Political Notes — Pence does some Georgia ground work for Trump

[private]The presidential candidates aren’t setting foot in Georgia at the moment, for whatever reason, but at least their surrogates are dropping by.

Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is holding two rallies in Georgia today — one in Perry in the afternoon and the other at the Cobb Galleria at 7:30 p.m. — and also will headline a private Atlanta fundraiser in between.

Pence’s visit comes a few days after Bill Clinton dropped by Atlanta to do a fundraiser for wife and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (Bill also worked in a side trip to Manuel’s Tavern while he was at it).

Sure to come up when Pence talks to Georgians:  is Trump really going to backtrack on his immigration stand, or does he still say “they have to go”?

The avoidance of Georgia by the presidential nominees is a little puzzling, given that the state seems to be actually in play for the first time since the 90s.

The poll aggregator Real Clear Politics shows that Trump and Clinton are virtually tied in Georgia, although there haven’t been any new state polls released since Aug. 18.

Is there still time?

Regardless of whether Trump campaigns in Georgia or not, a Politico article says there may not be enough time left for the Republican nominee to overtake his Democratic opponent:

His task, GOP insiders readily concede, seems close to impossible. In an interview Wednesday night, Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, recognized how long it may take to improve the public’s negative perceptions of the GOP nominee, likening her turnaround project to turning a tanker.

Trump may not have that kind of time. Early voting begins in 26 days in Minnesota and in 32 other states soon after that. And already, as summer inches to its end, 90 percent of Americans say they’ve decided. For all the televised daily drama this race has provided, the final outcome itself is shaping up to be less dramatic than any presidential election since 1984. . . .

Although Trump has been seemingly slow to realize it, the more than $2 billion in free media he rode to the GOP nomination was simultaneously hardening the broader country’s negative view of Trump just as it was endearing him to the conservative base. The cascade of Trump-created controversies following the conventions that precipitated Conway’s hiring appear to have irrevocably damaged his credibility as a plausible commander in chief and could prove to be the turning point in the general election itself.

Variety Wholesalers

Variety Wholesalers, a discount retail store chain, said it will spend $10.5 million to open a major distribution center in Coweta County in the Newnan area, with the potential to create up to 320 jobs.

Based in Henderson, N.C., Variety Wholesalers operates 360 stores in 16 states. The company’s chairman, Art Pope, is a major Republican Party activist in North Carolina.

Butler is president of labor officials group

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler has been elected president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials (NAGLO), an association of commissioners, directors, and secretaries of labor for the various states and territories. The organization works with the U.S. Department of Labor on policy issues that affect state labor regulations or laws.

“Mark has impressed his fellow labor officials around the nation with the innovative initiatives that he and the Georgia Department of Labor are using to improve Georgia’s economy by assisting both employees and businesses,” said outgoing president Ken Peterson, the Minnesota labor commissioner.

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