“I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva,” said Netanyhau. “I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. That the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal–a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community.”
(Atlanta, GA) – The budding romance between gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter and Better Georgia, a self-described “progressive values advocacy organization”, has reignited curiosity throughout the Peach State regarding the legality of the group’s behavior.
“Better Georgia, be it a well-funded attack arm of the Democratic Party or a wild pack of liberal activists, should come clean about their partisan behavior, funding sources, and expenditures,” said Ryan Mahoney, spokesman for the Georgia Republican Party. “While entitled to their own misinformed, incoherent, and radical opinions, they must be held accountable and play by the same set of rules as everyone else.
The Georgia Republican Party is calling for an IRS audit of the “non-partisan” group to see if their full-throated endorsements of candidates like Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn, expenditures, and operations comply with the federal tax code.
“Instead of harassing law abiding Republicans and conservative-leaning organizations, Obama’s IRS should investigate shady organizations like Better Georgia. Clearly, there’s more to this fringe group than meets the eye.”
On Wednesday morning, Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal hosted the leadership of Georgia Young Republicans for breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion. Greg Williams, Chair of Buckhead Young Republicans, has a writeup from Greg’s List Live.
GYR leaders came from across the state, from Savannah to Rome, Athens to Columbus, to join the Governor for breakfast.
“The opportunity to sit down with the Governor and Mrs. Deal to a lovely breakfast at the Governor’s Mansion was truly an honor. I look forward to working with the Governor to further conservative principles in the great state of Georgia,” said Meagan Hanson, Georgia Young Republican Chair.
Among the issues discussed were the Savannah port project’s positive impact on growing trade opportunities with Latin American countries, the negative consequences of the Affordable Care Act on young Americans, and the importance of electing strong conservatives to all levels of public office.
“It was a pleasure to spend time with our next generation of Republican leaders. As the nature of campaigns continues to evolve, we must take advantage of the talents YR’s possess to help drive our message. There is no question the younger voice of our party is an invaluable one, and I am fortunate to have their support,” said Governor Nathan Deal.
The Governor’s wife, First Lady Sandra Deal exhibited an impressive knowledge of the antiques and artwork found in the Governor’s Mansion, describing a multitude of items from memory, with no help from a teleprompter. Perhaps the current US President could learn a lesson or two from Mrs. Deal.
The Breakfast Round Table boasted a lively discussion. Savannah Young Republicans Chairman Michael Johnson observed, “On November 6, 2013 I had the opportunity to talk to Gov. Deal about the progress of the deepening of the Savannah River. It was good to hear that he is committed to see the project moving forward so that not only Savannah but the rest of Georgia will be able to benefit from the expansion of the Panama Canal. He knows, as all of Savannah knows, that this is the best opportunity to grow Georgia’s economy and create job growth.”
Meredith Jones, Chair of the Gwinnett County Young Republicans, was equally impressed with the format as she stated, “I am encouraged after a productive morning with Governor and Mrs. Deal that the Georgia GOP recognizes the value of the ideas and enthusiasm offered by our network of Young Republican organizations around the state.”
Joe Pettit, Chairman of the Cobb County Young Republicans, complimented Governor Deal on the use of social media to promulgate an important endeavor that resulted in his brother-in-law, Travis Lee Roberts, gaining national attention in his fight against Bile Duct Cancer. The #TravOnGameday Twitter effort achieved more than 750,000 “re-tweets”, countless Facebook posts and served as a palpable lesson about the power of New Media.
“When Governor Deal opened his home to the Georgia Young Republicans, I was finally able to personally thank him for helping the #TravOnGameDay cause. Bringing up that successful social media campaign opened a greater discussion on the use of social media in the upcoming election cycle. Governor & Mrs. Deal both emphasized the role Young Republicans need to play in getting the conservative message out in new and creative ways,” said Pettit. Buckhead Young Republicans Chair Greg Williams extrapolated the concerted, “social media” team effort and described how it could be a lesson for Republican campaigns to adopt in the future. For more information on this story, please visit these links: http://concretefaith.org/ and http://gregslistlive.com/2013/09/26/travongameday/.
Under Governor Deal’s leadership, the State of Georgia was recently ranked as the Number One place to conduct Business in the United States.
Deal takes to the airwaves
Governor Deal’s reelection campaign released a 15-second television ad that I suspect will also be playing as pre-roll on YouTube soon if it isn’t already.
Here is a longer-form advertisement story from Fox 5 Atlanta on the announcement that Site Selection magazine ranked Georgia #1 for business.
One thing I’d like you to note is that Governor Deal specifically cites removing the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing as a major component of Georgia’s appeal to business looking to relocate and create jobs here.
“I think we’re doing what’s within the opportunity of a state to do and that is to creat as good a job market and a good a marketplace for business as we possibly can. As you know, the tax reforms that we put in place were in part trying to re-stimulate manufacturing in Georgia. The taking of the sales tax off of energy used for manufacturing is a huge impetus for that.”
Next week, we are likely to see two women enter the race for State School Superintendent for the seat already vacated by Dr. John Barge, who continues to draw a paycheck while campaigning full-time on your dime.
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Cobb) will announce Tuesday that she is running for State School Superintendent, presumably as a Democrat. The announcement will be at 4 PM Tuesday on the Washington Street side steps at the Georgia Capitol.
Former DeKalb County School Board Member Nancy Jester will be making an announcement on Monday. The best way to get an early start will be listening to Martha Zoller on Monday morning, when Jester will likely be on-air.
Martha Zoller writes on ZPolitics that 1998 Secretary of State Republican Nominee John McCallum is preparing to enter the campaign for Congress from the First Congressional District, which has to date been dominated by state Senator Buddy Carter.
Yesterday, Virginia Galloway announced via email that she will be stepping down as State Director for Americans for Prosperity Georgia to accept a new position with the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Thanks and best wishes to Virginia.
Two years ago today, on an election day, our Golden Retriever Henry lost his battle with cancer. He was a proud alumnus of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, the finest single-breed rescue organization we know of. If you love the big yellow fuzzy dogs, there is no better place to adopt from. Today’s dogs are Adopt a Golden dogs who need foster homes; if you’re considering adopting a Golden, fostering would be a great way of ensuring it’s the right match for your family.
Challenge a popular incumbent in a race that the Democratic Mayor of Atlanta virtually says is a meaningless exercise? Force a former State Senator Connie Stokes out of the race – I don’t think that will play well in the African American community. Ambition needs to be tempered with good judgement.
Today, I am excited to announce my candidacy to become the next Governor of Georgia. I am running for Governor because I believe in Georgia at its best.
In my years in the State Senate, I have fought to grow the middle class and help small businesses; to support public schools and make higher education affordable; and to reform our ethics laws. It is what I will continue to do as your Governor.
One of the better stories I’ve seen on the Virginia gubernatorial election, with plenty of demographic analysis, if you’re into that.
A bitter, divisive race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is over and it turned out to be a nailbiter. McAuliffe defeated Cuccinelli in a surprisingly slim 48-45 percent victory to become Virginia’s next governor, breaking a long Virginia tradition going back to 1977 of voting for a governor from the opposing party of the sitting president.
Virginia was one of two states choosing governors Tuesday, along with New Jersey – where Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was re-elected – and a slew of local elections also took place across the country including elections for big-city mayors and various state ballot initiatives.
According to exit polls, both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli did very well among their own partisans – each getting more than nine in 10 votes from members of their own parties. Cuccinelli had a nine-point edge among independents, who make up three in 10 voters in Virginia. But McAuliffe did better than Cuccinelli in getting out his base: slightly more voters described themselves as Democrats (37 percent) than Republicans (32 percent).
McAuliffe also won among voters under 45 and college graduates – both groups that McDonnell won four years ago – and he led among moderates (22 points) and women (9 points).