Wednesday, September 27, 2006

From the Culpepper Campaign...

E to the H' folks sent us a press release concerning his K-12 education plan. Full details can be found here:

Press Release

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who did the Georgia Association of Educators endorse in this race?

Blackfin_Day said...

Why do I think that you already know the answer to that question?

Just post the link, Mr. Mabry.

Anonymous said...

Recently, the Georgia Association of Educators released their endorsement for Georgia House of Representatives for District 115. After an extensive interview process with all three candidates, Georiga's largest education lobby, the Georgia Association of Educators, recognized that Doug McKillip will be the most effective advocate for education issues. McKillip will work alongsided Georgia's teaching professionals to advance K-12 education in Georgia to its potential.

When asked about the endorsement of the Georgia Association of Educators, McKillip said, "I am looking forward to advocating for education issues at the Capitol, specifically woking to restore the $1.25 billion cuts to K-12 education."

Blackfin_Day said...

See, was that so hard?

Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise .... the educators' union supports the Democratic candidate who mirrors the state party in his platform.

E.H. talked to local leaders and others to come up with his ideas, and unlike a minority democrat, will actually have a chance to have an impact on the issue.

UGAdemocrat said...

So instead of being a "minority democrat" he will be ONE independent who caucuses with whom? Who will EH caucus with? Why must the voters wait until after election day to know the answer to this question???

Something tells me that anonymous blog is coming from a Republican! The educator's union also endorsed Kathy Cox and several Republicans, and the teachers are one of the most important voting blocks, and rightfully so! Teachers are in the classroom every day with our children and they should have a say about who leads our state and shapes our policies. They are one of the most important aspects of our society and need to be treated that way.

Fishplate said...

The educator's union also endorsed Kathy Cox and several Republicans, and the teachers are one of the most important voting blocks, and rightfully so!

I wonder what percentage of teachers are union members?

citygirl85 said...

Well, I don't know the exact percentage, but I do know something about teacher's organizations. I do know that the GAE is not the largest teacher organization in Georgia, as it looks like your local democratic candidate claims. That honour (sp?) goes to PAGE, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. PAGE, which you can read right on their website, was formed because teachers were mad that their 'union dues' to GAE were being used to bankroll overly liberal candidates who weren't as much interested in improving education, as much as increasing collective bargaining (Union) rights. I suppose you could look at their membership numbers to see who teachers prefer:

GAE (the state affiliate of the NEA) has around 40,000 members. “Many educators throughout Georgia were uncomfortable with the concept of forced "unified dues" and were opposed to the militancy of teacher unions nationwide. They were equally uncomfortable with the NEA's aggressive political partisanship and the organization's wide-ranging social agenda on issues unrelated to education. Georgia educators joined PAGE as an alternative to teacher unionism. From fewer than 100 members in 1975, PAGE has grown to more than 65,000 and continues to be the fastest-growing education association in Georgia.”-PAGE WEBSITE.

It's a shame that PAGE's charter prohibits them endorsing politic candidates, I think their input would (actually) be helpful.

Anonymous said...

Good Point. McKillip's only two endorsements are the AFL-CIO union and the GAE union, which on a national level (NEA union) is controlled by the AFL-CIO union. So he's only supported (so far) by not only unions, but pretty much the same union.

If McKillip were a tasty sandwich, I suppose he'd be endorsed by both Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheesier Doritos.

Anonymous said...

I guess that's one way to look at, the other is that Doug has gotten every endorsement offerred so far. So while his tasty sandwhich is loaded, EH and Regina just come plain.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I'm wrong. I'll go ahead and admit it. EH has the endorsement of the Secretary of the Republican Party, who said, "A Culpepper victory would be a win for the Republicans in the state House."

Anonymous said...

This just in: Larry McKinney resigns from the Chamber of Commerce. Maybe Culpepper can get his old job back.

Anonymous said...

Culpepper is definitely going to win in the general. He has the endorsemtn of Jeff Rader.

Anonymous said...

Y'all can add the Sierra Club to Doug's list of endorsements.

Anonymous said...

...y'all can expect another one shortly too.