Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 20, 2014

On August 20, 1781, General George Washington sent Continental troops from New York toward Yorktown, Virginia to engage British troops under Gen. Cornwallis.

On August 20, 1906, Gov. Joseph Terrell signed legislation to build a statue of Georgia founding father James Oglethorpe in Savannah and a bill to build a statue of former Confederate General and Georgia Governor John B. Gordon at the State Capitol.

The other day we mistakenly identified Solon Borglum as the designer of both the Stone Mountain carving and the Gordon equestrian statue; he did design the Gordon piece, but his brother Gutzon Borglum designed the Stone Mountain monument.

The Georgia Department of Archives and History was created by legislation signed by Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey on August 20, 1918.

On August 20, 1920, the American Professional Football Association, which would later be renamed the National Football League, was formed in Akron, Ohio. If you go to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the Professional Football Hall of Fame is about an hour away in Canton, Ohio.

On August 20, 1923, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation requiring state schools teach the United States and Georgia Constitutions and students pass an exam on the documents before being allowed to graduate.

On August 20, 1965, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones was released in the UK.

On August 20, 1974, President Gerald Ford nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President of the United States.

Does your local government have military gear?

Georgia Military Gear Counties

The New York Times Upshot column has a fascinating interactive map that allows you to see what military hardware a county has procured from the military through the 1033 program that has been in the news recently.

A ballot vacancy to be filled

The Republican nominee in a State House seat not being contested by Democrats has died, but as his name is not yet public, I’m withholding it for the moment. You’ll hear later today or tomorrow, I’m sure.

If I’m reading it correctly, under Georgia Code §21-2-134(b)(1)(B),

the nomination may remain vacant or may be filled at the decision of the state executive committee of the party. The decision whether to fill such vacancy shall be made by the state executive committee by 4:00 P.M. on the next business day following the actual knowledge of the death or disqualification of the candidate.

Because no Democratic candidate qualified, the new Republican nominee will take office in January.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 19, 2014

USS Constitution earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” in battle against the British ship Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia on August 19, 1812. Launched in 1797, Constitution is today the oldest commissioned vessel in the United States Navy. Live oak from St. Simons Island were cut and milled for timber used in the constructions of Constitution. From a 1977 New York Times article:

The Constitution won her way into Americans’ hearts in 1812, when she defeated the British Guerriere off Nova Scotia in an exchange of broadsides. The spirit of the Constitution crew was noted by the Guerriere’s commander, James Dacres, who boarded the Constitution to present his sword in surrender.

”I will not take your sword, Sir,” the captain of the Constitution, Isaac Hull, replied. ”But I will trouble you for your hat.”

In the battle, a sailor — whether British or American is disputed by historians — is said to have cried out, ”Huzzah, her sides are made of iron!” as he watched an English cannonball bounce off the side of the Constitution. It was the birth of her nickname.

Part of the ship’s secret lay in the wood used in the design by Joshua Humphreys. He picked live oak, from St. Simons Island, Ga. The wood has proved so strong and resistant to rot that the original hull is intact, said Anne Grimes Rand, curator of the Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Mass.

The Georgia Department of Insurance was created on August 19, 1912 when Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation regulating companies selling policies in the states.

Governor Nathaniel Harris signed the first state law requiring school attendance for children 8-14 years of age on August 19, 1916; on the same day, Harris also signed legislation authorizing women to practice law in Georgia.

“Georgia” was designated the official state song on August 19, 1922 with Gov. Thomas Hardwick’s signature on a joint resolution passed by the General Assembly; in 1979, “Georgia On My Mind,” replaced it.

Adolf Hitler became President of Germany on August 19, 1934.

The United States Central Intelligence Agency supported a coup in Iran that restored the Shah of Iran on August 19, 1953.

On August 19, 1976, President Gerald R. Ford was nominated for President by the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Ford received 1,157 (52.6%) delegates to 1,087 for Ronald Reagan (47.4%). Georgia’s 48 delegates voted for Reagan on the first ballot.

Dr. Betty Siegel became the first female President of a state college or university in Georgia when she was named President of Kennesaw College on August 19, 1981; under her leadership, it became Kennesaw State University in 1996. Siegel served until 2006. Kennesaw State was recently named the 4th best college for food in the nation.

On August 19, 1984, President Ronald Reagan was nominated for reelection by the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

I’ve been speaking to groups lately with a presentation called, “Seven things we learned from the 2014 Georgia Primary Elections,” and last night I added item number eight. The 2014 United States Senate election in Georgia is not about Michelle Nunn or even about control of the United States Senate: it’s about Hillary Clinton. On September 14, 2014, Hillary and Bill Clinton will return to Iowa for the annual Steak Fry, her first trip to the Hawkeye State since her 2008 campaign.

Georgia’s importance for 2016 is twofold. In 2008, Obama’s ability to shut her out of the Deep South Democratic Primary elections that were dominated by African-American voters was a key to his winning the nomination. I’d be willing to bet we’ll see her in Georgia this year in support of Michelle Nunn, unless Nunn’s political consultants tell her it would be a political liability. Continue reading

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 18, 2014

Tonight, I’ll be speaking to Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta at their Annual Salad Supper at 7 PM at Magnolia Bakery Café, 5175 S. Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, GA 30092.

Also speaking will be Teresa Cantrell, discussing the 9/11 National Prayer Day and Prisca Villa on Victory 2014 and how you can help.

I hope you’ll join us.

On August 18, 1591,the English settlement at Roanoke Island in the Outer Banks of what is now North Carolina was found deserted.

On August 18, 1795, President George Washington signed a treaty with Great Britain called the Jay Treaty, after Supreme Court Justice John Jay who negotiated it. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led opposition to the treaty.

On August 18, 1862, Confederate Major General of Cavalry J.E.B. Stuart was nearly captured, losing his distinctive hat and cloak and written copies of Lee’s orders near Verdiersville, Virginia.

The Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution urging the creation of a federal Health Department on August 18, 1908.

On August 18, 1916, the Cherokee Rose was designated the official state flower of Georgia by a joint resolution of the State House and Senate.

The practice of tipping service employees was outlawed by legislation signed on August 18, 1918.

Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation regulating the practice of architecture and licensing practitioners on August 18, 1919.

The Georgia Board of Public Welfare was also created on August 18, 1919 when Gov. Dorsey signed legislation establishing that body and a companion bill that created the Community Service Commission.

On August 18, 1924 Gov. Clifford Walker signed legislation that would allow a referendum on a Constitutional Amendment to allow Atlanta, Savannah, or Macon to consolidate their respective municipal governments with their county governments. Macon-Bibb County merged in 2014 after voters passed a referendum in July 2012.

The Beatles played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on August 18, 1965.

On August 18, 1991, hardline Commies in the Soviet Union arrested Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev as part of a coup against Gorbachev’s reforms.

Gould Hagler Stone Mtn

Gould B. Hagler has written a book, Georgia’s Confederate Monuments: In Honor of a Fallen Nation, which is a treat for students of Georgia’s history.

By his kind permission, we’ll be including some of his photos and notes on monuments and memorials across our state, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. From Gould Hagler’s Facebook page for his book:

Everyone is familiar with the carving on Stone Mountain. Most people are probably not aware that Solon Borglum, who began the Stone Mountain carving, also was the sculptor of the equestrian statue of Gen. Gordon at the Capitol.

Gould Hagler John Gordon


Republican Rick W. Allen is approaching the one million dollar mark for self-financing his campaigns in 2012 and 2014 against incumbent Democratic Congressman John Barrow in the Twelfth District – Augusta Chronicle.

As of June 30, Allen’s campaign had raised a total of $1.2 million – with his personal money accounting for a dollar out of every $3. The crowded GOP primary forced Allen to spend most of his money, whereas Barrow was uncontested and able to stockpile cash for the fall campaign. Allen at the end of June had $225,567 left in the bank, compared to $1.8 million remaining in Barrow’s account.

InsiderAdvantage showed Gov. Deal (43%) with a 4-point lead over Jason Carter (39%) and Libertarian Andrew Hunt (7%) and Republican Senate candidate David Perdue (47%) leading Democrat Michell Nunn (40%) and Libertarian Amanda Swafford – Augusta Chronicle.

Democratic candidate for State Senate in District 9 Timothy Swiney is planning to marry his partner in a Virginia ceremony after the Commonwealth’s ban on gay marriages was overturned in court –

“I’ve been warned that this is a ‘gift’ to my Republican opponent and that seeking a marriage license at this time could damage my election chances come November,” Swiney said in a press release.

The Ninth Senate District is so solidly Republican that GOP nominee P.K. Martin doesn’t need a gift to win the race in a walkaway. In 2012, Swiney ran unsuccessfully against Republican State Representative Valerie Clark in House District 104.

The Floyd County Commission is considering using a consultant in considering how to finance and build a new animal shelter from SPLOST tax funds – Rome News-Tribune.

State Representative Elect Wes Cantrell’s highest priority will be term limits for state legislators when he takes his seat in January – Cherokee Tribune.

“This is a popular issue with the people but not with most legislators. It’s time for Georgia to reclaim her citizen-led Legislature,” Cantrell said. “This will be a difficult process, but I am determined to do everything in my power and to work with others to see this happen. Our governor is term-limited. Thank goodness our current president is term-limited. State legislators should be term-limited.”

The irony is that the only conceivable way for Cantrell to succeed in this quixotic quest would be to spend at least the next twenty years in office and gain a leadership position.

The Cherokee School Board has approved a new contract for Superintendent Frank Petruzielo that include $224,702 in salary and $600 per month car allowance and other benefits – Cherokee Tribune.

MUST Ministries in Cherokee County saw the busiest month in their history in July and their shelves are nearly bare with only one week’s supply of food on hand – Cherokee Tribune.

To donate online to MUST Cherokee, click here. You may drop off food donations from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday at 111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.

With the no contest plea entered by former Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, records related to the investigation of bribery allegations are now unsealed – Gwinnett Daily Post.

 For the 10 months following Dec. 3, 2009, a special grand jury met every other Friday to investigate land acquisitions by the Gwinnett County government. Ten everyday women and 13 everyday men heard testimony from more than a dozen people, including county staffers, elected officials, attorneys, land owners and an investigator from the district attorney’s office.

They were provided documents enough to necessitate Porter establishing a secure website to hold it all.

At the end, the grand jury chose, among other things, to indict Kenerly on two counts of failure to disclose a financial interest and one count of bribery — the latter stemming from its belief that it was likely he accepted $1 million from Jenkins in exchange for his influence over the county’s purchase of land to expand Dacula’s Rabbit Hill Park.

Kenerly maintained his innocence and chose to fight. He was indicted twice before accepting last Tuesday the controversial “no contest” plea that gave him 10 years on probation but no prison time.

Jenkins testified that, within a few days, Kenerly approached him again, asking for $1 million in connection with their Silver Oaks project.

“When — when he came in, he wanted to be — he asked me if I could pay him $50,000 a month for 20 months, like you said, a million dollars, just to — and get him out of the deal,” Jenkins told the grand jury. “You know, we had anticipated making, you know, 3- or $4 million in the development part of that deal. He said, I’ll take a million and get out, I’m tight on cash right now, if you could, pay me $50,000 a month. And we agreed to do — I agreed to do that.”

In the aftermath of the Kenerly indictment, near-indictment of a then-Commission Chairman and guilty plea by Commissioner Shirley Fanning-Lasseter, current Chair Charlotte Nash led the County Commisison to adopt a new, more stringent ethics policy – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Savannah is moving faster in removing old trees that may present safety problems – Savannah Morning News.

In Kentucky, bourbon production is up to the highest levels since the 1970s – Savannah Morning News.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will speak to the Muscogee County School Board about economic development at 6 PM tonight at the Muscogee County Public Education Center at 2960 Macon Road – Ledger-Enquirer.

Actress Pam Grier helped arrange transportation on a Pilots ‘n Paws plane for a litter of puppies that had wound up in the Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare shelter – Macon Telegraph.

More suggestions for Jason Carter

I live in Jason Carter’s Senate District, and while I have always disagreed with his liberal agenda, I previously respected him as a thoughtful and hard-working legislator who was responsive to his constituents.

I lost all respect for his bid for Governor when he showed he’s not a serious candidate by saying he would increase the money available for education by cutting waste that “everybody knows” is in the state budget without actually identifying one expense he could cut. That’s a lightweight answer and shows that if his name were Jason Smith nobody would be taking him seriously.

In the spirit of bipartisanship, we have some more suggestions for how to save money in the education budget.

4. Extreme couponing


 5. Amazon Prime

At $99 per year an Amazon Prime membership will save millions on shipping of textbooks alone.Genius.

Amazon Prime Jason Carter

Random Things I like

This weekend, I attended the Caffeine & Exotics car show at Lenox Square, which is becoming a monthly attraction. My favorite: a replica of a Porsche 550 Spyder that was built on a custom chassis.


Smells like Victory – Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 15, 2014

British forces under Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln laid siege to Savannah on August 16, 1779.

On August 15, 1903, Georgia Governor Joseph Terrell signed legislation requiring that Georgia schools teach elementary agriculture and civics. Two days later, on August 17, 1903, the General Assembly condemned the practice of whipping female inmates.

Georgia Tech was designated the State School of Technology on August 17, 1908 by joint resolution of the State Senate and State House.

The Panama Canal opened on August 15, 1914. On September 7, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty promising to give the Canal to Panama.

The State Highway Department was created on August 16, 1916 to comply with federal funding requirements, when Georgia Governor Nathaniel Harris signed legislation by the General Assembly.

Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation creating the State Department of Banking on August 16, 1919.

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation creating the Georgia State Board of Forestry on August 15, 1921.

Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation changing the method of execution in Georgia from hanging to the electric chair on August 16, 1924.

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Festival began in upstate New York.

On August 16, 1974, The Ramones played their first public show at CBGB in New York. The famous awning of the club is on display at the Rock and Roll Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. If you attend the Republican National Convention in 2016, you should visit the Museum, where you can also see Janis Joplin’s Porsche and one of the greatest guitar collections in the world.

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppolla was released on August 15, 1979.

[Language warning in the second clip.]

Paul Anderson, known for years as the “Strongest Man in the World” for his weightlifting feats, died on August 15, 1994 in Vidalia, Georgia. Anderson was born in 1932 in Toccoa, Georgia. He won an Olympic gold medal in the sport of weightlifting in 1956.

On August 17, 1998, President Bill Clinton testified as the subject of a grand jury investigation.

The testimony came after a four-year investigation into Clinton and his wife Hillary’s alleged involvement in several scandals, including accusations of sexual harassment, potentially illegal real-estate deals and suspected “cronyism” involved in the firing of White House travel-agency personnel. The independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, then uncovered an affair between Clinton and a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. When questioned about the affair, Clinton denied it, which led Starr to charge the president with perjury and obstruction of justice, which in turn prompted his testimony on August 17.


Former Governor and United States Senator Zell Miller endorsed Democrat Michell Nunn for United States Senate in this TV spot:

Jim Galloway notes that Zell Miller also said he would vote to reelect Governor Nathan Deal:

“I’m going to be voting for Nathan for re-election as governor,” said Miller, noting that the Republican had been saddled with serious economic problems when he took office in 2011.

“I respect the manner in which he’s conducted himself addressing those problems,” Miller said. Specifically, Miller cited Deal’s effort to shore up the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program – which Miller established.

I’m serious when I say that I don’t understand Governor Miller’s endorsement of Michelle Nunn. He says in the ad, “I’m so angry about what’s going on in Washington, partisanship over patriotism – they can’t stop themselves.” It has become clear during her campaign that Michelle Nunn is entirely a creation of the Insider/Consultant class of the Democratic Party, which Miller famously called, “A National Party No More.”

Reminds me of the 1990 election, the first I ever voted in. Sam Nunn was uncontested for United States Senate, and I left the space blank. For Governor, I voted for Johnny Isakson.

Speaking of Johnny Isakson, the American Chemistry Council thinks that Perdue and Isakson would make a swell team in the United States Senate.

I’m not sure if this constitutes a formal endorsement, but after David Perdue won the Primary Runoff, Senator Isakson wrote this on Facebook:

Congratulations to Republican Senate Nominee David Perdue. After a long Primary, now is the time for Georgians to rally behind him, win this seat in November, and fire Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Onwards to victory.

Also jumping into the fray via my mailbox yesterday, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Perdue NRA Mail Front Perdue NRA Mail Back

I’m 100% certain the following doesn’t constitute an endorsement, but here it is:

Youre absolutely correct todd 2

Carter on the defensive over education

Increasingly on the defensive over his lack of leadership on his hallmark issue, education, the dynamic duo of California kids over at the Carter campaign released his “plan,” if it can be called that. Via Greg Bluestein at the AJC:

“You see it throughout the government. Everyone knows that it’s there,” said Carter, an Atlanta state senator, after a tour of a DeKalb high school. “We have not done a true top-to-bottom review in years and years and years. And the current administration is not looking for answers into how to make the government more efficient.”

The governor in 2010 pledged to move the state toward a “zero-based budget” program designed to bring more accountability to state spending, but the roll-out of that program is still in the works. Carter said it wasn’t moving fast enough.

“There’s a giant amount of waste out their still that we can take from non-education budgets and move them over to education, or the other types of investments that we all know we need for our economy and our future like transportation,” said Carter.

That’s the kind of lightweight and light-on-substance pablum you’d expect from a rookie candidate for Georgia General Assembly, not a credible candidate for Governor. Here are a couple of suggestions for Senator Carter on how to find all that waste that he hasn’t bothered looking for or hasn’t identified in his four years in the State Senate.

1. Costco Cards for every school District!

Costco Card

At just $50 for each school district, and an extra for the State Department of Education, we’re talking just $8,000 for discounts on toilet paper, Michelle Obama-approved “healthy snacks,” and printer paper that will surely total millions of dollars without raising taxes.

2. Turn down for what? Turn the heating and air conditioning down for massive savings.

Jimmy Carter SweaterJust like his grandfather and chief fundraiser President Jimmy Carter famously proposed in 1977, Georgia school systems could save tons of cash by allowing children to swelter in summer and shiver in winter.

In fact, we can take part of President Carter’s speech and simply rewrite it for his grandson:

Because we are now running out of gas and oil [and President Obama has promised to make electricity more expensive], we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.

There. Now Jason Carter has not only education savings, but an energy policy.

3. Sham savings through solar power

It’s just the kind of two-fer that Democrats love. Put taxpayer money in the pockets of your pals in the solar industry, while fleecing taxpayers with fake savings through Enron-style accounting. Perfect.

On what planet does is make bottom-line sense to pay $300,000 in financing costs for a solar system that “saves” $100,000 per year? Only in government accounting does this make any sense.


Marietta City Councilman indicted in RICO charges involving false statements – Marietta Daily Journal.

Jason Carter tours charter school seeking “innovation,” also a coherent education platform – Augusta Chronicle.

Event Calendar

Happy Birthday – Congressman Doug Collins

August 16

Happy Birthday – Congressman Doug Collins

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Bulloch County GOP: Brooklet Peanut Festival Parade

August 16 @ 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Brooklet Peanut Festival Parade  Looking for volunteers to carry GOP candidate signs and to walk in the parade

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Commissioner Gary-Black: Volunteer Kick-Off with David Perdue

August 16 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lane Southern Orchards,

50 Lane Rd, Ft. Valley , GA 31030

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Gary Black welcomes you to attend our volunteer meet and greet for sign and material distribution and of course, Lane Orchards’ famous peach ice cream! Gary will also welcome special guest, David Perdue for U.S. Senate. We hope to see you there!

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GA College Republicans: 4th Annual Braves Game With The Governor

August 16 @ 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Turner Field,

755 Hank Aaron Dr, Atlanta , GA 30315

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Please join The Georgia Association of College Republicans and Governor Nathan Deal for The 4th Annual Braves Game With The Governor. Pre-Game Events from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Game Begins at 7:00 pm Confirmed Special Guests Include: Governor Deal David Perdue Attorney General Sam Olens Secretary of State Brian Kemp Invited Guests: Lieutenant Governor – Casey Cagle Commissioner of Agriculture – Gary W. Black Speaker of the House David Ralston And others. Student Tickets $15.00 Student Tickets and Parking Pass $25.00…

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August 16 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Savannah Sand Gnats,

1401 E Victory Dr, Savannah , GA 31404

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Chatham County Republican Party – Republicans in the Park  with the Savannah Sand Gnats Chatham GOP event at the Sand Gnats Game. This will be a Republican Rally for all ages with Elected Officials, CCRP and other Republican organizations throughout the area in attendance. We will be inviting a crowd! Congressman – Elect Buddy Carter will attend You must buy your ticket at: Contact: Nick Blosser 912.308.5056 [email protected]

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August 17 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hammond Glen Senior Community Center,

335 Hammond Drive , Atlanta , GA 30328

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The Atlanta Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition A Meet and Greet with Governor Nathan Deal. RSVP is Requested Please RSVP by calling Lynne Schultz at 770-438-0376 or email her at [email protected]

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Rep. Doug Collins: Jefferson – Town Hall

August 18 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Jefferson Station Municipal Complex,

1000 Washington Street, Jefferson , GA 30549

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Congressman Doug Collins will hold three public town hall meetings in August.  All residents of Georgia’s 9thCongressional District are invited to attend

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Conservative GOP Women of North Atlanta Meeting

August 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Magnolia Cafe,

5175 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, GA 30092

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Speakers: Annual Salad Supper

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Cobb Regional Republican Women community forum with Sheriff Neil Warren

August 19 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Cobb County GOP HQ,
799 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060

Sheriff Neil Warren has been a law enforcement professional in Cobb County for over thirty five years. He was elected to his first four year term as Sheriff in November of 2004 and was sworn in as the 42nd Sheriff of Cobb County January 1, 2004. He was re-elected to another four year term in 2008 and 2012. He currently serves on the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee and was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Public Safety…

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 14, 2014

On August 14, 1784, Russians invaded settled Alaska, founding the first permanent Russian settlement at Three Saints Bay.

Dentist, gambler, and gunfighter Doc Holliday was born on August 14, 1851 in Griffin, Georgia.

Speaking of Griffin, here’s an interesting list of ten things you didn’t know about Griffin, Georgia.

On August 14, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln hosted a group of African-American men at the White House to discuss emancipation of American slaves outside the United States as colonists.

The Second Battle of Dalton was joined on August 14, 1864.

Veterinary medicine was first regulated in Georgia after the signature by Gov. Hoke Smith of legislation on August 14, 1908.

Governor Richard Russell signed a proposed Constitutional Amendment removing the requirement that all taxes be paid before a citizen was allowed to vote.

The County Unit System of elections was created on August 14, 1917 when Governor Hugh Dorsey signed legislation by the General Assembly.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. The road to perdition is paved with good intentions.

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrender to the Allies was made public in Japan.

In the afternoon of August 14, Japanese radio announced that an Imperial Proclamation was soon to be made, accepting the terms of unconditional surrender drawn up at the Potsdam Conference. That proclamation had already been recorded by the emperor.

A Special Session called by Governor Miller to address legislative redistricting after the United States Supreme Court threw out Georgia’s Congressional redistricting map was convened on August 14, 1995.

Public Service Announcement


As much as we’ve seen, read, and heard about suicide and depression in the wake of the death of Robin Williams, I’m going to take a moment, and I hope you will too.

If you need help, it’s available, and it’s not what you think it is. Someone who can offer hope, love, and a sympathetic ear. Call if you need to.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The important thing is to first get through the crisis, and once you’re past that, you have my personal guarantee that things will get better. If you are afraid a friend, loved one or acquaintance might hurt himself or herself, call the same number – they’re there for friends and family as well.

Click here for some more good advice on how to help someone in crisis.

Click here to learn factors that put someone at risk of suicide.

Click here to learn warning signs to watch for.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, get professional, trained help immediately. Tomorrow may be too late.

If you suffer from depression or wonder if you are, feel free to contact me via email. I am not the person you need to be speaking to if you’re in crisis, but I’m willing to share what helps me deal with depression, and I’m willing to listen.

Department of Irony

Yesterday, I noticed something ironic in a statement by Jason Carter’s spokesman, responding to criticism that Carter took a walk when things got tough in DeKalb County. Continue reading

Georgia Politics, Campaign, and Elections for August 13, 2014

On August 13, 1909, Georgia Governor Joseph Brown signed legislation designating February 12 as Georgia Day to commemorate Oglethorpe’s landing near Savannah in 1733.

One year later, Brown signed the first legislation regulating automobiles in Georgia on August 13, 1910. The act included a minimum driving age of 16, prohibited driving while intoxicated, and required a car tag, headlight, and red taillight.

President Jimmy Carter was nominated for reelection as President by the Democratic National Convention in New York City on August 13, 1980.

President Ronald Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act on August 13, 1981.

The ERTA included a 25 percent reduction in marginal tax rates for individuals, phased in over three years, and indexed for inflation from that point on. The marginal tax rate, or the tax rate on the last dollar earned, was considered more important to economic activity than the average tax rate (total tax paid as a percentage of income earned), as it affected income earned through “extra” activities such as education, entrepreneurship or investment. Reducing marginal tax rates, the theory went, would help the economy grow faster through such extra efforts by individuals and businesses. The 1981 act, combined with another major tax reform act in 1986, cut marginal tax rates on high-income taxpayers from 70 percent to around 30 percent, and would be the defining economic legacy of Reagan’s presidency.

Reagan’s tax cuts were designed to put maximum emphasis on encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and creating incentives for the development of venture capital and greater investment in human capital through training and education. The cuts particularly benefited “idea” industries such as software or financial services; fittingly, Reagan’s first term saw the advent of the information revolution, including IBM’s introduction of its first personal computer (PC) and the rise or launch of such tech companies as Intel, Microsoft, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Cisco Systems.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High was released on August 13, 1982.

Brian Kemp – There’s an App for that!


The Republican National Committee doesn’t like the Common Core framework for teaching AP US History – Marietta Daily Journal.

The RNC passed a resolution Friday describing how an estimated 500,000 students take the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History course each year, a course it says is traditionally designed to present a balanced view of American history to prepare students for college-level history courses.

Yet the College Board, the RNC resolution states, has released a new framework for the course “that reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing the positive aspects.”


“In Cobb, we’ve got this covered because we would not be satisfied with only this broad framework, without identifying the historical components that kids should have exposure to.”

For example, for students enrolled in the AP History course, in addition to taking the AP exam, they also take the state’s End of Course Test.

“That is much more closely focused on more of the facts and historical characters,” [Cobb County Schools' chief academic officer] Davis said.

Georgia has seen the highest jump in Medicaid enrollment among states that rejected the expansion of eligibility under Obamacare – Athens Banner-Herald.

The Georgia State Ethics Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has hired Bethany Whetzel and Robert Lane as staff lawyers – Fulton Daily Report.

Jeff Bridges unlikely to run for Senate from Montana – Washington Post. [Language alert on the following clip.]

Michelle Nunn and Sam Nunn visit Second Harvest of South Georgia warehouse in Albany on campaign stop – Albany Herald.

Robin Williams gave money primarily to Democrats while playing Republicans in movies, and was great-great-grandson of former Mississippi governor and senator Anselm J. McLaurin – Washington Post.

Tea Party failed to beat any incumbent Republican Senators, but still made mark, keeping a number under 50 percent in multi-candidate primaries and half of incumbents under 60 percent – normally only 5 percent of incumbents come in under 60 percent – Washington Post.

Georgia’s Republican National Committeewoman Linda Herren says it doesn’t make any sense to not require voter registration by party for primary voting, citing the specter of strategic crossover voting by Democrats – Washington Times.

A poll commissioned by the National Taxpayers Union found 57 percent of Georgia voters opposed to national legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes for online purchases – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

As efficient as they normally are, the Clayton County Commission has been granted a 30-day extension to adopt a millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015 – Clayton News Daily.

Ringgold City Council will hold hearings on a proposed 3-percent increase in the property tax rate at Ringgold City Hall, 150 Tennessee St., on Monday, Aug. 25, at 11 AM and 6 PM and on Monday, Sept. 8, at 6 PM –

The Catoosa County Commission will hold hearings on an increase in the county property tax rate on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9 AM and 6 PM and Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 AM the county administrative building meeting room, 800 LaFayette St., Ringgold –

In Macon-Bibb County, consolidation of city and county government makes property taxes complex, but here’s the bottom line – no net increase in the millage rate for property owners, but those with higher assessments will pay more –

Here’s an issue where the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party activists probably agree – the Chamber is urging the federal government to allow the ban on offshore drilling to expire at the end of 2016 – Atlanta Business Chronicle.

A citizen has filed an ethics complaint against Kennesaw Mayor Mark Matthews over a nastygram sent by the City Attorney – Marietta Daily Journal.

Polk County voters will decide whether to create a fire district for unincorporated parts of the county on the November General Election ballot –

The City of Emerson will keep the same millage rate – The Daily Tribune News.

The Marietta Board of Education is considering paying $11 million to replace some of its aging bus fleet – Marietta Daily Journal.

University of Georgia researchers are studying the sand on Georgia beaches as part of a project to replenish the beaches at Tybee Island – Savannah Morning News.

Macon-Bibb County will study blighted properties and funding to clean them up – Macon Telegraph.

Singer-songwriter-attorney Allen Levi and retired game warden Randy Hackley qualified for an open seat on Harris County Probate Court and qualifying ends at noon today – Ledger-Enquirer.

A wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors over defective ignition switches that led to 54 recalls of 29 million cars and trucks will go to trial in April 2016 –

Tomorrow night in Marietta

Georgia Tea Party Inc Solar

On Thursday, I’ll be speaking to The Georgia Tea Party during their meeting from 7-9 PM at the Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the big chicken at 900 Roswell Street, Marietta, Ga.

I’ll be discussing “Five things I learned in the 2014 Primary Elections.”

Is Twitter ruining young press flaks?

An article in Campaigns & Elections suggests that Twitter is spoiling many young campaign press operatives.

Nothing has done more to ruin young press operatives than Twitter. The basic blocking and tackling of press has been lost to the instantaneous food fight of the social media site famous for its 140-character delivery.

Snark, substance-less witticisms, and gotcha moments on social media have replaced the hard spade work of pitching stories, developing relationships with reporters, and the basics of an efficient press operation.

Social media has become the hot commodity for campaigns and like the snake oil salesman of the past, people are saying it will cure every political ill. But in the rush to rightfully develop a strong social media presence, too many young campaign operatives have lost sight of what actually moves persuadable voters.

Here’s some hard, foul tasting medicine: As all encompassing as Twitter seems in the Beltway Bubble, many voters, especially older voters who are your most reliable voting demographic, don’t use it. Some have no idea what Twitter is. And those who do are probably tweeting about the score of the latest baseball game, not the negative attack ad on TV.

Campaign communication plans need to be balanced with both traditional and new media, which means we need operatives who are balanced, and most importantly, know how to filter out the noise. As operatives we have to remember that Twitter is not a representative sample. One or two Twitter loudmouths can make minor issues seem tremendously important when they are, in fact, completely irrelevant.

Join Georgia CRs and Governor Deal at Braves Game

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Join the Georgia Association of College Republicans,  Governor Nathan Deal, and Republican candidate for United States Senate David Perdue at the Braves game Saturday, starting at 4 PM, with a game start time of 7 PM.

You can click here to purchase tickets and parking.


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 12, 2014

Georgia and American History

Next week, we’ll be starting a new historical feature highlighting sites across the state. I’m excited to bring it to you and hope you’ll enjoy it.

On August 12, 1492 by the current calendar, Christopher Columbus set sail from the port of Palos de la Frontera in southern Spain with the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Other accounts date his arrival at the Canary Islands off the coast of northwestern Africa on August 12, 1492.

Juan Ponce de Leon invaded Puerto Rico on August 12, 1508 and declared himself Governor.

On August 12, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood prohibited Confederate soldier from seizing civilian property.

The first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line on August 12, 1904.

On August 12, 1908, Ford’s first “Model T” rolled off a Detroit, Michigan, factory floor. Within six years, the car, company and man were propelled to unprecedented success, thanks to the new Highland Park plant’s first-of-its-kind assembly line, which created the intricate product quickly and in large numbers.

“If it hadn’t been for Henry Ford’s drive to create a mass market for cars, America wouldn’t have a middle class today,” wrote [Lee] Iacocca.

Increased travel spurred appeals for better and more roads, the development of suburbs, the oil industry’s rise and a boom in gas stations, strip malls and motels.

But the assembly line itself had the biggest impact on American society, Hyde contended, in making possible the swift, mass production of everything from computers to “fast food.”

On August 12, 1910, Georgia Governor Joseph M. Brown signed legislation prohibiting the carrying of a pistol or revolver without a license.

East Germany began building the Berlin Wall on August 12, 1961.

[T]he government of East Germany, on the night of August 12, 1961, began to seal off all points of entrance into West Berlin from East Berlin by stringing barbed wire and posting sentries. In the days and weeks to come, construction of a concrete block wall began, complete with sentry towers and minefields around it. The Berlin Wall succeeded in completely sealing off the two sections of Berlin.

Three churches in Albany, Georgia first allowed African-Americans to attend their services on August 12, 1962.

On August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time.

The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, made its first flight in the earth’s atmosphere on August 12, 1977.


Joanie and Chachi – the female pit bull found carrying her injured Chihuahua friend in her mouth in Savannah – have found a home in Florida – Savannah Morning News.

Gas prices are down an average of nearly 3 cents to $3.30 per gallon in Savannah, bringing them to 12 cents lower than a year ago and 19 cents lower than last month – Savannah Morning News.

New state hunting regulations are available online and in printed versions from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Forsyth County News. Continue reading

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 11, 2014

On August 10, 1787, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completed “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”.

On August 11, 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg declared martial law in Atlanta.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the summer commencement address at the University of Georgia on August 11, 1938. Later that day, Roosevelt endorsed Lawrence Camp over incumbent Governor Walter F. George, saying George had not been sufficiently supportive of the New Deal.

The Atlanta Braves signed legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige on August 11, 1968.

On August 11, 1984, Ronald Reagan jokingly announced that he had “signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever…we begin bombing in five minutes,” without knowing he was speaking into a live microphone.

Speaking of which, here’s a flashback to October 2012.

Nunn on the hot seat?

Walter Jones of Morris News has a great analysis of the fallout from the Nunn memo that leaked several weeks ago.

The apparently accidental leak of a 144-page strategy memo from consultants to Michelle Nunn is causing heartburn among some of her natural allies.

For instance, blacks vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, but her dismissal of two blacks running against her in the Democratic primary left many African-American leaders miffed. Plus, she put off a lot of party regulars in the primary with her campaign’s tactic of skipping functions organized by Democratic auxiliary groups in favor of events manufactured by her staff and even ducking debates organized by non-partisan civic groups. They all began to feel a little insulted, like she didn’t want to be seen with them.

She also brushed off some of Georgia’s targeted media, such as Atlanta Progressive News by being the only Democrat in the Senate primary refusing to participate in a sit-down interview.

“After all, APN’s questions for Nunn were issue-driven and policy-driven, and the last thing Nunn would want to do is to take positions unless they were right-wing ones (for example, on same-sex marriage, the proposed Keystone Pipeline, the Voting Rights Act, the once-proposed U.S. Invasion of Syria, or the proposed nuclear fuel reprocessing plant),” notes the online publication’s staff writer Barbara Payne.

If Nunn fails to energize her base, it’s not only a blow to her election but also bad news to down-ballot Democrats needing a ride on her coattails. As her memo states, with an expected 52 percent turnout in November, she is aiming to get 1.4 million votes, more than any other Democrat has ever garnered here in a non-presidential year like this one.

The Nunn camp plans to operate sophisticated targeting to send different messages to each segment of the electorate in order to drive up turnout. Many in this audience won’t ever pay attention to political coverage in the general media and will get information about the race from ethnic media, social media or direct mail.

Speaking of the Nunn memo, this Letter to the Editor in the Augusta Chronicle appears to be another example of the Nunn campaign following the plays detailed in the memo. It’s ironic that their message is “there’s nothing to see here,” as they prove the validity of the memo and that the Nunn campaign will slavishly follow the advice of their DC consultants.

If you have any lingering doubts about the nationalization of the campaign to elect Michelle Nunn to the United States Senate, this should put them to rest. The Democratic Party of Georgia announced the leadership of their coordinated campaign committee this weekend.

Tracey Lewis, former strategic adviser for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has been chosen to serve as the campaign’s executive director. Lewis has also worked with the Alliance for Climate Protection and has held leadership positions in several other campaigns and voter outreach initiatives.

Managing partner of Franklin Communications, Cabral Franklin, has been chosen as the campaigns senior adviser. Franklin has served as a consultant for several local and state politicians and political action groups.

Michelle Nunn cranked up the rhetoric before a friendly crowd at the Democratic Party of Georgia state convention in Dublin this weekend.

“The Republicans have finally chosen their candidate in David Perdue. (Boos from the crowd.) Let me tell you a little bit about him, by sharing one of the first things that he said after the election.

“He said, ‘So who brings more value to the debate? Someone who has run a philanthropy for 15 years – or whatever. Or someone who has been out here’ – not bragging, he says – ‘competing in the real world.’”

“So let me tell you about the real world that I’ve been in for the last 26 years here in Georgia. It’s the real world of public school classrooms, where teachers and volunteers are fighting for equality for all of our children. The real world is seniors who depend up on meals to be delivered to them to make sure they can live with dignity and independence.

“The real world of neighbors and communities rebuilding in the wake of natural disasters after they’ve lost all their earthly belongings. This is the real world that I have found, and I believe that there is nobility in helping others….”

A challenge for the Perdue campaign will be found in Nunn’s “Main Street versus Wall Street” rhetoric. As Republicans, we must do a better job of articulating our vision of a strong and robust economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all citizens versus a government colossus that fails to make good on its promises. For the first part of that, Governor Nathan Deal is doing a good job explaining the benefits of job creation.

Republican Senate candidate David Perdue and Twelfth District Congressional candidate Rick W. Allen headlined the GAGOP Unity Tour this weekend, including a stop in Statesboro.

Perdue and Allen obviously have something in common: decades of experience operating businesses, no experience in government, and therefore “outsider” status.
“We have business backgrounds and the priorities in Georgia right now are the debt and the economy and jobs, and so he and I have had several conversations and his stands on those are very similar to mine,” Perdue told reporters in Statesboro.

Another thing they seem likely to share from now to November is a tactic of linking their opponents with national Democratic Party leaders — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and President Barack Obama — whose names are spoken as anathema in Georgia Republican circles.
“We see the failed policies of this administration as being the centerpiece of this debate, and right now in this district we need to present the fact to the people that his opponent is another supporting voice of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama,” Perdue said, making the charge against Barrow on Allen’s behalf.
Returning the endorsement, Allen noted that his “outsider” talk sometimes sounds like Perdue’s.
“Obviously I have not served in public office, and so I’m an outsider,” Allen said. “I know you’ve probably heard that from our next senator for the great state of Georgia, but yes, I’m a businessman, I’m not a politician. I’ve created jobs, I’ve grown the economy, I’ve balanced budgets, and the politicians in Washington can’t seem to do either. It’s time to change. The country is ready for it.”

Walter Jones also writes about the conundrum faced by Georgia state legislators and Members of Congress when it comes to transportation funding:

[W]when state transportation officials and business groups say there is a need for road improvements, it isn’t hard to be convincing. And that’s even with the less obvious needs like the 16 percent of Interstates falling below state maintenance standards or the 11 percent of state-owned bridges due for major rehabilitation.

The Georgia Department of Transportation only has enough money to resurface 2 percent of roads per year.

“If you have to wait 50 years to see your road resurfaced, you’re not going to be too happy,” Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said Tuesday to a committee of legislators and citizens chosen to study the issue of road funding.

DOT gets most of its money from taxes on gasoline. But better fuel efficiency means less in taxes for each mile driven.

Road-construction advocates offer a handful of ideas for boosting DOT’s finances.

One is simply to increase the gas tax. No one has offered a specific amount publicly yet. But Georgia’s tax rate is below the national average, and the typical driver pays $85 annually toward state road building and maintenance, which is much lower than the general perception, Golden said.

The idea is unlikely to fly because a large number of legislators got elected on a pledge against any tax increase.

Another idea is to change the basis of the tax from the fuel purchased to the actual miles driven. A device in each vehicle would record the miles and tally the cost for each driver to pay while filling up. However, many conservatives worry about compromising motorists’ privacy.

A third idea is to remove a major expense from DOT by having the state’s general budget pay off bonds issued for road building. After all, no other state agency has to use part of its operating funds for debt service.

The simple fact is that to put more money into our road system, the state DOT needs more money. The overwhelming failure of T-SPLOST in 9 of 12 regions suggest that either voters are unwilling to pay more in taxes, or they distrust elected and appointed officials to spend more money wisely. Probably both. Efforts to roll-out toll-financed improvements and conversions of existing roads hasn’t been smooth or popular either. This puts transportation planners and legislators on the horns of a dilemma.


The trial of 12 on charges from the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal starts today – Savannah Morning News.

The former administrators, principals, testing coordinators and teachers all face racketeering charges. Individual charges include influencing witnesses and lying to state investigators.

Prosecutors have said that more than 30 educators participated in a conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests dating back to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and APS standards and receive bonuses or keep their jobs.

Prosecutors have agreed to plea deals with 21 defendants also included in the initial indictment, and several could testify against their former colleagues. Prosecutors expect jury selection to take two to four weeks and the entire trial to last from four to six months.

Nearly 100 members of the Southeast chapter of the North American Young Gen­eration in Nuclear will attend a conference near Plant Vogtle – Augusta Chronicle.

August Mayor Deke Copenhaver has issued nearly 1200 proclamations during his nine years in office, including some surprising ones – Augusta Chronicle.

A “Homeless Help Card” available soon in Newnan will provide discounts for holders with proceeds while providing funding for local charities working with low-income and homeless people – Times-Herald.

Fayette County Board of Education is expected to retain the same millage rate later this month, but some property owners will see tax increases due to increased assessments –

Brian Upshaw and Rick Unruh were sworn in to the Houston County Board of Education –

On August 21, the Cyclorama will host a panel discussion on the relevance of the Civil War today –

An uplifting and enjoyable story about how a rural Georgia community embraced a survivor of Cambodian genocide who has become their Superior Court Judge, Meng Lim – Atlanta Journal-Constitution Political Insider by Jim Galloway.

The opening of a gun club has Buford residents up in arms over noise – Gwinnett Daily Post.

State Rep. BJ Pak (R-Gwinnett) was named to the Republican National Committee’s “Rising Stars” program – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Cobb County foreclosures up 5 percent in last month, still lower than a year ago – Marietta Daily Journal.

The proposal to create a Community Improvement District for Lake Lanier Islands Parkway appears to be cratering – Gainesville Times.

Public schools nationwide are predicted to no longer have a majority of white students for the first time – Associated Press via

Fairview Elementary School in Habersham County opened for classes without running water –

Forsyth County Commissioners are considering placing a $190 million SPLOST referendum to fund roadwork on the November ballot –

An $834 million project will add four new exits from reversible lanes on I-75 in Cobb County – Marietta Daily Journal.

Congressman Austin Scott will speak to the South Georgia Young Republicans Tuesday night from 7-8 PM at the Valdosta Country Club – Valdosta Daily Times.

West Point Society celebrates College Football Hall of Fame

The West Point Society of Atlanta will celebrate the opening of the College Football Hall of Fame museum in Atlanta with a black tie event featuring United States Military Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Robert Caslen, Jr. (Class of ’75) on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  The gala evening event is the first university function scheduled at the 94,000 square foot facility, which opens in Atlanta on August 23rd.  Colonel Greg Gadson, USMA ’89, is also a featured speaker, with sports commentator and author John Feinstein as Master of Ceremonies.

The West Point Alumni Glee Club out of Wash, DC will sing for entertainment.  If you come, bring a box of Kleenex – they do “The Mansions of the Lord” from “We Were Soldiers Once & Young.”  Along w/ their own arrangement of “God Bless the USA,” courtesy of a royalty free approval from Lee Greenwood.

Click here to register and pay online.

Click here for a form to print and send in with a check.

Events this week

Athens GOP Meeting: with Richard Woods

August 11 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Country Inn & Suites, 236 Old Epps Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

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Join us on Monday, August 11th at 6:00pm for our monthly GOP meeting at the Country Inn & Suites.  Our guest for the evening will be Richard Woods, candidate for State School Superintendent.  We will also have representatives from the offices of Senator Isakson and Congressman Broun give a presentation on the current Veterans Affairs issues.  At the end of the meeting we will hold the drawing for the Big Green Egg.  Tickets will be available at the meeting.

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Greater Gwinnett GOP Women Meeting

August 11 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

O’Charley’s, 830 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

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Greater Gwinnett Republican Women Meeting

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DeKalb County GOP: Take The Senate Tuesday

August 12 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody, GA 30338

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For the NEXT 13 TUESDAY NIGHTS GATHER AT THE DeKalb GOP HQ to make phone calls for VICTORY. HELP US FIRE HARRY REID AND SEND DAVID PERDUE TO THE US SENATE. Snacks, Pizza, Drinks and Childcare provided.Call ahead if you are planning to bring your kids. Mary Ann Langford (706) 402-4541 Linda Kelley Smith (404) 422-5462

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Houston County GOP: Dinner with Benita Dodd of Georgia Public Policy Foundation

August 12 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

El Bronco, 2067 Watson Blvd, Warner Robins, GA 31093

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Bring your appetite to El Bronco as we welcome Benita Dodd, Vice President of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, as our guest speaker for a special evening meeting of the Houston County GOP. Benita Dodd will address legislation being introduced in the next session of the Georgia Legislative Assembly. Check out her recent op-ed response written to the Macon Telegraph.

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Habersham County GOP Meeting

August 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Aquatic Center,

120 Paul Franklin Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523

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Habersham GOP Monthly Meeting  Contact: 706-239-9136 or[email protected] for more information.

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Whitfield County GOP Meeting

August 12 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N Fredrick St, Dalton, GA 30721

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Whitfield GOP Meeting Contact Chuck Payne, Chairman: 706-271-8212 or [email protected] for more details.

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Buckhead Freedom Coalition & Buckhead YR: An Evening With Sen. John Albers

August 13 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Taco Mac, 573 Main St NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 United States

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The Buckhead Freedom Coalition and the Buckhead Young Republicans will co-host our keynote guest speaker Georgia Senator John Albers who will speak about The Impact of the 2014 Elections on Issues Facing Georgia. We encourage especially the Atlanta Young Republicans, all tea party activists, and 912 members to join us for this epic event. Find us on facebook at [email protected] and RSVP or call/text 404-422-0675 for more information.

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Sen. Johnny Isakson: Dublin – Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meeting

August 14 @ 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

McGrath Keen Sr. Conference Center, Dublin-Laurens Co. Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Belleview Avenue, Dublin, GA 31021

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Veteran-Focused Town Hall Meetings As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson remains in close contact with the Atlanta VA and the veterans’ health care facilities in our state. During the Senate state work period, he will visit veterans’ health care facilities across Georgia, and will hold a series of veteran-focused town hall meetings that will be open to the public.

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August 14 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Big Sky Buckhead, 3201 Cains Hill Place NW, Atlanta , GA 30305

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Join us for a Young Professionals fundraiser in support of Governor Deal’s re-election campaign. Guest tickets – $25 Admission to the event. Sponsor Level – $250  Sponsor our Deal for Governor Young Professional’s fundraiser at Big Sky in Buckhead on Thursday, August 14th. Host Level – $1,000  Become a Deal for Governor Young Professional “Host” and sponsor all 3 upcoming YP fundraisers this fall (August, September, and October). You may mail your contribution to: Deal for Governor P.O. Box 2495…

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Harris County GOP Meeting

August 14 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

VFW, 7379 U.S. 27, Cataula, GA 31804

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Harris County GOP August Meeting  Meals, Snacks and Beverages available. Contact: 706-464-7228 or [email protected] for more information.

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Rep. Doug Collins: Blue Ridge – Town Hall

August 14 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fannin High School Performing Arts Center, 360 Rebel Circle, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Congressman Doug Collins will hold three public town hall meetings in August.  All residents of Georgia’s 9th Congressional District are invited to attend

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Fayette GOP Women – Dinner

August 14 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville, GA 30214+ Google Map

  If you would like to know what the Fayette County schools will be: teaching? their goals? end results?    If so, plan to attend the GFRWC meeting on Thursday, August 14th to  hear Dr. Jody Barrow, Fayette County Superintendent of Schools, answer these questions and your questions. Contact Debbie Dickinson at 404-376-4132

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DeKalb County GOP Executive Committee Meeting

August 14 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

DeKalb GOP HQ, 1532 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30338+ Google Map

DGOP Executive Committee Meeting This is the regular meeting of the whole Exec. Committee.  All are welcome, but only members of the Executive Committee may vote. If you are a member of the committee who cannot attend, please give your proxy to a member that can.  Proxy forms are located under the main menu in the left column of this page.  All agenda items must be submitted to Chairman Linda Smith by 4pm on the day of the meeting. Contact…

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Oglethorpe County GOP Meeting – Sen. Bill Jackson

August 14 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Oglethorpe County Library, 858 Athens Rd, Lexington, GA 30648+ Google Map

State Sen. Bill Jackson is speaking, others are pending. Hopefully, several statewide elected officials in the months leading up to the election as well. Stay tuned! Also, information on Party Headquarters for us to use from Labor Day to Election Day. Please plan to attend and bring a friend. The meeting is open to the public. We will have refreshments and fellowship after the meeting. If any questions please contact us at the numbers below. Contact: 706-897-0892 or [email protected] for…

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 8, 2014

The first printed copy of the Declaration of Independence arrived in Savannah on August 8, 1776 and was read publicly for the first time on August 10, 1776.

On August 8, 1863, General Robert E. Lee offered his resignation in a letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, following the Battle of Gettysburg.

Herman E. Talmadge was born on August 9, 1913, son of Eugene Talmadge, who later served as Governor. Herman Talmadge himself served as Governor and United States Senator from Georgia.

The first Georgia state Motor Fuel Tax was enacted on August 10, 1921, when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed legislation imposing a one-cent per gallon tax.

On August 8, 1925, Georgia Governor Clifford Walker signed legislation outlawing the brazen act of dancing publicly on Sunday.

On August 8, 1929, Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman signed legislation placing on the ballot for Fulton and Campbell County voters a merger of the two.

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The old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn, Georgia.

Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew were nominated for President and Vice President by the Republican National Convention on August 8, 1968.

On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned, effective at noon the next day.

On August 9, 1988, President Ronald Reagan announced his nomination of Dr. Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, succeeding William Bennett. Cavazos was the first Hispanic to serve in a Presidential Cabinet position. Interestingly, he was born on the King Ranch.

On August 9, 1990, voters in the City of Athens and Clarke County chose to unify the two governments into Athens-Clarke County government.

Jerry Garcia died on August 9, 1995 of a heart attack in Forrest Knolls, California. I was in a record store in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia after work when I heard of his death.

Department of Errata

The North Fulton GOP Breakfast is on hiatus for the summer, so there is no meeting this weekend. My bad.

As an apology, I will pay for the breakfast of the first five GaPundit readers tomorrow morning at the DeKalb County Republican Party meet-and-greet with Republican candidate for State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Tell them to put it on my tab.

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The Phoenix Air Gulfstream III that was used to transport two Ebola patients from Liberia has returned to its hangar in Cartersville – Daily Tribune.

Clint Hinton of Dacula, Ga was named a member of the Krieghoff All-American Sporting Clays Team, a position he has held every year since 2011; he is also a member of the 2014 NRA All American Shotgun Team – Gwinnett Daily Post.

Libertarian candidate for Governor Andrew Hunt spoke to the Gwinnett Tea Party meeting this week – Gwinnett Daily Post.

A memorial to 42 Georgia National Guard members who were killed during the Global War on Terror was dedicated at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta on Wednesday – Marietta Daily Journal.

Some Marietta residents are complaining that the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals is treating a City Council member more favorably than they treat others because of his position – Marietta Daily Journal.

Discussions over the merger of Savannah and Chatham County police departments appears to be getting testy, according to Mayor Edna Jackson – Savannah Morning News.

Lady Antebellum has been selected for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted on Oct. 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, with Georgia Public Broadcasting televising the ceremony live – Augusta Chronicle.

Augusta owns goats? Who knew. The six goats are currently undergoing veterinary care but will be “deployed” to maintain vegetation at a retention pond on Monday; Apparently, “goat herder” is now a legitimate government job description – Augusta Chronicle.

Chatham County Republican Party has 100 free tickets to the August 16th game between the 2013 South Atlantic League Champion Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greenville Drive, sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens, Rep. Ben Watson, Sen. Buddy Carter, and Jesse Petrea –

A former starting fullback with the University of Georgia’s 1976 SEC Championship team is among three finalists for Superintendent of Chattahoochee County Schools – Ledger-Enquirer.

Army Captain Jeremy Haynes, from Dougherty County, was wounded in the attack in Afghanistan that killed Major General Harold Green, whose aide Haynes was – Albany Herald.

Historic properties in Chatsworth, Georgia will be open on Saturday when the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will be telling about the city’s history – Dalton Daily Citizen.

A referendum on using SPLOST funds to purchase a new location for the library and use the current library site for recreation will be on the ballot for voters in Temple, Georgia – Times-Georgian.

Douglasville City Council voted to raise the millage rate by 50 percent to 5.784 mills – Douglas County Sentinel.

The Georgia State Ethics Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission might as well move to Cherokee County, as a new rounds of ethics allegations against former Canton TEA Party leader Carolyn Cosby has been filed – Cherokee Tribune.

The State Board of Education will hold a public meeting on Common Core 13th on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Alexander High School in Douglasville – Times-Herald.

Taxes and an incredible claim by John Eaves

After the Fulton County Commission voted to raise the millage rate by 17%, six members and one former member of the State House of Representatives filed two lawsuits claiming the tax hike is in contravention of state law.

“We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests,” said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton. “We’re committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers.”

In addition, Atlanta resident Teresa Proctor filed a lawsuit Thursday in the same court. She also is challenging the whether commissioners had the legal authority to raise taxes and is seeking class-action status for the litigation on behalf of all Fulton County property owners.

County Commission Chairman John Eaves, who supported the tax increase, said he was disappointed the lawmakers sued Fulton “for doing what every other city and county in this state has been allowed to do, which is to do everything a local government can do to keep itself on sound financial footing as it strives to maintain a consistent level of service to the constituents it serves.”

Eaves said commissioners “listened to extensive input from residents and took their concerns into account when members cast their votes.”

“No other county should have its rights to govern its own affairs trampled upon by outside entities,” he said.

Last year, the General Assembly approved a tax cap for Fulton – part of a flurry of legislation inspired by concerns that the county spends too much money. Opponents of tax increases say the county should cut spending to balance its budget.

The cap prohibits Fulton from raising property tax rates until 2015. After that, it requires a super-majority of commissioners (five of seven members) to approve a tax increase.

Jones, the primary author, said the legislation is based on a 1951 local constitutional amendment that grants the General Assembly broad authority over Fulton property taxes.

Here comes the real craziness, from Chairman John Eaves, via mass email:

Long before the issue arose with the millage increase, Fulton County Commissioners repealed HB 604 as it represented an infringement upon its authority to govern its own affairs.

House Bill 604 was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed by Governor Deal. The claim by Fulton County Chairman that the Fulton County Commission has authority to repeal legislation passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor is patently absurd. It is clear that Eaves has taken a page from President Obama’s playbook.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 7, 2014

General George Washington created the Purple Heart on August 7, 1982. Click here for an interesting history of the award.

On August 7, 1790, a delegation of Creeks met with the United States Secretary of War and signed the Treaty of New York, ceding all land between the Ogeechee and Oconee Rivers to Georgia.

Theodore Roosevelt, who served as President from 1901 to 1909, was nominated for President by the Progressive Party, also called the Bull Moose Party, on August 7, 1912.

On August 7, 1942, Marine forces landed at Guadalcanal.

Voters ratified a new version of the State Constitution on August 7, 1945. Among the new features was the establishment of the State Board of Corrections to ensure humane conditions.

The board was directed to be more humane in its treatment of prisoners and abolished whippings, leg irons, and chains. Until 1945, prisoners in Georgia could expect to have heavy steel shackles put on by a blacksmith upon arrival. They were then taken out to work under severe conditions.

The caravan bearing 43 ounces of Dahlonega gold to be used in covering the Georgia State Capitol dome reached the Capitol and delivered it to Governor Marvin Griffin on August 7, 1958.

On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which would be used as the legal basis for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Uber and Guber

Uber petition

The Republican National Committee currently has a petition online to support Uber.

Our country was built on the entrepreneurial spirit. Our cities deserve innovative and effective solutions without government getting in the way.

That’s what innovative businesses like Uber provide. And that’s why our cities need Uber.

But across the country, taxi unions and liberal government bureaucrats are setting up roadblocks, issuing strangling regulations and implementing unnecessary red tape to block Uber from doing business in their cities.

We must stand up for our free market principles, entrepreneurial spirit and economic freedom.

Show your support for Uber by signing the petition today.

Meanwhile, I’m starting a service for rural areas where you can catch a ride in the bed of someone else’s pickup truck. It’s called Guber. Like its namesake, Uber, it also runs afoul of Georgia law, as riding in the bed of a pickup without a seat belt is against the law.

Maybe it’s time to bring back the Subaru BRAT.

Subaru Brat Rear Seats

House Resolution 1805 created a House Study Committee on For-Hire Transportation Services to discuss ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Its members are:

Rep. Alan Powell, Chairman
Rep. John Carson
Rep. Emory Dunahoo
Rep. Lynne Riley
Rep. Dale Rutledge

Are you from Tennessee?

Tennessee voters head to the polls today in what is being called “The Tea Party’s Last Stand” after most incumbents have won their primaries this year.

Jamie Dupree answers the question of why Tennessee’s election is being held on a Thursday:

The original Constitution for the state of Tennessee has this in section 5 of the document:

“The first election for senators and representatives shall commence on the second Thursday of March next, and shall continue for that and the succeeding day, and the next election shall commence on the first Thursday of August, 1797, and shall continue on that and the succeeding day; and forever after election shall be held once in two years, commencing on the first Thursday in August and terminating the succeeding day.”


The gambling ship that ran aground off the Georgia coast has been cleared to sail again after an inspection – Savannah Morning News.

In San Francisco, a candidate for Board of Supervisors was campaigning and doing media interviews naked in his campaign against incumbent Scott Wiener – Savannah Morning News.

Protests against the School of the Americas at Fort Benning will have to be revised as the post commander has asked Columbus police to keep the main gate clear this year – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

After Dublin Mall security told a running group they couldn’t pray publicly at the mall, a prayer rally will be held in the right of way tonight from 6-7 PM – Macon Telegraph.

Congressman Rob Woodall voted for a border-security measure and signed a letter to the Obama Administration asking about refugee resettlement in Georgia, and also held a town hall in conjunction with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Last week, the 2014 National Immigration Score Card — a measure of elected representatives’ votes on immigration-related legislation — was released.

“Unfortunately your score is at zero percent so far,” Gonzales said. “We’re here tonight because we want to work with you to help improve that.”

Woodall went to work immediately, engaging the audience and explaining his stance on several issues, including immigration reform.

“The only immigration policy I’m interested in is the one that builds the absolute strongest America possible,” Woodall said.

While acknowledging there will be areas of disagreement, Woodall said he believes a common goal exists.

“What folks agree on is that the future of this country is the only thing that matters,” he said.

Woodall added that his office has worked with hundreds of constituents regarding immigration-related casework and dealt with more than 37,000 immigration-related letters, phone calls, faxes and emails.

“We don’t care what your politics are, we don’t care what your status is,” Woodall said. “We care whether or not the law is on your side because the law exists to protect us all equally.”

An economist speaking to the Georgia Forestry Association predicted a rosy short-term future for Georgia tree farmers – Rome News-Tribune.

Carroll County Commissioners dropped the idea of putting Sunday package sales on the November Ballot – Times-Georgian.

Newnan will host a traveling exhibit of photos of Georgians who were killed in action – Newnan Times-Herald.

The exhibit, titled “Remembering Our Fallen,” opens with ceremonies Sunday and will be on display and open to the public from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 at the Jackson-Pless Armory, located on Armory Road next to Newnan High School. Those weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., people will be able to visit the Armory and view military and personal photos of the 200 Georgian men and women who have been killed in the war.

I viewed this exhibit when it was in the Sloppy Floyd towers lobby across from the State Capitol. It’s moving, and the hand-written messages from friends and family that were left were heart-wrenching.

After his owner died, a dog from Chatsworth, Georgia will be returned to Georgia – Dalton Daily Citizen.

Georgia was named as one of five states with high rates of documented discrimination in voting procedures – Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Governor Nathan Deal ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Georgia State Capitol to honor the life of Phil Foil – via Facebook, photo by Teresa Cantrell.

Half Staff Phil Foil