Yesterday, BatGurl received an e-mail from a certain United States Senate candidate that merits a bit of discussion.  Namely, a few things about this email struck me as a bit wrong, and perhaps indicative of why this particular Senate candidate isn’t exactly serious.

1) I received the emails (for whatever inexplicable reason, I got four copies) between 11:00 pm and 11:45 pm.  At night.  Anyone who has sentient thoughts that you never send out a mass email so late, because the open rate is beyond terrible.  Oh, and you piss literally everyone off when their phone pings at bedtime.

2) The particular e-mail contained a picture of a certain also-ran Senate candidate with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and discussed something the First Lady said at a local party meeting.  But it left me with the distinct impression that Mrs. Carter was tacitly endorsing this campaign- something that literally anyone knows to be untrue.

If you send out a mass email with a picture of you and an individual, you had best be sure that said individual is a supporter of yours, or else you’re committing a major no-no.

Bonus 3) If you want to be taken seriously as a United States Senate Candidate, then you should not apparently spend large portions of your day trolling Facebook, looking for opportunities to inject yourself into some random person’s social media musings.  Dude.  You’re running for Senate.  Whether you like it or not, it’s something that requires tens of millions of dollars.  If you spend an iota of time on Facebook, commenting and liking statuses, you don’t get it.

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The Good

A packed ballroom in Columbus for the Young Democrats of Georgia’s annual Convention this past Saturday. So much positive energy in the room with smart interesting people speaking and watching many of my friends getting well deserved awards. VERY GOOD.

Tonight is the first night of Passover and an excellent time to discuss what modern slavery looks like. Former President Carter breaks it down for you in his 28th book. Want additional progressive resources to discuss? Go here and here.  Not attending a seder tonight, thats ok these are relevant for you gentiles as well.

The full set of Atlanta natives OutKast Coachella reunion posted here. Nice.

Cosmo goes full on support of Reproductive Rights. Not a moment too soon.

The Bad

Anecdotes are not data. I repeat, anecdotes are not data.

$700,000 Ethics fine to be paid for by the Georgia Taxpayers. #ThanksNathanDeal

If the shoe fits.

The Ugly

Jenny McCarthy. The stupid and ugly, it burns.

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I have never been one who blindly believes in incumbency protection, just because the individual is an incumbent.  Phrased differently, I believe that there are some Democrats who do not deserve to be re-elected, and who (frankly) need to be removed from office, swiftly and diligently.  I believe you need to earn your keep- by voting right, by being loyal to your fellow Democrats, and by putting yourself on the line for the betterment of Georgia.

Senator Nan Orrock is probably one of the most deserving individuals of our praise, money, volunteer hours, and love.  Senator Orrock has been a stalwart in the Senate for years now, and she has never let up.  She’s outspoken, and man oh man is she a fighter.  When we say we need more women in politics, we mean more women like Nan Orrock.  WIN List deservedly has made Sen. Orrock a poster child of sorts, and I would buy that poster.

And then there are folks like Valencia Stovall.  I don’t know Representative Stovall, probably because she is in her first term.  But I hope it’s her last.  I’m frankly not 100% sure of her voting record.  Nor do I know what she is like amongst other members of the House Caucus.  But I can’t imagine she’s well loved.  Because of stunts like this.

In case you can’t see the site, or don’t want to give her any more traffic, Representative Stovall has a sister- Angela Stovall- who is running for office.  Against Nan Orrock.  And, in what I can only assume is an unprecedented move, Valencia Stovall is basically launching a joint campaign with her sister (who, again, is running against Nan Orrock).  So basically all I can hear is Rep. Stovall (a WIN List endorsed candidate in 2012) spitting in the eye of her colleague, Senator Orrock.  And I know I’m not alone.

Valencia Stovall has two challengers this cycle- both former Representatives themselves.  I hope one of them wins.  Because when you spend your time as a sitting State Representative actively trying to take down one of the most effective, outspoken, and amazing State Senators just so that your kin can have some fun at the Gold Dome, neither of you deserve a seat at the table.

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Deal2Just six words.  Six words at the end of a press release from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.  But, these six words reveal just how out of touch and mean-spirited our Georgia leadership has become.  Today Governor Deal announced a 3 part plan intended to help rural communities facing closing (and closed) hospitals.   The first piece of his plan will loosen some rules and regulations  to allow hospitals to offer fewer services but remain open.  While certainly not the best solution, keeping emergency rooms and some other services available is a good thing.  Second, is the Rural Hospitals Stabilization Committee (oh, if only it were the Blue Ribbon Rural Hospitals Stabilization Committee – I love a Blue Ribbon Committee!).

Lastly, The Governor announced that:

To increase the flow of communication between hospitals and the state, Deal is designating an employee within the Department of Community Health to serve as a point person for rural hospitals.

Later in the press release we learn:  ”I am confident that these proposals will increase communication between stakeholders and ensure that every Georgian is reasonably close to a health care provider should a need or emergency arise.”

And here is where I got really mad.  ”should a need or emergency arise.”  Seriously?  The needs are already there.  Every community needs access to ongoing health care.  Healthcare is not the emergency room.  Healthcare is regular checkups; healthy children visits; immunizations; care for chronic illnesses.  There is no question that needs will arise.  The Governor of any state should understand that consistent and regular preventive treatment is an important the key to a healthy and productive community.

While not the panacea that we’d like it to be, we do have an option that would greatly improve health outcomes and access in rural communities. The Governor could just accept the 100% Federal (thru 2016, 90% after) funding for Medicaid Expansion.

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Only three hours to go before 2014 Qualifying is closed for this election cycle.

Couple unpleasant re-matches in the making, I’m looking at you Lucas and Paris. Why don’t you both surprise us all and keep it above board this go round.  Oh that’s right, my bad clearly I’ve been hitting the maryj oil again.

The “Street Committee” has been reporting various shenanigans at the Capitol, but not much is being reported in the counties. Anyone have anything to report from the hinterlands?

I can’t help thinking that we’re about to see the return of the “ghosts of campaigns past”, so it might be useful to clean up some of your google searches. Just saying.

I’m already sick of most of your press releases. Because when you say “economy”, “education” and “transportation” all I think is,  get a new tune, you’ve lost on all those issues before. How about you speak to something you can do something about.

Comments not moderated, go for it.

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