WHEREAS, voters will head to the polls on Nov. 2 to decide its next crop of elected officials.
WHEREAS, the publication known as Creative Loafing has voiced its opinion on political candidates since the paper was founded in 1632, in a debtors' prison just outside of Zebulon.
WHEREAS, no other newspaper in this godforsaken metro region seems to have the backbone to endorse anyone anymore, CL deems the job of recommending candidates to busy voters very important.
THEREFORE, CL is hereby proud to present its picks for the Nov. 2 midterm elections in key races that will impact its readers' lives. Read it, print it, tell your friends, and agree or disagree in the comments.
After the jump, other folks' endorsements and candidate questionnaires.
* Georgia Conservation Voters: The environmental advocacy group has offered its picks for Gold Dome Democrats and Republicans and statewide office holders with strong green records.
* Sierra Club, Georgia Chapter: One of the most vocal organizations pushing for clean air, better transit, and little impact on Mother Earth has rolled out its picks.
* Urban Independents: The group of Atlanta voters who support candidates strong on civil rights, the environment and progressive government. Here's a PDF of its picks in key contested races, including some local House and Senate contests.
* Looking for elected officials who will legislate according to the Book of Revelations? Have you considered perusing Georgia Right to Life's PDF cheat sheet?
* The National Rifle Association's political action committee has released its slate of gun friendly politicos.
* Georgia's WIN List, a political action committee that pushes for more female Democrats in Georgia politics, offers some names in selected races.
We're surely missing other policy and advocacy groups' picks. Maybe even some Tea Party favorites. If you know of others you think would help folks cast their ballots, leave 'em in the comments.
Want specifics from candidates for insurance commissioner (looking at you, Benjy!)? Check out Georgians for a Healthy Future's questionnaire. The public policy group received detailed responses from Republican Ralph Hudgens, Democrat Mary Squires and Libertarian Shane Bruce. Download a PDF here. For you transit wonks: Check out the Georgians for Passenger Rail and Citizen for Progressive Transit's rundown of where local, state and congressional candidates stand on funding more buses, trains and helping MARTA. Here's the PDF.
Want more information? Check out the candidates' websites, study candidates on the League of Women Voters' handy guide, and tune to Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday for the final Atlanta Press Club debates.
Most importantly, get out and vote.
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