Monday, July 19, 2010

91. Election Night With DuBose

Please Join

DuBose Porter

On Election Night

Tuesday, July 20th

At One Of The Following Locations

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Election Watch Party

With DuBose

Hometown Headquarters

(Next to The Courier Herald in Dublin)

9:30 PM

Election Watch Party

With DuBose


(602 N Highland Ave NE; Atlanta)

Everyone Welcome!

Please call (478) 304-1111 if you have questions.

90. I Know Georgia

I know Georgia has a lot of counties because I have personally visited all 159.

It's not enough for a candidate to say they've called a county. It's not enough for a candidate to say they have a supporter in a county. It's not enough for a candidate to say they know someone in a county.

I have visited every Georgia county in person, at beauty shops, hardware stores, diners, strip malls, and barber shops. I've been out and seen Georgia during this campaign. No other candidate has done that. In fact, people repeatedly tell us they haven't had a visit in 40 years from a Candidate for Governor.

I've been asked why I work this hard to get elected. The answer is simple. Because every county, every voter, every citizen, in every corner, in every inch of this great state, matters to me. That is why I am running for Governor.

I only know how to campaign one way -- with a handshake or a hug.

I'm not running on an apology.

I don't have to tell Georgians I have learned how to listen. Georgians know I have listened for the last 28 years of my public service and will continue to listen as Georgia's next Governor.

Together we can do great things and make our state prosperous. We don't need to go back. We must move forward.

To move forward, I need your help and support. Please vote for me on Tuesday, July 20, in the Democratic Primary for Governor. Thank you.

Kind Regards,

DuBose Porter

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Friday, July 16, 2010

89. Jobs, Education and Rivers

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I need your vote on July 20 in the Democratic Primary.

Thank you --

DuBose Porter

Thursday, July 15, 2010

88. DuBose on CBS-46

DuBose appeared on CBS-46 yesterday. Click the link below to watch the segment.

87. Middle Georgia Endorsements

Dublin - DuBose Porter, candidate for Governor in 2010, received endorsements from Macon area public officials and other community leaders this week. They Include:

Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown (D-Macon)
State Representative Nikki Randall (D-Macon)
State Representative David Lucas (D-Macon)
State Representative Bubber Epps (D-Twiggs Co.)
Rick Hutto, Macon City Council
Larry Schlesinger, Macon City Council
Joe Allen, Bibb County Commissioner
Lonzy Edwards, Bibb County Commission
Kathryn Epps, Twiggs County Commission
James Vaughn, Monroe County Commission Chairman
Jim Ham, Monroe County Commissioner
John Wilson, Middle Georgia Environmentalist
Dr. Ty Ivey, dentist and conservationist
Jim Crisp, Theatre Macon

The following statements were issued on why DuBose Porter is the best candidate for Governor:

Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown said, "DuBose can carry our state forward, black and white, rural and urban, and is the best candidate for Governor of the state of Georgia."

State Representative David Lucas said, "DuBose knows the issues and he knows how to fight for middle Georgia."

Rick Hutto, Macon City Council member, said, "I can't imagine anyone in middle Georgia who would vote for anyone else other than DuBose Porter. I am proud to support DuBose Porter for Governor."

Larry Schlesinger, Macon City Council member, said, "I like his positions on passenger rail. I support his position on education and applaud his concern for economic development. But most importantly, he is a true human being because he talks to you and not at you."

Joe Allen, Bibb County Commissioner, said, "We have not had a Governor south of the gnat-line take up for Macon in a long time. DuBose will do that and I encourage everyone who voted for me to vote for DuBose Porter for Governor."

Lonzy Edwards, Bibb County Commission member, said, "This election is about the future of the state. DuBose is a leader and a visionary. Support him for three reasons, Jobs, jobs and jobs."

Kathryn Epps, Twiggs County Commission member, said, "He walks the walk and talks the talk."

James Vaughn, Monroe County Commissioner, said, "As a county commissioner the challenge has been on how to deal with local government with an adversarial relationship with the state. That will change with DuBose Porter as Governor."

Jim Hamm, Monroe County Commission member, said, "I believe he will work for the entire state of Georgia and would be a great Governor."

John Wilson, Middle Georgia Environmentalist, said, "DuBose Porter has been working on protecting land along the Ocmulgee River for years and no one will be better on the environment than DuBose Porter as Governor."

Dr. Ty Ivey, dentist and conservationist, said, "DuBose is a former board member of the Nature Conservancy which I strongly support. Not only are his credentials on the environment unprecedented but we need his talents to get our state through this tough time."

Jim Crisp, head of the Theatre Macon, said, "DuBose understands the arts and how it impacts economic development. He has sincerity and vision which is why he has my vote."

Editor's Note: State Representative Nikki Randall has come down with the flu and will issue a statement later.

Click the link below to see pictures from the event.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

86. New Poll

A new poll is out, and just what the DuBose Porter campaign knew would happen is happening. Our grassroots campaign is showing up in the numbers at the polls. We have seen this race happen in Georgia before. No one thought Sonny Perdue would win until the day after the election, and that is what will happen with DuBose Porter. Vote your conscience. Vote DuBose! Money does not have to decide this race. Your vote counts. Vote!

Among people who have already voted, DuBose Porter and Thurbert Baker are tied for second place. Both candidates have 16%, while Barnes has 41%. This means DuBose will get into the runoff with Barnes and then go on to victory, but he needs your help. Please forward this email to as many of your friends as possible, and help us make the final push to victory.

To see the poll click here:,1

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Friday, July 9, 2010

85. The Saxon Heights Story

Saxon Heights Elementary School in
Dublin. Click the link to watch a video from Marie Hooks, Principal of Saxon Heights
Elementary School:>http://www.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

84. 12 Days

Dear Supporter,

We are 12 days away from the Democratic Primary. This is your chance to help elect a Governor who will make jobs, education, water and transportation a priority. Help me get my message out by making a contribution the campaign today. To donate now, click here.

Below is an article from the Thomasville Times Enterprise. Please pass this article along.

Thanks for your support!

DuBose Porter

July 3, 2010

Power of persuasion (Thomasville Times Enterprise)

Porter says he will ensure entire state has a voice

Mark Lastinger CNHI

THOMASVILLE — House Minority Leader DuBose Porter believes he is a gubernatorial linchpin, a candidate who can hold Georgia’s divergent interests together so the entire state can prosper.

The veteran Democrat lawmaker from Dublin touted his record as consensus builder during a Wednesday Times-Enterprise visit.

“The issues that are facing Georgia in the next decade, really, even now — with regards to water, transportation funding, education funding and public safety, it will matter who is governor and whether the whole state is at the table,” Porter said. “With reapportionment coming up next year, for the first time in Georgia history metro Atlanta will have the majority in the House and Senate. The rest of Georgia needs a governor to balance all the interests out.”

Porter is especially concerned about how metro Atlanta’s growing influence will impact schools across the state. He helped developed the Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula for Georgia’s public schools.

“In education funding, for the first time last year, those in the metro area started affecting what is called equalization,” Porter explained. “Equalization was put into the Quality Basic Education funding to balance rural, urban, metro and other parts of the state. When you take away equalization, you start shifting the per-capita money per student away from any student outside of Atlanta.

“For it to be even, we need someone with the 28 years of experience that I have in those areas that are important.”

Porter’s public education include:

l Former chairman of the Georgia House Education and Higher Education committees

l Sponsored HB 1397, The Salary Protection Act, during the 2010 legislative session to stop teacher furloughs and put a firewall around teacher salaries

l Sponsored HB 1136 during the 2010 session to restore National Board Certification for teachers

l Sponsored post-secondary options legislation to students can learn valuable skills at technical colleges while still in high school

l Voted against increasing class sizes

l Fought against $3 billion in cuts to public education since 2003

l Voted against private school vouchers

l Sponsored legislation creating the HOPE Scholarship, the HOPE Grant and Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program

l Spoke out against the elimination of school nurses

“It all comes down to education,” Porter said. “I know the funding needs to be the same amount per student for everybody to have access to education in Georgia.”

Porter’s plans to end teacher furloughs and other education cuts by getting the Department of Revenue to do a better job of collecting the state sales tax.

“The Department of Revenue is so inept that it’s hard to be sure how much we’re talking about, but it’s somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion,” Porter said. “I introduced legislation during the past two sessions to solve that, but it was buried. It’s going to take a new governor with a new revenue commissioner to fix that.”

Porter said improving Georgia’s educational standing will also impact public safety.

“Budget cuts are reducing the number of law enforcement officers to unsafe levels,” he said. “The growing prison population is becoming financially unsustainable. Our citizens are less safe. Our law enforcement officers are less safe.

“It is much less expensive to educate a child now than to imprison one later.”

Porter’s state water conservation plan is designed to help high-growth areas while preventing interbasin transfers that could adversely affect south Georgia.

“One of the quickest solutions for water is to raise Lake Lanier by two feet, which is basically where it is right now after the recent rains,” he said. “You would impound 25 billion gallons of water.”

Porter has also called for the use of low-flow toilets and other conservation fixtures. One of his primary aim is to fix Atlanta’s crumbling water pipes, which allow up to 25 of the city’s treated water from making it to the Chattahoochee River.

“That would gives us credibility in court (in Georgia’s water rights battle with Alabama and Florida),” Porter said.

Porter said his transportation plan would also benefit the entire state.

“My transportation plan consists of three things,” he said. “First, dedicate the fourth penny of motor fuel sales tax to ‘any transportation purpose.’ This would allow a dedicated revenue stream to leverage federal resources for passenger rail, the money for Local Assistance for Road Paving, and state aid for local governments to use in economic development. Second, we will create regional Transportation-SPLOSTs where counties can join together to meet regional transportation needs. Third, I will put both measures on the ballot in 2011.

“I will bring passenger rail to Georgia. I will provide resources for partnerships to complete the beltline.”

Porter, whose wife Carol is running for lieutenant governor, remains confident about his chances for getting into a primary runoff. Some polls show him running second — although a distant second — to former Gov. Roy Barnes.

“I hope people realize what is at stake and that there is an alternative. That is how and why DuBose Porter wins,” he said.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

83. DuBose Porter, Family Cast Early Ballots

DuBose, Carol and their four sons, Stephen, Guyton, Inman and Asa early voted yesterday in Dublin. WSB-TV Channel 2 Atlanta, along with several other news stations, covered the event as the Porter family and supporters walked from the campaign headquarters to the courthouse to cast their ballots for the July 20th Democratic Primary. Please pass this story along and remember to vote for DuBose and Carol in the Democratic Primary on July 20th. Click on the link below to watch the story.

82. DuBose Porter brings campaign to Columbus

Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July. Below is an article from the Columbus Ledger newspaper that shows our momentum growing. Thanks for your support. Please pass this article along. Elect DuBose Porter. Vote in the Democratic Primary on July 20.

DuBose Porter brings campaign to Columbus (Columbus Ledger)


Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate DuBose Porter visited a Columbus barbecue restaurant Friday to drum up support for his campaign and talk about what he called “the defining issue in this race” — education.

Moving among a packed room of lunchtime diners at Country’s Barbecue on Mercury Drive, the House minority leader shook hands and answered questions in an effort to set himself apart from former Gov. Roy Barnes and Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

“We need to let voters know there’s a clear choice in the primary between me and Roy Barnes,” Porter said. “I support public education, I’ve turned a school around, I’ve given tools to the teachers in the classroom. I didn’t blame them for the problems. So teachers, educators have a very clear choice this election. Parents have a very clear choice.”

The primary is July 20. Since he announced his candidacy for governor in April 2009, the former member of the House Education Committee and member of the Georgia State House of Representatives has traveled across the state in what he has called a grassroots effort to win over the “real Georgia.”

“I believe in grassroots,” Porter said. “We have been to every county, all 159 counties in this state. ... We’ve been in beauty parlors and barbershops and feed and seed stores, where the real Georgia is.”

Porter gets company

Former state Reps. Jed Harris and Mary Jane Galer as well as current State Rep. Debbie Buckner joined Porter around noon on his Columbus stop-over to show their support for the Dublin, Ga., native.

While at Country’s, Porter addressed other issues including economic development, water, public safety and transportation.

According to his official website, Porter wants to dedicate the fourth penny of the state fuel tax to “any transportation purpose,” create regional transportation SPLOSTs and put both measures on the ballot in 2011.

If elected governor, he said he also plans to seek reauthorization to raise the level of the Buford Dam at Lake Lanier an additional 2 feet, install efficient water fixtures to better conserve water resources and repair leaking pipes carrying treated water to the Chattahoochee River.

Porter’s main goal — and his reason for running for governor — is to improve Georgia’s public education system, he said.

“I have been fighting for education. I fought for national board certified teachers,” Porter said. “I fought for school nurses in the classroom. I fought for small class sizes so teachers can do their job. And that’s the defining issue in this race.”