Sunday, June 18, 2006

Cox Says Remember the Number "98"

When thinking about the solution to our four in ten dropout rate in Georgia, Cathy Cox says, "remember the number 98." Yesterday, in a show of strength in Perdue's home county, Cathy Cox welcomed more than a hundred supporters at a fundraiser at the Perry Ag Center. (The Macon Telegraph has the full story here.) Cox detailed her plans for improving Georgia schools and sited as an example of the innovation needed a high school in Newnan that allows students to graduate with both a high school diploma and a technical degree, ready for the work force. Cox said that when she thinks of that program, the number 98 stands out in her mind because that's the percentage of students who begin the program in 9th grade and graduate. She proposed replicating proven programs like this throughout Georgia as a way of actually addressing our horrible dropout rate.

Cox also focused on healthcare and in particular access to health insurance. Instead of talking about a huge, costly government bailout, she described her vision for using a smart business model that would create a buying pool so that all Georgians could have access to more affordable healthcare and using bulk purchasing to leverage lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Georgians. This approach will have far more appeal to moderate voters in the fall than Taylor's "PeachKids", a program that only addresses a narrow slice of the uninsured population and does so at a high cost to taxpayers. (Republicans are already calling PeachKids "socialized medicine worse than anything Hillary Clinton ever thought of." You can see where that's going- nowhere.)

Cox's support in the midstate is steady, strong and diverse. Last week, the Telegraph reported that Taylor attended a fundraiser at an old friend's home in Monroe County that only drew forty-five supporters. Cathy is in Macon today visiting three churches and will be back tomorrow for three events, including an evening fundraising reception where more than sixty hosts will welcome scores of supporters at there Georgia Children's Museum.


Lyman Hall said...

Republicans are already calling Cathy Cox a flip-flopper on gay marriage...what's your point?

Leveraging bargaining power sounds a lot like Georgia RX--a program the lt. gov advocates and introduced in the last session. Maybe you agree with the lite gov. on this one, Amy!

Lastly, PeachKids is flat out the biggest idea any candidate is running on in any race in this state this cycle. "Big time." Don't be so cynical to call it a "gov't bailout." Families would have to buy into the program with different premiums for different income levels--not exactly socialism here.

Maybe Cathy should remeber the number 900,000--number of HOPE scholars. Or maybe 700,000--number of children benefiting from pre-K. Those children wouldn't have benefitted if she had her way and there was no GA Lottery.

Ataru Atlanta said...

Criticizing PeachKids, a program that is as meat-and-potatoes Democrat as anything we've got, is a lousy idea. I can't see it not resonating with voters, and parents in particular.

I will definitely be wearing a "I Used To Like Cox" (double entendre intended) button this weekend at PRIDE.

Ed Hula III said...

with fundraisers the number of people who show up is far less important than the $$ raised.

Which is better (hypothetically): 500 people paying 5 bucks to see candidate A or 100 people paying 1000 to see candidate B?

But common MT, that few? The fundraising team is too good for that.

Amy Morton said...

You can't make Cathy opposed to the lottery just by saying it over and over, though that is clearly the strategy. And PeachKids is only a partial solution. Cox's healthcare proposal is more comprehensive and not subject to the criticism likely from republicans this fall. And, Cathy's demonstrated her fundraising ability. Are we going to see another loan in Taylor's disclosure this time?

Amy Morton said...

Actually, TAYLOR and the Republicans who seem to share one goal, that Taylor win the primary, are calling names. Hardly a surprise.