Have you voted yet? If not, why not? There are people who are literally dying to vote in other countries throughout the world. Voting in free elections for the candidate of your choice without risking your life and/or putting your family in danger is your birthright as a U. S. citizen.
Here’s some information to help you make some very critical choices …
David Perdue …
the Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, has a lady problem—at least according to recent polls, which show Democrat Michelle Nunn ahead with women voters in this toss-up election.
In a Sunday night debate between Perdue and Nunn, the moderator suggested that ads about Perdue’s time as the CEO of Dollar General, a discount chain, had damaged the GOPer’s campaign. Shortly after Perdue stepped down as Dollar General’s CEO, hundreds of female managers sued the company for pay discrimination that allegedly took place during Perdue’s tenure. Nunn’s campaign and EMILY’s List have both aired millions of dollars’ worth of negative ads describing the class-action lawsuit. The moderator urged Perdue: “Talk to those women in particular.”
Here’s how Perdue responded: “If you look at Dollar General as an example, there was no wrongdoing there,” he said. “That lawsuit, or that claim, or that complaint was settled five years after I had left…And it was less than 2,000 people. We had upwards of 70,000 employees in that company.”
An annual report Dollar General submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission puts the actual number of female managers in that class action at 2,100. As Mother Jones reported in May, the women had been paid less than their male peers between the dates of November 30, 2004 and November 30, 2007—almost exactly the dates that Perdue was CEO (from April 2003 to summer 2007.) The class action began in late 2007, and Dollar General settled the lawsuit for $18.75 million without admitting to discrimination.
“Two thousand women, that actually seems like quite a lot to me,” Nunn said at the debate.
For more information, go here.
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Governor Nathan Let’s-Make-A-Deal
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan political watchdog group, named Nathan Deal one of 15 Most Corrupt Congressional Members in 2010. Their list included 7 Republicans and 8 Democrats.
Jim Walls is one of our favorite writers (Atlanta Unfiltered — investigative journalism and watchdog site). Here’s what Walls had to say about Deal in the October 2014 issue of Atlanta Magazine:
“Even now, on the eve of [Nathan] Deal’s re-election bid, questions about the ethics allegations from four years ago have only grown stronger. His opponent, Jason Carter, returns to them almost daily. “Imagine,” he said in the first debate between the candidates, “a world where the governor comes on the radio and he’s not talking about an ethics scandal.” Common Cause Georgia says a jury’s $1.1 million award to former ethics commission director Stacey Kalberman underscores the need to reopen the investigation; Sam Olens, the state attorney general, dismissed Democrats’ earlier call to revive the probe as politically motivated.
“Technically speaking, all the complaints against Deal were resolved in 2012, when he paid $3,350 in administrative fees for filing defective campaign and personal finance disclosures.
“But a review of the commission’s files shows the investigation leading to that settlement was never really completed. Ethics commission staffers abandoned inquiries into tens of thousands of dollars spent on air travel and credit card charges, and questioned no one but lawyers for the campaign accused of wrongdoing.
“Deal, while denying misconduct, has sounded the need for reform, calling for more money for the commission and a restructuring of its leadership. Skeptics contend true reform must go farther by shielding the ethics commission from political pressure and giving it a dedicated source of funding.
“Deal’s campaign spokesman, Brian Robinson, referred our specific inquiries to the campaign’s lawyer, but not before scoffing at a suggestion that the commission’s probe missed anything.
” ‘We’ve answered all these questions over and over and over again,’ Robinson told me [Jim Walls] in a recent telephone interview.
“Not really. Among the questions that the commission never appeared to have answered:
- “Did Deal’s business profit improperly by leasing a plane and helicopter to his 2010 campaign?
- “Did his 2010 campaign pay a supporter more than market value for office space?
- “Did the 2010 campaign pay personal expenses of its staffers?
- “Did Deal’s 2010 campaign spending help to pay off a six-figure tax lien on the plane used by the campaign?
- “Why did the commission obtain so few of Deal’s campaign records?”
– See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/five-questions-georgia-state-ethics-investigation-of-governor-nathan-deals-2010-campaign-never-answered/#sthash.m4mUuqR4.dpuf
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What can we say? We asked for Sam Olens’ assistance with more than 20 unanswered Open Records Requests sent to the DeKalb County School System. We supplied Olens’ office with a detailed spreadsheet of our requests. The Open Records Requests met all the legal requirements for such requests. Both Olens and his staff (Jeff Milsteen, Chief Deputy Attorney General) declined to assist. We do not think that Sam Olens is the kind of person who should be Georgia’s Attorney General.
We encourage you to vote for:
Michelle Nunn for U. S. Senator
Jason Carter for Georgia Governor
Gregory Hecht for Georgia Attorney General
Remember — EVERY election affects K-12 education! For 2014: From Georgia’s General Fund, 52 cents ($9.7 billion total) out of every Georgia tax dollar goes to education. Of that, $7.4 billion goes to K-12 education. Federal funds make up 32% of Georgia’s budget and, of that, $2.1 billion goes to students with disabilities, low-income students, school nutrition and other education services.
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