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Michael Thurmond Prepares For His Biggest Political Challenge

Michael Thurmond will soon either make history, or perhaps see his political career wash away.

A source familiar with his plans says the Democratic Labor Department commissioner will enter the U.S. Senate race in an announcement expected  Wednesday.  Thurmond will be the favorite in the July primary against one political novice, setting up a November race against Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson.  Thurmond will spend the weekend at home in Athens discussing this with family.

Thurmond against Isakson for a U.S. Senate office could eclipse the state’s gubernatorial race in media attention, voter interest and potentially, millions of dollars raised and spent.  A victory over the popular and respected Isakson would make him an instant national political celebrity.  A source close to Isakson said Thurmond “would be swimming in a pool beyond his depth.”   Thurmond has run three successful statewide campaigns but nothing with the intensity, political knifing or media scrutiny of a United States Senate race. Continue reading

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Different Flavors to Shrink Georgia State Government

Updated: Wednesday March 24

Some folks are showing their serious side about how Georgia state government might reinvent.  One bill currently before the Georgia House arrived as pretty much a surprise move and would combine agencies that seem to have very little in common.  Another House bill would launch a ten-month tax and revenue reform project, which if done correctly, is an opportunity to engage Georgians.

There also were good, fresh ideas in a recent Budget Task Force report commissioned by Casey Cagle, but the lieutenant governor did little to enthusiastically endorse his own study group when nearly four dozen best practices ideas were announced last week.

First:  The outcry to make state government smaller could combine three very different agencies. Continue reading

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment