POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia GOP ramps up online campaign

With the runoff over and the party’s slate of candidates decided, the Georgia Republican Party is gearing up for the general election by adding another website targeting a high-profile Democratic candidate.

On July 24, the GAGOP launched Smarter than Carter (www.SmarterthanCarter.com), described as “an interactive site where Georgians can learn about Carter’s dim-witted views on issues ranging from education to taxes by participating in an online quiz and reviewing Sen. Carter’s ‘report card.’ ”

The site, according to GAGOP officials, is designed to highlight ways in which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter is “out of touch” with Georgia voters.

“Our new website, Smarter than Carter, makes it blatantly obvious that Jason Carter’s deep-seeded liberal ideology doesn’t line up with the values held by a majority of Georgia voters,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett in a released statement.

GAGOP also hosts a site focused on senatorial candidate and political scion Michelle Nunn. Nunn on the Run (www.NunnOntheRun.us) features an interactive map showcasing what Republicans claim is “Michelle Nunn’s habit of skipping town to collect checks from liberal, out-of-state donors.”

A statement on the website reads, “She’s abandoning Georgia voters and running to San Francisco, Chicago, New York and anywhere she can run to collect big checks from big city liberals that are counting on her to be a rubber stamp for Barack Obama and Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate.”

Democrats remain focused on ethics investigation

While Georgia Republicans promote their new website, Democrats remained focused on an ethics scandal that threatens Gov. Nathan Deal’s reelection prospects.

A July 24 post on the Georgia Democrats website references a memo written by Ethics Commission Chief Holly LaBerge in which she reportedly alleges Deal’s office pressured her to settle a series of complaints stemming from the 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

“Now more than ever, Georgians deserve a full investigation of the cover-up that is costing Georgia taxpayers more than $3 million,” the GeorgiaDemocrat.org post stated.

Isakson commends House for education legislation

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., along with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., released a joint statement on July 24 praising the unanimous passage by the House of H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-based Education Demonstration Project Act.

“We commend our colleagues in the House for their unanimous, bipartisan support of the Advancing Competency-based Education Demonstration Project Act,” Isakson and Bennett said in a released statement. “Competency-based education has the potential to notably cut costs and time needed to obtain a degree, especially for students who already possess the right skills and knowledge based on prior experience. We urge the Senate to take note of the strong bipartisan support the competency-based education demonstration project received in the House, and act swiftly to pass a competency-based demonstration project.”

Last month, the senators introduced companion legislation to H.R. 3136 in the Senate. The bill, S. 2513, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

The purpose of the legislation, according to a press release, is to address an “innovation gap that exists across the nation’s higher education institutions by directing the Secretary of Education to implement competency-based education demonstration projects.”

This week

The Gwinnett Tea Party will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the third floor meeting room above Ippolito’s located at 350 Town Center Ave. in Suwanee. David Bores, the former police chief of Woodstock, will discuss Islam in America. More information is available online at www.GwinnettTeaParty.org.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.