State of Georgia Archives: on Government Reform

Michelle Nunn: Amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision

By instilling common-sense, good government reforms, we can stop the revolving door between Congress and lobbyists, and blunt the power of deep-pocketed special interests:
  1. Lifetime Ban On Members of Congress Becoming Lobbyists: I pledge to never become a lobbyist whether or not my proposal becomes law.
  2. No Budget, No Pay: If Congress can't do its job and pass a budget, it shouldn't get paid. And neither should the President.
  3. Get A Price Tag For Every Bill: Congress shouldn't introduce bills without knowing how much they'll cost taxpayers.
  4. End Secret, Unlimited Special Interest Spending In Elections: I would support an amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's decision that allows a few special interest billionaires to secretly spend millions to sway an election.
  5. Pledge To Meet With Every Senator In First Year and Bring Legislators Together: In the Senate, I will work to bring both sides together by meeting one-on-one with every Senator.
    Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, Jul 2, 2014

    Michelle Nunn: If Congress doesn't pass a budget they don't get paid

    Q. One point of your "5 Ways to Fix Washington" is if Congress doesn't pass a budget they don't get paid, you realize Dems didn't pass a budget for four of the last five years in order to protect ObamaCare, right?

    A: There's blame on both asides of the equation for the failure of getting things done in Washington.

    Q. So are you equally happy to run against Democratic dysfunction as you are Republican dysfunction?

    A: I'm running against dysfunction in Washington and I'm running against the polarization and I'm running for a spirit of focus on common ground and problem solving, which I think would be helped by sending more people to Washington with those commitments also with a lens that's outside of Washington and brings a new perspective.

    Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

    Michelle Nunn: Bar members of Congress from becoming lobbyists

    Q. One point one of your "5 Ways to Fix Washington" bars members from becoming lobbyists. You realize, that most former members who lobby aren't technically lobbyists, right?

    A: I'm not saying that I don't want people in Congress to not continue to influence things for the public good. I think what I'm pointing out is that we should not have congressmen and women use the privilege that they have through their service and apply it parochial or special interests.

    Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

    Jason Carter: Verifiable paper trail important for credibility in voting

    Q: Do you support a voter verified paper audit trail in electronic voting?

    A: I would rather see a paper trail. I have personally monitored elections in other countries. One of the most important aspect and credibility of those elections is a verifiable paper trail that people can look at and see that their votes have been counted. In order to achieve it, we have to figure out how much it costs. We have to do all the things that are required to make a real policy out of it. As a concept, I wish we had a paper trail. I would certainly call for it. I think it's important for credibility of that system. People need to know that their votes are counted.

    Source: Atlanta Progressive News Q&A: 2014 Georgia Governor's race Feb 13, 2014

    Nathan Deal: Fulfill true purposes of government then get out of the way

    Last year, I told you that I had a goal: To fulfill the truest purposes of government--the ones for which Georgians need their government most--"and then get out of the way so that they can live their lives in freedom and as they see fit."

    So far, I believe we have done that well. We have made communities safer, improved educational opportunities, provided for infrastructure improvements, driven workforce development, generated a better business environment and created jobs.

    Source: 2013 State of the State address to Georgia Legislature Jan 17, 2013

    Doug Collins: Increased transparency about campaign contributions

    Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

    A: I do believe there is room for reform and increased transparency inside the election process, especially on the national level.

    Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

    Sonny Perdue: Make government more responsive, efficient, & value-driven

    We spent the first six years of my administration, before this recession even began, making government more responsive, more efficient, more value-driven. And then came the biggest state revenue drop since the Great Depression.

    It would be easy to sit back and point fingers at Washington. But we must reject the course forward that promises the next generation little more than an expensive bill--crushing entitlements and unfunded mandates.

    Source: Georgia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

    Vernon Jones: Increasing individuals donation limits for federal campaigns

    Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

    Alan Keyes: Congress should have the last word, not the Supreme Court

    When they put the whole thing together for the federal court system, they gave jurisdiction to the Supreme Court of the US, and then they gave it appellate jurisdiction over all other cases arising under the Constitution, “with such exceptions and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.” When they tell you that the Supreme Court has the last word, they lie! The last word belongs to the representatives of the people, and it’s time for them to speak in defense of our right to honor God Almighty
    Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

    Alan Keyes: Obeying the dictate of federal judges means no Constitution

    If we must lock-step, knee-jerk obey the dictate of judges on the federal bench when their orders have no basis in law or the Constitution, then we have no laws and we have no Constitution! We have only tyranny and oppression! We reached this point on an issue that is not the least important issue that a free people can face. Indeed, if we look at the example of the folks who wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we would be justified in asserting that it may be the most important right of all.
    Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

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