Some forecasters had moved Georgia’s 8th Congressional District from likely Democratic to toss-up.
Now Nate Silver, who runs the FiveThirtyEight blog for The New York Times, gives Austin Scott a better-than-even chance of beating Jim Marshall for the 8th District, which runs through major parts of Middle Georgia. Marshall is said to have a 62-percent chance of losing.
The blog also gave Sanford Bishop a 23-percent chance of losing the 2nd Congressional District seat, though those numbers apparently predate news that Bishop arranged scholarships for family members and people he knew.
Silver correctly predicted the 2008 presidential election results in 49 of 50 states, missing only Indiana.
State political debates set for October
The Atlanta Press Club announced its debate schedule, which shows that local viewers will have a chance to see the most important debates — and perhaps some familiar faces.
The debates — listed online at tinyurl.com/atldebates2010 — launch Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. with Supreme Court justices.
At 7 p.m., Jim Marshall of Macon and Austin Scott of Ashburn try to show why they’re the best candidate for the 8th Congressional District. At 7:30 p.m., John Barrow and Raymond McKinney make their case for the 12th Congressional District, which includes Milledgeville.
A 6 p.m. debate Oct. 17 for the Public Service Commission will include Keith Moffett of Macon.
The Oct. 31 lieutenant governor debate at 6:30 p.m. will include Carol Porter of Dublin, who vies against Casey Cagle and Dan Barber. The debate schedule also includes important statewide races including U.S. Senate and attorney general.
The debate for governor will run from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 31 — Halloween. It’s of course unclear which candidates will look ghoulish or could be suffering from a sugar high.
Lucas loses educator job to state budget cuts
Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas fell victim to state budget cuts this school year and lost her position with the Bibb County school system.
Lucas worked as a part-time graduation coach at Hutchings Career Center for a number of years, but her position ended with the state decided not to fund graduation coaches, along with dozens of education cuts, this school year.
Gov. Sonny Perdue created those roles to help reach at-risk high school students make it to graduation.
Lucas’ teaching contract with Bibb County schools ended June 2, and she was not renewed, according to school board records. She had been an educator in Bibb County for 36 years.
“She wanted to work part-time, but we didn’t really have any part-time positions” open, acting Superintendent Sylvia McGee said.
Public input sought on Lake Tobesofkee
Bibb County consultants are trying to create a master plan for Lake Tobesofkee, and you can help.
The public is invited Wednesday at 10 a.m. to talk about the lake and possible improvements. The meeting will be in the Bibb County commissioners’ board room, room 407, in the county courthouse.
Telegraph writers Mike Stucka and Julie Hubbard contributed to this report.