Tribune Reader

Cartersville, GA

#41 Nov 30, 2012
Clark wrote:
Tribune Reader you are wrong - as a legislator Loudermilk voted FOR the bill that allowed local citizens to vote on the Sunday sales issue even though he personally doesn't favor Sunday sales and did vote no as a regular citizen at the polls when the question was on the ballot.
Isn't that what was said? Loudermilk voted to put it on the ballot? How he voted on the actual referendum is secret and known only to him. What matters is his action as a legislator, not his vote in the booth.

Battles, Coomer and Heath voted against giving you a choice.

Why is Battles given a pass? That is my point. It is completely hypocritical for people to try to attack Loudermilk for allowing the people a vote on Sunday sales (no matter what he did with his own vote on the issue) but to let Battles get by with not even wanting to give you a choice.

Don't believe me? It's all a matter of public record. Here's the bill: http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Dis...

Here's the House vote:
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vot...

Here's the Senate vote:
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vot...

Looks to me like the favorite of the "locals" is the one who didn't vote with the people, not Loudermilk, but the "locals" refuse to criticize Battles because they backed him.
AJC

Cartersville, GA

#42 Nov 30, 2012
Loudermilk did vote yea on Sunday Sales, Battles and Heath voted No.
Willard Bromlow

White, GA

#43 Nov 30, 2012
I am voting for Jack Nally
Biggy Smalls

Franklin, GA

#44 Nov 30, 2012
Willard Bromlow wrote:
I am voting for Jack Nally
Me too Willard. Good neighbor would do a great job!! I say Jack, you say Nally!
Osgood

United States

#45 Dec 1, 2012
I voting for Jack,
ahem

Cartersville, GA

#46 Dec 1, 2012
West Cherokee doesn't care. The districts were carefully drawn by friends in leadership. It's not a district for a "hometown" favorite as it splits two counties. It's heart is rural conservative making it safe for idealoges like loudermilk.In a primary a "Bartow Favorite" who hasn't served as a state rep. would pull in 37%. A Democrat would only have a 25% base and even a good candidate would max out at just over 30%. Barry can only trip over his own shoe laces or will retire on his own time into lobbying or a US House bid to replace Gingery when he retires.
Biggy Smalls

Silver Creek, GA

#47 Dec 1, 2012
ahem wrote:
West Cherokee doesn't care. The districts were carefully drawn by friends in leadership. It's not a district for a "hometown" favorite as it splits two counties. It's heart is rural conservative making it safe for idealoges like loudermilk.In a primary a "Bartow Favorite" who hasn't served as a state rep. would pull in 37%. A Democrat would only have a 25% base and even a good candidate would max out at just over 30%. Barry can only trip over his own shoe laces or will retire on his own time into lobbying or a US House bid to replace Gingery when he retires.
Good neighbor has a lot of kin folks in that portion of Cherokee. If he runs, he will win!
Big Little

United States

#48 Dec 2, 2012
Osgood wrote:
I voting for Jack,
Loudermilk has not got what it takes to be in US senate. It will be a bad day when he runs for Us senate. He just a big talk and does little.
Colleague

Atlanta, GA

#49 Dec 11, 2012
I just came across this site and found the ignorance of many of the posters to be enlightening. Obviously you are as out of touch with Georgia politics as you are reality. Barry is highly regarded by the rank and file in both the House and Senate as a very principled, honest and hard working statesman. Even the Democrats in both houses have respect for him.
I have been serving with him for many years and can personally attest that he has authored and passed a lot of key legislation. One of his strengths is working with others to help pass their legislation. I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "What does Loudermilk think about that bill," by other members of the legislature.
I have spent many years working with politicians and I can attest that Loudermilk is a rare combination of statesman and principled leader. The people of Northwest Georgia should be proud that one of the state’s best statesmen represents that area.
I also know that he is as popular in Cherokee and Cobb as he was in Floyd and Bartow.
He is extremely knowledgeable about the issues, the Constitution of both the state and the federal government and carries a lot of influence at the capitol.
Colleague

Atlanta, GA

#50 Dec 11, 2012
Also, for those who are saying Barry has no depth. When the House Transportation held hearings on the TSplost bill a few years ago, Barry was one of the few who actually read the bill. He raised the issue that the bill actually violated several provisions of the State Constitution.
Even the governor’s lawyers and lawyers for the legislature had to agree with him. He was the only one to bring attention to these facts.
His arguments against the TSplost were vindicated by several policy analysts during the TSplost debate earlier this year. That doesn’t sound like someone shallow to me. Unless you are one of the local government types that want to get your hands on taxpayer’s money without regard to the law or the Constitution.
Big Little

Cartersville, GA

#51 Dec 11, 2012
Well Colleague why don't you let his peers elect him then, because he will never be elected by the citizens.
John Homer

Franklin, GA

#52 Dec 11, 2012
Colleague wrote:
I just came across this site and found the ignorance of many of the posters to be enlightening. Obviously you are as out of touch with Georgia politics as you are reality. Barry is highly regarded by the rank and file in both the House and Senate as a very principled, honest and hard working statesman. Even the Democrats in both houses have respect for him.
I have been serving with him for many years and can personally attest that he has authored and passed a lot of key legislation. One of his strengths is working with others to help pass their legislation. I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "What does Loudermilk think about that bill," by other members of the legislature.
I have spent many years working with politicians and I can attest that Loudermilk is a rare combination of statesman and principled leader. The people of Northwest Georgia should be proud that one of the state’s best statesmen represents that area.
I also know that he is as popular in Cherokee and Cobb as he was in Floyd and Bartow.
He is extremely knowledgeable about the issues, the Constitution of both the state and the federal government and carries a lot of influence at the capitol.
How about naming a couple of bills he's proposed/got passed? Other than the "red light" law that basically diminishes the entire law because it takes ALL the teeth out of it an cost local municipalities thousands.
james bond

Cartersville, GA

#53 Dec 13, 2012
i hope he does run. that would be something
james bond

Cartersville, GA

#54 Dec 13, 2012
i agree john homer. he must have gotten and ticket in Rome so he had the law chaged that possible could save many lifes.
NO Depth

United States

#55 Dec 14, 2012
Colleague wrote:
Also, for those who are saying Barry has no depth. When the House Transportation held hearings on the TSplost bill a few years ago, Barry was one of the few who actually read the bill. He raised the issue that the bill actually violated several provisions of the State Constitution.
Even the governor’s lawyers and lawyers for the legislature had to agree with him. He was the only one to bring attention to these facts.
His arguments against the TSplost were vindicated by several policy analysts during the TSplost debate earlier this year. That doesn’t sound like someone shallow to me. Unless you are one of the local government types that want to get your hands on taxpayer’s money without regard to the law or the Constitution.
Barry you will never win!
Bessie

Cartersville, GA

#56 Dec 14, 2012
Old Buttermilk has already clabbered. He is as far as he will ever go in politics.
Colleague

Atlanta, GA

#57 Dec 15, 2012
John Homer wrote:
<quoted text>How about naming a couple of bills he's proposed/got passed? Other than the "red light" law that basically diminishes the entire law because it takes ALL the teeth out of it an cost local municipalities thousands.
If you were the least bit involved in legislative affairs you could easily find the number of meaningful bills he has introduced and passed. In fact he has one of the highest ratios of bills introduced that passed in the legislature.

He has passed at total of 68 pieces of legislation and 23 of those were considered significant. That is an unusually high number for someone who has only been in the legislature for 8 years.

That is why the leading political publication named Barry one of the 50 most influential Georgians.

Some of the key issues he has championed and passed:
HB376 (Allows primary caregivers of certain children to request exemption from jury duty)

HB577 (Protects the privacy of citizens by removing the requirement to submit to fingerprinting to get a driver’s license)

HB1070(incorporated into SB529)- Prohibits illegal aliens from receiving government benefits and prohibits illegals from obtaining a Georgia drivers license

HB1307 Requires the Georgia Register to be published electronically and available to the public - this bill saved the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in publishing costs and provided for more government transparency.

HB 77 – Provided for oversight over the abuse of red light cameras by local governments in Georgia. Both the State DOT and the Federal Government have acknowledged that this bill has saved lives and improved safety. He was called to testify before Congress on this bill in 2010.

HB 153 – Protects families and children in foster care by requiring hearings by the Juvenile Court System before moving the placement of children. This bill was identified as the most important piece of legislation in 2007 by children’s advocates and the Juvenile Court Justices of Georgia.

This was in his first two terms. He also introduced and passed legislation that repealed the state ad-valorem tax on property and more.

I could go on - but it just gets better from here and I am sure you don't want to see the list because it will destroy your arguments against him.

HB1576.1577,1578 Extended homestead exemptions for residents, elderly and disabled persons ranging from $10k -$40k

HB 1452 (incorporated into SB529) Prohibits illegal aliens from claiming homestead exemption on property.
Colleague

Atlanta, GA

#58 Dec 15, 2012
I don't believe Barry would run for US Senate. He is too efective at the state level. If you wonder about his popularity at home, just ask some of the candidates who Barry endorsed in the last election. Many have said that it was clear in their campaigns that it was Barry's endorsement that gave them the win.

Barry is smart and a great campaigner. The Georgia House still uses his campaigns as examples of how to win when they teach effective campaigning to their members.

In my opinion, he can't be beat in his Senate seat. But he also realizes that neither can Saxby, so I don't believe he would run for US Senate.
Patriot

Atlanta, GA

#59 Dec 15, 2012
Big Little wrote:
Well Colleague why don't you let his peers elect him then, because he will never be elected by the citizens.
That was an increadibly dumb statement. He has been elected in a landslide in every election. And it was the citizens who voted for him. Duh!!!
Patriot

Cartersville, GA

#60 Dec 15, 2012
Of course he could never win outside his protected area of cronies.

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