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Welcome to the Daily Kos Election ad roundup! Every weekday from now through Election Day, we'll be bringing you summaries of all the day's campaign ads. We'll also be covering notable independent expenditures by third-party groups looking to influence races around the country. Each day, we'll feature a notable ad or expenditure above the fold; below the fold, you'll find writeups for every Senate, gubernatorial, and House ad we can get our hands on. And if you ever spot an ad we might have missed, be sure to let us know.

Leading off:

GA-Sen, Gov: Here's a major surprise: In addition to backing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, former Democratic Gov. and Sen. Zell Miller has endorsed Democrat Michelle Nunn, and recorded a commercial for Nunn. In Miller's spot, he extolls Nunn as a bridge builder who can work across party lines.

Miller was once a loyal Democrat, and a prominent supporter of Bill Clinton in 1992. Miller was one of the keynote speakers at that year's Democratic National Convention, where he declared, "We can't all be born rich, handsome and lucky. And that's why we have a Democratic Party." However, over the years Miller has shifted much farther to the right. He last backed a major Democrat in 2002, when he supported his Senate colleague Max Cleland's unsuccessful reelection effort.

Since then, while Miller has still called himself a Democrat, he has exclusively endorsed Republicans. In 2004 as a sitting Democratic senator, Miller gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention (after-which he memorably challenged MSNBC host Chris Matthews to a duel). Miller has gone on to back Republicans in his home state as well as elsewhere: In 2006, Miller founded "Democrats for Santorum" to help then-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum's unsuccessful re-election campaign. Needless to say, Miller's days as a genuine Democrat appeared to be long behind him.

It doesn't appear Miller has suddenly lurched to the left again, so it's not shocking he's behind Deal. But his Nunn endorsement is very eyebrow raising. While it's possible Miller is doing it out of respect for her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, Ed Kilgore at the Washington Monthly has an interesting theory. As governor, Miller was proud of his accomplishments with the HOPE scholarship program, and with his record of appointing women to important posts. Someone like Nunn, who ran a major non-profit, is the type of candidate Miller likely respects and wants to help. It's unclear if Miller will move any votes for Nunn, but he could help give her an opening with the type of white conservatives who have deserted the Democrats in recent cycles but may not be sold on Perdue.


AK-Sen: Alaska's Energy, America's Values tries to make former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan look like an awesome conservative champion. The spot first plays a clip of Ronald Reagan, then a snippet of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, before a longer speech by Sullivan. Personally, I think it makes Sullivan look small compared to Reagan and Stevens.

CO-Sen: AFSCME ties Republican Rep. Cory Gardner to the Koch brothers, portraying him as someone who looks out only for the wealthy. The buy was announced a little while ago for $402,000.

KY-Sen: Senate Majority PAC spends $276,000 against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. On the other side of the aisle, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition hits Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes with a total of $182,000 (here and here)

LA-Sen: Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy once again hits Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu on Obamacare. Patriot Majority spends $411,000 against Cassidy. Their ad, "Betrayed," does not appear to be online yet. Citizens for Conservative Leadership shells out $109,000 for Cassidy.

NRA: This deep-pocked group has made several small six-figure investments for Republican Senate candidates, chipping in for Rep. Cory Gardner in Colorado; David Perdue in Georgia; Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana; Thom Tillis in North Carolina; and Ed Gillespie in Virginia. The largest of these buys is $203,000 (Gillespie), but expect a lot more where this came from before November.


AZ-Gov: Republican Scott Smith promotes his successes as mayor of Mesa.

KS-Gov: Whoops. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's new ad is mostly an unremarkable spot, with him telling crowds that really, things are better since he took office. But at the 21-second mark, the ad accidentally takes a turn for the awesome: In the corner there's a guy holding up a sign for Democratic rival Paul Davis.

It's not like Brownback's team had no warning about this. Davis' supporters gathered next door to where Brownback was filming the ad and help up the signs. Brownback's ad team either didn't notice this one guy slipped through, or just decided that they weren't going to get a better take of Brownback being boring than this.

MA-Gov: Mass Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee, a group funded by the DGA, reserves $3.1 million in the weeks before the election. Republicans have already been spending million in support of likely nominee Charlie Baker, and national Democrats appear to be taking the race seriously.

ME-Gov: Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund has committed to spending $500,000 for Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and Democratic candidates for the legislature. Republicans flipped both legislative chambers in 2010 before Democrats got them back the next cycle.

NE-Gov: Republican Pete Ricketts promotes his business career. I love how the narrator starts by describing him as "a dad, a businessman, and a leader, not a typical politician," which is one of the more cliched intros to a political ad.

WI-Gov: Democrat Mary Burke hits Republican Gov. Scott Walker on disappointing job growth.


FL-02: The DCCC hits Republican Rep. Steve Southerland for voting for tax breaks for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

GA-12: The NRCC targets Democratic Rep. John Barrow mostly on spending, tying him to Obama.

MN-08: Patriot Majority hits Republican Stewart Mills with a hefty $382,000.

NJ-03: Republican Tom MacArthur's spot features former employees saying what an awesome boss he was.

NY-19: The Environmental Defense Action Fund has never been afraid to support Republicans, and they're shelling out $250,000 for Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, promoting him as a responsible legislator.

OK-05: The Foundation for Economic Prosperity spends $50,000 on state Corporate Commissioner Patrice Douglas ahead of the Aug. 26 Republican primary runoff.

WV-03: Crossroads GPS hits Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall on coal. I'm told that if Karl Rove had flipped heads instead, they'd have gone with Obamacare.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:17 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Senior Elections Writer, Daily Kos. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident). Formerly known as Darth Jeff.

    by Jeff Singer on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:17:39 PM PDT

  •  Phew !!! (9+ / 0-)

    I was afraid ole Zell was going to challenge her to a duel !!

    KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

    by fcvaguy on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:20:23 PM PDT

    •  Perdue's not out of danger there... (4+ / 0-)

      Senior Elections Writer, Daily Kos. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident). Formerly known as Darth Jeff.

      by Jeff Singer on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 02:21:30 PM PDT

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    •  Zell's endorsement make me less likely to donate (1+ / 0-)
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      but is likely to help Nunn with GA rednecks.

      That frees up more of my limited $ for Braley in IA, Udall in CO, Begich in AK, Weiland in SD, Merkley in OR and Bellows in ME.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:20:20 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know (7+ / 0-)

        Someone posted her speech at the GA Dem Convention and I listened to it. I was very impressed. She'll make a great Senator for Georgia.

        KOS: "Mocking partisans focusing on elections? Even less reason to be on Daily Kos."

        by fcvaguy on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:21:32 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think anyone can run for any office... (5+ / 0-)

        without attracting the support of assholes of one kind or another. Well maybe if you run in a village of sixteen adults and tell the 3/4/5 aholes to go eff themselves. And even then.

        That's not to say you should donate to Nunn; it's your money, and you should do what you think is best. I will add that, quite rightly, I can have no skin in the donation game as I am no longer a resident and was never a citizen of the US of A. So, it's easy for me to say, but not donating to Nunn because she needs crossover appeal in a dark pink state and let's someone like Ziller endorse her in an ad, well, I think that is a crap reason not to. Sorry. But while I am certain she won't be a 'severe liberal', I do know her oppent will be much, much, much [repeat another hundred times] worse.

        I ride the wild horse .

        by BelgianBastard on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:56:12 PM PDT

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        •  'less likely to contribute' doesn't mean boycott (1+ / 0-)
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          … but the candidates I mentioned are all strong progressives running in low population states, where a given contribution reaches a higher fraction of the voters.

          All of them are competitive, but have attracted less attention and less establishment D money than the races in  GA, KY and NC, where our $ would therefore have less of an impact. I doubt even a GA Republican can be much worse than Braley's IA opponent Jody Ernst. Begich in AK, Merkley in OR and Mark Udall in CO are progressive incumbents in tight races.

          Weiland in SD and Bellows in ME are still definite underdogs, but have a fighting chance. Both have been identified as Elizabeth Warren Democrats, and she has short-listed them to help. Bellows leads the ACLU in ME -- she could become the Warren of Civil Liberties, challenging NSA the way Warren takes on the financial industry.

          If the GA race looks close in mid October, I will probably help, but for now, I strategically target my limited funds where they can do the most good - not only helping hold the Senate, but electing Better Democrats who are capable of changing the conversation.

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:34:29 PM PDT

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          •  Hugs... (0+ / 0-)


            am not judging you... Like me and the other 99% here and elsewhere, you are unlikely to have billions to play with

            I repeat: it's you're money and you get to decide what to do with it; My opinion shouldn't amount to three beans, unless it changes YOUR mind. I feel really bad that you feel you have to justify anything to me, let alone thinking I have a voice in how you spendm
             your hard earned money. I appologize.

            I tried - but apparently failed - to convey that it was the reason you proffered, not the decision itself, that I was saying was weak.

            Clearly, you have thought about it, and you know what you are doing. Keep on keeping on, Albanius!

            Maybe we can just agree that whether or not anyone contributes to the Nunn campaign should have little to do with Zell Miller and what he does? And if that's a bridge too far, no worries, you are still on the good team.

            I ride the wild horse .

            by BelgianBastard on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:20:14 PM PDT

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            •  Actually, I welcomed the opportunity to explain (2+ / 0-)
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              BelgianBastard, JuliathePoet

              my strategic approach to campaign contributions as applied to the Senate races this year.  Some people of limited means put disposable income into lottery tickets;
              I get the same excitement participating remotely in key campaigns, but as a citizen of the world I have a personal stake in the outcome of important federal races.

              I prefer to contribute when all or most of these conditions are met:
              1) closely divided legislative body
              2) close race
              3a) very good candidate and (3b) very bad opponent
              4) helping this candidate will also help GOTV in another key race, eg key House race in a key Senate state, or close Senate race in a Presidential battleground state.
              5) Low population state where impact per dollar is greater.

              FWIW, among my first contributions was to Alison Ludergan Grimes in KY, even though as a coal state candidate she is on the wrong side of my TOP issue, because weakening McConnell weakens the whole Senate GOP.

              GA-Sen this year satisfies 1,2, and 3b, but not 3a, 4 or 5.
              My preferred Senate candidates satisfy all* but #4, which is inapplicable, except where there is an atrocious GOP governor in a competitive race, eg MI where I may contribute to Peters though it is a high-pop state.

              *Susan Collins (R-ME) qualifies as very bad because she votes consistency for plutocracy, and enables scorched-earth obstructionism by toeing the GOP line, while her supposed moderation helps camouflage a party controlled by right wing zealots.

              Reasonable people can disagree on relative importance of  these factors; I am still waiting for an apology from the commenter who called me stupid.  On the other hand, annoyance with that may have contributed to my writing comments that may become a diary.

              There's no such thing as a free market!

              by Albanius on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 08:53:07 PM PDT

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              •  Additional factors: 6) other things equal, prefer (0+ / 0-)

                … pro-choice female candidates.
                7) financial triage: if the candidate doesn't need $, save it for a candidate that does; if a candidate is too broke to compete once the campaign is well under way, prefer viable candidates.
                That doesn't exclude helping a candidate get off the ground, if her voice is important: therefore I just gave to help progressive and articulate Zephyr Teachout launch her low-budget primary campaign against overfunded GOP enabler Andrew Cuomo.

                There's no such thing as a free market!

                by Albanius on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 11:54:19 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sorry but that is flat out wrongheaded. (4+ / 0-)

        It is certainly your money to do with as you please, but to penalize her for gaining an endorsement that is going to help her win in stupid. Please give further consideration to the state's politics Millers recent antic notwithstanding.

        This is what Zell Miller does ok. His nickname is "Zig Zag Zell" for a reason. Remember,Zell Miller is the guy who had the courage to change the state flag. Now that may sound small and obvious to you, but it is, and was, a big freaking deal in Georgia.

        And yes,he is the guy who endorsed George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mick Romney. Zig, Zag.

        This is big news if it signals Miller is coming back into the fold as many have waited for him to do. Prior to 2004, nobody critiqued the evils of trickle-down economics than Zell Miller. If he were to campaign for Nunn, and by implication other Democrats running, we will likely win.

        So please, reconsider witholding your contribution and understand that potential enormity of this endorsement for us turning Georgia purple, then blue.

        You will never see progress if you aren't willing to choose the better choice on the ballot in each and every cycle.

        by sebastianguy99 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:18:57 PM PDT

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  •  Zell supported Frothy?! (1+ / 0-)
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    What scum.  I suppose endorsing Nunn doesn't hurt her but I doubt many voters pay attention.

  •  Spitballzzz!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Nice ad, to bad the guy is a certified nutjob.

    The more you learn, the less you know.

    by quiet in NC on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 03:07:12 PM PDT

  •  From a pragmatic viewpoint (1+ / 0-)
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    My question is: is this a net benefit for Nunn?  Will this help.  I'd love to hear from Georgians who have some insight.

  •  Piss on Zell Miller. (2+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Da Fireball

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:07:37 PM PDT

    •  Piss on him, and take his [whatever you can get]. (1+ / 0-)
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      I ride the wild horse .

      by BelgianBastard on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:57:57 PM PDT

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    •  No, piss on his latest antics. His record though (5+ / 0-) hardly one Democrats should want to piss on from a Govenor of a state in the Deep South. For all the folks around here who hated mealy-mouth Conservadems, you should review some video of Zell Miller destroying the Republicans.

      I will not defend Zell Millers behavior from 2004 until his endorsement today. Horrible, plain and simple. But I am so thrilled to hear this news because I know the potential positive impact it could generate for Democrats in the state of Georgia.

      But I will defend his tenure as Governor and the Democratic Party vs. Republican Party prior to 2004. For example, there are a lot of people who were able to go to college because of the HOPE Scholarship he pioneered. There are issues with the program now, but it helped a lot of kids in the state. He also invested in infrastructure and education. Despite his antics of late, he was a bridge builder between the races, and he didn't suffer fools well (ironic I know).

      There is more to his record, but the point is, some of us will judge him on the entirety of his record rather than just the last decade. There is no way for a Democrat to look at that record in the Deep South and say, "piss on him". Zell Miller moved the needle toward progress in the state of Georgia, and had had to watch as the folks he has cuddle-up with have gone about destroying it.

      You will never see progress if you aren't willing to choose the better choice on the ballot in each and every cycle.

      by sebastianguy99 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:39:00 PM PDT

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  •  Miller is respected in some places. (3+ / 0-)

    I know a number of conservatives who point to him as the sort of Democrats they could vote for. Not tea partiers, but more traditional conservatives. Porbably most of them will be voting for Purdue, so no idea of the more swing voter types will be swayed.

    My gut says this is a net positive, as it's hard to imagine someone disliking Zell Miller enough for this to impact their vote and not already being far enough left to be a likely Nunn vote in any case. But I don't know how he's regarded in georgia specifically.

    Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to and check out New World Orders

    by eparrot on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:16:38 PM PDT

  •  Brownback certainly is boring (3+ / 0-)

    but that's one of his better qualities.

    Also: Democrats for Santorum?!?! How does that even happen?

  •  Zell looks more like Darth Sidious than ever (3+ / 0-)

    All he needs is the black robe and hood.

    Still, his endorsement is useful to Nunn, so perhaps the old lunatic has some use after all. As long as people keep the flintlocks away from him.

  •  Zell Miller is dead to me (3+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, MPociask, gffish

    His speech at the Republican convention was so hateful and divisive I will never respect a word the man says.  I believe he has no true political scruples and is only doing this because he owes Sam Nunn a favor or is friends with him.

    I'm glad Michelle Nunn is getting the endorsement because I believe it will help her win, but it suggests to me that she will be the kind of Democrat that is far to the right of me.  Some of her positions also indicate that.  Nonetheless, if that is what it takes for me to get a Democratic Senator from Georgia, I will swallow the bitter pill and vote for her.

    Zell Miller can fuck himself though.

  •  Zig-Zag-Zell (4+ / 0-)

    was friends with Sam Nunn. End of story.

    This is what I believe. Zell went to DC with hard burnished liberal credentials- he passed the Hope Scholarship which guaranteed every Ga. student with a B avg. free tuition and books, (all those poor Ga. black kids had a ladder offered) he passed PeachCare which gave poor children health care and he tried to take the Confederate flag off the Ga state flag. He left the governor's office with a 70% approval rating.

      When he got to DC, a bunch of snotty New Englanders, who had never accomplished anything like Hope or PeachCare started telling him how a Democrat had to vote.
    At some point Zell said I've got your vote right here and became a contrarian.

    What history and experience teach is this-that nations and governments have never learned anything from history... Hegel

    by jayb on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:58:18 PM PDT

    •  He can also read the demographic trend of the (0+ / 0-)

      ..state of Georgia and understand he better zig now and get back on the right side before it is too late and all anyone voting remembers of him is the last 10 years.

      I will go to my grave believing that the impetus for the last decade of belligerence was Al Gore's failure to pick him as his VP nominee. Couple that with the aftermath of the mess he stirred up with the flag change and he zagged. Now he is zigging again trying to protect his legacy.

      You will never see progress if you aren't willing to choose the better choice on the ballot in each and every cycle.

      by sebastianguy99 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:44:30 PM PDT

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    •  HOPE never gave free books. It used to give a v... (0+ / 0-)

      HOPE never gave free books. It used to give a very small book stipend that covered roughly one intro level textbook. As a recipient of the scholarship, I did well by it. But for the poor and gambling addicts who have funded middle class kids going to college with their lottery money, is it something to be proud of?

  •  From an old Saturday Night Live .... (2+ / 0-)
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    Da Fireball, vcmvo2

    ... episode - with Darrell Hammond as Tweety and Will Forte as Zell.

    Joining us now to shout about God knows what, everyone's favoite looney tune - former senator and current Fox News contributor, Zell Miller! Zell, whattaya got for us?
    Let me tell you, Matthews! This country's got a real problem with the media, and you're one of them! If you can't control that dirty liberal thing you call a mouth, then maybe I'll have to jump on my horse and come up north myself and put a sock in it!! Do you hear me, Chris Matthews?!! Do you hear me?!!

    Haaa! This is why I come into work every day, folks.

    "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

    by Ed Tracey on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 07:05:25 PM PDT

  •  Too bad for Ms. Nunn (d'ohh!!!) (0+ / 0-)

    On the plus side, do many still take that crazy old fool seriously?  

  •  Yuck (0+ / 0-)

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:03:11 PM PDT

  •  Sam Nunn Was A Scumbag Also. (0+ / 0-)

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 10:04:53 PM PDT

      •  For One Instigated DADT (0+ / 0-)
        The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Sam Nunn, a Democrat from Georgia, led opposition to Clinton’s gay-rights policy, working behind the scenes with General Colin Powell, who was a Bush-holdover as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The so-called Don’t Ask Don’t Tell compromise was born: gays and lesbians would be allowed to serve so long as they kept their sexual orientation secret.
        Yes a scumbucket.

        "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

        by kerplunk on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 06:55:48 PM PDT

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        •  Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't DADT... (0+ / 0-)

          ...considered a step forward back when it was made?

          •  Congress rushed to enact the existing gay ban (0+ / 0-)

            policy into federal law.  In Congress, Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia led the contingent that favored maintaining the absolute ban on gays.


            Take a look at this handiwork from Sam Scumbag Nunn.  He was working very hard with Colin Powell and Bob Dole to codify an absolute ban on gays and lesbians in the military.  So Sam Nunn was no supporter of DADT, he was trying his best bigoted self to get something much worse put into law.  Take a look at some of the other history listed in the right hand column of this website noting Sam Nunn's efforts.  He and Bob Dole even made a tour of military submarines to show how awful it would be to have gays or lesbians on board because all the heterosexuals would simply be unable to handle it.  It was quite a spectacle and an effort by Nunn and Dole to further defame gays and lesbians in the public eye.  Damn evil.


            So you may have been told that DADT was a step forward, but take a look at the characters involved and what antics they pulled during that time.   It's pretty easy to say "oh it was a step forward at the time" and not be aware of the efforts to demonize gays and lesbians.

            Here's something further for you to consider when you casually essentially say "oh it was for the best".  Then it lasted for 20 years.  Here's Elaine Donnelly repeating the very same talking points that Sam Nunn did at the time.  Elaine is a scumbag, Nunn is a scumbag.


            "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

            by kerplunk on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 06:23:34 PM PDT

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  •  Zell Miller's endorsement is big (0+ / 0-)

    Because she can use it everytime they try to claim she's an Obama Democrat. She just needs to say, if I'm such an Obama Democrat why did Zell Miller, the most conservative Democrat there is endorse me for Senate?

  •  what the...FRAK (0+ / 0-)

    this is great news for Nunn I guess

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:23:32 PM PDT

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