Georgia Democrats includes questions on primary ballot

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 8:34 AM
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ATLANTA -- Voters choosing a Democratic ballot for the primary will also get to weigh in on a handful of issues.

The Secretary of State’s Office released this week the list of non-binding questions that will appear on Democratic ballots. The Democratic Party of Georgia submitted them during last month’s candidate qualifying period, but the Republican Party did not offer any, according to Jared Thomas, the agency’s spokesman.

Questions asked two years ago wound up playing a role in changing state law. By coincidence, both parties that year came up with separate versions of a question about whether lobbyists’ gifts to legislators should be limited.

Legislative leaders had pooh-poohed the idea of a gift cap before the primary, calling it a gimmick that would lead to untraceable abuses. But after ballots in both primaries showed an overwhelming majority of Democrats and Republicans favored the gift cap, lawmakers enacted one in the next legislative session.

This year, the Democrats included questions about raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, funding education and the independence of the state ethics commission.

“Ours is exactly what you would expect of the Democratic Party,” said Democratic spokesman Michael Smith. “We try to speak to the issues we’re hearing from our folks.”

The topics are also what the party hopes will be key issues in this year’s campaign. Nationally, the party is focusing on the minimum wage and expanding Medicaid. And party leaders of the state House and Senate have been hammering away on ethics and education funding since the start of the legislative session.

Smith said the legislative leaders offered input on the wording but not the candidates.

“There wasn’t really any direct coordination with any of the campaign,” he said.

Here are the questions that will appear on Democratic ballots. Voters can choose which primary they want to participate in, or can request a non-partisan ballot just to vote for the judicial candidates.

1. Should Georgia raise the state minimum wage above the current $5.15 an hour?

2. Should Georgians’ federal tax dollars be returned to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relieve the indigent-care burden on our hospitals?

3. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create an independent ethics commission, not tied to the governor’s office, legislature or other elected office, to more effectively police potential ethics violations by elected officials?

4. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to make the education budget Georgia’s first funding priority?

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/14 - 09:26 am
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Question #1

Answer: No.

Time and time again the evidence shows that raising the minimum wage destroys many of the very minimum wage jobs they were trying to help.

Also, raising the minimum wage sets in motion a wage/price inflation spiral. Inflation is the cruelest tax, inflicting its harm most on low-income people and elderly who live on their savings.

Also, raising the minimum wage sets in motion an exponential increase in other wage rates that are linked to the minimum wage.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/14 - 09:32 am
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Question #2

Answer: No.

This sneakily-worded question shows the sliminess of the political class. When the uninformed voter sees "return federal tax dollars to Georgia," he immediately thinks, "yes." But the devil is in the details, and an expansion of Medicaid is yet another expansion of big government. We need government to get smaller, not bigger.

Also sneaky is the qualifier about "relieving the burden of indigent care on our hospitals." The burden is there, no matter who pays for it. I vote for everyone paying his own bills and no one else's bill unless they voluntarily pay someone else's bill. What's so hard about that?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/14 - 09:36 am
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Question #3

Answer: No.

In government (actually, in all of life) , there is really nothing that can be considered "independent." We all have to interact with something.

How can they create a commission not "tied" to the governor? The governor has veto power over the legislation. If the governor does not appoint the people on the commission, someone else will have to. Then that someone else becomes a quasi-governor, subject to the same corruptive influences that the governor is subject to.

How can they create a commission not "tied" to the legislature. It is the legislature that sets the budget for the commission each and every year.

#3 is one stupid question.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/08/14 - 09:44 am
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Question #4

Answer: No.

Another "I feel good" question with no meaning. There are no "first priorities" in funding government. (Well, actually we see that funding legislators’ salaries is the first priority – self-preservation is powerful.) The legislature has to juggle funding requests from each agency each and every year. No one (except legislators’ salaries) is sacrosanct. No one is independent.

The educrats have never been satisfied with federal funding levels, state funding levels, or local funding levels. They never will be. A meaningless constitutional amendment such as question #4 will not be able to change this fundamental truth. The people behind such an amendment are not interested in education. Instead, they are interested in their own wealth, their own power, their own influence over others. And they are interested in growing the scope of government and in shrinking personal freedom.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/08/14 - 10:26 am
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Betting that 90% of Dem

Betting that 90% of Dem voters will check "yes" to all of them.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 04/08/14 - 11:22 am
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Add this

You can add this question? "Do you agree that Obama has been the worst president ever?" To which all will repply "yes" :0P

Darby
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Darby 04/08/14 - 12:00 pm
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Add this question....

Did Lowell have anything to do with writing this tripe?

Or is it just some sort of genetic flaw that all Democrats possess that makes them think (and vote) like this?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/08/14 - 12:14 pm
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MORE money for "education",

MORE money for "education", Medicaid expansion.....The Democrats want to "fund" everything as long as working middle class Republicans are paying the bills.

Darby
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Darby 04/08/14 - 10:49 pm
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Let's do it!

Raise the minimum wage but fund it strictly from folks who vote in Democrat primaries.

That's it! That's the ticket!

Sometimes I amaze myself with my boundless brilliance!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/09/14 - 05:56 am
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A few Questions I want answered.

Do you feel is ok to Spy on AMERICANS 24/7, monitor and record their Emails, phone calls, purchasing habits, who they speak to and when?

Do you feel there is more to the IRS Tax Scandal?

Do you feel the is more to the Benghazi Scandal?

Do you feel it is ok for the President to change US LAWS as he wishes?

Do you feel it is ok to grant a Amnesty to about 12 Million people illegally in the US?

Do you feel DNC members have been upfront and honest and follow the US Constitution?

Do you feel if the Republicans take office the President will be Impeached?

Do you feel the DNC members have the best interests of America at heart?

Do you feel the last 6 years has been an attempt by certain DNC to bring the USA into Socialism.

Do you feel The President is working for the GOOD of America?

Do you feel the presidents goal and agenda is Socialism?

Do you feel that you have greater freedom and privacy or Less, than you had 10 years ago?

Do you feel the President has ruled like an American, or that of a Foreign Socialist, Non-Christian Educated Person?

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geecheeriverman 04/09/14 - 06:00 am
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Speak to issues wer'e hearing from our folks

Minimum wage, Medicaid, more money for education, ethics reform. Their "folks" are the ones that are the biggest problem. Just keep on giving us stuff and all will be OK. Lets take care of the truly needy, not the sorrow teat suckers.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/09/14 - 06:06 am
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My answers to their questions

1. Should Georgia raise the state minimum wage above the current $5.15 an hour? NO because it would just be negated by the Increase in goods and services the Poor would have to pay and they would be back in the same boat in a month or 2.

2. Should Georgians’ federal tax dollars be returned to Georgia to fund Medicaid expansion and relieve the indigent-care burden on our hospitals? TRICK Question

3. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create an independent ethics commission, not tied to the governor’s office, legislature or other elected office, to more effectively police potential ethics violations by elected officials? Maybe, depends on the citizens ability to monitor and audit the foxes guarding the hen house.

4. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended to make the education budget Georgia’s first funding priority? NO. it should an EQUAL priority. Besides like it or not, there will always be the 10 to 12% that can't learn more than " would you like fries with that".

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/09/14 - 06:51 am
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Too funny

More money thrown at education?? Nahh--Throw more money at CRIME control..you need it GEORGIA.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/09/14 - 08:36 am
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Dems are incapable of dealing

Dems are incapable of dealing with education they believe spending more money is a solution for this problem-which there is no evidence for the case we already spend more than anyone. But that is the ruse-they want to control what is being taught and indoctrinate children into their ideology like the Nazi youth.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/09/14 - 09:08 am
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nocnoc

Do you know how I feel?

I feel Proud and Happy to have lived in a time when America was America but now feel sad and unhappy to lived in America that is no longer America.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/09/14 - 10:33 am
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I remember in the 90's they

I remember in the 90's they investigated whether women were being paid less at MCG, a female friend was on the committee. They found no evidence of any pay discrepancy by gender. It is against federal law to discriminate by gender and I wonder if this is just a made up talking point by Dems. What employer would intentionally do something so stupid-MCG didn't. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination. I mean this seems ridiculous and if there is a difference there has to be a logical explanation for the difference that isn't discriminatory. Dems lying and misinformation again-to appeal to a voting special interest group. Women aren't that stupid.

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corgimom 04/09/14 - 11:32 am
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LL, by Federal law, hospitals

LL, by Federal law, hospitals cannot turn anybody away that needs care, if they receive Medicare or Medicaid funds.

So while I understand your feelings, what you want isn't possible. As long as that law stands, there will be indigent care.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/09/14 - 11:38 am
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Bizkit, as a woman who worked

Bizkit, as a woman who worked in Augusta GA, I can personally tell you that pay discrimination on the basis of gender is rampant in the CSRA.

It happens far more often than you think. And because nobody is supposed to tell other employees what they earn, the women only find out by accident.

The employer knows the woman isn't likely to sue, because they don't have the money.

It's done by private employers, not by state employers.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/09/14 - 11:46 am
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Corgimom, you telling me it's

Corgimom, you telling me it's rampant is just anecdotal and so you would have to provide evidence to support that posit because I don't believe you without evidence. Studies indicate any differences has a logical explanation from what I've read. I don't hear Lois Lerner is complaining she isn't paid enough, nor GRU female employees (salaries are public). Private businesses pay people to scale of their experience and expertise. Paying either gender different salaries happens but a female and male with the same position and experience will be paid the same (federal law protects you from that and an abuse would and should suffer the consequences).

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/09/14 - 12:00 pm
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This is just the new

This is just the new progressive strategy too divide America and conquer. Divide by socioeconomic status and attack capitalist as villains, by race, and now stir up women they are being denied birth control or equal salary. Which why would Congressional Dems want a new law when there is already laws that protects women? It is a phony issue-plain and simple. I don't understand how Dems state the ACA is working when no the CBO has already stated it will not work and accomplish the goals nor intent of the original law. It doesn't matter what short term it does because it still doesn't address escalating costs, 30 million still uninsured in ten years, and no 200 billion savings in ten years just trillion dollar deficits-it's mindless to support a law that fails no matter if is successfully implemented or not. All argument of successes on short time scales is ridiculous because the law doesn't work in the long term-period. The SCOTUS allowed and neutered it all in the same ruling =allowing states to opt out was a death knell.

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