VIDEO – Jack Kingston Senate: TV Commercial “Work or Welfare”

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Jack Kingston: Work or Welfare

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In the fourth television ad of his bid for U.S. Senate, Jack Kingston highlights his proposals to establish work requirements for able-bodied individuals on public assistance.

The ad, entitled “Work,” features Kingston speaking directly to camera to underscore his belief that a strong work ethic is essential to reigniting America’s economy.

“As Senator, Jack Kingston will work to ensure public assistance programs are a bridge to self-sufficiency and not a permanent entitlement,” said Kingston Campaign Manager Chris Crawford.  “He has led the fight in the House and is ready to get the job done in the Senate.”

Promoting work over welfare is a tenet of Kingston’s six-point plan to unify the country and restore the American Dream.

Georgia’s jobless rate falls to 7.0 percent in March |

eorgia’s unemployment rate declined to 7.0 percent in March from 7.1 percent in February to hit the lowest level since September 2008, the state labor department said Thursday.

“This is the ninth month in a row that Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement. “It’s down because we continue to see employers creating more jobs and laying off fewer workers. We added 27,400 jobs, which is the most February-to-March job growth we’ve seen in 10 years.”

The number of jobs increased to 4,064,200 in March, up 0.7 percent from February.

Most of the job gains came in leisure and hospitality — 8,400 new jobs; professional and business services — 6,600; trade, transportation and warehousing — 6,100; manufacturing — 2,400; education and health services — 1,300; government — 900; and construction — 700.

Over the past year, the number of jobs increased by 69,000, or 1.7 percent, from March 2013. A year ago, the jobless rate was 8.4 percent.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for April 17, 2014

The Trustees of the Georgia colony learned on April 17, 1737 that Spain had 4000 soliders and two warships in Havana, Cuba and was planning on invading Georgia or South Carolina. Thus began the rivalry between then-Spanish occupied Florida and Georgia. Floridians would have to wait until after the 1873 invention of blue jeans by Levi Strauss to develop their modern uniform of jean shorts.

On April 17, 1944, a fifteen-year old Martin Luther King, Jr., a junior at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, traveled to Dublin, Georgia to give a speech in a contest sponsored by the local black Elks club. During the bus ride to Dublin, King and his teacher had to give up their seats to white riders and stand for much of the ride. King won the contest, delivering his oration, “The Negro and the Constitution.”

On April 17, 1950, the United States Supreme Court dismissed South v. Peters, a complaint against Georgia’s County Unit System of elections.

Each county is allotted a number of unit votes, ranging from six for the eight most populous counties, to two for most of the counties. The candidate who receives the highest popular vote in the county is awarded the appropriate number of unit votes. Appellants, residents of the most populous county in the State, contend that their votes and those of all other voters in that county have on the average but one-tenth the weight of those in the other counties. Urging that this amounts to an unconstitutional discrimination against them, appellants brought this suit to restrain adherence to the statute in the forthcoming Democratic Party primary for United States Senator, Governor and other state offices. The court below dismissed appellants’ petition. We affirm.

On April 17, 1964, the Ford Mustang debuted at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The world has been a better, if somewhat louder, place ever since. To honor fifty years of the quintessential American car, Ford cut up a 2015 Mustang and reassembled it at the top of the Empire State Building.

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Jack Kingston drops new ad this morning


“On Georgia roads like this, I drove thousands of miles selling business insurance.  I helped grow a small company into one that employed over 500 people. 

“Hard work built our economy but today too many choose a hand out rather than a hand up. 

“That’s why my plan requires able-bodied adults on welfare and food stamps to work for their benefits.  It’s good for them and for taxpayers. 

“I’m Jack Kingston and I approve this message.”

Pennington becomes cautionary tale

Four pro-tips arise from the disastrous press conference held by now further-marginalized candidate for Governor David Pennington.
You can watch video of the exchange here. I would embed it, but WSB videos start playing automatically when the page loads, and that’s annoying.

Jim Galloway sets the stage, describing the announcement:

Former Dalton Mayor David Pennington’s “major announcement” turned into one of the most bizarre events of the campaign season. It featured a hand-lettered sign, a few rather confused reporters, snickering Gov. Nathan Deal staffers and a made-for-TV interruption from the governor’s attorney.

Deal attorney Randy Evans actually spoke longer than Pennington (and that hand-drawn sign challenging Deal to a debate was at his side for part of it.) Here’s how it unfolded.

Pennington, surrounded by a gaggle of reporters and TV camera crews, stood just outside Deal’s second-floor statehouse office to challenge Deal to meet him for a debate or drop out of the race. He said Deal is so “poisoning the well” for state Republicans that Democrat Jason Carter could pull out a victory.

One reporter asked the tea party candidate what, exactly, his major announcement was. Pennington said he would leave a formal invitation to Deal to attend the upcoming debates and urged the governor to pack it in if he didn’t.

Evans, standing on the sidelines, jumped in to challenge Pennington to unseal federal court records related to a potential bankruptcy of a company he once ran. And he asked the former mayor whether he would release tax returns, which prompted Pennington to eventually agree to disclose five years’ worth.

The attorney then took the podium after reporters exhausted their questions for Pennington.

First is a lesson learned by General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg – it is much more difficult to attack the other side on their own territory, especially if you are out-gunned.

ohn Buford and his few hundred Union cavalry men arrived early and secured the high ground at Gettysburg.  Through the advantage of their elevated position, they were able to successfully hold off superior forces.

When you go against a sitting Governor using the Capitol as a venue, you have ceded the high ground. When Randy Evans shows up for the other side, you are almost certainly out-gunned.

Second, plan your work and work your plan without getting distracted by the other side. Pennington loses control of the press conference the moment he recognizes Randy Evans. If it’s your event, there’s no reason to give up control or allow your opponent to take the podium.

Third, 24 hours notice gives the other side time to plan a counter and execute it.

Fourth, visual aids can help or hurt the point you’re trying to make. There is a time and place for hand-lettered signs, and that’s usually in the crowd showing organic grassroots support. This should be encouraged. But as visual aids in a press conference, they can look amateur. The same information, profesionally printed, mounted, and on a stand might have helped make your point visually.

Fifth, the super-secret, high-profile press conference for a challenger in the single digits might work one time, but it won’t work again. Without the spectacle of a lawyer challenging the press conference, this might have been productive – next time you try this, the only reason any press might show up is in hope of a repeat of the confrontation; otherwise they’ll have a hard time taking it seriously.

Meanwhile, Governor Deal was in Macon, congratulating the Mercer Bears basketball team on their performance in the NCAA tournament.

Deal’s campaign has also released a new ad called “One” and put a million dollars worth of television time behind it.

It’s a good commercial for this time, setting a positive tone and discussing economic development and job creation. But how much more awesome would it have been with this background music?

State Senator Buddy Carter has also released a new ad in his bid for First Congressional District.

Events Calendar

Sen. Mike Dugan Campaign Kick-off

April 17, 2014, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sam and Rosco’s, 7450 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville, GA 30135

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Senator Mike Dugan Campaign Kick-off Please help support State Senator Mike Dugan!

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The Cherokee County Black Republican Council: Inaugural Meeting

April 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Clubhouse of the Village at Town Lake, 310 Gray Shingle Lane, Woodstock, GA 31059

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You’re invited to the Inaugural Meeting of The Cherokee County Black Republican Council 5:30 pm Business Meeting 6:00 pm Black Conservatives Roundtable: “Race in American Politics, Will It Ever End?” Live Broadcast/Taping of “the black & white of it” Internet Talk Show Meeting Is Free and Open to All Who Believe and Support African-American Participation in the Republican Party and Conservative Movement. Mr. Conrad Quagilaroli, Chairman, Cherokee County Tea Party.

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Sen. Jack Murphy: Campaign Reception

April 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Danny Reid’s Barn, 6844 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 30040

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  Reception honoring  Senator Jack Murphy - Chair-Regulated Industries & Utilities Host $1,000 | Sponsor $500 | Patron $250 | Guest $50 RSVP to Denise Deal at 678-617-1625

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Dekalb Candidates Meet & Greet at The Grove!

April 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Grove, 2761 LaVista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

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Dekalb candidates for School Board, State Superintendent, and House and Senate districts will be at The Grove this Thursday for a Happy Hour Meet & Greet! Please make plans to attend and meet the folks running to represent you from Dekalb County! Candidates appearing include: John Oselette for DeKalb Board of Education Don McChesney for Dekalb BOE Stan Jester for Dekalb BOE Jim Duffie for GA House 81 Greg Williams for GA Senate 42

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Lee County GOP: Meeting

April 17, 2014 5:45 PM @ 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Meatslangers Bar-B-Que, 1346 U.S. 19, Leesburg, GA 31763

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Lee County Republican Party April Meeting  Attendees may purchas food, but are advised to come early and make their order prior to the meeting, also meetings will now be limited to one hour. .Please inform your family and friends about our meetings and invite them to come along. Contact: [email protected] for more information.

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Oconee County GOP: Local Candidate Forum

April 17, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

City Hall, 191 VFW Dr, Watkinsville, GA 30677

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Oconee GOP Local Candidate Forum  Fitz Johnson, Candidate for State School Superintendent Post 2 Candidates  BOC Post 3 Candidates Contact: 706-202-7690 or [email protected] for more information.

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Franklin County GOP: Meeting with Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Alan Powell, & Nancy Jester

April 17, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

El Parian Mexican Restaurant, 9595 Lavonia Road, Carnesville, GA 30521

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Franklin County GOP Meeting US Rep. Doug Collins  State Representative Alan Powell – Legislative Update Nancy Jester, Candidate for State School Superintendent Local Candidates for Board of Education Adam Sheridan, Paul Broun for Senate Campaign  Contact: 706-244-0402 or [email protected] for more information.

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Coweta County GOP: PSC Candidates Forum

April 17, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Golden Corral, 605 Bullsboro Dr, Newnan, GA 30263

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Coweta County GOP – PSC Candidates Forum  Confirmed Candidates: Douglas Kidd, Craig Lutz, Bubba McDonald Details: Forum for candidates for Public Service Commission District 4 – Northern. The Forum will run from 6:30 to 8:00PM, admission is free, to reserve your seats, contact Coweta GOP Chairman Brant Frost V. at: [email protected] or 678-326-9705 to reserve seats or for more information.

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Forsyth County GOP: GA House District 26 Debate

April 17, 2014, @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Forsyth County Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30040

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Debate – Georgia House District 26 (Geoff Duncan, Tom Knox)

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Cobb GOP Women: Candidate Forum – House Districts 34 & 44, Cobb Superior Court Judge, & Cobb Solicitor General

April 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cobb County Commission Meeting Room , 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, GA 30090

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Cobb County Republican Women’s Club Campaign Forums Candidates for State Representative for House Districts 34 and 44, Candidates for Cobb Superior Court Judge, and Candidates for Cobb Solicitor General Televised Live on Channel 23

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Gwinnett County GOP: State School Superintendent Forum

April 17, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive , Lawrenceville, GA 30046

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Senator Jim Tysinger Saturday Morning Breakfast Forum

April 19, 2014, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Panera Bread, 2100 Henderson Mill Rd NE, Atlanta , GA 30345

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Senator Jim Tysinger Saturday Morning Breakfast Forum A non-partisan breakfast administered by long time Republicans and moderated by Bob Dallas, the Senator Jim Tysinger Saturday Morning Breakfast Forum has been one of the longest serving and best political breakfast forums in the state. A fixture in North Atlanta and DeKalb County for more than 30 years. Everyone is welcome, free to attend, a voluntary $3 donation is requested, not mandatory. Contact: [email protected] for more information. Tweet

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Bulloch County GOP: Gov. Nathan Deal Meet & Greet

April 19, 2014, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

RJ’s Seafood and Steaks, 434 S Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458

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The Bulloch County Republican Party would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a Meet and Greet with Governor Nathan Deal Gov. Deal Meet and Greet RJ’s Seafood and Steaks Saturday, April 19 8:30 – 10 a.m. Tweet

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GA GOP: US Senate Primary Debate / Augusta

April 19, 2014, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Columbia County Exhibition Center, 212 Partnership Drive, Grovetown, GA 30813

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The Georgia Republican Party has partnered with District and County GOP organizations to host a series of U.S. Senate debates across Georgia. The debate in Augusta will be held at the Columbia County Exhibition Center. Tickets are free, but will be required to guarantee admission. Get your tickets at the Eventbrite link below: Doors will open at 11:00am – Seating is first-come, first-serve There will be food and gift vendors available prior to the debate. There will be a…

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April 20, 2014

Christ the Lord is Risen Today  - Hallelujah!

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SOS Brian Kemp: 21 April Voter Registration Deadline for 20 May Primary Election

April 21, 2014

Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Georgians of April 21 Voter Registration Deadline for the May 20th Primary Election Atlanta – Secretary of State Brian Kemp wants to remind Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21stin order to participate in the May 20th Primary Election. “Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20th Primary Election,” said Kemp.  “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.” Georgians…

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Adoptable Georgia Dogs for April 17, 2014


I can think of few missions more worthy of supporting today than Veterans K9 Solutions, which adopts dogs from shelter death rows, trains them as service dogs, and places them in home of veterans free of charge.

The founder’s van, which is equipped to safely transport the dogs, lost its transmission, and without repair will negatively impact the group’s mission. Normally a $2200 repair, local mechanics are donating their time and skills, but they’re asking for help to pay for roughly $500 in parts needed for the repair work.

Instead of that 48-shot super-espresso frappalatte, your donation of $25, $10, $5 or even $2 is a two-fer. You can save the lives of dogs, and also those of wounded veterans who need service dogs. If you’ve been saving money from whatever you gave up for Lent but havent’s decided where it will go, here’s your chance to help dogs and veterans in need.

Please click here to donate today!

Note that donation link is for the account of Dog Networking Agents, another rescue group that has volunteered to act as online processors for Veterans K9 Solutions. Please put “van” in the memo/content section so your donation gets to the right place.

You may also mail a check written to Veterans K9 Solutions to:

Taylor Bryant

1873 Engle Road

Augusta GA 30906

Any funds donated above and beyond the required parts cost will be given to the Veterans K9 Solutions group for their expenses in providing the gift of a trained service dog to our veterans in need.

Lexi is a ten-year old female Dachshund who weighs ten pounds. She is sweet, mellow and affectionate and is in need of a new home. Lexi is available for adoption from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Georgia.

DaisyDaisy (above) and Minnie (below) are sweet 2-month old Miniature Pinscher mix puppies. Each weighs about six pounds. They are available for adoption singly or as a matched pair from Walton County Animal Shelter in Monroe, Ga.


GA 1 – Buddy Carter Congress: It Is Time For A Balanced Budget And The FairTax

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From Buddy Carter Congress:

It Is Time For A Balanced Budget And The FairTax

This administration is out of control with spending and has used the IRS to force its own political agenda. It is time for a change. As tax day has come and gone, it is time to rethink our outdated tax system. Buddy Carter supports meaningful tax reform. The FairTax and a balanced budget amendment would put America back on track.

“Americans work hard and deserve better than a federal government who uses an activist IRS as its collection agency and watchdog,” said Senator Buddy Carter.  “It is time to abolish the IRS and adopt The FairTax. Continue reading

Gov. Nathan Deal: Signs Bill Increasing Rural Health Care Providers

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From Governor Nathan Deal:

Deal signs bill increasing rural health care providers

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law House Bill 998, legislation that will expand the Georgia Medical Student Scholarship program and increase the number of practice opportunities for health care providers in rural areas.

“Georgia’s Medical Student Scholarship program allows for us to retain our best and brightest medical doctors while also increasing access to quality medical care in Georgia’s most rural areas,” Deal said. “No medical student educated in Georgia should find themselves without job opportunities in their home state after graduation. Continue reading

GA 11 – Bob Barr Congress: Has Strong Fundraising Quarter

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From Bob Barr Congress:

Barr Has Strong Fundraising Quarter

Nearly $125,000 Cash On Hand

Bob Barr, who represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 and is a candidate to return to the Congress from the 11th District, filed another strong financial report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  Barr’s first quarter report revealed his campaign received more than $121,150 in the first three months of the year, and had nearly $125,000 cash on hand remaining.

Derek Barr, Barr’s campaign manager, noted that “the broad base of support for Bob’s campaign is evident in the fact that more than 500 individual donors contributed to his campaign from January 1st to March 31st.” Continue reading

Major League Soccer: Names Atlanta as 22nd franchise – 2017 Debut

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From MLS Soccer  and MLS Atlanta:

MLS is headed to the ATL.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Wednesday that Atlanta has been awarded the league’s 22nd team, the culmination of six years of courtship between the league and the one of the nation’s most diverse and influential markets.

The expansion team – which will begin play in the 2017 season – will be owned by Arthur Blank, the co-founder of The Home Depot and the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. A state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium in downtown Atlanta will house both the Falcons and the new MLS franchise on artificial turf, and is expected to host more than 29,000 fans for soccer matches upon its completion.

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Randy Evans: 2014 Georgia General Assembly – No Surprises

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From Randy Evans: The Evans Report

2014 Georgia General Assembly: No surprises

First, “get it done.” On March 20, weeks if not months before many prior sessions of the General Assembly ended, House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle declared sine die – ending the 152nd Session of the Georgia General Assembly – just 65 days after convening on Jan. 14.

Under Georgia’s Constitution, the Georgia legislature can only remain in session for a total of 40 legislative days. In the end, the General Assembly was in session 40 days out of a maximum total 65 calendar days, including weekends and snow days, even with two winter super storms forcing unexpected pauses in the legislative march toward an early ending. Now, that is a “get it done” attitude in action. Continue reading