Finish the job in Georgia

Voting for Republican principles is of the utmost importance

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Nationally, this is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes.

We endorse

In Georgia, it's perhaps the most historic.

Voters in Tuesday's election will decide whether to finish the conservative revolution begun here in 2002.

Georgia has been considered a red state since Republicans captured the governorship in 2002 and both houses of the General Assembly in 2004 for the first time since Reconstruction. In truth, though, a number of entrenched Democrats have held high offices in Atlanta until now -- including the attorney general, agriculture commissioner and labor commissioner.

This could be the year Georgia really turns red.

With an anti-Democrat rebellion on across the country, the chances are pretty good.

But if Republicans sweep the state's highest offices this year -- and we heartily endorse Casey Cagle for lieutenant governor, Gary Black for agriculture commissioner, Sam Olens for attorney general, Brian Kemp for secretary of state, Mark Butler for labor commissioner, Ralph Hudgens for insurance commissioner, Tim Echols for the Public Service Commission and John D. Barge for school superintendent -- the most important race will be to retain the governor's office.

Oddly enough, considering the momentum the GOP has nationally, Republican voters here have been less than enthusiastic about their choice for governor, due to candidate Nathan Deal's financial and disclosure issues. Voters will need to get over that, and quickly, for two incredibly important reasons.

First, the next governor will appoint judges. Given history, you can be certain a Republican governor will install conservative, tough-on-crime, easy-on-individual-liberties jurists.

Second, the 2010 Census means redistricting -- simply put, that means Georgia leaders will redraw political lines based on population changes and political exigencies. It needs to be done by officials who represent and reflect the new political realities in Georgia -- and the reality is that it's a Republican-majority state.

In addition, it will be vital in the near future for Georgia to fight hard to overturn the federal health-care law in the courts. While Democratic candidate Roy Barnes has pledged to do so, it's obvious a Republican governor would approach the battle against an overreaching Democratic law with more gusto.

This country gets too caught up in personalities at election time. A lot of folks hold it up as a badge of honor that they "vote for the person, not the party." How's that working out for you? It's the cult of personality that causes massive swings in public policy every time a pretty face shows up -- and it sure wasn't his politics or his record or experience that got Barack Obama in the White House and the economy further into a ditch.

The two major parties don't distinguish themselves from each other nearly enough. They both go to Washington, fall in love with the sweet aroma of power and the delicacies of incumbency and do whatever they can to cling to it all -- using our money to bribe us in the process.

Not since 1994, though, has there been such daylight between the parties. It's primarily because Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have lurched the government to the far left -- but we hope it's also because Republicans are moving back to the right, helped along no doubt by the grass-roots Tea Party movement.

Whatever the personal peccadilloes, we need the rock-solid conservative Nathan Deal as governor.

Deal is committed to adding jobs in the private sector, and to that end has pledged to veto any tax increase that comes to his desk. Businesses, like individual citizens, can't be taxed into prosperity.

He wants genuinely innovative change in state education. He knows that charter schools and other measures, such as offering vouchers, empower citizens with true school choice. And that can be encouraged while fostering steady improvement in state-funded public schools without completely wresting away local control.

He supports public-private partnerships on transportation projects, which will ease the state's tax burden and will help literally pave the way for enhanced economic prosperity for Georgia.

Deal wants less government intrusion that gums up efforts to grow business. And he wants more government participation in enforcing the rule of law on illegal immigration, including allowing local law enforcement to assist federal agents.

Most important, he wants our government to shrink, and that the government that's left should run at peak efficiency.

If you want all of that for Georgia, Deal vows to deliver it.

America, a majority-conservative country led to the left cliff in the past two years, is returning to its true nature. Georgia can, and must, lead the way.

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dashiel
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dashiel 10/27/10 - 11:39 pm
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Voting Republican is a

Voting Republican is a no-brainer for the majority of Georgians, but this is also an opportunity to elect a good candidate for Lieutenant Governor instead of a dubious place-holder who has chosen to wait for his turn at the big trough. Vote for Carol Porter. You won't even have to hold your nose.

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faithson 10/28/10 - 01:33 am
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All you people who had it in

All you people who had it in for Charles Walker (for good reasons) are hypocrites if you vote for Nathan Deal.

GGpap
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GGpap 10/28/10 - 01:48 am
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The AC writes, "Voting for

The AC writes, "Voting for Republican principles is of the utmost importance"

Really? I do not believe that even one republican has called upon his/her former leader to appear in support of their candidacy; I do not believe that even one is brave enough to stand tall with G. W. Bush as a champion of their “republican principles.”

Have their principles been whitewashed, purified and sterilized? Are their principles something miraculously altered from what they were just 2 years ago? I doubt it.

Sure, the right will win at the polls...as is typical in midterm elections, but America will be no better off and politics will still reek with the stench of corruption; and, the self-serving interests of the "elected princes on the Potomac" will only continue to isolate the "governed" from those you/we choose to govern.

Wake up, Americans...smell the roses for now, 20 years from now you will all be speaking Chinese...thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan…and republican leadership we were subjected to in 2000.

GGpap

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/28/10 - 05:08 am
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Until Jimmy Carter decided to

Until Jimmy Carter decided to remake his "legacy" and Bill Clinton decided to remake his "legacy", a president out of office was done with politics (except in the role of ambassador at the request of the sitting president). Some occasional charity work from an ex-president was about the only publicity they'd have. Now, a Dem president no sooner loses his seat than he begins bad mouthing his replacement, supporting dictators around the world and campaigning in local, state and national elections for his party. It's a new job for "retired" Dem presidents, but the fact that Repubs take the traditional route seems to have confused GGpap.
The desperation of the Dems necessitates using every option at their disposal.
November 3 will shine a new light on this country.

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avidreader 10/28/10 - 05:42 am
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I am neither Republican nor

I am neither Republican nor Democrat. However, as of last week, Deal has my vote. Two of Mr. Barnes's campaign ads hit the airwaves and both disgusted me. The "Rape Sheild" ad and the "Why Won't You Talk To Us" ad (with dubbed-in voices) are both a classic example of distortion merely to ruin the credibilty of a man's character. What a sick bunch of political hacks! Mr. Barnes, why don't you buy a farm in Alabama and fade away into the sunset?

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bertisdowns 10/28/10 - 06:38 am
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Joe Martin would be a highly

Joe Martin would be a highly effective School Superintendent of Georgia’s public schools. His background as a business leader, and his lifelong commitment to the public good through his work with Georgia’s public schools, make him uniquely qualified to fill the role. In these challenging fiscal times, it is critical that Georgia elect a leader like Joe Martin, who understands working within limited budgets and scarce resources.
Joe Martin deserves your support whether or not you have children in our public schools. Clearly, the quality of our educational system in Georgia determines all of our future prosperity and viability as a state. Republicans and Democrats, old and young, black, white and otherwise – all of us are affected, for better or worse, by the quality of our schools. And regardless of who wins the Governor’s race and which party controls the Legislature, having a capable administrator like Joe Martin overseeing Georgia’s schools is essential. It is a race that truly transcends the usual party labels and ideological leanings. Good schools make our state better. Good schools produce graduates who contribute to our civil society. Good schools make Georgia more attractive to families and businesses. And Joe Martin represents our best chance to improve our schools where needed and to promote a positive vision of what our schools can become.

Please pay no mind to the somewhat laughable whisper campaign about Joe – that is he some sort of radical liberal (a popular charge these days). Have you met Joe Martin? A radical liberal he is not. A smart, focused, capable business and educational leader is exactly what he is. He is a United States Army veteran, a graduate of Harvard Business School, and he has been an exceptional advocate for Georgia's public schools throughout his distinguished career in business. It is difficult to imagine a more qualified candidate for the position of State School Superintendant, and whatever your political leanings or affiliation, for the sake of Georgia’s future, please consider Joe Martin for Georgia’s schools.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/28/10 - 06:49 am
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Maybe others don't remember
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Maybe others don't remember the incompetent Barnes as governor, but I sure do. I'll hold my nose, but I'll still vote for Deal. Any friend of the arrogant incompetent in the White House is no friend of mine.

dashiel
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dashiel 10/28/10 - 08:16 am
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Porter promises to take on

Porter promises to take on the corruption in Atlanta. Electing Porter Lieutenant Governor will put an honest person at the henhouse door whichever crooked fox wins Governor.

Working hard running several newspapers while raising several Eagle Scouts, Porter hails from the heart of Middle Georgia where most people have better things to do than lie awake at night dreaming up new ways to cheat people. Vote for and elect Porter our new Lieutenant Governor.

ruach
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ruach 10/28/10 - 08:34 am
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"This country gets too caught

"This country gets too caught up in personalities at election time. A lot of folks hold it up as a badge of honor that they "vote for the person, not the party." How's that working out for you?"

Really AC??? It hasn't worked out too **** well for most of us kowtowing to party politics. How about values and principles, or is that just too much to ask? Take an honest look at what voting strictly R & D has gotten this nation...how's that working out for you?

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usafvet 10/28/10 - 08:41 am
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Very good article AC and I

Very good article AC and I certainly hope sanity will prevail. If the not so silent any more, will continue their rekindled desire to keep this country from going socialist, get out and vote, it will be a great time Tues. night. The Honorable George W. Bush and his lovely wife Laura have been involved in our troops and our veterans. They meet and greet returning troops. They visit the wounded. They are presently busy with the Presidential Center. The web cast of the groundbreaking will be Nov. 16th. I am proud to be a charter member of the Center. I do think that campaigning by Pres. Bush would be better accepted and do more good than the feeble attempts by dumbobama and poster child for obesity can do for their party. Don't get me wrong, I want them both to keep showing their faces until next Tues. GOD BLESS AMERICA, OUR TROOPS, AND OUR VETERANS.

dashiel
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dashiel 10/28/10 - 09:00 am
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Georgia voters have two

Georgia voters have two choices on Tuesday: Lobotomy or Enema. One is redundant and not covered under most insurance plans.

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Antineocon 10/28/10 - 09:05 am
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The AC editorial board has

The AC editorial board has this all WRONG. No matter what people think or say about Roy Barnes, he has no business interest with the State of Georgia like Nathan Deal has. If elected, will Deal sign a budget bill which will include funding for his state-sanctioned vehicle salvage business? Will he sign a budget bill that will include state money to pay for properties he rents to the state? Is that proper? Does anyone think he'll NOT sign those budget bills? He ahs to. Those are his main sources of income.

If this is an example of conservative principles and values, we're in serious trouble andemissed an opportunity to elect someone with much higher ethical values.

ruach
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ruach 10/28/10 - 09:08 am
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ruach 10/28/10 - 09:13 am
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oops sorry...wrong video, but

oops sorry...wrong video, but that one wasn't bad either....here's Krista Branch..I Am America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw&feature=fvw

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grouse 10/28/10 - 09:28 am
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Vote The Chronicle's way and
Unpublished

Vote The Chronicle's way and you'll "finish off" Georgia....

Chillen
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Chillen 10/28/10 - 10:06 am
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This is not only an

This is not only an "anti-Democrat rebellion on across the country". It is an anti-socialism rebellion. An anti-progressive rebellion. An anti-over regulation rebellion. An anti-fascist rebellion. An anti-big government rebellion.

The vote is for free market, small govt, fiscally responsible govt, adherence to our Constitution, individual freedom and capitalism.

89% of American's believe that Congress is doing a poor job.....89%! Only 37% of Americans now support obama and his radical agenda. People are fed up with this breed of politician. They have been exposed (thanks Beck!).

ruach
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ruach 10/28/10 - 10:17 am
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Saying it straight up

Saying it straight up Chillen....now if the rest of these party goobers will wake up.

dcreader
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dcreader 10/28/10 - 10:38 am
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This is so ridiculous that I

This is so ridiculous that I can't even begin to unpack the nonsense it spouts. Demographics alone will make this country a center-left country soon enough, if it isn't already.

It's amusing to read about the virtues of small government written by people who happily have their caps in hand for government largesse.

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ajk1 10/28/10 - 10:48 am
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I think we should all vote

I think we should all vote for the Libertarian as the "None of the Above" candidate. Besides after hearing him on TV the other night and learning his education background I think he would be excellent.

So crates
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So crates 10/28/10 - 10:49 am
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The only reason to vote for

The only reason to vote for Deal listed here is that he is a republican. Hopefully in this day and age most citizens know that party affiliation is irrelevant information unless you are on the team that finances that party. What's the Deal for Georgia is the only thing I as a voter need to know

Chillen
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Chillen 10/28/10 - 10:54 am
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"Demographics alone will make

"Demographics alone will make this country a center-left country soon enough, if it isn't already."

As long as govt keeps increasing govt dependence, rewarding welfare folks for having more kids (ensuring a steady stream of socialists) and taxing the achievers half to death then you are probably right, it is inevitable.

Thats exactly why the hope is that we can stop this train wreck before it happens because left-center govt simply doesn't work. People actually have to work and contribute to society in order for society to work. Left-center govt doesn't support that.

Oh, and by the way, we don't have left center govt in place right now. We have radical, extreme left govt in place. How did you dems let that happen?

dcreader
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dcreader 10/28/10 - 11:01 am
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"We have radical, extreme

"We have radical, extreme left govt in place." The platform of the UK's Conservative party is pretty much aligned with that of the US Democratic party. If we take as given that the UK is the birthplace of modern, industrial capitalism; and, if we take as given that the UK is among the most laissez-faire of our allies, then we should also take as given that the current US administration is not "radical, extreme left."
That is nonsense. "Radical, extreme left" is how we should describe the polity of, say, North Korea. And I made the comparison to the UK simply to illustrate a point, so don't respond with nativist nonsense.

Also, keep in mind that the top marginal tax rate in the US in the 1950s, under Republican President (and war hero) Dwight Eisenhower, hardly a "radical, left extremist," was 91%. Today's top marginal tax rate is not really "taxing achievers half to death."

Fact checking always is a good idea.

ruach
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ruach 10/28/10 - 11:05 am
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It's amusing to me to see the

It's amusing to me to see the left (center....yeah right)....floundering like fish out of water when faced with the real anger of the American people...from both sides of aisle and the true center...it is to their detriment that more and more Americans are waking up, wiping the sleep from their eyes and really seeing what the h*** both parties have been up to...and they ain't liking what they see....so go ahead and mollify yourself with your pseudo elite intelligence..I'm sure it'll make a warm bedfellow for you.

ruach
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ruach 10/28/10 - 11:13 am
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Media Matters is now

Media Matters is now appealing to Palin to help stop Beck....LOL You betcha' there's desperation....LOL

I'm out....ya'll have a great one!

Chillen
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Chillen 10/28/10 - 11:26 am
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dcreader. The UK government

dcreader. The UK government is hardly a model I would strive to achieve. They just announced that they are reducing govt jobs by 500,000, they are raising the retirement age, they have put a 12 month cap on unemployment earnings. Their model is failing. They are moving closer to our model - or at least the one we should have.

Fact check time for you. When the 91% tax brackets were in place there were so many deductions and extensive loopholes (that no longer exist) that NO ONE and I mean no one paid even close to that. In fact, a vast majority of the folks in that 91% tax bracket paid NO taxes thanks to their teams of accountants & financial guys.

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ozarkalien 10/28/10 - 11:31 am
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The republicans if you really

The republicans if you really want to be honest with yourself for the past 30+ years don't have a very good record. They hold the record for the most spending, the least job growth, and some of the highest taxes. Neither party has done a very good job but to think that the republican party is some how the saver is a bit far fetched. They both put money and greed ahead of the American people and fill the air waves and print with lies. We are all like a bunch of hogs at the trough slopping up the propaganda.

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ameliaf 10/28/10 - 12:56 pm
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ozarkalien, honey, don't try

ozarkalien, honey, don't try to bring logic into things.

If I think of Georgia since 2002 and look at where we are today, I see education going down, poor business growth, the same rotting infrastructure, and the same political shenanigans.

So, you see, its doesn't really matter if they are incompetent. It only matters that they are Republican. What matters is keeping gays from marrying, keeping women from choosing abortion, not allowing stem cell research, bashing illegal immigrants (while carefully not imposing any penalties on those who hire them because that would hurt business) and saying things like "I am a Christian" or "I have Jesus in my heart".

Nothing else is required. In fact, like Deal, you can use your government paid federal staff to lobby your state and county government to bend rules for you and you can lie on financial disclosure statements again, and again, and again because integrity does not matter - as long as you are not a Democrat.

If you really are from Ozark, this is just a little advice on how to be Southern.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/28/10 - 01:34 pm
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From the WSJ. •When the

From the WSJ.

•When the Democrats took control of Congress in 2007, the debt held by the public was 36.2% of GDP. It rose to 40.2% the next year. This year it will be about 63.6%, next year 68.6%, then 77% of GDP in 2020. And the Obama administration's budget estimates 218% in 2050.

•The deficit in 2007 was $160 billion. In the next year the Pelosi-Reid Congress took it up to $458 billion, and when President Obama came into office in 2009 it hit $1.4 trillion. The current 2010 projected deficit is $1.6 trillion, which will lead to a tripling of our national debt from 2008 to 2020.

•Obama has added $3 trillion to our national debt in 22 months. In our 232 other years, all the other US presidents added $10 Trillion to our national debt. GWB & the democrat congress added $4.9 Trillion of that $10 Trillion. Obama = $136 Million per month. Everyone else = $3.5 Million per month Bush = $51 Million per month (37.5% of Obama's spending level....obama makes Big Spender Bush look like a fiscal genius)

•If Obama had simply kept Bush's spending policies in place, federal deficits over the next 8 years would be 60% lower. In 2018, we'd have a deficit of just $188 billion, instead of the projected $996 billion under Obama's budget. Between 2011 and 2018, Obama would spend $4.9 trillion more than Bush had planned to. That does not include spending in the name of "economic stimulus"

Chillen
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Chillen 10/28/10 - 01:46 pm
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ameliaf. You are wrong about

ameliaf. You are wrong about that. It doesn't matter if they are republican. What matters is their FISCAL policy and their principals.

Every republican I know has said the republicans have been making mistakes. At least the Republicans are trying to reign in their politicians (it won't happen overnight). I certainly don't see any efforts on the part of the dems to "take back their party" from the socialists and the fringe extreme left. How about it?

Myself, my vote goes to the fiscal conservative. I'll vote for the person who MOST fits that description. 95% of the time it will be a libertarian. If faced with a dem or repub, 99.99% of the time it will be the republican.

Show me a democrat who votes to reduce our spending, reduce regulations, reduce taxes, reduce our debt, reduce the size of the govt, reduce & reform entitlement programs, etc and I'll vote for him/her. So far none have emerged from the trenches. I'll be waiting......

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Rozzie2003 10/28/10 - 01:57 pm
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Georgia thrived under Barnes

Georgia thrived under Barnes when he was governor.Hundreds of teachers and the Flaggers voted against him and he lost in a close race. He wanted to extend tenure for teachers to 5 years instead of 3. This would have gotten rid of many sorry teachers. I can't understand the people at Chronicle when they shout about values and are willng to put a crook in the governor's office. Deal is definitely crooked. He resigned Congress immediately when his ethics investigation became known. And decided to run for governor of Georgia
If the investigation hadn't come up, he wuld be running for Congress
This man ha too many self- interests and as one poster has said , he will be pushing for laws to enchance himself.

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