The primary super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton this week launched a significant radio advertising and direct mail campaign to lift the former secretary of state ahead of Georgia’s March 1 presidential primary.
Priorities USA Action, established in the last presidential contest to support the reelection of President Barack Obama but retooled within the last year to support Clinton, has purchased $389,000 worth of radio time across the state and spent another $164,000 on a direct mail campaign, according to federal disclosures.
The 60-second spot features Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, one of Obama’s most visible surrogates in 2012 bid, who says voters can trust Clinton because the president did. Listen after the fold.
An Atlanta church is urging passersby on one of the city’s busiest streets not to support controversial religious liberty legislation, calling the measure an “affront to the Gospel.”
St. Mark United Methodist Church, situated along Peachtree street in midtown Atlanta, devoted its sign Tuesday to join the debate raging in the General Assembly over the First Amendment Defense Act, which was passed last week by the state Senate and now awaits final consideration by the House.
“Legalized discrimination is an affront to the Gospel,” the church’s street-facing sign reads.
An Atlanta church situated on one of the city's busiest streets uses its sign to join religious liberty debate. pic.twitter.com/L0WbJO0WzO
— Georgia Tipsheet (@GeorgiaTipsheet) February 23, 2016
The next Republican contest will be decided Tuesday in Nevada, where caucus-goers will huddle to name the state’s choice for the GOP nod, but Ohio Governor John Kasich will instead spend the day campaigning in Georgia.
Kasich, who played fifth in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary on Saturday, will address the Georgia House of Representatives before holding a pair of townhalls, one at Kennesaw State University and a second in Sandy Springs, later in the day.
The Ohio governor boasts a handful of endorsements from the General Assembly, including Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert, Sens. Fran Millar and Chuck Hufstetler, and Reps. Wendell Willard and Tom Taylor.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went on the air Monday in Georgia with a new television advertisement with a targeted appeal to the state’s black community.
The 30-spot spot, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, portrays Clinton as an ally to the Black Lives Matter movement and a steward of President Barack Obama’s legacy.
“She says their names and makes their mothers’ fight for justice her own,” Freeman says as audio of Clinton is overlaced. “She speaks for a city poisoned by indifference and stands with the president against those who would undo his achievements.”
The owner of a Georgia-based telecommunications startup says he is relocating his firm in protest of the state Senate’s approval last week of the First Amendment Defense Act.
Kelvin Williams said the decision to uproot his company, 373k, was in direct response to the General Assembly’s consideration of the controversial religious liberty proposal.
The bill, which must now be approved by the House of Representatives, would empower individuals and not-for-profits to refuse service if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Critics of the measure say it would give licenses to discriminate against gays and lesbians, and also unmarried couples and single mothers.
“That’s just something that we can’t live with,” Williams told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB. Watch the interview after the jump.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the blame on Fox News for Donald Trump’s meteoric rise in the Republican presidential contest, telling the network’s morning news and talk crew that it had “invented” the brash billionaire’s candidacy.
“Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the hone, calls you, has a great conversation for about eight minutes—which would have cost him a ton in commercial money—and meanwhile, his opponents are all out there trying to raise the money to run an ad,” Gingrich said Monday morning on Fox & Friends.
Host Brian Kilmeade countered that the frequency of Trump’s appearances was a function of the candidate’s willingness to appear, whereas more mainstream Republicans, like former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have proven more reticent.
Gingrich fired back: “Look, you could say that Trump is the candidate Fox & Friends invented. He was on your show, I think, more than any other show.”
“Every Monday,” cohost Steve Doocy added.
Watch the full exchange after the jump.
Congressional Republicans will huddle later this week to open consideration of next year’s federal budget, upping the pressure on Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price to find increasingly narrow consensus between the Republican conference’s warring fiscal and deficit hawks.
Rep. Price, a Marietta Republican, has sketched out a spending blueprint in line with discretionary spending levels agreed to last year in concert with President Barack Obama, but would include several deficit reduction mechanisms the broader conference and Congress could adopt, a committee aide told reporters Monday.
Fiscal year 2016’s budget touched off a heated debate among Republicans: some wanted dramatic, immediate cuts to spending across the board while defense hawks insisted that expanded resources must be directed to the Pentagon.