Category: Politics

What state am I living in? In new poll, Georgians show strong support for medical marijuana, more transit funding, local flexibility on minimum wage

With the 2015 state legislative session (for which I do not have high hopes) upon us, the AJC has released a fascinating interactive poll on a variety of issues. Let me say at the outset that one could make a…

Election day predictions for Georgia . . .

Regular readers know that I’m a poll watcher. And there has been plenty of polling of the big Georgia races over the last few weeks. The weight of that polling has suggested — consistently suggested — that Republicans will have…

Number of early voters — and black voters — surges in Georgia

According to the United States Elections Project, 774,690 Georgians voted early in 2010. As of yesterday (Nov. 1), 934,485 Georgians had voted early in 2014. That’s a remarkable increase. But how many of those early voters would have voted on…

A few thoughts on public discourse and groupthink in Savannah

Last Tuesday in my City Talk column, I launched an aggressive criticism of the proposed funding mechanism for Savannah Serves, a new ambassadorial, beautification, public safety initiative that would add a fee/surcharge/tax of 25 cents to every sales tax eligible…

Saga of blighted building on Waters Ave. turning into another embarrassment for Savannah city officials and a state senator

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Where to begin? A month ago, the city of Savannah was taking nominations of blight for the 100 Worst Properties List. Three weeks later, there is still no sign of that list. I’ll try to find out when it will…

A wonkish look at ACA signups, state by state

If you’re interested in following the course of the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), then you ought to be keeping track of changes at Charles Gaba’s site ACASignups.net. The same data is a little easier to read, I think, via…

Washington Post on Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter’s chances in 2014

I just posted to Peach Pundit about the Washington Post analysis today of the chances for Michelle Nunn in Georgia’s Senate race and for Jason Carter in the 2014 race for Governor. If you haven’t been following these developments, the…

Yes, Michelle Nunn has a chance to win Georgia’s open Senate seat — a good chance

The Obama campaign expended little money or effort in Georgia in 2012, but he still took 45.5 percent of the vote in Georgia. President Obama is very unpopular in some quarters of the state, so it seems more than reasonable…

SPLOST has more opposition than 2006, but still passes easily in Chatham County

All the votes have yet to be counted, but the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) in Chatham County will continue with another round from 2014 to 2020. I’ve written extensively about the tax over the last few years.…

A few final thoughts on SPLOST

I’m planning to vote for SPLOST (the special purpose local option sales tax) on Tuesday here in Chatham County. As always with such votes, there are many who have reasonable arguments for voting against it. I voted against the current…

A look at Chatham County’s proposed use for $137 million in SPLOST funds

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In my City Talk column today, I write about the proposed projects to be funded by the $137 million that will be controlled by Chatham County if voters approve another 6-year round of SPLOST (the 1-percent special purpose local option…

Amid budget and debt debates, Paul Ryan lists toward the middle: a few thoughts

The government shutdown and debt debate are obviously fluid issues, but we know there will be some lasting fallout after an inevitable deal is struck and the government is funded and debt limited extended as they have to be. In…

Georgia House committee looks at music industry in Savannah, across the state

If you’re interested in the music scene and music industry in Savannah, I’d recommend checking out my Sunday City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News: House committee hears about Savannah’s music industry The 5-person state legislative committee is holding…

Is Nate Silver’s departure an indictment of the journalistic culture at the NYT?

Nate Silver — statistician and analyst whose blog FiveThirtyEight was most recently hosted by the New York Times — has moved to ESPN: Silver, who rose to fame with his award-winning website, FiveThirtyEight.com, also will appear on ESPN and its…