cyllan: (Default)
( Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:31 pm)
Here's a preliminary overview of the other political candidates. Remember them? The ones that will actually determine your quality of life over the next 4 years? Yeah. Go vote.

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U.S. Senate
Jim Martin (D)
Saxby Chambliss (R) (I)
Allen Buckley (L)
Martin got a good review by the AJC, and is apparently fairly well respected in the Georgia Legislature. Chambliss has consistently written me very long, detailed and well-thought out answers as to why he has taken positions completely opposite to mine, so he gets points for responding to me, but several minuses for being contrary. (Chambliss' positions can be found here. In summary: pro-FISA (thumbs-down), anti-CHIP (children's health-care. I'm tentatively for it, but wary of the costs. Neutral thumbs here.) Failed to rake Alberto Gonzales over the coals (unsurprising, but still a thumbs-down.) Increase in minimum wage (thumbs up). Voted for tougher bankruptcy laws (this was a wretched bill in general, so thumbs-down, but they're fairly tolerant thumbs down.)

Martin is running on a fairly stereotypical new-Democrat ticket: he wants to cut taxes for the middle class, and is arguing for reducing spending across the board (yes yes, we hear this everywhere). In addition, he claims to favor local control of schools with a reduction of no child left behind (good). He wants to drag the federal government into Georgia's water issues (toss-up here depending on how he does it. We clearly can't solve it without going to war with Tennessee right now, so...) Favors Georgia specific green energy initiatives. Immigration policy is "Secure the borders; crack down on businesses. Folks already here can apply for citizenship." I'm in favor of that.

Buckley is running at least partially on a "Hispanics are bad" platform; Chambliss is both an incumbent (general strike) and has not impressed me either with his specific Georgia focus or his positions in general, so Martin it is.

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U.S. House
Deborah Honeycutt (R) -- She's running on restoring Christian Principles to government. Next!
David Scott (D)

I'll be voting for Scott on this one.

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State Senate
Hunter Hill (R)
Doug Stoner (D) (I)
Hill wants to cap gas taxes (boo), introduce a constitutional amendment to cap increases in property valuation and cap malpractice awards (also boo). He's got reasonable education views (although I still don't like vouchers). He loses points for overly fundie-Christian background; gains points for seeming to be competent and intelligent. Stoner hasn't done anything to piss me off generally (VoteSmart's Listing for him; he'll get my vote.

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State House
Earl Giddins (D)
Rich Golick (R)
Golick's a strong pro-life candidate. He's also voted against increased transportation funding (boo) and against payday loan regulation (also boo). In the yay side, he's encouraged charter school development, and voted to allow Georgians to use deadly force to defend ourselves. (Boston folks, just look away.) He gets dinged (along with most of the rest of the Georgia House) for wanting to restrict how local governments could limit water use (look, we didn't need to water our lawns this year; honest) and he gets a kick in the nuts for voting for seizing the vehicles of illegal immigrants who are involved in routine traffic incidents. (I'm okay with his vote on requiring people who are wiring money out of the country to either show proof of citizenship or pay a 5% fee curiously enough.

Giddins' record is reasonably sparse, but his primary concerns seem to be small business development, increased transportation, resolving the health-care issues, and increasing education funding. If I didn't hate some of Golick's policies as much as I do, there's no wy that Biddins would get my vote. As it stands, however, he will.

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Public Service Commissioner (District 1, Southern)
H. Doug Everett (R)
John Monds (L)

Everett gets the nod here. Do not elect the libertarian to be your public service commissioner. No, really. Don't do it.

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Public Service Commissioner (District 4, Northern)
Brandon Givens (L)
Jim Powell (D)
Note to Mr. Givens: when running against someone, saying that they'd be a great PSC does not inspire me to vote for you. Also, see note above. Powell gets the vote here.

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Appeals Court Judge
There are a ton of them. All of them except Perry McGuire look pretty good. Maybe there will be more later, but until now I'll stick with Christopher McFadden.

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Sheriff, Cobb County
Gregory B. Gilstrap (D)
Neil Warren (R)

Warren's getting my vote. Gilstrap's not bad, but Warren's the incumbent and, frankly, he hasn't done anything to irritate me.

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Chief Magistrate, Cobb County
Frank Cox (R)
Normarene Culver Merritt (D)

Ms. Merritt had the better answers on AJC's voter guide, so she gets my vote. Cox was incoherent and typed in all caps. Is that a horrible way to judge someone? Well, if their "elect me" reasoning is "I WANT TO PROVIDE CONSUMER SERVICES ONLINE" I'd prefer it if I felt like they were more comfortable with technology.
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Probate Judge
Carletta E. Sims (D)
Kelli Wolk (R)
Sims has the far superior resume.

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County Commissioner (Dist 2)
Bob Ott (R)
James Royal (D)

Ott is coherent and cogent in his responses to the AJC questions. Royal is not. Ott gets my vote.
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(Dist 4)
Barbara Hickey (R)
Woody Thompson (D)

Thompson's done some pretty cool things (or at least claims he has) including the South Cobb Recreation Center (which is awesome) and worked on completing the Silver Comet Trail (also awesome.) He gets the vote.
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School Board (Dist 1)
Tim Brew (D)
Lynnda Crowder-Eagle (R)

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(Dist 3)
Steven J Lahr (R)
David L. Morgan(D)

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(Dist 5)
David Banks (R) (Oh hell no)
Linda J Schwarz (D)

Banks' answers scream "I'm an authoritarian prick" to me. I'll be voting for Ms. Schwarz, and would likely do so even if she were a mule.

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(Dist 7)
Alison Bartlett (D)
Ron Younker (R)
I'm waffling on this one. Anyone know anything?

Other folks I'm probably voting for that y'all don't care about.
Joan P. Davis (N)
cyllan: (Default)
( Jan. 31st, 2008 09:39 am)
So, it looks like we're down to McCain, Romney, Obama, and Clinton for our top four. I have until Tuesday to make up my mind. Obama has already been reviewed. Huckabee (a marginal fifth) has also been reviewed. Let's do McCain today.

As always, I'm going by the positions on the candidate's websites. Yes, I realize McCain has voting record and statement issues, but I want to see what he's saying right now.

(Also, McCain-Feingold? Doesn't really bother me. I don't agree with it, but I think it was a good idea that got turned into a fairly poor law that will eventually be hammered into shape by the Supreme Court -- as it should be.)

(Side note. McCain also has the most visually appealing website to me. Nice job, guys.)

McCain Review )
cyllan: (Default)
( Oct. 30th, 2006 04:09 pm)
*sigh* )
cyllan: (Default)
( Aug. 17th, 2006 04:51 pm)
So, yeah.

Here I was all set to give you a detailed rundown of the two different Attorney General candidates. Then I went to their respective websites. Here's the deal:

Incumbent: Thurburt Baker. Democrat.
Challenger: Perry McGuire. Republican. Pledges to "stand up to the ACLU to stop them from preying on Georgia’s communities and chipping away at our conservative values."

Translation: God meant for the 10 Commandments to be displayed in our courtrooms because the laws of this country are founded on the Bible. (Okay, slight bias here.)

That's pretty much enough for me to know where my vote will go. Speaking as a non-Christian, I'm going to go ahead and say that I do, in fact, consider it a violation of the whole Church/State thing for the 10 Commandments to be displayed in a courtroom, and yes I would, no really, find it somewhat disconcerting to go into a public courthouse and find someone else's religious laws staring me in the face. Admittedly, I see it somewhat as Truth in Advertising as well. If there's a county displaying the 10 Commandments, I'm pretty sure that my own religion will not find welcome reception.

So, yeah. I'll be voting for Baker.
cyllan: (Default)
( Jul. 20th, 2006 12:28 pm)
Primary election results are in; I'll be going through the candidates for the actual election over the next couple of months. Our first stroll through Georgia candidates will features the two opponents for Insurance Commissioner -- look for this in the next couple of days.
Mundane updates follow. )
cyllan: (Default)
( Jun. 30th, 2006 08:48 am)
We'll now go to the other side of the political spectrum and visit Bill Bolton who is the long-shot candidate for the Democratic party. (You can usually tell the long-shot candidates by the quality of their websites, BTW. His is fairly 1997.)

Edit: Candidate for Democratic Nominee: Georgia Governor )
Ray Berry is our first review candidate. As seen by his website, Mr. Berry is running on the twin principles of Good Ol' Boy Southern politics: the Confederate Flag and the Cross. While I don't expect Mr. Berry to actually wind up as the Republican candidate for this election, let's review his platform anyway.

Immigration: Supports arrest and deportation of illegal immigrants; opposes any amnesty program.
Amusing mostly for his plan to bill the Federal government for expenses accrued during the process of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants. He does at least propose holding employers accountable for who they hire, but he provides no detail on how he'll do this.

Eminent Domain: Supports a state constitutional amendment restricting this power.
Everyone supports a constitutional amendment restricting this power. Republican, Democrate, Libertarian; they all think this is a grand idea.

Georgia State Flag: Favors a "fair flag" vote -- a vote that includes the confederate battle flag as an option.
Dead horse, but one that's still getting beaten. I personally wanted to kiss both Barnes and Perdue for the brillian political wrangling that went on to boot the Confederate flag. Perdue gets an extra special nod for managing to both boot the flag and court the voters who were incensed about Barnes getting rid of it.

Second Amendment: We should keep our guns.
Whoot. Go him.

Abortion: Wants to pass a state constitutional amendment banning it.
Boo. Hiss.

Ten Commandments: "I will personally encourage the people of the great state of Georgia to know and memorize the Ten Commandments and to join with me in practicing them – something which must certainly make our great state an even greater and safer place to live." He also claims that the choice to display/not display the 10C is a State's Rights issue.
So, the only Georgians are either Christian or Jewish. Hmm. Maybe not so much with this.

He skips education, taxes, responsible growth, and a host of other issues. So there you go.
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