Political Notes – Trump poised to sweep through Georgia?

[private]Another poll of Republican voter suggests Donald Trump will be marching through Georgia like a latter-day William Tecumseh Sherman in next Tuesday’s presidential primary.

The survey commissioned by WABE radio puts Trump’s support at 41 percent among Georgia Republicans, with Marco Rubio at 18 percent, Ted Cruz at 15 percent and a tie between John Kasich and Ben Carson at 7 percent.

WABE said: “Perhaps most significant for Trump is the fact that almost half of the survey respondents said they had made up their minds about who they support. Among those who say they have ‘definitely decided,’ Trump has the overwhelming support of 60.64 percent of voters. Trump also had sizeable leads among voters who describe themselves as ‘Very Conservative’ and voters who say they are evangelical Christians.”

The poll findings align with statewide poll numbers released earlier this week by WSB-TV.

Rubio, meanwhile, has scheduled a rally for 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Kennesaw at the Mount Paran Christian School, 1275 Stanley Road.

Mixed results for HOPE bills

There was good news and bad news Wednesday for supporters of legislation that would boost HOPE scholarship benefits.

The Senate voted 51-4 to pass SB 312, which would set a floor of at least $2,000 on the benefits that HOPE recipients would receive each semester. SB 312 now moves to the House of Representatives.

On the other hand, a bill sponsored by Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) to cover the full cost of tuition for HOPE recipients at technical colleges, HB 22, was tabled in the House Appropriations Committee. Committee members said they were concerned about the estimated $21 million annual cost of providing full coverage.

Deal’s criminal justice recommendations

The Senate voted 53-0 Thursday to pass SB 367, a bill authored by John Kennedy (R-Macon) that incorporates the latest set of recommendations from Gov. Nathan Deal’s criminal justice reform commission.

Senators also voted 52-0 for SR 842, which establishes a study commission to recommend improvements in the the way the Senate handles legislation.

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