FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. — Twelve days from Georgia's Senate election, Republican David Perdue has launched a statewide bus tour to remind conservatives that he wants to help his party continue fighting President Barack Obama.
On Monday he is scheduled to appear at the Republican Party office at 339 Broad St., and 10 a.m.
Greeting friendly crowds Thursday morning in Fayetteville and Newnan, Perdue said his matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn is about denying Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid another vote. The GOP needs six more seats to control the chamber.
Perdue said he wants to reach undecided voters who remain, but acknowledged his focus is on getting his supporters to the polls. His tour will last 10 days and include more than 60 stops.
Several popular conservatives will join him along the way, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News personality.
ATLANTA (AP) — An exhibition at Atlanta's High Museum of Art showcases a group of impressionist and post-impressionist works amassed by a private collector who described the pursuit and acquisition of the pieces as an adventure.
The exhibition, "Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection," includes 50 pieces, including works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec. It opens Saturday at the High.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is 24 works by Cezanne, including 16 rarely exhibited watercolors.
One of the first paintings visitors see in the exhibition, Chaim Soutine's "View of Ceret," in which a cityscape is hardly recognizable, was Henry Pearlman's first major acquisition made in 1945. In Pearlman's "Reminiscences of a Collector," which is printed in the exhibition's catalog, Pearlman writes that he would get a "lift" when he saw that painting whenever he arrived home.
"This first pleasant experience with a modern painting started me on a road of adventure that has been both exhilarating and satisfying. I haven't spent a boring evening since that first purchase," he wrote.
Pearlman, whose Eastern Cold Storage Company made significant contributions to marine shipbuilding during World War II, and his wife Rose went on to build an impressive collection that has been housed at the Princeton University Art Museum since 1976.
The collection includes works that are considered among the best by the respective artists, including van Gogh's "Tarascon Stagecoach," Modigliani's portrait of Jean Cocteau and Cezanne's "Mont Sainte-Victoire." But it also lacks anything by Pablo Picasso and others that would seem natural inclusions for a collection of works from that era.
"There are relationships between things, but it's not a textbook collection," said High director of collections and exhibitions David Brenneman. "It's really Pearlman looking at things and drawing relationships."
Pearlman greatly admired Cezanne, and his collection includes works featuring familiar subjects for the artist — landscapes set in the countryside of Provence in southern France and still lifes of objects from his studio.
Some of the oil paintings seem incomplete with patches of canvas showing through, and it's not clear whether Cezanne had reached a point at which he was satisfied or whether he meant to come back to the paintings later, Brenneman said. Graphite drawings provide the framework for the watercolors, with colors added in varying intensity and the bright white of the paper shining through in places.
Soutine, the second most represented artist in the exhibition, is perhaps less familiar to the casual art consumer. But Brenneman said he hopes the exhibition will help expose more people to the works of the French expressionist who painted with thick strokes that leave markedly raised ridges of paint on the canvas.
To that end, the High borrowed five Soutine portraits from a private collection to supplement the seven other Soutine works included in the exhibition. Just as Soutine's landscapes verge on abstraction, his portraits nearly cross the line into caricature, Brenneman said.
Other highlights of the exhibition include "The Sacred Grove" by Toulouse-Lautrec, a parody of a classical scene by academic painter Pierre Puvis de Chavannes that includes objects and people from Toulouse-Lautrec's time, and carvings by Gauguin and Modigliani.
The exhibition runs through Jan. 11 at the High. Then it will be at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, (Feb. 7-May 18) and will finish its tour at the Princeton University Art Museum (Sept. 12-Jan. 3, 2016). It previously was shown at museums in England and France.
If You Go...
CEZANNE AND THE MODERN: Oct. 25 through Jan. 11 at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta; http://www.high.org, 404-733-5000. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Friday until 9 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Adults, $19.50; students with ID and seniors 65 and over, $16.50; children 6-17, $12; children 5 and under, free.
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making his role in outsourcing jobs a hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.
With two weeks to go, Republicans think they've weathered the storm and remain bullish on their chances to pick up the six seats they need to regain a Senate majority. But Nunn could yet complicate the GOP's path by squeezing out a victory — or at least force a runoff that would leave the midterm congressional elections unsettled until January.
"I think we've seen the worst of it," said Rob Collins, executive director of Senate Republicans' national campaign effort. "What we need to talk about more is that she would be another rubber stamp" for her party.
Yet Nunn's offensive has forced Perdue to spend time defending his supposed strength — his business record — while taking time away from his core message linking Nunn to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama. Both are broadly unpopular figures in a largely Republican state where Mitt Romney twice defeated the president.
Perdue began a 10-day bus tour of the state Thursday morning hammering that theme. "Look, 70 percent of the country agrees with us that we need a new direction," he told a supportive crowd at a courthouse square diner in Newnan, about 40 miles outside Atlanta. "If you like (Obama's) policies, vote for Michelle Nunn. ... If you are as outraged as I am, then stand with me."
Nunn, meanwhile, continued her assault this week, highlighting Republican opposition to a minimum wage hike while portraying Perdue as an overpaid CEO who mistreated employees.
"We need to ask what David's business career really equips him to do," Nunn said at a campaign stop Wednesday in the suburbs north of Atlanta. "Is it really to serve the people of Georgia?"
Nunn's initial attacks on Perdue's business record reprised an argument made by Perdue's Republican primary rivals. Perdue left Pillowtex, a struggling North Carolina textile company, in 2003 after only eight months on the job and just months before it closed — a collapse that left 7,500 people out of work. Democrats have piled on by touting a legal settlement with female employees who alleged gender-pay discrimination during Perdue's tenure as CEO of the retailer Dollar General.
Her argument gained steam in early October when Politico published a 2005 deposition Perdue gave in lawsuits that followed the Pillowtex closure. Asked about his "experience with outsourcing," Perdue replied, "Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that."
Days later, Perdue doubled down: "Defend it?" he told reporters. "I'm proud of it. This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run."
His deposition answer and the words "I'm proud of it" have since played thousands of times on Georgia airwaves. Several polls suggest the race has tightened amid the attacks, though Perdue backers say they haven't seen evidence of eroding support on the ground.
"People have asked about the outsourcing," said Rob Kiser, a retired air traffic controller and current law student who volunteered to work for the Perdue campaign in Coweta County. "But he's still strong here. Most people still see him as having fresh ideas."
For his part, Perdue said he thinks it's unfair to cast him as out of touch.
"People understand that my mom and dad were school teachers," he told the Associated Press in Newnan. "I worked on our family farm growing up. I worked my way through Georgia Tech. At Dollar General, we had an ethos there, a mission to help families get from pay day to pay day. Those aren't just words. I really internalized that ... and created and saved thousands of jobs throughout my career."
Republicans predict Perdue still will benefit from the historical trend of midterm elections producing electorates that are smaller, older, whiter and more conservative than in presidential election years.
But even on that score, Nunn's backers say they're optimistic. New voter registration figures released this week show the overall electorate in Georgia is slightly smaller than in 2012, with whites now making up 58 percent of the state's roughly 6 million voters. That's down from 63 percent just six years ago, when Obama lost the state by 5 percentage points.
Democrats argue that adds to the power of minority voters who make up Nunn's core base of support, while her attacks on Perdue's business record allow her to reach white moderates and independents who didn't vote for Obama.
It's Perdue, they add, who must spend the closing act trying to excite his base. He will campaign this weekend with national tea party favorites, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, in separate events. And this week he announced an endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee.
Both sides are investing to the very end. The National Republican Senatorial Committee recently moved another $1.4 million into the race, and its Democratic counterparts answered with a new $1 million for Nunn.
Associated Press reporter Charles Babington contributed from Washington.
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Like father, like son, like daughter.
David Rogers, Shane Rogers and Megan Mitchell stood near midfield before the Daleville-Dale County football game at Midland City on Friday night and posed for a quick photo. Moments later, they were running up and down the field refereeing the game.
While the trio regularly officiates on Friday night, this particular outing was special.
It marked the first time the three had worked the same game.
For David Rogers, being on the field with his son and daughter was a thrill.
"Shane and I have called a few games before and I've called some JV with her, but Friday night was the first time we all three got on the field together," he said.
"I had been pushing for it all year with our association (Southeast Alabama Officials Association) for us to be together on the field one game this year, because I would love to call with my kids.
"I mean, you know, what dad wouldn't want to have your kids there together calling?"
Everything appeared to go as smooth as silk.
"I didn't have to worry about either one of them because I knew they knew what they were doing," David said. "It just flowed. We didn't have any problem. The crew said it was flawless. It just went perfect."
Shane, a former football player at Rehobeth, was the first in the family to give refereeing a shot in 1999, a year after graduating high school.
"I knew I loved the game of football and it would help me stay close to it," Shane said. "I kick-started it for everybody. I called two years and then asked Dad if he ever thought about it. Then he decided he'd come on to the meetings."
David never played football growing up, but he loves the sport. Like many parents, he was among those yelling at the referees when his son was playing. He believes that actually helped him adapt to the criticism officials deal with.
"I understand why they're yelling and I can let it go at that," the father said. "The fans — some of them don't really know what the rules are — and they get high school, college and pro mixed up. And they yell. I know what they're seeing, but it's not what it is. You just let it roll off your back."
David has been officiating for 15 years. He said it wasn't that difficult to understand the rules once he got on the football field.
"I went and watched him (Shane) call a JV game one afternoon and I just decided I'd like to try and do that," David said. "The average person thinks they know what the game is. I mean, you know what the game is, but there's a lot of stuff you have no idea.
"When you start reading the rules, it just really clicks — that's why they call it this way, that's why this rule is this way instead of that way. Once you start reading the rule book and then you see the game, it all starts coming together. It clears up. It's not a fog anymore."
Shane encouraged his sister to get involved.
"Shane had been asking me for a while to do it and I just kept telling them no," she said. "And Dad said, 'Why don't you come and just keep the clock.' Then they put me on the field for JV, and I said, 'I want to be on the field.'"
Megan, in her second year of refereeing, said it wasn't too difficult to learn the rules.
"It was different in me not knowing anything, compared to Shane since he played, and Dad, because I'm sorry, males know more — it's just in y'all's DNA.
"But I can sit there and watch it with you all day and understand, and having a fresh mind it was easy just to see, that's why you do that."
Megan quickly earned the respect of the players and coaches.
"It's really not difficult," she said. "They don't realize until they hear you talk, that you are a female. The boys show more respect than you realize."
The three often use each other as a sounding board after games.
"Afterwards, the officials usually go eat and talk about the night's games," Shane said. "Me and her (Megan) usually go eat with them.
"The next day, we'll all stop by the house and watch the 'Bama game, or whatever, and talk about what happened the night before. And then Sunday at lunch."
Shane said sometimes it is hard to simply enjoy watching a game on TV since he's become an official.
"It's hard to actually watch a football game like you used to because we're watching every position to see if we can find different techniques," Shane said. "It's (officiating) a lot more than you think it is, I'll tell you that.
"People don't quite understand how difficult it is to see certain things."
David and Shane have both called in state championship games.
"She'll be there in about three years," Shane said of his sister.
David says he hopes to referee for about four more years. Megan plans to continue officiating and Shane has high aspirations.
"Me, I'd like to be calling on Saturday afternoons, because I'm young enough," Shane said of college football. "That's my ultimate goal. Our goal for Megan is we want to get her up there (state championships)."
No matter what the future holds for the three, last Friday night will be hard to top.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose sharply in afternoon trading Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar and 3M. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.