A federal judge on Tuesday denied a petition by a handful of voting and civil rights groups to block Georgia and three other states from requiring new voters demonstrate citizenship.
The Georgia NAACP and the League of Women Voters had sought an injunction to prevent the four states—Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas—from using new voter registration forms that require proof of citizenship. The policy had been previously approved by federal officials at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an independent agency created in 2002.
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon denied the group’s requests for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, writing that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate the new policy would cause “irreparable harm.”
“Given that the registration deadlines for the Alabama and Georgia primaries and for the Kansas Republican Caucus had already passed at the time this TRO motion was filed … and that the effects of [the federal] actions on the ongoing registration process for the Kansas Democratic Caucus and the plaintiffs’ rights and efforts thereto are uncertain at best, plaintiffs have not demonstrated they will suffer irreparable harm before the hearing on their Motion for a Preliminary Injunction,” Leon wrote in a Tuesday order.
The judge set that hearing for March 9, a week after Georgia voters will head to the polls in the state’s presidential primary.
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.
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.”
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.
A trio of presidential wannabes will address the Georgia Republican Party’s annual convention Friday in Athens, catering to local conservative activists in a manner unseen for decades as local party elders attempt to position the state as a new power player in the looming nominating contest.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set off the junior cattle call at a Friday breakfast, telling delegates that he’s been able to advance a conservative reform agenda despite the roadblocks erected by a Democratic legislature.
“In a state like mine, I don’t have the luxury of having a Republican legislature,” he said. “You don’t have the option to stand in the corner, hold your breath and wait for the world to turn. You’ve got to make the world turn.”
The bombastic governor hasn’t formally announced a bid for the White House but has been touring the early nominating states and making key hires, including a pair of well-regarded aides that were rolled out Friday by his would-be campaign.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is slated to speak mid-afternoon while Sen. Ted Cruz will deliver the keynote address as delegates dine on a rubber-chicken dinner.
A measure of the state’s sudden popularity on the nominating circuit is borne of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign to forge a unified southern Super Tuesday—the “SEC primary”—in which the deep south states, generally overlooked in presidential contests, would flex some muscle by holding their primaries in tandem.
Still, some of it is simply the result of coincidence.
Erick Erickson, the editor in chief of the popular conservative blog RedState who’s been called “the most powerful conservative in America,” calls Georgia home. And it’s his home that Erickson has selected as the site for RedState’s annual confab this year.
Already Govs. Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, and Jeb Bush and Rubio* have committed to attending the event, to be held in Atlanta in Augusta, as well as former HP CEO Carly Fiorina. Others, like Cruz, are likely to ultimately attend the gathering.
But whether by design or dumb luck, aggrieved Georgia Republicans are finally getting their moment in the limelight.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will address Georgia Republican activists when they gather next month for the state party’s convention in Athens, the state party announced Friday.
Party leaders had hoped to refashion their annual summer convention into a major presidential cattle call, extending invitations to more than a dozen Republicans eyeing the White House.
So far, the Florida Republican is the only candidate the party has confirmed would attend, though South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, another likely presidential hopeful, is rumored to be in the mix.
It’s also been speculated that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be in town the week of convention for a fundraiser, will be present.