A new GOP force in the wide-open Senate race | Political Insider blog

A new group called the Senate Battleground Fund held its first fundraiser Sunday evening, and it was a big one. The event featured ex-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus at the Buckhead home of Jeff Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler, the power couple behind the takeover of the New York Stock Exchange.

Organizers say the more than $1 million the fund raised, plus takings from other planned events, will be used to boost the eventual GOP nominee – whoever he or she may be.

“It’s important that Republicans hold on to the Senate seat in Georgia as we look to a year where Republicans have a good chance at taking the Senate majority,” said Eric Tanenblatt, the well-known GOP insider who helped organize the event with Fred Cooper. “And the fact that Gov. Romney and Chairman Priebus joined Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss at this event, it shows the importance and significance of the Georgia race to winning a Senate majority.”

Republicans need to pick up six seats to control the Senate, but losing a GOP-held seat in Georgia would be a blow to their efforts. The group is a joint fundraising committee between the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and we’re told both groups will likely divvy up the funds to back the GOP nominee and target Democratic frontrunner Michelle Nunn.

via A new GOP force in the wide-open Senate race | Political Insider blog.

Where’s Michelle?: Nunn in Chicago to Collect Big Checks from Big Liberal Washington Insiders

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(Atlanta, GA) – Once again, Michelle Nunn has abandoned Georgia voters in favor of rubbing elbows with wealthy liberals – this time in President Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s wife, Amy Rule, is hosting a fundraiser for her there today, the latest sign that the Obama Machine is going all in for Michelle Nunn. Continue reading

Georgia Right to Life: Effectiveness Challenged

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Georgia Right to Life’s Effectiveness Challenged

Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) President Dan Becker today expressed disappointment that a local group is challenging its effectiveness as a pro-life advocacy group in Georgia. The group called, “Georgia Life Alliance,” served notice GRTL that it will seek to replace GRTL’s membership at the National Right to Life Board (NRLC) at that organization’s March 29 meeting.

GRTL became an affiliate of NRLC in 1971. NRLC has mentored, guided and helped GRTL in many ways.  Much of our success has been aided by their efforts.

“This newly formed organization claims it will do a better job of promoting, pursuing and achieving the primary goals of National Right to Life (NRLC).” Becker said. “That’s unbelievable since our guiding principles are the same as NRLC’s.” Continue reading

GA Port Authority: Achieves 6 Percent Container Growth

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GPA achieves 6 percent container growth

Similar strength predicted through Q4

 The Georgia Ports Authority has moved more than 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) so far this fiscal year (July-February), for an increase of 6.2 percent or an additional 119,318 TEUs.

“The strong growth experienced throughout our business sectors this fiscal year demonstrates the resilience and strength of the Southeast market, and a positive return on the continued investments in Georgia’s ports, rail, roads and logistical supply chain,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the authority board Monday. Continue reading

Georgia Ports Authority achieves 6 percent container growth

Similar strength predicted through Q4

Savannah, Ga. – March 24, 2014 – The Georgia Ports Authority has moved more than 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) so far this fiscal year (July-February), for an increase of 6.2 percent or an additional 119,318 TEUs.

“The strong growth experienced throughout our business sectors this fiscal year demonstrates the resilience and strength of the Southeast market, and a positive return on the continued investments in Georgia’s ports, rail, roads and logistical supply chain,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the authority board Monday. Continue reading

How Georgia Democrats should confront a Confederate flag license plate – The Washington Post

Drew Westen is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University and the author of “The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.”

Republicans have perfected the dark art of exploiting racial divisions in the South. In the late 1960s, Richard Nixon and the GOP’s “Southern Strategy” capitalized on white resentment of civil rights legislation and school desegregation, along with anxiety about violence in the streets, to attract white Southern voters. Ronald Reagan railed against “welfare queens” and the erosion of “states’ rights,” which had long been code for freedom to discriminate. In the decades since, Republicans have found new ways to demagogue racial division, successfully appealing to a voting bloc that didn’t consider supporting the party of Lincoln for a century after the Civil War — or the War of the Northern Aggression, as I learned of it growing up in Georgia.

This year, the strategy has taken the form of a debate about custom license plates — in particular, a Georgia license plate sporting a broad, bold display of the Confederate battle flag. Democrats have traditionally struggled to counter such race-baiting. And Republicans are wasting no time in running Southern pride and prejudice up the flagpole against the two most promising Democrats to run for statewide office in Georgia in a decade: Jason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter and a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination; and Michelle Nunn, daughter of the popular Democratic senator Sam Nunn and a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who will try to hold on to his seat against Carter in November, has endorsed the Confederate-flag plate. “Hopefully those who take offense at it will look at the fact that it is a part of a cultural heritage of our state,” he said. Carter has yet to take a stand, and as polls show him moving into the lead over the governor, this may not be the right moment. Nunn hasn’t weighed in, either.

Too often, Democrats have dealt with racial issues by avoiding them. Research shows that’s the wrong strategy, particularly in the South. Speaking directly about race allows our conscious values — which tend to be intolerant of racial intolerance, even in the heart of Dixie — to override our unconscious prejudices, which control our behavior when we’re not looking, or when other people aren’t, as in the voting booth. The best way to handle this kind of dog-whistle politics is to expose it for what it is.

A successful political message that addresses race or any other divisive issue tends to have three components. The first is a value-laden statement that connects with most voters, making clear that the candidate cares about people like them and understands their ambivalence. The second is a statement raising a concern that makes the average person anxious or angry enough to want to do something about the issue. The third is a statement of hope, wedded to a solution, which suggests that the problem is solvable in a way that reflects the values and interests of ordinary voters.

via How Georgia Democrats should confront a Confederate flag license plate – The Washington Post.

Deal names Muscogee County solicitor general | Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the appointment of Suzanne Goddard as solicitor general of Muscogee County. The vacancy was created by the appointment of the Hon. Benjamin Richardson as State Court judge of Muscogee County. Goddard’s appointment is effective upon swearing-in.

Goddard currently serves as chief assistant solicitor general of Muscogee County. She has worked within the Office of Solicitor General since 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbus College (now Columbus State University) and her law degree from John Marshall Law School.

via Deal names Muscogee County solicitor general | Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for March 24, 2014


Cardio is either a Siberian Husky Mix or an Alaskan Malamute/German Shepherd mix and earned his name when he was found running in the street and it took more than an hour to catch him. Cardio has probably never been inside but he is a smart cookie. He would do great on a farm or if someone would be patient enough to teach him manners. He is a real sweety and has not a mean bone in his body. He was just always on his own but appreciates your love. Cardio is available for adoption from Paws and Stars Animal Rescue in Atlanta, GA.


Forest is an adorable 3 month old Alaskan Malamute & Shepherd Mix pup who is ready to find his new home. He is playful and gets along great with kids, other dogs and cats. Forest is available for adoption from Heart of Georgia Humane Society in Macon, Ga.


Linc is allegedly part Alaskan Malamute & German Shepherd Dog Mix, but I’m frankly not buying the Malamute part of it. He’s a bit of a country song come to life.

Linc’s ideal home would contain a six foot fenced in area where he could spend weather permitting days, and come in at night to a large crate. He prefers to be an only dog. He is aggressive towards small dogs, and most other large dogs. He can sometimes get along with another female dog his size or larger, as long as properly introduced. His best friend in foster care is another HLHR dog named, Seven. Linc will sit on command, walks well on an Easywalk harness and six foot leash, and likes gentle petting. He is not fond of small children, but does ok with children over 12 if properly introduced. Linc needs a home with experience in large, aloof dogs.

Linc is available for adoption from Hickory Level Hound Rescue in Carrollton, Ga.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for March 24, 2014

King George III approved of the passage of the Stamp Act legislation on March 22, 1765 designed to pay for some of the costs the UK incurred in protecting the colonies, but it would lead to the movement that culminated in the American Revolution. No word on where the Myrmidons were on this.

Ten years and one day later, Patrick Henry addressed the Virginia Convention in Richmond on March 23, 1775, stating,  “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

On March 23, 1861, the Georgia Secession Convention adopted a new state Constitution to be submitted to a referendum of the voters on the first Tuesday in July and then adjourned.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act on March 22, 1933, allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages, and later that year, the federal Prohibition was ended.

The first Masters golf tournament began on March 2, 1934 in Augusta, Georgia.

The state prohibition on all alcoholic beverages ended on March 22, 1935 with Governor Eugene Talmadge’s signature of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

Governor E.D. Rivers signed a resolution calling for the return of “General” locomotive made famous in the Great Train Chase from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Georgia. It currently resides in The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia. The other locomotive involved in the chase, The Texas, is displayed at the Atlanta Cyclorama in Grant Park.

On March 24, 1970 the largemouth bass was recognized as the official state fish of Georgia.

The United States Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment on March 22, 1972; it would fail to garner enough state ratifications.

On March 23, 1972, in the case of Gooding v. Wilson, the United States Supreme Court held that a Georgia statute, OCGA § 26-6303, which provided: “Any person who shall, without provocation, use to or of another, and in his presence . . . opprobrious words or abusive language, tending to cause a breach of the peace . . . shall be guilty of a misdemeanor,” was unconstitutionally vague and violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution

On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan called for the development of an anti-missile system that would come to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative.

On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound in Alaska, eventually spilling 11 million gallons of oil and polluting 700 miles of coastal Alaska.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

Statistician Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has compiled a probabalistic model for the 2014 Senate elections and finds that the GOP will likely make some pickups in this year’s General Elections:

We think the Republicans are now slight favorites to win at least six seats and capture the chamber. The Democrats’ position has deteriorated somewhat since last summer, with President Obama’s approval ratings down to 42 or 43 percent from an average of about 45 percent before. Furthermore, as compared with 2010 or 2012, the GOP has done a better job of recruiting credible candidates, with some exceptions.

Factors considered by this FiveThirtyEight Model include:

The national environment. The single best measure of the national political environment, in our view, is the generic congressional ballot. Right now, it shows a rough tie between Democrats and Republicans. That stalemate likely reflects voters’ dislike for both Obama and the Republican Party.

A tie on the generic ballot might not sound so bad for Democrats. But it’s a misleading signal, for two reasons. First, most of the generic ballot polls were conducted among registered voters. Those do not reflect the turnout advantage the GOP is likely to have in November.


In 2010, the Republican turnout advantage amounted to the equivalent of 6 percentage points, meaning a tie on the generic ballot among registered voters translated into a six-point Republican lead among likely voters. The GOP’s edge hadn’t been quite that large in past years. But if the “enthusiasm gap” is as large this year as it was in 2010, Democrats will have a difficult time keeping the Senate.


Candidate quality. The notion of “candidate quality” might sound awfully subjective, but there are sound statistical ways to assess it. Fundraising totals, especially individual contributions, are a good indication of a candidate’s organizational strength. Various systems rate a candidate’s ideology on a left-right scale, based on her voting record or public issue statements, and we can compare those ratings against those of voters in her state. And candidates who have previously held elected office tend to outperform inexperienced ones, controlling for other factors.


State partisanship. As Dan Hopkins wrote at FiveThirtyEight last week, races of all kinds have become more and more correlated with presidential results in recent years. So the Partisan Voting Index (PVI), which compares how a state voted in the past two presidential years against the national popular vote, is also a useful tool for congressional races. At this early point in the cycle, there’s reason to be skeptical of races where the polls are out of step with how the state usually votes; states often revert to their partisan mean once more voters engage with the campaign.

Silver puts Georgia in the category of states that lean Republican but might go Democratic.

Georgia might be the slightly better opportunity [than Kentucky] for Democrats. The Republican primary, to be held May 20, has been a mess in the polling, with any of five different GOP candidates near the top of the race depending on the survey. Their prospects range from [former] Secretary of State Karen Handel, who might be the strongest general-election nominee, to Reps. Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who have amassed conservative enough voting records that they might turn off swing voters even in red Georgia. Democrats are almost certain to nominate Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who has run even with or slightly ahead of the Republicans in scant polling so far.


Ordinarily, we are skeptical of candidates who lack previous experience in elected office, but those from famous political families don’t have the same name-recognition deficit to overcome and can sometimes tap into their families’ networks to raise funds and staff their campaigns.


So our forecast might be thought of as a Republican gain of six seats — plus or minus five. The balance has shifted slightly toward the GOP. But it wouldn’t take much for it to revert to the Democrats, nor for this year to develop into a Republican rout along the lines of 2010.

Here’s Nate Silver on ABC News.

Speaking of Michelle Nunn, this weekend, she blew off yet another public appearance in favor of a private fundraiser.

And just how fancy of an event are we talking about here?  So fancy, that there is a $500-a-plate children’s table.  That must be some pretty chi chi macaroni and cheese.

At the same time she’s hob nobbing with some of Georgia’s wealthiest Democrats, the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats will be hosting a Senate debate.  All of the candidates, including Nunn, were encouraged to attend.  Both State Senator Steen Miles and Dr. Branko Radulovacki, aka Dr. Rad, are attending.  But Nunn opted to shun the Georgia Gwinnett College Democrats – and really all Georgia voters – by declining the debate invitation and is instead shilling for cash with Reed.  So once again, Michelle Nunn is ducking Georgia voters – unless they have a healthy bank account, that is.

Jack Kingston has released what I believe to be his second television commercial of the primary.

The Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff weighs in on Common Core, calling it “Rotten to the Core.”

It’s one of the few things most liberals, moderates and conservatives are agreeing on: Common Core is a terrible idea.


[C]ritics from all points on the political spectrum share similar Common Core concerns: It undermines student individuality and teacher autonomy; puts too much emphasis on standardized tests; and sets the stage for a federal takeover of education.


Isn’t such a federal takeover illegal? Yes. The 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act forbids the feds from meddling in school curriculum development.


But the federal government, as it does too often, found a loophole. A state that agrees to adopt Common Core curriculum increases its likelihood of winning a piece of the more than $4 billion in education grants under Obama’s Race to the Top initiative.


Common Core proponents – money-hungry education bureaucrats, big-business lobbyists and establishment-entrenched politicians from both parties – have tried to discredit critics. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s condescension dripped like condensation last year when he characterized opponents as mostly “white suburban moms” who discovered “all of a sudden, their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought.”


On the contrary – some of Common Core’s most cogent criticism comes from scholars at leading think tanks from the left and right, including the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the Brookings Institution and the Cato Institute.

Governor Nathan Deal appointed Suzanne Goddard Solicitor General for Muscogee County, elevating her from Chief Assistant Solicitor.

Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has written what is my favorite political story of the year so far about the rivalry between Governor Nathan Deal’s campaign, supporting the Mercer Bears, and the Jason Carter insurgency, supporting elitist Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament.

In recognition of Mercer’s win, we will award +5 points for the first sighting of a Robot Photo/Video Bomb in a Georgia campaign or political event this year.

The City of Canton, in Cherokee County, appears poised to hire a new City Manager whom two-thirds of the City Council believe is unqualified for the job.

Legislative Review

I’m still working on the omnibus legislative review, including some more on the Medicinal CBD (Cannabidiol Oil) bill that failed. But I want to talk a little bit now about how our state legislature functioned this year, and how it functions most years.

Despite sky-high, and perhaps half-baked, expectations about the passage of legislation permitting the use of Medicinal CBD oil, experience tells us that the chance of any piece of legislation passing the Georgia General Assembly in any given year are between 1 in 5 and 1 in 20. The bicameral legislature is an American invention designed to impede legislatures from passing bills.

Let me say that again: the reason we have two chambers in the Congress and the General Assembly is to make it more difficult to pass legislation. This is a structural feature of American bicameral legislatures. We shouldn’t be surprised when it works, and legislation fails to pass.

History teaches us this is so. From Federalist Number 62:

Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of the senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation.


The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies, to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders, into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.


Another defect to be supplied by a senate lies in a want of due acquaintance with the objects and principles of legislation. It is not possible that an assembly of men called for the most part from pursuits of a private nature, continued in appointment for a short time, and led by no permanent motive to devote the intervals of public occupation to a study of the laws, the affairs and the comprehensive interests of their country, should, if left wholly to themselves, escape a variety of important errors in the exercise of their legislative trust.

While Georgia’s bicameral legislature differs from the Congress in that Senators serve the same terms as Representatives, it is clear that Georgia’s legislature was modeled on the federal system, that the Senate was instituted to provide an impediment to the House, and that when a bicameral legislature is functioning as it was intended, the result will be fewer bills passing, rather than more.

Read that third paragraph from the Federalist 62 again, where it says that a part-time legislature, as the United States House of Representatives originally was constituted, is prone to “a variety of important errors in the exercise of their legislative trust.”

Am I the only person to whom it has occurred that each Session of the Georgia General Assembly includes at least one incidence of going back and “fixing” something from the last legislature?

Senator Josh McKoon introduced Senate Resolution 876, which would have had the effect of slowing down voting on conference committee reports, which is where much of the sausage is made in the legislature. That resolution didn’t go anywhere, but here’s my two cents. I’d like to see the General Assembly go to a two-year cycle, where the vast majority of bills are required to be introduced in the first year of a legislative session and are eligible for final passage only in the second year, unless a case is made convincingly that it must be passed on a shorter timeline. That would leave more time for the perfection of legislation. If our state has survived this long without whatever bills are being proposed, can’t it wait another year to do it right?

Events Calendar

Newton County GOP: Meeting with Stan Edwards & Jeff Meadows

March 24, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Covington Women’s Club, Covington, GA 30015

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Newton GOP Meeting

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Coweta County GOP: State School Superintendent Forum

March 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Carnegie Library, 2 W Broad St, Newnan , GA 30263

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2014 West Georgia State School Superintendent Citizens’ Issues Forum The Coweta Republican Party is proud to host a citizen’s issues forum for the candidates running for State School Superintendent in beautiful historic downtown Newnan. By organizing events and forums like this, the Coweta GOP seeks to provide voters with more access, more information, and more opportunities to interact with the Republican candidates for State School Superintendent. Confirmed candidates: Mary Kay Bacallao, Ashley Bell, Mike Buck, Sharyl Dawes, Alan Fort, Nancy Jester, Fitz…

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Walton County GOP: Meeting With Gov. Nathan Deal & LG Casey Cagle

March 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Monroe Community Center, 645 Church Street, Monroe , GA 30655

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Next Monday Gov. Deal and Lt Gov. Cagle will be in Monroe to speak to us. Gov. Deal has been extremely generous to Walton County bringing in industry, creating jobs and financing the reservoir among other things. It is very important that we have a very big crowd to greet them Please plan to attend and bring as many people as you can. We need to show our appreciation.

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Barry Morgan: Fundraiser

March 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Pugh, Barrett, Canale & Leslie, 288 Lawrence Street, NE, Marietta , GA 30060

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The Law Office of Pugh, Barrett, Canale & Leslie Please RSVP to Caitlyn Cooper: [email protected]   or (404) 615-9442

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Cherokee YR: Meeting with Broun Campaign, Allen Levene & Joseph Robert

March 25, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Sixes Tavern, 3568 Sixes Road, Canton, GA 30114

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Come join us for drinks, fun, and politics! We will be having a representative from the Paul Broun campaign speaking, Allen Levene, and commissioner hopeful Joseph Robert!

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GA Public Policy Foundation: Georgia Legislative Roundup

March 26, 2014, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Georgian Club, 100 S Galleria Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30339

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Join Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield and Eric Cochling, vice president of Policy Development at the Georgia Center for Opportunity, at the Foundation’s 8 a.m. Leadership Breakfast, “Georgia Legislative Roundup.” The discussion will focus on the 2014 Georgia Legislative Session and the General Assembly’s business on tap for 2015. This event is open to the public  - click here to register.

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Atlanta YR: Judicial Forum

March 26, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Five Seasons Brewing – Westside, 1000 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318

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AYR normally focuses on electing officials who set policy through the Executive and Legislative Branches, yet the Judicial Branch plays a pivotal part in protecting our civil liberties. AYR’s next meeting on March 26 will include Chairman Wendell Willard of the House Judiciary Committee and a non-partisan forum with two appellate judges – Justice Keith Blackwell and Judge Lisa Branch. Both judges were appointed by Gov. Deal in 2012, and both are seeking election on May 20.

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Savannah Area Young Republicans: Meet The Candidates

March 27, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
B&D Burgers – Savannah’s Best Burger,

We have invited the current announced Republican candidates to come and meet with you. We are also going to double check and make sure that we haven’t missed anyone after qualifying is over on March 7th. This is a FREE event, you may buy food and drinks while you are there. We are planning on this event to last long enough for the Republican Candidates that are running for US House GA-01 to be able to make it as they…

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GA GOP 10th District: Congressional Debate

March 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Pope Center, 48 Lexington HWY, Washington, GA 30673

Bibb County GOP: Meeting with Handel, Jones, & Pennington

March 27, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bibb GOP HQ, 2720 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA 31204

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Bibb County GOP Join us this Thursday Karen Handel, Candidate for US Senate Dwight Jones, Candidate for Macon Water Authority David Pennington, Candidate for Governor

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Fayette County GOP: Gov. Nathan Deal Family Night Spaghetti Dinner

March 28, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville, GA 30214+ Google Map

Fayette County Republican Party invites you to a Family Night Spaghetti Dinner with Governor Nathan Deal Who knows, a picture opportunity with the Mona Lisa or our guest speaker Governor Nathan Deal may top your evening. Governor Deal will be saying a few words from 6pm-7pm.   To purchase your tickets, go to the website myfayettegop.org or contact our offices at 770-716-1545. To assure your seats, please act now - tickets are going fast! For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Cherie Werginz…

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Republican Women of Hall County: Breakfast with Local Legislative Delegation

March 29, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Denny’s Restaurant, 1701 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501

Breakfast meeting with local delegation.

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Clarke County GOP: Meeting with Gov. Nathan Deal

March 29, 2014, Noon – 1:00 PM
The Melting Point, 295 E Dougherty St, Athens , GA 30601

The Athens GOP will host Governor Deal at a special Saturday event at the Melting Point. The event will begin at 12:00pm with the Governor’s speech taking place at 12:20pm.

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GA GOP: US Senate Debate – Savannah

March 29, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Savannah Arts Academy, 500 Washington Ave, Savannah , GA 31405

GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO HOST US SENATE DEBATE IN SAVANNAH WHAT: The Georgia Republican Party, in conjunction with local GOP organizations, will host their fifth U.S. Senate candidate debate in Savannah at the Savannah Arts Academy. WHO:  Candidates vying to fill the seat of retiring United States Senator Saxby Chambliss will participate in a structured debate moderated by radio talk show host Tim Bryant. CONTACT:  Adam Pipkin, Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party, 404.257.5559or [email protected]

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GA GOP 12th District: GOP Primary Debate – U.S. Congress

March 31, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Ogeechee Technical College, 1 Joe Kennedy Blvd, Statesboro, GA 30453

This is the first of four debates for candidates vying for the Republican Party nomination for the 12th Congressional District.  Rick Allen, Delvis Dutton, John Stone, Diane Vann and Eugene Yu will square off in an hour long debate to show primary voters who is the strongest candidate to defeat incumbent Democrat John Barrow.

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GA GOP 10th District: Congressional Debate in Sandersville

March 31, 2014, @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Oconee Fall Line Technical College, 1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA 31082