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Celebrating the 100th Anniversary With Some New Firsts

By Dr. Charles Bullock

This year marks the century anniversary of directly electing senators. For the first 125 years of the Republic state legislatures elected senators. In 1914 when the public first got to vote directly for senators, Georgians choose both of its senators since Augustus Bacon’s death earlier in the year necessitated a special election.
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Gallup: Louisiana shifts Democratic

In a reversal from several years ago, Louisiana is leaning Democratic, according to a new poll.

In a Gallup poll released Tuesday, 45 percent of those polled identify as Democrats or have a Democratic lean, while 41 percent say they align more closely with the Republican Party. This is the first time that Democrats have taken a lead in Gallup’s Louisiana survey since 2010.

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9/29/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Dixie’s competitive congressional contests

9/29/2014 — Sarita Chourey : Green groups urge critical look at RiverPort

9/26/2014 — Matt Towery: Libertarian and Medical Marijuana Could Decide Hot Florida Governor's Race

9/26/2014 — Sarita Chourey : S.C. grapples with its health facilities 'debacle'

9/25/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Plant Vogtle leads the way with ‘nuclear change’

9/25/2014 — Poll: Florida governor race a toss-up

9/23/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Bushes join famous families in Georgia political campaigns

9/22/2014 — Walter Jones: Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

9/22/2014 — Hastings Wyman: Undercurrents of the 2016 GOP nomination contest

9/19/2014 — Sen. Ted Cruz pledges $250K to NRSC

9/18/2014 — Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

9/18/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Obama Georgia Approval Rating Mirrors National Polls

9/17/2014 — Walter Jones: Juvenile-justice reforms show results, officials say

9/17/2014 — Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz differ on lame-duck activity

9/16/2014 — Immigration hits Kentucky Senate race

9/16/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: Nunn needs traditional white Democrat voters in Middle Georgia, analyst says

9/15/2014 — Compiled from InsiderAdvantage and Southern Political Report staff: InsiderAdvantage/Fox5/Morris News Survey: Deal and Carter Locked in Competitive Race; Perdue Takes Substantial Lead Over Nunn

9/15/2014 — Hastings Wyman: The politics of war

9/11/2014 — Cruz takes hardline on CR

9/11/2014 — Walter Jones: Senate candidates take different approaches to ISIS
Around the South
Vox, Virginia, & 2016

Vox populi: Senate polls favor GOP in AR, KY & LA. Republican Senate candidates led in two polls released over the weekend. In Arkansas, it was 43% for GOP challenger Tom Cotton to 38% for incumbent US Sen. Mark Pryor (D), according to a Public Policy Polling (D) survey. In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) led Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by 46% to 42% among likely voters, but Grimes led by 38% to 36% among registered voters. “Likely voters” generally provide a more accurate result. The survey was taken by Ipsos. And in Louisiana, a CNN/ORC poll shows US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) with 43%, US Rep. Bill Cassidy 40% and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness with 9%. In a runoff, it’s 50% for Cassidy, 47% for Landrieu.


Virginia: Post hits Comstock. While not officially endorsing Democrat John Foust for the open congressional seat in Virginia’s 10th District, composed of District of Columbia suburbs, the Washington Post made clear its displeasure at GOP nominee Barbara Comstock. The Post editorial, titled “A sheep in Wolf’s clothing,” contended that, unlike retiring US Rep. Frank Wolf (R), Comstock as a state lawmaker had followed rightwing ideology rather than the needs of her constituents, especially on the transportation plan for Northern Virginia.


2016: Cruz wins social conservatives’ straw poll. At last weekend’s gathering of the Values Voter Summit, US Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) led the straw ballot for the next Republican presidential nomination. Cruz had 25%, followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 20%, Mike Huckabee 12%, Rick Santorum 10% and Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) 7%. Last place went to US Sen. Rand Paul (KY), whose libertarian-laced message did not resonate with most of the Christian conservatives in attendance. Of note: Cruz’s 25% was down from the 42% he received in 2013.

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