathy Cox let us down,Ó Dean says. ÒIt showed to me a weakness on her part when she backed off the gay and lesbian issue.Ó
Now Dean is supporting CoxÕs opponent, Mark Taylor, who also is opposed to gay marriage and civil unions. Why Taylor? Two things: Taylor is not supporting the governorÕs call for a special session and Taylor is ahead in the polls.
But Dean says, while he now supports Taylor, he still thinks Taylor needs to amend his position on gay rights.
ÒI believe that Mark Taylor is going to win the democratic nomination and if he is going to be elected the next governor of this state heÕs going to have to deal with [the issue of gay marriage],Ó Dean says.
Dean has been working hard behind the scenes to prevent a new gay marriage ban from appearing on the November ballot. The stateÕs same sex marriage amendment was ruled unconstitutional last month by the Fulton County Superior court. Dean says he is trying to drum up opposition to the special session.
ÒWhen calling the special session becomes a liability for Sonny Perdue, then heÕll back off,Ó Dean says.
Posted by Coley Ward
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Air America's departure from Atlanta's airwaves hit the radio network's president, Jon Sinton, particularly hard: Sinton happens to live just north of Atlanta.
"We need to find a way to get back on the air in Atlanta," Sinton told me Thursday.
Despite naysayers from the right, who keep hoping the liberal talk network will die, Air America continues expanding. It has nearly 90 affiliates now, recently adding such secondary markets as LaFayette, La., and Grand Rapids, Mich.
Atlanta's now the second-largest radio market -- after Houston -- without a full slate of Air America programming (although flagship host Al Franken still airs here weekdays on 1690 AM). Houston's considered the nation's eighth-largest market, while Atlanta's 10th.
"The reason that we created the network was to balance the discussion," Sinton said. "While I'm gratified to have Al's voice (on the new 1690) -- he represents the thinking of millions of Americans -- it's only noon to 3."
Sinton says he's getting nibbles of interest from various AM stations in Atlanta, but such negotiations take a while, partly because stations tend to have contracts of various sorts that can obligate them to keep their existing format for up to a year or more. And frankly, it wasn't sounding to me as if any kind of deal is imminent.
One option for former Air Atlanta listeners is to subscribe to XM, which carries Air America. But subscribing to XM doesn't do much to bring balance to Atlanta's radio dial.
Sinton urged Air America fans in Atlanta to let smaller AM stations in the city -- the ones that don't seem all that popular -- know that Air America has potential listeners: "After you get past [WGST 640 AM], you have to ask yourself, 'How do these guys stay in business?'"
"Individuals, groups, coffee klatches, sewing circles, motorcycle gangs should write radio stations," he said.
And Sinton added that if you hear any tips about an Atlanta station seeking programming, you should pass them along to Air America's Tamara Karcev at email@example.com.
I'm not sure if there's an organized grassroots group of listeners trying to get Air America back to Atlanta. If you're working on that, you may want to comment here, or else send me a separate e-mail and I'll put up a separate post about that.
Posted by Ken Edelstein
I talked to the new GM of 1690 AM this week. Bottom line: Don't expect the station's new owner to put Air America -- or at least any Air America show other than Al Franken's -- back on Atlanta's airwaves.
Here's where I should note that I've got a conflict of interest in this whole discussion: The guys who now manage 1690 have asked me to continue hosting Air Loaf on 1690 AM (11 a.m.-noon, Saturday). We're committed at CL to building a progressive alternative to the dumb talk that predominates in Atlanta.
That said, new station owner Joe Weber's decision to move most of his arts, music and talk programming up the dial from 1160 AM and to only run one Air America show (Franken's) just ain't part of some right-wing conspiracy. Weber is basically a wealthy guy who's pursuing his dream to build an AM arts and culture station in Atlanta.
"The decision [on 1690] had nothing to do with politics or money," station GM Jeff Davis told me this week. "We had an opportunity to get a better signal for the arts."
Davis says they kept Franken's show, which airs noon-3 p.m., because Weber likes Franken.
Still, it's a damn shame that the nation's 10th largest radio market now has at least three talk radio stations with only far right-winger bloviators. Air America President Jon Sinton filled me in yesterday on his efforts to bring Air America back to Atlanta's airwaves -- and what you can do to help. I'll post when I get a chance this afternoon.
Posted by Ken Edelstein
State Senate District 36 Debate between Nan Orrock and Grace Davis.
Mediated by John F. Sugg.
View more pictures here.
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Cathy Cox is really going on the offensive. Check out her newest ad, which concludes with the statement, "Mark Taylor: He lies and just looks out for the other big guys."
Check out this new ad from Mark Taylor.
From CL's Dahlonega bureau comes this terrific news: Fred Fister is running for District 4 commissioner. He's scheduled to hold a press conference later this week detailing his plans to fill the gaping hole in the district's credibility. Campaign staffers have indicated his platform will focus on stretching out the budget.
Photo by Andisheh Nouraee
Cathy Cox is taking off the gloves.
A new Mark Taylor ad states that as a private citizen, Cox voted against the lottery that funds HOPE scholarships. Cox says that's not true. And she's demanding Taylor remove the ad from the airwaves.
Cox has gone on the attack in recent days, first airing her own ad where she says, "Let me be the first to tell you: I am not a big guy." Now Cox is calling Taylor a liar. A recent press release implores her competitor to, "Be a big enough man to face tough questions."
Taylor campaign spokeswoman Chrissy Noonan says Cox is the liar and that the Secretary of State "lies until she gets caught and then she lies again to cover it up."
The Taylor ad at the center of the dispute calls into question Cox's commitment to the state's schools. Taylor's assertion that as a private citizen, Cox voted against the lottery that funds HOPE is based on an April 22, 1993 article (PDF) in the Miller County Liberal newspaper. Here's the controversial passage from the article:
Rep. Cox stated that although she did not vote for the lottery, she would be watching how the $139 million anticipated to come in the first year would be spent. Most of the proceeds are set to go to education and scholarships, she said.
"I have learned that there is no way to please everyone. I want to represent the majority of people in this district, but we are outnumbered in the General Assembly," she stated.
The article was written by Terry Toole, who says that the Taylor people got it wrong. Toole says he didn't mean to imply that Cox voted against the lottery as a private citizen. Rather, he meant to say that Cox did not cast a legislative vote for the lottery.
So who's lying? Cox or Taylor?
Posted by Coley Ward
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