Political Notes — Democrats keep hammering at Norwood as a ‘Republican’

[private]The Democratic Party of Georgia isn’t letting up on its campaign to paint Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood as a Republican who’s tied to President Donald Trump.

Party officials have released a new video (view it here) that makes criticisms of Norwood similar to criticisms that popped up in the 2009 mayor’s race (when Norwood narrowly lost the runoff to Kasim Reed, who is supporting her opponent in this year’s runoff, Keisha Lance Bottoms).

The script of this 30-second spot:

“Is Mary Norwood a Republican? She voted in 12 Republican primaries and her treasurer is an unabashed Trump supporter. Norwood was even a Republican convention delegate. When the biggest Congressional race in America was here in Atlanta, she refused to endorse the Democrat. And when repeatedly given the chance to criticize Donald Trump, she refused. Republican Mary Norwood. Should the mayor of Atlanta be from the party of Trump?”

Norwood’s campaign spokesman continues to describe the candidate as a “Progressive Independent,” which means that this election could end up being a rerun of the 2009 campaign — but with a different ending?

Carr blesses prayers in public meetings

Attorney General Chris Carr has filed a friend of the court brief in a Supreme Court case that could decide the issue of whether government bodies can lead prayers at public meetings.

Carr is on the side of public prayers in his brief filed in Lund v. Rowan County, a case involving a North Carolina county commission’s practice of opening its meetings with prayer offered by a commissioner.

“The tradition of legislative prayer dates back to our country’s founding and is a time-honored practice in Georgia,” Carr said. “The amicus brief shows that lawmaker-led prayer, at both the state and local level, is fully consistent with the Constitution and our nation’s long tradition of non-coercive expressions of faith in the public sector. We have a strong interest in preserving this form of liberty.”

A Supreme Court decision on this issue could have an impact in the Georgia General Assembly, where a prayer and sermon are conducted prior to the daily sessions of the House and Senate and where committee meetings are usually opened with prayers.

Executive appointments

Gov. Nathan Deal has made the following appointments to state boards and commissions —

Georgia Board of Corrections: June Wood of McDonough, the chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

Georgia Forestry Commission: Ember Bishop Bentley of Macon, the executive director of the Georgia Forestry Foundation.

Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority: Daniel Massey of Savannah, the retired clerk of the Chatham County Superior Court, and James C. “Jim” Weidner of Clarkesville, a lawyer.

State Board of Examiners for Speech, Language, Pathology and Audiology: Edgar V. “Vince” Clark of Glenwood, a speech-language pathologist.

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