Political Notes – Georgia voters could go for Hillary, and they also believe in creationism

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That survey of Georgia voters by Public Policy Polling (PPP) continues to uncover fascinating political possibilities.

PPP says the presence of Hillary Clinton on the 2016 ballot as the Democratic presidential nominee could potentially turn Georgia into a blue swing state. Here’s how Clinton matched up against Republican contenders in the recent PPP survey:

She was ahead of Sen. Rand Paul by 48-43 percent, former House speaker Newt Gingrich by 47-43 percent, Rep. Paul Ryan by 47-44 percent, and Sarah Palin by 51-38 percent.

Clinton and Jeb Bush tied at 45-45 percent.

She trailed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by 44-42 percent.

“In every matchup except those against Bush and Christie, Clinton has more Republican support than her opponents have Democratic votes,” PPP said. (The telephone poll of 520 Georgia voters was conducted Aug. 2-5).

PPP also asked several questions related to social issues in its Georgia survey:

Would you say you believe more in creationism or evolution? 53 percent chose creationism and 29 percent believed more in evolution.

Do you support or oppose allowing students at Georgia State University to form a White Student Union? 43 percent support a White Student Union and 36 percent oppose.

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Honey Boo Boo? 8 percent had a favorable opinion and 63 percent had an unfavorable opinion.

Would you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun sales, including gun shows and the Internet? 73 percent support background checks and 19 percent oppose.

Spencer faces a Facebook feud

Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) has gotten enmeshed in a feud with his local hospital authority in Camden County to the extent that he is being threatened with a libel suit over comments he posted on Facebook.

Here’s how the Brunswick News reported the dispute:

A state legislator got something he wasn’t expecting at a community meeting he arranged to discuss his complaints about the St. Marys Hospital Authority.

Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, received a notice from Jim Stein, lawyer for the authority, that a lawsuit will be filed unless Spencer retracts statements posted on his Facebook page Stein claims were libelous.

Spencer is at odds with the authority over its use of money from the sale of a nursing home in Camden County.

Statements Stein is referring to in his notice have been removed from Spencer’s site, but Stein said the damage has been done.

Stein wants the lawmaker to post retractions on the same Facebook page where the original ones were published, or he will file a libel lawsuit.

Stein included copies of some of the statements Spencer allegedly posted on his Facebook page, including one entitled, “Intended for my stalker(s)”: “I think it is hilarious when an ‘officer of the court’ (and I use that term loosely) places a Facebook post in a court document to try to establish a ‘malicious and scandalous’ attack. You should be more concerned with the lying to the court, lying to the attorney general’s office and raiding taxpayer funds for your own ill-gotten gains.”

Stein said the statements on Spencer’s Facebook page were “serious, false, scandalous, malicious, unfounded defamatory statements purposely intended to injure myself and bring me into public scandal and disgrace.”

Spencer has been a vocal critic of the St. Marys Hospital Authority and Stein.

He and his brother, Jeremy Spencer, contend proceeds from the 2006 sale of the St. Marys Convalescent Center should have been spent on indigent health care, as required in a 2007 court order.

Authority members contend state regulators gave the board permission to spend proceeds from the sale on senior citizen programs since a nursing home, not a hospital, was sold.

© 2013 by The Georgia Report

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