Breaking – OpinionSavvy poll shows Ossoff up big, Handel strong 2nd

  A new poll from OpinionSavvy for Fox 5 News shows Democrat Jon Ossoff with a big lead in the 6th District Congressional race. With a strong 40% of the vote, Ossoff leads a crowded 18 candidate field that seeks to replace former Congressman Tom Price, who vacated the position to join President Donald Trump’s cabinet as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) is running a strong second at 20%, followed by former Johns Creek City Councilman Bob Gray (R) and former state Senator Judson Hill (R) each at 10%.  Another former state Senator, Dan Moody, is at 8%, with the rest of the candidates combined only taking 6%. The poll had 462 respondents via land lines and mobile phones and has a margin of error of 4.5% with 95% confidence.  For more analysis and for the full crosstabs, go to OpinionSavvy’s breakdown HERE Respondents were also asked about individual match-ups that may feature in the runoff, which will almost certainly be between Ossoff and a Republican.  The 30 year old filmmaker fares surprisingly well in those head to head contests, which can be seen below.  Another jolt for Republicans, who just this week dumped another million dollars into the race attacking Ossoff.  The district, while moderate, has been considered safely Republican in recent election cycles. Handel vs. Ossoff: Handel: 41% Ossoff: 42% Undecided: 17% Gray vs. Ossoff: Gray: 42% Ossoff: 44% Undecided: 14% Hill vs. Ossoff: Hill: 45% Ossoff: 44% Undecided: 11% Moody vs. Ossoff: Moody: 43% Ossoff: 46% Undecided: 11%   The poll found approval numbers for President Trump and his Obamacare...

Stonecrest mayor sees big opportunities

  Jason Lary, who was elected first mayor of Stonecrest on Tuesday, knows his city got the biggest break possible about a month ago when developers announced plans for a massive sports complex in his city.  Now, the city has its identity that is more than a shopping mall.  “It is the best thing that could have happened,” he said of the complex. “Now, we are a city of destination.” Lary spearheaded the drive to make Stonecrest a city. Then, he said the most important thing for the city would be building its identity.  With the identity in place, Lary now wants to turn to other development. He sees becoming a logistics hub as the next natural step.  The city has a mainline of CSX and I-20.  “We have an opportunity to be a robust player in industrial space,” he said. “Our future is really bright.” Lary will take office early next week after the vote is certified. But he will take office without really having an office. Stonecrest does not have a city hall yet.  And because the election field was so crowded, it won’t have a full city council until after runoff elections next month. Jimmy Clanton, Jr. and Jazmine Randall Cobble each won council posts Tuesday by roughly 2-to-1 margins. But the other three seats, all multi-way races, are headed to runoff elections.  That doesn’t worry Lary, who saw his own three-way race turn brutal in the final few days of the campaign.  “I have no issues with the council members we have,” he said. “I have a good relationship with all of those guys.” It...

Big field lines up for state Senate seat

  The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District may have garnered national attention, but it’s not the only contest on the ballot in Cobb County on April 18th.  An 8 person field is competing for the seat of former state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated the position earlier this year to run for Congress. There are five Republicans and three Democrats running in the heavily right-leaning district, where Republican Hill ran without any opposition in his previous three reelection campaigns.  As in the Congressional race having such a large field seems likely to result in no candidate getting 50%+1 of the vote, thereby sending the top two vote-getters to a runoff on May 16th. With less than a month to go before election day, let’s take a look at the candidates. Republicans:  Hamilton Beck – The young consultant doesn’t have a campaign website, which doesn’t seem to bode well for his chances at taking the seat. Matt Campbell – With the unusual background of railroad conductor Campbell also boasts legislative experience, serving as State Legislative Director for SMART Transportation Division Legislative affairs for five years.  One of the biggest parts of his platform, unsurprisingly, is improving the district’s transportation infrastructure. Roy Daniels – One of three doctors in the race, Daniels also runs a financial advisory firm and serves on the Cobb County Board of Health and Cobb County Community Services Board.  He is a member of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute class of 2017.  Daniels is a harsh critic of Obamacare and wants to help Georgians with healthcare costs at a state level. Kay Kirkpatrick – Another doctor, the former president of Resurgens...

Ga. 6th Congressional District GOP Forums

  The 6th District Republican Party organization will conduct three forums with the “top five” Republican candidates for the U.S. congressional seat that was held by the resigned Dr. Tom Price. The five selections will be determined by current polling, according to Chairman Michael Fitzgerald. The special election for the seat is April 18. “Admission is free and open to all Republicans, Independents, and Democrats interested in hearing our leading candidates’ positions on the issues,” a party statement says. The following dates and locations are: 1) SUNDAY March 26, 2017 – Indian Hills Country Club 6:00 PM ADDRESS: 4001 Clubland Drive, Marietta, GA 30068 (Cobb County) Debate MODERATOR: Kyle Wingfield of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2) SUNDAY April 2, 2017 – Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter 4:00 PM ADDRESS: 111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA, 30346 (DeKalb County) MODERATORS: Ginger Howard & Chuck Berk 3) SUNDAY April 9, 2017 – The Metropolitan Club 6:00 PM 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005 (Fulton County) MODERATOR:...

State Takes Another Step Opening Up Alcohol Laws

Day 36 at the Gold Dome saw the passage of Senate Bill 85, relating to malt beverages (some of which are known as beer) and also distilled spirits, “so as to provide for the limited sale of malt beverages at retail by manufacturers (sometimes known as craft brewers) of malt beverages.” The bill passed the Senate and House nearly unanimously, by votes of 49-2 and 147-14, respectively. In layman’s terms, the bill, if signed by the governor, would allow for direct sales from craft breweries and distilleries. Sponsored by Senator Rick Jeffares (R- 17 McDonough), it significantly alters the three-tier system of the supplier selling to a distributor and the distributor selling to retailers, who then sell to consumers. It ends the game of purchasing a tour and tasting and provides no daily limit for on-site sales. There is a limit of a case per day, per person and a limit of 3,000 barrels (93,000 gallons) annually for the brewery. There is a limit of 500 barrels per person. For distilleries of spirits, the limit is three 750ml bottles per day. The bill is the result of discussion and compromise between the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild (GCBG) and the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association (GBWA). This is a change to a couple years ago when the The Executive Director of the GCBG, Nancy Palmer, said earlier this year, “With suggestions championed by both brewers and wholesalers, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), House Regulated Industries Committee Chairman Howard Maxwell (R- Dallas), and Senator Jeffares have provided guidance to create this legislation. Their commitment to...

Atlanta ponders marijuana decriminalization; Victory for Georgia brewers as SB 85 passes House

  As the state legislature fights its own battles over the use of medical marijuana by Georgians, the Atlanta City Council is preparing for its own vote on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana within city limits. City Councilwoman Kwanza Hall on Tuesday proposed an ordinance that would drastically reduce the penalty for individuals caught with under an ounce of marijuana.  Currently that crime is a misdemeanor carrying up to a $1000 fine and 6 month confinement.  Under Hall’s proposal, being caught with under an ounce would be a mere $75 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. Possessing any amount of marijuana would remain illegal under state as well as federal law. Earlier this year Democrat state Senator Harold Jones introduced SB 105 which would have similarly reduced punishments for possessing small amounts of marijuana.  That bill failed to make it out of the Senate Rules Committee. The City Council will vote on the proposal at their meeting next week. See the full text of the proposal HERE. Big win for Georgia brewers The craft beer industry rejoiced Wednesday as the Georgia state Senate voted 52-1 in favor of SB 85, a bill which allows among other things direct sale of alcohol to consumers by breweries.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal, who is expected to sign it into law. SB 85 has been a multi-year process as Georgia breweries sought to ‘level the playing field’ with surrounding states, most of which already allow direct sales and food service on site.  Alcohol distributors, a major lobbying force under the Gold Dome, had to be...

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